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mesquite | moapa valley | arizona strip | southern utah complimentary issue


September 1 - October 31, 2020 Volume 13 – Issue 4-5 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Sperry ART DIRECTOR / LAYOUT Erin Eames COPY EDITOR Rayma Davis PROOFREADER Jennifer Sperry WRITERS Kaylee Pickering, Helen Houston, Bryan Baird, Sal Gomez-Orozco, Ashley Centers, Mike Simmons, Rob Krieger, Soon O. Kim, MD, Amelia Goebel, Delanie DeMille, Bailey Logue, Marilyn Pabon, Karen Monsen, Jennifer Sperry, Elspeth Kuta, Keith Buchhalter, Brenda Slocumb, Jim Boone, Sgt. Wyatt Oliver, Anita DeLelles, Christine Ward, David Cordero, Charlie Cox, Mayor Jon Pike, Elise West, A. Blount, Mary Bundy, Jim and Jon Belnap, Cliff and Ilene Bandringa, Carol Lee Parrish, Debbie Gendron, Judi Moreo, Donna Eads ADVERTISING SALES Kathy Lee ADVERTISING EMAIL ads@ViewOnMagazine.com SUPPORT STAFF Bert Kubica Cheryl Whitehead DISTRIBUTION ViewOn Magazine Staff WEB DESIGN Erin Eames PUBLISHED BY ViewOn 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

the Editor

Dear Readers, As I reflect over the last few months, I can’t say that it has been business as usual. With so much uncertainty in the world these days, it is comforting to look around and see all of the heroes among us. We have devoted an entire section in this issue to those heroes. There were so many submissions that we could not possibly have included all of them. It looks like we will continue to need our heroes in the future, and we will feature them in upcoming issues. If you have heroes in your life, or know of one that you think we should spotlight, send us an email at articles@ViewOnMagazine.com. In the meantime we have combined our ‘Home and Garden’ with our ‘Welcome Back Snowbird’ issue. We have compiled so many interesting and informative articles for you to enjoy. Since we are spending so much time in our homes, we might as well make them as beautiful and comfortable as we can. The benefit of this is that when we once again can host our friends and family in our home, we will be organized and it will look magnificent. Most of our clients have been amazing and continue to take a leap of faith and advertise with us. As our businesses have endured the stresses of Covid-19 we would ask you to consider shopping local to support our communities. Please visit our advertisers, it is because of them and their decision to invest in our magazine, that we get to continue to greet you with yet another informative issue of ViewOn Magazine. We wish everyone a safe, productive and relaxing fall. Please remember to visit our website at ViewOnMagazine.com,and like us on Facebook to keep up on current events. By supporting our advertisers, you support our business community and all of the wonderful benefits we derive from living in this amazing area. Wear a mask and stay safe!

Kathy Lee

Editor in Chief

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Frequent contributors Anita DeLelles, LMT is a certified Equine and Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner with accreditation from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. Her studies included two consecutive summers in Bath, England, as well as coursework in Colorado and California and a BFA from UNLV. Anita is certified in small animal massage from the Northwest School of Animal Massage as well as human massage. In 2014 Anita and Ron opened WOOF! Wellness Center and launched their website ShopMeoow.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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Jennifer Sperry is a happy, energetic writer and inspiring business owner who passionately shares topics in health and mind-body awareness. She is the founder and owner of IAM Retreats, LLC where she leads powerful retreats to help people out of their fears and into their light. You can reach her at exhalellc@gmail.com.

David Cordero is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of St. George. A Southern Utah resident since 2006, 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.

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign in Mesquite, NV. Helen holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, a Certified Color Consultant, and a Real Estate Staging Professional. Helen has been a contributing writer for ViewOn Magazine for the past 12 years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and home entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at Helen@stagingspaces.biz or (702) 346-0246.

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.

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.

Ashley Is the former GM of Anytime Fitness Mesquite, her passion for fitness runs deep. She fell in love with Competitive Powerlifting as a pre-teen. She set many state records and national qualifying totals during her lifting career prior to her competitive retirement while attending college. Ashley is now in training for the sport of Strongwoman. She is excited to remain a contributor to ViewOn Magazine and to write about her passions within health and fitness!

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

Mayor Pike delivers a speech to a group of demonstrators at Historic Town Square on June 6th

Listening

More and Listening Better

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By Mayor Jon Pike

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grew up in a middle-class community in Salt Lake County during the 1970s. My exposure to black people was minimal. As you can guess, I was unprepared for what I would observe as I spent two years during the mid-1980s in South Africa as a missionary for my church. While there I witnessed firsthand the effects of apartheid and racism. I saw destitution in the financial sense. Even worse, their eyes conveyed a destitution of hope. What so many white people could not see at the time was that their legalized racism was morally bankrupting their nation. I couldn’t fully comprehend what my black brothers and sisters knew and felt in their oppressed society. I am grateful that Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned when I was in South Africa, became one of the most transformational government leaders of the 20th century. As I observed the recent protests in our city following the horrific and senseless killing of George Floyd, I was proud of how our residents conducted themselves. Aside from a few instances in which poor judgment was displayed, those who protested did so peacefully.


I would also like to commend our St. George Police Department officers for how they handled the situation, protecting all who were involved. I believe the SGPD sets the standard for law enforcement everywhere. We appreciate the way they interact with our residents and carry themselves in the line of duty. I want you to know that the City of St. George stands united in our condemnation of racism in any form. There is no place within St. George for discrimination and racist attitudes. We applaud behavior that creates unity, not division. As a city we are committed to listening more and listening better, so that we can gain greater empathy for all people. Our city is at its best when everyone feels included, supported and loved. We pledge to increase our understanding and treat everyone with dignity and respect. One small step toward achieving inclusiveness in our community is the formation of the St. George Multicultural Committee. As I discussed this with members of the City Council and staff, we realized that we can do a better job of engaging with people in our community whose voices have, for whatever reason, gone unheard. This is a chance to open the lines of communication and learn more about our community members. There may be some fun new events that come as a result of this committee. There are also sure to be some difficult conversations. But those are conversations we need to have if we are to live up to our mission statement, which is to “provide services that focus on people and advance a thriving community.” We will announce more details about our new committee soon on www.sgcity.org and on our City’s social media platforms. I had a difficult time grasping the challenges and heartache my black brothers and sisters in South Africa felt 35 years ago. And I could do nothing about it. But, as the mayor of St. George, I can — and will — do what I can to unite our city.

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Contents

FEATURES

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Cover photo by John Bolier | BolierPhotography@gmail.com

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Finding Success In Your At Home Workout

HEROES

Special Section Dedicated to Recognizing Local Heroes

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Herb Gardening In the Desert

Board & Batten Interiors The New Shiplap?


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VIEW ON 18 FITNESS 21 MOTIVATION 42 Business 44 GARDENING 50 PETS 54 OUTDOORS 62 DESIGN 68 ORGANIZATION 82 ENERGY 92 HEALTH 98 EDUCATION 106 GOLF

Finding Success in Your Home Workout

Can Everyone Find Their Paassion

Upholsterers never Die...They Always Recover

Herb Gardening in the Desert

In the Doghouse

Idyllic, Isolated, and Abandoned Places

Board & Batten Interiors

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Organizing a Small Space

Planting a Summer Garden

Mask or No Mask? That Is The Question

A Garden Full of Character

Saving Strokes Series: Pitch Shots

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Why I Love

Moapa Valley W e moved to Moapa Valley almost three years ago from Henderson to seek a more relaxed, rural lifestyle and a more natural and safe environment for our daughter.

What we didn’t know at the time was how friendly and welcoming the people of Moapa Valley would turn out to be. There are always social events and activities to choose from for both adults and children, so many in fact that there are scheduling conflicts for our daughter on most weekdays. Where in Henderson we hardly knew anyone on the street we lived on for 10 years, Moapa Valley has a real sense of community where people are quick to volunteer their time or resources to help others around them. We have made many new friends. My wife and I both telecommute, and Moapa Valley offers all the amenities to support this, including fiber internet that is much faster than what we could access in the city. Finally, we enjoy being able to purchase fresh produce and meats directly from local farmers and ranchers while supporting local agriculture. - Jean Gottschalk �

Why I Love W

Mesquite

e moved to Mesquite in 1994. It offered a clean environment which was key in our search for a healthier less hectic lifestyle. The mountains, wildlife, hiking, the quiet of the desert all exemplified beauty, peace and calm. We've had the privilege of seeing it grow from 3,000 residents to more than 22,000. Mesquite still provides everything we were seeking. Mesquite may not have what we were accustomed to in a metropolitan city, but what it offers is much more valuable; exceptionally clean air, safety, peace, desert beauty, great people. Also we enjoy the gorgeous sunsets and the ease of getting anywhere in town within 15 minutes!

Activities are countless and there is always something to do if one truly wants to stay busy. Mesquite is a city where you find what so many people in this world have forgotten, beauty, patience, compassion, and an exceptionally giving community. - Allen and Yoli Bell

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Why I Love Ivins I

am a native of Utah born and raised in Salt Lake City, that was home and I always thought it would be; but some things are meant to be and I truly believe my boys and I were meant to live in beautiful Ivins. It was about 6 years ago, in September, when I made the trip down for work related training. The office I would be going to was actually in Centennial Park, Arizona, but my company gave me accommodations in St. George, so I would have more to do in the evenings. The drive from St. George to the office was about 45 minutes and it was truly beautiful, like everything else down here. I drove around at night, ate at lovely little local restaurants like George’s Corner, and Cappeletti’s. The food and atmosphere were divine. I loved the lack of traffic and clear blue skies; it was a beautiful place to visit.

This one training trip turned into a monthly trip and the more I visited, the more I fell in love. My family, my friends, and my roots were in Salt Lake City, however; I found myself looking at houses and considering moving. In February, a management position became available within my company in the Centennial Park location. I decided to take the position, move here, and I have never regretted it. My boys and I love the outdoor activities, we hike, go to the beautiful lakes, and love that you can see every star in the sky, thanks to the Ivins Night Sky Initiative. We have been openly welcomed and feel like we are definitely part of this town. I ran for City Council in Ivins and even with very little effort on my part I received 1% of the vote. I have loved the growth and the concern on the part of our City Councils, and Mayors, they truly want what is best for this area. This little corner of the world has become home! - Bradon Sieverts

Why I Love

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y family of six grew up in the Pacific Northwest. When we finally had the courage to start a new life, we felt drawn to the place always described as Bliss! I needed the sunshine and outdoors and that's exactly what I get here. From the moment we arrived and the sunshine appeared with all the beautiful red rocks in the distance with skies as far as the eye could see, we were hooked. We've been here three years and every year I get a little more obsessed. I love the idea of my family growing up here. I love the sunshine, the wide open sky, the big wide streets with schools and parks on every corner. I love having access to a city but still feeling like a small town. The last three years in this haven have been absolute bliss and I can't imagine living anywhere else!

- Rachel Halgren

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The Ga rden s of Silver Reef

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any people in this area know that we live near the junction of three state boundaries: Arizona, Nevada and Utah. However, not many people know that we also live near another 3-way junction – a “transition zone” where the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin Desert, and the Colorado Plateau all meet. This junction not only influences the dramatic landscapes we see in the 50-mile radius around it, but also impacts the diverse plant life that grows in this region. Silver Reef, the historic mining town from the 1880s, located 18 miles northeast of St. George, sits at the epicenter of this botanical transition zone. Along with preserving the fascinating history about this place, volunteers at Silver Reef’s Museum have created two demonstration gardens that showcase the plants from these three botanical zones. Here you’ll find Joshua Trees that define the Mojave Desert, growing amongst sagebrush, the signature plant of the Great Basin, surrounded by plants commonly seen around the iconic landmarks of the Colorado Plateau.

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Most of us who live in this transition zone (from Mesquite thru St. George and beyond) are aware that it is an arid, desert environment and that there are limits to the types of plants we can grow around our homes. But what many people are not aware of is that the plants that grow naturally in all three of the botanical zones make a great choice for landscaping. Rather than grow certain non-native trees that consume a lot of water, such as maples or oaks, why not grow a desert willow that is indigenous to the Mojave Desert? By design, a desert willow consumes far less water than other trees, provides nice shade and, unlike many other trees, also puts out beautiful flowers. Or, for something unique, try growing a decorative native agave such as an agave utahensis which is known by its common name of Utah Agave. Ironically, the sub-species that grows in the mountains of southern Nevada is known as Agave utahensis variation nevadensis. There are also many plants that are not native to any of the three zones but still make a good choice for our arid region. These include a variety of cacti, bushes, trees and flowering plants. Using these low-maintenance native and non-native plants (that require little or no water), along with other desert-like landscaping materials, is collectively known as xeriscaping. This style of landscaping has become quite popular and is accepted as a standard in many of the cities of the American Southwest. A great way to see what some of these plants living in the transition

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Cholla cacti and Spanish lavender

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Silver Reef Museum

zone look like is to visit a “demonstration” garden. As mentioned above, Silver Reef maintains two gardens. One, found in front of the museum, showcases primarily native plants that require little or no irrigation and grow best in sandy soil. The other, found in front of the Cosmopolitan building, showcases native and non-native plants that grow well in our environment but do require some irrigation. The museum has a brochure available that explains their gardens. Another demonstration garden is located in St. George near Pioneer Park along Red Hills Parkway. Here is a large, beautiful garden that provides a wide range of ideas for water-efficient landscaping. Use your favorite navigation app (i.e. Google Maps) to locate “Red Hills Desert Garden”.

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Naturally, another great place to introduce yourself to plants used in a xeriscape is your local nursery. The people working there can usually help you navigate and better understand the often-misunderstood realm of desert landscaping. V For those of you interested in learning more about our unique region, here are a few ways to do that. Visit Silver Reef’s website at SilverReefUtah.org to schedule your own personal tour of the museum and, while you’re there, enjoy the self-guided walking tours of the grounds. Go to the Red Hills Desert Garden and/or visit their website at RedHillsDesertGarden.com. You can also visit our website at www.BackRoadsWest.com/blog or go to YouTube and search for “Geologic Triple Junction of Southern Utah” to learn even more about this unique transition zone.


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Finding Success in Your Home Workouts By Ashley Centers

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hile I have been fortunate to live in homes with well equipped home gyms, I have also lived in condos small enough that doing a proper sit-up was a challenge. So when I say that having a fully equipped home gym is not the only way to be able to workout at home, I say so from personal experience. Can it be difficult? Yes! Can it be done? Definitely! I think by now what many of us have found to be the most difficult in working out at home is how to motivate ourselves to actually do it.

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How do we motivate ourselves to workout when it’s so easy to talk ourselves out of it? The simple but widely unpopular answer is; by choosing to be disciplined. This brings to mind an anonymous quote, “Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.” This holds true in every aspect of life but there inevitably comes a time in everyone’s fitness journey where discipline keeps us going long after our original motivations have waned. Finding what motivates us is vitally important, but taking disciplined daily steps is what helps us make our goals, realities.


There are many things you can do to make your at-home fitness journey successful and here are a few: 1. Focus on the positives of working out in your own home The fact is it’s the place you should feel the most comfortable in the world. You have everything you need within yourself to have great workouts if you only get your mind right and that’s where you should start, by feeling comfortable. At home you get to learn how to do new things and challenge yourself in a comfortable, non-competitive environment. You can even get a suntan while working out or listen to whatever genre music you like best and no one will complain, etc...Focus on all the positives! 2. Pick a designated “Gym” space This can be an open space in your garage, patio, or like me right now — the backyard, or even an actual home gym. But having a designated place where you are used to working out creates a psychological connection to that place and getting your workouts done. 3. Find a plan that works for you and what you have available Do you have equipment? Only have 1 set of dumbbells? That’s ok, you can get a great workout with literally nothing in your hands. There are literally a million and one workouts you can do with little to no equipment. You can contact a trainer to help you prepare one specifically designed for you, and the equipment you have. You can even do a simple Google search.

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4. Create a routine Choose which days you will be working out, and what time you will start your workouts. The key here is to keep a consistent schedule. Are you going to workout M-W-F at 10am? Then always workout M-W-F at10am. Write your workouts for the upcoming week on a whiteboard and check them off when completed, also when you get up on the days you workout, change into your “Gym” clothes and put on sneakers just like you would if going to a physical gym. This makes it harder to talk yourself out of working out since you’re already dressed and ready to move (and you have dirtied another set of clothes to wash later) Again consistency is the key, so know your workout routine and keep it consistent. 5. Set both short and long term goals for yourself You walked 1 mile today, try for 1.5 tomorrow! You did 10 burpees in a row before getting winded let’s go for 15 next time! You completed a full depth squat. Let's attempt a second! By reducing your overall resting heart rate, increasing your total daily steps, you may get off the high blood pressure meds, etc. It’s all about seeking an outcome that improves upon your last best performance and reaching overall goals. If you have weight loss goals, focus on more High Intensity training and key in on your nutritional needs (e.g. set daily/weekly/ monthly Macronutrient Goals to hit for weight loss). Again most trainers are working virtually these days and are an invaluable resource if you don’t know where to begin! 6. When you find what works for you, stick with it Finding what works for you is always the hardest part of establishing any routine, but once you have found what works, stick with it. DO NOT change it until it is no longer working optimally for you. I don’t care what trend comes or goes, if a workout routine, or a daily ritual that gets you started is working for you, just keep doing it and maybe add things in but keep the basics consistent. Personally I have found my home workouts to be most successful when I devote them to being my personal

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meditation time. Giving me time to reflect and think and be positive about what I am able to do with my body, for my body, and what I am actively doing for my overall well being. I have taken this time away from the gym to also focus on my own mobility and flexibility, and while cardio is my least favorite thing in the world to do, guess who’s running? Not very fast and not very far, but improving every day. I love to learn and everything right now is an opportunity for me to learn new and valuable skills. So make sure in your own endeavors to not overlook the many little things you can focus on by working out at home. In conclusion, the way you will be successful in your health and fitness journey whether at home or elsewhere is to find your why, to assess the value of it for you personally, what motivates you to want to do it in the first place, then to take the disciplined steps needed every day. Is it easy? No. Will you have bad days? Sure, we all do. But I promise you this, you will find you are a million times stronger and more determined than you ever imagined. You will learn things about your own mind and body about which you had no idea, and you will make yourself immensely proud. 7. Trainers favorites for at-home workouts If you do decide to invest in some things for your home workouts here are the ones that will take up the smallest space and get you the most versatility for your money. Resistance bands, a comfortable mat, a moderate weight medicine ball, a pair of moderate dumbbells, TRX bodyweight suspension trainer system, perhaps a treadmill, or a stationary bike. All of these items are extremely versatile and can be used whether your workouts are more high intensity, or balance oriented, and can even be used in conjunction with Yoga movements or for added resistance with Tai Chi or aerobics. V For free workout videos and ideas YouTube channels like Fitness Blender, LiveStrong, TRXtraining, BeFit, are a great resource!


