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September 1 - October 31, 2019 Volume 12 – Issue 5 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR Mandi Miles CREATIVE ART DIRECTOR Erin Eames COPY EDITOR Rayma Davis PROOFREADER Lynessa Eames WRITERS Donna Eads, Christine Ward, Elspeth Kuta, Kaylee Pickering, April Peterson, Tim Taylor, Helen Houston, Laura Draskovich, Aaron Eames, Celece Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Judi Moreo, Keith Buchhalter, Diana Oldewurtel, Karen Monsen, Sydnee Hatfield, Susie Knudsen, Becki Bronson, Leanna Bergeron, Merrie Campbell-Lee, Mary Bundy, Pam Palermo, Richard Alexander, Wendy D’Alessandro, Linda Faas, Ellen Gilmore, Michelle Brooks, Paige Anderson, Ali Monson, David Cordero ADVERTISING SALES Kathy Lee ADVERTISING EMAIL ads@ViewOnMagazine.com SUPPORT STAFF Bert Kubica Cheryl Whitehead DISTRIBUTION View On Magazine Staff WEB DESIGN Trevor Didriksen PUBLISHED BY View On Magazine, Inc. Office (702) 346-8439 Fax (702) 346-4955 GENERAL INQUIRIES info@ViewOnMagazine.com ONLINE ViewOnMagazine.com Facebook Twitter Instagram


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Letter from Dear Readers,

the Editor

We here at ViewOn Magazine would like to welcome back our wonderful Snowbirds. Wherever you have been, I am pretty sure that it was cooler than it has been here. September and October are my favorite months here in our region. The temperatures have cooled and many of us will venture out of our homes to enjoy the beautiful fall months. In this issue you will find many articles that lead you to discover the places with wonderful views, green grass, and turning leaves. For those seeking adventure “Let Wonder be Your Guide” will bring you to places where you can view the changing leaves from the braided network of OHV trails in which you will discover a patchwork of fall colors. In “Fall is the best time of year” you will enjoy reading about wonderful holidays, football games, bonfires and hayrides. If you read nothing else you have to experience “Whatcha Paintin’ Mister?” where Richard Alexander tells us about his journey painting across America. Please make sure to check out our great calendar of events so that you don't miss a moment of fun or the beauty that surrounds us. Also, please visit our website at www.ViewOnMagazine.com and follow us on social media so that you may stay caught up on all of the events that we could not include in this issue. Stop in and see our advertisers. It is because of them that you get to continue to "VIEW" this complimentary magazine every two months. Enjoy the Fall,

Kathy Lee Publisher

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frequent contributors

Laura Draskovich is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. With more than 15 years in the fitness industry, Laura currently teaches a wide variety of group fitness formats and trains clients at the Mesquite Fitness Club. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she attended Central Washington University, majoring in Community Health Education. Mother of three, Laura is a national level NPC figure competitor, who is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and dedicated to reaching goals. Email Laura at lauradraskovich@yahoo.com Karen L. Monsen is a freelance writer who lives in St. George, Utah. She covers outdoor topics, nature, science, research, and human impacts. She taught French and Social Studies in public schools, served as a technical training coordinator, and designed and delivered business and technical writing seminars for corporate clients.

Donna Eads and her husband moved to Mesquite in 2010 from Palm Desert, California and loves the small town atmosphere. Her writing experience extends from high school and college newspapers to professional manuals as a critical care nurse. Her passion for tennis is evident in her frequent articles for ViewOn Magazine.


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Elspeth Kuta is the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum Coordinator, where she says it is her privilege to share the local history of Mesquite and surrounding areas with the community and visitors alike. She and the museum strive to bring history to life, and preserve and protect the local tales of yore.

David Cordero is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of St. George. A Southern Utah resident since 2016, he has extensive experience in marketing, public relations, writing and public speaking. He has won several awards for his writing on a variety of subjects, including sports, the military community, and education. He has served in a variety of volunteer capacities for several local nonprofit organizations, including Utah Honor Flight, American Legion Post 90, Washington County Children’s Justice Center, Red Rock Swing Dance and as a coach for his son’s youth athletic teams. Linda Faas and her husband arrived in Mesquite in 2004. They love the friends they have made here, and love exploring the beauty of the surrounding desert. Linda has immersed herself in community life and volunteers with education nonprofits. She is a reporter and feature writer for local and regional publications and is always seeking new adventures.

Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including 2 international bestsellers, You Are More Than Enough and Conquer the Brain Drain. A self-made success, Judi started her first business with $2,000 and a lot of chutzpah. Judi learned to succeed step-by-step over many years, and now has a worldwide following of clients who are enjoying outstanding success as a result of her guidance. You can reach Judi at judi@judimoreo.com or (702) 283-4567. Rob Krieger is a 20 year PGA Member & former Director of Golf in Mesquite & Greensboro, NC. He is currently the Director of Instruction at both his own Red Rock Golf Center and the Southgate Golf Club in St. George, and is experienced in teaching all skill levels from beginners to low handicappers. Rob has been writing for ViewOn Magazine since 2010. For help with your game or to schedule a lesson, check out his website www. stgeorgegolflessons.com or email Rob@sgugolf.com.

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

Helen Houston is the owner of Hues & Vues — Inspired Walls and Windows. Helen also owns a new business, Staging Spaces & Redesign —Designing Your Home to Sell. She holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, Certified Staging Professional, and Certified Color Consultant. She has been a contributing writer for ViewOn Magazine for the past ten years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at helen@huesandvues.com or helen@stagingspaces.biz or call (702) 346-0246.

Celece Krieger is the owner of The Travel Connection. Travel is her passion and she’s spent the past 28 years planning dream vacations around the world. Her favorite vacation is the South Pacific with her “toes in the sand.” Reach her by phone at (435) 628-3636, in office at 1363 East 170 South, Suite 202 in St. George, or by email celece@stgeorgetravel.com. Keith Buchhalter is the Public Affairs Specialist for Overton Power District #5. Born and raised in Guatemala City, he moved to Mesquite, NV, in 1999. Keith has held a variety of positions in local organizations. He was part of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Board from 2013 - 2017. He is Past-President of the Rotary Club of Mesquite, and he is currently serving as Assistant District Governor for Rotary's District 5300. He also serves as a Trustee for the Mesa View Regional Hospital Board.

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Message from the Mayor S Mayor Rick Rosenberg (left) and volunteer Brad Hafen at Swiss Days

anta Clara’s Annual Swiss Days Celebration is scheduled for September 26-28th and offers visitors and residents alike a unique home-town celebration full of history and fun events. The first Swiss Days was organized in 1990 as a tribute to the community’s pioneer heritage and the Swiss immigrants who settled there in 1861. The three-day festival primarily located around Town Hall in the downtown Historic District (2603 Santa Clara Drive) includes a multitude of family-oriented events, food and merchandise vendors, continuous entertainment, pioneer heritage displays, children’s activities, and much more.

Swiss Days begins on Thursday, September 26th with a community dinner planned for that evening beginning at 5:00 pm at Town Hall for $6.00 per plate and is followed immediately by the Opening Ceremonies, dignitary recognitions, continuous live entertainment, a quilt show, pioneer history displays and a silent auction to support the Historical Society. The Santa Clara Pioneer Heritage Museum will also be open for visitors to browse numerous exhibits and view historical artifacts donated from pioneer families. On Friday, September 27th the Santa Clara Kiwanis Club Swiss Days Golf Tournament begins at 8:00 am at the Sunbrook Golf Club. Festivities start at 3:00 pm at Town Hall with live entertainment, displays, food and craft vendors, a new family activity tent and children's hands-on pioneer craft demonstrations (at Heritage Square, 3020 Santa Clara Drive). At 7:00 pm, the evening program starts at Town Hall featuring the Swiss Miss & Mister Pageant and a free live concert featuring country band Crazy Coyote. On Saturday, September 28th the main events kick off at 6:30 am with the very popular 5k run/walk and pancake breakfast at 7:30 am, followed by the Swiss Days Parade heading east on Santa Clara Drive’s tree lined street from the Jacob Hamblin home to Town Hall. The very popular and well attended parade begins at 9:30 am and always generates a large crowd to greet the Santa Clara Princess Royalty, antique cars, the Grand Marshal, local businesses and schools, live animals, homemade floats, and almost everything in between. The Red Rock Car Show starts at 8:00 am at Canyon View Park and features many historic and unique automobiles. Food and Craft vendors open at 9:00 am and continuous entertainment runs from 10:30 am- 4:00 pm. Special events during the day include a puppet show, Swiss paper cutting demonstration, decorating the May Pole and kid’s races. The displays, auction, bake sale, Santa Clara Museum, children activities and bingo open at varying times throughout the day. The popularity of Swiss Days has increased every year and the event venue continues to expand. Santa Clara Drive will be closed for a portion of the event allowing safe access to activities on both sides of the street. Offsite parking and a shuttle are available to transport attendees to and from Town Hall, Friday afternoon and Saturday. I might be a little biased, but the parade on Saturday morning is the best small-town parade in the state. There is a special home town atmosphere at Swiss Days that originates with the numerous volunteers who work in harmony with the City Staff to make the event enjoyable and fun for all members of the community and guests who travel many miles to participate and attend the numerous events. On behalf of the City Council and the residents of Santa Clara, I would like to invite everyone to attend this year’s Swiss Days. Come join us in celebrating and remembering what it’s like to grow up in a small town. While you are here, take a minute to shop in our historic downtown, visit the famous Frei’s Fruit Stand, relax in one of our popular parks or ride a challenging mountain bike trail in the South Hills. Just join us, you’ll be glad you did.

For more information, entry forms and additional details go to the Santa Clara City website at www.sccity.org/swiss-days or contact the City at (435) 673-6712.


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Rick Rosenberg Mayor of Santa Clara




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Cedar City

Let WONDER be Your Guide

From Malibu to Mesquite Nordic Beach Apparel Company Finds New Home in the Desert

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Lost City Museum Overton, Nevada

Whatcha Paintin' Mister?

One Man's Journey Painting Across America




INSPIRATION Fall is the Best Time of Year

Utah: 1 in 3

How to Build Your Own Raised Garden Bed

Carribean Cool

FALLing for Organization

Fear Factor

Vacation Spotlight: The Jewels of Spain and Portugal


What Kind of Event Are You in the Mood for Tonight?

How are the eggs in YOUR basket?

Fremont Indian State Park

Back to School? Doggie School That Is!

10 Great Tips: Preparing for Fall


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e are loving life in Mesquite due to the happy and friendly people. When you choose to live in a place, you are just happier. After moving from the cold in Park City, UT, 300 days of sunshine a year is very appealing. How could one not be happy with those beautiful sunrises and sunsets? Mesquite has so much to offer with cultural events in the arts, outdoor recreation, world-class golf, festivals galore, not to mention the charitable fundraisers. When in need, the residents and businesses of Mesquite are there to help; whether it's monetarily or of their time and knowledge. Along with our two miniature dachshunds, Barney and Otis, we are proud to be a part of this town with a big heart and its overall vitality. - Craig & Deborah Demos

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oapa Valley has been my home for 15 years now. I love this small town. My husband and I decided when our kids were small that we wanted them to have the best opportunities and be able to be kids. The schools here in Moapa Valley are wonderful. I truly believe moving to Moapa Valley was one of the best things we did for our children. They had some great experiences. I have met so many people who are not just friends but extended family. Our little community has a lot of heart. Everyone helps one another. It’s rare these days to find such a safe and happy place to raise a family. -Tamara Barrett


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here are many reasons that we love living in St. George, Utah. The main reason is the people. The people here are warm and friendly. It is wonderful to live in a community where saying hi to strangers is the norm. St. George is also a hiker's paradise. Some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the western United States is just a short drive outside of the city limits. The many hiking trails and dirt roads offer breathtaking views and a wide variety of different types of vegetation and ecosystems. St. George has many beautiful city parks that are well planned and maintained. There are many miles of bike trails that offer a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy. Everything is very convenient and easy to get to. It is a very active city with lots of festivals, sporting events, and things to see and do. -Bruce and Linda Peacock

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love the change of seasons. I love the wonderful people of Southern Utah who go out of their way to help each other. I love the mountains and the beautiful blue skies.

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By Kaylee Pickering


hen you imagine your next adventure, what do you see? Do you imagine stunning views over a red-rock amphitheater? Do you envision splashes of fall colors brushed along a Scenic Byway? Maybe you see yourself flying down slopes of sparkling white powder at 11,000 feet elevation.

Left: Fall colors on Dry Lakes OHV trails | Photo by Mike Saemisch

Right: Vibrant Colors at the Sydney Valley Turnoff on Highway 143

The best part about spending this time of year in Cedar City? No matter what you imagine, you’ll find it here.

For those seeking high adventure, viewing the leaves from the braided network of OHV trails is a truly unforgettable experience. A PATCHWORK OF FALL COLORS This scenic byway cuts through Cedar City’s red hill, then crosses through a thick maple and scrub oak forest. The road then climbs through a narrow canyon looking into the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area with sheer cliffs towering on both sides. Winding your way to Cedar Breaks National Monument you’ll find yourself surrounded by unparalleled fall colors. With a backdrop of red rock, the immense strands of vibrant yellows catch the eye and rich reds of surrounding aspens coax a picture perfect moment. Continue along State Route 14 to Cedar Breaks National Monument and take a moment to pause and explore the fall colors on foot. This large, natural amphitheater is about three miles wide and 2,500 feet deep with walls of spires and dazzling rock formations, creating a supreme background for fall leaves. Enjoy the views and crisp fall air along the moderate Spectra Point trail before getting back in the car. Taking Highway 143 toward Brian Head will place you on the always-beautiful Patchwork Parkway. Highway 143 is like the blocks of a quilt; weaving through an astounding patchwork of historic towns, geological formations, vegetation, and recreational activities that appeal to all. From sightseers and leaf peepers to high adventure fanatics. As the weather cools down, Southern Utah puts on a show and Cedar City stands at center stage. Following an afternoon enjoying the breathtaking array of colors on Cedar Mountain find your perfect fall pairing at Southern Utah’s Premier Winery, IG Winery. In the center of Historic Downtown Cedar City, there’s no better place to start your journey. Catch a ride in a charming pedicab to the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. Here you can catch world-class theater with any production by the Tony Award Winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. Examine stunning works of art housed at the Southern Utah Museum of Art and brush shoulders with some of Shakespeare’s finest on a stroll through the Pederson Shakespeare Character Garden.

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Winter Wonderland view from Brian Head Peak | Photo by Jay Dash

WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND When the fall colors fade and the foliage falls, a new type of beauty blankets the area and Brian Head Resort comes to life. Sitting as the highest mountain town in Utah, with a base elevation of 9,600 feet. With an average of 360 inches of snowfall each year and over 650 acres of ski terrain filled with 71 runs of all difficulty levels, Brian Head is definitely a place of sanctuary for powder lovers. More than just epic skiing and snowboarding opportunities, Brian Head Resort, and local businesses offer a wide variety of winter activities.

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Skiing the powder at Brian Head Resort

SKI AMONG SOUTHERN UTAH RED ROCK VIEWS Brian Head Resort provides a truly unique ski experience with views of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Dixie National Forest, and into Zion National Park. There is something unique and divine about shredding down the snow-covered mountain with views of red rock one would not expect to find anywhere but in the desert. This snow-covered red rock creates a ‘fire and ice’ illusion that makes the already incredible run even more so. For an awe-inspiring view trek to the top of Brian Head Peak.


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THE PERFECT PLACE FOR A FAMILY VACATION Brian Head Resort is the definition of a family-friendly ski resort. Beyond welcoming skiers and snowboarders of all ages, there are plenty of ways to enjoy all of the snow on the slopes. Brian Head has southern Utah’s top snow tubing destinations! With tubing parks located at both Giant Steps and Navajo mountains, surface lifts that provide access to the top of the tubing courses it’s a much smoother experience; especially for the little ones. SEE CEDAR BREAKS AT ITS ‘FIRE AND ICE’ BEST Cedar Breaks National Monument is located just minutes away from Brian Head. Traveling through a beautiful snow-covered Dixie National Forest via snowmobile; this is an entirely different view of the monument than any season has to offer. Snowmobile tours to Cedar Breaks are available at local shops in Brian Head, along with snowshoe rentals to access areas of the monument that may be inaccessible during the winter months. For those who have never been snowmobiling don’t worry! This experience can be tailored to work for novices, families, or even the most experienced winter enthusiasts. With adventure and beauty waiting around every turn, where will Cedar City take you? There’s only one way to find out… Let

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For more information visit our website www.visitcedarcity.com, call (435) 586-5124, or stop by at 581 N Main St. Cedar City, UT 84721. Below: Cedar Breaks National Monument Scenic Byway SR-148 in the fall | Photo by Mike Saemisch.

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From Malibu to Mesquite Nordic Beach Apparel Company Finds New Home in the Desert By Michelle Brooks


n 2014 Markus Bender, not much of a beachgoer, really, found himself spending time on a beach in Malibu near his home. It was a warm, sunny day but, as happens in southern California, an abrupt breeze swept in carrying with it a chill from the Pacific Ocean. Markus noticed a young woman grab a blanket and pull it around her shoulders to ward off the cold breeze. In that moment he saw what would become his future and the idea for a “comfy, cozy hooded wrap” was born. Immediately following the day on the beach, Markus, who was already in the apparel business, set out to draw the vision he’d seen. A visit to a Los Angeles blanket store where he bought all kinds of materials in many textures, and then to a pattern maker to have the original patterns created were his next steps. By the fall of 2015, after testing many versions of the product to see which fabric and pattern people liked the most, Markus had the perfect design. An incredibly soft, super comfy, lightweight and breathable garment made from fine Micro-Poly fabric. A stylish and warm but not too heavy, body wrap that women could slip into quickly to ward off a cold breeze on the beach or a slight chill in their living rooms. He ordered six-thousand units in three classic colors, black, gray and tan, and set out to sell them online.

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And sell them he did. Sales exploded for the newly formed Nordic Beach Apparel Company. The majority of the first sales came from the midwest with young college women on the top of the list of buyers. Markus then hired a representative to sell the product in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and surrounding areas where he also had great success. The initial six-thousand units sold out quickly and sales have continued to soar in the midwest and on the east coast, and now can be found online and in stores in thirty-five states including California where the idea first took shape. The first three colors of the wrap, lovingly renamed, Black Licorice, Gray Kitten and Fluffy Frappe, have been joined by many charming sisters such as Butterscotch, Lemon Drop, Dark Chocolate, Blush Wine and Blueberry, to name a few, but the original classic colors continue to be the best sellers. “But, how did he get to Mesquite?” I hear you asking. Well… Shortly after forming Nordic Beach Apparel, Markus moved his budding operation to Henderson, Nevada where he grew his successful business for the next four years. When it came time to purchase a location where he’d be able to house the entire operation under one roof, Henderson had become too expensive and Markus began to explore the internet for affordable commercial real estate.


