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Peace On Earth

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

November 1 – December 31, 2017 Volume 10 – Issue 6 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR & CREATIVE DIRECTOR Aloree Smith COPY EDITOR Charlene Paul GRAPHIC DESIGN Tara Terwiske WRITERS Todd Bauman Laurel Beesley Paul Benedict Keith Buchhalter Callie Clark Cassandra Cousineau Rachel Dahl Laura Draskovich Donna Eads Ashley Ellis Linda Faas Jyl Hall Gregg Hamilton Helen Houston Celece Krieger

Rob Krieger Elspeth Kuta Susi Lafaele Lisa Larson Mayor Al Litman Kenzie Lundberg Mesquite Police Dept. Karen L. Monsen Judi Moreo Laurie Nelson-Barker Paul “Dr. Q” Noe Charlene Paul Debbie Swanson Patrick Kathie Thayne Rob Wursten

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Letter from the Dear Readers, When I first thought about writing this letter, it was all about fa la la la la, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Okay, the snow part was a stretch. But, it was the happy giddiness of the season that was in the front of my mind. And then I read our View On Inspiration article for this issue, and it stopped me in my tracks. It was sobering as I pondered events of this year. It was once again impressed upon my mind just how precious life is – and how it can be changed in the blink of an eye. I think sometimes we spend more time planning for the future – after I lose weight, after the kids graduate, after the bills are paid, after I reach my goals – than embracing the present, as if the only day we can live wasn’t a gift in and of itself. The focus seems to be on after instead of now. English humorist and writer, Alan Coren said, “Enjoy your life today, because yesterday has gone and tomorrow may never come.” So, I have decided I am going to do my best to plan for tomorrow, but live today. Not just breathe, but actually experience my life. As you read through the articles and stories in this issue, I hope you will be inspired to do the same. My advice? Buy the shoes. Eat the cookies. Hold your loved ones a little closer. Give that compliment. Take that nap. Instead of crooning, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, write your words to one titled, It’s the Most Wonderful Day of My Life. But, you may be thinking, what if my day is full of struggles, stress, and strife? Life is filled with ups and downs, just like the cardiac rhythm on a heart monitor. That up and down rhythm is a sign of health and strength. So, embrace the difficult days right along with the painless ones. Allow each new day to teach you new lessons. It is the hope of all of us at View On Magazine that you, your families, and friends enjoy this holiday season. We hope for peace in your home, peace in your heart, and peace in the world. And don’t forget to buy those shoes! Sincerely, Kathy Lee Editor-in-Chief


frequent CONTRIBUTORS Laura Draskovich is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. With more than 15 years in the fitness industry, Laura currently teaches a wide variety of group fitness formats and trains clients at the Mesquite Fitness Club. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she attended Central Washington University, majoring in Community Health Education. Mother of three, Laura is a national level NPC figure competitor, who is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and dedicated to reaching goals. Email Laura at or call (702) 600-8953. Rob Krieger is a 20 year PGA Member & former Director of Golf in Mesquite & Greensboro, NC. He is currently the Director of Instruction at both his own Red Rock Golf Center and the Southgate Golf Club in St. George, and is experienced in teaching all skill levels from beginners to low handicappers. Rob has been writing for View On Magazine since 2010. For help with your game or to schedule a lesson check out his website or email

Jennifer Hammond-Moore is a certified IIN Health Coach, the owner of Foodies4Fitness and a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer. After spending her 30s being unhealthy and sick, she decided to take back control of her health. Jennifer has spent the last eight years learning what it takes for her to live her version of a healthy life and finding ways to help others do the same. She can be reached at (435) 862-8116, or


Charlene Paul is the owner of Proof It Up, a proofreading and copy editing company. She lives in southern Nevada with her husband. Their original family of eight has grown into a crew of 25, including 12 of the cutest grandkids on earth. She loves spending time with family and friends, singing, writing, playing the piano and organ, reading, crocheting, sewing, and talking – a lot! Helen Houston Creamer is the owner of Hues & Vues — Inspired Walls and Windows. Helen also owns a new business, Staging Spaces — Designing Your Home to Sell. She holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, Certified Staging Professional, and Certified Color Consultant. She has been a contributing writer for View On Magazine for the past six years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at or Donna Eads and her husband moved to Mesquite in 2010 from Palm Desert, California and loves the small town atmosphere. Her writing experience extends from high school and college newspapers to professional manuals as a critical care nurse. Her passion for tennis is evident in her frequent articles for View On Magazine. Linda Faas was new to desert living when they arrived in Mesquite in 2004. They started exploring their surroundings and meeting new friends, and love what they found. Linda has immersed herself in arts and outdoor groups, and is a reporter and feature writer for local and regional publications. She volunteers with several community organizations, and is always seeking new adventures.

frequent CONTRIBUTORS Laurie Nelson-Barker is the owner of Formatian Fitness and Travel Training. She earned a Master’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation and is a Certified Personal Trainer. Laurie has enjoyed over 30 years of conducting fitness training and classes. Contact her at or (435) 574-9362. Visit her website www.formatianfitness. com. Paul “Dr. Q” Noe has been in the nursery industry for over 50 years, with experience in retail and wholesale sales as well as landscaping, plant maintenance and growing experience. Paul has lived in southern Nevada for 34 years. He became a California Certified Nurseryman in 1968 and a Certified Horticulture Advisor in 1993 by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Service. 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. Elspeth Kuta is the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum Coordinator, where it is her privilege to share local history of Mesquite and surrounding areas with the community and visitors alike. She and the museum strive to bring history to life, and preserve and protect the local tales of yore.

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

Dawn McLain is the Owner and President of Write It Up!, a small, fullservice advertising agency based in St. George. Over the past 20 years, the firm has grown to include comprehensive PR and marketing services, as well as media buys, blogging, corporate facilitation and much more. To get in touch with Dawn, email her at

Celece Krieger is the owner of The Travel Connection, located at 1373 East 170 South in St. George. Travel is her passion and she’s spent the past 24 years planning dream vacations around the world. Her favorite vacation is the South Pacific with her “toes in the sand.” Reach her at (435) 628-3636 or


Message from the Mayor


Dear Mesquite Residents and Guests, As I write this holiday letter, I sense changes in the air. The days are shorter and a bit cooler. The air-conditioning runs less, more vehicles are on the streets, and I see many new faces in the market. It must be the start of the fall season, and shortly winter, minus the snow and the bitter cold. By the time you open View On Magazine, the holiday season will be in full swing. It’s not only the busiest time of the year in Mesquite, it’s the most fun, and with so much to do, it’s hard to keep track of the days. Let’s start with November. We are having our 20th Annual Veterans Day Parade on November 4 at 10:00 AM. Mesquite Boulevard will be packed with participants and spectators to honor our many veterans, both in the city and in the nation. The parade goes right by our new library that is currently under construction, and should be open in the spring. The new library will be a fantastic addition to our community. That evening after the parade, there will be a Hangar Dance and Show at the Mesquite Airport. All proceeds from the

dance will go to our Mesquite Veterans Center. This will be a 1940s style event, and you are encouraged to dress in the style of that day. The dance is only five dollars per person, and includes hot dogs, hamburgers, and lots of opportunities to win raffle prizes. The following day, November 5, One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite will open with an inspirational program on the field next to the Mesquite City Recreation Center. The event runs all week, and no one should miss it. Our Festival of Trees, featuring local entertainment and a beautiful display of decorated Christmas trees made by our local residents will be held shortly before Thanksgiving. November also marks the first of a series of concerts put on by our very own Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra. They will open this season with an inspiring performance November 18 in the CasaBlanca Showroom. It’s sure to be a sellout! As November winds down, don’t forget the annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner

at our Senior Center. Come on down and visit with friends and family and expect to make new friends while enjoying a great home cooked meal with all the traditional trimmings, and be extra thankful you live in such a wonderful community. December brings us the Mesquite Parade of Lights on December 7 starting at 5:30 PM. The parade ends at City Hall, and there will be lots of opportunities to have your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of our magnificent Christmas tree. There will be hot chocolate, cookies, and entertainment by carolers. Bring the family. I hope all of you will take time this year to enjoy what Mesquite has to offer, and to reflect on the meaning of the holidays. Be safe and enjoy the freedoms our country offers. Phyllis and I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a prosperous New Year in 2018! Sincerely, Mayor Al Litman




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Mesquite Exchange Club One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite

Explore the Winter Wonderland



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The Front Porch So Much More than Just a Flower Shop




INSPIRATION You Keep Standing

Strong Woman of Moapa Valley Suzy Bennett

Get Away for the Holidays

PAWS to the Rescue

Here Comes the Sun Skywatchers and Winter Solstice Markers

Dixie State University Makes Significant Progress on Strategic Plan The Gift of Giving

Fitness Hacks to Beat the Holiday Bulge

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A Few Things About Social Security

The Artistic Holidays are Coming!