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By Judi Moreo

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o you find that some days you wish you lived a different life? Perhaps you find yourself wishing that you were Gary Player or Jim Furyk or Annika Sorenstam. It isn't unusual to wish you lived a different life or were someone else. If you find you have days where you feel unsatisfied or discontented, then it may be time to think about what you can do to turn your life around. What's different about your life versus those you admire and who inspire you? At first glance, you may think it's money or fame. Often, you will look at possessions. Instead look deeper and list the qualities you admire. It may be you are inspired by their skills, knowledge, generosity, or temperament. What do they have that you don't? They have passion and a purpose. They have something they care about and are filled with a desire to make a difference; not just for themselves, but for others. Your life can be fulfilling. Living a life with passion and purpose is possible for everyone. You don’t need to be rich, famous or highly educated. To find your passion and purpose, you need to discover what you really want. Don't just consider material objects, look deeper at lifestyle, relationships, your health and emotions.

For a positive difference to take place you don't need to give up your job and follow your calling 100% of the time. You don’t need to score a 58 in one round of golf. You can start small, play your best game, write your novel, or paint a masterpiece in your spare time. This will allow you to begin to feel the benefits of doing what you love and feeling the positive effects and changes while still fulfilling your current commitments and responsibilities. Not everyone wants to change the world. It may be that you want to make a difference by volunteering at the local homeless shelter. Your desire to bring about positive change in the lives of others, less well off than yourself, will bring about an enormous change in your life. You will experience the joy of giving and in return feel a sense of satisfaction. In addition, you'll probably pick up new skills, make new friends and connections and discover other changes you want to make in your own life. Everyone deserves to live their best life. All you need to do is find what you really want to do that can make you feel excited, joyful, engaged and fulfilled. That way you can begin to live your best life instead of settling for a humdrum existence. V

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Circle of Influence By Ashley Centers

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t started with a simple message, “I would love to help but, I can’t sew” and a quick response of, “cutting is the part I hate the most” and so began a journey into cutting fabrics to then be sewn into masks. Jennifer Hammond Moores’ quick thought to mention something that a novice with zero seamstressing experience could do and a further suggestion of where those materials could be put to use, helped to make a doer out of someone who honestly didn’t have a clue what to do or how to be of help. She’s a busy lady and could have said I don’t have time for this, or hey that’s alright if you can’t sew, maybe find some other way to help, but instead she actively recruited someone

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from her own circle to help make things happen on a larger scale. It may sound like a small thing but she used her own circle of influence to effect an actual result. This is just one example I was blessed to experience personally during the early stages of Covid-19 and I have experienced many since. I simply can not fathom all the people who have and are using their circles of influence to help others, we are reading about many of them in this month's issue, we’ve heard about many of them online, but it’s hard to grasp the vast number of people who are influencing the folks around them to be helpful by simply being helpful themselves. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how big or how small a circle of


influence we may have, we are all able to help others be doers by choosing to be living examples of when we sow love, we grow love. We have the ability to be the hands that provide for someone else’s need by simply being willing. We can be the spark that lights the fire in someone to serve. We can be the person who imparts to them the wisdom to seek out how to be the most help, or the mentor who shows them the way. In contrast to the chaos that has been going on in the world, we have also heard of and seen such amazing acts of selflessness, caring, concern, and simply incredible spirits of

humble volunteerism, and service that our hearts burst with pride. But it also should make us all want to accept this as a call to action, to be more, to take the opportunity to grow and remember that we get to be kind humans and do for others not just in a pandemic but every single day, if we simply choose to be, wow! What an absolutely amazing privilege that is! I want to extend a personal thank you to Jennifer for helping me be of help and to the amazing folks in our community who are making things happen for others. You are all amazing humans and we are all so grateful for your example! Thank you! V

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HEROIC Sewing Support:

Utah Vol u n t e e rs M a k e 6 Mi lli on Me dical Face Masks By Karen L. Monsen

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tah volunteers sewed five million medical-grade face masks in five weeks and committed to making one million more, as part of an online-organized endeavor called “Project Protect Health.” The outpouring of support across Utah is notable even for a state with a volunteering rate over 50% ranking it first in the nation for volunteerism according to the U.S. Census. Project Protect launched in April during National Volunteer Month. Introduced online at https://projectprotect.health/ it is a collaboration of Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Health, Latter-day Saint Charities, Utah nonprofits, and volunteers to make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline health workers to fill shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medicalgrade face masks are among the PPE produced by Project Protect. Workers willing to assemble and sew the masks registered through the LDS online volunteering platform named “JustServe.” A Facebook page under Project Protect offered a place for commentary, questions, tips, and appreciative remarks. Donated pre-cut medical-grade polypropylene material and sewing instructions were packaged into 100-mask kits that were distributed at drive-up locations throughout Utah. In St. George, the parking area next to the former medical center served as a distribution and return site for completed masks. Online instructional videos were available to help novice sewers complete their assignments within a 4-day window. On May 30, 2020, five weeks into Project Protect, they had completed 5 million masks and boasted 50,000 volunteers. Some volunteers sewed more than one kit (100 masks) and other volunteers assisted in the distribution and return process—so volunteer numbers likely surpassed 50,000. The primary project sponsors were supported by over a dozen groups and nonprofits that also assembled face shields, sewed gowns, cut fabric, and commercially disinfected all products before distributing them to healthcare workers. After completing five million masks in five weeks, organizers declared, “What’s another million?” Project Protect initiated an encore challenge: to sew one million more masks during one week in June. Project Protect is projected to produce six million medical grade face masks. Since waving a magic wand will not make the virus go away, Utahns “sewed” their support for healthcare workers by providing them with facemasks and other PPE so they can stay safe and save lives.V

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Dixie State University Engineering Department Chair Dr. David Christensen mentors a student on a mechanical engineering project during the Fall 2018 semester.

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D S U E n g i n e e ri n g De part me nt use s 3D P rint e r s to p ro du c e v i tal he alt hcare e quip me nt By Amelia Goebel

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elping meet some of the community’s greatest needs, Dixie State University Engineering Department Chair Dr. David Christensen and a small team of student-interns have been 3D printing much-needed medical supplies and personal protective equipment throughout the pandemic. After a doctor from Tooele asked Christensen if Dixie State could help them fill their shortage of supplies, Christensen and his two student-interns got busy printing ventilator splitters so healthcare facilities can use one ventilator on multiple patients at a time, if necessary. Additionally, the team is producing face shields and masks that can be fitted with HEPA filters for healthcare facilities around the state. “The printing request gave the interns an opportunity to work on a real-world problem, provide service to the community, and continue to work,” Christensen said. “It turned out to be a win-win scenario.” Together, the small-but-mighty team produced 40 masks, 98 face shields, 24 ventilator splitters, and 18 ear guards. The effort took advantage of the department’s 24 3D printers that engineering students start using on their first day of coursework.

Christensen’s commitment to bettering the University and community started well before the COVID-19 pandemic set in. Determined to help Dixie State offer academic programs that meet Utah’s workforce needs, Christensen collaborated with Eric Pedersen, dean of DSU’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology, to develop the Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s degree program in Spring 2017, Christensen’s first semester teaching at the University. Now, three years later, a complete department has been created, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering bachelor’s degrees have been added to the department’s offerings. The Dixie State Engineering Department includes active learning courses that provide design experiences every year of the program and reinforce student learning with lab courses every semester. With a passion to not only help students prepare for the careers of their dreams, but also a desire to support the community — from creating medical equipment during a pandemic to preparing students to fulfill workforce needs yearround — Christensen is perfectly positioned to deliver both.V

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y children were told over Spring Break that, due to Covid-19, they would not be returning to school. As more news broke regarding the global pandemic, disappointment and sadness replaced their initial excitement as they realized class trips, year-end parties, and socializing with friends would also be put on hold. While their reaction concerned me, I also worried what school would look like after the break. I soon realized that teachers live up to their hype, and my children were lucky enough to have some of the best. I watched school unfold remotely through tools like Google Classroom and Canvas. Lesson plans were made into videos and slideshows, emails were answered within minutes, classroom discussions resumed through Zoom and Google Meet, and connections that my children craved were met enthusiastically. While classrooms sat silent and empty, school remained very much in session. Teachers answered their call and continued educating, often while simultaneously looking after the needs of their own families. As a parent I am grateful to the teachers, and as PTO President I wondered how to show enough appreciation to them during this time. The transition to distance learning hasn’t been effortless, especially for some. I watched as many parents, dealing with their own unique challenges, struggled to find balance. One

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parent wrote on the PTO Facebook page, “Can school be over? I’m so frustrated trying to figure things out!” Another parent worried that expectations would be too high, and they wouldn’t be equipped to handle the needs of their children. The unsteady beginning was soon stabilized as the school sent out a survey asking parents what help was needed to make the transition to homeschooling easier. Almost overnight Chrome Books and free wifi were assigned to families that needed access to them. School and art supplies were given to students that were without them at home. School lunches continued to be made and handed out to children. The principal, also a parent, created a weekly roundup of assignments per grade and teacher that was emailed to parents each week. It was a well organized and easy to navigate document. Every assignment was explained clearly and all links to outside sources were included. Along with this weekly email, many teachers and administration encouraged parents and students to “Do your best! That's all we can do!” Shortly after these tools were executed, words of concern turned to messages of relief and thanks. One parent wrote, “Thank you for the weekly assignment in the email today. That has made our day so much easier and more efficient.” Teachers continued their support with messages like “I am so proud of my students! Online school


is challenging, but these young students blow my mind with how dedicated they are as they strive to do their best!” Parents joined in and offered one another suggestions and praise. I was amazed as I witnessed a careful system of success come together as parents, teachers and students figured out a balance that worked. Recently a teacher expressed her heartache that she wasn’t able to be in a classroom with her students. Another teacher shared that someone told her, “I guess summer break came early for you!” even though she’s been working harder than ever to ensure her students' success. I’ve witnessed multiple teachers go above and beyond during this time to stay connected to their students. One teacher painted inspirational quotes on rocks and hid them around the community for students to find. Another had an ice cream party with their class through Zoom. Encouraging quotes were shared and videos and pictures made by the school offering their support. Games, debates and discussions were created remotely, which brought joy into homes school-wide. Teachers dutifully and beautifully kept their students achieving because they care and because they love what they do. During Teacher Appreciation Week the PTO presidency and I worried how we could thank the teachers enough for their dedication, especially during this unprecedented time. The conclusion was that no thanks would ever be enough. There are not enough gift cards in southern Utah to thank the administration, faculty and staff at a children’s school for pulling off what they did. In a time of uncertainty and disappointment they steadied worries with calm and resolve while continuing to develop children’s minds. They brought their best efforts and encouraged their students to do the same, with the understanding that crossing the finish line was more important than running the perfect race, proving that, once again, teachers are amazing and learning never ends.V

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Heroes in the community By Renee Renick

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here are local Heroes who deserve our recognition! One Hero is Troy Anderson. He moved to southern Utah a year ago. Troy was raised in a military family. His father served in the Vietnam War. Anderson enlisted in the Army and served in the infantry during the Persian Gulf War. He is a man who loves his country, serves this nation by being a good citizen, is law abiding, and honest in doing his civic duty. Anderson’s wish for his four children, and children of color everywhere, is to feel safe and protected in their human rights and American freedoms. Anderson has compassion for humanity and a reverence for all life. He says, “In order for humanity to thrive and exist in peace, there is a need for equality and social justice”. In the year Anderson has been in St. George, he has seen a disparity amongst the people of color. Lex Scott, President of Black Lives Matter of Utah reached out to Anderson to start a chapter in southern Utah. He accepted the responsibility to advocate for people of color, and assist in obtaining racial justice by starting his chapter on February 22nd, 2020. This fulfilled a dream from his youth—to serve his brothers and sisters, and to bring an end to racism. He has found great support in the community from another young Hero, Justice Slayton, President of the Black Student Union at Dixie State University. Long-time local professional business owner and Hero Janice Brooks, has served on numerous civic boards and volunteered countless community hours in southern Utah. Janice said, “The Black Lives Matter movement is assisting to bring about the necessary removal of layers and layers of implicit bias and the socially myopic exposure of human injustice.” She is proud of Troy’s efforts to bring awareness saying, “Incrementally, the power of this movement, that is happening in our country, with each step moves us closer to Human Dignity.” She says, “Every layer that is exposed […] moves us forward to cross-cultural conversations.” She added, “If you see something, say something.” The more people who take a stand against human indignity, the more exposure of our collective complicit behaviors.V Renee Renick BSN,RN, and Holistic Health Coach is a Social Advocate for Women and People of Color.

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The Hero with Many Hats By Wendy D’Alessandro

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irector of Resident Life Enrichment, Elizabeth “Liz” Beliaj, doesn’t consider herself a hero. She loves her job at Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care and she loves knowing that every day she’s making a difference in the lives of seniors. “The residents and their families are the heroes,” she said. “Having to adapt to long-term care restrictions has to be hard and through it all, their hearts have remained positive.” Life changed dramatically when the Coronavirus swept through the state of Nevada.​​To protect residents against the spread of COVID-19 and to comply with state mandates, the community essentially closed its doors to all but essential medical visitors. Social distancing and the stay-at-home mandate completely changed residents’ lives. Not easy for those used to taking trips to the bowling alley, casino and their favorite lunch spot. Calendars once filled with live entertainment, happy hour, and gatherings with family and friends, creative arts classes, book clubs, and weekly manicures were no longer an option. At least not in the traditional sense.

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“The emphasis on creative programming and activities became much more pronounced during the pandemic,” said Sal Gomez-Orozco, the community’s administrator. “We count on Liz’s creativity and resourcefulness to keep residents engaged, happy, and hopeful during this new normal. She really stepped up to the plate.”