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After some research, 754 West Pioneer Boulevard in Mesquite popped up on the screen and Markus decided to take a drive. He was immediately impressed with everything he saw when he came to town beginning with the nicely constructed roundabouts just off the freeway. He took notice of the beautiful landscaping and the cleanliness of the area. When he arrived at the future new home of Nordic Beach Apparel he was pleasantly surprised to find it directly across the street from a lush golf course, not in what he assumed would be a “bad area�. He felt that Mesquite would be a great place to grow a business and, in May 2019, ultimately bought the building and began moving in. Markus is happy to have found the perfect place in the desert for Nordic Beach Apparel Headquarters which is now all under one roof. With beautiful corporate offices upstairs and shipping and receiving on the ground floor, Markus has found the best venue for the next chapter in the story of his innovative and gloriously soft and comfortable body wrap. Now, with room for expansion, Markus plans to launch a matching head wrap in the fall, an ideal companion to the already super successful body wrap. V You can check out the Nordic Beach body wrap at NordicBeachApparel.com or on Instagram at Instagram.com/NordicBeachApparel.

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Tennis TNT -Tips-N-Tricks -

By Donna Eads


any players say they get no exercise playing doubles but the truth is playing doubles is twice the skill and movement of singles. When singles is played it is one on one, doubles has to be played like a rapid dance on the court. Each partner must be in sync with the ball, their partner and their opponents to win. A simple miscue for one or two points between partners can cause a loss of a match. The movement in doubles is double the trouble of singles. The reason for this statement is each stroke of the ball makes all four players have to adapt to the placement and possible outcome of each shot. In addition, there is greater pre-planning to every point so everyone is dancing to each strike of the ball or movement of their opponents. To practice this ‘dance’, turn to each area of the court that the ball has been struck into each time. Many small steps and movements are needed to cover all possibilities of the next shot and without these adjustments the point could be lost. Think that partners must always move as if they are tied together not only physically but mentally. For example, the returner lobs the ball into the backhand corner of the court. Now the receiving team must either switch or the net person covers that lob which can easily open the court up for your opponents. Yes, the lob in the game of doubles is a sometime under-used weapon because ‘it is not real tennis’. The truth is that the lob

is one of the most effective methods to win a point if used properly. All players need to learn to respect it and use it at the right times in a match. One of the hardest shots to defend against, is the sharp angle hit out wide or a drop shot. Again, this method will put your opponents into an uncomfortable position on the court. Unless your opponents are aware of how many ways they are in trouble, the point is won either with a lob or another deep volley. The bottom line is that the game of doubles is a game of constant movement, reaction, and thinking. Have our ‘Smartphones’ made us dumb? Do not forget to turn it off before play or the point can go to your opponents. The ringing from a phone is considered “a deliberate hindrance; if an opponent’s cell phone rings during a point, the player may immediately claim the point” per The Code, #36. Remember the hindrance must be called immediately not after the point is done. Calling a ‘let’ for a flying creature is a problem but can you call a let for a ground bound creature? The Code will allow a let for flying creatures only if both players agree to the let. However, that lizard that just ran on your court is an automatic ‘let’. See you on the courts! V

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is the Best Time Of Year

By Judi Moreo


all is my favorite season. Perhaps that is because summer is so hot here in the Nevada desert and autumn is the beginning of cooler temperatures. After three months of smothering heat, it’s not hard to say goodbye to summer, shorts, and t-shirts and hello to wearing more fashionable clothing. Because it’s so hot, I never feel dressed up in the summer…just wrinkled and sweaty. But fall is a time to wear beautiful suits, sweaters, coats, scarves, and hats made of wonderful fabrics. During fall, the stores have holiday related decorations and are more festive than the rest of the year. And there are sales…lots of sales…mostly on summer items you won’t use until next year, but they do provide an opportunity to save on items you may have been wanting to purchase, such as appliances or patio furniture. Even though we don’t get the beautiful scenic autumn trees covered in all shades of red, orange, and gold like many parts of the country, we do get a sprinkling of

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golden-yellow, gamboge, amber, russet, and scarlet, especially when we take a drive up into the mountains or visit scenic Utah. The bare branches of other trees which have shed their leaves create beautiful pictures of their own. The weather is perfect at this time of year. And while I’m not excited about the sun going down at 4:00 pm, the change from daylight savings time does offer beautiful sunrises. This is the season for getting up early, taking gorgeous pictures, and spending time outdoors. It’s a great time for hiking, camping, fishing, and spending time with family as the air is fresher and crisper in autumn months. Physical activity is much more pleasant when the air is cool and nothing is quite so good for the soul renewal as a day in nature in the fall. Fall is full of wonderful holidays, football games, tailgate parties, bonfires, and hayrides.


Halloween, when the neighborhood kids get all dressed up in various costumes and come trick or treating to our homes is a great time to develop your creativity. Dress up in a costume yourself and open the door with treats in hand. It’s always a surprise to the children when a witch or a goblin appears in the doorway and asks them to sing or dance in order to get a treat. Or an imitator of their favorite rock stars plays a hit on his guitar for them. This is a time when you can really express your personality and no one thinks you are weird for doing it. Thanksgiving is a marvelous time for family gatherings. And it’s actually cool enough to use your oven. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole as well as pumpkin and pecan pie are all a part of the wonderful memories of fall holidays past. You probably won’t eat such delicious food any other time of the year as you do during the fall holiday season. One of my favorite Thanksgiving memories is of a time when I was living in South Africa, and my friend’s mother attempted to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for me. I so appreciated

her doing it. I was a long way from home and she made the day really special. It wasn’t anything like what we make, but it was really good. As they don’t get turkey in the markets there until Christmas, we had Cornish game hens. Since they don’t have real pumpkin like ours, they call their squash “pumpkin,” so she made a pumpkin pie from squash and put chocolate sprinkles on top. It certainly had an unusual flavor. For dessert, she heated the cranberry sauce and poured it over vanilla ice cream. That was a real surprise to me, but actually, it tasted quite good. Fall is the season for home, family, soup, love, and gratitude. It’s time to light the fireplace and the scented candles, drink hot cocoa, and relax into the comfort and warmth of our homes. It’s also time to wear warm pajamas and cover up with the beautiful quilt Mom made so long ago. It’s time to be thankful for our lives, our friends, our neighbors, our country, our freedom, and our memories. Why not make some new memories for yourself this holiday season? Try the cranberry sauce on ice cream! V

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UTAH: 1 in 3

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By Leanna Bergeron


outhern Utah offers some of the most picture perfect vistas in the country. We enjoy safe communities, friendly folk and booming growth. But unfortunately not everything in our beehive state is pretty – Utah continues to see some of the worst rates of domestic violence in the country.

One in three women in Utah will experience some form of intimate partner violence in her lifetime, compared to the nationwide average of one in four. It is a staggering statistic and can be hard to wrap your head around. Think of the three closest women in your life: at least one of them will fall victim to abuse. Now imagine a dozen, and that number jumps to 4. The statistics are heart wrenching. A good place to start combatting this sizable problem is recognizing what abuse is and what it looks like. It doesn’t always reveal itself with a bruised eye or scrape marks on a forearm. It appears in the form of loss of control over finances and mental manipulation. It rears its ugly head with verbal put downs and forced sexual contact from a spouse. Abuse can be mental, physical, emotional, sexual and financial. It is the detrimental dynamic of one partner exerting dominance and control over another – and no one is immune. Misconceptions exist that domestic abuse only happens to a certain demographic...those living in poverty, drug dependent, or homeless. The reality is: abuse transcends gender, age, race, sexual orientation and social class. It touches all walks of life. And, it can go undetected for years – even lifetimes. No one wants to come out and admit they are experiencing abuse…feelings of shame can be overwhelming and paralyzing. If you suspect a friend, colleague or loved one is in an abusive situation, the best thing you can do is approach and ask, listen and believe and meet them with compassion. You may be one of the first people they admit the abuse to, and if they are met with disbelief or judgement, you may also be the last. If you don’t believe them why would anyone else? Encourage them to seek help and connect them to resources. DOVE Center is Southern Utah’s local service provider for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Their services are 100% confidential and free. Their staff of trained and compassionate advocates is always ready to take calls on their 24-hour helpline. For the past 25 years, the non-profit organization has offered a safe space for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault in Washington County. Once known only as a shelter for battered women, they have worked to expand their services and raise awareness to remove the stigma that women and mothers are the only victims of abuse. The continued growth in services helps make sure the needs are met for each individual survivor who comes to DOVE for help. The barriers that exist for why survivors don’t just leave are varied and unique. Some survivors will seek refuge in safe shelter, some will only need help creating a safety plan. Others will utilize counseling, group therapy or the financial empowerment courses. Some just need the simple validation from an informed source that what they are experiencing is in fact abuse. Additionally, DOVE employs bilingual advocates to serve the Spanish speaking community. On top of serving survivors, the organization also works to educate the local community through presentations and trainings on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault to different organizations and groups. They also administer a ‘Healthy Relationship’ curriculum to area schools that teach about boundaries and respect. Moreover, they work with local radio and T.V. to help spread awareness of services. The organization saw a 25% increase in people reaching out for help in their last fiscal year. While a portion of the organization’s funding comes from government grants, nearly half of their funding and support comes from community donors. V

For immediate assistance or to speak with an advocate, call DOVE’s 24-hour Helpline: (435) 628-0458. Visit www.dovecenter.org to view a full list of services.

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Lost City Museum Overton, Nevada

By The Lost City Museum Docent Council | Photos: Lost City Museum & TravelNevada


lost settlement in Moapa Valley, Nevada was discovered by Fay and John Perkins. Together, they were able to convince Nevada Gov. James Scrugham and Mark Harrington (Archaeologist) of its significance. The result of their activism was the largest scale archaeological excavation in southern Nevada and the construction of a small museum in 1935.

Ceramics made by Nampeyo, Hopi ceramist

Lost City Museum, in Overton, still stands on the location of two archaeological foundations and replica pueblos. Its focus is to interpret, educate and preserve the knowledge of these projects for future generations. Recently, a new Director, Mary Beth Timm, has engaged communities to rekindle that spirit of activism. The museum is changing to incorporate past (archaeological narratives) and present (American Indian) voices within exhibits and programming.

WHAT’S NEW? Lost City Museum’s new goal is to engage communities of interest with the archaeology of southern Nevada through expanded programming and exhibits. Director Timm is at the forefront of this change. Timm was promoted last year from the Curator of Archaeology position. With more than 10 years of experience, she has most recently worked on archaeological collections at Lost City Museum, a small repository at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska. Members and volunteers comprise the largest communities of engagement at Lost City Museum. Membership includes free admission to adults to all seven state museums, the Springs Preserve, and 50% off train rides at the state’s railroad museums. Volunteers actively engage visitors with the museum exhibits, collect admissions, and assist in programs. Docents (museum educators and fundraisers) inspire community members to become more involved. “We could not broaden our communities of engagement without the help of our Docent Council,” Timm said. “New volunteers have brought new opportunities to us. Our staff has partnered with them to bring new programs, such as our Hot & Dusty Fine Art Invitational, this past August.”


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SPECIAL EVENTS This year, the Docents hosted the Hot & Dusty Fine Art Invitational. Ten renowned artists who live in Moapa Valley were selected for this competition. They each hosted a meet and greet day, where visitors asked artists about techniques and inspiration. The invitational peaked at an evening event held on Aug. 23. Refreshments were provided by Sugars Home Plate, an Overton restaurant. Prizes were given to participants including artists and public choice awards. Other new programs are being planned for the fall, with a focus on workshops. These will be by reservation only, as space is limited for participation. Hands-on, experiential learning activities will allow visitors to learn by doing. These workshops will be advertised on the museum’s website and Facebook pages. “Our staff has been reaching out to other institutions within southern Nevada to bring new programming to the museum.” Director Timm said. “These partnerships allow for expanded educational outreach, drawing on the expertise of local archaeologists.” Kid’s Day, another volunteer-led program, will be held on Sept. 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children in grades K-5 are invited to participate in crafts and have a small snack. Kids will be invited to learn more about local food cycles by dissecting owl pellets. The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is partnering with us to teach children about using drones to record archaeological sites. DRI will return on Archaeology Day, Oct. 19, to demonstrate this technology to middle school students and adults. Other programming will include booths from local federal agencies to promote archaeological education on research areas in southern Nevada. Lost City Museum’s Native American Day is returning in November. This year, the museum is partnering with the Nellis Air Force Base and Army Corps of Engineers to bring more performances and jewelry vendors to this event. Still, in the planning stages, this event promises to be bigger and better than what we have experienced in the past.

Gallery portraying Mark Harrington’s vision for exhibition cases

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Ancestral Puebloan woman grinds corn in front of ancient dwelling

EXHIBITS Two new curators (Archaeology and Exhibits) have been focused on breathing new life into the museum’s existing galleries. Virginia Lucas joined the Lost City Museum last December. She specializes in prehistoric diets of Moapa Valley, particularly animal use (zooarchaeology). Tracey Sprague joined the museum in April, bringing her expertise in exhibits at the Neon Museum and love of all things historical.

The front gallery is remodeled to mimic Mark Harrington’s vision for the museum exhibits. Each case is made according to archival design documents that he sketched during the excavations in the 1920s and ’30s. The Fay Perkins Gallery, exhibits are being planned to highlight the 85th anniversary of the museum’s founding and the 95th anniversary of the pageant at St. Thomas. The pageant was a


Civilian Conservation Corp worker excavating archaeological sites c. 1935

reenactment, highly attended by the public in 1925. It drew hundreds to the region to experience prehistoric life as shown by Zuni actors. A celebration of this anniversary is planned for next spring. Landscapes of Change, the third exhibit hall, walks guests through a timeline. Human occupation in southern Nevada was as early as 11,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. The hall highlights changes in climate and technology from the Ice Age to the inundation of Lake Mead. The Museum Store is stocked with merchandise that expands its educational mission. Kits are sold to help visitors learn how to weave baskets and create ceramic pots. Local foods and jellies are sold to give visitors a taste of prehistoric life. The best seller is the native-made jewelry. Pendants and

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earrings of turquoise, coral, and onyx are stylized into silver statement pieces. In a bi-monthly newsletter, members are notified when new products and pawn enter the store. ADMISSION AND LOCATION Workshops and exhibit viewing are included in the $5 admission fee. Members, children (under 18), and volunteers have free admission. The museum is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is one of seven state museums managed by the Division of Museums & History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism & Cultural Affairs. It is located at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton. V To reach the museum from southern

Utah or Mesquite, take Interstate 15 south to exit 93. Access is also available from Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park. For more information, call the museum at (702) 397-2193.

Whatcha Paintin' Mister?


By Richard Alexander


s I sat deep into my comfortable couch watching the travel treasure hunt-inspired show American Pickers, my mind was still reeling from the email notification I received from Oil Painters of America telling me I had won entry into the highly prestigious 28th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Oil paintings in St. George, Utah. A dream come true. Out of 2,500 submissions, my painting would be shown with the top 200 paintings. An idea was born. I would drive my painting “Set Sail” 2,400 miles from Westchester County, New York to St. George, Utah and paint landscape paintings along the way.

The idea was the easy part as it usually is with creatives. Having a background in problem solving professions like drafting, industrial design and being a New York City Firefighter for 21 years, as well as hobbies like restoring buildings and cars, planning and executing a trip across America couldn’t be that hard. It was a bit more work than I thought, but after a number of lists were compiled and consultations with fellow artists, friends, and family, the van which would be my bedroom, living room, and kitchen was ready. After all the goodbyes and months of planning and organizing, the time had come to set sail.

My first painting stop was beautiful Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Driving through back country roads in unfamiliar territory, it’s not always easy to find the right subject matter for a painting. Franklin County, Pennsylvania however didn’t disappoint, and I settled in on a back-country road overlooking a quaint well-kept farmhouse with a barn and silo. The only thing separating me from the farmhouse was a 100-acre field of dry corn stubble left over from last fall’s harvest. Finished painting the farm, I turned and started a second painting facing away from the barns looking up a beautifully sunlit country road.

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The sun was low and the late afternoon April light bouncing off early spring buds shone a silvery- green you only see once a year in the northeast. I was working pretty hard trying to capture this quickly fading light when I heard a racket behind me. I turned and saw an old Dodge pickup truck, fenders flapping as it came slowly bouncing through the cornfield towards me. To my amazement, the old Dodge was being driven by the cutest little blonde girl you could imagine. She was so small she had to stand up to drive. Her older sister was riding shotgun with her iPhone out of the window at the ready. They pulled up close enough and the oldest one asked, “Whatcha paintin’ mister?” Painting outdoors you get accustomed to encounters with all kinds of people wondering what you’re doing. Painting and fishing are two incredible ice breakers. After a spell, they returned to the farmhouse, but came back again about 20 minutes later. This time the older sister was driving and the little blonde peanut was riding a dirt bike alongside. The second encounter was different as they came right up to my easel and asked if they could take pictures of my work and ask a few questions. Of course I said yes. What a treat it was to have these two sweet little girls to chat with for a while; my first encounter of the trip and it was a good one for sure. I gave them the painting I did of their farm house and they wished me well. I missed my children already and it’s only the first day of the trip.


