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September - October, 2021 Volume 14 – Issue 5 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR Erin Eames ART DIRECTOR / LAYOUT Erin Eames COPY EDITOR Rayma Davis PROOFREADER Elisa Eames WRITERS Donna Eads, Elspeth Kuta, Kaylee Pickering, Soon O. Kim, MD, Allan S. Litman, Helen Houston, Ashley Centers, Elisa Eames, Celece Krieger, Cliff & Ilene Bandringa, Rob Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Judi Moreo, Keith Buchhalter, Karen L. Monsen, Kenzie Lundberg, Bailey Chism, Michelle Sundberg, Jeff McKenna, Lisa Larson, Ryan Bundy, Isla Young, Clarissa Cota, Darlene Montague, Rebecca Roessner, Greg Lehnen, Randy Bauman, Linda Gault, Chris Picior ADVERTISING SALES Kathy Lee ADVERTISING EMAIL 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 ONLINE Facebook


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Letter from

the Editor

Dear Readers, We here at ViewOn Magazine would like to welcome back our wonderful snowbirds. Wherever you have been, I am pretty sure that it was cooler there than it has been here. With September and October on the horizon, which, by the way, are my favorite months here in our region, the temperatures have cooled and many of us will venture out of our homes to enjoy the beautiful fall months. As you may have noticed, our cover has a “magical” theme for this issue because Criss Angel, renowned magician and whose magic show is known worldwide as Mindfreak, is gracing our cover. He has opened a new restaurant called Cablp, which is an acronym for Criss Angel’s Breakfast, Lunch, and Pizza, in Moapa Valley. We were lucky enough to attend the grand opening of and ribbon cutting for the restaurant. We also scored an interview with Criss for this issue! Please make sure to read our cover story. Criss has many other projects and surprises in store for everyone. There are so many interesting things to do as fall ushers in cooler temperatures, and there are many opportunities for outdoor adventures! You will see wonderful views, green grass, and turning leaves. For those seeking adventure, you can discover a patchwork of fall colors, so don’t miss our adventure articles! If the outdoors are not your thing, you might consider taking a photography class that will be offered at the Mesquite Fine Arts Center. Check out their schedule for many other offerings. Kayenta and Tuacahn Amphitheatres both have many opportunities for great entertainment. Most destinations have opened, so future traveling may be on your mind. Be sure to see the article by Celece Krieger, owner of The Travel Connection. She has some insightful tips based on her own traveling in this postpandemic time. And where would we be without our advertisers, who have stuck by our side? They knew that when all of our businesses are fully open again, you, the consumer, could make your choice to support our local businesses and help them get back on their feet. Please visit our website at, and follow us on social media so that you can stay up to date on all the events that we could not include in this issue.

Enjoy the fall,

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 husband Ron opened WOOF! Wellness Center and launched their website


Celece Krieger is the owner of The Travel Connection. Travel is her passion and she's spent the past 30 years planning dream vacations around the world. Her favorite vacation is the South Pacific with her "toes in the sand." She can be reached by phone at (435) 256-8897 or by email at

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

Rob Krieger is a 20-year PGA Member and former Director of Golf in Mesquite and Greensboro, North Carolina. 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 or email

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

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

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Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including two international bestsellers, You Are More Than Enough and Conquer the Brain Drain. A self-made success, Judi started her first business with $2,000 and a lot of chutzpah. Judi learned to succeed step-by-step over many years and now has a worldwide following of clients who are enjoying outstanding success as a result of her guidance. You can reach Judi at or (702) 283-4567. David Cordero is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of St. George. A southern Utah resident since 2006, David has extensive experience in writing, public relations, marketing, and public speaking. He has also served in a variety of volunteer capacities over the years, including Utah Honor Flight, American Legion Post 90, religious education, and as a coach for his son's athletic teams. Email him at Ashley Centers Is the former General Manager of Anytime Fitness Mesquite, and her passion for fitness runs deep. She fell in love with competitive powerlifting as a 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 an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and is training for Strongwoman competitions. She is a Volunteer Coordinator for the Mesquite Senior Games and is excited to remain a contributor to ViewOn Magazine and to write about her passion for health and fitness!

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign in Mesquite, Nevada. Helen holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, a Certified Color Consultant, and a Real Estate Staging Professional. Helen has been a contributing writer for ViewOn Magazine for the past 13 years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and home entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at or (702) 346-0246. Cliff and Ilene Bandringa are authors and the creators of They have been traveling and photographing the world for more than 20 years, with a motto of finding the lesserknown, off-the-beaten-path places and then sharing their experiences with others. They do this via their blog, the virtual tour guides they've written, lots of YouTube videos, magazine articles, and a sister website of highquality and stock images. You can find all of these at Keith Buchhalter is the Public Affairs Specialist for Overton Power District #5. Born and raised in Guatemala City, he moved to Mesquite, Nevada, in 1999. Keith has held a variety of positions in local organizations. He was part of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Board from 2013-2017. He is Past-President of the Rotary Club of Mesquite, and he is currently serving as Assistant District Governor for Rotary's District 5300. He also serves as a trustee for the Mesa View Regional Hospital Board.

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Message from

the Mayor

Dear Residents and Guests, As I write this letter, I sense not only changes in the air, but also changes in our community as it adjusts to life with COVID-19. I’m proud of Mesquite and how well our residents have coped with the pandemic. Looking ahead, I see brighter days waiting for us. So, the days are getting shorter and a bit cooler after a blistering summer. Now, the air-conditioning can run a little less. I see more vehicles out on the streets, and local business is coming back strong with the return of our snowbirds. I love the fall in Mesquite. It’s not only the busiest time of the year, but the most fun as we plan for the upcoming holidays. I believe we are doing a great job of making up for the past year. Youth sports are back in full swing, and our senior games have a full schedule that started in the late summer and will go through December. As I write this article, I don’t have exact dates, but I’m sure our wonderful symphony will be back in early November, stronger than ever. Of course, we will have a Veterans Day parade and service. We had to put off having our annual community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Mesquite Senior Center, but hopefully not this year. December will be jam-packed with activities as part of the annual food drive and Parade of Lights. It’s hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner. I know this year that all our events will be the best ever in Mesquite. Of course, much is happening in the city overall. We have sold considerable land for development. Affordable housing is badly needed and is finally coming with a number of projects being planned and started shortly. A new bank building is in the works as well as Boulevard Home Furnishings moving into a bigger location and Dollar Tree doing the same. One other thing I must announce is a major development on Mesquite Boulevard. As I write this, I just finished reviewing plans for a combination retail, office, and residential project and park with an outdoor area that is coming to us. The project is called the Virgin Valley Pioneer Park. There is too much to describe here, but it will knock your socks off when completed. Yes, Mesquite is growing, but growing in a carefully well-planned way. I assure you this project will be the envy of every small city in the country. Mesquite is truly a great place to live!

Allan S. Litman Mayor of Mesquite


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Get Up, Get Out and Explore! Fall Adventure in Cedar City and Brian Head

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Indulge in Healthy Fall Treats at Frei's Fruit Market

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Criss Angel Gives Back to the Community with His New Restaurant, Cablp!

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Indulge in Healthy Fall Treats at Frei's Fruit Market

Criss Angel Gives Back to the Community with His New Restaurant, Cablp!

3 Types of Habits You Will Need For Success This Fall


A Walk in a Wash

Fall Colors Above Cedar City, Utah

Expect the Unexpected

The End of the Horizen Coming to Southern Utah

SUU Announces Four Upcoming, No-Cost Certificates with Learn and Work in Utah

Subtle Changes are Still Successes

Gearing Up for Fall

The Benefits of Hydrotherapy for Animals

Aiming for Putting

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Punctuate with Pillows

Staying Grounded in a Chaotic World

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Why I Love

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here is so much to love about this area and about how Cedar City is so family-friendly. There are so many activities to do as a family, like fishing at Woods Ranch, lots of hiking and biking on trails nearby, and visiting some great parks, just to name a few. The view out our back door can’t be beat! We get the red rock mountains next to cedar-covered mountains on one side and beautiful sunsets on the other. We also really love the slower pace of life that Cedar City has to offer. You get that small-town feel with most of the big stores you would get in a big city, without the major traffic. And you can’t beat the weather! We get to enjoy the snow, but it only stays for a short time because it is usually warm enough that it will melt. I thought I despised snow, but I can handle this, and we are not too far from St. George if we want to visit for a little more heat. If you are craving a slower speed of life while being surrounded by a beautiful landscape and friendly people, Cedar City is definitely the place for you!

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y wife, Lori, and I relocated here almost three years ago. A visit to my newly retired folks brought us to Mesquite, and we instantly fell in love with this area. We raised our family in Elk Grove, California, and were looking for a new community to grow with. We continue to be greeted by delightful, friendly people. There are many community service organizations to participate in, as well as local events. Additionally, as a U.S. Navy veteran, I find tremendous comfort in all the vets that are here. If someone is looking for a base camp for the great outdoors, Mesquite is certainly a good fit. We camp and play in the local mountains and enjoy day trips to Las Vegas and St. George, returning home to quiet Mesquite! - Norman Utley


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love Moapa Valley because there is no better place to be. The people here are so amazing, and it feels like everyone is family. You can always rely on this community to be there for each other. In 20 years, I have seen so much in the valley while riding on our side-by-side ATVs. There is so much to see, from the Sword in the Stone to the Eagle’s Head on the Logandale Trails. It is so beautiful, with breathtaking views. We enjoy packing a lunch and going for a ride. One of my favorite things is when you first come into the valley, and you see Bowman Reservoir and all of the green alfalfa fields. It makes you feel like you are home. - Trena Zamito

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have lived in St. George since my family moved to Utah when I was a toddler. My family has deep Utah roots and ancestry, and St. George will always be my home. As a teenager, my friends couldn’t wait to get out of our town, but I never wanted to leave! I graduated from Dixie High and Dixie State College. The beauty of our surroundings is hard to miss. There is always somewhere to explore. It has a great proximity to larger cities to visit, like Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, and even California. I love traveling, but nothing beats coming home to our little slice of heaven. The hot summers are a great trade off for mild winters where we can still feel the sun on our faces. I know that growth is inevitable, but I truly hope that St. George will remain a smaller, beautiful, and safer community where we can continue to watch our family grow.

- Melanie Mickelson

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Fall Adventure in Cedar City and Brian Head by Kaylee Pickering


owering aspens in vibrant yellow and crimson and haloed in orange mingle with dark pines and line the trails in Dixie National Forest. The mountain bike trails bustle with eager riders ready for their next thrill, and local guides gear up for fall activities and weather. Dressed in its fall finest, the area around Cedar City puts on a dazzling show as autumn takes over southern Utah. With a pumpkin spice latte from a local shop in hand and a weekend of adventure ahead, there’s wonder waiting at every bend! At 10,000 feet, the quiet mountain town of Brian Head is a picturesque fall destination with the hills of the resort bustling with mountain bikers. As the undergrowth turns to a rich gold and the aspens change colors, there’s something so serene about a venture through Dixie National Forest. Hit the hiking trails in search of ancient bristlecone pines on the Twisted Forest Trail. Switch it up and find wildlife, towering pines, vibrant



Brian Head OHV | Photo Credit: Alex Santiago

colors, and a surreal alpine pond on the Alpine Pond Trail in Cedar Breaks National Monument. Or gear up for an OHV adventure through the backcountry to discover some local favorite points of interest. Prepared with rentals and a map from Utah ATV Rentals in Brian Head, you’ll first wind your way through Brian Head town, buzzing past the residents tucked among the hills on squiggly dirt roads. First point of interest along the way? "The Bus." This local point of interest has so many stories surrounding it. From folktales about a bank robbery getaway to a simple "they just needed a place to live," you’ll hear it all if you ask the locals. The next stop on the OHV tour is the High Mountain Overlook for incredible red rock views looking into Cedar Breaks National Monument across the valley.


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While you hear Brian Head Resort and immediately think of skiing and Utah champagne powder, the summer and fall activities at the resort are a must! Catch a lift (and one for your bike) to experience the thrills of the downhill trails at the resort mountain bike park. Go with the flow on the Color Flow Trail, or test your skills on the Timber Glitter trail. If the mountain bike scene isn’t for you, there are plenty of resort activities to enjoy in early fall, like a zip-line, bungee trampoline, tubing, and more. Brian Head Activities | Photo Credit: Alex Santiago

While the forest around Brian Head and Cedar Breaks National Monument is always beautiful, there’s much more to see within an afternoon and evening if you follow the fall color loop. Starting in the town of Parowan, this scenic driving loop begins by following Highway 143 through Parowan Canyon. With rising formations of grey, red, and classic southern Utah pinks interspersed by fall foliage and pines along the way, it is a beautiful scenic drive leading to the town of Brian Head.