Liz wears many hats. She’s been a beautician, having trimmed one resident’s hair with a pair of shears; a blackjack dealer, dealing cards to residents sitting at individual tray tables six feet apart; a bartender, making and serving “unleaded” piña coladas and margaritas. She replaced health and exercise programs with virtual classes and online tai chi and yoga and introduced Wii bowling, TikTok and funny YouTube videos. Virtual tours of the San Diego Zoo and The Louvre are among residents’ favorite ‘“travels.” Zoom video calls with friends are as common as a telephone call these days, and one resident has a standing Zoom call every Saturday to visit with six family members. “Anything we can do to keep residents and families happy, we’ll do,” she said. To Mesa Valley Estates residents, she’s a hero.V

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a heroic service InsideOut Hyperbarics; HBOT4VETS Program By Ryan Brinkerhoff

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rowing up in a small community with a National Guard post in town, you knew exactly who was a part of the Guard. When these folks would come home from war it was disheartening to see the changes in their personality, the struggles they now faced, the challenges their families endured as the men and women came home a complete ghost shell of who they used to be. When I opened up InsideOut Hyperbarics in St. George, Utah; I started to really study how therapeutic hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is used for PTSD patients. HBOT is well known for lowering the inflammation load in the brain, increasing the blood oxygen, encouraging normal levels of blood gases, supporting the tissue to heal and fight infections, and is used for a wide variety of medical conditions. I found studies and reports which supported neurogenesis, the short term and long term repairs on the brain with HBOT. This opened the door in helping soldiers, who not only had such an impact on my growing up, but the many who do so much for our country, through HBOT. I wanted to find a way to get into our community to help, so I started by sponsoring a Veteran. Our first Veteran, was Josh Rock. When Josh came home from war he was suicidal, and had turned to alcohol and other drugs for relief. He was having symptoms of nightmares, eating issues, sleeping issues and later learned he was suffering from PTSD. He had such life changing results after treatments in the pressurized chamber, breathing pure oxygen,

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I decided I would sponsor more Veterans. While in the chamber, it delivers up to 600 times more oxygen to the brain than normal. The oxygen cells along with stem cells are then able to start the healing process to the damaged cells in the brain, leading to lessened symptoms for the patient. It has been life changing for these Veterans. We have seen a marked increase in clients being able to fall asleep, those who were aggravated and easily set off are laughing again. The more we started to sponsor Veterans, the more we started to get backlogged in our waiting list; we had three to four Veterans waiting on the sponsor list. Our list quickly became a place for Veterans to be waiting for 6 months or longer to be sponsored. This waiting list created our movement to file for a non-profit in Utah. Our non-profit was approved in March 2020, and now we are setting up programs to support our cause even further. To give back to these Veterans, who have given so much to our country makes my heart happy and has brought a lot of joy to InsideOut Hyperbarics.V You can contact Ryan Brinkerhoff, the owner of InsideOut Hyperbarics for ANY hyperbaric needs by calling 435.634.9355 or stop by 1490 ForemasterDr. Suite 100. For more information, please visit our website: www.insideouthyperbarics.com To apply for the sponsorship program, please fill out the form www.insideouthyperbarics.com/sponsorship-program/


IAm a hero Surviving the dark with light By Charlotte Jaffa

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uring a time of economic uncertainty and fear—hope, happiness and friendship arose. Due to quarantine restrictions many businesses and services were inaccessible. Social distancing took traditional communication and replaced it with Zoom meetings, phone calls, or emails. In a time where many people are living in loneliness and fear appeared this amazing group of 11 different professionals providing a service of hope. IAM Retreats (Individual Awakening Movement) has a staff of many different energy workers, massage therapists, Reiki masters, Yogis and so much more who all donated their time to help bring light into the darkness of COVID-19. They brought self-awareness, comfort and a sense of community. During a crazy time where their own businesses might be highly affected by the lockdown, these individual providers didn’t charge anything for their services. They just asked that you give what you comfortably can donate, knowing full well that they might be receiving nothing! They had close to a hundred guests at the online retreat. Their spirit of joy and peace helped all those that participated to be mindful of their situation, to manifest positive outcomes, and to comfort those that might be suffering emotionally through this change in life. Their workshops helped me to release some built-up anxiety and fears that were paralyzing me. It helped me to change behaviors in my life that brought me from boredom and mundane to joyous and exciting. IAM Retreats helped me realize my fears and find hope in the future. Inspiration comes in many forms. The formation of the group was inspired; each message, exercise and practice from each presenter stirred inspiration in me. As a result, I wanted to pay it forward! I created and donated manifesting and mantra decks; which is a card that you pull each day with an affirmation on it. I made one and sent one to each provider. Daily drawn cards have now become a personal reminder of the work we did at this donated retreat, and the new friendships and the growth our collective group experienced in a single week! V IAM Retreats is located in St. George, Utah. Please contact us through email: IndividualAwakeningMovement@gmail.com or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/IAMRETREATS/

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Healthcare heroes OPEN – SAFE – READY: Community and Caring By Ned Hill, CEO, Mesa View Regional Hospital

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EALTHCARE HEROES: First, I’d like to express my sincere pride in our employees and medical staff for their efforts in recent months. These medical professionals have truly answered the call to care for the sick and comfort alarmed families as the pandemic has evolved. They are true heroes, who stepped up to serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. I applaud and thank them for their dedication. OUR COMMUNITY: I would also like to recognize our community. The outpouring of support you showed our team was greatly appreciated! Whether providing meals for staff, making masks or sending cards and prayers to team members — we are so grateful for each of you during this crisis. A NEW WORLD FOR CARE: Rest assured, our Emergency Room is Open, Safe, Ready and here when you need us! We’ve established safety measures such as separate care areas, special cleaning procedures and protective equipment guidelines to align with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We also remind you that in-person appointments are available again at physician offices. You can rest easy knowing these physician offices have adopted additional precautions to help keep you safe when you come in for your appointment. Virtual visits will continue to be available via our telehealth options. Just call your physician’s office or visit MesaViewMedical.com to request an appointment. V Thank you for caring for us, as much as we care for you. It is our privilege to serve you.

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education hero By Brett Coleman

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n the wake of ever-changing circumstances, Dixie State University promptly pivoted to offer remote instruction in mid-March to protect students, faculty, and staff from the spread of COVID-19. The feat of moving courses remotely was headed by Dr. Michael Lacourse, the University’s provost and vice president of academic affairs, and his team in DSU’s Center for Teaching & Learning, Digital & Extended Learning, and Instructional Technology Services. Together, Lacourse and his team dedicated countless hours to ensure students didn’t miss a single day of classwork, as instruction immediately resumed upon the end of students’ Spring Break. The effort translated to an uninterrupted, well-rounded educational experience that kept students on track to meet their academic progress plans, graduation dates, and career goals. “We need to recognize everybody, all the faculty, the staff, the students,” Lacourse shared. “I think it was amazing that we were able to pivot in just a few days from one format to a completely different one.”

The team accomplished this by creating a remote teaching guide to help faculty complete the spring semester and conduct the entire summer semester remotely. The comprehensive 21-page guide provides clear timelines for remote teaching, instructional delivery resources, and step-by-step insights into leading effective remote courses. Faculty were also offered the opportunity to take advantage of remote workshops as well as online and telephone support. “I’m really proud of everyone involved and grateful for students recognizing that it wasn’t going to be the best but we needed to make the best of what we had,” Lacourse said. By helping students navigate a new learning experience, Lacourse and his team not only overcame the challenges associated with a pandemic, but provided stability, support, and education that allowed students to thrive right here in our community. V

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heroic safety solutions Jim White offers "safety Chic" at eureka By Linda Faas

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rotecting personal safety is the highest and best form of corporate heroism. During this time of uncertainty, Eureka Casino Resort strives to welcome back its customers who have been shaken by the unseen virus. Eureka leaders Greg Lee and Andre Carrier have led the cause of going over and above mandated standards of business operation in making the Eureka a clean and safe environment. Understanding that people are inherently attracted to modern and lively surroundings, the Eureka has gone “all in” to restore and enhance their casino in a way that appeals. One of the solutions for achieving social distancing without creating a sense of isolation is the use of plexiglass barriers. The Eureka identified see-through partitions as a valuable enhancement of its gaming floor. There is more to these partitions than meets the eye. Eureka Head Engineer, Jim White, spent time explaining how he and his crew designed and created hundreds of custom-built partitions to separate players at slot machines, black jack tables, and cashier desks. Jim’s remarkable efforts to keep everyone as safe as possible in a social setting set a high bar of corporate performance. Jim has a 25-year history of working with plexiglass, which was a bonanza for the casino that faced the daunting task of executing complex safety requirements for reopening. While the Eureka was closed, Jim secured a huge stockpile

of plexiglass and Lexan, a similar material, and his team of half a dozen workers set to work constructing the clear barriers that help prevent airborne particles from passing between people. His ingenious screens are not only good hygiene, they are highly practical, and “safety chic” good looking. Touring the gaming floor, Jim points out that the sleek, unframed plexiglass screens that separate banks of slot machines are so clear that they might not be seen by a guest. To solve the potential problem of bumping into a screen, Jim installed colored LED lights at the rear of each screen to transmit a glow through the plexiglass to the polished front edge of the screen, looking almost like a neon border. Beautiful and safe. While many of the slots and table games can have screens screwed to their surfaces, some gaming machines are rented from a supplier, and cannot be physically altered in any way. Players at those machines are separated by framed, clear Lexan panels. That material is stronger than plexiglass, and has other unique qualities that differentiate it from the better-known plexiglass. Jim knows exactly where to use each material to best effect. The heroic attention to detail in both its employee health screening and testing, and its investment in the clear barriers that are easily and quickly maintained by its 20-member Clean Team, sets the Eureka apart from all the rest in striving to safeguard employee and customer wellbeing.V

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Senior Class Heroes

mes q ui t e c o m m u n i t y rallie s t o have a safe an d memor a b l e c e re m o ny for 2020 VVHS graduat es By Teri Nehrenz

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aren Fielding is a gift to Mesquite; who keeps on giving in the community where she is living life to the fullest. The Virgin Valley High School senior class had worked hard for twelve long years only to reach their final destination faced with a pandemic that would shut down the schools early in the year and cancel their graduation ceremony.

said, “Organizing the parade was no easy task. We had to submit three different routes because we didn’t know what would be happening from day to day with restrictions and what the Governor’s orders would be due to Covid-19. Thank goodness the city waived the permit fees for the parade, it was a generous contribution on their part for our seniors.”

Fielding was not satisfied that the kids would just receive their diplomas in the mail, so she set out to make this year really special for them. She enlisted the help of Jodi Alejos, Shaunna Lee, Denise Houston and the entire Mesquite community including the Mayor to do just that.

Once the routes were approved, the permits obtained and everything appearing to be a go, the flyers designed by Alejos and Lee were distributed to the community.

It began with a proclamation written by Fielding and read by Mesquite Mayor Al Litman on April 29th. By proclamation from that day forward, May will always be dedicated to the memory of the Virgin Valley High School Senior Class of 2020. After the proclamation was read, the women all set about to organize the best graduation event they could with social distancing, masks, and keeping everyone safe being the main concerns. With the help of the community, Fielding and the other volunteers were able to gather $12,000 in donations to make the event epic in nature, and they succeeded. The evening began with a parade down Mesquite Blvd. and the “drive through diplomas” organized by Houston. Fielding

Alejos kept the books and did an outstanding job with the money they received. They were able to pay for a $7000 firework demonstration, DJ, food, three photographers and give gifts to the seniors as well. Fielding, Houston, Lee, and Alejos did an outstanding job turning a rather bleak situation into a memory that will last a lifetime, but they couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the City of Mesquite and the entire community. Fielding said that the seniors and community reacted so positively toward the graduation parade that she is committed to making it a yearly event for all future graduates as well.V

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heroic healthcare By Amelia Goebel

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ommitted to meeting Dixie State University students’ wellness needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tasha McNamee, interim director of the University’s Booth Wellness Center, has gone above and beyond to fully submerge herself in the role and stay on top of current guidelines and research to keep the campus community informed. When the wellness center was met with obstacles associated with providing services to students during a pandemic, McNamee was quick to develop these challenges into new opportunities. “We arranged to provide all mental health and medical appointments through tele-health services,” McNamee said. “It required various in-person meetings and virtual meetings to implement new software, train in new modalities, update all patient and client consent forms, and create new online intake paperwork.” Throughout the entire process, McNamee diligently worked to complete all the necessary steps while maintaining a positive and service-oriented attitude.

“Every challenge has a silver lining, it just takes looking at it properly to see it,” McNamee said. “Our silver lining through this pandemic has been the opportunity for collaboration and teamwork on campus. Additionally, the pandemic has motivated the Booth Wellness Center to expand our services through new modalities, increase website and social media resources, update emergency response plans, and become more tightly knit with our community.” Recognizing that students were experiencing increased concerns and stress related to COVID-19, the Booth Wellness Center’s staff explored new ways to reach students. “We created a Weekly Wellness Check-in for students to virtually attend a meditation session with one of our therapists,” McNamee said. “Students participated in relaxation techniques, stretching, and breathing. Dixie State has adopted the theme of ‘active learning. active life.’ which we don’t want to just teach as a theory, but we also want to put into practice.” Meeting the wellness needs of an entire campus of more than 11,000 students during a pandemic certainly isn’t easy, but McNamee accepted the challenge and together, with the entire Booth Wellness center team, delivered second-to-none services and resources to the campus community all while finding the silver linings that are present even in the midst of a pandemic. V

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heroic workplace By Linda Faas

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he Eureka employee-owners faced great obstacles in bringing their business back to life after the COVID-19 shutdown. They had the daunting task of assuring their employee-owner’s returning to work in June were COVID-free and their work environment was the safest possible. At the Eureka, the answer is always, “Yes, we can do it.” There is a plaque hanging in the employee hallway leading to the administrative offices of the Eureka Casino Resort that crystalizes the motto by which the company operates: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better And your better is best.” - St. Jerome That motto is more than just a saying to Eureka employee-owners who strive to bring their business back to life after the COVID-19 shutdown. Tecia Marotta, Eureka Director of Human Resources, recognizes the critical role she, and the Eureka leadership team, plays in Eureka's return to full employment. Staying apprised of the ever-changing federal and state directives in all the phases of reopening, and continually working to find the best ways to meet and exceed those requirements is her, and the companies, top priority. Keeping in touch with employee-owners during the closure period was key to keeping them informed and preparing them to return to work. Newsletters and video messages presented by C.O.O., Andre Carrier, were regularly distributed to employeeowners. They were assured they would be tested for the COVID-19 virus prior to returning and systems were established to screen each employee-owner upon arrival to work to insure health and safety. Employee-owner’s temperatures are checked by thermal camera upon entry into the building and they complete a brief questionnaire to note any change in their health condition. Confidence in a safe workplace and healthy co-workers is essential in this time of recovery. Providing COVID-19 testing for its returning employee-owners was a challenge given the City’s minimal testing sites and days. The Eureka was able to enlist the help of the University Medical Center in Las Vegas for testing services and sample collection support was provided by Mesa View Medical Group and our local EMS team, to handle testing of the large group of employeeowners needing the company-paid tests and also ensuring speedy test results. Several Eureka leadership team members aided in the process, from identifying potential testing partners and procedures to organizing the all day “Return to Work” testing event. Test results were returned by the next day, a stunning difference from the normal wait of four to six days at other testing sites. This quick turnaround allowed the Eureka to get their employee-owners back on the job in safety, with no concern about asymptomatic workers. In addition, Eureka continues to maintain its advocacy of a healthy and safe workplace by completing random weekly COVID-19 testing of employee-owners in continued partnership with UMC and the Mesa View Medical Group. Management has long offered a support system for the Eureka employee-owners. The company maintains an emergency fund that an employee-owner can draw on if there is an urgent need for financial assistance. No-interest loans of several hundred dollars might cover a vehicle repair, a child’s needs or other. The company also paid 100% of health insurance premiums for employee-owners during the COVID-19 closure. There is a safety net at the Eureka. That is the reason it has been continually voted as one of the “Top 100” great places to work. When quality runs deep, it shows. V Sept/Oct 2020 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 39


heroic connection

S UU R Ol l s o u t c o l l ect ion of fre e hobby le ssons, a r t a nd sc i e n c e p ro j ect s for all w ho love t o learn

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outhern Utah University’s Community Education program and dozens of community heroes joined together this spring in creating a unique collection of fun learning opportunities for enjoying from home. The result is a collection of dozens of online lessons offering free, interactive activities in a series titled “Community Connect–

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Learn from Home.” From cooking, art and geology lessons to book group discussions and parenting classes, the library has grown by demand to include something for everyone. Before taking its place in the new SUU library of community resources, each class streams live on social media. Now with more than 10,000 views on Facebook Live and through live Zoom meetings, the classes taught are now available to watch on the YouTube channel SUU Community Education.


The online library features lessons in four categories: “Keep Learning” lessons teach new hobbies and skills; “Community Reads” features southern Utah authors and community leaders sharing favorite titles from their personal bookshelves; “Navigating Close Quarters” offers participants tips on relationship and family management; “Art and Science Toolkit” features fun art projects and science experiments for youth in cooperation with ArtsFUSION of Southern Utah and SUU’s Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative partnership. Local author Todd Robert Petersen, Director of SUU’s Project-based Learning Program, said it was important for he and his wife, Alisa Petersen with the Berverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, to give back to the community in any way they could. “We are all going through these tough times and learning along the way, so if there was something I learned with my own family, or at work, we wanted to help someone else if we could,” Petersen said. “Now that I look at the YouTube library of community education videos, it is amazing to see so many great, inspiring community members who also contributed to the effort and provided some great lessons and topics.” The free Community Connect Series offers more than 50 lessons now uploaded to the SUU Community Education YouTube library for local, statewide, and even national residents to learn something new, such as a simple Italian dish from Chef Drew Nehrenz, Director of Culinary Arts at Southwest Tech. “It was thrilling to see the community come together, it was amazing. Once we started the process of looking for presenters to contribute to this unusual community need, volunteers started pouring in,” said Susie Knudsen, Assistant Director at SUU Community Education. “And now that the lessons are offered on YouTube, literally anyone with internet access can participate, and we’re excited to see those in other communities who love to keep learning.” V Knudsen added that Community Education classes will resume in the fall of 2020 in partnership with Southwest Technical College in Cedar City. A complete list of free Community Connect/Learn From Home classes is available online at suu.edu/keeplearning and on their Facebook page SUU Community Education. Classes are also recorded and archived on YouTube at SUU Community Education for non-live participation anytime, from anywhere with internet access. For more information, email bewise@suu.edu, or call (435) 865-8259.

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Upholsterers Never Die... ...They Always Recover! T By A. Blount

he new paint on your walls has dried and everything has been put back in its place when you notice the furniture. Time has taken its toll. Old scars are sticking out, perhaps it is just worn or outdated. Whether it is just one piece, like a favorite chair, or the furniture that fits just right in the room space, re-upholstery is a great way to keep the memories or shapes of the furniture but make some exciting new changes! A reason many people re-upholster is the quality of older furniture. Older furniture has better frames made of real wood pieces. You can create new work on the frames, or recreate the exact way they originally were created. Making old patterns and designs new again and modernizing by getting rid of the skirt or extra embellishments, creating a new look and feel and adding new potential to your room.