Reduce Holiday Stress while Traveling

Trending Home Designs for 2018

Lost Gold of the Overland Express

A Colorful Winter Garden

Fall and Winter Energy Saving Tips



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love Washington City, with its hometown feeling and welcoming vibe. It provides a safe environment where neighborhood kids can make friends and experience the idyllic childhood we all wish for our children.

Washington City is steeped in tradition with its Cotton Days celebration and Days of ’47, and the city’s youth sports program is well-run and popular. The facilities are tremendous. The new Sullivan Virgin River Soccer Park is top notch and the Washington City Community Center is almost always abuzz with a wide variety of events such as Movies in the Park, a popular summertime event. It brings families together and – more importantly – gets them out of the house. Want to experience some calm in your hectic life? Take a stroll around Washington City’s little downtown near dusk and hop over to the tree lined Veterans Park during the gathering twilight. Then as you work your way through the quirky neighborhoods within Washington City, notice the occasional nod to the city’s glorious agricultural past. As you get your exercise, take a break from stimuli. Take that music out of your ear. Don’t look at your phone. Keep your head up. And smile. It’s very likely someone is just waiting to say, “Hi.”

WhyMoapa I LoveValley ~David Cordero


his is an early-rise, hard-working, close-knit community with people who love you. Community and church members help steer your children in the right direction. They are kind. They do their best to accept without judging. They are easy to visit with — everywhere you go. When there is a fire, a flood, or a tragedy, true religion — of all denominations — shines. There is a reverse sunrise every evening. We ride 4-wheelers to the post office to get our mail. There are blue days and gold days at the high school, Friday night football games, and traditions that include midnight fire and police department escorts when the state trophy comes home where it belongs.

There are valley wide yard sales, the Pomegranate Festival, and the annual Clark County Fair. This valley runs on volunteers who work countless, tireless hours because they love this valley and its people. But maybe the best part of living in Moapa Valley is that when your children are raised, if you’re lucky, they come back here to raise your grandchildren. ~Wendy Mulcock



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e moved to Mesquite from Bountiful, Utah 16 years ago. Over this period of time, we have grown to love everything about this wonderful town. The residents are so friendly, share family values, and strive to help one another. Mesquite works hard to instill a sense of community, and that shows in the respect and pride that radiates throughout town. Our town is so laid back from our neighboring big cities to the north and south, but we are thankful to have them close.

This beautiful desert valley has a rich history which the local residents are so proud of. Plus, living here you know you are going to get an encore presentation everyday with beautiful sunrises and brilliant sunsets against the tall palm trees and bluffs. You come to find out that the desert has its own unique beauty for each season. GOLF. What a wonderful four letter word! We are blessed with over 300 days of sunshine each year, and we don’t have to schedule our passion around snow, ice, or frost. We have seven amazing courses within a 15 minute drive. Now that is paradise! Being the resort manager for Masters Villas, a Five Star timeshare resort here in Mesquite, for the past 16 years, has introduced us to countless visitors who come to stay in Mesquite for their vacation week. We are proud to say that we know of at least 40 individuals who, after experiencing this little Gem in the Desert for one week, have chosen to purchase homes here either as a second home or to live out their retirement years.

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Thankfully, as we learned many years ago, unless you venture off that freeway exit and explore around a little bit, you will never know the magic of Mesquite. That’s why We Love Mesquite! ~ Rick and Marlene Jones


n Ivins, I have discovered a magical haven nestled near inspiring red mountain views. Among this desert paradise, there are many trails to enjoy a quick, or long, adventure with easy access to petroglyphs, panoramic views accompanied by breathtaking sunsets, and crisp sunrises. Each time my children and I get out and wander, we are in awe as we find a plethora of wildlife that adds extra excitement and a deeper connection to nature. Most commonly, we encounter tortoises, lizards, hummingbirds, and a variety of dragonflies. We love the sense of community we feel each time we visit the farmers market, small shops, or stroll through Kayenta Art village where we get to know the local owners and browse a variety of handmade creations. During the hot months, the Ivins City Reservoir serves as a welcome spot to build sandcastles while cooling off and getting a free pedicure from the cool sandy waterfront. Personally, I have found it hard to keep my own creative juices at bay, as it is so easy to feel inspired, whether through creating art, drum making, bird watching, or simple writings inspired by the calming beauty around. We love our little oasis in Ivins. It provides a sense of living in our own little world with access to the larger city amenities just a few miles away. ~ Hollie Hope



You Keep

by Charlene Paul

Rock bottom is a scary place, but it can also be a pretty good foundation on which to stand and rebuild."

It’s like we are all part of a human version of the Whack-a-Mole game. Just as we come up for air, someone or something whacks us on the head, and down we go — too battered, too bruised, and too tired to get back up. It is so much easier to stay down in the gloom and darkness rather than stand and take a step into the light.


In the midst of trials, it is easy to see and focus only on the pain, sorrow, and devastation. Media outlets grab the sensational without touching on the human kindness, as if to tell us there is little, if anything, of true worth left in our world. Looking more deeply into each of the aforementioned events, however, I found nuggets of treasure whose worth cannot be counted or tallied.

or anyone who took a breath during 2017, I do not need to tell you it was a rough year. Hurricanes, earthquakes, massive fires, floods, wars, skirmishes, name-calling, discontent, loss of life, record-breaking heat, and political posturing were just some of the trials we faced. As I sit here writing today, the horrible events of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas are fresh on the minds of everyone. I’m sure I am not the only one whose legs feel a little rubbery and wonders how we will ever be able to remain standing. To think the actions of one man could devastate and change so many lives in the matter of a few minutes is mind-boggling. To think a natural disaster could displace tens of thousands and wipe out entire towns and villages is staggering. To think that one spark could be the beginning of so much destruction is shattering. And stuffing those events, and more, into one short year, three hundred and sixty-five days, is paralyzing. The question of how to live without merely surviving must be answered. As I looked back over the year, the bleakest moments seemed to push away any glimmer of hope that might be waiting just beyond the horizon.


I found a nugget of hope in the faces of those who left jobs, families, and homes to head to Texas or Florida or Puerto Rico or Montana or Brian Head or Mexico to help rebuild and serve. I found nuggets of dedication and determination in those who spent countless, sleepless hours attending to the wounded and dying. I found a nugget of courage from those who put their lives on the line for freedom every day in every corner of this world. I found a nugget of gratitude for those who stayed behind to keep family and community functioning. I found a nugget of humility from those who stood in lines to give blood and from those who fed the hungry crowds. I found a nugget of tenacity in the faces of brothers and sisters I have never met. I found a nugget of boldness as men and women of all races, creeds, denominations, and political leanings joined together with grit and persistence to not allow

