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Volume 16 – Issue 5


Kathy Lee


Erin Eames


Elisa Eames


Fall Color on Yankee Meadow Road

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Cindy Conti, Linda Stay, Donna Eads, Kaylee Pickering, Rob Fuller, Barbara Bruno, Helen Houston, Ashley Centers, Rob Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Judi Moreo, Nathan A. Hughes, Karen L. Monsen, Elisa Eames, Susie Knudsen, Holly McReynolds, Brien Sonzogni, David Cordero, Barbara Zanoni, Jennifer Sperry, Darlene Montague, Debra Wager, Dorothy Golden, Karry Rathje, Reginaldo Diaz, Susan Wolfe, Gary Trask


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Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

WOW! It’s that time of year again to welcome back our amazing snowbirds! Mesquite alone balloons to almost twice its average population during the winter, and it’s so wonderful to know that everyone is greeted with friendly smiles and a wave!

As we enter September and October—which, by the way, are my favorite months here in our region—the temperatures begin to cool, and many of us will venture out of our homes to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. I’d like to highlight a little bit about some of our current articles.

Please make sure to read our feature article about the much anticipated Black Desert Resort Golf Course. This course will add much to the already prestigious golf courses in our surrounding areas. If you have a special occasion or are a foodie, check out celebrity chef Jeff Weiss at the Eureka. I can’t say too many good things about his paella.

In this issue, you will find many articles that lead you to wonderful views, green grass, and turning leaves. For those seeking adventure, you will discover a patchwork of fall colors.

There are many opportunities for fun in the fall including the Sunrise Rotary’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament. If music is your thing, don’t miss the Southern Utah Heritage Choir Concert Series. If it is Halloween fun you’re looking for, we have a few events you should not miss—The Witches’ Ball in Mesquite and The Scarecrow Walk and Haunted Canyon in St. George. And let us not forget our pets! Our ViewOn Pets article is jam-packed with information on how to keep our pets safe and healthy.

And of course, where would we be without our advertisers? For ViewOn Magazine, our advertisers are essential! They are the glue that holds the magazine together. Also, please visit our website at, and follow us on social media so you can stay caught up on all of the events that we could not include in this issue.

Enjoy the fall,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ashley Centers is the former General Manager of Anytime Fitness Mesquite, and her passion for fitness runs deep. She fell in love with competitive powerlifting as a preteen. She set many state records and national qualifying totals during her lifting career prior to her competitive retirement while attending college. Ashley is now an ISSA Elite Level Trainer, Certified Fitness Nutritionist, and Corrective Exercise Specialist and is training for Strongwoman competitions. She is an inactive board member for the Mesquite Senior Games and is excited to remain a contributor for ViewOn Magazine and to write about her passion for health and fitness!

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign in Mesquite, Nevada. Helen holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, a Certified Color Consultant, and a Real Estate Staging Professional. Helen has been a contributing writer for ViewOn Magazine for the past 13 years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and home entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at or (702) 346-0246.

Cliff and Ilene Bandringa are authors and the creators of They have been traveling and photographing the world for more than 20 years, with a motto of finding the lesserknown, off-the-beaten-path places and then sharing their experiences with others. They do this via their blog, the virtual tour guides they've written, lots of YouTube videos, magazine articles, and a sister website of highquality and stock images. You can find all of these at

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

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Message fromthe Mayor

Springdale, Utah, located at the south entrance to Zion National Park, has become a year-round destination for travelers. While the busiest time of year is summer (despite the high temperatures), my personal favorite season in Springdale is the fall. Days are shorter, but temperatures are more favorable for hiking, biking, and canyoneering.

The most scenic trails in the fall are those with cottonwood trees because of the changing colors. A couple of my personal favorites are the West Rim Trail, running from the Lava Point trailhead at Kolob Terrace to the Grotto shuttle stop, and the Angels Landing trail from the canyon floor to Scout's Lookout. A permit is required to continue the last one-half mile to the top of Angels Landing, but the unrestricted section of the trail is spectacular.

With children back in school, fall weekdays are especially tranquil in Springdale. Our restaurants, most of which are locally owned and operated, are open and easier to get into. The town shuttles to Zion National Park are still running, allowing visitors to park their cars once and easily get around town and into the park. For the best visitor experience, I always recommend staying in Springdale. We have traditional hotels, inns, bed and breakfast properties, and nightly rentals available. These establishments have adequate parking for their guests, who enjoy parking for free.

The annual Zion Canyon Music Festival will be held at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater on September 29 and 30. This is an outdoor facility surrounded by the majestic cliffs of Zion National Park. The seating area and stage are not covered, offering views of the cliffs and the dark night sky. Tickets are only $19.50 per adult and $8.50 per youth for the two-day event. Headliners include The Brothers Comatose, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Con Brio, and the Jimmy Carpenter Band. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, through Utah Tech University's ticket office, or at

The annual Butch Cassidy 10K and 5K is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, at 9 a.m. The course starts in Springdale and ends in the historic ghost town of Grafton. Side events include the "Catch Butch" competition, the selfie contest, the Butch Cassidy look-alike contest, poker, and chances to win fabulous prizes. Early bird registration began on July 24. A link to register is available on the Springdale website,

The Zion Canyon Visitors Bureau is a great resource for visitor guides and a calendar of events. Their website also includes links to enter the lottery for Angels Landing permits, book local accommodations, find hikes and curated adventures, and see the current Zion shuttle schedule.

We hope to see you in Springdale soon!

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| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | September / October 2023 8 table of Contents VISIT CEDAR CITY Fall, Festivals, & Fun in Cedar City, Utah A WORLD AWAY Driving Trucks in the Treacherous CBI Theater during WWII 34 BLACK DESERT RESORT A Legacy of Excellence and Development 52 28 28 Features 18 18 ART in KAYENTA A Vibrant Celebration of Creativity and Community 34 52
9 September / October 2023 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 68 OUTDOORS San Juan River: Lost Souls and Untold Stories 68 PETS Tips for Making Your Home Healthy for Your Pets 76 EDUCATION Get Cozy and Learn This Fall with SUU Community Education 72 FITNESS Gearing Up To Not Burn Out 40 INSPIRATION Fall: A Time For Celebration 12 DESIGN Mirror, Mirror: The Art of Mirror Decoration 84 CHARITY SwitchPoint: Empowering Communities 94 16 FINANCE Nurturing Financial Abundance in the Autumn of Life 34 THE ARTS Art in Kayenta: A Vibrant Celebration of Creativity and Community 58 40 table of Contents View on GOLF The Rules: Did You Know? 92 MOTIVATION Reprogram Your Mind: Three Simple Steps 94
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Why I Love

Like many others, I was drawn to Mesquite by the natural beauty of the desert landscape and the warm, sunny climate. But it's what I discovered about the people of Mesquite after living here for seven years that keeps me here.

Mesquite attracts retirees from all over the country who are looking for a place to spend the next phase of life. They bring with them experience and skills developed over the years, and because of that, Mesquite has a rich and varied population that can do just about anything. From artists and musicians to mechanics and engineers, just turn the corner and you’ll find a fellow resident who is willing to share their skills with the community.

Over the last few months, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many talented and interesting people while organizing a fundraiser for the Veterans Center.

I’m amazed at the level of kindness and generosity of the people of Mesquite. They are willing to give their time and resources to help their neighbors. The people of Mesquite have big hearts. They’re kind to one another, they care about one another, and when asked, they’ll give of themselves to make Mesquite a better place. All you have to do is ask.

Mesquite Why I Love

St. George

Imoved to St. George 22 years ago, thinking it would be a temporary situation. However, I fell in love and stayed. I have witnessed a lot of growth, and I welcome it! I love the diversity of people coming from all over, who, like me, are excited to become involved and contribute to the expansion of culture and the arts.

I'm enamored of the vibrant music scene and the support local businesses show for live music. St. George is loaded with talented, diverse musicians that can be enjoyed weekly.

The breathtaking views in St. George captivate observers from every angle, leaving them in awe. I love how the colors of the hills change as the sun sets. Every day is a spectacular scene.

The Downtown Farmers Market is the place to be on a Saturday! It’s a place to enjoy the community and come together to support amazing farmers and artisans.

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FALL A Time for Celebration

As the scorching days of summer begin to fade away, the arrival of fall brings a sense of relief and anticipation. It's a time of transition when we bid farewell to the sweltering heat and welcome the cool, crisp air that signals the changing of seasons. Fall is a season that holds a special place in the hearts of many—and for good reason. With the return of snowbirds, there is much to look forward to; there is a multitude of beautiful events and opportunities to reconnect with nature after the hot summer months.

Fall is also a time when communities come alive with numerous events that showcase the colors, flavors, and traditions of the season. From harvest festivals to pumpkin patches, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy. The vibrant red, orange, and yellow hues paint a picturesque backdrop as leaves change color and gracefully fall from trees. It's a sight that never fails to evoke a sense of awe and wonder.

One fall event that holds particular significance is Veterans Day, which commemorates the brave individuals who

have fought for our freedom. It serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who came before us and the importance of preserving the values for which they fought. As we reflect on the past, Veterans Day encourages us to cherish our freedom and work toward a better future.

Fall also offers the perfect opportunity to reconvene with nature after the summer months. The cooler temperatures and milder weather make outdoor activities a delightful experience. Whether it's hiking through colorful forests, cycling along scenic trails, or simply taking leisurely walks in the park, there are countless ways to embrace the beauty of nature during this season.

The changing landscape provides a captivating backdrop, and the crisp air invigorates the senses. From the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot to the gentle rustle of the wind through the trees, the sounds of fall envelop us in a soothing symphony of nature's melodies. It's a time to revel in the great outdoors and rediscover the joys of being in harmony with the natural world.

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In addition to the natural beauty that surrounds us, fall also brings a renewed sense of energy and motivation. As the summer heat subsides, we find ourselves re-energized and ready to tackle new projects, set goals, and embark on personal growth journeys.

The transition into fall can be a time of introspection and self-reflection, allowing us to assess our priorities and make positive changes in our lives. It's a season of transformation not only in nature but also within ourselves. We can harness this revitalizing energy to pursue our passions, learn new skills, and engage in activities that bring us joy and fulfillment.

Fall also gives us time to nourish our bodies and souls with seasonal delights. Farmer's markets are abundant with an array of fresh produce, offering an opportunity to explore new flavors and experiment with hearty, comforting recipes. From robust stews and soups to roasted root vegetables and warm apple pies, fall cuisine is a celebration of earthy flavors and comforting aromas. It's a time to gather around the table with loved ones, sharing delicious meals and creating lasting

memories. It is a season that holds a unique charm, offering a chance for reflection, growth, and appreciation of the world around us.

For sports enthusiasts, fall also marks the return of beloved outdoor activities. Football season kicks off, drawing fans together to cheer on their favorite teams and revel in the camaraderie that comes with the sport. Whether tailgating before a game or hosting watch parties at home, football season brings people together and ignites a sense of community spirit. Additionally, fall offers the perfect conditions for outdoor recreational activities such as golfing, hiking, fishing, and cycling. The cooler temperatures make these endeavors more enjoyable, allowing us to reconnect with nature and embrace an active lifestyle.