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If you decide to go on this new journey with your old furniture, you will want to meet Dennis Hangey. A local legend, as our town's bagpiper extraordinaire! He is a lively participant in the town's parades, such as the St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl, where fun is had by all. Dennis was Mesquite Distinguished Citizen of the Year, in 2015, and does the yearly 911 Ceremony at City Hall. Dennis is the Field Marshal for “The 1000 Flags Over Mesquite” as a member of The Exchange Club. He and his lovely late wife Marie moved to Mesquite in July 2003, from Philadelphia, where he had sold his third generation upholstery business. He and Marie came to Mesquite to retire, but soon after their arrival, they opened Hangey's Custom Upholstering. With Marie as the seamstress, Dennis was left doing the estimates, pickups and deliveries. Together they built the business with a sterling reputation. Dennis is happy serving the community in so many ways. While specializing in furniture Dennis has done some custom golf carts and an occasional boat. He is also stocked with a beautiful selection of Sunbrella's outdoor line of fabric, which is formulated to last and not fade of dry rot from our desert environment. He feels patio furniture is a further extension of our living space. Sometimes just a new firm foam insert might bring the comfort back and ease that sore back in a well loved piece. Other options he often suggests is going to a consignment store or antique store to find a piece that reminds you of grandma or a favorite person, add the piece to a guest room so each time you see it you have a nice memory and smile. Dennis loves passing on the smiles and memories, something he receives each time his craftsmanship makes another happy customer. V Please visit Hangey’s Custom Upholstering at 750 Preston Drive, #6 Mesquite, Nevada. Or call 702.346.3950.

*Editor’s Note: Dennis is a treasure to the Mesquite Community

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By Marilyn Pabon

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ardening in the desert can be tough. Super high temps, very little rain, and nutrient deficient soil can oftentimes lead to garden failures. But fortunately, these are the conditions many herbs like. In fact they don’t like composted rich soil or too much moisture. Herbs are defined as plants that are useful to humans. An herb is something we value for a variety of different reasons. An herb can be useful to us for its flavor, its scent, its alternative health properties, as an insecticide, or used as coloring for dyes. Herbs have been used since prehistory as long as humans have walked the earth and in Medieval times by apothecaries, in teas, tinctures, and balms to relieve physical ailments, such as upset stomachs, colds and flues and stress-induced illness.

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Many herbs have alternative health properties that can promote mental and physical well-being. Planting a garden filled with alternative health herbs can be a great way to harness the healing power of these plants. Some plants that you may want to include in your desert garden include echinacea, chamomile, yarrow, peppermint, and lemon balm. Remember, however, that just because herbs are natural doesn’t mean that they are safe if they are used incorrectly. Always educate yourself about proper herb usage. Take your love of herbal tea to the next level by planting a tea garden filled with herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm, mint, lavender, passionflower, and stevia. When making tea, mix and match fresh herbs from your garden


to come up with your favorite combinations. You can also dry the herbs and store them so that you can continue to make fresh tea even after the end of the growing season. Herbs are an ideal choice to replace your water guzzling plants because this kind of garden can be resized to fit any space. While the following are fine drought savvy candidates, remember you are planting an alternative health chest, spice drawer and a cupboard of scented gifts for friends and family. Mediterranean herbs are the ultimate drought solution. In lands of little rain and hot dry winds, oils in the indigenous plants are key to their survival over a long, dry season. These oils serve a purpose, to replace moisture lost from foliage and wood. Oil helps to keep cells from collapsing from dehydration, and the potent aromas discourage hungry wildlife that eat anything during drought. European herb growers all agree that the most potent fragrance comes from drought stressed plants. This proves that growing herbs like rosemary, sage, Spanish lavender and thyme in your desert garden offers improved flavor over those commercially grown. Mediterranean herbs are cold-hardy enough to survive the winter. Many of these have woody stems and branches which are described as subshrubs. Woody parts allow them to weather extreme drought by temporarily defoliating at any time of year to lie dormant until rains return. Herbaceous perennial species of this group use a different strategy; these die back to the earth in drought. However, roots remain alive underground as they, too, hunker down until wetter times. Here in the desert, herbs prefer a sheltered location to survive the extreme heat of summer and hot dry winds. It is best to plant herbs already started in pots from the nursery rather than messing with delicate seeds and cuttings. East side spaces are ideal and others sheltered from afternoon sun during the summer months. They love protected side yards and bright shade. The space should ideally be in full sun during winter. Rosemary is the exceptional survivor that grows anywhere. I have found that growing anything in pots in the desert is difficult because the soil heats up and dries out so quickly. In the hottest part of the summer pots may require watering twice a day. If you must use pots they need to be large and on a drip system. If you travel or want to leave town to get out of the heat you will need all of your herbs, to include the ones in the ground, on an automatic drip system so they will get a good soaking at least once a week You can harvest most herbs all season. Once a plant is sturdy and bushy, you can begin harvesting. Once an herb flowers, it can bolt in growth and lose or change flavor. But I’ve harvested rosemary from a plant already flowering, and then trimmed it back lightly in spring. I’ve been letting older thyme plants flower and try to keep younger ones managed for harvesting. In general, harvesting invigorates herb plants. So it’s best to use the leaves!

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Rosemary

Being a Mediterranean herb, Rosemary is a no-brainer as the perfect herb for a drought garden. Rosemary may have more flavor if the soil is dry as well, making it even more delicious when you use it throughout the winter months. Alternative health use: Rosemary tea is great for taking while we suffer cold related problems like headaches, chest congestion, etc. The tea also can be used as a mouth rinse for Sore Throat. There is a reason why rosemary is included in disinfectants regularly, it is because of it’s wonderful anti microbial properties. We can just boil rosemary in water and use the water as a disinfectant. We can also add a sprig of rosemary to white vinegar, let it steep and use it around the house mixed in water as a disinfectant.

Lavender

Lavender can be grown alone, as a filler, as a hedge, or in pots. It makes a lovely spot of color for a garden that may otherwise lean towards green. Lavender is another herb that doesn't mind reduced water. You may find that it seems to smell even more wonderful. With its soothing smell and insect repellent ability, there is little reason not to include lavender in your drought garden. Go for English lavender or Dutch lavender for sweet smelling buds. Isn't it wonderful how versatile lavender is? Take a sunny space and well-drained soil, and you have the perfect place to grow this fragrant herb. Alternative health use: Lavender is considered a relaxing nervine and may relieve Anxiety, Headaches, Depression and Insomnia.

Savory

Savory is a historic herb deserving a place in your drought tolerant garden. The lovely flavor is perfect for cooking light flavored dishes. Try it in tea mixes as well, you may find it just the thing to create your favorite blend. Alternative health use: Rich in vitamins and minerals, savory is commonly used to support such ailments as gastrointestinal upset, headaches, and cough. To experience its alternative health effects, savory is commonly added to culinary dishes and made into a tea.

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Sage

Sage is also one of the easiest herbs to grow in a drought garden. It seems to disregard rainfall and keeps growing no matter what. Grow sage as a backdrop to your garden design; it grows large and bushy throughout the season and will fill out gaps in your garden. Not to be outdone, sage can also offer a pop of color in the garden. Salvia officinalis "Tricolor," offers bright and cheerful variegated leaves of cream, mint green, and pink. I dried leaves last year for use in poultry dishes. Bees love sage flowers. Alternative health use: Sage is loaded with antioxidants that help fortify your body’s defenses, encouraging neutralizing potentially harmful free radicals that are linked to chronic diseases. Sage packs a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.

Ta rragon

Tarragon is called the “King of the Herbs” by the French. Julia Child used Tarragon both sparingly and freely, adding small dosings in many, many dishes. She deployed it in pinches to lobster thermidor, coq au vin, and cream of cucumber soup, ever-present even when hidden. alternative health use: Throughout history, traditional herbal medicine has utilized fresh tarragon leaves as a home remedy for Toothache relief. The ancient Greeks are said to have chewed the leaves to numb the mouth. Research indicates that this painrelieving effect is due to the high levels of eugenol, a naturally occurring anesthetic chemical, found in the plant. If taken at bedtime, a tea made from one teaspoon of the fresh leaves to one cup of hot water to could help you get a better night’s sleep. The French have traditionally used tarragon tea as a remedy for insomnia, and even WebMD mentions its use to promote sleep.


Oregano

Oregano means "joy of the mountain" and is derived from the ancient Greek oros (mountain) and ganos (joy). Oregano is a culinary herb that is easy to grow. Oregano is considered an antibiotic herb. Capture its best flavor by harvesting just before the plant blooms. Once it blooms you will have lovely little bees humming around this plant from morning to night. I planted several oregano just for the bees. Alternative health use: Oregano is used to aid in detoxing the lungs. It supports clearing of the respiratory tract and airways of the lungs. In the case of allergies, allergens enter the body and irritate the lungs, as a result it causes an accumulation of mucus and gives rise to colds, coughs and sore throats. Oregano may help in expelling phlegm from the lungs and ease the difficulty of breathing.

Thyme

Thyme needs a mention in a list of drought tolerant herbs. It makes a lovely filler around and between taller herbs, and the taste is unbeatable in all your savory cooking. I use a lot of thyme in the kitchen. No matter what variety you choose, thyme is a fantastic choice that continues to grow long after other herbs succumb to lack of water. My puppies loved playing and rolling in my thyme patch! It was pretty cute and they smelled great. Alternative health use: Getting all the vitamins your body needs every day can be challenging. Luckily, thyme is packed with vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A. If you feel a cold coming on, thyme can help support you getting back in good health. Next time you’re faced with a cough or sore throat, try drinking some thyme tea. Another health benefit of thyme, it's a good source of copper, fiber, iron, and manganese.

Echina cea

Echinacea grows well as a backdrop to the rest of your herb garden and requires very little water and holds up well to the heat. Echinacea comes in a rainbow of colors, from orange to white and ranges of gold, pink, and reds. Echinacea should be divided every three years or so, just keep the spread in check. Alternative health use: Numerous studies have found that this plant may help your immune system combat infections and viruses, which could help you recover faster from illness.

Borage

Borage with its beautiful (and edible) flowers, may be the best pick yet for a stunning dry location. When the leaves are small, they can also be eaten, and some say the taste is reminiscent of cucumbers. Borage does very well with little water. In extremely dry locations, you may find it is also easier to keep control of. Borage loves to reseed and become a part of your landscape. Alternative health use: Borage is a good herbal remedy to support respiratory discomforts namely cold, flu, asthma, congestion, cough, and bronchitis. It can aid in lung troubles such as pleurisy. It is a favorable heart tonic thus, helps in keeping the heartbeat regulated.

Germander

Germander is a gorgeously green low-water ground cover that grows well in the desert, is great for pollinators, and happens to be usable as a culinary herb. Germander blooms are almost honey-scented, like sweet alyssum. Like rosemary, germander are bee pollinated, with occasional butterfly visitors. Alternative health use: Germander tea can be used in a compress or the whole leaves in a poultice as an antiseptic dressing. The tea can be gargled for sore throats and coughs to take advantage of its antiseptic properties. It can also be toxic if misused.

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Culinary herbs can be tucked into your landscape for a pretty addition to a front yard. These herbs can easily be started from seed and like to reseed themselves. They only take about 30 days to mature.

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Herb gardening can be a very rewarding experience here in the desert! If you’ve never gone outside and snipped fresh herbs to use for a meal or dried herbs to use in your tea throughout the year, you are really missing something special. I hope you will try growing some of these herbs that grow easily in our beautiful desert sun. The benefits far outweigh what little effort they take to maintain.V Marilyn is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Energy Worker, Organic Gardener, Chicken Wrangler and a promoter and author of the Divine Feminine. You can contact her on her website www.marilynpabon.com

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DOGHOUSE By Anita DeLelles

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ur pets love the outdoors, but being outside is not always a safe option. Creating a space of their own with interactive toys and a shelter is a wonderful idea. For dogs, a space to run and play that has shade, water and heat (for those chilly winter days) is beneficial for their health and behavioral well-being. Outdoor dog houses with play areas can provide protection from the elements while your dog is temporarily outside. The design considerations depend on breed and behavior. Most smaller dogs would prefer a cozy area with places to nap and a covered dog house for shelter. Larger dogs require more space, perhaps a covered run with high sides to prevent escapes. But keep in mind, an outdoor space for dogs does not take the place of being indoors in the company of their companions. They will thrive with the much needed social interaction and bonding.

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A dog run with shelter is a safe haven for a fearful or shy dog. For energetic dogs, it offers some time-out from over stimulation or overwhelming activity inside the house. For any dog with anxiety issues or specific behavior problems, seek advice from a reputable trainer that uses all-positive reinforcement techniques. Providing your pet with quality training, social interaction and plenty of love will go a long way toward solving behavioral issues. And while your dog is outside, take safety precautions so they won’t escape. Slipping out of a loose collar can be disastrous for dogs, consider microchipping and always spay or neuter your pets to avoid unwanted roaming or visits from neighborhood strays.


Summer Benefits

Temperature-controlled dog houses are ideal for cooling off in our desert environment. On especially hot summer days, keeping your dog cool is critical to prevent heatstroke. Watch for excessive panting as a warning sign that your dog may be overheated. A small air conditioner or evaporative cooler is a simple addition to their shelter, as long as electricity is nearby. When these are not an option, be sure to place a cooling mat in their retreat. A good rule-ofthumb: if the conditions outdoors are uncomfortable for you, then your pet shouldn’t be outside for long spells either. Avoiding intense, direct sunlight and ensuring they have shade is imperative for a dog’s health. A dedicated dog area will also help preserve your garden and keep landscaping clean and tidy. Dogs will instinctively seek out a cool place. You may even find your dog digging a hole to find cooler ground where they can rest. A kiddie pool is a great way to add hours of cool, wet fun! And adding interactive toys for entertainment is a necessity. This will give your dog the opportunity to engage his brain rather than engage in destructive behaviors.

Winter Benefits

In winter, a dog shelter can help prevent hypothermia and provide protection from rain, snow, wind, and extreme temperatures. Carefully monitor your dog’s outdoor time and allow them back indoors in severe weather. Having a warm place to cuddle during cold winter days will ensure the comfort every dog deserves when outside in cold weather. When changing weather conditions take you by surprise, you’ll be glad they have a place to seek safety and shelter. Insulated dog houses give weather protection, but keep in mind it can also become a magnet for other wildlife. So try to create an enclosed area just for your dog, secure from wildlife, especially predators. If purchasing a ready-made dog house is not possible, custom building one offers flexibility of size, style and decorative details. Different materials have pros and cons, so choose what’s best for your dog, budget and construction skills. Hiring a handyman will definitely simplify the project! Composite plastic cladding materials are ideal, they’re more durable to the elements and less likely to be chewed up as compared to wood. This also makes your dog’s house easier to clean, and less likely to attract insects, both important considerations when planning your project. So be creative, have a plan and build a sheltered area that is safe and fun for your dog. It’s a great way to enrich your dog’s life and your own. V

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Tennis TNT - Tips 'N' Tricks -

By Donna Eads

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re you a good closer of a match? One of the greatest was Rod Laver. His mental strength was unmatched because he never let up nor gave up on any game. The mental battle of any match should start and end with a plan that should be fearlessly tough. During the warm-up have a perspective of your opponents favorite shot and their worst one too. Look to attack that first ball with an attitude and move with every shot hit. You shrink the court when you follow every ball and make it more difficult for your opponent to find a weakness in your game. To win play to your strengths so you can close with success every time. In doubles, many wonder which side of the court they should play. There are several ways to make this decision. Once made it is best that you and partner practice often in this position. For example, you have a great inside out backhand so you should play the deuce side. The most consistent and strongest player should play the ad side. This player will have the greatest pressure on them during a match. Your partner is left handed and you are right handed so now what? If you both have strong backhands it really doesn’t matter. However, remember that most shots are hit crosscourt in doubles so play to your team's overall strengths. Always think of covering the outside angled shots as a team and move together. Consistency is a much underrated element that makes a difference. When I do a clinic I try to point out how important it is whether your team is on offense or defense. As play is occurring I have gotten into calling it out for the teams. Many a point is lost due to indecisive play by a team or poor shot selection. Best example would be if your partner has worked an opponent off the court and you hit the ball to his partner.

This failure to keep the pressure on the out of position player now allows their team to go back to neutral. Once your team has taken charge don’t give it up! Look for the times you are on offense and use that to your advantage. The simple rules of early preparation and recovery are often forgotten while playing. An average point during a game only lasts around one minute but many players let their minds wander. All your focus must stay on four simple facts. Your racquet must be up and in the ready position. Hop in place with every strike of a ball so you can move quickly. Prepare early to hit the ball so the racquet should be in position as soon as possible for your hit. All eyes on the ball while hitting and recovering to the ready position. Your checklist is ready, hop, hit and ready again. Knowing the rules of the game are one item missed by players. During a club championship, the first serve to the deuce side was wrongly hit into the ad box and you caught it while standing on the ad service line. Whose point is it? It is the server’s point since the ball must hit first to be called a fault. Your volley struck your opponent’s hand on the racquet but came over the net to your court. Whose point is it? Once a ball touches any part of your opponent the point is over that includes their clothes as well. The point is yours. Always get out of the way of any ball going out! If you don’t or you stop it before it hits out, it is your opponents point. I hit a deep forehand return that hit my opponent’s shoe while they were standing behind the baseline and took the point. So happy to be able to say: See you on the courts! V

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Id y l lic, Is ol ate d, and A b a nd one d Pl ac e s By Karen Monsen

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cattered across America’s West are idyllic, isolated, and abandoned places. Most deteriorate over time, some fall to development, and a few are preserved. From churches to dude ranches, historic sites provide glimpses into the daily lives and experiences of the famous, infamous, and ordinary.