Parowan Canyon (Hwy143) in Fall | Photo Credit: Visit Cedar City

Once in Brian Head, those driving the fall color loop will continue along Highway 143 through some twists and turns and an elevation change to find themselves

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in Cedar Breaks National Monument. Visitors can stop to check out the trails, and sights around the monument, and scenic overlooks before continuing along Highway 148 (the scenic byway through the monument), pausing to find fall color and wildlife along the way.


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Turning right at the junction of Highways 148 and 14 you’ll wind through scenic Cedar Canyon. Keep an eye out for beautiful fall color along the way and also for wildlife and livestock, as they’re not the best at heeding traffic laws in fall. The towering aspens that line the roadway mix with the dark and full pines and create a patchwork of color throughout the valleys

around us. Scenic overlooks, like the Zion Overlook (mile marker 16), offer unique views of nearby natural wonders and a glimpse of the wide open spaces that surround us. Throughout the canyon, as you weave through the forest, past meadows and through towering stone walls, keep an eye out for the scrub oak along the road that turns a brilliant scarlet in fall. They a perfect pop of color to the canyon.

Once you've arrived in Cedar City at the end of the fall color loop, it’s always a good idea to stick around for a bite, browse the local shops, and even catch an evening performance at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.V


Let be your guide. Cedar Breaks National Monument Scenic Byway SR-148 Photo Credit: Mike Saemisch

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Fall in the Virgin Valley

by Elspeth Kuta


o many people, fall is the time to slow down and prepare for the advancing winter. The early settlers of the Virgin Valley thought of fall as more like spring—time to celebrate the change in the weather. They had survived another hot summer. There was a surge of energy because work could now get done because the weather was just right. It was time to prepare for winter, making sure that the preserves and jams were done and stowed in the root cellars and that the nuts (pecans and almonds) and the fields of corn were harvested. It was time to prepare the winter feed for the


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animals and for yet another cutting of alfalfa. The grapes were long gone to market as raisins, and the pomegranates were ripening for the end of fall. With the weather cooling, it was time to butcher the meat from hunting—beef and hog—and to prepare the meat for winter by drying and canning. The ham was cured in preparation for the holidays. The fat was rendered into lard. The things that we pop down to the store for were made at home. In 1893, Rose Linge Knight was living in Bunkerville. She and her husband, Carlos, were sharing a single-room home with

Mary Jane and William Elias Abbott. This is how she describes her first soap-making experience: “We planned to have our soap-making days in the fall when the weather was cooler, as the soap was cooked outdoors in an iron kettle. That was the time of year that our husbands reserved for the killing of the pig or pigs. Most families in town raised such an animal for their winter supply of meat. “I set my kettle on three firm stones to hold it high enough above the ground so I could keep a steady fire going while the soap was cooking. Mary Jane (Abbott) instructed me to weigh out five pounds of fat, then add four quarts of water and one can of diamond lye. This I did. Then the stirring started, as the three ingredients had to be mixed thoroughly together. After a time, the mixture began to boil, bubble, and spit steam out. My arms got tired, but the stirring had to go on until the liquid thickened and turned the color of molasses.” After sampling to see if the soap had reached the right density, it was cooled, and the next day it was cut into bars and dried. Rose prided herself on making enough soap to never run out and would often share with her neighbors when they ran out. The thought of going without soap to clean did not sit well with her.

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Mesquite Hayride 1916

It was not all toil and labor. Fall was also the time for ice cream. Children would wait with anticipation and growing excitement for the first snow of the season. When the mountains were covered, the men would take their wagons and bring back enough snow to churn ice cream. A simple recipe was snow, rock salt, cream, and a lot of elbow grease, but it was worth every bite. There were also dances and hayrides, and the valley came to life with the knowledge that it would be nine months before it would be too hot to do anything.V


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If you would like to know more about the early settlement of the Virgin Valley, we are partnering with the library to offer a local history series starting in September and continuing the first Wednesday of the month from 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Also, we are partnering with the Virgin River Coalition to offer another series of lectures in the month of October with guest lecturers on the Lower Virgin River watershed. The museum is located at 35 W. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, Nevada. Admission is free. If you have any questions, please message me at or call (702) 346-5705. You can also find us on Facebook.

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by Elisa Eames


all is the most glorious season of them all, in my opinion, and it arrives accompanied by its own glorious weather, foods, and produce. The oppressive heat of summer wanes, the earth sighs in relief, and we get a few delicious, fleeting teases of the winter to come. Brilliantly colored leaves abandon their branches to become subject to the wind. And best of all, it’s harvest time for an array of mouthwatering fruits and vegetables. One of the best places to buy fresh, delectable produce in the southern Utah area is a first-class, family-owned


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stand called Frei’s Fruit Market, located just up the street from the Santa Clara City Offices on Santa Clara Drive. Frei’s Fruit Market began as a table set up in the front yard of Landon and Wanda Frei in 1956. Their proximity to Old Highway 91 allowed them to sell apples to the many people passing through town. Theirs wasn’t the only fruit stand to pop up along the highway over the years, but decades later, it has proven to be the only one still standing (pun intended). Landon

and the then 91-year-old Wanda passed the baton to daughter Vicki and son Bryce in 2007. The remarkable longevity of this beloved market is at least in part due to the amazing dedication and values of the Frei family. The Freis have always believed in the importance of one’s heritage, hard work, family, and the valuable lessons to be learned from a life of farming. Loyal customers have also been instrumental in keeping the stand afloat. Visiting the market is more than just stopping by to pick up some groceries; it’s an experience that will build fond memories and develop friendships. When customers arrive, they are delighted to find themselves at a genuine, working farm with

down-to-earth farmers (also pun intended) right in the middle of the city. The relaxed, outdoor atmosphere and rural charm of the market space will enchant even hard to please patrons. Customers may feel that they’ve stepped back in time to when things were simpler and people were friendlier. Chat with the farmers themselves under the cool shade of the grand, leafy trees that grow there. Tempted by a crisp, rosy apple or a soft, sun-warmed peach? Feel free to grab one—the Freis will help you wash it off so that you can enjoy it right there while you shop. Not sure how to pick the best of a batch of fruit or vegetables? The farmers are more than happy to give you pointers about what to look for and will even teach you how to “thump” a melon.

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Upcoming is their annual pumpkin season. Beginning in mid to late September, families in search of the perfect jack-o-lantern gather at Frei’s to enjoy the newly-arrived spectacle of one-of-a-kind, large, stemmed carving pumpkins, smaller pumpkins, sweet pie pumpkins, and edible and decorative gourds (the selection of which varies each year). These pumpkins are not the unremarkable sort that you find at grocery stores. Fresh from Delta, Colorado, they have been carefully cultivated to be unique and wonderfully uncommon, rather than blandly uniform for large-scale distribution. Their pumpkin farmers love what they do and have been doing it for years. And don’t miss the large, specially-curated pumpkin display that Frei’s puts together every year!


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Opening Memorial Day weekend each spring and usually closing November 1 (depending on the weather), the market not only offers a tempting variety of freshly picked fruits and vegetables, but also homemade jams, jellies, pickles, and local honey. The Freis themselves grow as much of their produce as they can; their own fruits and vegetables come from the farm that is right next to the stand, as well as from larger farms, orchards, and patches nearby. Despite this, however, they still sell significantly more than they are able to grow, so they bring in produce from northern Utah, Green River, Utah, and Colorado in order to keep up with demand and to avoid having anyone leave emptyhanded. And if they don’t have what you’re looking for, they may even be able to help you find something from another vendor. No need to visit them in person to ask questions; message them through Facebook or Instagram, or give them a call. They’d love to hear from you!V Frei’s Fruit Market is located at 2895 Santa Clara Dr., Santa Clara, UT, 84765 and is open Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Visit them on Facebook (Frei’s Fruit Market) and Instagram (@freis_fruit_market) for updates, or call (435) 673-3835.

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by Lisa Larson


hen School of Rock—the Musical hits the Tuacahn stage featuring 17 teenagers, rock and roll instruments, and the kind of passion that seems to define the young, the question isn’t, “How do you keep the energy up?” It’s, “How do you ever calm down?” “I drink a lot of coffee and caffeine,” says Sloane Griffith, a 15-year-old from St. George, who plays bass in the musical. Laughing, Adrienne Morrow, who plays Freddy the drummer, says it doesn’t take much to get the kid cast keyed up. After all, they’re excited about the fact that, as the song says, “you’re in the band.” “We really bring out the energy in each other,” Morrow says. “We have a car ride on the way to rehearsals, and my friend’s chaperone plays loud music, and we sing along—not blasting out our vocal cords—but just really getting into songs like ‘Singing in the Shower’ and ‘Raise Your Glass’ and stuff by Miley Cyrus.” At age 15, her pre-show song list isn’t too surprising, but her skills on the drums may be. And she’s not the only one with youth and talent to spare. Brady Davis, a 15-year-old from Las Vegas, has been strumming on the guitar since he was five years old. It started with a Christmas gift from his mom and a love for classical guitar music. Later, he transitioned to electric guitar at age 11. “I just got into it,” Davis says. Davis’ early entrance into the world of professional music was helped by the fact that his mom is a professional violinist, so she knows the ins and outs of the musician world. But it wasn’t until Davis saw School of Rock on Broadway that he wondered if maybe he could take his guitar playing to the theatrical stage.

This season, he’s fulfilling that dream as the guitarist in School of Rock at Tuacahn, channeling his inner Jimi Hendrix and doing

his best to model his inspiring guitar teachers. “I always thought musical theater and playing guitar had to be separate things,” Davis says. “In this show, the instruments are on stage, and we are playing them.” Griffith had a similar introduction to School of Rock, and like Morrow and Davis, she has a background in musical theater, but her leap into music is a bit more recent than Davis’. “I’ve been playing bass off and on for two years,” Griffith says. Griffith says she was drawn to the instrument for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was the fact that it’s more unique to see a girl playing bass than, say, piano. “I practice a lot,” Griffith says when asked how she went from picking up a bass to playing professionally in just two years. “When I’m motivated to do something, then I just practice as much as I can, and I really wanted to play this part.”

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Among other things, Griffith says she loves how modern this musical feels. “Like, there’s this one part where we’re talking about things that make us annoyed, and one girl says, ‘Parents getting on my TikTok,’ which is funny because TikTok is a huge thing right now for the kids in the cast,” Griffith says. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a TikTok master, or even a teenager, to enjoy this musical. As Jonathan Wagner—who plays the role of Dewey, the substitute teacher—says, there are themes that appeal to people of all ages, particularly after the last year and a half or so. “We’ve been having to deal with being told what to do, and there’s nothing we can do,” Wagner says. “On the surface, this show feels like it’s about rebellion and middle fingers up in the air,”— which may feel cathartic to some—“but it’s a story about a guy who learns that he loves to teach… He learns that teaching can be greater than anything he thought a rock god could be.”V That message, the story, and the music all came together on stage July 17. Get tickets online at or by calling (435) 652-3300. School of Rock plays on alternating nights with The Count of Monte Cristo and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast through October 23 in the Tuacahn Amphitheatre.


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The First Annual at the

Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery

by Chris Picior


he Virgin Valley Artists’ Association (VVAA) is putting the FUN back in fundraising! On October 21, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery will host a Witches’ Ball. The gallery and surrounding area will be transformed into a haunted witches’ mansion, featuring a ghoulish graveyard, a bubbling cauldron, and ghosts that might scare the boo out of you. The VVAA will provide powerful potions and finger foods fit for fortune-tellers. The hair-raising highlight of the evening will be a silent auction featuring the frighteningly delightful works of Virgin Valley artists, all donated by VVAA members. The silent auction will start on October 4 and ends on the 21st. In order to keep everyone anonymous, we will be offering registered number bidding to protect all of our participating witches and wizards. The auction winners will be announced at 7 pm. Musical entertainment will be provided by students from the Virgin Valley Theatre’s summer youth camp. Adults are invited to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve with the Virgin Valley Artists on October 21 and to bring their powers, potions, and wands as they join in the fun. To honor the witchiest witch, we will have a costume contest to determine the most powerful among you. Proceeds from art sales during the event will be used to support free adult and youth art classes for Virgin Valley residents, the free Brown Bag Cultural Series, and the operating expenses of the Mesquite Fine Arts Center.V The Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery is located at 15 W. Mesquite Blvd. in Mesquite, Nevada. For more information, call (702) 346-1338.



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Criss Angel Gives Back to the Community

Photo credit: Bailey Chism

with His New Restaurant


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by Bailey Chism | Photo Credits: APWI (unless otherwise noted) Mindfreak magician Criss Angel blows our minds once again with the opening of his new restaurant, Cablp (pronounced Cablip), which stands for Criss Angel’s Breakfast, Lunch, and Pizza.