Standing others to suffer alone, not allow catastrophe to oppress, and not allow evil to win. I found a nugget of faith in the human spirit. These are the treasures of the human experience. A few days after the shooting in Las Vegas in October, my husband and I decided to drive down the Strip. The first things I noticed were four billboards welcoming visitors to our city with the messages, VegasResilient, VegasTogether, VegasGrateful, and VegasStrong. The row of fiftyeight white crosses with red hearts and blue hearts in front of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign could barely be seen because of the hundreds of people gathered around carrying candles and quietly showing their respect. Driving on, billboards, lighted signs, and messages on vehicles simply read, Pray for Vegas and #VegasStrong. And on many of the hotel marquis, the simple message, “We’ve been there for you during the good times. Thank you for being there for us now,” shown white on black backgrounds. A permanent half-acre park in downtown Las Vegas that was built in a matter of days with fifty-nine trees commemorating those who lost their lives was filled with crowds gathering for First Friday events. As we drove, I was more aware of the police officers doing their jobs to keep the city safe. I was more aware of people enjoying themselves in spite of the tragedy. I was more aware of the treasure of life itself. I am hoping 2018 will be a little easier and a lot less eventful, but no one can promise that will be the

case. In reality, there will be broken hearts that need mending, concerns that need listening ears, tears that need drying, backs that need patting, and legs that need strengthening. And there may be times when staying down feels like the only option. Don’t you believe that. Don’t you stay down and allow life’s burdens to keep you from becoming who you are meant to be. Don’t you lose faith. Don’t you give up. Don’t you quit. You keep standing. We need one another, now more than ever. When you hit rock bottom, raise up your hands believing help will come, because prayers are most often answered by those around us. Rock bottom is a scary place, but it can also be a pretty good foundation on which to stand and rebuild. Yes, 2017 offered challenges none of us would have ever awaited in gleeful anticipation. But 2017 also taught us that we are more than separate, special interest groups. It taught us who we really are and what we can accomplish when we step outside of ourselves and into the world of light and hope. At the close of 2017, glance back for a small moment and say goodbye to the year. Then take a deep, cleansing breath as you look toward 2018. It might not be all sunshine and roses. There will surely be unforeseen events, good and bad, but there will also be nuggets of treasure for each one who is willing to seek them. I wish you and your family a blessed Holiday Season and a joyous New Year. It is my sincere hope that you will find the courage, faith, hope, and strength to stay standing. V



Strong Women of Moapa Valley and give their family a better life. Her dad later owned a car and a camper lot in Henderson for many years. During the gas crunch of the early ‘70s, he closed those two businesses. He later opened a hardware and CB radio store which ran for several years. Suzi grew up seeing the challenges small business owners faced. (She still works in a small business with her mom.)


uzy Cole Bennett was born in Oklahoma and raised in Henderson, Nevada, and she is the daughter of Arnold and Peggy Cole. Her parents made the choice to move to southern Nevada so her dad could work at the Test Site

Growing up, she loved riding horses and rodeo. She competed in barrel racing and goat tying, and was pretty good at both. She also loved camping, water skiing, and fishing, and spent countless hours at Lake Mead with her parents and friends. She met her husband Kevin in Dallas, Texas. She said, “I went back and married the poorest Okie I could find. But he is also the sweetest, kindest, best man I’ve ever known. He is solid, a hard worker, and a

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terrific dad and grandpa.” Of the two, Suzy is the vocal one. She is outgoing while Kevin is more reserved. If you ask her, she will tell you that they compliment each other perfectly. She and Kevin came to southern Nevada for a vacation in January of 1994, and then returned to Oklahoma where they made the decision to pull up stakes and make Nevada their new home. It took four days to pack their belongings, sell their farm equipment, get Kevin’s mom married off, and head to southern Nevada where Kevin found a job with Mr. Ice. Suzi and Kevin are the parents of daughter Shelby and son Cole whose personalities mirror those of their parents. They quickly and enthusiastically adopted their son-inlaw David into their family, and welcomed Bennett, the cutest little granddaughter ever.

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Suzy Bennett An avid supporter of the Clark County Fair and Rodeo in Logandale, Nevada, Suzy worked in the Fine Arts Building from 1996 through 2000. She helped with the set-up and display of the breathtaking needlework entered by talented women and men. Handmade quilts and clothing, afghans, dolls, and artwork were all tastefully displayed with a variety of themes over the years. Now, she enters her own handmade creations.

The year 2005 was a rough one for Suzy. Her oldest brother Greg was killed in a motorcycle accident and her dad passed later that year. Of her brother, she says, “Greg was always my champion. It was a great, but hard lesson to learn that I could do things on my own after he was gone.” Greg’s death left a huge hole, not just in the lives of his family members, but also in the city of Henderson as well. Greg coached Little League Baseball for seventeen years without ever having a child in the league. For almost three decades, he worked as a surveyor for the city of Henderson. So in 2006, in honor of his service, the city of Henderson named a baseball field at Callaghan Park after him. A large rock at the field is inscribed simply, Greg Cole Field. “My mother, my brother, Rod, and I couldn’t have been prouder,” said Suzy. Since 2007, Suzy has run her own dairy farm, and milked upwards of twelve goats

twice a day for years. She makes her own goat milk-based soap which she says is amazing. She also makes her own cheese. From mozzarella to ricotta, bleu cheese to feta, her home cooked meals are never complete without at least a sprinkling of fresh cheese. Because of regulations relating to small family farms, she couldn’t sell the goat milk, but she often loaned jars that just happened to be filled with it. During the goat birthing season, she receives three to four calls a week to assist with the goat births. She refers to herself as a goat midwife.

Active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she has held positions in the Young Womens program, Primary, Relief Society, and Sunday School. She currently teaches an early morning seminary class of senior high school students. Always an early riser anyway, her seminary calling ensures she is up each and every day well before the sun. She and Kevin also work and serve in the LDS temple in Las Vegas every Wednesday evening.

Farming is not Suzy’s only passion. She sews, knits, crochets, and loves any kind of crafting. She is extremely talented and shares her talents in so many ways. The girl who once believed she couldn’t do much is now the woman who believes it is possible to accomplish whatever she puts her mind to.


In addition, Suzy is an active member of the Moapa Valley and Mesquite Chambers of Commerce and the Rotary Club, because she believes in giving service, being a positive influence, and doing good for her community. She is currently employed as a consultant for Mesquite Regional Business Development Center (SBDC) where she helps small business owners, small business start-ups, and those wanting more information on starting or running a small business. Through the SBDC, she provides free information, assistance, counseling, and training. When she speaks about helping small business owners and entrepreneurs, her enthusiasm is contagious. Her smile and quick wit add to her overall demeanor. Lukewarm is not a word anyone would ever use to describe Suzy’s devotion to any of her undertakings. On any given day, you


will find her actively supporting and reassuring those with whom she comes in contact, that life is good, and that it is possible to accomplish whatever they put their mind to. “My favorite thing is encouraging people to step out of their comfort zone and take a chance,” Suzy says. “Building relationships is the most important thing you can do when it comes to helping others.” Spend just a few minutes with her, and you will feel her passion for family, friends, community, church, and life itself.V


by Lisa Larson


or many, it’s hard to imagine December without a healthy dose of the Christmas spirit, but if the band of villains in Tuacahn’s upcoming holiday production, Fairy Tale Christmas has its way, Christmas cheer is exactly what December will be missing. Written by Scott McLean, with music and lyrics by Scott McLean and The Forgotten Carols creator Michael McLean, Fairy Tale Christmas tells the story of a group of classic fairy tale villains who are fed up with the way they are depicted in children’s stories, so they decide to take matters into their own hands by kidnapping Santa Claus!


Holding Santa hostage in the hopes of making the fairy tale heroes change the endings of their stories, the villains want to put an end to happily ever after once and for all. “It’s very clever and fun,” says Scott Anderson, artistic director for Tuacahn. “We did a reading of it during last year’s New Works Festival, and the reaction was amazing.” The entire process, including last year’s New Works Festival reading, has been a marvelous evolution for playwright Scott McLean to behold.

“Some plays, you start out with a vision and you work the script into what you are hoping for,” says Scott McLean. “With Fairy Tale Christmas, the play kind of showed us — it revealed itself to us and it was a joy to keep discovering.” Scott McLean says he can’t wait for audiences to unwrap this gift he’s spent so much time preparing. Featuring a cast of seven actors who play the villains and also the heroes, Scott McLean says he has no doubt people will be impressed by the quality of the cast because, “that’s the great thing about Tuacahn. They hire great people.”