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Pine Valley Mountain, rising to 10,365 feet north of St. George Utah, possesses idyllic qualities including 50,232-acre wilderness area with trails, campgrounds, reservoirs, and the headwaters of the Santa Clara River, which joins the Virgin River in St. George. Just outside the recreation area is the historic town of Pine Valley, settled in 1859 and counting 186 residents in the 2010 census. Near the town’s Heritage Center stands the Pine Valley Chapel, the oldest continuously used Mormon chapel in Utah dating from 1868. A group of farmers and citizens devoted to protecting community open space formed the non-profit Virgin River Land Preservation Association (VRLPA online at www.virginriverland.org) in 1993. By 2006, VRLPA sought conservation easements to preserve the meadows and views surrounding the chapel. The first 10-acre easement was donated in 2010 and subsequently 70 additional acres were protected in four easement parcels, the most recent was in 2018. With widespread community support, valley landowners provided matching funds for the easements. Additional funding partners include the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Foundation, and the State of Utah through the LeRay McAllister Critical Lands Conservation Fund. These conservation easements allow grazing, but restrict surface development. As the VRLPA Project Director Lori Rose states, “The pastoral scene is essential to the charm of the valley.” Today’s visitors see the area much as it appeared to those living years ago.

Santa Clara River in Pine Valley

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Mt Trumbull Schoolhouse

Is ol at e d A rizona S t ri p While idyllic spots invite relaxation and recreation, the isolated Arizona Strip evokes hardship and survival. The 2-million acre Arizona Strip north of the Grand Canyon historically attracted prospectors, fugitives, cowboys, ranchers, and dryland farmers. Approximately 4,000 miles of unpaved roads lead to scenic canyons, ponderosa pine forests, and the Mount Trumbull Wilderness. Isolation is immediately evident after crossing into Arizona from St. George on the dirt road BLM 1069 that becomes Mohave County Road 5. Traveling 60 wash-boarded miles in a 2-hour drive, one reaches the Mount Trumbull (Bundyville) schoolhouse.

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The wooden building constructed in 1922 served the Mount Trumbull farming-ranching community as church, meeting house, school, and dancehall. At its peak in the 1930s, Mount Trumbull had 250 people. By 1966, the school closed and the building deteriorated. In 1990, volunteers raised private donations, restored the schoolhouse, and reopened it in 1994. The following year, Dan Messersmith paid his first visit to The Strip. Messersmith is a retired Mohave Community College Administrator who served as the Interim Campus Dean at Colorado City for one year in 2003 and has served as an Official Mohave County Historian


since 2004. He recounts that on July 31, 2000 vandals burned down the Mount Trumbull School and a smaller one just north of Toroweap. The arsonists were jailed and the community resolved to rebuild. In October 2000, Messersmith joined mostly Bundy family members in a work-project akin to a pioneer barn raising to reconstruct the schoolhouse. Messersmith states, “Throughout the day people came to help and to watch. Some were just passing by and would stop for a photo of the work going on. At the peak, I would guess we had about 40 people working.” He describes the community as “Hard working folks who worked

the land and built a life for themselves and their family. Nothing came easy.” The Mount Trumbull schoolhouse was re-dedicated on October 13, 2001 and was prominent in Arizona’s Centennial celebration on September 17, 2011 organized by the BLM, the National Park Service, and Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (www.d-asia.org). D/ASIA is a non-profit that produced two documentaries on the Arizona Strip, partners with state, local, and private agencies to provide informational programs, and operates retail sales of maps and books inside the St. George Interagency Field Office. The Arizona Strip remains isolated, but D/ASIA is watchful to preserve its history.

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A b and one d Lone l y D e l l Another geographically isolated spot rich with personal stories is the Lonely Dell Ranch. Situated along the Colorado River near Lees Ferry, the abandoned town of Lonely Dell once supported ferry workers and their families. Jacob Hamblin and John Lee’s wife Emma are separately credited with naming the town for its remote location. Following the Mountain Meadow Massacre in 1870, John D. Lee was exiled there to build and operate the Colorado River crossing. Emma assumed ferry operations after Lee was executed for his role in the massacre. The Mormon Church bought the ferry rights in 1879 and assigned Warren Marshall Johnson to run the operation. Johnson’s life and work are evident throughout Lonely Dell. He dug irrigation canals diverting the Paria River to water orchards and fields and built cabins for his plural wives while attempting to establish a polygamous commune. A cemetery headstone commemorates the tragic loss of four of Johnson’s children to diphtheria in 1891. After the depression around 1935-36, Leo and Hazel Weaver assumed the property and constructed a stone lodge for a dude ranch named Paradise Canyon Ranch—but few guests arrived. A series of owners followed. The National Park Service purchased the site in 1994 and currently maintains the existing structures and orchards as part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Today, Lees Ferry is a popular launching point for Colorado River float trips, whereas nearby Lonely Dell Ranch is mostly abandoned. As voices from the past, Pine Valley Chapel, the Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse, and the Lonely Dell Ranch reveal stories of ordinary people because individuals and communities saved them from destruction. History books and documents record events and facts, but preserved historic sites offer immersion experiences and insights into the lives of the people drawn to these idyllic and isolated locations some of which are now abandoned. V

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INTERIORS By Helen Houston

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oard and batten is ready for its moment of fame indoors and the following ideas can help you bring it home.

You may not have heard of board and batten, but it could be the answer to those dull, lackluster walls in your home that even creative paint colors can’t fix. Sometimes, the solution to a difficult spot in your home is a little woodworking and a little texture. You may, fondly or not, recall the shiplap craze of a few years ago: It’s a little too soon to be certain, but board and batten might just be the next shiplap. Board and batten, sometimes called barn siding, is not a new concept. Its American heyday came in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when it was a common feature during the Gothic Revival Period. Its vertical lines draw the eye upward, make a structure appear taller and slimmer, while the bold shadows cast by the battens give walls a striking texture and adds movement and grace to the home and add instant warmth. You could just try painting interior doors to give your home a little oomph, but board and batten is a way to give a room, or an entire house a modern upgrade that feels more custom. It offers a relaxed alternative to smooth, unadorned walls; it can be painted nearly any color and used on a ceiling, as an accent wall or as an all-wall covering. Board and batten is a relatively simple wood construction that can be added to any preexisting wall (good news for remodelers and renovators). And, it’s a trend a “do-it-yourselfer” can have fun with.

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Texture is often the forgotten element of design. Most homes (including mine) consist of painted sheetrock walls and white ceilings. The craze for custom interior looks has further been fueled by the DIY community on websites such as Pinterest, Houzz, Hometalk, etc., sharing their tips on simple 'do-it-yourself' projects that have great impact! This is so true of board and batten, an easy and impactful way to customize any room in your home.

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No one will ever know that it was a DIY project, and a relatively simple one at that. You can sand it down, remove it, repaint it, add to it, and more as trends change. If you’re feeling creative, a board and batten wall can even stray from the standard vertical orientation. Today, we are seeing this design element used more and more on the interior walls and stairwells of homes. Often in pattern and color, but mostly in traditional white vertical planks, this textural design element packs a big punch. A fun twist on traditional wainscoting, this design can easily incorporate the use of wallpaper, color paint, and various heights. It especially looks nice in bedrooms, entryways, dining spaces and living rooms. Modern and bold, I love how color and board and batten patterns transform a room. Whether an accent wall or an entire space, or your preference is country chic or modern, this is a great way to gain impact without spending a fortune. Modern grays and muted tans are my favorite, but I bet you could use just about any color with this statement look. V

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LOOKING FOR NEEDLES

I N A S TA C K O F N E E D L E S By Mary Bundy, Jim and Jon Belnap

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hen one considers there are 144 Medicare Supplement plans, 31 Affordable Care Act or Obamacare Health plans, 26 Medicare Advantage Plans, 46 Prescription Drug plans, 6 Short-Term Care plans and 100’s of Specialized under 65 health coverage plans available for most individuals to help with their medical expenses, finding appropriate medical coverage for Medicare recipients and under 65 alike, is not like looking for a needle in a haystack, it’s like looking for a needle in a stack of needles.

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Medical expenses now account for nearly 20% of the nation's gross national product, and at times it is just overwhelming for the average consumer. At Medicare and Healthcare Advisors they participate in months of training and independent certifications to navigate the labyrinth of healthcare insurance. Following are true to life scenarios to solutions we have faced here at Medicare and Healthcare Advisors. Tom, self-employed, was paying $1,300 plus for major medical coverage, he moved to a lesser known - defined benefit plan. It not only saved him 60% on premiums, he can now see doctors in St. George vs. doctors in Las Vegas, a win/win for Tom. Lynette, a dual eligible (Medicare and Medicaid qualifier) only had Part A under Medicare. Because of her long-term disability, through additional correspondence with Social Security, we were able to get Lynette Part B of Medicare which in turn allowed her to get a Medicare Advantage plan which improved her medical care significantly. Mary, lost her medical coverage when her husband retired and started using his Medicare benefits. Medicare won’t cover Mary for three more years, and stand-alone coverage with a highdeductible had a premium of over $1,200 a month. We did a coverage review and found that since their household income would be lowered substantially, this made her eligible for a tax credit with an ACA plan, her monthly premium was adjusted to $52.60 a month once we completed the application and claimed her benefit. Her new plan even had no deductible and a maximum out of pocket benefit of $1,500. Pat was on an outdated Medicare Supplement plan E. She found out she qualifies to move to a Medicare Advantage plan during the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP Oct. 15-Dec. 7). This move will save her over $300/month.

Michael had regular health employer sponsored health insurance through his work. This insurance was major medical with high deductibles. By adding a defined benefit plan he was able to cover high deductibles and add accident insurance for his family as well. This “Gap” benefit did exactly that, covered all the gaps in his regular insurance. And since it is a defined benefit plan he can use that in tandem WITH his health insurance. He doesn’t have to pick one or the other. Evan, was unable to obtain affordable health insurance due to a pre-existing condition. But through a group defined benefit plan he was able to obtain health insurance where medical expenses related to his pre-existing condition would be paid for after one year on the plan. Shirley, had been covered by a Medicare Supplement plan with a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan. She was paying $289 for her supplementary coverage. She is a diabetic and paying over $150 a month for insulin. We checked for the doctor she liked and found out she was in network for a Medicare Advantage Chronic Condition Special Needs Plan. By changing to this type of coverage she kept her doctor and her monthly coverage cost dropped to only $144.60 for Part B coverage. Her new plan even covered her insulin with a $0 copay. There are as many scenarios as there are individuals. The good news is at Medicare and Healthcare Advisors the consultations are free. So call to schedule an appointment to have your healthcare reviewed today. V We have a variety of ways to contact us: Facebook: Medicare and Healthcare Advisors Website: Medicare4Mesquite.com Office phone (702) 344-5444 Email: marywbundy@gmail.com | jon.belnap@gmail.com | jimbelnap@gmail.com

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view on ORGANIZATION Organizing a Small Space

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can imagine comedians years in the future starting out their sets with “2020...am I right?” It’s crazy how years of social and emotional clutter - topped off by Mother Nature really doing her thing - can lead to a year of change, growth, and reflection on what is truly important versus what is just unnecessary “stuff”. Things are especially crazy for the student community, and renters of small spaces everywhere. Fortunately these trying times help separate the growth minded from the fixed minded. As growth minded individuals, we need to figure out how to move forward in these dark times. As a society there are two spaces in which we seem to be spending most of our time: social media, and our own homes. We can’t do anything about the cluttered walls and news feeds with which our friends and family clutter their social spaces, but fixing up and maximizing our own living spaces; however, limited they may be is a fantastic way to move forward and create a space conducive to reaching our goals, and using this crazy time to truly rise up! This is an area in which we can thrive - and nobody can stop or block us from doing it. For renters of small spaces (I’m looking at you students) the idea of storage can be daunting. Fortunately there are still several things you can do to condense, to manage space wisely, and even maintain a small garden; all without making major modifications to rental spaces you’re just going to leave in a couple of years. You may need to hop onto Netflix and watch Marie Kondo to figure out how to clear out your space. Once that’s done, you can start rebuilding with stuff that brings you joy.

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Hiding away storage is the number one way to maximize limited rental space. Let’s start in the bedroom. One of the first things we’re taught as kids is to stop shoving stuff under the bed. However, under the bed is a great place to store items. All you need is a couple of bins and a bed skirt - the bins to actually store items and to make them more accessible when you pull them out - and the bed skirt to help you forget that anything is in there.

One place people don’t generally think of as a storage space is the bathroom. But portable cupboards and shelves will go in there just as easily as any other room in the house. A plastic drawer bin is a great place to store towels, sheets, or anything you’d normally keep in a linen closet. Now you’ve got room in the linen closet for extra kitchen items - which in turn opens up room in the kitchen, and so forth.

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This leaves plenty of open space in your front room for entertaining. For this room I suggest collapsible ottomans. They come in all shapes and sizes. They collapse, so you can stow them under or behind the couch or in a coat closet. If you’re short on furniture - they’re great as extra seats, and can hold books or blankets, or whatever. It’s just more dual utility which truly helps with space maximization.

Need to breathe a little? You can pick up planter boxes at your local big box store. Are you in a more rural area? An old tire works fine on a patio. Get a bag of planting soil and dump it in there. You can plant herbs to use throughout the year, or seasonal flowers to cheer things up, or super resilient food like tomatoes or zucchini. Have soda bottles you don’t know what to do with? Get some of that potting soil in there and BAM! Terrarium.

In the end we need to look at the fact that we’ll be spending more time in our small spaces than we’d like. We may as well make the best of it. We want to come out of 2020 better humans who also live in better spaces. V

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Heroic Effort to Install By David Cordero

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he time has arrived. What was missing has been found, or in this case, created.

On a glorious morning, cyclists from St. George, Washington, and surrounding areas took part in the “Ride the Missing Link” event to celebrate the long-awaited completion of the Virgin North Trail. The June 12th ride began at Washington’s Sullivan Virgin River Soccer Park and proceeded west all the way to SunRiver St. George. Prior to the Spring, a trip between those two locations along the trail had been possible — but it wasn’t pretty. There had been a stretch where cyclists had to either negotiate the heavily trafficked Riverside Drive or dodge pedestrians along the sidewalk before reconnecting to a paved trail path. Hence the moniker, “missing link.” “I think this is an awesome milestone,” said Millie Cockerill, Landscape Architect for the City of St. George. “It’s exciting to tie the two cities together and continue our reach toward Zion National Park.”

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The approximately one mile stretch of Virgin River North trail took four and a half months to complete and involved the following agencies: Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Utah Division of Wildlife Services (UDWS) Washington County Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation City of St. George The hallmark of the project is the 400-foot-long boardwalk bridge that runs parallel to the river. “We are celebrating two huge achievements — completing the Virgin River North Trail and eclipsing the 50-mile mark in paved trails,” said Shane McAffee, Leisure Services Director for the City of St. George. “We are proud to have such an extensive network of paved trails that everyone — cyclists, runners and walkers — can utilize to experience our gorgeous environment.” The portion of missing trail was challenging due to topography and delicate ecology along the Virgin River. The cost to construct


a lengthy bridge ($1.89 million split among five agencies) was significant. However, once funding was secured, the Utah Division of Wildlife was enlisted to help design the bridge while ensuring fish and other wildlife were not harmed. “We started this project many years ago with ‘I wish we could,’” said Millie Cockerill, Landscape Architect for the City of St. George. “With the help of state agencies, partnership with Washington County and community support, we have a functional trail and a picturesque boardwalk. The connection makes for a recreational experience that is less stressful, more relaxing and closer to nature.” Craig Shanklin, a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance, is thrilled with the result. “The completion of the ‘Missing Link’ is the most important new trail development in the last decade. It solves a major safety issue and closes a significant gap in our trail system."V Here are three great spots, out of many, where bicyclists, walkers and runners can join the Virgin River North trail: - Riverside Trailhead (1030 E. Riverside Drive) - Crosby Family Confluence Park (2099 S. Convention Center Drive) - Bloomington Community Park (650 W. Man O War Road)

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While You Were Away;

The Last Three Months at Virgin Valley Heritage Museum By Elspeth Kuta

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e are so happy to welcome back all of our snowbirds, it’s nice to see you around. This has been a year of unpredictability for all of us; however, the museum, found a silver lining! We were able to reset all our exhibits which was a monumental task to say the least but with the help of our dedicated staff, volunteers and Public Works department for the City of Mesquite, we have made a number of wonderful changes we hope you will appreciate. We have also made necessary changes to ensure we have a safe and clean environment for all our visitors. As a result of this unseen windfall, changes have been made to improve the flow of the museum. You will now enter through the front door and exit out the back door, through the garden. We approached our online service “CatalogLT” asking them to help us figure out a way to make everyone's visit as informative, but also safe as possible. You can also visit us at CatalogLT by googling “CatalogLT Hub” and putting in the search Virgin Valley Heritage Museum. At this time we have three of our six exhibits available to see. They certainly came through for us as you are now able to scan QR codes with the camera setting on your phone, which gives you details and information about each item in our new exhibits. At each exhibit you will be able to scan and receive more information about the artifacts on display, simple things like where they came from, who used them and why they are relevant to the Virgin Valley. This information is updated as we ourselves research and learn more about our many treasures from the past. If you do not have a phone with you we are happy to answer any questions and share the stories as we always have. When you visit we will have you sanitize your hands upon entry, practice social distancing of six feet between groups and no more than ten visitors in the building at one time, until further notice. The main entrance door will be disinfected every time someone comes in, masks are preferable but optional, and know our staff will be wearing masks while you visit. We have also introduced a stringent cleaning procedure which we do twice daily. We are more than happy to make these adjustments while we are living in uncertain times to ensure our Museum is as safe and clean as it can be.