Fall also offers a time of anticipation and preparation for the upcoming holidays. With Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the festive season of Christmas just around the corner, there is excitement in the air. The vibrant colors of fall serve as a prelude to the magical decorations and joyful celebrations that

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lie ahead. From carving pumpkins and dressing up in costumes to gathering with loved ones for a seasonal feast, these traditions bring warmth and happiness to our hearts.

Halloween, in particular, adds an element of fun and playfulness to the fall season. Children and adults alike eagerly plan their costumes, transforming into spooky creatures, beloved characters, or imaginative creations. Trick-or-treating brings neighborhoods to life as little ones embark on the quest for candy, laughter, and shared experiences. Haunted houses, corn mazes, and hayrides offer thrills and chills for those seeking a spooky adventure. Halloween is a time to embrace our creativity, let go of inhibitions, and immerse ourselves in a world of enchantment.

As the weather cools down, fall also provides the perfect opportunity to cozy up indoors. It's a season that invites us to slow down, take a break from our busy lives, and indulge in moments of relaxation and self-care. Curling up with a good book by the fireplace, enjoying a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate, or engaging in creative pursuits, such as painting, knitting, or writing, can nourish our souls and foster a sense of inner peace. Fall is a time for introspection and finding solace in the simple pleasures that bring us comfort.

In addition to the individual experiences fall offers, it also brings communities together through various charitable events and initiatives. As the holiday season approaches, organizations and individuals often come together to help those in need. Food drives, coat drives, and fundraisers for local charities become common during this time of year. Fall reminds us of the importance of giving back and supporting one another. It serves as a gentle reminder to extend a helping hand to those who may be struggling and to spread kindness and compassion throughout our communities.

Lastly, fall is a season that inspires us to appreciate the beauty of change and impermanence. The sight of leaves gracefully falling from trees reminds us that change is an inevitable part of life. It encourages us to embrace the cycles of growth and renewal, to let go of what no longer serves us, and to welcome new beginnings. Fall serves as a gentle reminder that change can be beautiful and that every ending is a gateway to a new chapter.

As the temperatures drop and the leaves change color, let us welcome fall with open arms and open hearts, ready to immerse ourselves in the traditions and wonders that this season has to offer. Embrace the magic of the season, for it brings with it a sense of wonder and endless possibilities.

So, gear up for fall and get ready to embark on a journey of beauty, community, and self-discovery.V

Judi Moreo is the Ultimate Achievement Coach. In addition, she is an author, an artist, and the host of the television show, What’s Your Story? with Judi Moreo, on the WWDB-TV Network on Roku. If you would like to contact Judi, you may do so at

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Nurturing Financial Abundance Autumn of Life in the

Autumn is just around the corner. The changing of the seasons serves as a reminder of the importance of financial preparedness. Just as nature embraces transformation, those of us approaching retirement or already enjoying its fruits can embrace our own “golden years” and cultivate financial abundance. In this article, we will explore the significance of autumn imagery in the realm of personal finance, guiding readers toward a prosperous and secure financial journey.

1. The Harvest of a Lifetime: Autumn symbolizes a bountiful harvest, the result of the nurturing and patience that precedes it. Similarly, retirement is the culmination of a lifetime of hard work and careful financial planning. It is a time to reap the rewards of one's labor, whether through a well-funded retirement savings account, fruitful investments, or a robust portfolio. Like farmers meticulously tending to their crops, individuals must nourish their financial health, allowing their savings to grow and flourish.

2. Embracing Change and Adaptation:

Just as nature gracefully transitions from the warmth of summer to the cool breezes of fall, retirement requires adaptability and being prepared for changes in financial circumstances. As income streams shift, it is vital to create a comprehensive retirement plan that takes these changes into account. A good retirement plan includes budgeting, customized asset allocation, and strategic risk management. Embracing change with a wellthought-out strategy allows retirees to weather financial fluctuations and confidently navigate this phase of life.

3. Safeguarding and Preserving Wealth: Autumn's arrival reminds us of the need to protect what we have as leaves fall and trees prepare for the winter ahead. Similarly, retirees must prioritize safeguarding and preserving their wealth. This includes estate planning,

creating wills and trusts, and ensuring adequate insurance coverage. By taking proactive steps to protect their assets, retirees can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing their financial legacy is secure.

4. Embracing Abundance and Giving Back: Autumn is a testament to the abundance of nature, and retirement offers the chance to embrace a sense of financial abundance and give back to others. Engaging in philanthropy, whether through charitable donations, volunteering, or supporting causes close to the heart, allows retirees to have a positive and lasting impact. Just as autumn leaves nourish the soil, financial generosity can enrich the lives of others and bring fulfillment to one's own.


In the tapestry of life, the autumn years represent a season of financial maturity and abundance. From nurturing financial growth to preserving wealth and giving back, the lessons from nature's transformation guide us toward a secure and fulfilling financial journey. As the colors of autumn remind us of the beauty and cycles of life, let us enter the autumn years with a spirit of financial preparedness so that our golden years may be truly golden.V

Nathan Hughes is a native of Mesquite, Nevada. He is licensed and serves clients as a Financial Advisor at Coeur Private Wealth Management of Raymond James.

To contact Nathan, call (208) 277-9239, or email him at, or visit the firm’s website at He would be happy to connect with you.

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by Nathan A. Hughes, AAMS® Financial Advisor with Raymond James & Associates
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A WORLD AWAY Driving trucks in the treacherous CBI Theater during WWII

Nighttime was especially dark during the early months of 1942 in southern California—coastal blackouts were deemed necessary following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Panic gripped the United States, especially on the West Coast, as the possibility of a Japanese invasion caused fear and confusion.

On February 24, 1942, a false alarm for an enemy air raid resulted in approximately 1,400 anti-aircraft rounds being fired as shrapnel flew into the air and landed along a wide area

of the homefront. “They all thought the Japanese were along the coast, so all the coast gunners fired,” recalls Ridge Bemis, then a 17-year-old Long Beach resident. “We got shrapnel on our house.”

Bemis, now 98 and a St. George resident, remembered that night and how it made his military future seem even more real. He graduated from high school later that year and joined the Enlisted Reserve Corps, which was soon scuttled due to manpower concerns. Instead, Bemis trained with an infantry division at Camp Roberts in central California and then moved

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to Camp Stoneman near San Francisco, where an accident drastically changed his trajectory.

“I had a busted ankle and went to sick bay for 10 days,” Bemis remembers. “The unit shipped out without me, and I got pulled into a quartermaster trucking outfit.”

Bemis ended up in the China Burma India (CBI) Theater, assigned to the 3725th Quartermaster Trucking Company. “I was just a young kid. I didn’t know a soul,” Bemis says. “I hadn’t trained with them, but driving a truck is driving a truck. You learn in a hurry.”

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Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration

The American contributions in the China Burma India Theater during World War II were instrumental in supporting and defending Chinese and British Commonwealth forces in their resistance against Japanese aggression. U.S. forces trucked supplies— mostly ammunition and gasoline—along the Ledo Road to airstrips hacked out of the jungle.

Cargo planes, such as the C-87 and C-109, were loaded with supplies and would then “fly the hump” over the Himalayas—the Earth’s highest mountain range. Once in China, those supplies would eventually benefit General Claire Chennault and the men who flew his P-40 Warhawk fighter planes, the famous “Flying Tigers.”

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Flying Tigers | Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration

Just getting supplies there was an ordeal. Soldiers drove U.S. Army 6x6 trucks, and the journey along the Ledo Road was often perilous during monsoon season. Chunks of earth slid down the mountain, blocking most—if not all—of the road. “You were going three miles an hour—and that was good,” Bemis recalls. "You had to go around steep embankments."

Once, a pilot sought out Bemis and a fellow soldier to commend them for doing such a great job tying down the 55-gallon drums of aviation gas in his plane. The pilot had experienced a wild flight—his aircraft nearly turned over—but the gasoline barrels stayed put.

“It’s the little stuff that stays with you,” Bemis says.

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Ledo Road | Photo Credit: National Archives and Records Administration

After the war ended, Bemis returned home, attended Long Beach State College, and transferred to UCLA for his final two years. “And then hard times,” Bemis says. “There were no jobs because there were a million other guys like me.”

Bemis found work delivering blueprints for a missile company. That got his foot in the door of the aerospace industry, kicking off a 35-year career that saw him rise to the title of Executive Administrator for Interstate Electronics Corporation.

In retirement, Bemis and his wife, Mary, sought to relocate outside southern California. They heard about St. George and decided to move in 1992, building a house close to the Virgin River on the south end of town.

“We are very happy here,” Bemis says. “We like St. George. We think it is a great city.”

Approaching 100, Bemis is a physical marvel. Every year until 2022, he walked the entire route of the annual Veterans Day parade in Washington City. He still plays golf about once a week and has a complete workshop in his basement that has allowed him to make all types of furniture over the years.

Although there were parts of his military service that rankled him, he carries with him pride in what he accomplished during wartime as well as in his civilian life.

“I feel very blessed to have received an education in this country, to have done my part in World War II, and that at heart, I am a strong patriot,” Bemis says. “I truly am.”V

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An Invitation to Come See What’s New at Mesa View

On Thursday, October 26, 2023, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Mesa View Regional Hospital will host a “Community Open House Meet and Greet” in the hospital lobby, located at 1299 Bertha Howe Avenue in Mesquite, Nevada.

The event will feature an opportunity to meet six new primary care providers and three specialty providers who will be seeing patients at Mesa View Medical Group this fall. It will include two family medicine physicians, four family nurse practitioners, and new providers in orthopedics, cardiology, and gastroenterology.

There will also be Radiology Department tours to showcase the new imaging equipment installed this year. The new equipment is thanks in great part to an opportunity coordinated by Mr. Kelly Adams, CEO of Mesa View. This led to the hospital being awarded a substantial grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Hospital Chief Financial Officer Monica Tor, Director of Diagnostic Imaging Services Roger Silva, Director of Plant Operations David Howell, and countless other hospital professionals were instrumental in successfully managing and overseeing the logistics required to complete this project.

Mesa View Regional Hospital opened its doors as a rural Critical Access Hospital in July of 2004 when the City of Mesquite’s population was growing at an annual rate of approximately 14.2 percent, for which it was recognized that year as one of the fastest-growing small cities in the U.S. Then came the economic

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Kelly Adams, CEO

correction of 2008, which caused many small and larger businesses to close, resulting in substantial numbers of young families and others seeking employment and housing elsewhere.

Fast forward to 2023, and the City of Mesquite’s population is growing steadily at a positive rate again, the local economy is growing, and Mesa View Regional Hospital continues to be open and ready to provide quality, safe, and compassionate healthcare services to the Virgin and Moapa Valley region.

“This is an exciting time in healthcare for the Mesquite region,” says Adams. “We are fortunate to be in a community that is growing. We are committed to continue developing a more robust healthcare delivery system to meet the needs of our communities. We have been focused on improving access to primary care, and we are pleased to personally introduce providers who are joining our healthcare team this year.”

The list of new imaging equipment includes a 3D digital mammography unit, an echo ultrasound, a CT scanner, a stationary standard digital X-Ray, a portable digital X-Ray, a fluoroscopic digital X-Ray, and an MRI upgrade. These units have lower-dose radiation protocols.