One such great person is Director Jeffry Denman. With a resume that includes several Broadway acting appearances in White Christmas and Into the Woods, among others, Denman also directed Disney’s When You Wish and Thoroughly Modern Millie at Tuacahn, as well as this season’s smashingly successful run of Disney’s Newsies. “I’m excited to work with Jeffry and everything he will bring to the production,” says Scott McLean. “The stories within this tale are about themes of perspective and choices. It’s the kind of show that will have people asking themselves, 'is there good in everyone?'”

While the play itself certainly has an opinion about that, Scott McLean says he can’t wait for audiences to determine that answer for themselves. With all the heart-warming cheer of the Christmas season at Tuacahn, audiences can also be assured the environment itself will be warm, thanks to the newly renovated indoor Hafen Theatre where Fairy Tale Christmas will play. Fairy Tale Christmas opens December 1 and continues through December 23, excluding Sundays. The show starts at 7:30 PM daily, with matinees at 4:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets start at $29. For more information, log onto, or call (435) 652-3300. You can also take advantage of even more Christmas cheer on your way in and out of Fairy Tale Christmas thanks to the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas in the Canyon taking place Fridays, Saturdays, and select weeknights from November 24 through December 23. V Visit for specific dates.


RISING STAR SPORTS RANCH in Position to be the Region’s Home for Court Sports by Cassandra Cousineau


he opening of the fieldhouse was a game changer for Rising Star Sports Ranch and the City of Mesquite. On any given week throughout the year, The Ranch opens the doors of its climate-controlled, indoor facility to teams and coaches from across the region. The brand-new 30,000 square foot building, affectionately called The Barn, is situated within walking distance from Old Mill, Pioneer Memorial, and almost 40 other fields and courts. For over a decade now, the City of Mesquite, has been working towards positioning itself as a sports destination in the southwest. The addition of the new field house at The Ranch and the new state of the art gymnasium at Virgin Valley High School makes Mesquite not just a destination for field sports, but court sports as well. Court sports encompass indoor events like basketball, volleyball, cheer, wrestling, and martial arts, as well as pickleball. In addition to courts, The Barn has the ability to be configured with turf, allowing for sports such as soccer, lacrosse, football, and baseball to train and compete indoors when needed, to neutralize the effect of inclement weather. Your New Home for Court Sports Already the Nevada destination for Nike’s only overnight sports camps, The Ranch has provided a coordinated strategy bringing teams and visitors to the region. Driven by a vision to improve the overall travel experience, The Ranch COO, Andre Carrier, has emphasized the ability to package the "family experience" for athletes and parents.


“Nothing is more valuable than your time with your children. The Ranch was designed and built to make the most of that time. By moving fields and courts closer to the hotel rooms, time is given back for post-game fun. Time is given back for kids to be kids. Time is given back for mom and dad to be on vacation with their kids.” Having reached its one-year anniversary, The Ranch has been home to Nike Basketball, Softball and Baseball; UNLV volleyball and basketball; the University of Utah Lacrosse; Southern Utah University volleyball; Nevada Youth Sports tackle football; and Planet Athlete, an academy for student athletes training and competing to earn sports scholarships while boarding at the facility. In total, several thousand coaches and families have participated in a camp or tournament hosted by Rising Star Sports Ranch. Boon in Youth Sports Industry Youth sports isn’t just a developing market. The cover story in the September issue of Time Magazine cites the U.S. youth-sports economy as a $15 billion market, with 55 percent growth since 2010, according to Winter Green Research, a private firm that tracks the industry. The youth sports industry has been the most stable, dedicated, and ever-growing industry, especially the last few years. Cities across the country aim to appeal to travel teams with new facilities or special amenities. But only a handful of locations, including Rising Star Sports Ranch offer the full package: Competitive tournaments, great sporting traditions, and multiple opportunities for families to have fun and make new memories. V


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Get Away by Celece Krieger


he holidays are here and before you know it, you will be planning menus, grocery shopping, and setting the table for Thanksgiving. Before the dishes are dry, holiday shopping begins, and you are busy trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. It is an entire month full of shopping, baking, attending parties – and to be honest – a lot of work. What if you did not have to do that this year, or even next year? What if you decided to give the gift of travel and depart on a relaxing vacation instead? Many families opt to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas on a cruise. It is as simple as choosing your dates of travel and your itinerary. Just because you are in the middle of the ocean on a floating


resort, does not mean you should give up holiday traditions. The ships are lavishly decorated, special activities are planned, and gourmet holiday meals are served. No yams with marshmallows or mystery casseroles here. On a cruise, Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner will be prepared by a professional chef, served by attentive waiters, and someone else is in charge of washing dishes for a change. Don’t think Santa Claus will miss you on the ocean. Rudolph knows how to find each ship, and Santa makes a special appearance onboard. At each port of call, experience traditions, décor, and holiday treats from a variety of cultures. Maybe you don’t want to cruise during Christmas, but want to experience holiday

traditions abroad. Imagine Christmas shopping at the famous Christmas Markets in Vienna, Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg. See where so many Christmas traditions began on a Danube river cruise. Sail through the Wachau Valley and Bavarian countryside with stops at cathedrals, guided tours, and of course, time to find specialty items and handicrafts at the world-famous Christmas Markets. The loved ones on your Christmas list will cherish the unique gifts, and you will experience holiday traditions like no other. If Europe is too far away, there are plenty of memorable holiday vacations stateside. Kick off the holiday season in the Big Apple. Stay in the beautifully decorated Waldorf Astoria Hotel in the

heart of Manhattan. See the world-famous Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall, the famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, Broadway shows, and don’t forget the shopping! From Chinatown to Fifth Avenue, there are gifts for that hard-to-buy-for person on everyone’s list. If celebrating in a city is not your ideal vacation, why not consider an escorted tour? The Branson Musical Holiday rings in the holiday spirit with special performances by Branson’s best performers. Other popular holiday itineraries include Country Christmas at Nashville’s Opryland Hotel, Southern Charm in Savannah, San Antonio Riverwalk, and New England Yuletide Treasures. Christmas is not the only time to celebrate. Ring in the New Year at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, a tradition since 1890. Many tour itineraries include reserved seating for prime viewing of the parade route, and a special time to preview the floats. Special New Year’s Eve celebrations are included and feature dinner dances and live entertainment, topped off with a special toast. What a wonderful way to celebrate the season! Giving yourself or your loved ones the gift of travel for the holiday season is something that will create lasting memories for years to come. It is not a material possession that can be lost, broken, outgrown, or forgotten.V


One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite

November 5–12, 2017

by Paul Benedict photos provided by Bob Kulon, Top Producer Pix; and Exchange Club of Mesquite


welve years ago, the members of the Exchange Club of Mesquite founded a tradition and a source of pride in our valley, One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite, an annual week-long tribute to America’s military and veterans. Each year, volunteers step forward to help set up a field of 1000 full-size American flags on the Mesquite Recreation Center field, and help dismantle it when the week


is over. Patriotic souls dedicate three hours of their time to stand watch over the field 24-hours a day for the duration of the event. The Veterans Day events and closing ceremonies are well-attended. One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite touches the hearts of everyone, drawing visitors (and volunteers) from hundreds of miles away. Truckers sound their air horns in respect as they pass on the interstate.

photo by Bob Kulon, Top Production Pix

The ceremonies are standing-room only, and the assistance from the city, business sponsors, and other community organizations is invaluable. This year, Exchange Club members and volunteers will erect the flags on the west field of the Mesquite Recreation Center on Sunday morning, November 5. This stunning display of respect will stand proudly until November 12, 24-hours a day

in rain or shine. Of course, the field is lit at night, and dedicated volunteers will maintain a watchful vigil in three hour shifts. Walk slowly through the field. Each star-spangled sentinel represents the silent stories of thousands of brave Americans who have served and are serving our great nation at home and abroad. Listen to their stories with your heart, read the dedications, offer your thanks for their sacrifices, and share your silent prayers with them.