While dirt biking with his family through Moapa Valley earlier this year, Angel discovered a restaurant called Sugar’s Home Plate. Sugar’s opened April 10, 1991, with owners Ray and Judy Metz, gaining popularity in nearby resorts and communities, such as Lake Mead, Overton Beach, and Echo Bay. The owners displayed a collection of sports memorabilia, specifically from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The restaurant was known for its burgers, chicken-fried steak, Saturday night prime rib feasts, and famously delicious carrot cake. Angel says that his family fell more in love with the area as they spent more time there and got to know the town and the amazing people. When the opportunity to buy Sugar’s and invest in the area popped up, they immediately jumped on it and soon began to remodel. His family currently consists of himself and his partner, with their children: seven-yearold Johnny Crisstopher, two-year-old Xristos Yanni, and baby number three arriving in November.

Photo credit: Kathy Lee

Angel opened the restaurant to the public on July 23 in Overton, Nevada, with his brother, Costa Sarantakos, and pizza extraordinaire Mike Baram. Sarantakos ran his father’s New York

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restaurants for years, while Baram owns Baldwin Pizzeria and Restaurant in Parsippany, New Jersey. Not only did Angel remodel the existing restaurant location in just six weeks to open his restaurant, but he also plans on opening up to 20 more locations in the next year in areas including Arizona, Nevada, and California. The restaurant will also feature a youth job program and a free meal outreach program for underprivileged and pediatric cancer families. Angel also wants to manufacture Cablp Ice, dedicated to the gourmet Italian ice made and sold at the restaurant.


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Criss Angel greets ViewOn Editor Kathy Lee | Photo credit: Bailey Chism

Starstruck fan Maggie Zubia meets Criss Angel | Photo credit: Bailey Chism

Angel worked extensively with pediatric cancer charities even before his seven-year-old son, Johnny Crisstopher, was born with leukemia. Angel says he wants to use the proceeds from the restaurant and give 100% of it back to those charities, including Make A Wish and Cure for Kids, where Johnny goes. “The idea with this place is to make it a really, really strong business model: a meaningful business whose proceeds can literally go towards giving back,” Angel says. Angel was all about the community during opening day. He personally went to every table and spoke to every customer, getting feedback and just chatting as if they were old friends.

He shocked fans and customers with his kindness and friendly energy, making young children speechless when they got the chance to talk to him. It’s very clear that he cares about the people and their experiences more than anything else. After all, without them, he never could have done this. The restaurant itself displays fun quotes across the walls and has a very homey diner feel. They offer dine-in eating, a walkup window, and online ordering. If you choose to walk in, you are immediately greeted by the staff and seated with menus. They don’t take long to take your order, and you will not be disappointed when you get your food. Angel created a menu

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with a variety of food and fun names to match. The food itself comes out to you quickly and is reasonably priced considering its amazing quality. The menu offers breakfast items from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., which includes a breakfast sandwich for $4.99, double chocolate muffins, sugar waffles, and a $2.99 cinnamon crumb coffee cake. Lunch items will be served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will include pizza, which is $2.99 for a regular slice or $3.49 for a pepperoni slice. Aside from the casual dining environment, the restaurant will also periodically be used as the Magic Room, where Angel and his friends will perform for their customers. At these shows, people will have the opportunity to donate to those pediatric cancer charities that Angel is involved with. Angel has been doing his work as a magician since 1994 and has never faltered in personality, kindness, or in his work with charities. He has worked with child cancer causes since 2001, and this became even more important when his son was diagnosed at five years old in 2015.

EDITORS NOTE: Cablp restaurant closed temporarily at the end of July in order to expand, as demand was significantly greater than expected. The expansion is scheduled to be completed soon. The tentative schedule is to be opened on September 2nd with limited operating hours. See their Facebook for more information.


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Additionally, Angel also bought 13.5 acres of land in Logandale in order to open Criss Angel’s Escape Ranch. As he describes, it will be a place where families that are going through difficult times can escape for three days and two nights. At this camp, they will enjoy the use of side-bysides, stay in a fifth-wheel RV, and be able to eat completely for free. There is no set opening date for the ranch. Angel says that as soon as they get Cablp up and running smoothly, he’ll be able to focus on these other projects, including the ranch, shows at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, and a new show he is working on. The escape ranch will be another separate business, becoming one of many that Angel uses to help the community. He says that Cablp is the first spoke in a wheel that will be a chain of businesses focusing on giving back to the community.V Criss Angel’s Cablp is located at 309 S. Moapa Valley Blvd. in Overton, Nevada. Hours of operation will be Thursday-Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. For questions, please call (702) 397-8084.

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Rent your

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by Ryan Bundy


re you ready for an adventure? Well, there’s one available for you in Virgin Valley. Adventure Rentals is a new ATV rental business offering adventurous rides from their location in Scenic, Arizona, through hundreds of miles of trails in the valley and beyond.

Our local ATV dealership, Polaris Can-Am Honda World, expanded last year, more than doubling their building size and acquiring the dealership for Honda Motor Power Sports (in addition to their already busy and successful Polaris dealership). They grew beyond their desire to continue offering rental services as they had previously been doing, thus leaving a gap and a need for a new ATV rental business to emerge. Having been informed of such a vacuum and seeing the need for such a business to serve the need for speed and adventure in the area we created a new ATV rental business, and Adventure Rentals was born.



Establishing their business at the gateway to a myriad of trails, Adventure Rentals chose Scenic, Arizona, as their home. Located adjacent to the Scenic Store at 2960 South Scenic Boulevard (just as you enter Scenic after crossing the Virgin River and climb out of the river basin onto the desert plateau), Adventure Rentals is ideally located to access trails in several directions. Depending on your skill level or desire for adventure, there is a trail that will satisfy your need. Easy trails travel southwest, following the Virgin River, for folks who desire a mild ride that will still give them a few thrills without going too far from town. The river is accessible from the trails near Mesquite for a splash of cool refreshment as they ride. To the north, there are accessible tunnels under Interstate 15 that head out on trails leading to the Three Corners area, and there is even a monument that specifies the location where Utah, Nevada, and Arizona join. From there, you can ride to Cedar Pocket and visit the huge sinkhole en route, or you can head west and see the old rock houses that stand at the base of the Mormon Mountains. To the southeast is the rugged Elbow Canyon, which takes its riders on a rough and rocky trail to the Arizona Strip, then leads to Wolf Hole, Black Rock, Red Canyon, and then all the way to the Grand Canyon—if you're adventurous enough for a multiday trip. There are many miles to travel through an untamed landscape with nary a soul to see on such a trip. If you like solitude, this is the place to go.


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Heading southwest, one may travel over the mountain pass called Lime Kiln Canyon Road. From there, you can access all the same places as if you had gone over Elbow Canyon, but you can also reach Aravada Springs for a cool swim in Big Spring—a cold refreshment that is not available just anywhere in this hot Mojave Desert. Aravada Springs, the old Keith Nay Ranch, is now being operated as an oasis in the desert resort. A beautiful, cool green spot in a desert otherwise known for its rocks and cacti offers a cold, crisp, spring water pool for swimming. There are fruit trees and blackberries, as well as shade and cool grass to lie in to add a restful retreat to your adventurous ride. Arvada Springs also offers lodging for overnight stays—it's so nice that you might just want to stay for a while. From there, you can travel up over the south end of Bunkerville Mountain and enter the Gold Butte area of the Bundy Ranch. Gold Butte is a beauty unto itself. There is another massive sinkhole known as Devil's Throat. Just don’t stand too close to the edge or you might be swallowed whole, but enjoy the thrill and tingle in your gut as you peer over the abyss. There is also nearby what has become known as Little Finland, a formation of red rocks and springs of water coming out of those rocks—which causes wonder as to where the water comes from—and what a miracle it is to have water in the middle of a desert. Petroglyphs are on many of those red rocks, and Native American history is embedded in the area. If

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you enjoy such things on your adventure, this is a beautiful area that provides lots of wonder and fun rock climbing. From there, you can travel deeper into Gold Butte or north again toward Mesquite on the Old Gold Butte Road while traveling through the Bundy Ranch. Other rock outcroppings with petroglyphs protrude from the desert landscape. These include Hartman Tank and Whitney Pockets. Both are interesting places and worthy of a visit. Mountain trails will take you over Bunkerville Mountain back toward Mesquite, or you can keep to the Gold Butte Road view over the Mormon Mesa and Virgin River. One of the more spectacular views from that vantage point is to look at the Mormon Mountains over the top of the mesa. The outline of the top of the mountains looks to be President Abraham Lincoln as if he were lying down, facing up toward the North Star. Just take a look to see if I’m right. These scenes that I have described on the few trails I’ve mentioned are only the tip of the iceberg. On your adventure, you may see a thousand different things that bring wonder and amazement to your mind. The desert is a beautiful place when viewed from the right perspective. Dangerous it is also, but beautiful in its own way. So whether you come from far or near, join us for an adventure of your own on an ATV that will take you into this beauty.V Book your adventure now at


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Angie Lucero



by Rebecca Roessner


ince opening its doors in February of 1997, the Eureka Casino Resort has continually evolved to become the company that it is today. From a name change in 2000 to large expansions and frequent renovations, and most notably, to becoming the only ESOP (Employee Stock Option Plan) casino in the nation when owner Greg Lee sold the company to his employees in 2015, the Eureka constantly changes in order to remain first and best at what they do. One thing, however, that doesn’t change much about the Eureka is the employees. While a handful of people have been around since the Rancho days, over onethird of the employees have been with the company for over 10 years, and another third for more than five, which is a remarkable accomplishment in an industry that can have turn-over rates as high as 70% a year. To maintain such a high percentage of employees for such long periods of time, there has to be something more going on at the Eureka than just clocking in and collecting a paycheck. Eureka's ESOP seems like the obvious candidate to encourage employee longevity. An ESOP, or Employee Stock Option Plan, is an employee-owned retirement plan that provides ownership interest in the company without a personal financial investment. The longer an employee stays with the Eureka, the better their benefits become; as the company improves and expands, so do the benefits. Not only does the ESOP encourage people to stay with the company, but it also encourages employees to put in that little bit of something extra. The employees’ efforts improve the overall value of the casino, which in turn enhances the value of the ESOP. But while many employees appreciate the benefits of being part of an employee-


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owned company, it is not the primary motivation that drives each employee to keep coming back to work. That motivation comes from the very culture of the Eureka itself. Most employees are willing to go that extra mile to make sure that all the work gets done and that it all gets done right. Perhaps selflessness is an unwritten prerequisite to being a long-term employee-owner, and the team consistently puts forth the effort to make the Eureka’s presentation flawless. Still, the Eureka’s culture extends farther than just the business. Over the last 25 years, the casino has nurtured the sense of a “family culture.” Many employees have watched each other’s children grow up and shared in celebrations and heartbreaks; they have been each other’s support system, cheerleaders, therapists, and friends. When someone calls out, the team doesn’t begrudge the extra workload; they worry if their coworker is all right or if someone got sick or hurt. The employee-owners themselves identify the Eureka as a great place to work because of this family culture. Even after more than 20 years for some employees, they still “look forward to going to work because it’s like being with (their) other family.” As a family unit, the Eureka has a sense of responsibility to contribute to the community as well. From free-to-the-public events, such as Rockets over the Red Mesa, to educational programs like Mesquite Reads, and by participating in artistic projects to maintain and enhance the beauty of Mesquite, the team is proud of what their corporate family does for the well-being of their private families and for the community which we all share.

Chino Mercado

Enrique Ponce

Gerry Sanders

Gill Iverson

Guadalupe Landeros, Maria Gonzalez, Angie Lucero, Lucinda Villegas

The culture of the Eureka is founded on respect. It starts with the leadership at the top and is shared freely amongst all employee-owners. Everyone openly appreciates the work that others do, and “thank you” is the most common way to close a conversation. This isn’t to say that they don’t have their fair share of disagreements; in a family of 500, not everyone is going to have the same perspective about everything all the time. But conflict is approached with tolerance and the expectation of understanding. At the end of the day, the team has the same goal in mind, even if they have found different ways to get there. There seems to be implied expectations of kindness, compassion, and gratitude that the Eureka employee-owners innately exude. And while these traits can be cultivated over time, they cannot be faked. The team at the Eureka is genuine in their courtesy because they are comfortable with their role in the family dynamic. Maybe this type of person is drawn to the environment at the Eureka, or maybe the underlying culture of the Eureka is so prevalent that new employees instinctively adopt the behavior; or maybe they sense that they can be responsible for their own little piece of this company. Either way, they find that it’s worth it to put in the effort to provide a better experience, not just for one person, not just for the company, but for the entire community. This is "The Eureka Way". By attending to the little things, we make the Eureka stand out as one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Medium Workplaces and as a Great Place to Work-Certified ™ company—honors which have been earned for multiple years, and the Eureka returns that favor by respecting their employees as family and by treating them with love. The Eureka gives to the community so that everyone can have the best possible experience in Mesquite, and they show through dignity and grace what it really means to have a 100% employee-owned family business.V

Janssen Eiselstein & Juan Ulloa

Jennifer Vincent

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Types of Habits You Will Need for Success This Fall


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by Judi Moreo


abits are what ultimately determine your quality of life. When you are consistently making healthy decisions, you are creating habits that lead to success. When you are letting your mind succumb to unhealthy thoughts, you are creating bad habits that lead to a lack of productivity and bad health. Habits are very powerful and determine the destination at which we arrive. Three different types of habits that are crucial for success include physical, mental, and productive habits.