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Now for some really awesome news: in the not too distant future (before the end of year) we will be adding a gift shop! Like the museum itself, it will be small, but will be an added treasure. We intend it to be as local as possible, selling items with the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum (new) logo and locally branded items. We are looking to the future with a sense of optimism and hope you will visit us as soon as you are comfortable, to see the changes for yourself ! Thank you sincerely for your ongoing support. V If you have any questions, we can be contacted by phone at (702) 346 5705, by email at ekuta@mesquitenv.gov and www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVMuseum and if you feel like an outing our address is 35 West Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite NV 89027. Parking is in the back.

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Ledger Stone By Carol Lee Parrish

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edger stone is a wonderful option to add character to your home. Whether used inside or outside, it gives an area a natural look and added warmth. Traditionally, when used with glass, ledger stone is installed on backsplashes, and yet, the possibilities are endless. It is beautiful on fireplaces, around windows or to make a focal point on a wall. Bathrooms are full of opportunities for stone creations. It can be charming for a stone fire pit area, or a grill area outdoors. Installed horizontally or vertically giving you more options to create the look you want.

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Because ledger stone comes in many shapes and sizes, it can offer almost any shape that is needed for your project. It also comes in a variety of colors to help you with your designs. It is made of a mixture of concrete, stone and iron-oxide blended in molds, making it look like real stone. By vibrating these molds during the manufacturing process, it causes the colors to be infused. Ledger stone is lighter than regular stone, which makes it easier for handling. It is also more cost efficient, because it is easier to produce. It has an interlocking system which does not require grout and can be installed directly to drywall. Premade outside corners are available, as well. Caring for your ledger stone is not difficult. A handheld vacuum or duster should be used. Avoid products with bleach or acid, they will damage your stone. Occasionally spray clear water and wipe when needed, or there are cleaners made specifically for stone. Ledger stone is not only beautiful, it is durable and will keep its charm for years to come. Its character and warmth never go out of style. Our showroom offers a great variety of products, and we have a great sales staff to help you with your experience. V Visit us at Mesquite Tile and Flooring, 521 West Mesquite Blvd., Suite A Mesquite, Nevada. Or call us at 702.346.7225 | www.MesquiteTile.com

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iving in northern Utah for 30 years, Elise West’s 15-year career as an Airline Recruiter came to a screeching halt after 9/11. She continued to work in SLC, until the traffic, inversion and that white stuff on the ground every winter convinced her to seek cleaner air, warmer weather and the beautiful southern Utah landscape. West initially moved south to help a friend start a nonprofit. It was a one-year commitment and after she accomplished that, she wanted to do something wild and crazy for her 50th birthday, so she sold everything she owned, moved to Juneau, Alaska for five months, worked for Princess Cruises ground operations and spent her 50th birthday in a helicopter which dropped her off on top of the Mendenhall Glacier and spent the day at a sled dog camp. Her Alaska experiences were life changing on many levels. When she returned to Salt Lake City after her Alaska adventure, she missed the land of red dirt and sunny skies. So back to the south she went. It was then she landed upon a very large mobile coffee truck listed on Craigslist in Phoenix, Arizona. She and a friend drove down to take a look and work a couple of events and ended up driving the truck, which she named Affogato, back to St. George. Little did she know another chapter and a huge adventure was in store for her. With the support of her two amazing children, five grandchildren and a proud father, her entrepreneurial spirit came to life. Dreaming about owning her own business quickly became a reality. Gratefully, Red Rock Bicycle opened up a perfect spot in their parking lot for Affogato and on July 4, 2017, her gourmet beverages started their journey into the hands

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of locals and tourists alike. “It was a great start to introduce the community and an additional option for coffee places.” West said. She retired the truck and 11 months later secured a little corner of a brick and mortar building, formerly known as the St. George Movie Theaters. She began molding and expanding her business into one of the best-rated atmospheres to hang out and drink coffee in St. George. Elise and her nine extraordinary employees have set out to serve more than just a great cup of coffee! Providing stellar customer service is key, always, in all ways! Adding locally made baked goods, patrons can kick back with their friends or family and chill. Elise said, “ For me it’s like a gathering space that just happens to serve really good beverages. Hugs are plentiful and anyone needing a reprieve will find it at Affogato. In September 2019, she was able to lease the entire 10,000 square feet building and a 60-year dream was finally coming true! Elise’s love and admiration for West Village in New York reminded her that there could easily be a “West Village” in the true West and so the name, Affogato West, became official. Everything Elise loves is now under one roof (besides her family)! Once inside, you’ll find magic in every inch of the space with comfortable sofas, plenty of tables and chairs and a wonderful place to get out of the office and hold business meetings. West Village houses the popular Affogato West Coffeehouse, Obsidian Luxury Chocolates, Beach House Book Loft and upstairs private offices.

West Village also offers live music every Sunday from 11am -1pm and Open Mic from 1-3pm. It has quickly become a platform for musicians of all ages and musical talent. Partnering with the Downtown Farmers Market, you can now enjoy a year-round, indoor West Village Farmers Market the first Wednesday of every month. And if that’s not enough, enjoy Improv Comedy every Saturday night featuring comedians from Improv Dixie! Affogato West is not just a coffee house, it’s a coffee home. We invite you to come and enjoy the magic Affogato West and West Village provides to our southern Utah community and visiting tourists. Gourmet Beverages Infused with Love & Chaos. This is one of our taglines…and in these current times, it has a whole new meaning. We are all heroes in this story of life. We have come together to laugh, love, weep, feel joy, and gratitude. We go home, some singularly, others to families. Our days are spent to reflect, ponder, re-invent, pray, study, and find our own way again through the rollercoaster chaos of it all; and we will, all in our heroic way. This has changed us all, for the better. That is how I choose to look at it, Coffee*Love*Community. V Affogato West is located at 214 North 1000 East in St. George, UT. |435.922.1049 |www.affogatowest.com | www.westvillage. com | Open Sundays 8-4, Monday - Saturday 7-4

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Getting A

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othing beats walking into the house and seeing the crisp, clean lines and the smell of freshly cleaned carpet. This is especially true when no effort was made on your part. There are many benefits to a professional carpet cleaning that you could be missing out on by trying DIY solutions and equipment. The equipment available for purchase won’t be as effective or sufficient as a NewVibe professional. Having professionally cleaned carpets is not only great for your mental health, but also physical health. The carpet in your home is a filter. In fact, your carpet is the biggest filter in your entire home, and it filters out all sorts of airborne pollutants such as fungus, asphalt, pollens, dust mites, and dirt. Just like your air filters they can only hold so much before your carpet looks dirty, especially in high impact areas. It will start to create a toxic environment in your home. To keep your carpet looking and performing at its best, The Carpet Institute recommends having your carpet professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months.

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Tile and Grout Cleaning Overtime grout lines grow dingy and darker than they once were due to mops not extracting dirt and grime, then trapping it into your once bright and sanitized grout. Homeowners may do this heavy cleaning themselves but cleaning tile and grout is a messy chore that consumes tons of time and strength. Scrubbing on your hands and knees won’t bring the best results. Instead of tackling this task yourself, it would be most beneficial to call the NewVibe professionals. There are several benefits of tile and grout cleaning, using special cleaners and the power of steam and extraction to remove the dirt and grime that can build up over time. This brings back the true beauty that is underneath. It is possible to make any old tile floor look new again with a thorough professional cleaning. Professional cleaning will eliminate mold and bacteria, improve the look of your home, will not damage the tile or grout, and also extends the life of your flooring. We can help you fulfill your entire professional deep cleaning needs. We are NewVibe carpet cleaning. We are family owned and operated. We are dedicated to providing high-quality services to Mesquite, Nevada and the surrounding areas. Great service begins and ends with experienced and friendly professionals which is why we put so much consideration into selecting only the best to join our team. We complete projects efficiently and on schedule and go above and beyond to form lasting relationships with our clients. NewVibe is fast, efficient and honest. We have become a reputable and well-known carpet cleaning service. Our team is up for every job. Managing projects with the skill and experience that our clients have come to expect. We strive to have our customers thoroughly satisfied with our work.V Let us help with your NewVibe! NewVibe Carpet Cleaning can be reached at 702.582.7550 | www.NewVibeCleaners.com

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Planting a Summer Garden

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o matter what the calendar says, don’t let our warm weather keep you from enjoying your home and the outdoors. While our dry climate does present some challenges when it comes to planting this time of year, that shouldn’t discourage you from giving it a try. The key to gardening in a hot, dry climate is proper soil preparation and consistent watering and fertilizing.

Identify your space Planting shade trees on the side of your home that receives the most impact from the sun is a good way to lessen the burden on your air conditioner, and your energy bill. Placing a tree that will shield windows from the direct sun, mainly on the south and west sides of your home, will help reduce the amount of heat that builds up inside. Identify the gardening strategy you’d like to implement. For example, desert climates are good for planting in pots, on windowsills, hanging pots or square-foot plots. If you go with a square-foot plot, identify an area on your property where you can best maximize space. A square-foot garden allows for a variety of crops to be planted, since a large amount of space is not needed to grow. A raised bed with a mixture of native soil and bagged organic soil is a recommended approach for growing crops.

Work around the sun In Southern Nevada, there is no shortage of sunlight, which is why it’s important to allow breezes to flow through your property. Creating a wind tunnel will direct strong breezes to mill throughout your property. Planting a row of trees or a cluster of trees will keep things cooler.

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The sun is also a key factor for gardening. When you choose the plants and/or seeds you’re going to grow, make sure you check labels to see what kind of sunlight is required. Typically, the label will indicate if the plant or seeds need full and direct sunlight, or partial sunlight, etc. With this information, you’ll be able to better map out where to place everything in your garden. Air circulation is also important, so you’ll want to identify an area that has good air circulation and avoid areas that are very windy.

Soil and fertilizers Depending on what you grow, whether it’s trees or crops, you’ll probably need proper fertilizers. Trees need macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Nitrogen is especially deficient in desert soil. Additionally, in order for trees to survive in our desert, they require calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. The required micronutrients that are needed in smaller doses are zinc, manganese, and iron. You’ll need to properly fertilize consistently and efficiently in order for your trees to grow strong in our desert environment. When you’re planting your garden, remember that leafy crops require a lot of nitrogen. Fruit crops, such as tomatoes and peppers, need less nitrogen and instead more phosphorus and potassium. A mixture of native soil and bagged soil is recommended, since our desert landscape presents difficulties when it comes to water absorption. Organic soils, compost and fertilizers can be purchased at your local nursery.


What to plant There are a number of fast-growing shade trees to consider that are well adjusted to growing in Southern Nevada, your choice will depend on the amount of space available. Some good options for home use are: Catclaw Acacia, Honey Mesquite and the Desert Willow. There are a variety of vegetables and crops that thrive in a desert garden. For example, tomatoes do well in a desert garden, as well as asparagus, kale, soybeans, squash, and citrus trees. Your local nursery is a great resource for trees and crops and deciding what to grow and when to plant it.

Water is key Of course, water is the most important part of gardening, regardless of climate, and desert gardening does require more water. For ample tree growth, you want to water enough to reach a soil depth of at least 18-24 inches to reach the roots. A moisture meter can be used to check the depth and avoid water waste. For gardening, a recommended and popular method for our desert environment is drip irrigation. A drip irrigation system is designed to disperse water and minimize waste by delivering water directly to the base of the plants. Drip irrigation systems allow you to control and deliver water in proper quantities while conserving water and saving money on your water bill. Another way to conserve water while gardening is to carefully water by hand and only water in the early morning or late evening when the weather is cooler. V For more information about tree planting visit: http://forestry.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/trees%20for%20Tomorrow.pdf For more information about gardening visit: https://impact-nv.org/sustainability-in-the-news/southern-nevada/urban-gardeninghow-to-garden-in-a-desert-city.

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Adventurous Heroes During a Crisis

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By Christine Ward

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he Town of Tusayan, Arizona is a small town located in Northern Arizona, 1 mile from the south entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park. Tusayan has hotels, restaurants, tour companies, shopping and more, all geared toward Grand Canyon Visitors.

when it was hard to even find toilet paper, let alone these essential supplies. The Town of Tusayan has distributed these supplies to all of the local businesses 3 times so far, and they continue to reach out to the businesses to see if any businesses are in need of more supplies.

When the Covid-19 Pandemic hit, and the state was shut down, there were so many people and organizations who stepped up to make sure that the needs of the residents were met. While Tusayan itself only has a population of 550, Tusayan also helped serve the needs of the residents of the Grand Canyon and the even smaller town of Valle.

The residents and businesses in the Town of Tusayan, Grand Canyon, and Valle are SO grateful to the town for their incredible support during this unprecedented time. Mayor Craig Sanderson, Vice Mayor Brady Harris, Town Manager Cynthia Seelhammer, and every employee of the town, provided much needed support at a time when so many people were scared, unemployed and uncertain about the future.

St. Mary’s Food Bank (in conjunction with Stilo Development and Bella’s Place) used to provide a once a month Food Bank for the residents of the area, generally serving approximately 60-80 people per month. When the crisis hit, the food bank quickly ramped up to operating weekly, serving anywhere from 180 to 350 people a week. In addition to the food supplied by St. Mary’s, the Town of Tusayan purchased a large amount of food and supplies to supplement the offerings, including toilet paper, soap and other much needed supplies. The goal of the town was to keep people IN the town, and avoid them having to travel to Williams or Flagstaff for supplies (that is where the closest full service grocery stores are located, 1 hour to 1 ½ hours away). The volunteers for the Food Bank were an amazing group which included people from every walk of life: Town Employees, Local Tourism Employees, Retirees, High School Students, Fire Department Employees, and Grand Canyon School District Employees, among many others. These volunteers showed up every week and the Food Bank distributions went off without a hitch because of them. Because of the assistance and support of the Town of Tusayan and all the volunteers, nobody in the community had to worry about going hungry during this uncertain time. In addition to the Food Bank, the Town of Tusayan also gave financial and volunteer support to the Backpack Lunch Program for the Grand Canyon School. This program supplied lunches to all school children Monday-Thursday, but during this unimagined time, the school wanted to supply the lunches 7 days a week. The Town of Tusayan made sure that every school child had a great lunch Friday-Sunday, much appreciated during the uncertainty of the school closing.

In addition to the Town of Tusayan, so many other organizations and individuals volunteered their time and support to make sure all the residents (and the few visitors who passed through during the closing) had all the information and supplies they needed. Huge thanks to the Grand Canyon South Rim Chamber of Commerce, the Tusayan Fire Department, We Cook Pizza (gave away hundreds of pizzas on 2 separate days), Stilo Development, Grand Canyon Food Pantry, Grand Canyon School Employees, Grand Canyon PTA, and every single person who helped out. We know that this pandemic caused so much hardship for so many people all over the country, and the world, and we are so fortunate to live in a community that went above and beyond expectations.V A website was created to help provide information about the Food Bank, Laundry Facilities (the only laundromat is in the park, and it was closed during all of this crisis), and information about the reopening of the Grand Canyon National Park. That website is still live, and is now focusing on the businesses and services available in the Town of Tusayan, a great place to stage your next Grand Canyon Visit. Go to https://spiritofthecanyon.com/ for more information

Shortly after the Grand Canyon National Park was shut down, and most of the businesses in the town also shut down, the Town of Tusayan began to plan for ‘reopening’ by purchasing supplies that they knew would be needed when the businesses reopened. They purchased No Touch Thermometers, Hand Sanitizer and Hand Sanitizer Dispensers, Masks, Gloves, and Disinfectant. All of this during a time

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Friends of Gold Butte

Guardians of the Desert F By Brenda Slocumb and Jim Boone

riends of Gold Butte (FOGB) would like to welcome snowbirds and full-time residents back to Gold Butte National Monument for the 2020-2021 outdoor season.

FOGB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Mesquite, Nevada that works in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to help people discover the beauty of Gold Butte, learn about the landscape and the local history, maintain and restore the area, and share what we learn with other people. Stop by our office at 12 W. Mesquite Blvd,

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Suite #106 (across from City Hall) to pick up maps, check out books, learn about the area, and get your questions answered by one of your neighbors.

Our mission is to promote the responsible enjoyment of the Gold Butte National Monument through education, stewardship, advocacy, and preservation of natural and cultural resources. We envision a vibrant and healthy Gold Butte landscape where the land and wildlife, cultural resources, and solitude are preserved and accessible for the enjoyment of current and future generations.


EDUCATION

Join us for monthly educational programs about Gold Butte and the Mojave Desert in general. We meet in the Mesquite Community Theater. We also lead several hikes each month to learn about the area and the local inhabitants (animals and plants). Our hikes are for people of differing abilities. Sometimes we climb mountains, other times we stroll around the desert looking at flowers, so there is something for everyone. We also arrange driving tours, so even non-hikers can come out and explore the area.

STEWARDSHIP

Join us for monthly clean-up projects. It’s a great way to give back to the beautiful desert, as well as meet likeminded people and make new friends. Social distancing is easy as we accomplish our tasks. We usually spend one morning per month walking the roadways and camp areas cleaning up trash to keep the area beautiful. Weeds are a problem in some areas, so we arrange weed-pulling events in the spring. We’ve partnered with Nevada Division of Wildlife to plant bushes, and we collect seeds from native plants to plant in burned areas to help the landscape recover. Another problem we have to address at times, unfortunately, is graffiti. Our volunteers do their best to remove it without damaging the delicate surfaces underneath.