After the closing ceremony, you are welcome to either take the flag you sponsored home to proudly display, or donate it back to the project, to be included in next year’s One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite. In either case, keep your dedication ribbon as a reminder of your special veteran. V

Whether this is the first time you experience One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite, or whether you make it a point to witness and be part of this magnificent display every year, the sense of patriotism you feel cannot be described — you simply have to experience it for yourself. Visit as often as you would like, and be sure to bring your camera; the precision and grandeur of the display is truly memorable. On Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11 at 6:00 PM, a heartwarming ceremony will be conducted at the field honoring those who have served, and your presence is encouraged. On Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 PM, a closing ceremony will be conducted, including a formal flag retirement ceremony by the Mesquite Fire Department. If you have a worn or weathered American flag that should be retired, please feel free to bring it to the field anytime during the week. The Exchange Club of Mesquite is a major supporter of programs and services for local veterans right here in the Virgin Valley, and One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite is a primary fundraiser. We invite you to sponsor a flag for $35 each. You will be given a ribbon of remembrance to attach to your flag in honor of, or in memory of an important veteran in your life. There is room on the dedication tag to add your own words of recognition. Remember, One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite honors every veteran and member of America’s military, living or deceased.


Merry Christmas from your Remax Family

Raising the Roof

on the

Dawg House

story by Charlene Paul photos by Jaydell Wilson


he beginning of the new year ushered in big changes for the Bulldogs of Virgin Valley High School. After sitting through meetings, waiting for bond approval, and watching for the bond oversight committee to give their final consent, the Clark County School District finally granted their blessing for a much-needed new gymnasium at the high school. Soon after the approval, construction fences went up and preparation for construction commenced with the demolition of the crossfit room and relocation of the underground utilities. February ended as main lines were connected and tons of dirt was moved for the pad footings. Digging, dirt-moving, and prep work continued into March, and an access road between the gym and the football field


was created. A trench for drainage was dug on the east side of the existing gym, and footings for the new wrestling room were etched deep into the earth, while anticipation grew. Electrical lines were pulled, footings were poured, a couple of rows of blocks were laid, and rebar was set for the columns at the entrance of the gym during the week of Spring Break. A block mock-up of the gym colors was built behind the school, adding to the excitement of the reality of the new gym. By the end of April, a concrete pad covered the expertly excavated dirt. By week fourteen, the walls ascended, door frames were placed, and the gym took shape day by thrilling day. At just over twenty feet tall and almost halfway to their finished height of forty-five feet, the gym walls gave shape to the new building. The retaining wall for the access road running

from the back of the gym and past the football field, exiting by the Bulldog arch could be seen by onlookers anxious for the completion of the gym. Week nineteen saw the north, south, and west walls standing upright against the bright blue desert sky. The east wall would be completed once the ceiling rafters were set in place the following week, when the lobby area and wrestling room would also be completed. Week twenty-one saw the ceiling joists in place, the walls completed, the block work finished, and the roof deck laid. The lobby walls and east wall were finished in spite of the hot temperatures. No matter how challenging weather conditions, general contractor, CORE Construction, didn’t miss a beat. A great reason for celebrating was realized during week twenty-two when the air conditioning duct work was being placed, and the lobby connecting the new gym to the existing facility was completed. Inside the gym, team rooms were framed and ceiling beams were hung in the entryway and wrestling room. The anticipated substantial completion goal of October 30, 2017 made the heat of July a little easier to bear. Exterior framing

and stucco began and the installation of the roofing made what was once a dream of this much-awaited gymnasium a reality. The gym ceiling was painted in time for the beginning of the new school year, and just two weeks later, the wood for the gym floor arrived. Hardware for the baskets was placed and electrical wiring continued to be pulled. Doors were hung during week thirty-one and the roar of the road grading equipment behind the gym could be heard far and wide. During the weeks of September, the front of the gym was readied for stucco, the interior walls were primed for paint, and sound boards were hung on the walls. The basketball standards were up, the acoustic tiles were painted Bulldog green, and the team rooms were taped, awaiting texture and paint. Curb and gutter for the road behind the gym is now finished, and the road is paved. The tile on the team room bathroom walls is in place, and the glass is in the front doors. Concrete for the sidewalks around the gym is cured, and the paint in the lobby and bathrooms is dry. Of course, no construction is ever complete without a few snags here and there. And construction on this beautiful gymnasium is no different. Laying the wood flooring had to be put on hold while the contractor figured out some issues with the concrete pad in the gym. Somewhere in the midst of the construction, Principal Cliff Hughes figured out that the Clark County School District funding would not provide for chairs, tables, wall and floor graphics, and other necessary items. So, a plea went out to the community. The response has been overwhelming. Donations poured in from local businesses, private citizens, and groups. Hughes is a little reluctant to give specific names for fear he may leave some out. But he is quick to add that this community has come together for this project in ways that have been both humbling and overwhelming. As a Moapa Valley Pirate fan, I was a little hesitant to have my name attached to anything Bulldog. But I am so excited for the students, faculty, teams, coaches, and the community of Mesquite. There is nothing quite like being able to root for the hometown high school. And there is nothing quite like living in a community like Mesquite where the importance of school pride, community togetherness, family loyalty, and a hard-work ethic join together to strengthen society as a whole. On behalf of my fellow Pirate fans, congratulations to the people of Mesquite on the completion of your new gym. And may I add, let the competition that will take place in this beautiful new facility live strong and healthy for years to come. V


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PAWS to the



n 2017, PAWS rescued over 120 dogs and puppies, and approximately 200 cats and kittens.


In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, they rescued both cats and dogs, and were able to adopt out all the cats, and all but three of the fifteen dogs.

storm is still wreaking havoc for many residents. People lost homes, schools, and entire neighborhoods. Those who were able, took what they could and were evacuated. Many tried to take their animals, but with many shelters unable to take people and their animals, thousands of pets were surrendered or left behind.

On August 25, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, hit the the Texas Gulf. The aftermath of the

On Monday, August 28, the community of St. George decided those who worked with local

rescues would pack up and head to Houston. Carol Peckham from Lovin' Arms Pet Center, and Andi Sykes, both well known in the community for their rescue efforts, began collecting donations of dog food, cat food, crates, bowls, and everything else they needed, and headed to Houston. PAWS (Providing Animals with Support) was not far behind. PAWS began clearing their kennels, and their rescues were adopted or placed into foster care. The kennels were left empty, leaving every kennel open to accept a Hurricane Harvey rescue animal. Carol, the original Founder of PAWS, had also gone to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. When Carol and Andi arrived, they delivered supplies and helped with rescue efforts. Four PAWS volunteers and staff, along with Anita DeLelles from Woof Center for Active Pets headed out to bring as many animals to St. George as possible. "We loaded up two vans and headed out. We knew we would only be able to bring back 15-20 animals that were stranded in shelters, but that would leave more

than fifteen spots that would be open to someone's pet," says Lulu Hart, operations manager for PAWS. “All of the rescues we picked up and brought back were already in a shelter prior to the hurricane, or were surrendered by their owners who knew they could not keep them. No animals were brought back who had the possibility of someone out there looking for them.”

Hart continued, “We left on Saturday morning, drove straight through, slept for seven hours, and made our way into Austin Sunday at approximately 11:00 AM. When we first walked in the doors, we all just froze. What we walked into was emotionally draining — crate after crate of sad, anxious faces. We were given instructions on how to go around and see what rescues we could take. It was not easy. Our first instinct was, ‘We will take them all.’ But there were hundreds. We went by each kennel, looked at each card, and started writing our names on them. Two hours later, we had picked out thirteen dogs, and headed over to the cats. PAWS takes in many local cats. We currently house forty adult cats, and this year our kitten season has been overwhelmingly high. We knew we were limited on how many cats we could bring back. Fortunately, a Kansas-based rescue called Alley Cats had pulled most of the rescue cats,” Hart said. Lulu kept going back inside and returning with just one more dog, knowing they would somehow make space. The rest of the team had the same idea. PAWS


With two vans already filled to capacity, they said, “Okay, make rooms, guys.” And HoneyBee was loaded up with the rest. They headed back to St. George, knowing they faced a twenty-hour, non-stop drive. To their surprise, the rescues came through it all very well.

volunteer, Anne Hackett spotted a grey cat who stole her heart and gathered her up. Anita found a little black kitten she called Boo. Both were scooped up and taken to the vans. They packed up, almost ready to head out, and then came Ebert. He was a Blue Nose Pit Bull who was so sweet, but so sad. Of course, they made room for him, and once again, they were ready. Then Faith, the head of the Austin Live operation, came out and said, “Hey, you left one dog. Your name is on her crate.”