Staying consistent with physical habits that positively impact you will improve your health and your lifestyle overall. Making time to go to the gym regularly, going for walks in nature on the weekends, swimming, dancing, or practicing yoga are all examples of ways to form good physical habits. Physical activity is crucial to having energy, motivation, and strength to accomplish your goals and ultimately feel successful. If you neglect exercise, you will feel sluggish and lazy throughout the day and will likely not have the motivation you need to lead you to success. Exercise also allows your mind to focus on your body and to take time away from the stress of your daily life.

Controlling your mind is the single best way to lead yourself to success. Your motivation to make healthy food choices, build strong relationships, exercise, and feel confident is a direct result of your mind. Meditation is a great mental habit that clears your mind and allows you to observe your thoughts. Starting with even ten minutes of meditation or quiet thought a day will allow you to be calmer throughout the duration of the day and more prepared for what life throws at you. When you develop a strong mindset through meditation and mitigating negative self-talk, you will feel more prepared to take on any challenges that come about. This means that you can wake up earlier, block out negativity, and be present in the moment. Mental habits are the most important type of habits to lead you to success and productivity.

To truly be productive, you must develop positive habits that become routine. One of the most important habits common among most successful people is waking up at a very early hour. This means going to sleep earlier in order to get an adequate amount of sleep. By waking up earlier than others, you have more time to prepare for the day and can accomplish more than the average person. There is a quiet peace in the early morning that allows you to start your day with a more centered outlook. Another habit that leads to productivity and success is to set goals and write them down. It is easy to say or think of something that you would like to achieve, but by writing it down, you can be specific and make it tangible. Lastly, being dedicated to self-improvement and fulfillment is a common habit among successful



people. Reading and focusing on life-long learning is an important habit to practice if you wish to stay relevant.

By understanding the three most important types of habits, you can create habits that fit your schedule and goals. To achieve more fulfillment in any aspect of your life this fall, you must create habits that are attainable and bring them into your daily routine. By having positive mental habits, you will be more motivated to create physical habits. Both mental and physical habits improve your health and reduce your risk of illness. By having positive physical habits, you will have more energy to be productive and efficient. Productivity is what ultimately leads to success and can only be achieved when all three types of habits work alongside one another. By focusing on one change in your routine from each category, you will gradually learn how to develop habits that lead to even greater success in all areas of your life.V Judi Moreo is the Ultimate Achievement Coach. She is the author of 11 books, including two international bestsellers, You Are More Than Enough and Ignite the Spark. She is the president of Turning Point International, a Business Hall of Fame training and development company, and has a worldwide following of clients who are enjoying outstanding success resulting from her guidance. She can be reached by phone at (702) 283-4567 or by email at


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Mesquite Fine Arts Center Takes Photography to the Next Level by Randy Bauman


here’s an old saying that the best camera is the one you have with you. Nowadays, most of us carry a smartphone containing a camera with amazing capabilities and full of snapshots and selfies. Our computer hard drives are crammed with photos, too. Included in those hundreds, if not thousands, of digital files are potential gems. It’s a shame that most will be forgotten or scrolled by and “liked” on social media in the span of a few seconds and never seen again.


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The Mesquite Fine Arts Photographic Society seeks to change that by encouraging the sharing of those gems with the community. Sponsored by the Virgin Valley Artists Association, the Society’s recent formation was in response to the Association membership’s ever-increasing level of interest in photography as an art form. Their mission is this: “To elevate photography as an art form by sharing our expertise, ideas, and creations with the community.”

Photographer: Randy Bauman

Educating artists and sharing art with the community are founding principles of the Virgin Valley Artists Association, and the Photographic Society seeks to carry that forward with photography. Meetings are open to the community and free of charge. Each meeting features workshops and demonstrations of equipment, software, and techniques as members openly share their expertise and learn and grow together. Workshops on beginning photography, software such

as Photoshop and Lightroom, nightscape photography, matting and framing, portrait lighting, and many other topics are regularly planned and presented. A regular meeting feature is a series of short workshops titled, “From Exposure to Exhibition,” where members display their photographs and share their processes, from shooting the original image to turning it into a fine art print. Many of these displayed photographs are award winners at the gallery’s monthly exhibitions.

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Photographer: Susan Kjellson

Art is a physical medium, and an image on a smartphone display or computer screen simply lacks the impact of a photograph that has been enlarged, printed, and displayed on the wall at home, or better yet, in the gallery. The group’s goal is to encourage members to take their photography skills to the next level by learning about things like composition, lighting, exposure, and depth of field—the group wants members to get their cameras off automatic mode and to get their images off their smartphones and hard drives and onto the wall to be shared and enjoyed. Photoshop and other software has taken the craft of photography out of the chemical darkroom and onto the computer, but many of the underlying techniques and skills that make printed photographs stand out haven’t changed. Famous landscape photographer Ansel Adams spent hours in his darkroom perfecting what he called “the range of light.” He used an orchestral analogy in describing the craft when he said, “the (musical) score is the image, but the print is the performance.”

Photographer: Dennis Haggerty


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Photographer: Flanders-Krause

Planned activities and workshops include:

A beginning photography course, “Taking Your Camera Off Auto,” starts October 6 and will feature classroom and workshop outings. Sign up at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery.

The Art Gallery’s October Brown Bag Luncheon will feature the presentation, “The History of Photography: Is it Real or is it Photoshop?” (Brown Bag luncheons are free of charge and open to the public.)

A grant application is being filed for an “artist in residence” to conduct a week of workshops, outings, and demonstrations during 2022.

The art gallery’s March 2022 Brown Bag Luncheon will feature a presentation on nightscape photography by Alex Chamberlain, art department chair and Associate Professor of Photography at Dixie State University. He will also lead a field trip sponsored by the Society on photographing the night sky and Milky Way in May 2022.

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Photography will be featured in October at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, including the following attractions:

“The History of Photography” exhibit, including a vintage camera display.

The unveiling of “The Best of Mesquite 2022 Calendar,” featuring quality fine art prints suitable for framing, all taken by members and for sale as a fundraiser to help sponsor future speakers and workshops.

An exhibition of original prints of all the photographs contained in the calendar. All will be for sale.

Other fine art photography by group members.

All photographers regardless of any age, skill level, or experience are welcome to join us. There is no charge for membership. All that is needed is a desire to learn and grow your photography skills.V More information is available from the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery at 702-346-1338.


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Plants in a Wash | Photo Credit: Karen L Monsen

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A Walk in a


by Karen L. Monsen


s temperatures cool and students return to school, a walk through a wash can sharpen observation skills and lead to a greater understanding of and appreciation for our place in nature. The Outdoor Leadership Academy (OLA), supported by the National Park Service, Dixie State University, and community organizations, was formed to introduce youth to nature’s outdoor classroom. Outside learning experiences can begin anywhere, and a walk in a wash is a good place to start. What’s a Wash? A wash, wadi, gulch, gully, arroyo, and draw are names associated with dry water channels. Dixie State University Biology Professor Dr. Erin O’Brien defines a wash as erosion from ephemeral (seasonal or intermittent) creeks and small streams that dry up for periods and that may experience flash floods during heavy rains.

Washes in Utah’s sandstone canyons provide shade on hot days and life-supporting water in dry times. When water moving down through porous sandstone layers reaches a harder layer, it moves horizontally outward, drips, and forms shallow pools at the wall’s base. Early humans collected water from these seeps, and animals and plants survived on them. Cottonwood, velvet ash, willow, hackberry, skunk bush, and arrow weed are common in Utah washes. Tadpoles, brine shrimp, and dragonfly larvae will occupy small pools, and tracks from insects, lizards, birds, small mammals, and even raccoons can be found in soft soil and sand. Wayfinding in a wash is easy, and hikers minimize their environmental impact by staying in wash areas—which are already disturbed—and avoiding stepping on cryptobiotic soil crusts. Boulders, rocks, deep sand, and quicksand create hazards and expose the severity of prior high-water flows, thereby reminding hikers to closely monitor the weather.



Flood Dangers Heavy rains on dry, hard-packed land will quickly fill washes and canyons and have been known to produce eight-foot-high walls of debris barreling downstream. The National Weather Service warns that six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock you off your feet, and a depth of two feet will float a car. Storms in Arizona’s Tinajas Atlas Mountains in 2016 caused flooding 20 miles away at Baker Tanks. In May 2020, an isolated storm over Utah’s San Rafael Swell flooded Little Wild Horse Canyon near Goblin Valley State Park and killed two young girls. Rainfall of 0.63 inches in less than one hour in Zion National Park in 2015 raised the North Fork of the Virgin River flow in 15 minutes from 55 cubic feet per second (CFS) to 2,630 CFS, flooding Keyhole Canyon and taking seven lives. The same storm swept a van off the road at the Utah-Arizona border, killing 12 and leaving one child missing.

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From 1.5-3 inches of rainfall in 90 minutes in Las Vegas in 1999, to rain near Highway 93 in Moapa that raised the Muddy River 12 feet in less than 90 minutes in 2014, flash rainstorms have caused extensive damage and taken many lives. A walk in a wash can be transformative, but be mindful of the weather, or “washed away” will be your legacy.

Grand Wash | Photo Credit: Karen L Monsen

Grand Wash “DO NOT ENTER IF STORM THREATENING” states the entrance sign at Grand Wash in Capitol Reef National Park, alerting hikers to avoid the wash when storms approach. The area along the Fremont River experienced severe flooding in the early 1900s that caused the abandonment of several settlements belonging to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Grand Wash itself is an easy, five-mile round trip hike with towering walls of Wingate and Navajo sandstone rising 500 feet high. It runs between the scenic drive near the park campground and Highway 24 along the Fremont River. From this 20-foot wide wash, which narrows to 15 feet in

one section, hikers can take the Frying Pan Trail and climb up to the Navajo sandstone Cassidy Arch. In nearby Capitol Gorge, barely wide enough for a wagon, geologic and human history merge. Hikers can spot the blue bentonite clay that made a sticky gumbo for travelers in the late 1800s. It took early settler Elijah Behunin eight days to go 3.5 miles through the gorge. Still readable today are former settler names carved into the sandstone wall in a spot known as “Register Rock.” The gorge flooded in 1921, and wagon travel was diverted to a paved state highway in 1962, but the wash remains a nice hiking path.

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OLA in Zion Narrows | Photo Credit OLA

Outdoor Leadership Academy OLA offers opportunities for high school and college students in southern Nevada, southern Utah, and northern Arizona to participate in outdoor learning activities. It was created in 2015 under the leadership of Rosie Pepito, the superintendent at Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. Director Dr. Erin O’Brien has been with OLA from the beginning. The National Park Service provides funding and partner support. Dr. O’Brien explains: “We work with youth who are racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+, those with disabilities, and those who come from a low socioeconomic background.” Groups


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OLA DSU Zion NP Trip | Photo Credit OLA

OLA Hike in Zion NP | Photo Credit OLA

are small, and activities include short presentations, hiking, camping, river rafting, and canyoneering. Grand CanyonParashant is a major sponsor and a frequent destination.

involving over 2,000 individuals. Although Covid-19 disrupted 2020 programs, camping trips resumed in April 2021. For more information, visit or contact

Follow-up studies found that program participants were more likely to graduate from college than their peers and go on to careers benefitting local economies. Experiencing natural environments is important for mental and physical health. Dr. O’Brien says: “While it won’t solve the problems by itself, helping everyone get into nature more does make a difference.” In six years, OLA has run about 40 different trips and activities

A walk in a wash provides physical, mental, and emotional experiences that can connect people to nature. A wash is not just a destination; it is a path to learning and experiencing our natural world. Dr. O’Brien encourages everyone to “get outside and into these magical places that surround us in southern Utah.”V

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Fall Colors above cedar city, utah

by Cliff & Ilene Bandringa,


ould you like to see some of the best fall colors in all of southwest Utah? And maybe the best fall colors in the tri-state area of Arizona/Nevada/Utah? Then head to the mountains above Cedar City, Utah, near Cedar Breaks National Monument (or, as the locals call it, Cedar Breaks). We have heard many different names for this area over the years, but the official name of the large mountain range east of Cedar City is the Markagunt Plateau. Our guess is that there are so many names simply because it’s difficult to pronounce


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and remember “Markagunt.” But whatever you call it, this trip will focus on the spectacular fall colors that can be found to the east of Cedar Breaks. Getting to this area is quite easy. Take Interstate-15 to Cedar City and follow the signs for Cedar Breaks National Monument. You’ll find yourself heading east on Highway 14. As you leave Cedar City, Highway 14 enters the narrow and colorful Cedar Canyon and begins its steep climb from 5,800 feet to 10,000 feet in about 18 miles. Once you are on top of the Markagunt Plateau, there are several areas you can go to view large stands of trees turning

bright yellow, orange, and red. We’ll point you to some of our favorite places to find some of those amazing colors. Most of the trees that turn colors are aspens, but there are also small maples. There are large groves of aspen trees throughout the Markagunt Plateau, and they are common above 8,000 feet. The maples tend to like the steep, narrow canyons on the mountain sides above 6,000 feet that are throughout southwest Utah. As with most fall color displays, the window of time to see them is rather small and unpredictable and is dependent

on the weather. Around here, maples typically start turning their distinctive red color in mid to late September. As you may know, aspens turn colors at the higher altitudes first, and as the colder temperatures move down to the lower altitudes, those trees start to turn. Typically here, aspens start their change around the last week of September, and it lasts until the second week of October. However, on the Markagunt Plateau, the aspens usually turn during the two-week window around October 1, plus or minus one week.