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New Digital X-Ray Unit
New CT Scanner

In late November of 2021, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded Mesa View Regional Hospital in Mesquite, Nevada, $1.9 million through its Rural Healthcare Program, which has awarded more than $11.3 million in grants to help 10 Nevada hospitals purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic and radiology equipment and expand simulation-based training.

Walter Panzirer, a trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust, explains that a detailed analysis of rural healthcare needs by state identified Nevada as a great fit for Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program. This funding along with future investments holds the potential to revolutionize how healthcare is delivered across Nevada’s rural and urban hospitals.

“Your zip code shouldn’t determine your healthcare outcomes,” Panzirer says. “These grants will help level the playing field for Nevada’s rural hospitals by giving patients access to the same state-of-the-art equipment found in urban centers.”

The grant funding stems from a recent survey of Nevada’s Critical Access Hospitals, which identified x-ray equipment, ultrasound machines, CT scanners, and simulation-based learning as top needs in providing patients with access to up‐to‐date healthcare.

Panzirer, who resides in Nevada and regularly travels across the state, says that the Helmsley Charitable Trust looks forward to replicating in Nevada some of its most successful programs from other states while also looking for innovative ideas from its healthcare partners.V

No RSVP is needed for the Community Open House Meet and Greet, and it is an open format, so guests can come in anytime during the 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. timeframe. Light refreshments will be provided.

Questions can be directed to Mesa View Regional Hospital Administration at (702) 345-4280 or (702) 345-4244.

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ABOUT THE LEONA M. AND HARRY B. HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST Mammography Team with new 3D digital mammography unit.


Nestled in picturesque St. George, Utah, the Black Desert Resort Golf Course is a breathtaking championship course that promises an extraordinary golfing experience. Designed by the legendary architect, Tom Weiskopf in collaboration with Phil Smith, this par-72 course flawlessly balances playability and strategic challenges, making it a golfer's paradise.

Tom Weiskopf's passion and expertise are palpable in every aspect of the Black Desert Resort Golf Course. With fairways

stretching an impressive 70 to 100 yards wide, golfers of all skill levels are welcomed with generous landing areas, ensuring an enjoyable and gratifying experience. Notably, Weiskopf's signature style is evident in the presence of two drivable par 4s— the 5th and 14th holes—offering players exciting risk/reward opportunities and strategic decisionmaking on every round.

What sets the Black Desert Resort Golf Course apart is the mesmerizing landscape that surrounds it. The course is

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enveloped by the dramatic contrast of black lava, red rocks, and the stunning natural beauty of Snow Canyon State Park and Padre Canyon. These ancient basalt rock formations are remnants of volcanic activity, adding a unique character to the landscape and elevating the overall aesthetic appeal of the course. This allows golfers to immerse themselves in the mesmerizing beauty of southern Utah.

Managed by Troon Golf, Black Desert Resort ensures an unparalleled golfing experience with exceptional service

and world-class amenities. The Oasis and clubhouse offer a delightful seasonal variety of on-course foods while innovative services provide convenient food and drink access. Golf carts equipped with GPS and well-stocked coolers further enhance the overall experience, making every moment on the course memorable and enjoyable.

Beyond its exceptional golf course, Black Desert Resort is set to become a comprehensive luxury destination, offering an unparalleled experience to its guests. The resort's ambitious

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development plans include 150 hotel rooms, 1,050 residences, and on-property trails for exploration and adventure. For those seeking relaxation, a wellness spa will be available, and for food enthusiasts, 80,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space will cater to every taste. Residents and vacationers alike will find a range of options to meet their desires at this one-of-a-kind destination.

Adding to the resort's appeal, Black Desert offers a unique 36-hole illuminated putting course, providing the perfect opportunity for daytime or nighttime play. Additionally, the

resort's 19th Hole, a serene lakeside gathering area terraced into the black lava, offers a place for golfers to unwind and relish the camaraderie between fellow players while surrounded by stunning vistas.

As if that wasn't enough, the Black Desert Resort Golf Course has embraced an exciting partnership with Utah Tech University, demonstrating a commitment to nurturing young golfers and supporting collegiate athletes. Utah Tech's men's and women's golf teams will have access to their own exclusive practice facility, which is equipped with cutting-edge amenities and

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advanced swing analysis technology. This initiative aims to assist in recruiting and training top collegiate golf athletes nationwide, ensuring that the sport continues to thrive and produce exceptional talents.

Black Desert Resort Golf Course in St. George, Utah, is much more than a premier destination for golf enthusiasts; it is a testament to the enduring legacy of Tom Weiskopf after his passing in August 2022 and is a symbol of development and growth within the sport. Tom's amazing vision and dedication to the game have led the course to become one of three prestigious destinations that will host both a PGA FedEx Cup in fall 2024 and an LPGA Major in spring 2025.

With its awe-inspiring landscape, collaborative design, and commitment to nurturing young talent, Black Desert Resort Golf Course stands as a true gem in the world of golf. Weiskopf's design brilliance and the unmatched golfing experience at Black Desert Resort will continue to captivate golf enthusiasts for generations to come. As you embark on an unforgettable journey, every swing will be elevated by the surrounding natural beauty and the spirit of excellence that resonates throughout this extraordinary golfing legacy.V

For more information and to book your tee times, visit the official website at Experience the peerless beauty and golfing paradise that awaits you at the Black Desert Resort Golf Course.

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Every October, the picturesque Kayenta Art Village in Ivins, Utah, comes alive with a burst of colors, creativity, and cultural vibrancy during the highly anticipated Art in Kayenta Festival. Drawing thousands of art enthusiasts and families from across the region, this three-day extravaganza offers a delightful fusion of art, music, culinary delights, and the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding desert landscapes.

A long-standing tradition, the festival has become a beloved event, showcasing the very best of regional and national artists while fostering a sense of community and support for the arts in southern Utah.

From October 13 to 15, the Kayenta Art Village will transform into a haven for art lovers, where visitors can explore over 50 juried artists' works across a wide range of media, including sculptures, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, and more. The quality and diversity of the showcased art are truly extraordinary, with each piece reflecting the artist's unique vision and creative expression. Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast or just appreciate beauty in all its forms, the Art in Kayenta Festival promises an unforgettable experience.

"We take great pride in curating a lineup of exceptionally talented artists who bring their passion and craftsmanship

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to this event," says Rob Goodman, Chair of the Kayenta Arts Foundation. "The festival setting amidst the stunning red mountains of Ivins adds an unparalleled charm to the whole experience, making it a truly special celebration of art and community."

One of the festival's highlights is the silent auction, where attendees can bid on original works of art contributed by participating artists and local businesses. The auction provides a unique opportunity for guests to take home a treasured piece while supporting a worthy cause—the proceeds benefit the Center for the Arts at Kayenta and foster support for the performing arts in Washington County.

Beyond the art, visitors can immerse themselves in a delightful array of experiences, including a variety of live music performances, infusing the air with melodies that perfectly complement the artistic ambiance.

Visitors will enjoy an assortment of delectable culinary delights from festival vendors offering an array of cuisines to cater to diverse palates. For those seeking a refreshing beverage, the festival’s beer and wine garden provides a relaxed setting to savor local brews and wines while mingling with fellow art enthusiasts and enjoying live music.

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Throughout the festival, the Xetava Café and Tapas Bar— Kayenta's very own culinary gem—stands ready to indulge visitors with its mouth-watering delicacies. From artisanal tapas to gourmet meals, Xetava ensures that guests have a memorable experience.

Whether you're an avid art collector, an appreciator of creative expression, or simply seeking a weekend of cultural immersion and natural beauty, the Art in Kayenta Festival offers something for everyone. Mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed event, and join the vibrant community of art enthusiasts and performers in celebrating the spirit of creativity and togetherness.

As the festival draws near, keep an eye out for a full schedule of performances and a list of participating artists to be released in September. Until then, anticipation builds for another fantastic year of Art in Kayenta—a celebration of art, community, and the boundless beauty of the human imagination. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this extraordinary artistic journey. See you at the Kayenta Art Village in October!V

The Art in Kayenta Festival will be located at 881 Coyote Gulch Court in Ivins, Utah. Dates and times are as follows: Friday, October 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Empowering Communities

Switchpoint is at the forefront of efforts to combat the persistent challenges of homelessness and poverty in our communities. We empower individuals and provide them with the essential resources to embark on a transformative journey. At Switchpoint, we recognize the significance of addressing issues head-on and are dedicated to enabling individuals to overcome adversity and achieve personal growth. Switchpoint stands out with its multifaceted approach to uplifting individuals and providing them with the tools they need to rebuild their lives.

By owning and operating multiple companies, Switchpoint maximizes its ability to create positive change and foster selfsufficiency within communities. Let's explore some of the remarkable enterprises making a tangible difference.

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Bed ‘n’ Biscuits: a doggie daycare and spa owned by Switchpoint that serves as a unique revenue-generating business, directing all its profits towards supporting Switchpoint's programs.

Stepping Stones: a round-the-clock service addressing the critical need for reliable and consistent care, especially for individuals working unconventional hours.

Switchpoint Coffee Company: an enterprise that is brewing change through our coffee distribution. Knowing our coffee proceeds go to Switchpoint, we invite you to make the switch.

Switchpoint Thrift and Boutique: a shop that serves multiple purposes within the community. It offers affordable, high-quality clothing, furniture, and household items to the general public, generating revenue to support Switchpoint's programs.

Switchpoint Garden: a space to cultivate produce locally through efficient water usage, space optimization, and eco-friendly practices. The garden achieves a 95% reduction in water usage, promotes biodiversity, and avoids the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides.

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Permanent Housing: A Foundation for Lasting Change Switchpoint understands that addressing homelessness requires more than temporary solutions. We are dedicated to developing permanent housing options. By collaborating with local government agencies, community partners, and private donors, Switchpoint endeavors to create safe and deeply affordable housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

For example, in the last few years, Switchpoint opened:

• Riverwalk Village in 2020, with 55 housing units. Eight units offer project-based vouchers through the St. George Housing Authority. Thirty-four units are affordable for individuals and families, with rents set between 45% and 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI), and 13 units are market-rate.

• The Point Airport in Salt Lake City in 2021. It is designated for seniors and veterans and is home to 120 individuals who were experiencing homelessness.

• The Point Fairpark in Salt Lake City in 2023. It houses 100 seniors and veterans, formerly homeless.

Switchpoint is diligently engaged in various long-term housing projects, including the upcoming fall unveiling of 66 units in the Harris Community Village in Tooele, Utah. Governor Cox of Utah wholeheartedly backs Switchpoint's efforts and has recently signed a proclamation for their "Save Our Seniors" campaign, aiming to secure 400 senior housing units before the snow falls.

Joining the mission to address poverty and homelessness goes beyond recognizing a mere absence of income or shelter. The absence of resources necessary for survival, such as an identification card, stable housing, and access to

nourishment, can significantly impact an individual’s wellbeing. That's why Switchpoint is dedicated to identifying and resolving the barriers clients face in restoring their livelihood and reclaiming their independence.

How Can You Help?

1. Donating to Switchpoint is a powerful way to directly impact the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty, providing them with the essential resources, support, and opportunities they need to rebuild their lives and create a brighter future.