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I set out early the next morning, hoping to make it to Brevard, North Carolina in time to meet an old friend who was my first oil painting instructor, Geoffrey Barbet. I learned more in my first two painting lessons with Geoff than I had in a year of painting on my own. I stayed a night with him and his talented wife, Marci. Geoff is a landscape painter and Marci creates fantastic highly detailed botanical drawings. Geoff and I hadn’t painted together in about 4 years and it was great to be by his side again. We painted below a wonderful waterfall in Pisgah National Forest and then Geoff took me to another spot he liked, which was an old farm with majestic mountain views. We painted there for an hour or so, until it was time for me to get moving again. Looking for a painting subject in Oklahoma found me heading north into long views of slow rolling warm golden fields of wheat, passing farms and remote towns along the way. After some time, I stumbled upon a junkyard of old cars in various states of decay, which is a treat for me as I love restoring old cars and painting them too. I circled back and found the house belonging to the junkyard. A young man was working on the barn siding and I yelled to him over the fence if I could ask him a question. He dropped his hammer and walked over. People usually have a hard time understanding what it is us painters are asking and this young man was no different. “No, I don’t want to paint the old cars, I want to do paintings of them,” I said to him. His dad came out and, after explaining the situation a second time, he agreed to let me on the property. The dad said, “hey, you know my son is an artist...” It was a surprise to see this young man’s graphite drawings. He was self-taught and his skill level was outstanding. What are the chances of meeting a young artist in the middle of remote Oklahoma who was that good? They watched me paint for a while and

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we talked for quite some time after that. I felt I made friends with these lovely Oklahomans and I’m sure they felt the same way about the artist from New York. I’m beginning to realize this journey isn’t about me painting, it’s about me being out there in the countryside meeting people and hearing their stories. I was just outside of Glenrio, Texas one morning as the sky began to brighten. The landscape had begun to change to a more desert-like look and I had to pull over to capture the pink-gold sunrise which danced warm light across the contrasting blue- gray sage on the plateaus. I set up my easel and began to frantically scrub colors together hoping to capture the fleeting aura. The magic of a sunrise doesn’t last as long as a sunset and I found myself standing along I-40 paralyzed by the beauty before me. Realizing that I wouldn’t be able to capture this entire scene in time, I put the brushes down and felt the warm sun rise on my back as I stared at the scene before me in amazement. I had planned on painting up a storm in Santa Fe, hearing from so many how beautiful it is. I’ve been to Sedona, Arizona which is said to have spiritual


powers and zones of energy emitting certain things from the ground. Santa Fe had that feeling for me and I just wandered the city taking it all in. I didn’t lift a brush in Santa Fe and the fact that I didn’t get a painting done there doesn’t upset me at all. Descending into St. George through the roughly 3,000-foot elevation drop while passing alongside Zion National Park, Kanab and beautiful Apple Valley felt like landing after a long flight. I didn’t think I was tense or stressed but a wash of relief poured over me and I cried tears of joy. I missed my family and was looking forward to seeing them in two weeks when they would fly out to meet me. I felt I was home and now the second part of this art journey would begin. The day I delivered my painting, “Set Sail” to the Illume Gallery on Main Street I met Jane Bell Myer, owner and operator of Mission Gallery, Authentique Gallery, and Illume Gallery in St. George, along with her talented manager, Carol, and sales associate, Craig. I ended up volunteering some days with the take down and storage of the three gallery’s paintings. What a thrill it was to be working with this group of friendly people and to top

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it off, I was handling and looking at some of the best paintings in the country. Jane and her staff worked tirelessly to convert the three galleries into the Oil Painters of America’s 28th Annual National Exhibition. Jane has a wonderful way about her and she treats her artists and the people around her like family. I felt at home around them and found everyone I met in the St. George area to be kind and friendly. I traveled out west early so I could create western themed paintings plein air, and I had the chance to paint and camp in some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen while in the St. George area. Snow Canyon State Park, Pine Valley Recreation Area, Minersville, Cedar City, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, Gunlock State Park, and Quail Creek State Park with the list going on and on. A month of traveling isn’t enough time to take it all in, I’ll have to do this trip again as so much remains to be seen. Sad to be leaving behind all the people I had become friendly with and the beautiful country too, I traveled home via a more northern route. I’ve told many people since arriving home that a great trip would be to fly to Las Vegas, rent a

car, and drive north up I-15 then west on I-70 to Denver. You could fly home from there and would have seen some of the most spectacular sights imaginable without ever leaving the interstate. The final day of my trip took me through Cleveland, Ohio and beautiful Ashtabula County in the very northwest corner of Pennsylvania. Upstate New York is beautiful with huge farms and long, flat tracts of land. I’ve driven that road home from Upstate New York a hundred times. This time it was different though. After witnessing

so many beautiful things and wonderful people all across this great country I can say that the old road home didn’t look quite the same. I’m not the same person who left home one month ago. I have so many terrific memories to look back on and so much to think about that I’m not really sure who I’ll be when the dust settles from this trip, but I know one thing for sure, I’ll be a better person. V To learn more about Richard's fascinating story, please look him up at richalexanderart.com.

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How to

Build Your Own Raised Garden Bed

in Any Shape You Want!

By Aaron Eames


o my mind, the most stunning gardens are those that incorporate levels into their design. The eye demands variety, not only in color and plant type but also in elevation, which is why raised garden beds and planters are always a welcome addition to any garden design. Tiered stone brimming with life is a combination that seems to speak to us. There is something pleasing about blending nature and manmade artistry. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, after all. Chances are your yard will not be remembered 2500 years from now. I doubt that fact bothers you. The question is, is your yard design something that you would remember one week from now if you moved? Is it bland, or eye-catching? Can you pull up a chair in the shade of your back porch, sip a cold drink, and enjoy the beauty of your own crafted hanging gardens?


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view on GARDENING The objective of landscaping should be to turn your backyard into a refuge, and your front yard into a living tableau that makes you just a little happier arriving home. Life’s little pleasures add up when you experience them every day. Turn your land into something beautiful. You can start by breaking up the monotony of flat, featureless spaces. Stone planters, like the one shown with this article, are an easy do-it-yourself project when using the right materials. The place to start is with E-Z Blocks; a locally manufactured, lightweight block. The steps are simple:

1. Draw the outline of the planter you want in your yard. Pick any shape you like; the blocks can accommodate almost any contour.

4. Fill with concrete and finish the wall with a cap or simply round it off.

2. Compact the ground and begin laying. No footing is necessary; at most the wall will need an occasional post-hole to keep stable. No mortar is needed either. A bit of foam glue will secure the blocks together until they are filled.

5. Attach a finishing product such as stone veneer or stucco to the exterior of the block. Now you have your raised bed. All that is left is to fill it. Flowers and vegetables are always a good choice, but don't rule out planting trees inside. These blocks may be light weight, but because of our unique formula, they can hold virtually anything! Since it is raised you can ensure that there is proper drainage and that the soil is top notch. The elevated bed can also save some backache when weeding what is sure to be your prized flower patch. Or garden. Or tree planter. The choices are endless. V

3. Add rebar as you go (these can be provided pre-cut).

For help getting started, call (435)680-4814 or email admin@e-zblock.com. Visit our website www.e-zblock.com for other uses and project ideas. We can supply materials, labor or simply advice if needed.

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By Helen Houston


he intoxicating feeling of a warm, balmy breeze caressing my bare shoulders as I stand amid crystal clear turquoise water and dig my toes deeper and deeper into the sand beneath the constant waves. As I breathe in the damp, salty air I hear the friendly, faraway beat of a calypso drum and hear the tinkling of laughter from a nearby tiki bar. Ahh, paradise. Yep, that was me on a recent trip to the West Indies. And I was thinking wouldn’t it be nice if I could stay here on vacation forever? While we all dream of a time when we can cast our obligations aside and hop the next one-way flight to the Caribbean, it seems we’re all much too bogged down to live such a dream. So, I thought if I were to utilize just a little Caribbean influence in my home décor, perhaps I can feel just a little bit closer to paradise – at least until the next getaway. One thing to keep in mind about the Caribbean islands is that they have been touched by a multitude of cultures throughout the ages. From French and Spanish to African, Dutch and English, the rainbow of influences have blended into a unique style of music, cuisine, and décor.


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Implementing these concepts into your interior design means plenty of bright colors combined with sunbleached white accents and a rustic, beachy vibe. The Caribbean lifestyle is also apparent in their décor. If you’ve ever taken time to submerge yourself into the culture of the islands, you will find that many natives maintain a laid-back mentality and a live-in-the-moment spirit, or “Island Time.” Infusing Caribbean style into your interior design can help liven up any room in your home. However, if you’re having a hard time becoming inspired, you might be due to visit the islands for a little motivation. Take me with you! There’s something so beautiful and tranquil about island interior design that evokes the feel of the Caribbean. While it’s impossible to boil this rich style down to a handful of key elements, this article showcases a few features that can infuse your home with a celebration of the sea, lush plant life, and timeless elegance. From unforgettable hues and crisp textiles to tropical greenery and wooden pieces with a history, here are some ideas and images to get you started on your Caribbean-style design journey.

VIBRANT COLORS Unlike most beach-inspired designs, Caribbean colors are not your traditional blue and white. No, they include more vibrant, eye-catching colors such as corals, peach, lime and even sometimes yellow. These color inspirations come from the beautiful and stunning fauna and flora of the islands. From radiant walls to vivid accents, think tropical when it comes to selecting your colors. You can take turquoise and any shade of this color should have a main role in the formation of a room. This exuberant color with sidekicks of green and coral or tangerine will bring the wonder of the clear waters of St. Croix. Start from the ground up and include turquoise in your rugs, your pillows, throws and at least one hanging element from your ceiling. You can keep it simple and soothing, or you can go all out with a range of unexpected colors. Put a modern touch on Caribbean style, adding brilliance in the least expected places.

CRISP TEXTILES When it comes to textiles in the Caribbean-style home, think crisp. White is a popular choice, either as a background hue for colorful embroidered designs or as a contrast to other textiles in more saturated tones. The combination of bedding’s rich tropical hues and white sheets is striking and inviting.

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WOODEN ACCENTS Bringing wooden accents into the Caribbean-style home creates a sense of depth, contrast, and history, especially when your wooden pieces seem to tell a story. Mahogany, rattan, bamboo, and woven pieces that add texture to your space are excellent choices for Caribbean spaces. In fact, many rooms decorated in this style create a sense of richness through the contrast of white walls and wooden trim.


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TROPICAL GREENERY When creating a Caribbean feel, don’t underestimate the power of tropical greenery. Even if your home isn’t surrounded by lush blooms (or doesn’t have the light required to help your favorite tropical potted plants thrive), it’s often possible to purchase cut tropical greenery year-round. However, silk tropical leaves can last forever, making this choice as cost-effective as it is stylishly dramatic! Greenery can add a fresh look to your space, from all-white interiors to rooms that incorporate a range of colors. Bringing a touch of nature indoors connects you with the natural beauty of tropical environments. Sometimes one palm leaf can set a Caribbean tone. FURNITURE The furniture is going to be some of the more prominent décor in your Caribbean-styled home, so it’s important to get it right. Caribbean furniture a lot of the time is made out of wood, wicker or even bamboo. You want to be using color materials for the fabric, decorated with patterns and styles that come from the islands. You want to try and bring out the life of the island in the furniture – so nothing that doesn’t look natural. WALLS Walls and wall styles play a big part in Caribbean decor. A lot of the homes in the region aren’t just a plain color and instead adopt patterns or two colors. For example, a lot of the time you might find a bluer pattern bottomed with a beautiful yellow top. They are also a fan of flora wallpaper. Again, you are trying to replicate the natural flora of the island, so get creative. ACCESSORIES Caribbean decor loves pottery, and you should also if you want your home to be just as gorgeous. Use pots everywhere. Houses in the Caribbean are also very fond of plants and flowers. So try and bring some of these into the house. Like I have said a few times in the article, a lot of the decor comes from trying to bring the natural flora of the islands inside. So you want your house to have a bit more pirate-inspired decor? A yo ho ho and a bottle of rum sort of thing, eh? No? Ok, how about bringing the tropical paradise of the Caribbean to your home with some Caribbean inspired home decor. Your home or just a special place in your home may not be in the Caribbean, but you can at least pretend it is with a few interior design tips! V Helen Houston is a certified staging and redesign specialist. She is the owner and principal at Staging Spaces and Redesign. Contact Helen at helen@stagingspaces.biz or by calling (702) 346-0246.

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Ornamental Hero Tree Honors Fallen Officers,

Human and K9 Alike

By Michelle Brooks


nside of the Mesquite Municipal Courthouse you will find one man’s amazing tribute to America’s police officers in the form of a seven-and-a-half-foot Christmas tree adorned with blue ornaments, each one inscribed in gold foil vinyl for fallen officers from around the United States.

William Hoggard thought of the Ornamental Hero Tree a few years ago. His idea was to create ornaments for the tree to pay respect to fallen officers nationwide, human and K9 alike. The tree would ultimately raise money for wounded officers and their families to help them with unexpected hospital bills or expenses. William, who grew up in Mesquite, is the Vice President of the local tri-state chapter of the Sentinels Motorcycle club and is an officer himself. William served nine-and-a-half years as a Detention Officer with Mojave County in Arizona before transferring to a Deputy position in Eureka County, Nevada.


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The Sentinels Motorcycle Club, a group that is made up of active and retired law enforcement, formed in Denver, Colorado in 2006. William and several others began the tri-state chapter in Mesquite in January of 2019. The tristate club has members in Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. William’s Ornamental Hero Tree started to take shape when the City of Mesquite and the Mesquite Police Department donated the space for the tree. William and fellow members of the Sentinels Motorcycle group raised the tree in the courthouse very shortly after. William began making ornaments for the Ornamental Hero Tree in December of 2018 and has funded the tree and the ornaments on his own. As of July 2019, he had personally made over eighty ornaments for the tree. When William completes each batch of ornaments he and the Sentinels meet at the courthouse to hang them on the tree. William said, “The Sentinels have been a huge help in getting everything together.” The Hero Tree’s ornaments will not make their home on this tree

permanently. William personalizes each ornament with the officer’s name and with their title, rank, the agency that they worked for and their “end of watch” date. He plans to send all of the ornaments each year at the beginning of December to the agencies where the officers worked. The families will receive the ornaments before Christmas so they may place them on their own trees. William wants each family to know, “Their loved one is gone but they have been honored.” V If you would like to donate to the Ornamental Hero Tree please send a check to Sentinels Motorcycle Club, P.O. Box 487, Littlefield, AZ 86432. Please indicate on the memo line or send a note indicating that the donation is for the tree. Donations will go to help with the cost of making the ornaments, for shipping them to their respective agencies and to helping wounded officers and their families. You can also find more information and contact William about the Ornamental Hero Tree on Facebook at Facebook.com/ornamentalheros. To see the Ornamental Hero Tree in person, stop by the Mesquite Municipal Courthouse at 500 Hillside Drive, Mesqutie Nevada.

The Sentinels Motorcycle Club - Left to Right: Kristi (Sweetpea) Terry, Wendy (Chrome) Jacobs, Curtis (McPhly) Terry, Celia (Boomer) Hoggard, William (Slycat) Hoggard, Michael (Beezer) Hoggard, Chris (Braker) Ziehm, Lincoln (Link) Knighton, Krystal (Kaz) Williams and Junior (Jr) Bundy

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FALLing for Organization

By Sydnee Hatfield


reparing for the fall sets us up for success. With the weather finally cooling down, now is the time to prep for the changing season. Fall seems to fly by in an instant. One minute it’s the first day of autumn, the next day its Halloween, then Thanksgiving and suddenly BAM were right into New Years. Using some of the tips below can get you prepped and ready for the busyness that’s about to ensue.

YARD Any items that will be stored for the season should be cleaned off beforehand. Things like chair cushions, umbrellas, outdoor sports equipment, hammocks, and pool toys should be put up for the season. They can be kept in a garage or shed. If you don’t have the luxury of space, bigger items can be sheltered with weatherproof covers, and smaller items can be contained in weatherproof bins or storage containers and then can be stacked up out of the way.


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GARAGE FUN FACT: The Saturday following Labor Day is National Clean out Your Garage day. TAKE EVERYTHING OUT, for two reasons. One reason is that you can see all that you have, and the second reason is to clear the space so that you have a blank canvas to later map the area out. (Use your driveway for extra space) SORT THINGS INTO LIKE CATEGORIES Outdoor/ gardening Sports equipment Seasonal décor Extra supplies (food storage, drinks, paper products) DOWNSIZE – Any non-crucial items that have not been used within the last few years should be let go of, in order to make space for things commonly used and that are often brought into the space. PLAN THE LAYOUT FOR THE SPACE - Keep things that you access often, in areas you can easily get to. PUT EVERYTHING AWAY – Invest in wall hooks, and storage racks if necessary, to get things up off the ground.

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OPEN DAILY: 4pm – 9pm EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: 4pm – 5pm Reservations Recommended TripAdvisor’s #1 rated restaurant in Mesquite celebrates a taste of Mesquite with exquisite cuisine fired on a Mesquite wood grill. With two dining rooms, one more reserved and the other with a relaxed clubhouse feel, Gregory’s Mesquite Grill is perfect for a nice dinner or a romantic special occasion. 275 Mesa Blvd

Mesquite, NV 89027

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KITCHEN Rotate out seasonal things. Picnic supplies and summer gadgets should be moved up in the pantry or storage area to make room for fall equipment. Any seasonal serving dishes, baking tools, and cook wear should be moved to more easily accessible areas. Check the expiration on seasoning and any fall food items from previous years. {Tip - For those that already know your major holiday meal plans, you can get a jump start on shopping for those nonperishable items needed, a few months early.}

CLOTHING The best time to go through your seasonal clothes is at the end of each season, as they are the clothes worn, or not worn, most recently. We should let go of any items that are worn down, or that are not used. With fewer items kept; it is easier to make storage decisions for those seasonal pieces. Swimsuits, cover-ups, shorts, tank tops, flip flops, and hats should be moved to make room for the fall wear. GUEST PREP Another way to set you ahead for the fall season is to prepare for your holiday guests. If you have a guest room, go through and remove any items that may have been placed there as temporary storage. Thin out the closet or drawers that they may use. Wash your extra sheets, blankets, and towels, then re-organize the area they are contained in for quick grab situations. V You’ve got this! Happy fall y’all. Sydnee is the ownder of Organized Paradise and can be reached by email at: organizedparadise@outlook.com or you can follow her on Facebook

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Provide Opportunities for Women in Science By Becki Bronson, Communications & Public Relations Manager for Cedar City Hospital and Garfield Memorial Hospital

Annie Bowles


or Dixie State University recent graduate Annie Bowles, choosing to attend Dixie State was the best decision she could have made.

“One of my parents’ friends, Professor David Jones, was chair of the Biological Sciences Department at Dixie State,” Bowles shared. “I’ll never forget his advice to me: ‘You make your own education wherever you go,’ meaning the opportunities were right there for me at Dixie State, and if I worked hard and applied myself, I could be highly successful and achieve whatever goals I wanted.” Professor Jones was right. During Bowles’ time at DSU, she worked at SoftCell Biological Research, interned at the world-renowned Stanford Oncology Research Lab, and worked on research for endangered dwarf bear claw poppies, which only grow in St. George. “When interviewing with Stanford, I told them how much I love science, and how I’d love to go and work at Stanford,” Bowles recalled. “The next day, I got a phone call that said I got to go. I’m not a crier, but I cried!” Thanks to a partnership among Dixie State, Intermountain Healthcare, and Stanford, the internship is an all-expense paid opportunity in which Bowles, along with other DSU students, worked with cancer researchers including Lisa McPherson, Ph.D., and James Ford, M.D. “We worked right there with them, in the lab, doing actual experiments. It was incredible,” Bowles said. “Three of the experiments focused on testing new growth that had been developed and studying breaks in DNA strands. We used fluorescent probes to study biological samples, too. And for being a lab known the world over for its renowned research, everyone at the Stanford Lab was just so nice.” Bowles’ experience at Stanford led her to informatics, which is the science of how to use data, information, and knowledge to improve human health and the delivery of health care services. She worked hard to complete her four-year degree in three years at Dixie State and then went on to earn a master’s degree in informatics from the University of Utah this spring. For her master’s thesis project, Bowles built a database that sought to increase the predictive power of the use of deep brain stimulation as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease. With her degrees in hand, Bowles is excited to help those suffering from disease be healthy and maybe someday even be cured. “Clinical decision support tools are very appealing to me and something I know through my research experience and a Master's degree that Intermountain Healthcare, in partnership with Stanford and Dixie State, is leading out on,” Bowles said.