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After summiting on Highway 14 near the turn-off to Cedar Breaks, continue straight on Highway 14 to Duck Creek (12 more miles). Just before reaching Duck Creek Village, look for signs pointing to Aspen-Mirror Lake. Take the short dirt road to the end where there’s a restroom and a gate. Walk past the gate about a quarter of a mile to reach the small lake. The reason we’re stopping here first is that there is typically no wind in the morning. This is important if you want to experience the “aspen mirror” effect— that perfect reflection of the aspen trees on the southwest side of the lake. (left)

Our next stop will require an SUV or vehicle that can navigate on an easy dirt road. If that’s you, head back west on Highway 14 for 9.5 miles, and turn right onto Forestry Road 240. Just after turning onto the dirt road, bear right to continue on 240. Continue for about five miles to enjoy many great stands of aspens. About three miles in, you’ll pass through Horse Pasture. Across the meadow to the south is an expansive volcanic basalt (lava) flow, and within that basalt are small colonies of aspens. The bright yellow colors of the trees create a striking contrast to the black basalt, making this a unique place to see fall colors. (above)

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Return to Highway 14 and turn right towards Cedar City. Then turn right onto Highway 148 and drive through Cedar Breaks. Turn right onto Highway 143 (to Panguitch Lake) and reset your odometer. At five miles, turn right onto Forestry Road 240—yes, this is the same dirt road we were on earlier. It connects to Horse Pasture, but it becomes very rough and rocky halfway through, so it’s easier to backtrack and start your journey over again here. In just under half a mile, Forestry Road 240 crosses Mammoth Creek. Park here, and look to the right (up the creek). Located along the right of the creek is a big stand of aspens that are usually in various stages of turning from yellow to red. More colorful trees can be found on 240 after crossing Mammoth Creek on the left. To see even more aspens, continue on 240 for another five miles from the pavement. Look for a large cinder cone called Hancock Peak on the right that is usually ringed with colorful aspens. Forestry Road 240 then passes through a long meadow that has aspen trees on both sides.

When you’re finished exploring this area, head back to Highway 148, then turn left towards Highway 14 to descend back to Cedar City. If you have time remaining, rather than turning left on 148, turn right, go 1.4 miles, and then turn right onto the dirt road that climbs Brianhead Peak. From atop the 11,300-foot peak, you’ll be able to see over most of the Markagunt and all of its brilliant fall colors. Happy Exploring!V Learn more about this great fall-time day trip by watching our virtual video tour. Find it on our travel blog at Search for “cedar.” You can also look it up on YouTube by searching for “BackRoadsWest fall colors Cedar City.”

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Expect the Unexpected by Celece Krieger of Travel Connection


ell, I finally did it. After almost two years of not traveling, I finally dusted off my suitcase and packed my bags for a vacation. If you’ve read my column during the past 11 years, then you know I love to travel to the South Pacific and Europe. Not this time, however— this vacation was to one of my other favorite destinations, the great state of Ohio. My husband, Rob, grew up in Mentor. Mentor is a beautiful suburb east of Cleveland, also near Kirtland. I am sure many of our residents are very familiar with Kirtland, and many have even visited the area. One might question why Ohio is one of my favorite destinations in comparison to the South Pacific or Europe. For me, it is all about the people and the beautiful scenery (the people meaning Rob’s family and the Midwest hospitality). Due to Covid-19, our closest visits with Rob’s family were via FaceTime during the past two years. Like many, we celebrated Christmas, Thanksgiving, milestone birthdays, and anniversaries over our iPad. Although I am grateful for technology and the ability to communicate this way, I think everyone agrees that it is just not the same. We were very excited to return to Ohio and see our family in person. So, after nine months of planning and anticipation, we were off—or so I thought. We love to fly from St. George, and it is a very easy flight to Cleveland via Denver on United. We were scheduled to leave at 6:30 a.m., and our alarms were set. Around 1:30 a.m., one of our furry children woke us up, and Rob noticed an alert on his phone informing us that our


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flight was delayed for several hours and that United had booked us on a later afternoon flight. I was happy about the additional hours of much-needed sleep. Unfortunately, that only lasted for a few hours, as we kept receiving alerts from United. Our flight kept getting pushed back later and later. Before long, I realized we would have a misconnect in Denver, meaning that we would not arrive in Denver in time to make our flight to Cleveland, and it was the last flight of the day. When I pulled the schedules up on the computer, I suddenly realized that we would not get to Cleveland until 10 p.m. on the following day due to availability. This would cut a day and a half from our vacation. So, I had to get creative. I knew there was a nice Hilton hotel located in Terminal 1 at Chicago O’Hare. I figured that we could get to Denver in time to connect with a flight to Chicago. We would arrive in Chicago around 1 a.m. and then would fly to Cleveland the next morning. Was it ideal? No, but it would get us there without missing more vacation time. Because this was complicated, it had to be done over the phone with a United ticketing agent. So, we waited, and we waited, and we waited to speak to someone. When the ticketing agent finally answered, I was very kind and said, “Well, travel is definitely back, isn’t it?” She laughed, and it broke the ice. I am sure she had dealt with very upset people all day. She was more than accommodating, booked exactly what we needed, and even upgraded our seats. She thanked me for being so patient and kind. This leads me to the entire point of this column: travel is coming back but in a very different way.

Below are five helpful tips and suggestions for navigating travel as it is now: Expect the Unexpected. I’ve always said this throughout my career, but it is more important now than ever before. United was not the only airline delayed that day. It was all of them. If you do not already have the airline app, download it, check in, and sign up for alerts for your flight. This kept us from arriving at the airport only to find out that our flight was significantly delayed.


Please be Kind. As frustrated as you may be, please be kind, and pack your patience. The travel industry lost more employees during Covid-19 than I can possibly count. This was not just the airlines; it was the cruise lines, tour companies, and every segment of our industry. Like many businesses, it is taking time to hire people, pass background checks, meet regulations, train them, and have them ready to assist customers. Everyone is short-staffed industry-wide. I saw pilots and flight attendants running from one plane to another. Please remember everyone is working harder than ever before, and what is happening behind the scenes is not their fault. A simple smile, please, and thank you go a long way.


Check Your Passport. Before you begin to plan your trip, check your passport. When does it expire? Like everything, passport processing times are significantly delayed. Also, check your TSA Precheck or Global Entry expiration dates, and prepare for time to process. I learned this one the hard way. Finally, do you have a driver’s license with the gold star, also known as the REAL ID? This was supposed to start in October 2020, then got delayed to October 2021, and according to a recent press release, is now planned for May 2023. Please continue to monitor the requirements.


Plan Early. After two years of canceled vacations, people are ready to travel, and demand is high. Destinations are slowly opening, and rules are consistently changing, sometimes even days before a trip departure date. Due to so many ocean and river cruise cancellations, departure dates for 2022 and 2023 are already getting full, some completely sold out.


Work with an Experienced Travel Advisor. They should be your advocate. We’ve spent the past 16 months on the phone canceling, booking, rebooking, and canceling. We’ve fought for refunds and future credits and tried as hard as we could to work for our clients. This is another place where patience is appreciated. Travel professionals have to be on hold on the phone for hours just to get simple answers. We do not make the rules and procedures, and each airline, tour company, and cruise company has a different policy, and they are always changing. Entry requirements continue to change, too. I’ve watched our team at work go above and beyond for their customers as we navigate this ever-changing environment.


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Yes, travel is different in 2021, and I am sure it will continue to change. Planning and being prepared is the key to a nice vacation, despite some of the challenges that may arise. I am truly grateful for the ability to travel again, and there was nothing like being with our family in person. I am also excited about our upcoming trips that I will be hosting with my husband, Rob, in 2022. This includes a British Isles cruise in July, where we will have the option to attend the 150th Golf Championship at St. Andrews and to go on golf excursions in Scotland and Ireland. Even if, like me, you are not a golfer, it is a very memorable trip. In fact, we enjoyed it so much, we are returning for our third year.

Rob and Celece Krieger at St. Andrews 2017 | Photo credit: Rob Krieger

Of course, 2022 would not be complete without our sixth annual Tahiti and Cook Islands cruise on Paul Gauguin at the end of August. Just planning the trips and having something to look forward to is good for the soul. If you have any questions about the trips, please feel free to call me at (435) 256-8897 or email


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Find the Latest UTV Accessories at

by Greg Lehnen


all brings cooler temperatures and the desire to explore the vast natural wilderness that surrounds Mesquite. Take that UTV out of storage and bring it in for a major refurbishment. Let's check out the latest in UTV enhancements available at RMOR (Rocky Mountain Off-Road) in Mesquite, Nevada.

Install the KWT particle separator to prolong the life of your air filter and protect your engine; it is the only truly silent unit available—no fan noises roaring in your ears.


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PRP seat belt harnesses allow you to keep yourself and your loved ones extremely safe in a four-point harness that provides great comfort and security in off-road vehicles. Shoulder pads that don’t chafe the neck and add extra comfort on long rides are available in fun colors—yellow, white, red, blue, green, purple, pink, orange.

Be able to have completely private conversations with your passengers—get the Rugged Radio; enjoy carto-car communications and Bluetooth music through your headsets so you can comfortably converse.

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Cutting edge Maxxis RAZR XT tires will take you over obstacles in comfort and are designed to thrive in the desert; with excellent cornering performance at all speeds and precise steering capabilities, the RAZR XT is designed to excel in the desert world.


PRP seats add comfort while riding the number one brand name for off-road seats.

Command the dark with LED lights to enhance the visibility of your UTV; a bevy of choices is in store for you to choose from—add whip lights with multi colors for night-time visibility. The sun never sets on your off-road fun in a vehicle equipped with whip lights, light bars, and rock lights; all these are available in a variety of color choices to make your rig truly one-of-a-kind.

Combine these seats with custom shock tuning and you can be as comfortable as sitting at home in your recliner, with the added advantage of being in the great outdoors! Side bolsters keep you secure in rough terrain but still make it easy to get in and out of the vehicle.

Monitor your belt temperature with the Razorback Infrared CVT belt sensor. Nobody expects mechanical failures, but it is better to be prepared while in the backcountry. Machined from billet aluminum and containing a waterproof sensor, this item is an attractive and useful tool.

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As you monitor the belt sensor gauge, you can adjust your driving style to decrease belt temperature, which will aid in the longevity of your UTV belt. OEM and EVO belts have proven themselves in extreme conditions and allow customers peace of mind without the fear of premature belt failure. Always make sure to carry an extra belt with you for changing, but if you don’t want to do that, there is always an emergency phone call to bring someone out to help. If you don’t have access to a phone or internet, it is essential to have communication while riding; UTV and side by side communications have become the standard for enthusiasts and are the most popular areas of service for Rugged Radios. Outfit your Polaris RZR, Textron Wildcat XX, Can-Am X3, and others with the latest in headset, intercom, and two-way communications. Using the best components and powerful VHF radios allows you to communicate from vehicle to vehicle, or even from vehicle to base camp. Complete communication solutions allow everyone in the vehicle to communicate hands-free with headsets or helmet kits, while two-way radios provide communication up to 30 miles or more! Bumpers and Rock Slides for your vehicle protection are available in a myriad of powder-coated colors of your choice. You can ride without the worry of damaging your rocker panels, doors, or tires from rocks, trees, and other harmful obstacles on the trail. Rock Slides, also known as Nerf bars, are designed for superior protection and offer a handy entrance step to the UTV. Go further on your UTV ride with long range fuel tanks from AGM. These are mounted low in the belly pan to keep your center of gravity low so that it won’t affect the UTV performance. With the on-board external fuel port, you can also fuel up your friends when they run out of gas.V The latest in UTV enhancements are available at Rocky Mountain Off-Road, located at 120 Riverside Rd., Suites A, B, and C, in Mesquite, Nevada, 89027. Call (208) 691-5554 to schedule your service.