2. By supporting Switchpoint's businesses, you directly contribute to their mission of ending poverty and addressing homelessness.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those in need.V

To learn more and become part of this transformative journey, please visit the link on the QR code to join us in giving a hand to those in need.


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Water District’s Scarecrow Walk l Haunted Canyon

A Favorite Annual Tradition

The Scarecrow Walk and Haunted Canyon attraction has become a favorite tradition for many southern Utah residents and visitors, attracting thousands of guests annually. From October 10 through October 31, the event transforms Red Hills Desert Garden into a display featuring dozens of scarecrows while creating the community’s spookiest slot canyon. The event is free and open to the public.

The scarecrows can be viewed during regular garden hours, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. For a spookier experience, visit the garden just as the sun is setting, advises Ryan White, garden manager for Red Hills Desert Garden and creator of the annual event. “We incorporate lighting to guide you through the garden and add drama to the displays,” he says. Some displays also feature sound and animatronics to add to the sensory experience.

White and his team work with participants to create displays that are appropriate for all ages, but he encourages those who may be sensitive to come during daylight hours.

The garden staff also creates the haunted slot canyon experience, adding new elements every year. Popular displays have included a wild west cemetery, alien encounters, a witch’s coven, and jumping spiders. Last year's haunted circus theme featured several creepy clowns and a live aerial contortionist.

“Doing something new every year adds excitement to the event,” explains White. “And our displays are only getting bigger and better.”

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to housing more than 5,000 water-efficient plants, the garden features a stream, fish viewing area, replica slot canyon, and prehistoric tracks. The 1,150-foot stream and fish viewing area are also decorated by garden staff. Historically, skeleton pirates surrounded by sunken treasures have been spotted in the fish viewing area along with the Virgin River’s native and endangered fish species.

Approximately 50 scarecrows decorated by local businesses, organizations, and residents line the garden’s pathways, and scarecrows are displayed throughout the nearly five-acre garden. Each scarecrow is unique, featuring a variety of materials that adds visual interest to the displays. Attendees can vote for their favorite scarecrow display, earning the creator a prize.

Red Hills Desert Garden was dedicated by the Washington County Water Conservancy District in 2015 as Utah’s first desert demonstration garden. The garden showcases the beauty of water-smart landscapes while providing home and business owners with information on designing, installing, and

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maintaining a desert landscape that’s compatible with the local climate. Plant identification tags are located throughout the garden and linked to an extensive database on www.

“We want people to visit the garden to experience the beauty of water-smart landscapes firsthand,” says Doug Bennett, conservation manager for the Washington County Water Conservancy District. “We are fortunate to have so many native plants that add color, texture, and appeal to our landscapes— and that’s showcased at the garden.”

The garden enhances the existing educational, recreational, and social amenities available to Washington County residents and visitors. Several free landscape workshops and seasonal celebrations are hosted throughout the year.V

Visit and for more information. The Red Hills Desert Garden is located at 375 E. Red Hills Parkway in St. George, Utah, and is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Reach them at (435) 673-3617.

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The Frias Trust:

Helping students in southern Nevada reach their dreams

For scores of students in southern Nevada, 1954 was one of the most crucial years in southern Nevada's history. But the momentous event that year that would change so many of their lives didn’t even take place in Nevada, but on an air force base in San Antonio. When a government contractor named Charles Frias met his wife, Phyllis, who was stationed at the base, no one could have guessed that decades later, they would give countless students the opportunity to make better lives for themselves.

After flipping a coin, Charles and Phyllis moved to Las Vegas in 1958, where Charles drove cabs for a small company run by the local workers’ union. Charles’ hard work, dedication, and tenacity did not go unnoticed by the owner of the company. Fewer than six short years later, the owner told the Friases that she was selling the company—and she wanted them to buy it. Charles and Phyllis were living paycheck to paycheck, but with a loan, they secured the company and were on their way.

Neither of them had attended college, but through their determination, continuous efforts, and sheer grit, over the decades, they started or built four more cab companies, eventually creating the largest transportation company in Nevada. The couple also ran an airline shuttle service and a limousine company, and Charles assisted in the creation of the Nevada Taxicab Authority, which regulates the operation of taxi cabs.

Though Charles and Phyllis never enjoyed children of their own, they believed in the value of quality education for students of any background and cherished the opportunities they had to help others. Profoundly grateful for their success, they chose to pay their good fortune forward by making education accessible to many struggling financially. Over decades, they have enabled countless southern Nevada students to attend college, including recipients of the Phyllis Frias Environmental Studies Scholarship for those attending the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Numerous

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high schools in Clark and Lincoln counties have enjoyed gifts of funds, school buses, field trips to Washington, D.C., and sponsorships of 4-H activities. Several local organizations have also received tremendous support from the Friases, including The Smith Center, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Shade Tree, Opportunity Village, and the Clark County Fire Department.

Their endowments have been so impactful that In 2003, the Clark County School District opened Charles and Phyllis Frias Elementary School to honor and recognize the couple’s kindness and generosity. Taking their namesake school under their wings, they provided a $100,000 floating fund for teachers to purchase school supplies, and every fifthgrade graduate since the school opened has enjoyed an allexpenses paid trip to Disneyland.

Charles passed away in 2006, and in 2012, Clark County named a 32-acre Las Vegas park in his honor. When Phyllis passed away in 2016, the Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust was established to continue their legacy of making dreams come true.

Trustees became aware in 2018 that local Girl Scout troops were in need of a summer camp locale, so the trust donated an upscale bed and breakfast that the Friases had built some years before. After renovations (which still continue), the property was named Camp Frias Frontier. In total, the donation was valued at $9 million, which was the largest donation at the time that the Girl Scouts had ever received.

In 2019, the trust donated over 12 acres of land in Mesquite to the Nevada Housing Authority for residential housing

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units. And in 2021, trustees gifted a shopping center in Mesquite to non-profit Mesquite Works for use as a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) center, furthering the Friases’ vision of providing and enhancing educational opportunities for the community.

In partnership with the Public Education Foundation, last year, the trust inaugurated the Charles and Phyllis Frias Legacy Scholarship program, which awards $25,000 a year for four years to high school graduates seeking college. To qualify, students need to demonstrate that they have experienced some type of hardship in their lives that impacted their schooling. The program deliberately focuses not on the valedictorians or student body presidents but on those who would otherwise be overlooked or marginalized. In the first year of the scholarship program, the trust aided nine lucky students, and this year, the number of recipients grew to 15. Each year, they set aside one scholarship each for one Girl Scout and one Boy Scout.

Since 2018, the trust has given over $17 million to provide and improve education for the southern Nevada community, including those who may have needed a second chance or who thought they would never get a first one. The determination and commitment of Charles and Phyllis displayed over decades enabled their astounding success, but it was their gratitude that produced the immeasurable impact they’ve had and will continue to have on their community. They spent decades of their lives helping others, and their gifts will continue to improve lives for decades to come.V

Any graduating seniors in the southern Nevada area who have experienced significant adversity are encouraged to apply for the Charles and Phyllis Frias Legacy Scholarship. The next scholarship cycle will begin this fall for the 2024–2025 school year. Get updates or apply at

EDITORS NOTE: Please see our upcoming issue for the progress on the Mesquite STEAM Center.

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Fall Color, Festivals, & Fun in Cedar City, Utah

As the summer heat mellows and the leaves begin their breathtaking transformation, Cedar City becomes a must-see destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. We kick off fall with a perfect blend of scenic beauty, thrilling activities, and captivating events. After all, pumpkin spice is twice as nice when paired with a scenic drive, a farm-totable dinner, or mountain biking.

Drive Southern Utah’s Fall Color Loop

*Plan on two hours of travel time for viewpoints, lunch, and/or hikes.

The Fall Color Loop is one of the best ways to take in the brilliant colors around Cedar City. Here is our suggested route:

Beginning in Parowan, the Fall Color Loop follows Highway 143 through Parowan Canyon to Brian Head Resort. Known as the Patchwork Parkway, Highway 143 is like the blocks of a quilt; it weaves through an astounding patchwork of historic towns, geological formations, vegetation, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities that appeal to everyone from sightseers and leaf peepers to high adventure fanatics.

The colors along Highway 143 are usually at their peak in midOctober, but with incredible rock formations and sites along the way, it’s always a favorite. Drift onto a path less traveled by taking the turn-off for Yankee Meadow to find bright leaves against crimson cliff walls, strange cone-like formations, and more along the way. Or, plan extra time for some mountain

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biking or hiking in Brian Head. Trails like Twisted Forest, Bunker Creek, and High Mountain wind through beautiful scenery in Dixie National Forest.

The byway then descends through Sidney Valley (approximately five miles east of the junction with Highway 148), a spectacular sight in late September. Take in the immense stands of golden yellow aspens; one stand, in particular, is crowned with blazing red before a backdrop of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Pink cliffs glitter in the distance while an ancient lava field sprinkled with aspen trees lines the highway.

After taking in the sights at Sidney Valley, head back west toward Highway 148. Following the red rock amphitheater of

Cedar Breaks National Monument, the views along the way are more than worth stopping for, and the brightly colored aspens mixed with dark pines provide a great contrast to the formations behind them. The large, natural amphitheater is about three miles wide and 2,500 feet deep with walls of spires and dazzling rock formations.

Along the way, you’ll find several viewpoints and trails. The best trails for fall color are the Alpine Pond Trail and the South Rim Trail.

Continuing the journey, follow Highway 148 south through Cedar Breaks National Monument and scenic Cedar Canyon, and then head back to Cedar City.

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Fall Color on Yankee Meadow Road | Photo Credit: Visit Cedar City
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Utah Shakespeare Festival, Engelstad performance | Photo credit: Karl Hugh Fall Equinox at the Parowan Gap | Photo credit: Visit Cedar City Utah Wine Festival | Photo credit: Wyatt Larsen

While You’re Here

Cedar City is affectionately nicknamed “Festival City, USA,” and this title is definitely earned in the fall. With events happening from Cedar City to Brian Head and from the Parowan Gap to Enoch, there’s something happening nearly every weekend that offers a different experience for all.

Catch an evening performance at the Utah Shakespeare Festival beneath the stars in their open-air theater. Discover a new favorite flavor of wine at the Utah Wine Festival as wineries from across the state come together for a farm-to-table dinner on Center Street in Cedar City. Fall in love with a new brew at the Brian Head Resort Festival of Flavors, and don’t forget to pack in a scenic chair lift ride for some great views of the surrounding forest.

Or get into the true country spirit with some good, old hometown harvest events at a few of our local farms. Home to two year-round farmer’s markets and three incredible farm stands, Cedar City and Parowan are bustling in the fall as each of these farms prepares for harvest events. From farm-to-fork dinners and pumpkin patches to freshly baked goods and hay rides, our local farms pull out all the stops.

And nothing says small-town shenanigans quite like running a few hundred sheep down Main Street! Followed by a rodeo and tractor pull, the Livestock and Heritage Festival is one of our hallmark fall events.