ADVOCACY

The land needs a voice. Together we can speak with local government leaders about how we want the area managed, and we can speak together when plans threaten the area. These beautiful, rugged wild spaces are something that should be kept for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. Preservation of natural and cultural resources We can work together to protect the area by learning about what is important and sharing that with our friends and neighbors. Sometimes preservation means fixing roads so that people can drive on them rather than into the bushes. Most of the time people will do the right thing, provided they know what that is. Signage and directions for access help those folks stay on the trails rather than damaging delicate plants or soils.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know the Friends of Gold Butte. You can find more information about our organization by visiting our website, FriendsOfGoldButte. org or our Facebook page, Facebook.com/GoldButte. Please plan to join us this Fall for a hike, a driving tour, a photography outing, a trash cleanup or other stewardship activity, or perhaps a star party. Gold Butte National Monument is perfect for viewing the night sky and we are planning an overnight stargazing event later this Fall. V Visit our Meetup page: www.MeetUp.com/Friends-Of-Gold-Butte/ to sign up for hikes and other events.

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Dixie State University

Students Learn How to

Suc c e e d in College Amid COVID-19 Robert Fawson remote learning

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hen stay-at-home recommendations were issued to slow the spread of COVID-19, students all across the nation felt as if their lives had been flipped upside down as they prepared to transition from face-toface classes, to remote learning. For Dixie State University students, the key to reducing stress and embracing the new learning environment was remembering that the transition is not a vacation from school. To help students keep this in mind, the University, which moved to remote instruction for the remainder of the spring and summer semesters following Spring Break, created a series of videos that outlined available resources. Students were encouraged to communicate frequently and honestly with professors and hone their time-management skills in addition to receiving a peer’s perspective in the form of tips and tricks for success from Student Body President Taylor Godfrey. Additionally, Dixie State’s Center for Teaching & Learning, Digital & Extended Learning, and Instructional Technology Services assembled a comprehensive remote teaching guide that helped faculty optimize students’ remote learning experiences.

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With the assistance of these resources, students learned that creating a scheduled routine helped overcome the temptation to view the time they would typically be in the classroom as free time. “It was quite nice having so much more free time during the week,” Dixie State student Robert Fawson said, “but it also made it difficult to stay structured and get everything done on time.”


Without classrooms and libraries fully accessible, students had to be creative in order to create the perfect study space. “I was lucky enough to have a detached garage, but it was hard to share that quiet space with my siblings and parents,” Dixie State student Caelan Williams said. However, after they got settled into their new study spaces, students found it relaxing to be surrounded by the comforts of home. “It was weird to have my finals online rather than in class,” Dixie State student Lara Cappeletti said, “but I’d rather be in my own comfortable environment so I used that to my advantage when studying and taking finals.” For many students, part of establishing routines with specific times and places for schoolwork included allotting time for recreational activities. “When finished with homework, I spent my time reading, working on my bullet journal, and playing ‘Animal Crossing,’” Cappeletti said.

and social media was a key component in battling loneliness. “Being at home enabled me to focus a lot more on building my relationships at home as well as self-development,” Williams said. Another key to ensuring academic success was scheduling sleep time. Many students found it hard to sleep with the blurring of lines within their schedules, but by taking a break from media and exercising, they maintained their ability to focus on their studies and function at a high level. While students, like all Americans, faced ups and downs while staying home, the COVID-19 pandemic taught them the importance of creating and sticking to a structured schedule and balancing all facets of life — lessons that can be applied to any format of learning in the future. V

Robert Fawson playing tennis

Those who looked to venture out took advantage of the many outdoor opportunities that living in St. George leads to while still following social distancing guidelines. Students hiked, ran, biked, and played tennis while getting much-needed fresh air. The Internet also made online workouts such as yoga, Pilates, and CrossFit viable options. Throughout the experience, students remembered that social distancing does not mean social isolation. Keeping in regular contact with friends and family through video conferencing

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WHEN IS IT TIME to Repaint Exteriors?

By Bryan Baird

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n the Home & Garden Issue of 2017, we touched on when you should repaint stucco surfaces on your home. Other exterior substrates such as wood, masonry, metal, and vinyl will also show you hints of when you should start thinking about repainting those particular surfaces. Of course, the number one hint is the fading of your previous painted surface. This is called oxidation. It is when your paint coating starts to fade and is a natural occurrence with paints. Your paint may still remain completely intact. Generally, of all substrates, wood will be the first surface type to fail or peel. This is due to the aging process of wood when it is left exposed to natural elements such as moisture and sun. As wood ages, it loses its natural resins that act as binders for the paint to adhere. Or in simple terms “dries out”. You will notice the paint start to “fracture” on joints and outside corners of the surface. This will be evident on the “before” picture displayed with this article. Also, if the surface is directly exposed to moisture, the wood will absorb the moisture and push the paint off the surface from behind the coating.

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AFTER You may notice if you have had a new home built or just purchased a new home, some of the wood jambs and casings may come “pre primed” from the factory. It is important that those areas are painted as soon as possible. The shop primer used for transporting the materials is of low quality and will not last long exposed without another coat of primer or good quality paint finish. Anytime wood is exposed, it can accelerate the peeling process. This is when it is time to paint! The longer you wait the more the substrate will start to dry out and split. Leaving it impossible for any new coating to adhere and last. You will have to replace the wood at this point. Interior paints are different due to less exposure to the elements of mother nature. Interior woods are treated the same way as exterior woods. Primer and two finish coats of a good quality acrylic paint is one option or stain and two clear coats with urethane or lacquer for those who like the natural look of wood is another. These surfaces will last much longer and tolerate a lot of cleaning. In most cases it will be dings and dents that will help decide that it is time for a fresh coat of paint! Gypsum board or drywall substrates are much the same on interiors. Before you need to repaint you may tire of the same “old” look or color and will opt for a change. Just remember, when repainting interior surfaces, use a quality product with a satin or higher sheen. You won’t regret it if you have small kids around! V For all of your painting needs you can reach out to us at Baird Painting www.BairdPainting.com or give our office a call at (702) 346-1826 or cell phone: (702) 401-4636.

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view on HEALTH

Mask or No Mask? That is the Question By Jennifer Sperry

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here is a lot of stress and controversy Covid-19. Many people are worried about whether or not to wear masks as well as how they can prevent and boost their health. Let’s talk about germs for a minute. We are hearing a lot about hand washing! It is true! We should never touch any orifice on our bodies without washing our hands. Germs travel through our system by means of entering a mucous membrane; mouth, ears, nose, eyes, and urogenital. These are our open pathways to our health. When we touch, itch, pick, or place in one of these pathways with “dirty” fingers (for example), we are allowing the fingers to pick up one germ and transport to another place.

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Let’s take the dreaded public bathroom. You have all seen “that one person” walk out of the stall and head straight to the door, grabbing the handle that you will be touching next, when you get done “washing this soap off your hands!” This public bathroom person has potentially touched things in this room we know has germs, without taking care of themselves or others by leaving the bathroom with “dirty hands”. Not only are we ALL worried about “how do we get out of the bathroom now”, but as they leave that restaurant or store, touch the veggies, or clothes, handle the menu, etc., those germs are now out!


So, let's take the next host. The next person opens the door to the store, handles the menu, tries on the shirt, then itches their nose, rubs their eyes or sticks a piece of gum in their mouth. BAM! Transfer of germs through a new mucous membrane host. I have been in the medical/health field my whole career. I have a different relationship with germs. I respect them. I am very careful about how and when I touch my face. We have something we call in the medical field, “Universal Precautions”. Universal precautions is an attempt to lower infection control. We use it to create a barrier with the patient, giving them space to protect their open wounds or lowered immune system from our possible germs and to create a barrier to protect the health care worker from the patient’s possible germs. Prevention! There is no control, worry, or negativity when you are living prevention. To me, wearing a mask during this time makes perfect sense. I see it as I would a seatbelt; a way to prevent. I wear a mask to protect myself, my loved ones, as well as strangers. I have heard a lot of concerns surrounding wearing a mask; “am I breathing my own air”, “will the germs get in the mask”, “you have to touch your face to get it off”, and many more concerns. Let’s talk about a few of the most common questions.

very close to the pathways into your body, and it keeps your mask clean. Practice not touching your face while having the mask on. Again, that barrier will protect you if you forget and go to scratch your nose. The mask will also help remind you and show you how often you really do touch your face! Before you take off your mask, make sure to wash your hands! Again, we are so close to our mucous membranes, so wash before you touch! And keep that mask in a safe clean area. Wash your mask often too. If your mask is always needing adjusting, get ones that have wires in the top, you can squeeze them around the shape of your nose and they are amazing at staying put, even when you talk. If your ears feel sore, get a mask that ties or adjusts at the ears. The sky's the limit in mask gear! Be careful to use your sleeve to open doors, the germs you are avoiding by using your sleeve are now on your shirt when you put it to your face to sneeze into. Don’t be afraid to take napkins to open doors, and pay careful attention to what you touch when you are shopping. Do you touch your purse? Answer your phone? Those things would be potentially “contaminated”. So give your phone a good cleanse too, maybe just take your credit card in with you instead of rifling through your purse or wallet with your “dirty hands”. Remember, prevention is happy! It allows you to live and enjoy life while still taking precautions for you as well as the rest of our world.V

Many health care, dental care, and construction workers, as well as other county’s citizens wear masks daily, and have done so for years. You are already breathing your air, whether you wear a mask or not, it still is passing through your airways. I have never read a study that medical personnel, construction workers, or other countries have lowered oxygen or lowered immune systems because they have worn masks. I realize this may not include all statistics. Germs could very well get into a mask if the mask is not worn properly, if there are germs on the mask, or possibly other situations. But I do know, universal precautions save lives daily. If someone is a carrier of germs wearing a mask keeps their germs behind a barrier. If they cough, sneeze or itch that nose, there is a barrier protecting and keeping more germs back. So if that particular person was walking by the produce section or just used the ATM, you don’t have the germ exposure as you type in your code at the ATM, the mask did. If you are wearing a mask too, as the person sneezes or coughs or spittles when they talk, you are protected as well. Double barriers. Prevention. It is important to understand what type of masks are safe for what your exposure is. It is also important to understand that handwashing is still necessary. Before you put on your mask, wash your hands. You are getting

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Gardening Continues to Bloom

at Mesa Valley Assisted Liv i n g C o m m u n i t y

“A Garden is a delight to the eye and solace to the soul.” -Sadi

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By Sal Gomez-Orozco

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ince the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, our entire nation has been spending more time at home than ever before. We’re taking up new hobbies like painting, puzzles and woodworking, or resuming old hobbies that went by the wayside when life got too busy. Isolation and social distancing have many of us revisiting the soothing benefits of spending time in nature. Gardening, it seems, is taking root again in America. A surge in gardening is not at all unusual during a time of crisis, according to NPR. During the stock market crash of 1987, the dotcom bubble burst of 2000, and even the oil crises of the 1970s, people turned to gardening for its soothing physical and mental health benefits and for the convenience of having fruits and vegetables available in their own backyards. Gardening during the cooler months is nothing new at Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care in Mesquite. Soaking up a bit of sun, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and digging their hands in the dirt is a favorite pastime for residents. And during the pandemic, gardening has been the ideal activity to stay active and engaged while following social distancing guidelines. Mission Senior Living operates six assisted living and memory care communities, including Mesa Valley Estates, which opened in Mesquite in 2019. Raised garden beds or potted plants are standard at the communities, said Sarah Green, Vice President of Operations at Mission Senior Living, because of the numerous health benefits residents experience from gardening. “Gardening is as good for our residents’ souls as it is for their mind and body,” she explained. “Gardening is a great way for people to stay active even if they have some physical limitations.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends older adults get about 2-1/2 hours of moderate physical activity each week and about 2 hours of strength training at least twice a week. Gardening can help achieve that goal safely, and it offers a host of other physical, mental, and emotional benefits.

REDUCES STRESS

Studies found people who garden have lower levels of cortisol, which can alleviate stress and reduce high blood pressure. People report experiencing a more positive mood and feeling balanced. In addition to benefiting from fresh air and sunshine, creating a beautiful garden space creates a sense of accomplishment and peace.

INCREASES THE FEEL-GOOD HORMONE

Have you heard of horticulture therapy? There’s growing evidence that contact with certain bacteria found in dirt triggers serotonin, the chemical in the brain that increases feelings of calmness and peace and can work as a natural antidepressant. REDUCES THE RISK OF STROKE AND BOOSTS HEART HEALTH For people over 60 years of age, regular gardening can reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke by as much as 30 percent. Spending time in the sun and soaking up Vitamin D has also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

BOOSTS BRAIN HEALTH

There are so many physical and mental aspects of gardening that are good for the brain: sensory awareness, dexterity, problem-solving and endurance. Gardening stimulates the mind and helps residents stay in the moment.

KEEPS US STRONG

Standing, walking, and using fine and gross motor skills while gardening helps keep the body strong and flexible. Studies show gardening can also strengthen your hands.

BENEFITS PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA & ALZHEIMER’S

There’s something about gardening that creates a sense of peace, concentration and purpose. For people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, this state of mind relieves the tension, aggression, and frustration often associated with the disease and even boosts energy levels. Nurturing plants and seeing them grow from their care builds their confidence.

IMPROVES SLEEP

There’s nothing like physical activity, fresh air and sunshine to prepare your body for a good night’s sleep. This is true at any age!

ENHANCES RECIPES

Basil, mint, parsley, and lemongrass do more than engage residents’ senses; these herbs add pure and natural flavor to recipes. Green says residents experience a sense of pride when the community’s executive chef sprinkles home-grown herbs on a dish or prepares a side dish of zucchini for friends to enjoy.

“Every activity, program, opportunity and experience we offer at Mesa Valley Estates is designed to enhance the health and well being of residents,” Green said. “To be happy, enjoy life, and live independently for as long as possible, that’s our wish for residents.” V

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Broadway

Bound Theatre By Delanie DeMille

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roadway Bound currently provides musical theater opportunities at an affordable cost and offers scholarships to those unable to pay. We ensure that all youth, ages 3-18, will have the opportunity to learn to express themselves on stage and later in life. Opportunities for a guaranteed spot on stage are slim, and with the world-renowned theater; Tuacahn, next door, the area youth are looking for an opportunity to light up the stage. Broadway Bound started with one small production of 13 kids aged 4 to 12 run completely by an 11 year old girl. Broadway Bound now offers a minimum of 12 performance opportunities a year with over 480 youth aged 5 to 18. In addition, we offer Performing Arts Preschool, Vocal, Dance, Acting, and Musical Theatre classes. We have a growing demand for more productions and opportunities throughout the year. We are eager to see the numbers grow as we are now transitioning into our new building. I started Broadway Bound when I was 11 years old. I directed, choreographed, gathered costumes, created a set and made tickets, programs, etc., all as a backyard production. The neighborhood parents were all impressed with the quality of the productions. The next year I invited a homeschool group and had 46 participants. Things started to progress quickly so I partnered up with my father, Terry DeMille, an experienced director and performer; Terry has a Master's of Business Administration, was Captain in the U.S. Air Force, and has been in over 100 stage and film productions. I have always wanted to have a job focusing on the arts. Broadway Bound is now a licensed 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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My dream never could have happened without family support and the amazing Center for Music and Theater (CMT) kids. Little did I know 7 years ago when I started this business that by the time I was 18, I would have over 800 kids I could call my CMT family as well as my own building! I will be teaching and working over 50 hours a week for Broadway Bound and I can't wait! They say everything happens for a reason and I believe that. If I hadn’t been in Brigham's Playhouse during their last show they never would have approached me about taking over the building when they shut their doors. I was so sad when Brigham's last show ended but I am thrilled the theater is still alive! The building has now been remodeled to include a Dance Studio, Preschool Room, Music Room, and more. Broadway Bound is a children's musical theater group that provides affordable, family friendly musicals as well as singing, dancing, and acting classes and groups and a Performing Arts Preschool. Broadway Bound also provides children with the opportunity to be involved with set design, costumes, lights, stage crew, etc. We even train kids how to direct and choreograph along with leadership training in our "Teen Mentor" program. I would never have been able to do all this without the opportunities I have been given over the years. I believe that all children should have the opportunity to shine because talent is only developed when children are given the opportunity. I've been told I'm 'too ambitious for my own good'. My reply is the Paul Brandt quote, "No dream is too big and don't tell me the sky's the limit; there are footprints on the moon." My goal is to help every child realize their potential and reach it. Believe you can and you're halfway there. V Broadway Bound: Washington City Center for Music and Theater is located at 25 N 300 W, Washington, UT. (Old Brigham's Playhouse building) We are accessible online at www.BroadwayBoundCMT.org, or email delanie@ broadwayboundcmt.org, or by phone at 435.979.7538. Follow us on Instagram @broadwaybound_cmt and Facebook @broadwayboundcmt It's never too late to improve your talent and have fun! Join our CMT family and register your kids for classes and Willy Wonka Jr.