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Coming to Southern Utah! by Michelle Sundberg


ighty-seven years ago, in Utah’s red rock backcountry, a 20-year-old Everett Ruess wandered into the wilderness in southern Utah and disappeared. Whether his disappearance was of his own design or there was foul play is impossible to know, but the life and loss of this gifted, brilliant recluse quickly became, and has remained, the stuff of Utah legend. He has become the quintessential iconic figure of red rock canyon walkabouts and for desert explorers everywhere.

examines the how of his disappearance but also the emotional effect of his disappearance on his family. Everett not only had a passion for nature, but he was a talented artist, poet, and writer, citing contemporaries Maynard Dixon, Ansel Adams, and Dorothea Lange as artist

Was Everett Ruess murdered? Was he abducted? Or did he simply wander off into the horizon in order to, in his own words, “live more intensely and richly”? Ruess was last seen in 1934 near Escalante, Utah. Since then, books, documentaries, and a riveting play by local Utah playwright, Debora Threedy, have chronicled his life and strange disappearance, after which only his campsite and burros remained as bewildering clues. Threedy’s play, The End of the Horizon, not only Everett Ruess about two years before disapearance | Courtesy of the University of Utah Marriott Library archives


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79 1932 Everett Reuss in Monument Valley | Edit: Ansel Hall | Courtesy of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College

associates and mentors who richly informed his work. His published poetry and journals and his licensed block prints and watercolors, which provide a glimpse into the psyche of this fascinating young man, are still available today. With our talented cast of professional actors, join us for The End of the Horizon as we explore and celebrate the captivating story behind the man and myth that is Everett Ruess!V The End of the Horizon will run from September 30–October 10, 2021. Above: Dan Fowlks as Waldo Ruess, Christopher Whiteside as Everett Ruess | Photo by Alan Holben Below: Kathryn Atwood as Stella Ruess | Photo by Kent Harrison Hayes

Times will be as follows: Thursday– Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for students. Visit to purchase tickets, or order by phone at (435) 674-2787. Performances will be held at Center for the Arts at Kayenta, located at 881 Coyote Gulch Ct., Ivins, Utah 84738. The play is presented by Man of Two Worlds Productions, the producer of prior Center for the Arts at Kayenta hits such as Sylvia and Art.


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UNDERSTANDING the Probate Process by Jeff McKenna


t is common to hear the statement, “I want to avoid probate,” or “I don’t want my family to go through the horrors of probate. ” When you ask these same individuals, “What is probate?”, many do not have an answer. Probate is one of the least-understood court processes. However, it is a procedure that can affect the family and heirs of every mature adult following his or her death. Simply stated, probate is a special state court legal process for settling the debts of someone who has died and for distributing the remaining property to rightful heirs. In a probate, the person who is authorized by the probate court to administer the estate of a deceased person is called a personal representative (or executor or administrator in some states). A primary purpose of the probate process is to have a personal representative appointed for the deceased individual. The personal representative must be appointed in order to “sign” the decedent’s name after death. During life, a person signs a deed or bill of sale to transfer property. When a

person dies, it is still necessary to have some sort of document to show a transfer of title. In other words, a “signature” of the decedent is necessary. The probate process provides one method of doing this. By appointing a personal representative, the court authorizes that person or persons to sign for the deceased individual. Revocable living trusts provide another method. The revocable living trust provides for a successor trustee upon the death of the person who originally created the trust. In so doing, the courtappointed personal representative is not necessary if assets have been properly transferred into the name of the trust. Many people believe that if they have a will, there will be no probate. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether you have a will or do not have a will, your estate must go through a probate proceeding if the assets are in your sole name. The only difference between dying with a will and dying without a will is that if you die with a will, you tell the probate court how you would like to have your property distributed after your death. If you die without a will, the state legislature tells the probate court how to distribute your estate. In either case, probate will take place.

When considering whether to “avoid probate” or not, it is important to understand what is being avoided. Although it is true that in most cases the use of a revocable living trust will require less overall expense than the administration of an estate through the probate court, you may not want to spend more money while you are alive to have a fully funded revocable trust prepared, as compared to waiting and allowing the estate to pay for the probate fees. In all cases, it is important to be educated about the different estate planning tools. After you have reviewed the different estate planning possibilities, you can then make a decision as to what is best for you.V Jeffery J. McKenna is a local attorney whose practice has been focused on estate planning for over 25 years. He is licensed and serves clients throughout southern Utah and southern Nevada. He is a shareholder at the law firm of Barney, McKenna, and Olmstead, P.C. If you have questions you would like addressed in these articles, please feel free to contact him at (435) 628-1711, or visit the firm’s website at WWW.BMOLAWFIRM.COM. He would enjoy hearing from you.

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IT’S BAAA by Linda Gault


HE MUDD IS BACK! The date has been set for Mesquite Rotary Club’s Annual Mudd Volleyball Tournament for Saturday, September 18, behind the Eureka Casino Resort. Gather friends and family for teams of six players and see who walks away with the winning trophy! Check-in starts at 8 a.m. and play begins at 9 a.m. Bring your chairs, coolers, and towels, and cheer on your favorite teams to win. There will be first, second, and third place trophies for those teams who beat out the competition and tee-shirts for every team member. Tradition will continue as the police battle it out with fire/ rescue to see who walks away with the traveling trophy and the coveted title of “Studds of The Mudd” for 2021. This year, the fire and police department wives will join in the fun for a chance to become the “First Ladies of The Mudd.” Mesquite Rotary is partnering with the Eureka Casino Resort, the City of Mesquite, and Moreno’s Party Rentals to bring this exciting event to our area for a different take on some “fun in the sun.” Pits full of sandy, dirty water create a fun alternative for these games. But don’t be fooled—it’s just as challenging as the real thing!


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Mudd Volleyball is the first Rotary fundraising event of the year. Monies raised support our youth and the local community. Mesquite Rotary partners with and supports Special Olympics Utah, Virgin Valley Food Bank, the Mesquite Reads initiative, and the City of Mesquite’s various beautification activities. There are various other community efforts that Rotary supports and will continue to assist.

Several options are available to businesses interested in supporting Rotary’s 2021 event and in being recognized as community supporters. Friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors have a great time putting teams together and competing for bragging rights when they win. Businesses unable to put a team together but who wish to support this Rotary event are encouraged to sponsor a group of individuals under their business name. The cost per team of six players is $210, and each additional player is $35. Advanced registration is advised. Contact Rotary at A minimum of six players per team is a must, and each team member will receive newly designed Mudd Volleyball tee-shirts at check-in. Many volunteers are needed to assist with this event. Scorekeepers, line judges, and runners are all necessary,

along with help setting up on the morning of the event and with team check-ins. If you are free that morning and wish to lend a hand, please contact Rotary by email at As I have heard it said before, “Many hands make light work.” We would love to have you. There are 1.2 million inspired business and professional leaders in 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 geographical areas. They all unite daily across cultures and occupations and work together to alleviate illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, and lack of clean water around the world. The Rotary Club of Mesquite is one of 65 Rotary Clubs in southern Nevada and portions of California that make up Rotary District 5300. There are two opportunities to find out more and to see how you can become more involved in the Mesquite community. The Mesquite Rotary Club meets at noon every Tuesday in the community room at the Mesquite Library. For those interested in an early morning gathering, the Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. in Scotty’s Grill at Falcon Ridge Golf Course or via zoom. Join in the FUN and plan to attend on Saturday, September 18. Enjoy the enthusiasm on display and see who this year’s winners will be!V

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SUU Announces

Four Upcoming, No-Cost Certificates With




in Utah

by Kenzie Lundberg


outhern Utah University has been approved to offer four tuition-free certificates as part of the second year of the Utah System of Higher Education’s Learn and Work in Utah funding. SUU’s Department of Community and Professional Development is offering three certificates designed to help unemployed or vulnerable workers gain skills valuable to the workforce, including Community Health Worker certificates, Parks and Tourism certificates, and Manufacturing and Aviation Systems Management certificates. The SUU School of Business will offer the fourth tuition-free certificate in Project Management. “SUU is happy to be included in this upcoming round of Learn and Work offerings and to help get Utahns back to work or up-skill to gain better employment," said Susie Knudsen, assistant director of SUU Community and Professional Development. "We have 325 seats available to students across the state who are interested in learning something new while elevating career skills." The four certifications are offered at no cost to Utah residents who are unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19. Programs are offered completely online, giving adult learners the flexibility to work at their own pace to boost their resumes and careers. SUU’s Parks and Tourism certificate teaches students about Utah’s dynamic tourism industry and gives them a unique understanding of Utah’s parks through reflections, assignments, skills assessment, work-based learning time, and discussion with industry professionals.


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“In our industry, we recognize the growing need for quality professionals and have seen a growing demand in our region,” said Maria Twitchell, executive director of Visit Cedar City Brian Head, Iron County’s official destination marketing and management

organization. “Facilitating training opportunities and tourism/ recreation career pathways is one of the key initiatives in our Iron County Destination Development and Management plan. The Parks and Tourism certificate provides training that we feel is in line with the needs of our tourism business, and we would recommend our partners hire applicants who have this training on their resume.” The Project Management certificate focuses on the practical application and best practices of the project management framework. Participants in the program gain the knowledge necessary to enter a project management career, acquire increased credibility, increase their salary prospects, and lay a foundation for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification, considered the gold standard in the world of project management. “I am very excited that we have received funding for this program,” said Dr. Travis Simkins, assistant professor of marketing at SUU. “I am grateful to those who see the value in project management education and want to support SUU students in acquiring a valuable industry credential.” SUU’s Community and Professional Development Office will also offer certificates in being a Community Health Worker and in Manufacturing and Aviation Systems Management. The Community Health Worker training is a nine-week certificate program offering an introduction to the profession. “I work with an organization that focuses on health equity, opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery, and rural/tribal communities,” said Cori Perkins, a community health worker. “The certification has helped me be more relatable to the

populations we serve, as well as be more understanding of the process people need to progress through to be successful in reaching health goals.” The Manufacturing and Aviation Systems Management program focuses on systems-based operational approaches tailored to the professional manager who is committed to continuous improvement. This certification can be applied across government, healthcare, education, and industry professions. “System, Agility, and Innovation Management is important for every working individual,” said Brooke Smith a Herriman, Utah, Systems Management student. “It helps you approach and respond to situations with a different lens. It shifts your mindset to thinking about the bigger picture and can make a significant impact on your personal and professional life.” The Learn and Work in Utah initiative was launched by the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development and its Talent Ready Utah team in partnership with the Utah System of Higher Education. In July 2020, the Utah State Legislature allocated $4,500,000 to the Utah System of Higher Education to create in-demand, short-term educational programs to promote furloughed, laid-off, or displaced workers, as well as underserved and other populations affected by COVID-19. This is in accordance with the federal CARES Act.V To apply to participate in our Learn and Work certificates, visit, or contact SUU Professional Development at (435) 865-8259 or For those who need assistance, drop by the J. Reuben Clark Jr. Center (formerly SUU Alumni House) at 351 W. University Blvd., Cedar City, Utah.

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Subtle Changes Are Still Successes by Ashley Centers


ery often, in the pursuit of our larger, overall fitness and life goals, we seemingly overlook the small successes along our journey. Many times, in both my professional life and in my fitness journey, I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to look back on my journey and celebrate these forgotten milestones. One reason this is true is that I attempt to keep detailed notes and training logs. In these logs, I am able to look back and see the incremental changes that lead to my larger gains in strength, cardiovascular improvement, and overall physical output. The reason these logs are important is that they benefit my overall, long-term goals; the reason these things are to be celebrated is that they are parts that equal a sum. As the Maya Angelou quote says, “If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going.” While we can’t live in the past, it is good to look back on our milestones and celebrate them in equal measure to our larger successes. In this same regard, we should also look back on our past failures to learn from them so that we can set more aggressive or attainable goals in the future. The thing to remember here is that our fitness journey is not always linear in its progression, and by celebrating each of our smaller victories, we can move forward through the ups and downs in our journey with the assurance that we are always making progress. Even if the changes you are making are subtle and/or incremental, they are more than worth taking a moment to acknowledge. An inch lost here, muscle gained there, faster recovery from strain, an extra five pounds on your favorite machine, or an extra lap around the block—whatever those changes look like for you, they all equal progress and forward momentum.