They were greeted at Lovin' Arms Pet Center by the entire PAWS rescue team who rose to the occasion and started unloading. Each rescue was unloaded, walked, watered, fed, examined, vaccinated, microchipped, bathed, and loved. They ran through the store, some doing a little shoplifting along the way! Then one by one, they were loaded into cars with volunteers and hand-delivered to PAWS, where the task of vetting took place. There were some pretty scared, skinny animals. The volunteers knew love and security were most important, so they played with them, cleaned up after them, and held them. DeeDee Berryman took Ebert, renamed Beau, home to foster with Pam Simons; it was the first time he had lifted his head.

After vetting, the task of adopting began. They knew there were three or four animals they needed to hold back because of health issues, but today, all but three Hurricane Harvey rescues have been adopted. The others are currently being vetted, and are making great improvements.V For more information on PAWS or how to adopt, call (435) 688-9748.


St. George Vet Center We'll Come to You


he St. George Vet Center’s main focus is for readjustment counseling for combat veterans and their families. Our services include group counseling, individual, marital, PTSD, family, and bereavement counseling — all 100% free. The Mobile Vet Center based in St. George, Utah started providing mobile mental health care and outreach services to the Utah cities of Cedar City, Beaver, Fillmore, Richfield, other southern Utah towns, as well as Mesquite, Nevada. Thomas Lamb, a readjustment counseling technician and Iraq veteran does outreach to educate veterans on the availability of various benefits and programs for veterans. Eligibility for care is anyone who has served in a theater of active American combat operations, from the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terrorism. Also, veterans who have suffered military-related trauma, such as military sexual trauma, has been a prisoner of war, or suffered an amputation or crippling injury as a result of military service. There are services available for bereavement care to the families of service members who were killed in action. More specific eligibility information can be found at V


Thomas Lamb and the Mobile Vet Center.

If you see the Mobile Vet Center van, please stop by and talk with Thomas. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call (435) 673-4494, or stop by our office at 1664 S. Dixie Drive, Suite C-102, St. George, Utah 84770.

F Book Sale Helps Turn the Page for Literacy

or the fourth year, Mesquite readers can choose from a veritable sea of books at the annual Mesquite Reads Book Sale. On November 4, at the Mesquite Library parking lot at 121 W. First North Street, thousands of exciting used books will change hands, bringing enjoyment to new readers and helping support an elementary school summer reading program. The Mesquite Reads program seeks to assure that every child in the Virgin Valley reads to grade level by third grade. This year, Sunrise Rotary sponsors the event along with the Eureka Community Initiative. Rotary member, Richard Gutierrez is Chairman. Building on the successes of past book sales, everyone has high hopes of surpassing the annual goal of raising $1000 with the book market.

by Linda Faas

In 2014, Principal Cathy Davis of Virgin Valley Elementary School approached the Eureka Casino Resort for help in launching a summer program to bring all local youngsters up to grade level in reading skills. Davis and teacher, Lupe Guzman pointed out to Eureka management that early reading achievement has a profound effect on a child’s chances of graduating from

high school and attaining a career that will support them in life. The Eureka and its Community Initiative Foundation embraced the concept, and provided its full support for a summer reading program called Mesquite Reads. By enlisting community help to share the annual costs, this valuable program has become a local institution. Innovative public support has been substantial. The annual used book market was the brainchild of local resident, Nancy Hewitt, who organized the event with support from the library staff. Dozens of local volunteers help collect, sort, transport, display, and sell books that are donated for the cause. The recycled books are a treasure trove of enjoyment for the new owners, and are a deeply appreciated source of funding for the Mesquite Reads program. “I love this sale!” says avid reader, Betty Conway. “It’s my chance to exchange my bestseller book club purchases for new titles. Such bargains! I buy bags of books each year, then bring them back for someone else to enjoy next year.” Join the crowd at the library on November 4. Help Mesquite Reads!V


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Here Comes the Sun:

Skywatchers and Winter Solstice Markers story and photos by Karen L. Monsen


hroughout human history, the sun has been worshiped, celebrated, and observed. Ancient civilizations ritualized its celestial journey; Native American Skywatchers monitored its movements; and shamans reassured disciples that following the shortest day in the year, the sun would return for a new growing season. Today, winter holidays continue to evoke the sun’s journey, winter solstice, new beginnings, and festivals of lights.


Skywatchers On August 21, 2017, millions of Americans became transitory skywatchers, witnessing a total solar eclipse. In prehistoric times, significant celestial episodes might have been unsettling to agricultural societies closely monitoring environmental changes. Prehistoric people seeking control over nature devised sacred practices — rituals that continue today.

On the Hopi reservation in northeastern Arizona, tribal members perform ceremonies as they have for centuries in Oraibi — considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the United States, dating back thousands of years to Basketmaker cultures. In Book of the Hopi, historian-writer Frank Waters describes Hopi solstice ceremonies. “Chiefs of the Sun and Flute Clans make solar observations each

Caltech planetary science graduate student Peter Buhler Peter Ngo and Elaine Ngo at Lake Cascade Idaho during 2017 solar eclipse.

sunrise from a house in Oraibi on a high point which gives an unobstructed view of Sun House Mesa across the valley. Each morning the rising sun casts its shadow a little closer to a designated mark on the west wall. When it reaches the mark, the chiefs are able to determine the exact number of days until the Winter Solstice, when the most important ritual in Soyál is observed.” Waters asserts the word Soyál is derived from all and year referring to Hopi ceremonies that establish life anew for all the world. Light Daggers and Shadows Light daggers and shadows created by predictable solar movements could have served early agricultural societies like a Farmer’s Almanac, foretelling when to begin planting. Researcher and Solstice Project founder, Anna Sofaer, and Utah’s self-described amateur archaeologist, Ray Urbaniak, provide insights on how light and shadow interactions with petroglyph images may have functioned as early calendars. Sofaer is known for her research on celestial alignments in Chaco, New

Light Dagger Crossing Petroglyph Panel on Anasazi Ridge, Ivins, UT.

Mexico, a community dating from AD 400 to AD 1300. In her book, Chaco Astronomy: An Ancient American Cosmology, Sofaer states, “Among our earliest findings, between 1978 and 1979, we confirmed that the people of Chaco marked the summer and winter solstices and the equinoxes by forming vertical light

patterns on two spiral petroglyphs at the Sun Dagger site on Fajada Butte.” During the summer solstice, a light dagger descends through the center of a large spiral and moves rightward on succeeding days until winter solstice when two daggers bracket the spiral.


During several decades of studying petroglyphs in southern Utah, retired engineer Urbaniak documented over 70 cosmic events involving petroglyphs, and authored, Anasazi of SW Utah. Observing light dagger interactions on petroglyphs in 2011, Urbaniak’s Facebook posting noted, “When the Sun is at its highest Point on the Winter Solstice, the Sun is in the Shaman’s left hand. The Light & Shadow line moves from left hand to feet, to hands & back to left hand over the course of 1 ½ hours.”

reservation and left in 1956 to join the USMC. He remembers winter solstice as when the tribe was entering the “starvation time as food was generally running out.” Solar observations indicating the end of winter must have provided encouraging signs that resources would soon return.