So grab your favorite flannel, treat yourself to a pumpkinspiced latte, and snap those perfect fall inspirational shots along the way as you explore and play this fall in Cedar City.V


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Brian Head Resort Festival of Flavors

Celebrity Chef Jeff Weiss

Brings Culinary Excellence to

Celebrity Chef Jeff Weiss is a master of his craft, but he understands that his role in the kitchen extends beyond creating culinary brilliance. He firmly believes that food possesses a remarkable ability to affect lives in profound ways, touching much more than just a person’s palate. "I'm of the opinion that those of us in the hospitality industry and culinary industry have a unique opportunity,” he says passionately. “Food is a common denominator. It's something that can impact lives very quickly, very easily. That’s what I love most about what I do.”

Embracing this belief, Weiss has partnered with Eureka Casino Resort to bring truly unique and flavorful culinary experiences to Mesquite. In the coming months, he will host three events, presenting yet another opportunity to unite people through engaging conversations, camaraderie, and, of course, a selection of tantalizing dishes.

The series begins on Saturday, September 2, with his Sip & Savor Charcuterie Event. Weiss will showcase his expertise inspired by his time cooking in Spain, including

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his experiences at the renowned Michelin 3-star restaurant, Calima, where he was under the guidance of Chef Daní García. His time there resulted in his writing the award-winning cookbook, Charcutería: The Soul of Spain. He has also worked closely with José Andrés, the illustrious James Beard Awardwinning chef and humanitarian.

“I feel very fortunate that I had the chance to go to Spain and cook there,” Weiss says. “I don't quite know how to explain it other than to say, when it comes to food, culture, and the way to live life, the Spanish do it right. To understand why they do things, the way they do things, and how they’ve done it that way for millennia, for a cook, it really hits home, and it struck a chord with me.”

The culinary series at Eureka Casino Resort continues with an Oktoberfest event on Saturday, October 7, and a lobster bake on Friday, November 10.

The collaboration between Weiss and Eureka Casino Resort was a natural one, as their paths first crossed when Eureka's CEO, Andre Carrier, frequented Weiss' Las Vegas restaurant, Valencian Gold. Known for its tapas and live-fire paella, Valencian Gold has earned accolades such as Thrillist's "Top Restaurants in Las Vegas" and Eater's "Hottest Restaurants in Las Vegas."

Weiss and Carrier discovered a shared passion for community involvement, a value deeply ingrained in both Eureka Casino Resort and The Brook in New Hampshire, a sister Eureka property.

At the same time, Weiss has been heavily involved with Delivering with Dignity, which provides high-quality prepared meals directly to individuals and families in need throughout the Las Vegas Valley. The project was initiated by restaurateur Elizabeth Blau, Punam Mathur of The Moonridge Foundation, and Clark County as an emergency response to the healthcare and economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last three years, it has grown exponentially, serving more than 700,000 meals to 67 zip codes in Nevada.

"It's something I'm extremely proud of," Weiss adds. "It goes back to my belief in the power of food."

Having already conducted successful events at Eureka and The Brook in recent months, Weiss is eager to showcase his signature dishes to the local community, particularly during Sip & Savor, which will feature his renowned paella.

"When people try my paella for the first time, they often say, 'Wow, this is more than just a rice dish,'" Weiss says. "But the greatest compliment I receive is when native Spaniards tell me, 'This tastes just like my mother's cooking.' As a chef, there is no better compliment."V

For more information on the upcoming culinary event series at Eureka Casino Resort, visit

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Gearing Up to Not Burn Out

Hello again, readers! In this article, I wanted to focus on something many of us in the fitness industry tend to gloss over, and that is burnout.

While most folks will experience burnout of some sort, whether it be mental or physical, it’s not something we often talk about, but it should be.

Burnout is a real issue and something we should address before it becomes an even bigger problem. Often, when we are gearing up for a new sporting season or specific physical event, we go all in, full throttle, and oftentimes, within a few weeks or months, we end up experiencing extreme fatigue, both mentally and physically. Sometimes,

that fatigue and the mental stress of it begin to leech into every aspect of our lives, and sometimes, we end up not training as we should and in the worst cases, not functioning properly in our daily lives.

When we are consistently pushing ourselves beyond our limits, it’s very easy to slip into this burnout phase without even realizing it. The thing we need to remember is that as much as we may want to, we simply cannot do everything we want to do all the time. There are times when we may have to step away from other things to be able to accomplish our goals in a healthy and productive way.

One of the best ways to avoid this burnout is to make a realistic plan for your goals and stick to it. Don’t add additional commitments for yourself or others that make it more difficult to accomplish these goals.

For example, if you know you have family commitments on the weekends, try not to build a training or workout program that relies on weekend workouts. Or if you know you have a lot of social engagements coming up, make sure your meal plans take into account any food and drinks you might be prone to overindulging in.

Planning for these things can make all the difference in whether you succeed

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or not. They also help reduce burnout, guilt, and, most of all, your likelihood of giving up because of having too many things to manage.

The reality we have to face when preparing a plan is that there are only 24 hours in a day, and we all have commitments outside of our health and fitness. The more we plan, the better the end result will be. The truth is that burnout is very real, and it’s something we have to observe.

Listening to your body, listening to your mind, and taking a step back when they tell you to are all important aspects of avoiding full-on burnout.

The best thing you can do is to know yourself, know your limits, push yourself as hard as you can without reaching exhaustion, and focus on your mental well-being as much as you do on your physical. If things start to feel like they’re too much, step back, reassess, and if needed, make a new plan for how to accomplish your goal with the time and tools you have.

Plainly put, trust that your body and mind know when it’s time to push and when your training may have become too much. Know that sometimes taking a little time to reset is the way to continue on the road to long-term success in your health and fitness.

Needing to take a rest and reset is in no way failing. It is an unavoidable part of the learning and growing process we have to do to achieve big things physically.

So don’t beat yourself up when you need a rest. Take the time you need, reassess your plan, and get on with it when you feel the time is right. You will avoid long-term burnout in the process.

Until next time, readers, I hope you have your healthiest and happiest season yet!V

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The sound of 50s rock ‘n’ roll hits will fill the Mesquite Recreation Center gym on Saturday, November 11, when the Fourth Annual Mesquite Veterans Party returns after a three-year break. The Veterans Party, a fundraiser to benefit the Mesquite Veterans Center, is presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Virgin Valley Chapter, and the Mesquite Poker Boys.

The Veterans Party, formerly the Veterans Hangar Dance held at the Mesquite Airport, will continue its tradition of honoring the veterans of the Virgin Valley with an entertainment-filled afternoon of live music and local performers. The theme of this year’s event, “Soldiers and Bobby Soxers,” is a tribute to our local veterans, and there will be a 1950s sock hop in the rec center gym.

The original Veterans Hangar Dance was the creation of the Party People, a group of friends who decided to host a special event to raise money for the Veterans Center. The Hangar Dance, held in 2017, 2018, and 2019, was very popular, drawing hundreds of people to

the Mesquite Airport. In 2020, with the onset of COVID, the Hangar Dance was temporarily discontinued.

It wasn’t until February of this year when a member of the Virgin Valley DAR contacted Larry LeMieux from the Party People to resurrect the event that the Veterans Party was re-born with one change—the location. The Mesquite Airport was unavailable in November, so following a meeting with Nick Montoya, Director of Athletics and Leisure Services, approval was given to hold the event at the rec center. The theme of the event, “Soldiers and Bobby Soxers,” came from the initial meeting when we noticed a vintage 1950s jukebox in the corner of Nick’s office. A 1950s sock-hop, where attendees dance to rock ‘n’ roll music in the high school gym, was a natural fit.

Larry recruited members of his social club, the Mesquite Poker Boys, to help with the planning of the Veterans Party. The Virgin Valley DAR, together with the Mesquite Poker Boys and Veteran Center staff, has been meeting since March to put the pieces of the program together to

ensure that everyone who attends has a great time.

The Veterans Party promises to be a moving celebration with Mayor Al Litman and Veterans Center President Steve Reynolds giving the opening remarks. The Virgin Valley Honor Guard will present the nation's colors, and the Sun City Sounds choral group will sing a stirring medley of patriotic songs.

Entertainment includes live music by the Dry Heat Jazz Band, the Mesquite Cafe Blues Band, 50s hits played by DJ Troy Erickson, and a jazz dance performance by the Lifelong Dancers. The emcee for the event is local entertainer Jeff Hoyt.

The Mesquite Showgirls will run a raffle with some incredible prizes from local Mesquite businesses. A guest appearance by Elvis Impersonator PJ Anderson, a 1950s photo booth, and a contest for the best 50s costume round out the entertainment for the party.

Several of your favorite food trucks will be on hand including The Corndog

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Company, Fired Up Pizza, Tacos and Salsa, and Fizz Bizz. For car lovers, 1950s vehicles will be on display, courtesy of the Over the Hill Gang Car Club of the Virgin Valley. We also have many vendors offering a wide range of products and services including one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items.

Our mission to raise money for the Mesquite Veterans Center will benefit the approximately 3,000 retired military veterans in our area. In addition to Mesquite, the center supports veterans from Moapa Valley to Beaver Dam and as far away as St. George. At the center, volunteers assist veterans in receiving military benefits through the VA and provide transportation for those needing medical services here or out of the area. It’s also home to the Combat Veterans Discussion Group, which focuses on post-traumatic stress issues and is a place for veterans to gather, network, and spend time with each other.

The center serves as the parent organization and central location for the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 993, the VFW Post 7583, the American Legion Post 24, and the Virgin Valley Honor Guard. It also serves as the meeting place for local community groups. Fundraising events, such as the Veterans Party, are critical because the Veterans Center is funded solely by community donations.

The Veterans Party is a collaboration made possible by the city of Mesquite together with local businesses and members of our community who donate their time, resources, and talents to create a celebration of our local heroes. We hope you’ll join us on Veterans Day to salute our veterans and raise money for a great cause.V

Fifties attire is encouraged but not required. Only soft-soled shoes are permitted for admission. The program starts at 2:00pm and ends at 5:30pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, and admission is free for kids,12 and under. Avoid the line at the door—advance ticket sales are now available at the Mesquite Fine Arts Center. There will be cash sales only on the day of the event.

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Celebrates 30 Season with 2023-24 Concert Series th

In 1994, two groups of singers and a masterful director united at the invitation of then-President Dixie Leavitt of the St. George Temple Visitors Center. That year, Floyd Rigby was asked to direct a community choir for the visitor’s center dedication. Responding to the invitation to “come sing for the joy of singing,” 150 individuals formed the nucleus of what would become the Southern Utah Heritage Choir. Later that year, the Choir performed at the Annual Meeting of the Western Governors’ Association held in St. George.

At its inception, Rigby could not know that he and his successors would eventually lead the Choir to perform for vast audiences within our nation as well as in cities and capitals thousands of miles from southern Utah. Distant

concertgoers in such countries as Armenia, China, the Czech Republic, England, Italy, Mexico, and Scotland would be inspired by the Heritage Choir’s harmonious voices and soulstirring repertoire.

In its 30-year history, except for during the COVID-19 pandemic, the all-volunteer Choir has maintained its weekly rehearsal and rigorous concert schedule at regional venues such as the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center, the St. George Tabernacle, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, and the Dixie Convention Center. These venues have featured hundreds of celebrated vocal and instrumental guest artists. Over the years, the Choir has performed every genre of choral music from simple hymns of faith and major works of the masters to jazz, pop, folk, Broadway, and patriotic renditions.