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Plus, Bowles would like to see more young people, especially girls and women, find success in science. “There aren’t as many women in these fields, but I feel that there are a few things that can help change that,” Bowles said. “Looking back, I wish I would have taken math and science every year of high school, and I wish I would have started coding while I was in high school. Even in a field like informatics, it’s taught me that coding is so useful for so many fields. Even if you’re an English person, if you know coding it will help you.” Knowing that studying science is not the easiest route, Bowles offers the same advice to others that was once given to her by Professor Jones: “You make your own education wherever you go.” To find great success in a career field, Bowles says, it’s important to remember that one doesn’t necessarily have to be gifted or a perfect student. She says the key to success is good, old-fashioned hard work. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that Dixie State University has provided to me personally, but also, allowing these opportunities for student partnerships and experiences that will successfully lead even more students to this field,” Bowles said. “The opportunities are there. Be prepared to work hard and there’s nothing you can’t do.” V For more information visit: www.dixie.edu.

Annie Bowles at Stanford

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By Paige Anderson


e at Hole Foods Bakery are so excited to open our shop in our hometown. We are lifelong local residents who decided to start a crazy adventure as a family, which has turned into more than we could have imagined. We look forward to providing the community with scrumptious donuts and deliciously huge cookies. We arrive early in the morning each day to make all of our items from scratch. Our menu will include donuts, fritters, filled donuts, cinnamon rolls, a variety of cookies, coffee, and coke fountain drinks. We can't wait to host a full lobby of guests which will soon feature a small seating area to enjoy your drinks and treats. We will open at 5:30 am and close when our items have sold out for the day. V Hole Foods Bakery is located at 12 W Mesquite Blvd #114, Mesquite, NV 89027. Find us on Facebook and Instagram @holefoodsbakery.

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he 20th Annual Moapa Valley Car, Boat, & Motorcycle Show will take place in Overton, NV on Saturday October 19, 2019. Moapa Valley Chamber of Commerce has been sponsoring this show for decades, and every year it just gets better and better. This is not just another car show in a parking lot. The Moapa Valley Car Show is held at the Overton Park with plenty of grassy areas to stake your spot, spread out a blanket, pop up your canopy, and enjoy the fun. The vehicles entered in this show have always included plenty of locals, as well as participants from further away who travel for this show every year. This year there are entrants from Southern Nevada, Southern California, and Southern Utah.


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This year, they will have Guest Celebrity Judge - Frank Storick - from "Counts Customs" Shop in Las Vegas - seen on the TV Show "Counting Cars" as part of the judging process. Along with the Car, Boats, and Motorcycles on display events will also include: ENTERTAINMENT Music Food-Drink Raffles Vendors Kid’s Corner Classic Car Activities Moreno’s Bounce House Moapa Valley Fire District Equipment Display

CONTESTS Ugliest Street Driven Licensed Vehicle Open Headers Mustaches and Beards Pie Eating

The Moapa Valley Car Show has always been a community event that draws large crowds, and we look forward to seeing you there! V Corporate Advertising Sponsorships are available. To learn more about the Moapa Valley Car, Boat and Motorcycle Show, register a vehicle, become a sponsor, or submit for a Vendor Booth, please visit: https://moapavalleychamber.com/event/20th-annual-moapa-valley-car-boat-motorcycle-show/

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St. George Regional Airport

to Re-Open Better Than Ever in September

By David Cordero


eventeen feet. What does that number mean? It might be one dimension of your master bedroom. Perhaps it’s the length of a parking spot. Now think depth. It’s difficult to imagine how deep 17 feet can feel until you are inside a pit, workers excavating around you. Since the end of May there has been near non-stop activity at the St. George Regional Airport (SGU), closed for air travel for a 120-day period between May 29 and Sept. 25 during the SGU Runway Project. The construction site has been buzzing with activity as more than 100 employees with JP Excavating dig 17 feet under the surface to replace 5,400 feet — more than one mile — of runway. How did we get to this point? It’s a long story. The condensed version goes like this:

The soil under parts of the runway have expanded more than others, causing undulations.These undulations created cracks in the runway, causing a potential for unsafe conditions. SGU patched several areas and were prepared to continue patching, yet the Federal Aviation Administration informed them the runway needed to be replaced. The remedy involved excavating to a depth of 17 feet, removing the expansive soil, filling a depth of five feet with a neutralized clay plug and adding approximately 12 feet of suitable fill material. The fix includes adding Geomembrane Liner which functions as a water barrier, covered by four inches of specified drainage rock, miles of underdrains and finished with six inches of road base and pavement.

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If it seems like a major public works project, that’s for good reason. Nearly 900,000 cubic yards of potentially swelling soils have been removed from under the runway — weighing a total of about 3.8 billion pounds. If one person were trying to excavate that amount with a shovel, it would take the person 430 years — with no breaks! The project culminates in the re-opening of SGU Sept. 26th. That same day the airport adds Dallas-Fort Worth via SkyWest to the list of major cities SGU services. “The easier St. George is to access from major cities throughout the USA, the more diverse our economy will become as it expands opportunities for our residents and businesses,” said Shirlayne Quayle, Economic Development and Housing Director. “One example of this is the addition of our fifth major destination. When we re-open Sept. 26, we will begin once-daily service to and from Dallas-Fort Worth, connecting St. George to 92 new destinations via that hub. This will enhance our direct flight list which includes Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Denver, and Phoenix.” While the runway is under construction, some minor renovations to the terminal were being made, including a second TSA check line and large fans to cool waiting passengers. Also, a building is planned to house existing snow broom equipment. Soon, SGU will look to expand the jet apron and the terminal building.


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While the City and those associated with the airport regret that the scope of repairs required a temporary shutdown, taxpayers can take solace in the fact no general fund dollars are being spent on the project. Federal money accounts for approximately 91 percent of the funding. The remainder comes from Passenger Facility Charges for those who fly out of St. George. “If you aren’t flying, you’re not paying for the repairs,” said Airport Manager Rich Stehmeier. Surrounded by gorgeous red rocks and an average of about 300 days of sunshine per year, St. George has been a winter haven for those in colder climates around the region. Yet in recent years the city has

emerged as so much more. St. George is the largest city in Washington County and the eighth-largest city in Utah. Its metropolitan area is home to more than 170,000 residents and St. George has consistently ranked as one of the fastestgrowing areas in the nation for the last two decades. New residents from across the country and Canada are attracted to St. George’s gorgeous surroundings, world-class healthcare, mild climate, active lifestyle and proximity to unrivaled recreation. Scenic beauty abounds, including Snow Canyon State Park, Quail Creek, and Sand Hollow Reservoirs, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell, and Grand Canyon National Park.

Recently, St. George ranked among the most secure and best places to live in the United States and was rated among the top 10 best small cities in the country for business and careers by Forbes. St. George has also attracted high-profile events as its stature has grown. Since 2010 the city has hosted an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 race every year — and in 2021 will welcome the world to St. George with the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. Our new and improved airport makes access that much easier. V www.flysgu.com 4550 S Airport Pkwy St George, UT 84770 (435) 627-4080

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Gregory Dumitru, DDS

Dr. Dumitru established Virgin Valley Dental in 1999, which was originally in a smaller practice across town. Dr. Dumitru studied at Pacific Union College and then graduated in the Top 10 of his class from the Loma Linda University dental school in 1995. Some of the more advanced training that he has received includes treatment methods for progressive orthodontics and implant systems. He has also studied with the prestigious Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.

Nathan Harris, DDS

Dr. Harris joined the Virgin Valley Dental team in 2008. Growing up, he enjoyed great experiences with his family dentist and orthodontist, which inspired him to pursue a career in dentistry. After receiving a degree in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah in 2003, he went on to attend The Ohio State College of Dentistry, graduating in 2007 in the Top 10 of his class.

Dr. Gregory Dumitru and Dr. Nathan Harris 760 West Pioneer Blvd. Mesquite, NV 89027

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The Fear Factor By Judi Moreo


hat frightens you? What ghosts and goblins of your past are lurking in the deep recesses of your mind? What monsters do you fear are blocking your path to your future? We all have fears. It is what you believe about them and how you face them that will determine your course in life.

There is a direct correlation between our achievements in life and the confidence we have in ourselves. And, our confidence is directly related to how focused we are on our fears. We perform as well as we believe we will. Whenever we feel good about ourselves and are doing well…whether in our relationships or our careers…we are demonstrating our self-confidence. Whenever we allow our fears to influence our actions and, therefore, our results, we give up our power and base our self-image on false ideas and concepts. Many of us are still allowing the fears we had years ago to affect our reality today. Give them up! Challenge yourself to bring your fears out into the light of day. Examine them closely. The clearer you are about what they are, the easier it will be to overcome them or simply let go of them. Often, when we turn on the porch light, the ghost we fear the most is simply a small child shivering beneath a sheet. You know in your heart you can either accept things as they are or take the responsibility to change them. You will be happier if you feel you have control over your own circumstances. Don’t be a victim who sits around being stuck in fear and bad habits… just waiting for your luck to change, believing you are always in the wrong place at the wrong time or even thinking you must wait for the planets to align. Be a lifelong learner instead. It is important to realize that even though we’ve gotten this far, we must not think we can stop learning. We can be more, do more, have more and enjoy more of life if we will develop the practice of lifelong learning. No matter what circumstances we are in or what age we are, there is always something we can learn to make life better, easier, more fun or more exciting. Keep learning. Become the best you can be at whatever you are doing whether it’s being a parent, working at a trade or in a service position, or conditioning your body. Do it to the best of your ability. Or do something completely new. Find a challenge. Be adventurous. Explore the possibilities. Learning keeps you growing, it keeps your mind active and alert. It gives you something to look forward to every day. Learn a new word, how to make good gravy or that wonderful new chili you had last night. Learn all the words to your favorite song or how to sell on ebay. Take a class in floral design or architecture. Learn CPR or the tango. Whatever you do, do something every day. To stop learning is to become stagnant and stuck. Without learning, we lose interest in life. We become fearful and unable to face the challenges of an ever-changing world. Be awake, alive, alert and enthusiastic. You will be amazed at how much happier you will be. A rich, full life is not an arrival at a destination, it is in the journey. To make the journey, you must give up the fear. V

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t is hard to believe that Eureka Community Initiative’s Shreeek-reeka Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular is going on its 7th year. This annual event has become a community staple. The event wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers, community members and employees that put in countless hours. One of those people is Jim White, Lead Engineer at Eureka Casino Resort. Jim started building props and learning the intricacies of stage design when he was a member of the theater group as a high school student in Las Vegas. He trained and worked at many Vegas stages and theaters and from there, his passion for prop building grew. He joined the Navy, honed his skills as a civil, mechanical, and electrical engineer, and the citizens of Mesquite have been reaping the benefits ever since. On a hot, summer day in Mesquite when people are indoors, avoiding the searing sun, Jim is busy in the basement of the Eureka, toiling away. His focus is on Autumn, on cooler days, on his favorite day of the year: Halloween! Jim is planning, designing, and building props for the upcoming Shreeek-reeka Haunted House. “My goal,” says Jim, “is to plan and evaluate all my designs to create an entertaining prop, one that builds excitement and fear. The two often go hand in hand.”

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Jim White

Jim has been designing and building props for the Shreeek-reeka Haunted House, since its inception. What started as a novelty has continued to grow in size and scope; it has become a fantastic event in the local community. Last year, approximately 900 families attended Shreeek-reeka and nearly 1,200 people went through the haunted house.

In addition to Shreeek-reeka, Jim is also passionate about Mesquite’s newest project, the Mesquite Parade of Lights. He has entered the contest for the last 4 years and won 1st prize in his second effort. He thinks the bar has been raised a little higher and will continue to improve his designs and entries as time goes on. And there is one driving factor behind his push to get better and improve.

Both children and parents alike look forward to the annual event and Jim’s creepy and crawling machinations. “I hope it continues to grow and the local community looks forward to attending the next one, that it becomes a real annual tradition,” muses Jim. “I enjoy making people happy. When some folks sneak back through the haunted house for another walkthrough, I know I’ve done my job!”

“Everything that we do is to entertain the kids. I hope that all local businesses will participate in this wonderful event and continue to bring holiday joy to Mesquite.” V Shreeek-reeka will be held at Eureka Casino Resort on October 30th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The event is free to kids of all ages. There will be trick-or-treating, carnival games and a haunted house. Costumes are encouraged.

Jim White is appreciative of the local businesses and other community partners, who help with the outside activities. He says that the event would never be a success without them. These organizations that send volunteers, decorate their own booths, and participate as ghoulish actors make it a true town event.




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The Jewels of Spain and Portugal with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

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By Celece Krieger

The Loca tion: Spain and Portugal The Group: 18 Travel Connection Customers, Escorted by Rob and Celece Krieger

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Cotton House Hotel Photo: marriott.com

The Getaway: This getaway was planned almost two years ago. I knew the Douro River was one of the most scenic rivers for river cruising and I knew Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offered an incredible package starting in Madrid, Spain and ending in Lisbon, Portugal. Uniworld is completely all-inclusive, so all gratuities, meals, beverages, etc. are included onboard. Where We S tayed: There were several variations on this trip. Some of the passengers left early and began their trip in Marbella, Spain. Others started in Barcelona for a few days and then we joined together in Madrid to begin our adventure with Uniworld. In Barcelona, we stayed at the historic AC Cotton House Hotel. It was the former headquarters of the Association of Cotton House Manufacturers. The iconic building is in every way representative of the XIX century, a period which has marked the spirit and culture of Barcelona. The rooftop pool offered stunning views of Barcelona and the outdoor patio was the perfect place to begin the day with breakfast and wind down in the evening with traditional wine and tapas. The beautiful Westin Palace is ideally located near the Prado Museum and parks. We then continued to Uniworld’s Queen Isabel which provides an up-close and unforgettable view of Portugal’s Douro River Valley—a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site— renowned for its dramatic, rugged scenery and pristine waters. Named after Portugal's beloved queen, this boutique 112-passenger vessel is the most unique and stately ship on the Douro, a wonderful place to admire the region’s steeply terraced hillside vineyards and charming wine estates. After a week on the scenic Douro River, we continued to charming Lisbon and stayed at the Hotel Corinthia for two nights before returning home. Wha t We A te: A better question might be, what didn’t we eat? In Barcelona, some of us took a wine and tapas tour featuring some of Spain’s best wine and tapas. A tapa is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine and translates to a small portion of any kind of Spanish cuisine. Tapas may be cold or hot, and my personal favorite was topped with crab. The Sangria was also very popular amongst many of our guests. Not too sweet, but full of fruit and the perfect way to cool off after a long

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walk. Uniworld featured a wide variety of local dishes and sardines are famous in Portugal. They are very different than the sardines we are accustomed to in the United States. Perhaps one of the best desserts were in Lisbon, the Pastel de Nata (Custard Tart). Though the pastel de BelÊm recipe remains a secret, there exist many other versions of the egg tart across Portugal. The pastel de nata is the most iconic food of Lisbon. While the line seems miles long to try this local delicacy, Uniworld took us through the special back door to a beautiful courtyard and room decorated with the traditional blue tiles. We savored this special treat and even found people traveling with boxes full of them at the airport. A must-try when in Lisbon! Wha t We Lea rned: Overall, we discovered amazing people celebrating their culture. In Madrid, Uniworld treated our group to a private Flamenco show and dinner. The energy in the room was electric as we felt the passion of the talented performers. In Toledo, we learned Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived peacefully together here for three centuries following the Moorish conquest in 712. During the breathtaking views of the vineyards, we learned about harvesting grapes – including the crush where they still use their feet! By the way, we discovered several versions of Port wine and I found some that were very delicious and not too sweet. Of course, we learned about Cork and I think every woman on the trip bought a cork purse, backpack, wallet, shoes, jewelry, etc. From the history to the food, and culture, I think everyone learned something new. Unlike some of the larger rivers in Europe, the Douro was small, the villages were charming, and never felt crowded. Everywhere we went, the locals were eager to share their history and traditions with us and Uniworld included special events simply not available to other tours and cruises.


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Wha t T ra velers Found “The Douro River Valley was very beautiful. The tours were interesting. The food on the ship was great, service was excellent, very professional and friendly staff. Loved sitting on the top deck of the ship seeing the olive trees and terraced vineyards while cruising down the river. Amazing that the ship's staff remembered everyone’s name after the first meeting. Enjoyed the Ginja Liqueur poured into the little chocolate cup and the sugared almonds. Also, finally, we loved all the port wine including the white port, the ruby port, and the tawny port. The old churches, old squares, cobblestone streets, museums, and palaces were wonderful to see. The seaside town of Nazare with fisherman’s catch of the day drying on trays on the beach in the sun was an interesting sight to see; along with the women trying to sell the fish. Loved the town of Porto and Gaia wish we had more time to spend there.” – Frank and Laura Peais “A trip to Spain and Portugal had always been on our travel bucket list. When we were able to combine a beautiful 6-day tour through Spain and a relaxing river cruise through Portugal in May, all our dreams came true. To be able to enjoy the stunning physical beauties of each country, to learn of their powerful histories, to taste their delicious and unique recipes, and to appreciate the charming and welcoming customs and traditions of the people, enriches a traveler’s view of the people and the world around us. Every day of our trip added a richness of knowledge and appreciation to our lives. These memories will be treasured for a lifetime.” – Steve & Nelda Kissinger

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Of course, I loved traveling with some of my favorite clients – especially my parents. Sharing a trip like that together is a memory we will treasure forever. In fact, I already have group space booked for next April on the Douro River on Uniworld’s beautiful new ship, the S.S. SÃO GABRIEL! V Celece Kreiger is the owner of The Travel Connection. Call (435) 628-3636, visit www.stgeorgetravel.com, or stop by 1363 East 170 South, Suite 202, St. George, UT 84790.

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Celebrating Southern Utah’s Rich Pioneer Heritage and Welcoming Spirit By Ali Monson


he final phase of a $40 million project to redevelop nearly five acres in downtown St. George, Utah is nearing completion. This summer, project leaders at Provo-based PEG Companies (PEG) will make the final push to finish construction on The Advenire, a highly anticipated boutique hotel. Standing prominently at the corner of Main Street and St. George Boulevard across from Ancestor Square in downtown’s Historic District, The Advenire will become the first full-service four-star hotel in the area. The property joins Marriott International’s Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s diverse and dynamic portfolio of more than 160 hotels around the world that share values of vision, design, and craft through each hotel’s unique identity and guest experience. Currently, the portfolio has one other hotel in Utah – Hotel Park City.

“We are very pleased to see this mixed-use project come to fruition in our downtown!” said St. George Mayor Jon Pike. “Combining housing, retail, restaurant, office, and hotel services into one complex is part of the city’s vision of a vibrant downtown.”