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Here are a few tips to help you to keep track of your victories:

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I’ve mentioned before that a training log is an excellent way to keep track of where you’ve been and how you’ve progressed. I love my old spiral-bound training logs, but you can access many online logs for free or simply use a notes app on your phone to take down your workouts—just try to be as detailed as possible with all of your notes.

If a logbook isn’t your thing, a fitness tracker like Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin, or Whoop might be a better fit. All of these are geared towards different things, so do some research before making a decision to make sure your tracker is going to work for your goals (e.g., Whoop is great at tracking recovery so you know when you’re ready to perform at peak levels or when to go easy, whereas Garmin trackers are great for tracking runners, swimmers, and overall stress). All of these have an option to look back on your progression via an app or webpage, but some do require a monthly subscription, so again, do some research before you decide on one.


When trying new movements or implements, try filming yourself the first few times. Every four weeks in your training, film yourself again. You will see marked improvement, and it’s much easier to celebrate something tangible rather than intangible. (Now, I’m not suggesting you have to become a “Fitstagrammer” unless that’s a goal of yours. No one but you ever has to see these videos unless you want them to. Just think of them as video diaries of your progress.)


Take photos! I cannot stress this one enough, especially if your goal is weight loss and/or body toning. Photos are an invaluable tool to look back on your journey towards your weight loss goals. You may not truly perceive the amount of change you are making because you see yourself every day, but I promise you that when you look back at photos from the weeks, months, or years of your journey, you will be amazed at the many notable differences you will see in your body. (As above, you can simply keep these as a visual diary of your success.) All of these things are simple tools to help you remember where you have been on your journey. They can make a huge difference in your mindset when you find yourself on a physical or strength plateau or when you are simply having a bad day. They are readily available to look at on those days to help you remember that while you may be having a bad day today, you have also had many good days on this journey and you will make forward progress again. So as you finish up with your summer fitness goals and gear up for the fall, remember to take a little time to celebrate even the little things you have achieved this summer and beyond. Every success, no matter how large or small you perceive it to be, is worthy of celebration!V

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Expands CNA Program

From left to right: Carla Wright - Program Director | Tony Martin - Administrator at Highland Manor | Amy Hemley, RN and CNA Instructor Darlene Montague - Site Coordinator for CSN | Dr. Clarissa Cota -VP Provost at CSN NLV | Alan Litman - Mayor of Mesquite George Gault - Mesquite City Councilman | CNA Program Graduates: Alisha Rhodes, Valerie Masongsong, and Melissa Chaney.

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will focus on the more condensed session of 8 weeks. Limited program funding is available through the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation (OWINN) and the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).

While enrolled, these students were able to work at their jobs and participate in the apprenticeship program, which consisted of time divided between a lecture class online, a CNA lab at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), and clinical classes twice a week at Highland Manor. Traditionally run as a 16-week class, this article

The CNA program is an integration of knowledge and skills focusing on the role of the nursing assistant in caring for non-critical patients in skilled nursing facilities. This program prepares graduates to perform basic nursing and restorative care for patients, including safety, personal hygiene, nutrition, mobility, basic mental health, protection of the patient and the patient’s rights, observing the patient, and reporting to the nurse.

n Thursday, May 27th, the College of Southern Nevada-Mesquite Center hosted the Certified Nursing Assistant Apprenticeship Celebration. This cohort consisted of three students (limited enrollment due to Covid-19 protocol), two of which were hired through Highland Manor Nursing Facility to participate in the apprenticeship program.


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Graduates Melissa, Alisha, and Valerie.

Expanding the registered apprenticeship model to new fields, like healthcare, is a proven, effective strategy to fill crucial workforce gaps. Addressing these gaps requires developing the Nevada healthcare workforce talent pipeline, especially in rural communities like Mesquite. This will attract underserved, unemployed, underemployed, or incumbent workers to growing, in-demand healthcare occupations, like certified nursing assistants. To help launch this effort in Mesquite, the Department of Welfare and Supportive Services convened multiple partners, including OWINN, CSN, the City of Mesquite, NSHE, NV Hope, and Highland Manor of Mesquite, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center which will also serve as this apprenticeship program’s employer partner. Explaining the important role that CSN will play in the success of this program, CSN President Dr. Federico Zaragoza said, “Developing partnerships with business and industry to train today’s skilled workforce is the essence of a community

Tony Martin and Mayor Al Litman

college’s mission—empowering our students and communities to achieve, succeed, and prosper. This new certified nursing assistant apprenticeship program will help healthcare workers upskill and fill critical positions in the industry and enhance their careers. I am pleased that CSN is able to provide this service to the Mesquite community.” “Highland Manor is excited to have a CNA program in Mesquite! We highly encourage and support anyone that chooses a career in nursing. This CNA program is the first step in that direction. We are grateful to everyone that collaborated to get this program in place,” said Tony Martin, Administrator of Highland Manor. A new CNA cohort began in late August 2021.V For more information and/or to sign up for the CNA program, please contact Darlene Montague, CSN Site Coordinator, at or call (702) 346-2485.

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p U g n i r a e G ll a F For by Keith Buchhalter


he good news—summer is over. The bad news—it is time to start working on all those projects that we set aside because it was way too hot to get them done. It is also an excellent time to get a jump-start on some tasks that can save us money during the winter months by reducing the heating bills, without compromising comfort.


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Here are 10 great inexpensive tips that can save you money year-round. 1. Check and replace your air filters. Inspect the air filter every month, and replace it when it’s dirty to ensure optimum airflow and to prevent dust buildup, which damages essential components. 2. Make sure that furniture, drapes, or other obstructions do not block your HVAC vents. To help them direct warm air into the center of the room, you can buy easy-to-install vent deflectors. 3. Seal air leaks. Inspect weather-stripping and replace it as needed. The rubber gaskets around your doors and windows are great at blocking drafts, but only when the weather stripping is in good condition. If it is dry, cracked, or damaged, it is time to replace it. Self-adhesive strips are available at most hardware stores and are easy to install. 4. Seal and insulate the ductwork. Leaky ducts account for up to 40% of the air inside that leaks out before it reaches your rooms. Seal loose joints with mastic duct sealant. Insulate ducts in crawl spaces, attics, and other unconditioned areas to keep the air inside warm and to prevent mold growth from condensation. 5. Reverse the direction of ceiling fan blades. Your fan will push down the warm air that gathers near the ceiling and distribute it evenly throughout the rooms. 6. Lower the water heater thermostat to 120°F. Higher settings cost more, increase the risk of scalding, and promote sediment buildup and corrosion in the heater tank. 7. Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket, mainly if it is in a garage, attic, basement, or any unheated area of the home. 8. Put outdoor lights on a timer to ensure they are on only during the dark hours. 9. Run the dishwasher and clothes washer on the shortest cycle. 10. Add or replace attic insulation if your existing insulation is insufficient. Proper insulation is one of the essential thermal barriers in your home. While there is no right or wrong answer for the type of insulation you use, there is a correct answer for the amount. Insulation efficiency is measured in “R-value.” The minimum total R-value you should have in your home varies by region. Visit the Energy Star website,, to find out the recommended R-values that apply to your existing insulation needs.V For more energy-saving tips, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@OPD5).

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Tennis TNT (tips n' tricks)

by Donna Eads


he hot summer is behind us, and fall is coming. It has been great to see fans back in the stands and cheering on their favorite pros during the summer. You can see that tennis is back solidly around the world.

To look at some of the strategies used during a Grand Slam, the average player needs to consider the “cat and mouse” and the “defend at all times.” To make it simple, the “cat and mouse” is easy to see. The player waits until the right moment to attack and end the point or set. The player must slowly build the points to his team’s advantage, such as hitting only to the opponents’ weaker side. The “defend at all times” means to outwait your opponent by just getting every shot back over and over again. The player wears the opponent down and frustrates him, too. Use these elements in your matches to win a tournament! Most of us non-pro players really do not work on our footwork enough. A pro player takes around 10 to 15 steps prior to a hit, and we use about three or so. Two drills that can help improve your footwork are the “up and back” and the “volley dance.” The “up and back” is usually done at the net, starting with the players facing each other at the net where they can touch it. They start there by softly hitting and moving slowly back to the service line and then returning to the net. The goal is to do at least 20 in a row. The “volley dance” can either be done in a drill or as a “shadow boxing” method at home. The best volley is struck with perfect timing by moving forward with a step toward the volley. For right-handed players, that step for a forehand is the left foot and for a backhand is the right foot. Reverse the feet for left-handed players. This forward movement causes the volley to be stronger and more penetrating! It needs to become an unconscious move, so practice–practice–practice. If you are going to be part of a league or tournament, knowing the rules is important. Easy things like being on time make a difference—it can cost you a game or set if you are late. Also, know what fault you must call on yourself, such as if you touch a ball that was going out or if you double bounce. It is okay to go around the net post, and your opponents also have calls. They can call a foot fault if you cross over the middle hash mark while serving, but they can only warn you that you are crossing the baseline. They can also ask for the league/tournament director to observe and assist. Tennis is still a game of manners and rules. Everyone that has done business knows this statement: “Dress for Success!” It is to have a plan and show classic behaviors. Most coaches encourage the complete package–come to the court with confidence, style, and a commitment to win. When you arrive dressed as a team for a doubles match, it can make a difference. See you on the courts!V



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The Benefits of

Hydrotherapy by Anita DeLelles

for Animals


he treatment of physical therapy for humans is very commonly recommended by doctors after surgery or injury. However, until just recently, this therapy was overlooked for domestic animals. Today, physical therapy is now widely prescribed for dogs, cats, and even horses. WOOF! Wellness Center in Santa Clara is the first and only resource for this service in the southern Utah area.


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WOOF! Wellness Center has both a swimming pool and an underwater treadmill for hydrotherapy. Additionally, cold laser therapy, acupressure massage, and stretching and fitness workouts are also offered. By combining all these modalities, dogs and cats can recuperate quicker from surgeries, disc disease, torn ACL/CCLs, and can even lose weight. And the lowimpact nature of water therapy makes it ideal for helping older dogs with arthritis or muscle atrophy.

So, what exactly is hydrotherapy? Hydrotherapy literally means “water therapy” and can refer to any therapeutic use of water to aid or improve health. For animals, picture a large, dog-sized aquarium with a treadmill bottom. The dog enters the tank when empty, and once inside, warm water fills around the dog, typically to its shoulder height. The therapist then starts the treadmill, and the dog begins its workout. Once they feel comfortable on the treadmill, with encouragement and treats, most dogs walk willingly, and some even enjoy the procedure. Exercising in water has the benefit of providing both buoyancy and resistance, making it possible to strengthen and condition muscles and build endurance without placing stress on joints. If you think your pet can benefit from physical therapy, set up a wellness assessment at WOOF! Wellness Center so that the practitioner can evaluate your dog (or cat) to determine the best course for therapy. Although no longer required, we do contact your veterinarian to request a release for this rehabilitation treatment and to report the progress. An issue we see frequently is degenerative disc disease, or ruptured discs, especially in breeds with long backs. In these cases, the dogs often lose their ability to use their hind legs. If surgery is chosen, we recommend starting physical therapy 10 days after the stitches have been removed. We can begin to see the dog sooner for cold laser therapy. A class 4 laser is used along the incisions to stimulate and increase circulation to the area, reduce inflammation, and reduce the buildup of scar tissue. You can give your dog the benefit of hydrotherapy at home as well. Recreational hydrotherapy, such as swimming or walking in water, can be done in a swimming pool, a lake, or during a trip to the beach. For smaller breeds, a backyard kiddie pool can offer some benefit. Not all dogs are natural swimmers, so it’s important to closely supervise your dog and use a life vest on your pet while in the water in case it gets tired or needs help.V For more information or to schedule an assessment, contact WOOF! Wellness Center in Santa Clara at (435) 275-4536, and visit us online at .

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by Rob Krieger


ave Pelz, the putting guru for the game of golf, says that putting is about 40% of the game, and for some, even higher. As a junior golfer, mine was higher, and it was because I never properly learned one of the most critical elements of putting: how to aim the putter toward the hole. I know it seems pretty simple and extremely basic. One would think that there is not much to lining up your putter to stroke a putt; place the putter behind the ball and stroke the ball on its intended line. However, that did not always work, and I missed a lot of putts. Eventually, I discovered that there are a few key points on how to aim that made all the difference. That is when I started to make more putts and realized my putting stroke was far better than what I was showing on the course.


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Holding ball and lining the line on ball toward the target.

Using the line on the ball when ball marker is down to properly get ball aimed in correct position.