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It's all right" ~ The Beatles lyrics

No doubt, this year’s eclipse skywatchers were as humbled as ancient viewers witnessing celestial events beyond human control. Now, as winter holidays approach, we eagerly anticipate the sun’s return to bring a new growing season and a New Year.V

Winter Solstice Sunrise on Petroglyph Panel, St. George, UT.JPG

Solstice Markers Light daggers and shadows are not the only solar-tracking devices ancient people used. Spirals and concentric circles, commonly found in petroglyphs across the American Southwest, have been linked to journeys, migrations, emergence, growth, and calendars. To understand how a spiral calendar works, remember that at summer solstice the sun rises further north than any time in the year and at winter solstice it rises the furthest south. Next, bisect the spiral with a horizontal line to represent earth’s horizon. A skywatcher could use the intersecting vertical spiral lines as waypoints corresponding to horizon markers tracking sunrise positions over time. At summer solstice, the sunrise notation point would be on the left side of the spiral, pass through the center at equinox, and reach the right side at winter solstice. The entire sequence then reverses as the sun moves from winter back through equinox to summer solstice. The number of turns or concentric circles on a specific spiral may represent the skywatcher’s observation points. Today, many Native American tribes continue traditional winter solstice observations as southern Utah resident, ranking Lakota Nation Bear Clan member (Oglala tribe), Bearpaw Langness recounts. Langness lived near the Pine Ridge South Dakota




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Christ mas in the Canyon by Lisa Larson


rom a distance, roughly 250,000 twinkling lights cast a cozy glow above Tuacahn Amphitheatre, beckoning visitors to come enjoy something a little more meaningful during the busy holiday season. It's as if someone wrapped a bow around the entire canyon. Tuacahn CEO Kevin Smith says he hopes everyone will take the opportunity to enjoy this “gift to the community” taking place Friday, Saturday, and select weeknights from November 24 through December 23. Visit for specific dates.


“It’s something the whole family can enjoy, at very little expense, and have a very meaningful experience during the holidays,” Smith says of the event that includes visits with Santa Claus, a train ride, hot chocolate, crackling fires, live musical performances, and for the first time, outdoor ice skating all within the craggy red backdrop of Tuacahn’s Padre Canyon jutting out against the starry night sky. At the heart of this gift is the story upon which many people base their Christmas beliefs, a live version of the Nativity. Featuring live animals, beautiful music,

professional voiceover narration by Dick Nourse, and community members filling each of the roles, the story’s message cuts through the cold December air to warm the hearts of all who attend. “It’s just a neat experience to remember what the holiday is all about,” says Heidi Anderson, director for the live Nativity. Often, the impact of the program goes even deeper for the performers. “Groups start booking a year in advance to participate,” Smith says of the amateur Nativity casts that change each night.

There is room for 50 to 80 participants in the show, ranging from the lead Joseph and Mary characters, to a choir of angels, wise men, shepherds, and Roman soldiers. All have costumes and an opportunity to rehearse briefly before stepping on stage for two or three performances per night — a feat Anderson says would not be possible without her team of stage managers and a rehearsal process that has been streamlined into “a well-oiled machine.” “Turning the show over to a different cast each night has made for some unique experiences,” Smith says, “one of which forever altered one particular moment in the show.”

his hesitancy would cause a problem for the story, but just as the narrator spoke about Jesus being wrapped in swaddling clothes, the man playing Joseph went to the manger and picked up the Jesus doll and held him through the rest of the song. It was so touching that it has become a tradition to have Joseph hold Jesus through that song in every performance since that time.”

“One year, a couple in their 50s or 60s was selected to play the roles of Mary and Joseph,” Smith recalls. “The woman playing Mary was thrilled; her husband who was cast as Joseph, was not. He was nervous. When he got on stage, there were several times we were concerned

This year’s Christmas in the Canyon event also includes an indoor professional production of Fairy Tale Christmas, written by Scott McLean, and the creator of The Forgotten Carols, Michael McLean. Fairy Tale Christmas tells the story of several disgruntled fairytale villains trying to

force the heroes to paint their villainous characters in a better light, and they will stop at nothing to get their way — including kidnapping Santa Claus. Christmas in the Canyon is free of charge. The Live Nativity is $2 per person. Fairy Tale Christmas tickets start at just $29, and can be purchased at or by calling 435-652-3300. V



To enhance inclusion and equity on campus, Dixie State University, which has a 23 percent minority population, hosted a variety of diversity events.

A traditional baccalaureate degree in nursing is one of the seven bachelor’s degrees Dixie State University was approved this year to add to its academic offerings.

Year in Review: Dixie State University Makes Significant Progress on Strategic Plan by Jyl Hall


s the calendar year winds down, it’s the perfect time to review the exciting growth Dixie State University has recently experienced in student numbers, infrastructure, and offerings — progress that is in line with the University’s five-year strategic plan, Dixie 2020: Status to Stature. “Three years ago, we created our strategic plan with the help of the community. We had six very distinctive goals and we came together in town hall meetings with the sole purpose to create a University that would go from having the status of a University to having the stature of a University,” DSU President Richard “Biff” Williams said. “We have implemented this plan for two years, and we thought the first year had an incredible amount of progress. We’ve made even


more progress in the second year, and that is due to a total commitment from our entire campus.” As part of the strategic plan’s first goal, which focuses on promoting student success, Dixie State welcomed its largest freshman class in school history this fall for the second year in a row. Additionally, students are coming to DSU better prepared for college, as the number of students who had a high school GPA of 3.75 or higher increased by 32 percent. Looking forward, DSU will continue to emphasize student retention as it restructures the First Year Experience course that acclimates students to college life. In line with Dixie State’s second strategic goal, which aims to broaden and enhance

academic programs, the institution was approved this year to offer bachelor’s degrees in Bioinformatics, Applied Sociology, Studio Art, Information Systems & Analytics, Nursing, Population Health, and Recreation & Sport Management. These additions bring the University’s number of bachelor’s degrees to 52 and academic programs up to 188. Additionally, DSU is working toward offering its first master’s degrees in Accountancy, Software Development, and Genetic Counseling, as well as bachelor’s programs in Mechanical Engineering, Arts Production, Design, Applied & Computational Mathematics, and Music Performance. To support DSU’s growing number of programs, the University broke ground

on its 155,000 square foot Human Performance Center in October, and plans to open it ahead of the Fall 2019 semester. The facility will house the specialized classrooms and labs needed to offer allied health classes, as well as campus recreation, intramural programs and exercise facilities. Dixie State is also establishing Innovation Plaza in the former East Elementary building to house the University’s technology and innovation centers. One such center, the Innovation Guidance and Solutions Division, has already helped 119 students and community members develop products and businesses since its inception in October 2016. Additionally, the University is bolstering Dixie Online by creating four online master’s courses, developing teaching certificate, and micro credentialing programs, and adding or revising 16 courses. In an effort to invest in faculty and staff and to accomplish the plan’s third goal,

Dixie State made equity adjustments to salaries and enhanced employee benefits at a reduced cost to employees and the University. As part of Goal Four, which aims to enhance inclusion and equity, the University hosted a variety of diversity events and training programs, increased recruiting efforts to minorities, and placed a renewed focus on International Student Services. To continue increasing the campus’s 23 percent minority population, DSU is creating a retention plan for underrepresented students and forming a Diversity and Inclusivity Council. To engage with the southern Utah region as part of Goal Five, DSU increased engaged learning opportunities and created the Institute of Politics & Public Affairs. Last academic year, the campus community volunteered 204,483 community service hours — over 50,000 hours more than the previous year. This upcoming year, the University is creating the Trailblazer Engagement Center and organizing Dixie Serves as a network

center for southern Utah service and volunteerism. As part of Goal Six, which centers around establishing a strong brand and identity, the Trailblazer Nation app was created to enhance the gameday experience. The University also implemented Trailblazers Art in the City, which places hand-painted bison statues around St. George to beautify the city and instill community wide pride in Trailblazer Nation. DSU’s growth is in an effort to provide students with a better college experience — and they are taking note. “We are the fastest growing University in Utah,” Williams said. “We are a University that changes the lives of our students. We’re blazing new trails and would like you to follow that path with us.”V To learn more about Dixie State University, please visit

Last year, Dixie State University's campus community volunteered 204,483 community service hours — over 50,000 hours more than the previous year.