Meaning “to arrive,” The Advenire’s name hearkens back to a time when weary travelers arrived at Erastus Snow’s Big House, which once stood across the street from the site to the east and served as the first guesthouse in the early days of St. George. Design elements of the 50,000 square-foot, 60-room hotel will include Dixie dormer windows, locally curated art, colorful tapestries resembling handmade rag rugs used by early settlers and other ‘pioneer chic’ touches that make for a one-of-a-kind experience. Additionally, The Advenire will boast Wood, Ash, Rye, a five-star restaurant and bakery featuring an approachable twist on regional American cuisine. The concept was created by Chef Shon Foster and Jason Neeley of the awardwinning Sego Restaurant located in Kanab, UT.

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“Ever since we began discussing this project in 2013, our mission has been to cultivate an inclusive vibe for locals and travelers alike. We worked creatively to optimize aesthetic appeal and operational excellence,” said Cameron Gunter, PEG Founder and Chief Executive Officer. In 2017, PEG opened The Shops at Green Gate Village, a charming retail project that preserved historic buildings by converting them into a shopping and dining destination. This year, the group will open City View St. George, apartment buildings touted as a key step in revitalizing St. George City’s decades-long pursuit to revitalize the downtown core. “We are very pleased to see this mixed-use project come to fruition in our downtown!” said St. George Mayor Jon Pike. “Combining housing, retail, restaurant, office, and hotel services into one complex is part of the city’s vision of a vibrant downtown.” V Project leaders aim to open The Advenire this fall. For more information and bookings, please visit www.autograph-hotels.marriott.com

By Jason Neeley


ocated in historic downtown St. George, Utah, Wood. Ash. Rye will take pride in offering an unparalleled dining experience using seasonal and regionally sourced products. Guests can enjoy the restaurant’s menu featuring a unique and comforting spin on American cuisine, fresh breads and pastries from the artisan bakery, or thoughtfully curated craft cocktails in the lounge. All showcasing a passion and commitment to artisanal and hand-crafted ingredients. With the kitchen and dining room sharing some of the same open space in the newly constructed Advenire Hotel, the ambiance created is one suited for a world-class culinary adventure. V


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ABOUT AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION HOTELS: Autograph Collection Hotels advocates for the original, championing the individuality of each of its over 160 independent hotels located in the most desirable destinations across more than 30 countries and territories. Each is a product of passion and a personal realization of its individual founder’s vision, making each hotel singular and special: Exactly Like Nothing Else. Hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality, Autograph Collection hotels offer rich immersive moments that leave a lasting imprint. For more information, please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook or follow along to be inspired by immersive moments that are #ExactlyLikeNothingElse. Autograph Collection Hotels is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com. ABOUT PEG COMPANIES: Founded in 2003 by Cameron Gunter, PEG Companies is a leading commercial real estate operator based in Provo, Utah. PEG focuses on developing quality projects that create value and return for its investors, end users, and communities. The PEG team offers considerable experience in project design, engineering, financing, city entitlements, tax incentives, construction management, marketing, property management, and offers a strategic combination of acquisition, rehabilitation, and development capabilities. PEG owns and manages more than 35 hospitality assets across the US and Canada, with over 4,230 multifamily housing units, and additional office, retail, and industrial space across the West. For more information about PEG, visit www.pegcompanies.com.

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What Kind of


Are You In the Mood For Tonight?

By Merrie Campbell-Lee


omething inspirational? How about something evocative, enriching, or educational? Better yet, something stunning, thrilling… edgy; does that sound good? On the other hand, something musical might be fun… or wait! Maybe something funny, hysterical! Oh, the possibilities… And they’re all there this fall, at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.

In your search for quality live events this fall in southern Utah, you might as well save time and go straight for the bullseye at kayentaarts.com. You’ll find a mind-blowing variety to arouse your passions, feed your mind, and stir your soul. Located in the heart of Coyote Gulch Art Village in Ivins, the Center For the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) has hosted over a hundred events—concerts, plays, musicals, open-mic storytelling, dance lectures, documentaries, you name it—in its indoor and outdoor theatres since opening in 2017. CFAK is fast becoming the go-to place for all kinds of people from all walks of life, who love all kinds of entertainment... as long as it’s good.

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START FILLING UP YOUR FALL CALENDAR WITH EVENTS FOR EVERY MOOD. KURT BESTOR ELEVATES WITH “MUSIC IN HIGH PLACES” Saturday, September 7th, 7:30pm, Outdoor Plaza Internationally acclaimed keyboardist Kurt Bestor and his band of musicians will perform “Music In High Places” surrounded by the majestic Red Rock mountain range. He’ll play original songs inspired by Nature and personal heroes like John Wesley Powell and Leonardo da Vinci. CELLO RENDEZVOUS: AN EVENING OF BEAUTIFUL CELLO ENSEMBLE MUSIC Thursday, Sept 12th 7:30pm Have you ever heard a choir of cellists perform together? The sound is powerful, sonorous and soulful, unlike anything you’ve heard. Twenty-some cellists from the Cello Society of Southern Utah deliver a delightful, moving program in the black box theatre. Soloists Nicole Pinell and Brittany Gardner will join them to perform Vivaldi's Double Cello Concerto in G Minor and Karl Jenkins' Benedictus. The concert will also include selections from Bach, Rachmaninoff, Villa-Lobos and a mashup arrangement of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody with Schubert's Serenade. “KEEP CALM & LAUGH ON," AN INFORMATIVE EVENING ON THE PLAZA WITH DR. MATT TOWNSEND. Saturday, September 28th, 7:30pm; 5:30pm Preshow dinner featuring Chef Alfredo’s tantalizing Italian dishes, on the Outdoor Plaza, Relationship Expert and comedic entertainer Matt Townsend teaches how laughter and communication make for thriving relationships. Bring a partner or come solo—all orientations welcome — to a fun, enlightening night under the evening sky. To make it a truly special night out for guests, we’ve invited Chef Alfredo’s Ristorante Italiano to prepare their best menu selections. Lecture tickets are $30, and $55 includes dinner. Save $10 when you buy two lecture/dinner tickets! LA BOHÉME, BY ST. GEORGE OPERA Oct 3rd - 5th and 11th, 7:30pm $30/$10 for students Puccini’s famous four-act Italian opera will keep you spellbound as you witness the unfolding affair between a poor poet and equally poor seamstress in 19th century Paris. The stars are a credit to the artistic talents of the local members of St. George Opera.


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ART IN KAYENTA Fine art, fine food, and fine friends make for a fine weekend Friday, October 11th to Sunday, October 13th (10am–5pm Friday & Saturday, 10am–4pm Sunday, admission is free!) Give your mind a multisensory artistic experience at Art in Kayenta. Wind your way through booths and galleries proffering art in every medium imaginable, from sculpture, to painting, to jewelry, ceramics, and more. Relax at the Beer Garden or Xetava restaurant, or sample street food from local trucks, as local musicians perform on the plaza. PAUL DRAPER: MASTER MAGICIAN & MENTALIST Saturday, Oct 12th, 7:30pm $30/10 Internationally acclaimed magician Paul Draper delivers an award-winning show of magic, music, and mentalism. Audiences of all ages will thrill…and wonder…at his gifts. ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYOND: THE MUSICAL Oct 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 7:30pm, $30), “Dead aim, deadpan, dead-on musical!”, “Hilarious! Superb! Marvelous! Out of the world!” are how critics described James Valcq’s dizzy Off-Broadway 90s musical that goes “above and beyond the call of hilarity.” Audiences ate up this irreverent spoof on 50s era naiveté—as evidenced in its abundant sci-fi space paranoia films. Set to a delicious music score ranging from Perry Como-esque to Neolithic, the buzz this musical generated was deserving of its many encore performances, and now it’s here! If you appreciate subtle humor and original if not irreverent music, this show is a “can’t-miss.”



Want to know the people in your neighborhood? These recurring events may well find a place in your favorite traditions. Come and connect with your local community at these fantastic events. COYOTE TALES. October 9th, 7:30pm with a preshow party at 6:30pm. Quickly becoming a local favorite, these open-mic style storytelling events by amateur and experienced storytellers make for captivating entertainment. Each event has a theme on which stories are based. The next Coyote Tales theme is “You Gotta Be Kidding Me.” Visit coyotetalesstories.com for more info. MOVIE NIGHTS September 17, 7:30pm These once-monthly free events are an excuse to join friends and neighbors for popcorn and a movie at the theatre. Check kayentaarts.com for the title of the next flick. VOYAGER LECTURE SERIES September 24th, 7:30pm, 6:30pm preshow, $15 Come hear master astronomer and lecturer Ron Smith cover a range of awe-inspiring topics about the

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How are the eggs in Your BASKET? by Mitch Oldewurtel


e humans love a good question, always probing, thinking, exploring. There are some questions that, for better or worse, many of us will eventually ask, one that surrounds impactful life events that can be both emotionally and financially challenging. Whether you already have your financial house in order or need a revisit, it probably means finding answers – with the help of someone who knows the way – is all the more valuable. For most of us, retirement is the ultimate destination - a land of freedom and enough money to make our dreams come true, right? To get there, you need to know: Can you live without a paycheck? Have you saved enough to live comfortably ’til age 99 (it’s a real possibility)? Enough is relative, for some, it’s living the lifestyle they’ve aspired to since they started working and for others, it’s maintaining a simple quality of life. Of course, the worst fear of all is not having enough to eat or a roof over their heads, somehow falling into poverty despite decades of prudently saving. These unanswered questions could drive investors to swing for the fences, thinking it’s necessary to take financial risks in an attempt to make up for perceived shortfalls or, conversely, being too cautious with their investments as they reach the drawdown phase of their lives. When those emotions take over, and they will, you should be able to turn to someone that you can trust as a guide.


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I am introducing myself to let you know that our Raymond James & Associates office is located close to you in a central area easy for everyone to find or I can come directly to you. As I already have many clients in this area of Cedar City, Saint George, and Mesquite. I can help you and your family run hypotheticals, even the worst-case scenarios that keep you awake at night, to show you just how confident you can be in the plan you have. Chances are, your fears are unfounded, but seeing it play out may go a long way to helping you feel prepared. Now if something changes (like you have to retire three years earlier than expected), you can see how that affects your well-laid plans too. At that point, you can make a well-informed decision if there are any adjustments that need to be made to get you back and stay on track. I have helped many others work through these same decisions and can help you navigate this stretch of road. I have over 25 years of experience working in several aspects of investments and different markets, focusing on the adult active 55+ communities. I have always worked in my client’s best interest by recommending objectives that are focused solely based on my Client’s individual goals and risk tolerance. I can also help structure your required minimum distributions from IRAs, annuity payouts, Social Security benefits and other retirement income into a steady stream of cash flow that is designed to mimic the stability

of a regular paycheck and help your money last as long as you need it to. Raymond James & Associates also offers clients a Trust and Charitable Planning Solutions and Services if so needed. Should you desire a second opinion or have any questions on your holdings, I create a comprehensive “no cost” review of all outside investments such as IRA’s, 401K’s, Pension Plans, and Non-Qualified (taxable) accounts. I truly enjoy being an Advisor for Raymond James & Associates because they are committed to providing investment and financial planning for individuals, families, and businesses since 1962. Putting clients first is at our core supported by a culture of conservative management, independence and integrity – a combination that provides strength and stability through all kinds of market conditions and we take care of our client’s financial well-being through our focus on people, not products. Raymond James has a decision-making and long-term approach to doing business – along with a fundamental belief in doing what’s right – it inspires us to work with integrity on a daily basis as we strive to provide the highest caliber of service. Just as you develop a long-term relationship with your doctor or attorney, as your Financial Advisor, I want to establish a relationship that grows over time. I can provide you with access to some of the world’s most seasoned and respected investment professionals, a superior trading and execution platform and a vast spectrum of investment choices. I began my career with the US Air Force Intelligence Operations in Colorado. My extensive experience within the financial field includes tenures with Shearson Lehman Brothers, GE Capital, Vanguard, Charles Schwab, and JP Morgan Asset Management. I enjoy time with my wife Diana, my family and 2 dogs – Ella and Max. I always love meeting new people, traveling, golfing and skiing in my spare time. I chose this area and location for the great people, awesome weather, and the exciting active communities. V I hope to hear from you! Mitch Oldewurtel Senior Vice President, Investments Office: 435-414-8355 | Cell: 480-353-8805 We thank Mitch for his contribution to this issue and look forward to many more of his articles in our ViewOn Finance section.

Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member NewYork Stock Exchange/SIPC. Any opinions are those of Silverleaf Wealth Advisory of Raymond James and not necessarily those of RJA or Raymond James. The information has been obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but Raymond James does not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Any information is not a complete summary or statement of all available data necessary for making an investment decision and does not constitute a recommendation. Investing involves risk and you may or may not incur a profit or loss regardless of strategy selected.

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remont Indian State Park (FISP) combines a state park and campgrounds with an archaeological site that has petroglyph panels, a replica pithouse and granary, a visitor center, and a history with a Hopi curse. The park, worthy of visiting for its cultural significance, also includes remnants of an early farming community where planting 3-sister crops and selectively re-planting improved crop quality and harvests over the years. Although little is known about the Fremont people, they contributed to the agricultural expertise which produces today’s bounty of corn, beans, and squash. FREMONT INDIAN STATE PARK Located 21 miles south of Richfield, Utah along Interstate-70 at exit 17 near Sevier, FISP includes Five Finger Ridge, Clear Creek and Canyon. This Fremont village was uncovered in the 1980s during Interstate-70 construction. Archaeologists found 100 structures, 19 granaries, and 37 pithouses on the Ridge, 94 sites at Clear Creek Canyon, 43 rock art sites, and 2 granaries making it one of the largest excavated Fremont settlements.

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The Fremont name was assigned in the late 1920s to people who lived between AD 300 and AD 1300 along the Fremont River, across Utah, and in parts of Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado. Separate from the Anasazi who lived further south, Fremont are characterized by trapezoidal anthropomorphic (human-like) images, unpainted black or gray pottery, clay figurines, and early farming. Road Construction & Hopi Curse Around AD 1350 the Fremont moved out, possibly migrating south to where Hopi live today, and the Paiute moved in. Prior to bulldozing a hill for the I-70 construction, archaeologists consulted local Paiutes and reported conflicting positions— some supported, others opposed the hill’s removal. Following the hill’s destruction along with 13 petroglyph panels associated with Spider Woman—a creation being who controlled weather; a Hopi religious leader put a curse on the Utah Department of Transportation. Several ensuing events were attributed to the curse including flooding, rockslides, and bridge damage. The Fremont Indian State Park visitor center was subsequently constructed where it stands today— outside the cursed area.

FADING IMAGES Erosion, rock falls, and natural weathering are slowly destroying rock art within the park, yet hundreds of etchings remain. While some images resemble Hopi designs, Amy Ramsland, FISP museum curator cautions on interpretation, “... there is a huge divide culturally through time between us and the people who created the rock art.” Ramsland joined Utah’s State Park system three years ago, holds an M.A. in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University, studied archaeology at Wheaton College in Illinois, and worked at several museums including Anasazi State Park in Boulder, Utah. She asserts, “...many of the things depicted here are sacred and may not be things that modern tribes want to share information with us about or want us to share with the public.” Themes represented in Fremont petroglyphs include bighorn sheep, turkey tracks, corn tassels depicting fields, concentric circles, spirals, rows of dots, wavy lines, stick figures, hunting scenes, and classic anthropomorphs wearing horned headdresses. Newspaper Rock, located high on a southfacing cliff, is the largest panel with over 250 images—many superimposed. Graffiti blemishes some sites in the park like the Arch of the Art and a bullet hole inflicted prior to the park’s designation pierces a horned petroglyph. Ramsland acknowledges, “We do still see some vandalism on our rock art and if it will not harm the rock art, we attempt to remove it. More frequently, however, we attempt to stop it by educating visitors to the park about how they can protect this unique place for generations to come.”


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FREMONT AGRICULTURE Petroglyphs are not the park’s only significant artifacts. Corn samples from along Five Finger Ridge were carbondated between AD 1100 and 1350 and samples of corn excavated nearby at Elsinore dated even earlier to 100 BC. Ramsland describes the ancient corn samples as being smaller than modern corn and older than previously expected. According to Ramsland, “The evidence for food at Five Finger Ridge is abundant in the macro botanical samples that were taken from the excavated sites, so it is assumed that the Fremont were committed to agriculture there, most likely beans and squash. From the granaries excavated at Five Finger Ridge, we find evidence of corn, pine nuts,

juniper seeds and bark, and cactus.” THREE SISTER CROPS Long before Europeans arrived in America, early farmers inter-planted crops referred to as three sisters. The corn stalks supported the beans that pulled nitrogen from the air and returned it to the soil and ground-covering squash vines reduced weeds and provided mulch. Through selective harvesting and replacing dating over 10,000 years, genetic archaeologists believe the hard small-kernelled teosinte grass evolved into today’s soft starchy sweet corn. In contrast, hard-kernelled multi-colored Indian corn is used for decoration,

livestock feed, and human consumption as hominy and polenta. According to the National Corn Growers Association, in 2018 America was the world’s top corn producer and exporter with 14,420 million bushels of corn. We may speculate on petroglyph meanings, but indisputably, we have benefited from agricultural improvements initiated by prior civilizations. Fremont Indian State Park preserves an ancient people’s cultural heritage in a nascent agricultural village where today’s visitors can explore the past, appreciate the contributions of those who lived before us, and wander along petroglyph paths. V

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Mesquite’s Neighborhood Assisted Living and Memory Care By Wendy D'Alessandro



esquite is a popular retirement town in southeastern Nevada—and for good reason. It’s a laid-back, friendly community that’s affordable and offers beautiful mountain views. The weather, though on the hot side during the summer months, is near perfect the rest of the year, giving people the chance to enjoy the outdoors. It’s no wonder Mission Senior Living selected this quaint town to build Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care, its newest senior living community. “Mesquite is an ideal location for a Mission Senior Living community,” says Sarah Green, VP of Operations at Mission Senior Living. “We join communities where we can be good neighbors and where residents can thrive while getting the assistance they need with daily activities. The goal is to maximize independence, connect them with social activities and focus on their well-being.” LIFE MADE EASY Assisted living is an appealing option when one understands what’s offered and why, says Salvador Gomez-Orozco, administrator at Mesa Valley Estates. “For those with health challenges or mobility issues, assisted living can help preserve their independence and enhance quality of life,” he says.


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OFFERS THE FOLLOWING CONVENIENCES AND SUPPORT: MAINTENANCE-FREE LIVING AND ASSISTANCE WITH LIFE’S DAILY ACTIVITIES. Cooking, cleaning, laundry services, and, when needed, assistance with medication management, bathing, and dressing are provided. A full-time nurse is on staff. CHEF-PREPARED HOME-COOKED MEALS. The dining team participates in annual culinary training led by a top chef to learn new skills and recipes. A friendly and professional wait team serves meals in the dining area. WELLNESS & PURPOSE. Residents help choose activities and programs coordinated by a life enrichment director. Opportunities range from lifelong learning classes, arts and music, billiards and gardening, to practicing putting on an outdoor putting green and traveling off-site to shop or attend the theater or a ballgame. HEALTH & FITNESS. A wellness director works with residents, families and medical professionals to customize care plans that promote healthy living and provide quality care. Visiting physicians have access to a private office to see residents. Community members participate in regular exercise, physical activity, and social and intellectual engagement. MEMORY CARE: The memory care team creates personalized care plans for each community member, focusing on life enrichment activities and integrating with the greater community.