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A Garden Full of

CHARACTER By Kaylee Pickering

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t's not everyday that you get a chance to pose with Cleopatra, share a smile with Bottom the Weaver, or see The Bard himself. Interwoven with beautiful flowers and unique landscaping, the character and sculpture gardens at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts are a sight worth seeing on your next visit to Cedar City. Home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Southern Utah Museum of Art, the grounds of the Beverley Center for the Arts are not to be outdone by their impressive residents. Multiple sculpture gardens with stunning works of art, the beautiful buildings themselves, and a dizzying array of color in the flowers make this the perfect place to spend an evening in Cedar City. At the heart of downtown the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center is a short walk away from southern Utah’s premier winery, IG Winery, and Cedar City’s newest coffee and relaxation haven, The Bristlecone Company. With this proximity to the dining, shopping, and drinks of everything Historic Downtown, it’s easy to extend your evening out with a stroll through these beautiful gardens. THE PEDERSEN SHAKESPEARE CHARACTER GARDEN A garden that’s bursting with not only beauty, but the many emotions brought to the stage by The Bard himself. The beauty and longing of Juliet, the boisterous laughter of Bottom the Weaver, and the fervor of King Henry V find their way into this circle. Lovingly created by their respective artists, nine of Shakespeare’s beloved characters have found a home in Cedar City. Pleasant music swirls through the air as you make your way along the tree-lined paths of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts to the Pedersen Shakespeare Character Garden. Hanging baskets of vibrant violet flowers dot your view along the way as the raised center hill of the garden rises to meet you. If you start from the West, the first character you meet will be a passionate King Henry V. Dressed in his finest armor, helmet head steadfast under one arm, sword held high before him, this is a King Henry V in a moment of intensity. You’ll find Cleopatra on her gilded throne, adorned in the wealth of the Nile from her necklace to her headdress. And held in her outstretched arm, appearing to meet her powerful gaze, an Asp coiled around her wrist. Winding your

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way through the garden, through ornamental grasses and trees, enjoying the daffodils and other flowers throughout, pause to listen for the cry of a raven from the Engelstad Theatre. This fun little easter egg makes an appearance during performances at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, but can be heard year round. Continuing on, as you round the corner, a boisterous Sir. John Falstaff rests in the shade on a perfectly bronzed barrel. Mop in one hand and overflowing drink in the other, it’s hard not to share in his cheer.

her sits another piece, Seedlings. Here you see a man kneeling in the dirt, shovel in one hand, and a small, carefully bundled, tree sapling in the other. On either side of him stand two young children, holding the seedling, eyes full of wonder.

As neighbors to Sir. John Falstaff, you’ll find the Bard himself, hard at work. Quill and book in hand, it appears that William Shakespeare may have more work left in him yet. Just to his north stands a beauty worth crying out for beneath a terrace. Juliet, rose in hand, this sculpture has such gentle features and a soft expression that she certainly stands out as the beauty that she is.

THE THEATERS AND SOUTHERN UTAH MUSEUM OF ART Tree-lined walkways, beautiful gardens and flowers, music lilting through the air; the ambience of the Beverley Center for the Arts is made complete by the artistic and beautiful buildings throughout.

On his own, with flowers surrounding him and something in his expression that draws your eye, stands The Sower. Mid-stride and hard at work, a handful of seeds ready to be sown, this Johnny Appleseed esque statue is a sight all on its own.

The sweeping shape of the brilliantly white Southern Utah Museum of Art, designed to evoke the slot canyons that Southern Utah is so famous for, offers an irresistible backdrop for the gardens here. And the beautiful Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre boasts beautiful dark geometric framework against crisp white panels and a stunning view from inside the open-air theater. Wandering throughout the grounds you’ll find many other statues, well maintained flower beds and courtyards, as well as a beautiful new place to visit in Cedar City. V Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is located at 195 West Center Street, Cedar City UT www.VisitCedarCity.com

THE STILLMAN SCULPTURE COURT A small sculpture court next to the Southern Utah Museum of Art, the Stillman hosts three beautiful new statues, unique landscaping, and some incredible photo opportunities. The first of the three to catch your attention will likely be the Threshold. Standing proud in a geometric frame, books held in her arms, and flowers clutched in her hand, this statue is a stand-out. Stark against the white backdrop of the Southern Utah Museum of Art to her left, her expression is serene and inviting. Behind

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Your Kitchen By Debbie Gendron

the Heart of Your Home

hey say the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where friends and family most often gather. Or as the saying goes, “No matter where I serve my guests, they always like my kitchen best.”

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Currently in this area, the most popular trends are painted maple in various colors and knotty alder in various stains. A recent trend has been to utilize contrasting colors for wall and base cabinets or islands.

If you’re considering remodeling your kitchen, take a look at your cabinets first. Are they tired and worn, maybe even scratched or chipped in some areas? Or are they a style that hasn’t been popular since the seventies?

Whether or not you choose to replace your cabinets, new countertops can make all the difference in the world in the look and feel of your tired old kitchen. Your next major decision will be which material to use to replace your current countertops.

If you decide the cabinets really need to be replaced, you have several considerations to make next. There are decisions to make about species of wood, door and drawer style, and stain color or paint.

If your budget is limited, the least expensive replacement countertops will be made of laminate material, such as Formica, Wilsonart, Pionite or Nevamar. Consumers often question which brand of laminate is best. All brands of laminate are similar in quality, so personal preference of color and pattern should be the deciding factor. Nowadays, laminates are made to resemble stone and there are hundreds of colors and patterns to choose from.

Popular species of wood in this area of the country are Beech, Knotty Alder, Maple and Cherry. Your decision will depend on personal preference for the look of the wood, the hardness factor and your budget. Next you will select your door and drawer style. This is a matter of personal preference for raised panel, flat panel, shaker or slab styles. There are construction considerations based on your budget and personal preferences. Your local cabinet company can best advise you on these options. If you are planning to resell your home in the next few years, a consideration may be the current popular trends in cabinetry. For information on current trends, consult the Internet and television programs, however, be aware that trends are also regionally based. It is important to consult local providers or designers on local trends before making a final decision. 100

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Another option for countertops is Solid Surface or Acrylic material. Again, there are several brands and color options to choose from. An advantage of Solid Surface is that it appears seamless and various styles of integrated sinks are available. The most unique and artistic choice for kitchen countertops is granite. Granite is a natural stone formed by Mother Nature. Nothing compares to granite in beauty and artistry. Granite is fairly heat resistant and durable as well as shiny and beautiful. It must be sealed periodically because it is a porous natural surface. Sealing can easily be accomplished in less than 15 minutes using a commercial sealer in a process similar to applying polish to wood. Most sealers are spray on or wipe on with a soft cloth, leave for 5 minutes and then wipe off. Sealing


prevents oils and liquids from penetrating the pores of the natural stone. Quartz is another popular choice for remodeling countertops these days. Quartz is a man-made material composed of natural quartz and acrylic. Quartz is heat resistant and does not require sealing. Quartz can be made to resemble granite with the main difference being that Quartz is less shiny and the pattern is more consistent than most granite. After you have decided on your countertop material, you will want to choose a sink. The most popular sinks today for granite and quartz countertops are stainless steel or granite composite. The granite composite sink comes in various colors and are heat, stain, bacteria and scratch resistant. If you are planning to replace appliances, it is best to choose them first. Your cabinet and countertop providers will need to know the exact measurements of the new appliances before a kitchen plan is finalized. Once you have made the major decisions, your local kitchen designer can help you accessorize your kitchen with items such as pull-out drawers, lazy susans, cookie sheet dividers, spice racks, slide-out trash cans and a myriad of other modern conveniences.V The friendly professionals at Kitchen Encounters located at 521 W. Mesquite Blvd., STE B, Mesquite will be happy to assist you in making all your kitchen remodeling decisions.

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Don't Forget

About OHV Safety and Registration Requirements By Sgt. Wyatt Oliver

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esquite, Nevada – Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts cover hundreds of miles over open trails surrounding the Virgin Valley. Whether it is enjoying the ride out to Gold Butte National Monument or a quick trip around town, the Mesquite Police Department would like to remind everyone to ride smart. As you ride through the desert landscape around Mesquite, remember to take plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, flat tire repair tools, and be aware of your surroundings. Know the weather conditions before you ride to ensure you are prepared for the appropriate environment. Safety is paramount when riding in town as well as long distances into the desert. First and foremost, wear a helmet. The desert terrain is beautiful but it can also be unforgiving, especially in the event of a crash. Wearing a helmet could be the difference between life and death in an OHV crash. Prior to your trip, advise your emergency contact of your planned route and the time you plan to return home. This will help emergency responders locate you in the event you need assistance and are not in cell phone service range due to being in a remote area. Mesquite Police want to remind OHV drivers to stay on the designated roadways. OHV maps and general regulation flyers with these designated roadways can be picked up at the Mesquite Police Department as well as found on our social media pages.V

OHV registration is required by law (NRS 490.082) and a VIN inspection is required. Over the coming months, the Mesquite Police Department will be hosting several VIN inspection events for OHV owners who have not been able to get their machine registered due to COVID-19 closures. Participants are asked to bring their OHV and Driver’s License. Officers will provide all of the necessary registration paperwork. The dates for these events will be announced on the department’s Facebook page, Mesquite NV Police. For more information on OHV registration, trail maps and OHV news in Nevada visit ohv.nv.gov.

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Welcome Home

Wellness

Tips to Help Make Your Home a Wellness Retreat! By Soon O. Kim, MD, General Surgeon

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s a physician and a surgeon, I believe in encouraging patients to consider managing their overall health which includes their environment. In times of crisis or this ‘new normal’, having a home that makes you feel calm and inspired is critical to mental and physical well-being. Take time to transform your living space into a retreat by modifying ordinary rooms to be functional areas where wellness will thrive. FILTER YOUR WATER — Keeping water that tastes crisp and clean is a refreshing way to encourage yourself to stay hydrated. Further purifying your water may be beneficial if you have a weakened immune system or another health condition, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. To ensure that your water is as pure as possible, invest in a water filtration system designed to remove contaminants.

MAKE ROOM FOR MEDITATION AND MOTION — Taking care of your body and mind through stress-reducing activities is essential to heart health, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Practicing meditation may reduce blood pressure and the risk of heart disease while exercise may help you manage everything from blood sugar to cholesterol to weight. Encourage your family to spend time on these practices by dedicating a corner or a whole room. Keep things simple, outfitting the area with a few key items.

EXERCISE BALL — Develop your core and your balance with an oversized ball. Simply sitting on the ball helps develop your proprioception, or the awareness of where your body is in space and time, while also strengthening your abdomen, back and pelvis. Additionally, the ball is a great tool to strengthen your arms and legs. YOGA MAT — Available in a wide price range, a mat is the perfect place to practice poses that will enhance your strength, balance and flexibility while also boosting your concentration and focus. Your mat can double as a spot to sit on for your morning meditation routines, which may include deep breathing exercises, gratitude affirmations and mindfulness practices. RESISTANCE BANDS — Get your two days per week of strength training recommended by the AHA without touching heavy weights or machinery. Resistance bands are easy to store and offer a variety of options to tone your muscles and improve your metabolic rate. SET THE STAGE FOR LUXURIOUS REST — Your bedroom can make or break your ability to rest. Everything from lighting to temperature to the thread count of your sheets plays a critical role. As you design your dream space, the National Sleep Foundation recommends you to consider the following:

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CHOOSE DIMMABLE LAMPS — Lowering the lights before bed will signal to your brain that it is time to rest. Covering your windows with blackout curtains or shades can also block out early morning light or the glow of street lamps INDULGE YOUR SENSE OF SMELL — An essential oil diffuser or eye pillow filled with lavender may help you relax. This scent may also enhance mood and reduce blood pressure and heart rate. PAMPER YOURSELF WITH COZY BEDDING - Take time to try out different blankets, mattresses and pillows to find the right fit. WHERE THE GERMS ARE — Your home is your sanctuary — but it may not always be the cleanest place to be. For example, surfaces in your bathroom and kitchen that are frequently damp and/or warm may also be home to bacteria, such as salmonella and E.coli, which may indicate the presence of fecal contamination, according to NSF International. Other common areas where this type of bacteria may be found include: • bathroom faucet handles • countertops • cutting boards • kitchen sinks • toothbrush holders. To clean these surfaces effectively, begin with soap and water to wipe down and remove grime from surfaces. Follow up with a sanitizing spray or cloths to kill lingering germs. Choose sanitizers that are not in concentrated form and never spray them near children. If you elect to use a cleaner containing bleach, make sure the cleaner is not concentrated and never mix it with ammonia — a blend that can create a poisonous gas, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Further, the AAP recommends storing all cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants in containers with clear labeling in a secure place to protect children and pets. Wear disposable gloves while cleaning. Focus on high-touch areas, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, keyboards, remotes and touch screens. For the list, visit epa.gov, search for SARS-CoV-2 and choose “List N.” Don’t stress out over these things, but do the best you can to enjoy each day by living the way that works best for you physically, emotionally and spiritually! V Dr. Kim is a full-time General Surgeon in Mesquite, now welcoming new patients at Mesa View Medical Group, 1301 Bertha Howe Avenue Suite 8 and can be reached at: 702-346-1700 or by visiting: MesaViewMedical.com.

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Functions of Window Treatments By Charlie Cox

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indow treatments can provide more than just good looks. A well designed window dressing helps establish the mood of a room, whether the overall feel of glamorous or casual. Fabrics help create personality by adding color, texture, and dimension while reinforcing the color theme of the furnishings and accessories. Some window treatments also can provide privacy, such as long drapery panels that traverse along a pole or a stylish fabric shade that can be let down in the evening. Light control is also a benefit of panels and shades, especially when room darkening linings are added. To conserve energy, treatments can be backed with insulated linings that trap out the summer heat and winter cold. Noise is also a problem that can be remedied by layering insulated draperies over window shades to reduce sounds from the outdoors. WHAT DOES YOUR ROOM NEED? To determine the best window treatment style to meet the needs in the room, ask yourself the following questions. Is the treatment just for ornamental impact? Are the treatments meant to be statements or accents? Does the room feel austere and need to be visually warmed? Do you want the treatments to open and close? Should the treatment reduce energy consumption? Do you want to hide room flaws or visually alter the window size? PRIVACY AND LIGHT CONTROL New innovations in the world of shutters, shades and blinds are making our houses easier to live in. Technology has helped us come a long way. It is now possible to click a remote and lower all the window coverings in a room individually or all at once. Research has spawned the development of window products that are making our homes safer too. Worried about UV rays damaging your furnishings? Concerned about the safety of children around cords or do you just want to reduce sun glare during certain times of the day? Using solar energy to provide warmth may be desirable during the cooler winter months, but it can make a room very uncomfortable in the summer. Many products are designed to reduce the amount of solar energy that passes through the window to become heat. It is a scientific fact that heat moves towards cold. In winter months indoor heating moves toward the outdoors, while in summertime the outside heat flows into your home through the same windows. As you dress your windows think of it as a layering process where the first treatments to consider are those closest to the window. Cellular shades, woven wood blinds, custom shutters or solar screens are just a few of the choices that add privacy to rooms while helping to control light. Many of these products can stand alone or can become part of a beautiful combination when topped with a decorative valance or matched with a set of stunning drapery panels.V To find out more about window treatments visit us at C & J Shutters, Blinds and Flooring and let us help you make your house into a home. We are located in the Town and Country Center, 550 W. Pioneer Blvd Ste 112, Mesquite, Nevada or call us at (702) 345-3672.

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SAVING STROKES SERIES:

Pitch Shots

By Rob Krieger

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or our third article this year to help save you shots on the course, here are some tips on hitting pitch shots. The usual problems are hitting behind the ball, blading the ball over the green, misdirected shots and the lack of distance control which have a tendency to quickly add shots to your score. The hardest thing to digest is that these are usually shots from inside 75 yards and hitting the green should be almost automatic and not a 50-50-coin flip. Correct the following issues to hit the ball closer to the hole. FIRST, CHANGE CLUB OR SECOND, BACKSWING LENGTH: There are 3 variables that change the distance of a golf shot. The first is the club. The loft and length of the shaft should change how far the ball goes. You buy 14 clubs so simply change to a club with a different loft, aka‌taking more or less clubs. Second, by taking a longer or shorter backswing, it will make the ball go a different distance. The biggest problem when it comes to hitting these shots for control is the third variable, acceleration or power. For these pitch shots, try keeping your power in 1st gear. Varying either changing clubs first or varying the length of backswing, the ball will go a different distance. Stay in 1st gear and try not to hit it further or your struggles will continue. My acronym for this is ABCD; ACCELERATION+BACKSWING+CLUB=DISTANCEŽ. ELIMINATE SHIFTING WEIGHT DURING SWING: This is a golf shot for control so when you shift your weight, it not only changes the balance point in the swing, but it also adds momentum and power to the club and that can be hard to judge. With a lot of practice, it is possible to do so but if you struggle with distance control, try keeping your weight on your front/lead foot the entire swing and your distance control will become better.

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TORSO NOT OVER FRONT FOOT IN FINISH: A common problem hitting these shots is trying to lift the ball which forces the body to go backwards and end up with weight on the back foot. Instead, force your chest to be over your front foot after impact and as you finish. To help, toe out your front foot too. STRIKE BALL AND THEN TURF IN FRONT: Trying to hit down on the ball can create multiple problems if you are not a low handicap player so instead, focus on maintaining a level stroke through the ball and concentrate on hitting the ball THEN also hit the ground in front of the ball. The ball will ride up the face of the club and get in the air without trying to help it up. Practice placing a tee in front or the ball and strike the ball first then the tee. TOO MUCH HINGING OF WRISTS: A problem for some is that they will attempt to add more wrist hinging than is necessary. Many short pitch shots are done with no wrist hinge at all to about hip ihigh in the backswing. Longer shots do require the wrists moving but only so that the lead arm and its wrist are at a 90-degree angle. Any more than that and the club begins to control the swing instead of the body controlling the club. This also creates a steeper angle of attack on the ball making your margin for error much less and your precision must be more exact to hit a desired shot consistently. Good Luck and as Always‌Fairways & Greens‌V

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