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“Given its diverse history, the Southern Utah Heritage Choir continues to push the boundaries of performance, consistently delivering unique and inspiring concerts,” says Choir President Geri Rhodes. “As we embark on our 30th anniversary season, we aim to celebrate our rich legacy with extraordinary musical experiences.”

For their fall and Christmas concerts, the Heritage Choir will return to performing at the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center on the campus of Utah Tech University. The fall performance on Friday, October 13, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. is titled “The Hits of Broadway” and will feature Grammy-nominated and Tonyaward-winning soprano Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller. Audiences can anticipate an enchanting evening filled with beloved Broadway classics including “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “The Impossible Dream,” and “Over the Rainbow.”

The Choir’s Christmas show, “Let Earth Receive Her King,” is scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. and will feature southern Utah’s own piano virtuoso, Brandon Lee. Tickets for both shows start at $14.00 per person and are available through the Cox Ticket Office.

In January 2024, the Cox Center will close for a major renovation project. With an expected price tag of $40 million, community support is needed to supplement the recent Utah State Legislature’s $28 million appropriation. Upon completion, the renovated space will serve as the official home of the

Southern Utah Heritage Choir, the Southwest Symphony, and several performance groups from Utah Tech.

Rhodes states, “This modernization is possible after many years of discovery and the formation of an alliance between the Heritage Choir and the Southwest Symphony to seek the necessary funding. This is a thrilling day to be a participant in this long-awaited dream which will benefit the entire community. The closure of the Cox will not interrupt the Choir’s ability to perform in other regional venues as we anticipate the completion of the facility.”

On March 29 and 30, 2024, at the St. George Tabernacle and on April 5, 2024, at Cedar City’s Heritage Center, the Choir will perform their spring concert, “Hosanna,” composed and accompanied by acclaimed American composer and Golden Globe nominee Lex de Azevedo. Next year’s Flag Day concerts will be on June 14 and 15, 2024, at the St. George Tabernacle.

The Heritage Choir currently is under the masterful direction of Dr. Ken Peterson with Karen Kennedy at the organ and Jennifer Redfearn at the piano. Future travels abroad are in the planning stages as the Heritage Choir continues to build on its musical legacy.V

To stay informed on updates to the Choir’s 2023–24 concert schedule, join the Choir’s email list via its official website at

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TENNIS T.N.T. - tips n' tricks -

Fall is coming, and this will mean cooler temperatures, which equates to more time on the courts and outside. To get yourself in shape, do cross-training, such as using a rowing machine, for your core and overall muscle strength. Be sure to keep using shoulder and wrist weight exercises to keep these small muscles strong to protect against injury. These exercises are done with light weights, such as five to10 pounds only, due to the size of the muscles. Enjoy a quick hike as well to build up your stamina.

Several of the newest champions have shown an uncanny amount of court sense for their age and experience. These players do things like plan three to four shots ahead and look for the easiest and most effective shot to win a point. Their skill of seeing the open areas on a court is unique, and their ability to think ahead is remarkable. To help you develop these skills, look for the third man on the court, which would be the open spot. Work on using your shots to move a player either off the court or into trouble during a point.

Be sure to use this time to check your equipment before hitting the courts in earnest. If you have not re-strung your racquet in the last six months, it is time. The recommendation for restringing is based on how many times you play per week. For example, if you play three to four times a week, then your racquet needs to be re-strung three to four times a year. If your current racquet is five to seven years old, it might be time to get a new one. Even the frames go dead, like a tennis ball, over time. There are many online tennis stores that have a program that will send four or five racquets for

you to try for a week before buying. Check your tennis shoes because your feet and footwork make the best shot. If your feet are not happy, it will be a bad day on the court. Rotate your tennis shoes so they have time to recover.

To make a great angle volley, try turning your back to the target. This move will place your racquet face at a severe angle. Now you have executed a perfect angle volley to work your opponent off the court. Stay with simple footwork for the best volley by taking a step toward the ball’s flight. Don’t move sideways. Always move forward. It’s like you are climbing upward and looking for the fastest way to get there. For you, right-handed players, this means your left foot will be forward for a forehand, and your right foot for a backhand. Of course, for left-handed players, it is the opposite.

During the clay and grass season, there have been several interesting rule questions. Does it count if a player throws his racquet to hit the ball as he is falling? No. The player must be in control of the racquet as a stroke is completed. Two players try to hit the ball, and the first player tips it. Who makes this call, and is it okay to continue the point? The player must call the “tip” on themselves, and the point goes to the opponent. One of the best additions to tournament play is the service clock. No longer can players spend a long time in their ritual or bounce the ball without being addressed from the umpire chair. The first time is a warning, and the player knows that the next can result in stronger consequences.

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Mesquite Fine Arts Center

Celebrates 20 Years in the Virgin Valley

The Mesquite Fine Arts Center was established over 20 years ago with a vision of becoming an arts and cultural center. The Virgin Valley Artists’ Association (VVAA) has played a crucial role in rallying the community and garnering support for the center, which opened its doors in 2003.

The center’s award-winning structure was designed to blend with the adjacent Virgin Valley Heritage Museum, reflecting Mesquite’s agricultural heritage. The facility includes a gallery, exhibition area, gift shop, storage, office, restroom, and a large outdoor room for classes and workshops. A silo was also initially incorporated into the center’s design for use as a seasonal studio, kiln room, classroom, and performing arts area.

Since its establishment, the Mesquite Fine Arts Center has been operated by VVAA volunteers and has offered a wide range of art classes, exhibitions, and special events for people of all ages and interests. The center has continued to grow and evolve over the years. In 2010, the formerly unfinished classroom space was completed, expanding the capacity for year-round art classes and workshops. The VVAA-affiliated pottery studio, located a few blocks away on the Mesquite campus, continues to offer pottery and basket weaving classes. Additionally, there are art studios and a student supply outlet available on the Mesquite campus.

Over the years, some of the special events hosted by the Mesquite Fine Arts Center have included summer art camps for children, art education scholarships, “Meet the Artists” receptions, the First Tuesday Lecture series (now known as the Brown Bag Cultural Series), and the Christmas Boutique. The center also hosts annual events such as the Spring Art Salon exhibit, which showcases artists from Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, as well as the Lucky 13/National Small Works Competition, which brings in artwork from around the country. As part of its ongoing development, the City of Mesquite has purchased three modular buildings to expand the pottery studio and student supply outlet. Additionally, a new classroom building will be constructed, providing space for a glass art studio and more classes. These buildings will be located adjacent to the art center.

The 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Mesquite Fine Arts Center will take place on September 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are invited! It is an opportunity to celebrate the center’s accomplishments over the past two decades and recognize the role it has played in promoting arts and culture in Mesquite.V

The Mesquite Fine Arts Center is located at 15 Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, Nevada. Find more information on our website:

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San Juan River Lost Souls and Untold Stories

Originating in Colorado’s San Juan mountains, the San Juan River dips into New Mexico and then Utah, passing through the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley and joining the Colorado River to terminate at Lake Powell. The desolate land touched by the San Juan has been traversed by Spanish explorers, fortune seekers, and river rafters. Today, San Juan’s identity is linked to geology, history, river recreation, lost souls, and untold stories.

Animas to San Juan

Rio de las Animas (River of Souls), San Juan’s largest tributary, begins in Colorado and joins the San Juan at Farmington, New

Mexico. Named by Spanish explorer Don Juan Maria de Rivera, who led an expedition from Sante Fe to San Juan in 1765, the Animas acquired the name Rio de las Animas Perdidas—River of Lost Souls—in the 1860s, alluding to a legend regarding Spanish soldiers who disappeared with a chest of doubloons.

By the time John Wesley Powell charted the Colorado River’s tributaries, the San Juan had already been named by Spanish explorers after San Juan Bautista (meaning Saint John the Baptist) and a Californian mission. The San Juan River stretches 360 miles—in Utah, the 27 miles from Bluff to Mexican Hat are commonly called the upper river, and the 57 miles from Mexican Hat to Clay Hills near Lake Powell are called the lower.

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Around A.D. 900, ancient Puebloans left behind cliff dwellings—the River House Ruin. This is a popular stop for river rafters, and visitors can also see world-class petroglyph panels at today’s Sand Island launch site, where Butler Wash joins the San Juan and other archaeological spots. By the 1200s, drought drove Puebloan migration south to the Rio Grande Valley.

The Navajo arrived in the 1500s, claiming the San Juan as their homeland and calling the river Są Bitooh, meaning Old Age River or Old Man’s River. For generations, the San Juan was the boundary between enemies: Navajo to the south and Utes to the north. In 1863, to end Native American-settler conflicts, 10,000 Navajo were forcibly moved to Fort Sumner, New

Mexico, where 2,000 died of starvation and disease during and following the 300-mile “Long Walk.” Eventually, the Utes were moved to Colorado reservations, and the Navajo were returned to a reservation in Utah.

River Geology

From Bluff to Mexican Hat, Highway 163 parallels the river and then turns southwest toward Monument Valley, where a stretch is nicknamed Forrest Gump Highway after the movie. At Mexican Hat, the San Juan River bends northwest to Utah’s Goosenecks State Park, where it has carved deep horseshoe meanders through thousands of vertical feet of rock and squeezed six linear river miles into a 1.5-mile straight line space.

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"The story must be told or there'll be no story, yet it is the untold stories that are most moving."
— J. R. R. Tolkien
San Juan River Goosenecks at Gooseneck State Park

In addition to its scenic goosenecks and due to the river’s heavy silt load—an annual average of 25 million tons—the San Juan River is known for a rare aquatic phenomenon: sand waves. William K. Moorhead, who led an 1892 San Juan River expedition, could not explain what geologists now call sand waves. In his book, Glen Canyon and the San Juan Country, Gary Topping writes that during high flows, “silt content of the water exceeds the saturation point and the silt precipitates to form underwater dunes that force the water above them into waves.” The waves can move upstream, cresting like ocean waves, and are worse during monsoons.

Fortune Seekers

Mexican Hat, named after the nearby iconic rock formation, was founded in 1908 by E. L. Goodridge as an oil claim settlement. The population swelled during gold and oil booms. James M. Aton and Robert S. McPherson write in their book, River Flowing from the Sunrise: An Environmental History of the Lower San Juan, that the highest area population was during a gold rush in 1893 with “…a low of seven hundred to a high of five thousand, with one person claiming that one thousand miners passed through Bluff on New Year’s Day alone.” According to Aton and McPherson, placer mining (river panning) produces “just enough gold to sustain a level of enthusiasm for hopefuls and diehards.” When gold ran out, people left. By 1990, the area population was 259, and by 2020, it was only 21.

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Commercial river recreation began on the San Juan around 1933 when Norman Nevills established the river’s first commercial rafting company. In his book, High Wide and Handsome, historian-author Roy Webb writes that Nevills’ father, who prospected, designed, and built boats to run the Yukon River during the Klondike gold rush, moved to Goodridge (Mexican Hat) to work an oil claim. The Nevills family subsequently built a tourist lodge above the San Juan, and Nevills guided visitors through Monument Valley and hauled supplies by boat to a placer mine downriver.