THE COMFORTS OF HOME Mesa Valley Estates is a neighborhood where friends and family can gather at the bistro or coffee nook. There’s a movie theater and concierge, barbershop and beauty salon, and wellness center, as well as spacious indoor and outdoor gathering areas, raised garden boxes for resident gardeners and cozy seating areas for family and friends to visit. IS ASSISTED LIVING THE ANSWER? Deciding to move yourself or a family member to an assisted living or memory care community requires a lot of soul searching and research. Orozco suggests considering how much time and energy is needed to keep up with cooking and cleaning, yard work, and laundry, especially if there are health or mobility issues. How high are the expenses to maintain the home and take care of tasks no longer manageable? “Assisted living offers people the freedom, convenience, and support so they can use their time and energy doing what they love, safely and among friends,” he says. “Family members can go back to being a son, daughter or spouse instead of a primary caregiver.” V Orozco and the team at Mesa Valley Estates are a valuable resource for families researching assisted living and memory care communities. Visit http://mesavalleyestates.net or call (702) 344-5050 to learn more or stop by for a tour. Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care is located at 1328 Bertha Howe Ave., Mesquite Nevada.

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Mesquite Friends Help Valley Students

"Get Smart" By Linda Faas


ural Clark County is sometimes a victim of “country cousin” circumstances, being a tiny speck of the 2 million-plus population of Nevada’s most populous county. Clark County School District is fifth-largest in the nation, serving a staggering spectrum of income and ethnic diversity that equals any area of the country. Thus, when student funding is passed around, our rural students in Virgin Valley and Moapa Valley sometimes lack modern educational tools. Undereducation leads to a lack of life skills. Simple tasks like the inability to


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count customer change from a cash register become a barrier to job advancement. The need for students to master and display elementary skills has never been more important. Several years ago Dr. Ann Rice, a Mesquite resident and retired university professor, observed that the local elementary students were taking their annual reading assessment test on computers that they had little practice in operating. She quickly saw that the students’ lack of familiarity with modern technology could impact their test scores.

Times have changed the classroom. “Schools aren’t just the Three R’s anymore,” says Mesquite resident Jim Wilson. “Teachers and students need more than just textbooks and chalkboards.” The tight budget in the Clark County School District is a source of dismay for those who see opportunity passing rural students by for lack of computers and other modern tools. Rice and Wilson, longtime friends, are doing what they can to help our local students beat that learning curve. The pair are advocates for community betterment. Rice moved to Mesquite

over twenty years ago, quickly immersing herself in the work and financing of many local endeavors. She was quick to volunteer her time and was also recognized by others as an astute and generous philanthropist who could bring about positive change by sharing her considerable knowledge and life experience. Her positive outlook and genteel personality have earned her admiration and acclaim from her community. Wilson, a retiree with a strong business and accounting background, has been a high-profile leader in advocating for the arts and promoting worthy causes.

2nd & 3rd graders at work with their Chromebooks

As Rice observed the deficiency in technology in local classes, she enlisted Wilson to assist her in finding a way to help young students. They hit upon the “Adopt A Classroom” online program that connects people to schools where financial support is needed. The philosophy of the organization aligns with their own: “Every child should have equal access to the tools they deserve to be successful in school.” The non-profit has received four out of four stars and 93.98 of 100 points from Charity Navigator, which measures effectiveness and prudent use of charity donations. It is a platform where teachers and schools can register their specific need for funds and donors can volunteer to meet that need. “Everyone’s needs are different,” says Rice. “I will not give funds until I hear what a teacher or school needs or wants.” Rice and Wilson formed a private partnership called “Get Smart,” an acronym that focuses on “Giving Educators Tools.” In matching teachers’ specific requests for educational consumables with their resources, Rice and Wilson provided Virgin Valley area educators with classroom necessities that teachers themselves might have paid for out of their own pocket. The average teacher might spend about $700 a year on essential classroom supplies.

Elementary students mob Dr. Rice to thank her for their Chromebooks

Principal Hal Mortensen, of Ute Perkins Elementary School in Moapa, presented a request to Get Smart for financial support

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to provide access to technology on a 1 to 1 basis for all students in grades 3 to 5, soon expanding down to grade 1. Adopting Ute Perkins as a ‘school,’ not just a classroom, Get Smart funded purchase of a Chromebook for each student in the five grades. The Chromebook was chosen for its relatively affordable cost compared to standard laptops. Chromebooks operate on the Google Chrome operating system that utilizes the cloud to power the machine and store information rather than depending on more costly internal memory capacity in a laptop. This brought a remarkable change in the education process at Ute Perkins. The resounding success and popularity of the Ute Perkins project soon brought requests from other local schools. Today Project Get Smart has supplied every elementary and high school in the Moapa and Virgin Valleys with 1 to 1 Chromebooks for every student and teacher, grades 1 through 12. To date, Get Smart has put Chromebooks in the hands of 4,400 students in nine schools in Moapa and Virgin Valleys, including two Beaver Dam, Arizona schools that share the Virgin Valley with Mesquite and Bunkerville, Nevada. This remarkable story is being recognized by officials throughout Nevada and nationally as creating revolutionary change for these rural students. These youngsters now join the ranks of other technically advanced schools that use their Chromebooks to learn computer code to power robots and 3D printing. The upper-grade elementary students are becoming “computer


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geeks” who troubleshoot equipment problems and teach the younger grades how to maximize Chromebook use in doing classroom assignments. And those standardized tests that are administered on computers? No problem. All the kids understand how to operate the testing machine so they can concentrate on displaying their reading speed and comprehension. Rice and Wilson have been recognized as model donors in the Adopt A Classroom program. And they were recently awarded the Kenny Guinn Blue Ribbon Award for citizen support in the Clark County School District. What’s ahead for Rice and Wilson? They say Get Smart takes its cues from the teachers and schools. Their philosophy in giving is to effectively provide tools that are requested: Teachers ask, Get Smart helps. Their range of support in the schools runs from sound and lighting equipment for music and theatre programs, to travel funding for attendance of regional and national student competitions. They fund scholarships for Virgin Valley and Moapa Valley seniors who are headed for college or trade school. Because this is a privately funded, privately operated philanthropy, response to requests is speedy and laser-focused. To date, Get Smart has provided well over $1 million in diverse support to our ten rural schools. Wilson points to pending grants of $25,000 each for Mack Lyon Middle School and Moapa Valley High School as the Get Smart path in the year ahead. The principals who requested the two grants plan to expand their STEM (Science/Technology/ Engineering/Math) curricula to encourage creativity and innovation in students. Sometimes described by others as a ”superhero,” Rice prefers to defer accolades to the accomplishments of the kids who use Get Smart’s tools. As she celebrates her 91st birthday, Rice will tell you she wants to spend her money now, while she can enjoy seeing the impact her gifts can have on the next generation. Her selfless generosity and Wilson’s dedicated stewardship of Project Get Smart create a shining star that others can follow to cut through the despair of undereducation and make this a better world. V

Dr. Ann Rice and Jim Wilson sponsored VVHS student at Skills USA Competition

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Back to School?

Doggie School, That Is! By Anita DeLelles


all is around the corner and our thoughts turn back to school. For many, that means books and homework. If you’re a dog, however, it’s more about playing and learning better social and behavioral skills. It can be a lot of fun for dog parents as well - a chance to bond and interact, while stimulating your dog’s mind and body. Playing games with your dog is a great way to teach even old dogs new tricks.

and making new friends (human and canine). If your pooch already knows the basics: sit, down, shake, don’t stop there. Classes are offered that teach tricks, games and even dancing. That’s right — Dancing with your Dog is now a thing, and can be great fun! Combining music and movement, it takes communicating and bonding with your dog to new heights. And your dog is never going to judge how well you can dance!

Taking time to work with your dog is an ideal way to strengthen your connection with your dog. What could be more fun than increasing your physical activity together

Dogs in general like to please their guardians and look for ways to do this. Our responsibility is to recognize the signs of boredom in our dogs and find creative ways to engage them


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in activities they find rewarding and stimulating. Anyone can participate in these exciting sport classes for dogs. Dancing not your thing? Not to worry, there are many other games & activities that you can learn to play with your dog. Classes that reinforce their basic learning skills, while introducing you both to new forms of recreation. Not to mention it can be great entertainment at your next dinner party. How impressed will your friends be when “Fluffy” can perform amazing feats like finding the remote or opening the cabinets. Yes, you can train almost any dog to play games and learn a host of new tricks. Tricks can become tasks or household chores like in picking items up off the floor or turning on lights. If it’s beginning to sound like hard work, rest assured you can be as active or passive as you like and still participate. Group classes offer a wonderful social aspect to the learning — faceto-face socialization, not in the virtual world! You can meet likeminded people and enjoy a relaxed, rewarding atmosphere. Looking for a trainer or training facility is as important as finding a good groomer or Veterinarian. Top on your list needs to be the method used for training by the instructor. This must be fun and rewarding for both you and your dog. Look for a trainer and facility that only use positive reinforcement training. That is, reward-based only, treats, toys or even just lots of praise and cuddles. Not shouting, shocking or other forms of dominance or punishment. Our dogs need to feel safe and have plenty of room to work, as their guardian, you want to find a place that offers a secure area, comfortable surroundings, and a knowledgeable teacher. WOOF! Wellness Center offers this type of class in a safe, clean environment. You may be asking yourself, can my dog do that? He's too old, he is not food motivated, he doesn’t behave well... Guess what, that’s all OK! Every dogs is encouraged to work at their own level, allowed to become more confident and learn to trust your cues. You may even find that they are are not as “unruly” as you thought. Once in a group setting, they can learn to work and even play with the other dogs in a controlled environment. So as you prepare for ‘back-to-school’, remember to include the furry members of the family and try some dog-sport classes. It can be fun and rewarding and it’s a great way to achieve new levels of connection with your dog. V For more information visit: www.woofcenter.com. WOOF! Wellness Center 3199 Santa Clara Dr, Santa Clara, UT (435) 275-4536.

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The Man Behind the Nuthouse of Beaver Dam

Art Combe Desert Horticulturist

By Elspeth Kuta


nursery, and as a young boy he tagged along always learning. He was hooked and fascinated by the world of plants for the rest of his life.

Born March 9, 1903 near Ogden, Utah. His Grandfather and parents gardened because they lived way out in the country. It was miles from any store, so they ate what they had on hand and produced nuts and fruits for sale along with running a dairy farm. In 1870 his grandfather established a

From 1928 to 1930 he was teaching horticulture in White River, Arizona. He was out with his students exploring old caves and made the discovery of a lifetime. Deep inside, sitting on a ledge of a chilled cave was a corked, ancient basket woven vessel that had been dipped in pitch. Inside he found watermelon seeds, which he immediately recognized by their shape; although he had never seen them colored red. He was unable to determine the age but speculated they were anywhere from a few hundred to a thousand years old.

rt Combe came to Beaverdam in 1955 where he created an exceptional nursery specializing in nuts, cacti and desert plants. Locally known as the Nuthouse however the only nuts sold were pistachios and pine nuts in season. A self taught master horticulturist he spent a lifetime developing new varieties of grains, melons, and fruit and nut trees.

He saved these seeds for forty years and then decided to plant them. They produced a misshapen ancient watermelon with a handle like stem, with bunches of seeds but a flesh that was absolutely delicious. Not one to keep things to himself he sent some of the original seeds to the seed bank at the University of Arizona in 1987. In 1955 after retiring from farming up near Ogden, Utah and turning his successful nursery over to his sons he moved to our neck of the woods, Beaver Dam, AZ. He settled in Beaver Dam because of the wonderful and generous people that lived there. First living down by the wash in a converted bus and then on the Sept/Oct 2019 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


property of his good friends the Walters. The Walters ran a store aptly named the Trading Post. He loved this unique area, this is the only place in the USA where the Mojave, Sonoran, and Great Basin Deserts meet. His time was spent prospecting, hunting different species of plant which he was permitted to do, and helping the Walters with chores. The Walters deeded him some land north of the trading post and Art lost no time in developing a garden. After clearing the land he planted cacti, desert shrubs, and fruit and nut trees. Ever curious, he read about pistachios and he decided to experiment with some seeds and budwood he had received from Dr. Anderson of the University of California. He put in his first orchard in the area and it did so well that ten years later he put in a second. Within a short time friends and visitors were stopping by for advice on drought-resistant plants that would grow well in the desert. It was not long until Art opened his second nursery specializing in Desert Orchids, cacti, and drought resistant plants. In the remote northwest corner of Arizona visitors came from around the world. Local and out of state universities came to see what this wonderful man was doing. Art would take time to show and explain his meticulous approach to raising and tending plant life. To sum it up in his own words, “To tell the truth, I love plants, just like I do people. I enjoy tending them. Many of my choice plants, which I call my pets, have been given to me by friends.


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Each time I water or prune them, I think of the person that gave them to me. A lot of people like murder mysteries. I have the same feeling, only I like to unravel the mysteries of plants. I just love matching wits with them, it's a challenge. The mystery’s there, I'll just keep at it to find out all about it. It gives me something to live for. I could never hope to get it all done, but the possibilities are tremendous.” Art passed away on January 23, 1991 at the age of 87. His tombstone reads: “May he rest in peace in the desert he so loved.” If you are interested in growing some of those drought and heat resistant watermelon, all you need to do is google ancient watermelon and you can find sites that still sell seeds. V

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10 Great Tips: Preparing for Fall

By Keith Buchhalter


elcome back Snowbirds! We hope you have enjoyed your summer homes, and are ready to share with us the excellent weather characteristic of our region in the autumn and winter months.

As you get ready to come back, there are a few essential things to do before making that trip, some of them are the same things you did this Spring before you left us. Here are 10 great tips:


Mail: If you had your mail forwarded be sure to contact the United States Postal Service (USPS) and do this in sufficient time before you leave your Winter home, so things don’t go to the wrong destination in the interim.



Fridge: Clean out your fridge and freezer of all perishables, leaving only condiments, and empty the freezer of ice and food in case of a power interruption or, empty the refrigerator and turn it off, leaving the door propped open.




Electronics: Unplug your TVs, computers, and any electronics to avoid power surges.

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Set your furnace to a lower temperature.

Lock all windows and doors and close blinds and draperies.

Service Reconnection: If you put your phone, internet and cable services on hold for the summer, remember to have them reconnected before you head back to your Winter home. Driving home: Plan your route ahead of time, check the weather for your route home, and make hotel reservations in advance. Have your vehicle serviced, check the tire pressure, brakes, and fluids levels before you go Packing: Pack a small carry-on bag with all that you need for the journey and take this into your hotel at night.

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Vehicle Documents: Make sure your car registration and insurance cards are in the vehicle. Water: Pack a small case of bottled water, so you have plenty for the journey, and your hotel stays.

We hope you enjoy these tips, from all of us at OPD5, welcome back! V

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Pete Leadenham: The Face Behind the Senior Sampler By Tim Taylor


ho would have thought that a boy born twentythree days after D-Day (1944) in Doncaster, England would be living in St. George in 2019. Yet here we are looking at a life full of adventure, struggle, illness, and service. The life of Pete Leadenham. Peter Leadenham is that boy born in Doncaster England those many years ago during a time the world was upside down in a long bloody war. Growing up in a post war world was good, however his struggles were just beginning. As a young boy, he suffered from asthma and other lung problems which were compounded by the high humidity, cold and the pervasive use of tobacco in his nation. Pete was drawn to music, making it a center of his young life for many years. Today it’s a hobby. Coming of age during the time of the Beatles and other bands were changing the world around them with their music, Pete wanted to be in the mix. He put together a band and played as many "gigs" as he and his band could handle. Most of the gigs were in pubs full of alcohol and smoke. Not good for a young man with lung problems yet he continued to play because he loved music and pleasing the crowd, especially the girls. Can you imagine a young man around hundreds of girls ogling him just because he played an electric guitar and sang popular songs? He was in heaven, or what a young man perceives as heaven. This is where he met the love of his life, Barbara.


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The beauty queen from Scunthorpe with perfect everything and piercing eyes to match. Not even the logical hardworking beauty queen could stop from falling in love with this cheeky (joker) young man from Doncaster. It’s a good thing it rains a lot in England because their romance would have started the Island on fire it was so intense. I don’t have permission to elaborate, however those of you that may have experienced the same thing, you already know and those that don’t, use your imagination. Pete and Barbara married and began their family. Pete working for Barbara's father in construction and playing in the pubs at night.

clock some times to accommodate the people they served. The incredible care they gave to each client created a great many friendships with people all around the world. If you know Pete and Barbara and have had a taste of their hospitality you understand. They were all about service with a smile even before it was vogue. Taking care of people to ensure their well being is second nature to this couple. And yes, they were not above having their children help them to give them an experience they could have no other way. For many years this continued as a 24/7 life with family, business and again called to serve a congregation for his church. This time however while serving in one place he was called to serve another congregation at the same time. Two congregations, a family, a business and life all going at the same time. During all this Pete's health had only improved marginally. He was still getting sick and requiring care when he was striving to care for others. His experience with missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in England and Spain. Pete and Barbara were given an offer to visit Utah. During a visit, they were taken to see St. George. It is from this visit that they with prayerful consideration decided to come to Utah to live, St. George to be exact. So they packed up the kids that had not left the nest and headed off to St. George.

With all the music of the day and the time in the pubs, one might think Pete lived a life of a bohemian. I'm sure that if you asked him he would say he did just to see your reaction. He is a joker after all. With all the things he did during this time of his life he still had great faith in his Heavenly Father. A faith that has seen him through some very tough times. As Pete and Barbara were raising their family he received a call to serve his church which took an inordinate amount of his time. Working construction, raising a family, serving his church, and playing the occasional gig he found himself becoming more ill more often. At one point he was unable to go to visit with members of his congregation so Barbara would go and get the members and bring them to him. Barbra was the consummate organizer able to get anything done that needed to be done. At the advice of his doctor, he and Barbra sought a dryer climate to live in. So off to Spain they went.