To aim for putting, the first thing is to use one eye to aim and to align your putter toward the target or intended line. Preferably, you should be using your dominant eye. That means that when you line up, that line on the ball should be pointing toward your target when you place it back down in front of your ball marker. Second, when you approach the ball and place the putter head behind the ball, you should use your one eye again to line up and aim the putter head with the line on the ball. This means that your dominant eye should be directly over the ball as you place the putter head down behind the ball. If you have a vision issue in your dominant eye, it is okay to use the other eye—just remember to always use one eye to line up the putter head and its markings with the line on the ball that you have already pointed at the target. I remember being shown how to drop a ball from my eye to see if it was over it, but I had no idea it was supposed to be my dominant eye or that I should have been closing the other eye as I aimed the putter at my target. The key is to have your eye, not eyes, over the ball as you position the

When eyes are directly over the ball using an alignment rod, it should bisect the line on the ball with lines on putter.

putter head while you align the putter head with the ball on your intended target line. Close the less dominant eye, and keep the dominant open as you get your aim. Once the putter is aligned with the line on the ball toward your target, open both eyes for depth perception and distance control. The eye, or eyes, no longer need to stay over the ball. For many of the best putters in the world, their eyes do not stay over the ball as they hit their putts. Their eyes are somewhere between the ball and the space between their feet. Where the eyes eventually end up after aiming and making your stroke will depend on your body type, arm length, and the type of putter you use. Use one eye to get your aim and alignment and both eyes for distance control. Grab your putter, and begin working on how you aim it and the ball and see if just by aiming a little differently, it can have the same impact toward better putting as it did for me. I hope this helps save you some strokes on the course and as always…fairways and greens!V

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hernia occurs when an internal organ pushes through a weak spot in a muscle or tissue— which is about as fun as it sounds. This condition is more common than you may think—more than one million hernia repairs are performed each year in the U.S. according to the Food and Drug Administration. As prevalent as they are, there are still a lot of misconceptions about hernias. Here are some common myths:

MYTH: I would know if I had a hernia. Some hernias go unnoticed until pressure is applied to the area. It can be easy to brush aside abdominal pain as a stomachache or to just ignore it. However, pushing through the pain could cause further tearing and make the problem much worse. If you think the pain you’re feeling may be something more, look for the signs of a hernia:

MYTH: Hernias only happen in your stomach. Many hernias occur in the abdominal area in places like the upper stomach and belly button. But hernias can also appear in different areas of the body, including the groin and upper thigh. The most common type of hernia is inguinal. These hernias are located in the groin area, and they account for 75% of all hernias.

· Bulging in the painful area · Nausea or vomiting · Pain while lifting · Dull aching in the affected area · Constipation

MYTH: Only men get hernias. Anyone can get a hernia. While they are more common for men, women and even children can have hernias. In fact, femoral hernias—located in the upper thigh—are more common for women than for men. It’s important to correct this myth so that more women will be aware of the symptoms and seek treatment if needed.


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MYTH: You can treat a hernia yourself or wait until it goes away. Hernias rarely go away on their own and often require surgery to repair. Consult with your doctor if you believe you have a hernia, and let them recommend the best treatment. Trying to self-treat a hernia or refusing to seek care can worsen symptoms. The hernia may continue to grow or even become strangulated, which is when the organ is trapped outside of the tissue and blood flow is cut off. This can cause severe pain and even life-threatening complications.

While there’s no guaranteed way to avoid a hernia, there are a few steps that may help prevent them. Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can help you avoid the additional strain on your body that may lead to a hernia. Additionally, focus on your core strength, as hernias often emerge through weak spots in the abdomen. If you exercise regularly, be sure to use proper form when bending and lifting to avoid tearing or overextending. These simple lifestyle adjustments can lower your risk of experiencing the discomfort of a hernia.V Dr. Kim is the General Surgeon at Mesa View Regional Hospital and an independent member of the medical staff. She can be reached by visiting or by calling (702) 346-1700.

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by Helen Houston


e’re always touting how easy it is to breathe new life into your room simply by switching out throw pillows. It’s true—choosing throw pillows in fresh fabrics and colors can give your space a totally different feel, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find four or five that will work well for your space.

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ples i c n i r p w e f There are a ind m n i p ee k s lway a d l ou h s ou y ows: ll i p ow r th ng when choosi Choose one cohesive color palette, and do not veer from it. You’re going to get the most impact if all of your pillows are either in the same shade or in a pair of complementary shades. Shoot for a symmetrical arrangement Whether it’s on your couch, bed, or window seat, when you’re layering several different fabrics on top of each other, things can get really busy, really fast. A symmetrical arrangement keeps things feeling orderly and polished. One simple print, one busy print, and one solid: this is a basic formula that’ll help you narrow down your options. Another way to think about it is one 102

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small print, one big print, and one solid. Your busy/large print should be on your largest pillows or the pillow that is front and center, as this print will usually set the tone for not just your pillow arrangement, but the rest of your room. Plaids and stripes work well as small/ simple prints. As you move towards the inside of the sofa, the pillows should get smaller. Visually, your largest pillows should be in the far corners, and your smaller pillow should be on the inside. But also for comfort, it makes the most sense to add the large 22 or 24-inch pillows on the sides, where you won’t need to

move them out of the way. A small 12 by 20-inch pillow right in the center won’t make you feel like you’re perched on the edge of the couch because the pillows are taking up all of the room! Although decorative, pillows are really meant to add comfort to your upholstered furniture pieces, so don’t go overboard! We’ve all sat down on that couch that is so packed to the gills with throw pillows that you feel like you’re being shoved into a bag of marshmallows. This is not the situation you want to create, so if you have to ask if you have too many, take one or two away!

Once you have these basic principles down, you’re ready to pick out fabrics! This is the fun part of choosing throw pillows, but also the time when we become the most confused. There are just so many options! To narrow it down, consider the style that you’d like to create in your home. Choosing Throw Pillows with Bold Solids If your room already has a lot of patterns, like a patterned sofa, dramatic curtains, or a vibrant rug, take your pillow fabrics down a notch. Or if you really like color but don’t want to use a vibrant hue on large pieces (like your sofa or accent chairs), just use solid pillows in very vibrant hues. If you’re starting from scratch, find a fabric, an art print, or an accessory as a jumping-off point.

Choosing Throw Pillows in One Color, Three Patterns If you are choosing throw pillows in a group of just one color, opt for three different fabrics that work together.

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Choosing Throw Pillows with Solids as an Exclamation Point A well-placed solid pillow in a vibrant color can act like an exclamation point on your couch. A solid pillow may seem like a boring choice when there are so many lovely patterns out there, but in the right space, one solid pillow in a bold color can really establish a color palette that may have been hiding. If you want to breathe new life into your space with very little effort, use a couple of solid pillows in a bold color in your space. Pull this color from other patterns on your upholstered pieces or in your accessories, and then use that color in punches throughout your space. Choosing Throw Pillows in Warm, Neutral Colors Even if you want to keep your color palette neutral, you’ll still need a few throw pillows to bring texture and pattern to your space. Chooe Throw Pillows in Simple, but Fresh Analogous Colors If you like color but want a group of pillows that aren’t too loud, try choosing throw pillows in colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, or analogous colors. These are colors that have a lot in common but are different, which makes for a color palette that is quieter and more polished. 104

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Choosing Throw Pillows in Streamlined Stripes If you’re looking for an approach that isn’t fussy, simply pair one bold color in a lush fabric with a classic stripe. Stripes are a great pattern to use for pillows because they’re the perfect balance of bold and simple. Let’s Talk Inserts Okay, after all of this talk of colors and patterns, it’s time to get down to the less exciting details… like inserts. Just like the filling inside your sofa, what’s on the inside is just as important as the outside, even with throw pillows. Pillows are meant to bring extra comfort and cushion to your couch, so it’s important to use good-quality throw pillows. All-foam throw pillows aren’t going to be your first choice for support when you’re trying to curl up for a nap on your couch. You don’t necessarily need the most expensive inserts, but do choose inserts that include both feather and down. We’re obviously partial to our own down-blended inserts, which are 95% feathers and 5% down. Here’s another little secret when you’re choosing inserts for your pillows. If you want a fuller pillow, size up your insert. For example, if you have a 20-inch cover, and you want a really full pillow, use a 22inch insert. Even as a total throw pillow enthusiast, I’ve noticed that cushions only get so interesting. Right now though, the most exciting thing happening in textiles is the ball pillow, which is exactly what it sounds like: a round pillow shaped like a ball. There’s something nice about this shape. For one, it introduces something more sculptural to a clean-lined, boxy sofa, chair, or bed. Now, are you ready to choose pillows for your space? Do you feel empowered to mix patterns and colors like a pro? You should!V Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign. Contact Helen at (702) 346-0246 or

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Staying Grounded in a

Chaotic World

by Judi Moreo


he world that we are living in today is anything but peaceful and predictable. It seems that every day there is some new tragedy or cause for fear that demands every ounce of our attention. These incidents come from every direction and in all shapes and sizes. Whether a personal issue arises that completely disrupts your peace of mind but only affects you, or a global event transpires that uproots the happiness and joy of millions of people simultaneously, our world can be a very uneasy place to exist. With everything going on around you, maintaining a sense of security and order in your mental environment


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and personal life can feel like a completely futile effort. Try as you may to avoid it, there seems to be something that always comes along for no other reason than to fill you with fear and worry. While you can’t change the dynamic nature of the world you live in, there are thoughts and strategies that, when implemented effectively, can help you stay grounded when life gets crazy. YOU CANNOT BEAR THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD ON YOUR SHOULDERS One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to realize and come to terms with the fact that you are a single human being who is tremendously incapable of

bearing the weight of the world on your shoulders. At first glance, this may seem like a sign that you should just give up and let yourself be tossed by the waves of each new tragedy. However, becoming aware of your own limitations can serve as one of the biggest sources of peace you could ever hope to find. The reason for this is that when you take the time to identify the things that are out of your control, the list of things that you actually can influence becomes much more clear. Instead of feeling overwhelmed at every single problem going on around you, you are able to focus your efforts on only the issues that you can change. Not only does this give you a muchneeded sense of authority over your circumstances, but it also frees you from the burden of trying to manage the problems of the world by yourself. In the

raging war that is our world today, it is important that you pick your battles wisely. MAINTAIN PERSPECTIVE Another common issue that many of us have when it comes to all the things going wrong in the world is that we automatically feel as if these things have a direct effect on our personal lives. While this may seem callous, the truth is that not only do most of the issues we notice on a daily basis through the media or online have little to no effect on our personal existence, but they are also far out of our hands. Expending your time and energy trying to solve the problems that affect your immediate environment is a much better investment than worrying about a conflict or issue on the other side of the globe. Supporting a worldwide cause for the sake of charity is fantastic, but not if

doing so means ignoring the conflicts that are staring you in the face. MAINTAIN A SENSE OF ORDER Finally, it is critical that you maintain a sense of order in your own life, regardless of how messy and cluttered the things around you become. If you allow your internal state to mimic your external environment, you fall victim to the chaos. Whatever your day-to-day life entails, always strive to develop systems and routines that provide you with a sense of peace and security. If you are looking for these things in places other than in your own life, you will not find them, nor will you be able to stay grounded.V Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books. Her clients enjoy outstanding success as a result of her guidance. You can reach her by email at or call (702) 283-4567.

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Patriot Home Mortgage - Norman Utley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Desert Pain Specialists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Pioneer Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Desert Sky Medical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover

Polynesian Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

ERA – Sharon Szarzi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Preston's Medical Waste & Shredding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

Eureka Gregory's Mesquite Grill . . . . . . . . . . .

Inside Front Cover

Prolong Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Eureka Casino Resort - William Hill Sportsbook. . . . . . . . . . . 20, 21

Ready Golf Cars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Farmers Insurance - Bill Mitchell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Red Rock Golf Instruction - Rob Krieger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Friends of Gold Butte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Reliance Connects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

Great Clips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

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

Hangey's Custom Upholstering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Re/Max - Robert Goody. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

Hole Foods Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Richens Eye Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Rocky Mountain Off-Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

JL Kendrick Company, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

J.R. Morgan Glass & Glazing, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Senior Center Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Judi Moreo – Speaker, Author, & Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87, 109

ServPro - Fire & Water - Cleanup and Restoration. . . . . . . . . . 110

Kayenta Arts Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Silver Rider. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Keller Williams - Joan Fitton & Neil Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Staging Spaces & Redesign. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Keller Williams - Michelle Hampsten and Jason Lee. . . . . . . . . . 73

State Farm - Lisa Wilde. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Ken Garff Mesquite Ford – Dave Heath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Stationary Hitch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

STORE MORE! Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

Medicare and Healthcare Insurance - Mary Bundy . . . . . . . . . . 87

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

Mesa Valley Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care. . . . . . 23, 99

The Modern Pet and Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

Mesa View Regional Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

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

Mesquite Department of Athletics & Leisure Services. . . . . . . . . 7

Virgin Valley Heritage Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Mesquite Fine Arts Center and Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Yogi Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110


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