Gaylord Staveley, who married Nevills’ daughter, Joan, and founded rafting company The Canyoneers, Inc. (https://, states that Nevills’ Mexican Hat Lodge, which was built in 1932–1933 east of the existing gas station, burned in 1963 and was demolished. Nevills’ trading post was almost directly across the highway from the lodge where a tavern now sits, and the family house was near the present site of Valle’s RV Park.

Webb recounts the legend that Nevills built one of his boats from boards salvaged from a horse trough and an outhouse. Nevills led his first commercial trip down the Colorado in 1938 and guided customers under Nevills Expeditions on the San Juan, Colorado, Green, Snake, and Salmon Rivers. He continued building and using wooden boats even after WWII when other outfitters began using Army surplus rubber rafts. Eventually, The Canyoneers, Inc. (Nevill’s descendant company) employed inflatable rafts.

Nevills never lost a passenger, never flipped a boat, and became known as the “World’s Number One Whitewater Boatman.” He died tragically in 1949 (aged 41) with his wife while taking off in his private plane from Mexican Hat.

The San Juan River, with Class II and III rapids, lacks the Colorado River’s Class IV and V whitewater. Nevertheless, the San Juan carved a beautiful tranquil path through a desolate landscape where fortunes were sought, lives were lived and lost, and stories were left untold.V

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Get Cozy and Learn This Fall with SUU Community Education

This fall, join Southern Utah University (SUU) Community Education’s new class offerings, which promote a sense of comfort and enjoyment of nature. The class lineup offers ways to get cozy with a new beginner quilting class or shows you how to make comfort food with Chef Jon’s Southern Cuisine class. As you settle into the beautiful fall season, we’ll also get you outdoors with your camera as you choose between two photography classes.

“There’s a lot of love in quiltmaking,” says Kim McAllister, quilting instructor and owner of Cedar City’s Stitching It Up.

“It takes time and devotion to complete a quilt, and wrapping yourself in something that is handmade and warm will always make you feel cozy and loved.”

If you are ready to learn the basics of quilting or are an experienced quilter looking for a new project, the Quilting Basics class begins September 7 with McAllister. Focusing on a diamond pattern, the quilting technique you’ll learn is quick and simple with no half-square triangles or tricky seams. This technique is done using a fusible grid, making the process easy and enjoyable. The pattern, fabric for quilt top, binding, thread, and grid supplies to get started on a colorful quilt are included.

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In the new beginner quilting class with Kim McAllister, learn to use a fusible grid and basic techniques.

Get ready to feed your friends and loved ones with the Southern Cuisine class. Explore the art of comfort food, and learn how to cook irresistible favorites of the Deep South on October 6. "We believe in the power of shared learning experiences," says Melynda Thorpe, executive director of SUU Community and Workforce Development. "Our fall classes are carefully designed to nurture a sense of togetherness, ignite creativity, and strengthen the fabric of our community."

Live in the moment and take time to explore the season’s vibrant colors with our photography classes, Understanding Your Camera and Travel Photography. In Understanding Your Camera, starting September 16, instructor Asher Swan teaches the fundamentals and how to make the best use of your camera through each component of the exposure triangle. You will cover the techniques of ISO, F-stops, and shutter speed to help you feel more confident about the images you take.

Photography instructors Corinne and Shawn Severn’s experience in travel photography will help you capture your own stunning pictures. Starting September 25, this course will include lessons on composition, natural light, effective posing, and food and beverage layout as well as sharing travel memories via social media, websites, printed photo books, calendars, and slideshows.

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Learn new comfort food recipes and cooking techniques with Chef Jon on Oct. 6th.

For theater lovers, our new Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre with instructor Tony Pellegrini gives you the chance to perform with new friends and begins October 26. In a reader’s theater format, you will better understand the bard's world by interacting with different generations and cultures that make up our community. Rehearse as Shakespeare’s characters to become more comfortable while acting and performing.

Foster a connection with your community by taking Beginner American Sign Language (ASL), starting September 18. Together with new friends, you’ll learn about specific language and cultural behaviors and receive an introduction to the grammar of ASL with returning instructor Larry Laskowski, who has been teaching for over 30 years.V

To register for classes, visit or call SUU Community Education at (435) 865-8259.

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Tips for Making your Home Healthy for your Pets

We all spend time trying to keep up with pet hair and other pet issues in our homes. Why? We want a clean house for ourselves, but we forget that keeping a home clean for our pets is just as important for their health and quality of life.

The most important thing we can do to keep our homes healthy for our pets is to keep up the daily brushing of their coats. This will cut down on hair around the house and applies just as much to cats as it does to dogs. Grooming is an important part of a cat’s life. We see them grooming themselves, often several times a day, but we forget to help them with that grooming. Start young, and they will learn to look forward to that daily brushing. Keep nails trimmed, too. Nails can carry debris on or under them. For both dogs and cats, wipe their paws when

they return from a walk or stroll in the garden. This reduces the danger of bringing in contaminants which could infect older or sick animals in the home.

Special pet wipes are available to make this task quick and less stressful for both pets and humans alike. With daily hands on your pet, you’ll very quickly know if something is amiss such as a new bump, scratch, allergy, or illness.

Does your pet have a favorite place to sleep or nap? Do you find that your pet loves to lie on freshly laundered items? Well, of course! Who doesn’t love that clean fresh smell? Place a pet bed, towel, or sheet on that napping spot. Then, when it's time to clean it up, shake it out and toss it in the wash. Having a place that pets can claim as their own and keeping it clean for them

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cuts down on having to fight hair build-up on couches, carpets, and chairs.

Let’s talk about cat trees—those old carpet-covered trees that look like they have been attacked by a tiger. Those trees hold germs, bacteria, and who knows what else! Time to change to new, easy-to-clean cat trees like a safe modular cat wall designed to be easy to clean and aesthetically pleasing or a modern CurvyNest.

Food and water—if you free-feed (leave food out all day), STOP. For so many reasons, leaving access to unlimited food all day is never a good idea, the least of which is the mess and the possible bugs and rodents. Food areas need to be wiped and cleaned after each feeding. This

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will maintain a healthy eating environment for your pet and will reduce the likelihood of bugs, flies, or even illness. Food that sits out all day can spoil or become contaminated. Most importantly, by feeding at specific mealtimes, you will know if something is not right with your pet. Bowl choice is also a factor to consider. Food-grade stainless steel bowls are your best choice (304 or 316). Ceramic bowls may contain lead paint, and they can flake, crack, or chip, leaving food particles to build up even after washing. Plastic bowls can break down, and the plastic could contaminate the food. Fresh clean water is a must—a water fountain with a filter is the best option for all pets. The moving water is less likely to become contaminated, and water flowing through a filter removes any particles that fall in. Regular cleaning is still necessary to ensure there is no excessive scale or slime build-up in the bowl. If a fountain is not an option, then bowls must be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and water changed once or more a day.

Keeping our homes clean for our pets may not be our main objective, but when you consider the health benefits, it matters greatly. Cleanliness becomes just as important as the food you select for your pet or the exercise your pets receive. A clean home for pets reduces allergies, illness, stress, and anxiety— for you and your pets!V

For more information, Call (435) 275-4536 or stop by WOOF! Wellness Center and Training Academy in Santa Clara. You can also find information on

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Get ready to tee off at the 16th Annual Mesquite Nevada Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament on October 14, 2023, at the Oasis Golf Club–Canyons Course! Join us for a day of fun and friendly competition on the greens as we raise funds to benefit the Mesquite Nevada Sunrise Rotary Foundation.

Rotary International is the world’s first service club, with over 1.4 million members in 46,000-plus clubs worldwide. Rotary Foundation members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio, all under the motto, “Service Above Self.”

This event is the primary yearly fundraiser that enables our club to support our local scholarship programs and other community projects. Literacy is a focus of our club; we recognize that the youth of our community will be the next generation to contribute to society and our future.

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Some of the programs we financially support are listed below:

· Rotary Youth Leadership Academy for high school

· Mesquite Reads Initiative for preschool to 3rd-grade

· Scholarships to local students pursuing college and career training

· Buddy Benches for local schools

· Virgin Valley High School Interact Club (Youth Rotary Club)

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Are you interested in joining us for this event? There are various opportunities to participate, including in a golf team of four, which is $640, or as an individual player, which is $110 (includes golf, awards buffet, and swag bag). There will be a selection of sponsorship packages, raffle prizes, and silent auction donation opportunities.

Sponsorship Participation Application:

Golf Registration Application:

Can’t join us in person? We are holding a grand prize raffle for a two-night stay in a condo at the Classics at Wolf Creek, a gift certificate for dinner at The Terrace at Wolf Creek, and $500 cash. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets are only $10 each. Contact us for more information at (725) 253-0288 or

The Mesquite Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the College of Southern Nevada-Mesquite Center in Room 1. We welcome you to attend any of our meetings as a guest.

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Philanthropic Education Organization—P.E.O.—has been celebrating women and helping them reach for the stars for more than 150 years. Since its inception in 1869, the nonprofit organization has helped more than 122,000 women pursue educational goals by providing nearly $415 million in grants, scholarships, awards, and loans. The P.E.O. Sisterhood also owns and supports Cottey College, a four-year women's college in Nevada, Missouri. Through membership, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has brought together more than half a million women in the United States and Canada who are passionate about helping women advance through education.

Mesquite P.E.O. Chapter AM was organized in 2006 by our founding sister, Joan Bacso. After Joan’s passing, the chapter established a scholarship in her name, the Joan Bacso P.E.O. Scholarship, which has provided some $40,000 in scholarships to over 30 local women. Some of the scholarship recipients have been recent high school graduates, while others are non-traditional students going back to college to pursue their educational dreams. Our second local scholarship is the Barbara J. Zanoni Scholarship, which has awarded three $2,000 scholarships to local women. Applications are available yearly.

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P.E.O. International Foundation offers scholarships, grants, loans, and awards through five major projects:

· THE EDUCATION LOAN FUND (ELF ) provides loans to women working on their education goals.

· THE PROGRAM FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION (PCE) offers a one-time grant-in-aid for students with financial need.

· THE P.E.O. SCHOLAR AWARD (PSA) offers merit-based awards for women pursuing doctoral-level degrees.

· THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP (IPS) offers scholarships to graduate students or students attending Cottey College from a country other than the U.S. or Canada.

· THE STAR SCHOLARSHIP, established in 2009, helps graduating high school women who plan to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution. Tyra Ludvigson was recently awarded the $2,500 STAR Scholarship. She plans to attend Utah Tech as an engineering major.

Local fundraisers are our lifeblood. To offer local scholarships and support P.E.O International projects, we have several community and social events that help raise funds to support the mission of P.E.O.—helping women reach for the stars through education.

Chapter AM will partner with La de’ Paws Grooming Salon and Boutique for a raffle during the month of October. Sisters will provide a gift card tree worth several hundred dollars, donated gift baskets, and other prizes. The drawing will be on October 28.

October 20 brings fun fashions and lunch at our fashion show from Chico’s and local businesses.

Our second Diva Boutique on November 18, will feature unique vendors, and Chapter AM will also have delicious holiday food items for sale.

In January, we will join sisters from Chapter AP, Mesquite and Chapter AM, St. George for an afternoon tea. Guests are welcome.