Pete and Barbra lived in St. George as long as they could on the money they had saved. Not being citizens and not having work visas made life a little difficult at times. They sought a way to stay here because this climate gave Pete a renewed life. The windows of heaven were opened and they found that they could stay here if they were business owners. Then into their lives came the opportunity, The Senior Sampler. A local senior paper that helped those 50 and over with the everyday struggles and cares

They packed up the family and moved them to Spain. While there they created a business to take tourists around various places in Spain and provided food, housing, and transportation for them. Pete and Barbara worked around the

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they had. It was not easy at first like most things are not to learn to be an editor, writer, layout technician and janitor. They poured their heart and soul into building the Senior Sampler into the most regarded senior paper, I think in the nation. Because the ownership of the paper provided for their family and was a gift from God they treated it, the readers and advertisers as the gift they are. They have used this gift to enhance the community by supporting the community activities to help this area blossom. Blessing the lives of countless readers with the information needed to make their lives better. Serving our veterans in a way only the stories of their lives and experiences could. In 2011 they spent the entire year celebrating veterans through sharing stories and sponsoring activities for our veterans to show the men and women of our armed forces they will not be forgotten. Through the years Pete and Barbara took the paper from a four to six-page black and white print to today's 28 page color beauty. With all the changes in our lives and with technology the Senior Sampler still provides the gratitude to the readers it always has. Even with the loss of Barbara a few years ago, Pete continues to serve our community with love and gratitude for the gift that God gave them both so Pete could live with less illness and be cheeky to all he meets. He loves this nation and city for giving him the opportunity to serve them. The Senior Sampler is truly the heart and soul of Pete and Barbara. The Senior Sampler is the heart and soul of our senior community.V


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Visit London and Italy with SUU’s Community Travel Program Experience European Culture, Cuisine and History By Susie Knudsen | Photos courtesy of SUU Community on the Go: Community on the Go


he popular SUU Community on the Go travel program makes it possible for southern Utah residents to experience world cuisine, and visit historic sites, museums, galleries, and theatres. Among its list of upcoming travel opportunities are two expert-led trips to London in December 2019 and the coast of Italy in March 2020. For “Christmas in London,” Community on the Go will lead art and theatre lovers on an unforgettable holiday trip to experience the magic of the holiday season in the charming heart of London. This trip is led by SUU faculty experts who have experience traveling to London during the charming holiday season and know its historic landmarks, museums, galleries, theatres, and hidden treasures. Travelers are sure to find the holiday spirit while attending an organ recital at St. Paul’s Cathedral, a Christmas sing-along at Royal Albert Hall, visiting Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park or shopping in the holiday markets outside the ancient city of Oxford. Other guided tours include Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, along with taking in a West End theatre production and visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Travelers

will also learn from SUU experts while roaming several museums and art galleries, including The British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History and Science Museums, and a bus tour to Stonehenge. Additionally, and in partnership with the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce, SUU Community on the Go will travel to Italy for eight days of luxury, history, art, and food along the western Italy coast in Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, and Amalfi, among others. “We are excited to partner with the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce to bring this exciting trip to community members at such an affordable price,” said SUU Community on the Go Executive Director Melynda Thorpe. “The large group tour setting allows adults in southern Utah to travel together with friends and family members and discover the inspiring coast of Italy. And like all of our Community on the Go trips, education and learning are at the heart of every experience.” Italy travelers will also enjoy many artisan shops selling local wares, museums and art galleries, visiting the Gardens of Augustus, learning the art of pasta making from a master pastaio, or a pasta maker, and an optional limoncello making session.

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Since the Community on the Go travel program launched in 2017, trips have funded $25,000 in scholarships for students at SUU. Programs benefiting from the trips include foreign languages, English, anthropology, and theater arts. There have been 307 travelers on 11 trips to destinations all over the world, including Peru, Transylvania, China, and France. The program runs four educational travel trips per year. V “Christmas in London” takes place Dec. 8 – 14, 2019 and costs $2,250 per person based on double occupancy with a registration deadline of October 15, 2019. The Italy trip takes place March 26 - April 2, 2020, with early bird registration of $3,124 before September 26, 2019, or $3,324 before the registration deadline of December 7, 2019. Reserve your spot today by visiting suu.edu/onthego, or call (435) 586-7808 for more information. SUU Community on the Go offers fun, educational, and affordable travel for the community to international and domestic destinations. All trips are led by SUU faculty experts who share their expertise while touring with travelers in a group environment. Activities are flexible and designed using community feedback. Since the program’s launch in 2017, more than 300 individuals have participated in SUU educational travel opportunities. For more information, visit suu.edu/onthego.


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More Than Just a Bike Shop

By Michelle Brooks

I have a friend that has told me on many occasions over the years how much she wished a bike shop would open in Mesquite. So, when I first met the owner and operator of All in Cycles and saw what was soon to be an outstanding bike shop opening right here in Mesquite, Nevada, guess who I called first. In mid-May Michael Gomes opened the doors to All in Cycles, a friendly and inviting bike shop where you will not only find the best bike for your needs, you will find excellent and knowledgeable customer service, complimentary water and coffee, and even a very comfortable sofa. It was an easy choice for Michael to open a bike shop, he grew up cycling and remains an avid cyclist to this day. His father, also a cyclist, started him riding at a very young age. They would get up early in the morning and hit the streets where, Michael says, he would just try to keep up. Racing his dad turned into racing for real and Michael finished his first triathlon at the age of ten and has been racing ever since.

Originally from northern Utah, Michael has

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been a Mesquite resident since 2004. His decision to open All in Cycles was born out of his own desire to have an exceptional bike shop in his hometown rather than having to drive to St. George or Las Vegas. My friend will whole-heartedly agree with him. The store boasts a sizable inventory of all types of bikes including electric bikes or “E-bikes” as they’re called, fullsuspension mountain bikes, cruisers, road bikes and bikes for kids of all ages. You will find bikes from brands such as BMX, Raleigh Electric and Diamondback. And at all price points as well, from inexpensive options for the casual rider to higher-end items for the enthusiast. Apparel and accessories for your riding comfort and enjoyment line the walls at All in Cycles. Cycle jerseys, padded seats, gloves, energy chews, locks, and self-sealing tires to name a few. Indoor trainers that attach to the back wheel, enabling the rider to keep the bike stationary to ride indoors anytime, can be found here as well. If it so happens that you’re not finding the items you want within the walls of All in Cycles, take a seat on the sofa, grab a coffee and let Michael show you the extensive online inventory available on his huge flat screen TV. Items purchased through the online portal, in most cases, will arrive at the shop within one to two business days. As far as services go, All in Cycles has got it all. From tire repair and chain replacement to building a fully custom bike from scratch, you can get it done here. Custom bike fitting is also offered to ensure your new bike has the most comfortable ride and will not cause you injuries. What Michael does at All in Cycles isn’t just limited to four walls. He also hosts group rides for anyone that wants to join. You can join Michael’s group for weekday rides around Mesquite and surrounding areas, mountain biking trips and more by joining the All in Cycles meet-up group on meet-up.com. Rides are for all ability levels with an A group, B group, and a leisure pace group with shorter distance options. All rides are “no-drop rides” meaning no one will be left behind. If you, like my friend, have been hoping for someone to open a bike shop in Mesquite then your wish has been granted and then some. All in Cycles is not just a bike shop, it is a warm and welcoming space with first-rate inventory, and services. With his love of cycling, and years of experience with bikes, Michael provides exceptional customer service, knowledge and expertise for his customers as well as a well-rounded selection of bikes and bike accessories. V You can find All in Cycles at 1085 W. Pioneer Boulevard, Suite 170 in Mesquite, Nevada (702) 684-1293. Also, follow on them Facebook at facebook.com/allincycles and on Instagram at Instagram.com/allincycles.


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20 Minute Workout!

By Laura Draskovich


igh-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a training idea in which low to moderate intensity intervals are alternated with high-intensity intervals. HIIT can be applied to running or exercises such as squatting. HIIT is considered to be much more effective than normal cardio because the intensity is higher, and you are able to increase your aerobic and anaerobic endurance while burning more fat. High-Intensity Interval Training has become a popular way to burn more fat, improve endurance, and build strength. This training method has been effective for many people. HIIT improves both energy systems, aerobic (like running and jumping rope) and anaerobic (like lifting weights). Research has shown that HIIT can burn more adipose tissue than low-intensity exercise- up to 50% more efficiently. It has also been shown to speed up your metabolism, which helps you burn more calories throughout the day. This is beneficial as you will work towards your fitness goals, even at rest! HOW TO DESIGN YOUR HIIT WORKOUT: 1. Choose 6-12 exercises of varying difficulty which align with your goal (cardio, strength, or both). 2. Warm-up/Cool down/Stretch after your workout. Always. 3. Beginners, work your way up to increasing intensity. 4. Perform each exercise 30-45 seconds followed by 10-20 seconds of recovery.

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HIgh-Intensity Interval Training can be used with a few different goals in mind. You can lose fat, improve cardiovascular endurance, increase strength, build muscular endurance, and more. How does it compare to other training methods? Research suggests that HIIT is more effective than regular cardio as I stated before. When you do a cardio session at the same pace the whole time (elliptical, jogging), your body goes into what is called "steady state". This means that your body has adjusted to the speed that you are going and tries to conserve energy (calories). You will be able to avoid this and burn more calories and fat by interval training. A study at Laval University in Quebec, Canada, found that HIIT cardio helped trainees lose 9 times more fat than those trained the traditional way, (moderate speed for 20-60 minutes). The basic idea behind utilizing this interval training method is to alternate a maximum-effort activity with a recovery period consisting of lighter work. The following is a sample HIIT workout. *Repeat HIIT sequence two to three (sets) times through. *Rest 10-20 seconds between exercises; 30-60 between sets. *Modify for low impact. 1. Jumping Jacks-45 seconds 2. Mt. Climbers-45 seconds 3. Skipping Rope-45 seconds 4. Fast Squats-45 seconds 5. Burpees-45 seconds 6. Low to High Plank alternating-30 seconds


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High-Intensity interval training can invigorate any fitness routine. If you're bored with your daily workout and are not getting the results that you want, HIIT could very well be the answer. Still not convinced? Here is a list of benefits to clear up any skepticism: 1. IT IS EFFECTIVE AND SCIENCE-BACKED. 2. IT IS EFFICIENT AND IDEAL FOR A BUSY SCHEDULE. In a 2011 study presented by the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting, just 2 weeks of HIIT improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6-8 weeks of endurance training. Not only do you burn more calories during a HIIT workout, but the effect of that intense exertion kicks your body's repair cycle into hyperdrive. That means that you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after doing a HIIT workout than you do after, say a steadystate pace run. 3. YOU WILL BUILD A BETTER HEART. Extreme training builds extreme results. One study in 2006 found that after 8 weeks of HIIT, subjects could bicycle twice as long as they could before while maintaining the same pace. 4. NO EQUIPMENT IS NECESSARY! Bodyweight exercises, like running, push-ups, jumping jacks, high knees, planks, lunges, or anything plyometric work very well at getting your heart rate up. 5. YOU WILL INCREASE YOUR METABOLISM. HIIT stimulates the production of human growth hormone, HGH, by up to 450% during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. This is great news, since HGH is not only responsible for increased caloric burn, but also slows down the aging process! 6. YOU CAN DO IT ANYWHERE. Since it's such a simple concept, you can adapt it to whatever time and space constraints you have. High-Intensity Interval Training is an effective and efficient way to burn fat, improve endurance, and build strength. It's a training concept that you can adapt to any fitness level, and can be done at home, outside, while traveling, as well as in your fitness center. As a personal trainer, I have used this method on myself over the years as well as clients to obtain results quickly. When incorporated with a resistance training program, body composition will change even more quickly if you are looking to drop weight and tone up/build strength. If you think you may have hit a plateau in your fitness program, I recommend this method. HIIT may be just that spark to ignite your next-level progress. Keep Living the Fit Life! V This will be Laura’s final ViewOn Fitness article. We, here at ViewOn Magazine, would like to thank Laura for her contributions to this publication throughout the years and wish her luck in her new adventure.

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What Makes the State of Utah & St. George the

# 2 State

in the Nation to Start a Business?

By Pam Palermo


reater Zion has always been known for its spectacular views and landscape. Washington County hosts over 50 “newsworthy sporting events along with 320 other key events a year.” The landscapes provide world-class biking, hiking, running, swimming, rock climbing and more.

Our political representatives, County Commissioners, mayors, city council & planners’ transparency and desire to see new businesses open and succeed, is reflected in our community. It’s not “no you can’t” but “how can we team together to make it happen”.

It’s not surprising that the State of Utah and especially St. George, was named the #2 State in the Country to start a business. Washington County’s Greater Zion is home to more than 5800 businesses, where over 4500 of them have one to nine employees. We are, and always have been, an entrepreneurial county. We’ve learned to be the best at starting and organically growing our local businesses.

Organizations like the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, whose motto is “Every Business will be Heard & Succeed” provides education, networking and mentoring through over 100 events a year. Their Young Professionals Group is actively engaged in political, social, philanthropy, & business endeavors. Their 501(c)3, the Women’s Influence Center, encourages women of all ages to start businesses, receive training and mentorship.

Here in the south, it’s the culture, people, organizations, government, and the community, that makes all the difference when starting a business. The ethos created from our pioneers still holds true today. I personally have lived in fourteen states, in our nation, and never have I met a community that embraces, openly collaborates and aids those who visit, live and start businesses here.

Dixie State University’s Business Resource Center, housed at the Atwood Innovation Plaza, hosts over one million dollars of innovative equipment available to the entire community. They see thousands of individuals and start hundreds of businesses annually. In the last two years, they have processed over 80 patents. StartSTG’s monthly Entrepreneur

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Meet-up and business pitch, help entrepreneurs reach capitalists and receive feedback pertinent to success. It’s not just anywhere that your university or technical college has the flexibility to pivot to the needs of businesses. In St. George, Dixie State University and Dixie Technical College do just that. Catering to the employment needs of our entrepreneurs is a high priority. This year St. George hosted the first annual CAIRN Symposium, a global event covering the convergence of science, technology, engineering, and entrepreneurship. Southern Utah’s tech sector continues to grow. Silicon Slopes St. George hosts networking, training, and events to support the tech community. There’s not enough room in this article to boast all the reasons St. George & the State of Utah made #2 in the nation. But I can say, in all sincerity, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. V Pam Palermo is President/CEO St George Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 136 N 100 East, St. George, UT 84770. For more information visit: www.stgeorgechamber.com or call (435) 628-1658.


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Strut Your Mutt Mesquite Animal Shelter Asking Community Support For New Dog Park on Hardy Way By Ellen Gilmore


ith the population of Mesquite growing at a record pace, the canine population is growing too!

Dogs need safe places to play and socialize in order to be happy and healthy, so to meet public interest and need, the City of Mesquite has proposed the creation of a new dog park on Hardy Way. To that end, the Mesquite Animal Shelter is participating in this year’s national Strut Your Mutt, a fundraiser sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society. The shelter’s goal is to raise $25,000 during the event and is asking for the community to contribute to the dog park project to help expand and enhance recreational space for dogs in Mesquite. This huge fundraising effort started in June and will end in October. Shelter staff and volunteers have hosted several events to boost fundraising throughout the summer, including a Paint for Pets event sponsored by the Eureka Resort and Casino in July. The Shelter will have a presence at Mesquite Night Out on September 18th, and will wrap up with an open house at the shelter on October 16 during which the public will be invited to learn more about the lifesaving work there as well as the wide variety of animal services available in the community. The open house will run from 2 -7 p.m. Mesquite does not plan to host a dog walk event here; however, citizens can help earn money for the Shelter whenever they are out and about on foot, with or without a dog. The free ResQWalk app, available from the App Store or Google Play, is designed to let participants strut to help raise money in support of the shelter. The proposed dog park is a joint project of the Animal Control and Athletics & Leisure Services departments of the City of Mesquite. The park would be available to Mesquite dog owners to provide exercise and socialization for their pets as well as to help save lives at the shelter by providing a place for shelter dogs to learn positive interactions with people and other pets that will help them be ready for adoption. “If everyone in Mesquite were to contribute the equivalent of $2 per person, we’d easily reach our goal,” said Joe Macias, animal control manager.

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The City of Mesquite officially designated the Animal Shelter as a “No Kill” facility last September. The shelter is a member of the Best Friends Network which is comprised of hundreds of public and private shelters, rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations and other animal welfare groups in all 50 states that are committed to saving the lives of homeless pets through effective adoption, spay/neuter, and intake prevention programs. “We are proud to be working with Best Friends toward the goal of making this nation no-kill by 2025,” Macias added. “Working together we can accomplish great things for our local dogs and cats.” V


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The business sponsor of the fundraising effort is the Eureka Casino, with a special mention of Gerri Chasko, director of the Eureka Community Initiative, who has been instrumental in supporting the fund-raiser by sponsoring Paint for Pets events. HOW YOU CAN HELP All donations go directly to the Mesquite Animal Shelter to contribute to the construction of the new dog park. TO DONATE BY CHECK OR CASH: We can accept checks made out to “Mesquite Animal Shelter” with “Strut Your Mutt” in the memo line. Checks can be dropped off at the shelter at 795 Hardy Way or sent via U.S. Mail to Mesquite Animal Shelter, 695 Mayan Circle, Mesquite, NV 89027. Cash donation jars are available at the Animal Shelter and the Mesquite Rec Center.

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ONLINE PARTICIPATION: A Facebook Fundraiser link has been set up at https:// www.facebook.com/donate/541582883043055. All donations go directly to the project fund for the Mesquite Animal Shelter via the sponsor, Best Friends Animal Society. Questions can be emailed to strutyourmuttmesquite@gmail.com. About Mesquite Animal Shelter & Adoption Center The City of Mesquite Animal Control exists to serve the community, aid, comfort, and provide medical attention to the animals that come under the Shelter’s care and to enforce the law, protect the community and animals. The shelter is located at 795 Hardy Way, phone 702-346-5268. About Mesquite Dept. of Athletics & Leisure Services Athletics & Leisure Services is committed to providing inclusive and affordable activities in a wholesome environment. The Recreation Center is located at 100 W. Old Mill Road, phone 702-346-8732. In addition to the Rec Center, the department oversees Mesquite’s park system. About Best Friends Animal Society Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 2,600 animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Salt Lake City, and operates the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals in Kanab, Utah. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.



ublic dog parks benefit everyone, even those who do not have dogs. Dog parks make the community safer by offering a secure area for dogs to play and socialize, without getting in the way of others. Fenced off from other public areas, dog parks help ensure off-leash dogs do not annoy patrons outside of the park. Dog parks give dogs access to more exercise lessening the amount behavioral issues, such as barking, that may cause neighbors to call Animal Control. Finally, dog parks help communities become more pet-friendly as a whole. Having recreational opportunities to share with a pet dog has been shown to increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by providing companionship, and studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners. Public dog parks allow dogs to get ample off-leash exercise and social activity with other dogs. When dogs get the physical and mental exercise they need, humans are able to notice a decrease in the level of troublesome behavior from their dogs, according to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). If dogs are well-behaved and relaxed, they are less at risk for being surrendered by a frustrated owner. Dogs remaining in their homes lessens the impact on community sheltering resources.

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Identity Crisis

By Mary Bundy


he following are seemingly innocuous questions, however, even Google can’t come up with a concise, clear, undisputed answer. What age exactly is “after” mid-life? And what do we call this whole segment of the American aging population living the second half of their lives? Everyone is aging but who is considered old? We not only can’t identify at what age we are actually getting old, but we don’t have a name for that group of people either. Well, a name that isn’t offensive. The well-known AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) explains, “AARP is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping people ages 50 and older to improve their quality of life.” However, that is not the accepted standard for who this aging population is. I may become a grandmother by age 50, and accepted into AARP, but I won’t, and refuse to call myself, “old.” Our government has set their standard - retirement age at 65, which is when they will normally issue the Medicare card with benefits. But how many individuals work not only past 65 but until the day they die? When are they considered “old?” Then there are the physiological standards of aging that give us away. My hair started going grey at 25. By 45 my hair was completely white, does that make me “old” by our cultures physical standard? We have a complete class of people in our society that cannot agree on qualifiers on when they are considered “old.” I believe part of the reason for this particular phenomenon is because Americans, in general, have such a negative attitude towards aging. The American culture is possessed when it comes to “looking younger” for as long as possible. Hence the billion-dollar beauty industry. Because of this particular mindset, we put blinders on towards our older population, we put them “out to pasture” and ignore whatever they have to contribute. All because they don’t live up to a certain physical standard. In American culture, there is not a respectful, revered, positive group name for the 50 or 65 or (insert age) plus crowd. We are aware of all of the labels people are not fond of, “old, elderly, geriatric, seniors.” Even “retired” in and of itself also carries a certain negative connotation. This is supposed to be the greatest country on earth, and yet we don’t even have a decent group name for those living the second half of life. “Words matter. Whatever the choice of language, conveying a sense of dignity – which is sometimes hard for people to come by in their later years – represents a worthy goal,” writes Marilyn Gardner in the Aug. 8, 2007, Christian Science Monitor. 108

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But more than just a dignified group name for our aging population is our general attitude as a culture towards them. According to the Huffington Post, there are seven cultures that celebrate aging and respects their elders. This article points out that aging is not just a biological process but a cultural one as well. “There’s so much shame in our culture around aging and death, “ Koshin Paley Ellison, a Buddhist monk, and co-founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care told the Huffington Post. “People themselves when they’re aging feel that there’s something wrong with them and they’re losing value.” I see this every day in my line of work. Clients come in with their Medicare card and it is like the badge of devaluation. When in all reality it should be the polar opposite, it should be a talisman of significance. One that represents not only value but wisdom and experience. What can we learn from these seven cultures that celebrate their aging population? Well exactly that, for one - to celebrate them. But to do that we must first take away the stigma our Western culture has around aging. Let’s take a look at how other cultures are doing it right. In Greece, they honor old age by “identifying it with wisdom and closeness to God.” The Native Americans respect their elders “for their wisdom and life experiences.” In Korea, they throw celebrations for those turning 60 and 70. “These celebrations are a joyous time for children to celebrate their parents.” The Chinese, “view filial piety and respect for one’s elders as the HIGHEST virtue,” deriving from Confucian tradition. In India, elder’s advice is not passive, “their word is final in settling disputes.” In the African American community, “death is seen as an opportunity to celebrate life.” In ancient Rome, “elders were a precious resource,” a living national treasure. On August 21, 1959, Hawaii officially became our fiftieth state. We don’t have to look to ancient Rome to learn how to treat our elders (for lack of a better word) when we have a perfect example in our backyard (or ocean as it were). There is a word understood throughout Hawaii that would do us well to seek to understand it, “Kupuna.” Let me quote the various meanings as explained by Kahikehealani Wight, Professor of Hawaiian Language and Literature, Kapi’olani Community, College. Kupuna is widely understood to mean elder, grandparent or an older person. What is less recognized is that the word has at least three distinct, but related meanings. First, a kupuna is an honored elder who has acquired enough life experience to become a family and community leader. The term has been of natural respect…a practitioner of aloha (love), pono (righteousness), malama (caring), and spirituality. In ancient times, they were teachers and caretakers of grandchildren and that bond was especially strong. Even today, the kupuna is expected to speak out and help make decisions on important issues for both the family and the community. Kupuna also means ancestor and includes the many generations before us who by their spiritual wisdom and presence guide us through personal, familial or community difficulties. We look to our kupuna to help us find and fulfill our pathways through life. Included among our kupuna are the

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family guardian spirits or aumakua who take physical shape, {for example} in the form of a honu (turtle), mano (shark) or a pueo (owl), and come to visit, warn and communicate with us. Finally, kupuna means the source, the starting point or the process of growth. This meaning is related to the notion that our direct forebearers and those of the distant past remain living treasures who continue to help us grow in numerous ways. They are a source of experience, knowledge, guidance, strength, and inspiration to the next generations. These various meanings of kupuna show how rich a resource they are and why they should be tapped to contribute to the betterment of Hawaii, for they truly represent one of Hawaii’s fastest growing natural resources. This only proves how shallow and vain us mainlander’s really are. We cherish Hawaii for its unparalleled beauty and have exploited it for all of our destination vacation purposes, and yet haven’t truly taken on or learned from their true beauty as a culture. Unlike us, they have a word for their older generation and this word doesn’t carry any negative connotations. The fact that they have the word, “Kupuna” is what makes them beautiful as a people. May I reiterate at the risk of sounding repetitive, Kupuna “is a source of experience, knowledge, guidance, strength, and inspiration to the next generations.” The last paragraph of the description of kupuna is how I feel about the 65 plus crowd, my clients, those who are turned out by our society. They truly are our remaining living treasure. So how do I start a kupuna movement on the mainland? How do I instill in our culture to revere and look up to our kupuna? I can’t, but you can. Before the age of social media, it may have been difficult and time-consuming to get the word, kupuna, out (literally). But not in this day and age. Like any other grassroots movements, it starts with you. Spread the word, get on your social media and educate the rest of society to the definition of kupuna. You. And maybe someday, even Google will have a name for you, Kupuna. V


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Preventing Falls... in the Fall... And Year Round!

By April Peterson, FNP


ere it is! Fall season … and we all want to be outside more and more as the days become cooler! However we must be cautious and aware.

Each year, approximately 33 percent of seniors ages 65 and older experience a fall. Falls can cause serious injuries and sometimes early death. It's important to take measures to prevent a fall so you can maintain your independence and experience a high quality of life. GET MOVING A daily exercise routine builds muscle strength, helps improve balance, relieves muscle aches and joint pain, and increases your ability to move. Reduce your risk of falls by following these exercise tips: START SLOW. Don’t dive right into high-intensity exercise; warm up your muscles and do some walking first. LOOSEN UP Stretching your arms and legs will increase your flexibility and mobility. GIVE YOUR BONES A BOOST Exercise that gently stresses bones and muscles makes them stronger. Dancing, lifting weights and brisk walking are great ways to increase bone strength. WORK OUT YOUR WOBBLE. Tai chi is a form of exercise that is full of balance-based moves and can help you gain stability. GET YOUR EYES CHECKED Bad vision can lead to bad balance, which can lead to a fall. Consult your eye care provider to find out if your eyes are healthy or to make sure you have the right glasses or contact prescription. IDENTIFY HAZARDS IN YOUR HOME Making sure your home is as safe as possible is one of the best ways to prevent a fall. Protect yourself by implementing the following changes: Put nonslip mats down in your shower and handles in the shower and by the toilet. Stabilize throw rugs by putting grip pads underneath them. Keep your house well lit so you don’t trip over anything in the dark.

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PREVENTING FALLS WITH BETTER BALANCE Each year, emergency rooms treat a significant number of elderly patients for nonfatal injuries related to falls. There are a number of safeguards to prevent tumbles, but incorporating yoga into daily routines can promote overall health, as well as better balance. For thousands of years, yoga has been an instrumental component of mindful exercise and meditation. As the practice evolved, teachers placed more emphasis on its physical aspects, but yoga also offers many mental and physical benefits, including: Boosting your mood Building overall strength, particularly in bones and joints Keeping your mind sharp Preventing weight gain Reducing hypertension and anxiety Although many studies have purported to demonstrate yoga’s health benefits, two controlled studies have illuminated significant improvements in hypertension. Studies conducted in India and England demonstrated greatly reduced systolic blood pressure levels.

MECHANICS OF MINDFULNESS Yoga’s focus on breathing can counteract the loss of ribcage flexibility that can be associated with the normal aging process or spinal deformities, such as scoliosis. Writing for the American Senior Fitness Association, Sara Kooperman and Lisa Ackerman note that “mindful breathing takes into consideration the three purposes of breathing: replenishing, warming and cleansing.” Additionally, full, deep breaths can slow the heart rate and improve concentration and focus. Yoga poses are really good for older populations because they emphasize mindful movement. Correct positioning happens as a result of balance between both sides of the body, ensuring that no single bone, joint, muscle or organ is overstressed There are simple exercises to do on your own, but community classes geared toward senior citizens are widely available and can be very beneficial! Enjoy your Fall, without and falls! V

April Peterson, FNP is a Family Nurse Practitioner who is also certified in emergency medicine! She is now welcoming new patients of all ages full-time at Mesa View Medical Group in Mesquite, Nevada. She can be reached at 702-346-0800, or by visiting MesaViewMedical.com! Her office is located at 1301 Bertha Howe Avenue, Suite #1, Mesquite, Nevada 89027.


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Mesquite Area

Health and Wellness Festival


esa View Regional Hospital and the Mesquite Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the City of Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services Department is hosting "The Mesquite Area Health and Wellness Festival", Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the Mesquite Recreation Center, 100 W. Old Mill Road.

Mesa View Regional Hospital will be offering blood draws 4 weeks prior to the festival at a discounted cash price with results delivered to the patients at the festival, where providers will be available to discuss. Also, a variety of professional community health care members will gather to promote general health by providing stimulating presentations, educational materials and informational booths. The goal of the FESTIVAL is to provide a collective forum to foster health awareness, promote disease prevention and inspire all community members to achieve their greatest level of wellness. The festival is Free admission and Open to the Public. Featured will be: Virgin Valley Honor Guard Opening Ceremony, Veterans Administration Benefits & Healthcare Representatives, Live Entertainment by "Bottoms Up", Kids Corner, BBQ Lunch by Mesquite Fire & Rescue Association, Canned Food Drive by Salvation Army, Clark County School District Community Outreach, Blood Drive by the American Red Cross and much more. We would like to thank all the vendors in advance who will be attending and we appreciate their support and informative presentations.

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CALENDAR of Events September

ST GEORGE STREETFEST Sept 6 & Oct 4 | 6pm-12am Admission is free Located in the heart of downtown St. George, Utah on Tabernacle Street and Green Gate Village, St. George Streetfest features local arts, bands, vendors, food, and quality activities and entertainment for all ages. The event takes place the first Friday of the month through October. For more information: www.stgeorgestreetfest.com ROOT FOR KIDS THE SECRET GARDEN GALA September 7th | 5 - 8pm $100 per person Join us for an evening of dining, live and silent auctions, and entertainment at the SunRiver Ballroom. Proceeds from this gala will benefit over 600 children we serve every week in our community. To purchase tickets, donate, or learn more visit: www.rootforkids.org/gala/ GRIEF SUPPORT September 10 & October 8 | 6pm Free Grief shared is grief diminished. New community grief group meeting the second Tuesday Monthly at the Spilsbury Mortuary reception room. Refreshments will be served. 110 S Bluff Street, St George, UT 84770. (435) 673-2454. DUCK CREEK VILLAGE OKTOBERFEST September 14 | Noon-5pm Join us for live music and entertainment, German food, family games and activities, and more at the Duck On In Saloon, outdoor venue. Visit www.duckcreekvillage.com WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S September 14 | 9am Support the Walk to End Alzheimer's, the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Registration at 9am , Ceremony at 10am, and Walk at 10:30am. DSU-Trailblazer Stadium 551 S 700 East, St. George, UT 84770. For more information and to register visit: www.alz.org/utah 114

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STRUT YOUR MUTT - MESQUITE ANIMAL SHELTER & ADOPTION CENTER OPENHOUSE September 16 | 2-7pm You are invited to learn more about the lifesaving work of the Mesquite Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, officially designated as a “no-kill” shelter last September, as well as the wide variety of animal services available in the community. MESQUITE NIGHT OUT September 18 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm Mesquite Police invite you to Mesquite Night Out. This is a wonderful event with many different community resource organizations represented, including public safety agencies, service organizations, non-profit groups, and community clubs and businesses. Event held at the Mesquite Rec Center west sports field 100 E Old Mill Rd, Mesquite, NV 89027. DIXIE ROUNDUP RODEO Sept 19-21 | 6pm - 11pm Cost: $5 - $12. Reserved seating $17 The St George Lions Dixie Roundup Rodeo is an annual rodeo held at the historic Sun Bowl in St. George, Utah. You will not be disappointed by the action and excitement of the Dixie Roundup! PRCA approved professional rodeo featuring Rodeo champion cowboys and stock. Thursday night is family night. Kids 11 & under get in free! More information at: www.stgeorgelions.com SANTA CLARA SWISS DAYS September 26-28 Admission is free See the Message from the Mayor on page 6. For additional details and entry forms go to the Santa Clara City website at www.sccity.org/swiss-days or contact the City at (435) 673-6712. 3rd ANNUAL ROTARY GLOW FUN RUN Sept 28th | 7pm Held at the Rising Star Sports Ranch. Part of the net proceeds will be donated to local charities. Sign up at City of Mesquite Rec Center by September 20th. For further questions and information call (702) 346-8732.


ST GEORGE LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL October 8 - 12 Free The Heritage Writer's Guild in St. George will be hosting the 2nd annual St George Literary Arts Festival at Dixie State University. We will present workshops on various aspects of writing stories and poems as well as classes on getting published. Register at stgeorgelitartsfest.org and follow us on Facebook @stgeorgelitartfest. ART IN KAYENTA October 11-13 | 10am Admission is free Give your mind a multisensory artistic experience at Art in Kayenta. Wind your way through booths and galleries proffering art in every medium imaginable; sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and more. Local food trucks will be present and local musicians will perform on the plaza. 10am-5pm Friday and Saturday & 10am-4pm Sunday. 881 Coyote Gulch Ct. Ivins, UT 84738. For more information visit: www.KayentaArts.com SPOOKY TOWN FAIR October 12 | 10am - 6pm Free Admission Join us at the largest family-friendly Halloween festival in southern Utah. Carnival games, bounce houses, vendors, food booths, and continuous entertainment will keep you there all day! MOAPA VALLEY CAR, BOAT, & MOTORCYCLE SHOW October 19 | 8am The 20th Annual Moapa Valley Car, Boat, & Motorcycle Show will take place at the Overton Park. This event is going to be bigger and better than ever! Check out all the vendor booths, contests, music, raffles, awards, and more! For more information or to register visit moapavalleychamber.com

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA BBQ FUNDRAISER October 19 | 11:30am - 2:30pm Join us for the 4th annual BBQ fundraiser for Wreaths Across America. There will be entertainment provided by Rock N Horse Band, BBQ lunch for purchase, opportunity prizes, and a bake sale. Proceeds go towards Christmas wreaths placed on veteran graves at the St. George, Shivwits, and Tonaquint cemeteries. Come out and support this great cause! Event held at at ZION Harley Davidson 2345 N Coral Canyon Blvd, Washington, UT. For more information visit: @DARColorCountry on Facebook or email colorcountrywaa@gmail.com. MESQUITE AREA HEALTH & WELLNESS FESTIVAL October 26 | 8:30am -2:00pm Mesa View Regional Hospital and the Mesquite Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the City of Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services Department is hosting this event at the Mesquite Recreation Center, 100 W. Old Mill Road. For further details see the sidebar in the Mesa View Hospital article. DUCK CREEK VILLAGE TRUNK-OR-TREAT AND HARVEST NIGHT CELEBRATION Oct 26 | 4-7pm Starting at the East end of Duck Creek Village and ending near Duck Creek Realty where you can catch a Haunted Hayride to the Duck Creek Community Church for the Harvest Night Celebration. Trunk-or-Treat from 4-5pm, Harvest Night Celebration from 5-7pm. Visit www.duckcreekvillage.com SHREEEK-reeka October 30 | 5pm - 8pm Free This event will be held at the Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite, NV. The event is free to kids of all ages. There will be trick-or-treating, carnival games, and a haunted house. Costumes are encouraged.

*Please see our facebook page for additions or changes to this calendar. **Dates and times of events are accurate at time of printing.

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Ace Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Mesquite Department of Athletics & Leisure Services . . . . . . . . . . 76

All Secure Storage LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Mesquite Link Realty LLC - Deb Parsley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Aravada Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Mesa Valley Estates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32,100

Area Senior Centers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Mesa View Medical Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Arizona Horseride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Mesquite Fine Arts Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Anytime Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

MPD/OHV Inspections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

ASC Pest Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Mesquite Tile & Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Baird Painting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Mesquite Veterinary Clinic – Peggy Purner DVM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Bank of Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Mitchell Oldewurtel - Raymond James & Assoc. . . . . Inside Back Cover

Beehive Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Moapa Valley Mortuary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Bridge Insurance - Mary Bundy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Moapa Valley Pomegranate Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

C & J Shutters, Blinds, Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Mortgage Mate LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Center for the Arts at Kayenta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

MVP Productions – Kris Zurbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Clark County Printing and Mailing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

NRC - The Reserve - Shawn & Colleen Glieden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Clea's Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

NRC – Hilltop Vistas – Shawn & Colleen Glieden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Conestoga Golf Club 1880 Grille. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Odyssey Landscaping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Coyote Willows Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

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

Dave Amodt Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Ovation by Avamere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover

Deep Roots Harvest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Pioneer Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Del Webb – Sun City Mesquite. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Pirate's Landing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Desert Oasis Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Polynesian Pools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

Desert Pain Specialists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Preston's Medical Waste. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

ERA – Sharon Szarzi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Preston’s Shredding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Equity Real Estate - Tim Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

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

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

Reliance Connects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Eureka Casino Resort – Gregory's Mesquite Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

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

Farmers Insurance – Bill Mitchell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Fitness & Fun. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Sears Hometown Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Friends of Gold Butte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Servpro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Galaxy T Graphix - Tara Schenavar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87, 119

Shop, Eat, Play Moapa Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Great Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Silver Rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

GRI Firearms LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Guillen – Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Staging Spaces and Redesign. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Hangey's Custom Upholstering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

State Farm – LaDonna Koeller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Heritage Electric. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Sugars Home Plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Sun City Realty - Renald Leduc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Jennifer Hammond Moore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

The Lindi Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Judi Moreo – Speaker, Author, & Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75, 117

The Travel Connection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Katz KupCakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Tuacahn Amphitheatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

Keller Williams – Beverly Powers Uhlir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Virgin Valley Dental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Keller Williams - Joan Fitton & Neil Sullivan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Virgin Valley Heritage Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

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

Virgin Valley Mortuary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Washington Federal Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

La dé Paws Grooming Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79, 88

Xtreme Stitch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

Lamppost Electric. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

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

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