Our March Spring Fling brings members and guests together, wearing hats of all shapes and sizes, to enjoy a delicious luncheon at Cucina Italiano Restaurant.V

Information about the P.E.O. Organization and Philanthropies can be found at

For local Mesquite chapters, contact Lydia Leduc, current Chapter AM President at or Debbie Gibbs, current Chapter AP president at (307) 389-2490 or

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MIRROR MIRROR The Art of Mirror Decoration

Decorating with mirrors is an art. For many, the use of a mirror is still limited to being able to see our faces while we dress in the bathroom. Or to having a reference point where we can look before leaving home to check that we are well dressed.

The possibilities of decorating with mirrors go beyond that. Since time immemorial, mirrors have been cultural elements. Sometimes even the protagonists of great stories that we all remember use mirrors, such as Snow White with its famous line, “Mirror, mirror.”

Mirrors act as magicians in your home; they make spaces appear larger, multiply light, and duplicate views. Depending on their size and placement, they can play either lead roles or supporting characters in your home’s decor, but the right mirrors are always memorable. They’re enchantments that will brighten and energize any place you put them. But before you start hanging them left, right, and center, there are some things to keep in mind. Here are a few tips on how to decorate with mirrors.

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Consider the Reflection

Before you hang a mirror, consider what is across from it. While we often hang mirrors based on available wall space, it’s important to think about what will be reflected in it. When hung opposite an important architectural element, painting, or piece of furniture, it will give that item even more prominence—as it will if hung across from something unattractive. Also, whenever possible, hang a mirror across from a window. It will significantly increase the amount of light in the room.

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Placement Matters

Aside from placing it across from something visually appealing, a mirror should always be hung at the appropriate height for the space. Unlike art, which should always be hung at eye level, mirror placement will depend on what you want to be reflected. Eye-level works in many cases, but higher or lower can work depending on the situation.

Think Big

Don’t be afraid to use a large mirror in a small space. Mirrors create the illusion of depth and space, so they can really help make a small room feel bigger. A full-length mirror leaning against the wall is a great decorative element to use in a tiny room. Mirrors are also great for narrow spots, such as hallways.

Create a Focal Point

Mirrors make great focal points. It’s why they are so often placed above mantels and dining room buffets. Hang sconces on either side, and you’ve got the perfect focal point in any room.

Don’t Forget About Style

Mirrors can be modern, traditional, edgy, classic—pretty much anything goes. It all depends on the frame. Consider what effect you want to create when choosing a mirror in a frame. A beautiful Chinoiserie mirror will have a far different impact on a room than a simple wood frame. There’s also the mirror itself; smoky glass, and antique mirrors with imperfections can be very moody and significantly contribute to a space’s look.

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Don’t be afraid to create a gallery wall with mirrors. Like with any photo wall, treat them as one unit when deciding on placement. That said, a mirrored gallery wall will look best in a room with little clutter. All of the frames can be visually busy— add that to a small, cluttered room, and it could be too much.

Hanging Mirrors

A small nail hammered into the wall won’t cut it. Use proper wall hooks or picture hangers, and be sure to use two (one at either end). This will ensure the mirror is held flat to the wall. A wire hung on a single hook is not only dangerous, but it can cause the mirror to rest against the wall at an angle, distorting the reflection. If the mirror is very heavy, have it hung by professionals.

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About Mirrored Furniture

Mirrored furniture has gone through a few periods of popularity. While it can be great for reflecting light and elongating walls, don’t use it in a room with a lot going on. The extra reflections will just be too much.

Trends have shown that decorating walls with mirrors is a practical necessity. That way, you can maximize all the characteristics of a house through the strategic placement of mirrors in one place or another.

If what you need is a good reason to start decorating walls with mirrors, here it is. Mirror decorating has become more and more popular in interior decor, either because of its multiple design options or the number of features it can have. A wall full of mirrors can become your best ally. Don’t hesitate anymore!V

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Acquires Ready Golf Cars

Prestige Golf Cars, a leading provider of golf carts and utility vehicles in Nevada and California, has acquired Ready Golf Cars. The acquisition will allow Prestige to expand its offerings and provide its customers with the best possible experience.

"We are excited to welcome the Ready Golf Cars team to the Prestige family," says Mike Highsmith, President of Prestige Golf Cars. "This acquisition is a great opportunity for both companies to grow and provide our customers with a wider range of products and services."

As part of the acquisition, Ready Golf Cars will be rebranded as Prestige Golf Cars. The website will be redirected to

Most of the Ready Golf Cars staff will be retained. The company's two locations in Summerlin and Mesquite will remain the same. The customer service phone numbers will also remain the same. "We are confident that this

acquisition will be a positive change for both companies and our customers," explains Highsmith. "We look forward to continuing to provide our new customers with the highquality products and services everyone has come to expect from Prestige Golf Cars."

What does this mean for customers? For customers of either company, the acquisition means that you will now have access to a wider range of products and services. You will also be able to take advantage of Prestige Golf Cars' large network of locations and services.

The company offers a wide range of products, including new, refurbished, and pre-owned golf carts. Prestige Golf Cars also offers private and commercial sales, service/mobile service, parts, and rentals.

Prestige Golf Cars is an authorized dealer for E-Z-GO, Cushman, Western, MadJax XSeries, and Aetric at all Nevada locations. Along with all the brands in Nevada, Prestige is also an authorized dealer for Club Car and Yamaha at the California location.V

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THE RULES Did you Know?

The rules of the game of golf can be confusing and intimidating. Questions constantly come up, and if you know how to use the rules to your advantage, they can actually save you and your group strokes and time during your round. Find out if any of these rules could have helped you in the past or if they can help going forward.

Did you know that you have three minutes to look for your ball once you arrive at the spot where you think it is located? It is no longer five minutes, so keep those slow players in your group moving.

Did you know that ONLY while in search of your ball, if you ACCIDENTALLY touch or move your ball, it’s no longer a penalty? Simply place it back as best you can without adding a stroke.

Did you know that when you are on the putting green, ONLY if you ACCIDENTALLY touch or move your ball, it is no longer a penalty? Simply replace it where it was without penalty.

Did you know that if you play in a league, group, or tournament, a maximum stroke number can be set for scoring? For example, the Utah High Schools Athletic Association sets a maximum score of 9.

Did you know that you are allowed to tap down spike marks? You were always allowed to fix ball marks and old hole plugs, but you are still not allowed to fix aerated holes from course maintenance. A young man who qualified for the U.S. Open later realized he had fixed aerated holes during his rounds and felt that the only right thing to do was to disqualify himself.

Did you know that in a penalty area, you are allowed to ground your club and even move loose impediments without penalty? However, if the ball moves while doing so, a penalty is incurred.

Did you know that when you leave the flagstick in the hole while on the putting green, if any part of the ball is below the lip of the cup and the ball is at rest, it is deemed as being holed or finished? It does not have to be at rest at the bottom of the cup.

Did you know that if your ball is embedded in a BUNKER, you have four options? 1) Re-hit from the original location. 2) Go two club lengths from the embedded ball, and drop it in the bunker. 3) Drop along a straight line in the bunker, using the embedded ball as a reference point, and go back along a

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straight line and drop in the bunker. ALL OF THESE OPTIONS ARE A ONE-STROKE PENALTY. 4) This newer option is to use the reference point and the flagstick and go back along a straight line OUTSIDE the bunker. This option will cost you TWO PENALTY STROKES.

Did you know that there is a local rule that your group, league, course, or tournament can adopt to speed up play for balls that are out of bounds or lost outside a penalty area?

Follow these steps:

1) Determine where your golf ball may have been lost or gone out of bounds as a reference point.

2) From that reference point, go two club lengths into the fairway, but no closer to the hole.

3) Drop the ball with a two-shot penalty.

So if you hit your first ball into the trees and cannot find it, you are supposed to go back where you originally hit it from (which takes a lot of time) and then re-hit. You would now be lying three, hitting four from wherever that ball ends up. With this rule, you hit your first ball, add two penalty shots, and you are lying three from the fairway and hitting four.

To be honest, before the rule, most people were just dropping the ball where they thought they lost it and only adding a one-shot penalty, if they were lucky.

This local rule now makes it fairer, and scores are reflected more accurately.

Scan this QR code to see the video explaining the rules from Unites States Golf Association (USGA):

Granted, you will probably never see this on the tours, but for everyday golf without spotters, it just makes sense.

For any questions on the rules, download the USGA’s free mobile rules app. It will help with questions and even provide quick videos for further explanations. You can even email the USGA, and they will answer your questions.

Good luck, and as always…Fairways and Greens!V

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Reprogram Your Mind: Three Simple Steps

It is a known fact that our minds—more specifically our subconscious minds—can control our lives. We are what we think or believe. Research has shown that there is a mind-body connection and that the mind can help us overcome health problems.

There are many ways to reprogram your mind such as neuro-linguistic processing (NLP), hypnosis, visualization, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), havening, affirmations, and coaching. The method you choose will depend on your mindset and budget. You may feel able to make positive changes on your own with a little knowledge and some resources. You can find a lot of information online or by going to your local library. If you need help, there are hypnotherapists, NLP practitioners, and coaches that can be hired to work with you.

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Whichever route you choose, one element that is crucial is your attitude. For any method to be successful in creating change in the subconscious, you must want the change and believe totally in its success. You cannot succeed without this belief. While every method is different, there are three steps that each uses to reprogram your mind.


To achieve relaxation, you have to take your brain to the Alpha level. This is the level where you are able to “speak” directly with the subconscious. Alpha-level brain waves are experienced first thing in the morning as you awaken and last thing at night before you go to sleep. In the Alpha level, you are awake (conscious) and aware of your surroundings, but your subconscious is fully alert and you are most responsive to learning and accepting new ideas. You can achieve the Alpha level by practicing relaxation techniques.

2. Visualize

Picture your goal as an image or a movie that is with you “in the moment.” It must be in the present, so you must be living it. Use all your senses to make it as real as possible. Tell a story, and if you can add some humor, even better. Your subconscious loves stories, and it loves humor. By fully engaging your senses, it becomes more real. Make the scenes bright and colorful. Hear the sounds; feel the emotions. Touch and taste things.


· What can you see?

· What can you hear?

· What can you feel? (Include physical touch as well as emotions.)

· What can you smell?

· What can you taste?

3. Affirm.

While you visualize yourself living your goal, it is also important to affirm this. You can either say your affirmations out loud or think about them. To make them even more powerful and effective, you can write them down and display them wherever you will see them regularly throughout your day. You can also record yourself saying them out loud and then listen to them first thing in the morning and last thing at night.


· be In the present tense.

· be said with positive conviction. (You must believe in what you are saying.)

· include emotion.

An example of an affirmation is: I am giving a presentation to the Chamber of Commerce. I am standing at the front of the room. I feel confident and calm. I am speaking with conviction. I know my topic. My presentation is interesting and fun to give. The audience members are listening intently. They are smiling and nodding their heads as I speak. My voice is confident and easy to hear, even at the back of the room. I am standing tall wearing my favorite navy suit. I feel smart. I feel powerful. I feel effective.

Knowing these three simple steps can help you successfully program your mind for positive change.V

Judi Moreo is the Ultimate Achievement Coach. In addition, she is an author, an artist, an NLP Practitioner, and the host of the television show, What’s Your Story? with Judi Moreo on the WWDB-TV Network on Roku. If you would like to contact Judi, you may do so at

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