St. George Chamber of Commerce Our Business is Your Business

Chamber President Pam Palermo presents Make-A-Wish Utah CEO Jared Perry with a check from the Dollars for Denim campaign.



raditionally, a Chamber of Commerce has been a one-stop shop for people looking to not only do business, but also people who are visiting or looking to relocate to an area. The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce is no different. If a person were to call or visit the office, they would most likely see the Chamber Volunteer of the Year and recipient of the “Spirit of Dixie” Award, Fred Dungan. “If you really want to be a part of our universe, part of mankind, you need to be able to interact with all different kinds of people. The more you do that and the more you understand where they’re coming from — even in a small way — you’re going to help what goes on in the world.” As a not-for-profit organization, the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce wouldn’t be able to function without the many people who volunteer to make this organization a success. The largest group of Chamber volunteers is the Dixie Sunshiners. The Sunshiners is a group of St. George area residents who volunteer their time and energy to serve as goodwill ambassadors to the southern Utah business community under the direction and as a committee of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce. Considered ambassadors, they welcome new businesses to the Chamber and help disseminate information about the Chamber to members, as well as the community at large. On average, Sunshiners attend nearly 100 meetings, luncheons, ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, business anniversaries, and open houses a year. Because of the generosity of the local businesses associated with the Chamber, a local non-profit organization is selected every year to be the recipient of the “Dollars for Denim” campaign. The campaign encourages businesses to allow employees to wear denim or jeans on any given day throughout the month of September. If they wear jeans, the employee is asked to put one dollar in the “Dollars for Denim” jar. Beginning in 2015, Coins for Kids was the first organization selected. That year, they were just shy of raising $1,000 to help provide Christmas for disadvantaged children in the Washington County area of southern Utah. In 2016, approximately $1,300 was raised to benefit local children of Make-A-Wish Utah. This

year’s recipient is The Learning Center for Families, whose mission is to “promote the success of children one family at a time” that serves families in Washington County Utah and the Arizona Strip at no cost to the family.V The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, it’s staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, and Sunshiners are here to serve the business community. We would like to say Happy Holidays to all of our wonderful volunteers and businesses that support us throughout the year. If you would like to know more about our various projects, events or missions, visit or call (435) 628-1650.

Sunshiners of the St. George Chamber of Commerce.

Sunshiners and members of the business community help cut the ribbon for the newly renovated Chamber of Commerce building.


Mesquite Celebrates Its Veterans


he Mesquite Memorial Service and Program honoring our veterans will be held at Mesquite Veterans Park on November 4 from 7:45 AM to 8:15 AM. Later that morning at 10:00 AM, the 20th Annual Mesquite Veterans Day Parade will proceed down Mesquite Boulevard. Our theme for this year's parade is “Every Day is Veterans Day.” The parade has expanded each year, and this year’s parade promises to be exceptional.


The importance of having this parade is necessary to honor those who have sacrificed to provide freedom for our nation, to our Veterans of the past; our fellow comrades presently serving in the Armed Forces, and our future Veterans of tomorrow. We, as American citizens must never forget why we must celebrate and honor the military and the Veterans of the United States of America. The Veterans Day parade is an event for each and every one of us to take time out and thank our Armed Forces and Veterans for our Freedom.V

Mesquite Police Department offers

Holiday Safety Tips


hile out shopping, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Try not to let your guard down because you are in a hurry, and remember not to set your wallet or purse inside of your shopping cart. When out shopping, only take the amount of cash you will need for that trip, leaving most of your cash at home or in the bank. Would-be thieves really like to watch parking lots of shopping centers during the holidays. They will watch for people who leave new merchandise in plain view inside of a vehicle, and walk away without locking the doors. If you do need to leave merchandise inside of your vehicle while you continue shopping, try to lock it in the trunk, or hidden under other items so they are out of the sight of people walking by your vehicle. Try to park in a spot that is well lit and close to the store. The chances of your car being stolen or burglarized are reduced if you simply lock the doors and keep the windows up. Safeguarding your car and valuables can be summed up in three simple words: LOCK your car, TAKE your keys with you, and HIDE the valuables in your car. V



Explore the Winter

of Cedar City

by Kenzie Lundberg, Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau

Brian Head Resort — Helping Hand. Photo by Mike Saemisch.


urrounded by the perfect combination of the Greatest Snow on Earth™ and Utah’s Mighty Five™ National Parks, Cedar City is home to a winter wonderland with no shortage of adventure. From a winter agenda filled to the brim with holiday events to outdoor adventures ready for the entire family, Cedar City invites you to enjoy all of the above (and more) with a few of our favorite activities: Experience Christmas in the Country From a holiday bazaar to the official lighting ceremony, Candle Light Parade, and Santa Claus, enjoy two days of celebrations to unwrap the magic of Christmas. Parowan’s Christmas in the Country will be held November 24 and 25 at the Iron County Fairgrounds. Parade and


lighting ceremony will be held Saturday evening on Parowan’s Main Street. Step Back in Time with a Frontier Christmas The Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau are once again collaborating with Frontier Homestead State Park to bring a weeklong holiday celebration to Cedar City. Festivities will feature different entertainment each evening, including music and dance performances, and Christmas story readings. Enjoy hot chocolate and treats, twinkling holiday lights illuminating the grounds, plenty of family fun, and as always, Santa and his elves in the Hunter House each evening. Join Christmas at the

Snowshoeing near Cedar Breaks National Monument. Photo by Alex Santiago.

Homestead each night from December 4-7 anytime between 5:30-8:00 PM. Recapture the sights, sounds, smells, and ambiance of a pioneer Christmas with the Homestead Christmas Market. A terrific opportunity for a pleasant holiday shopping experience, the market will feature artists and craftsmen handselected to provide shoppers a wide array of choice, both in mediums and price ranges. The Homestead Christmas Market will be held at Frontier Homestead State Park Friday, December 8 from 11:00 AM8:00 PM, and Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Ice Skate in Southern Utah Located behind the Cedar City Aquatic

Center, the Glacier Community Ice Rink is back for its fifth season with exciting moments, amazing views of Cedar City’s red hills, and the perfect opportunity for winter fun. As the only ice skating rink in southern Utah, the Glacier team is bringing a favorite winter tradition to life for everyone. The ice skating rink is located at 2090 W. Royal Hunte Drive in Cedar City. Snowshoe in Cedar Breaks National Monument Sitting above 10,000 feet, Cedar Breaks National Monument rests on top of the Colorado plateau. This giant amphitheater was millions of years in the making; sedimentation, uplift, and erosion carved out a space that spans three miles and is more than 2,500 feet deep. With spectacular colors created by an abundance of mineral deposits, the giant amphitheater becomes a unique wonderland of red rocks and sparkling white snow each winter. The park is accessible by snowmobile, but for a more traditional adventure, rent snowshoes and enjoy the stillness of

Cedar Breaks on foot. The groomed trail of Highway 148 is perfect for all levels and ages. For an added bonus, trek to the Cedar Breaks yurt — most weekends you will find friendly volunteers ready to warm you up with a hot cup of cocoa. Find Solitude in Zion National Park’s Kolob Canyons Kolob Canyons may be the little known portion of Zion National Park, but that doesn’t mean it's not as spectacular as the main canyon. These rugged, red, navajo sandstone canyons have a unique geological history. While Kolob Canyons is a quiet spot year round, the solitude and beauty of a wintertime visit is unmatched. In the winter, the red navajo sandstone glimmers with a fresh dusting of snow and waterfalls cascade down the rugged cliffs, streaking them black from the run-off. Take a Christmas “Chopping” trip This holiday season, spend a day with the family playing in the snow, drinking hot cocoa, and adventuring to find the perfect


Christmas tree. Whether tree cutting is already a household tradition, or this year marks the start of a new one, it is a great way to get outside and explore Cedar City’s backyard. Both Dixie National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management in southern Utah are offering the opportunity to cut trees, giving families the chance to have a unique tree and a great experience. Downhill Adventure at Brian Head Resort Ready for a fast downhill race? Enjoy the Greatest Snow on Earth™ on Brian Head Resort’s tubing hills! With one tubing park open daily and two during weekends and holiday periods, there is always an opportunity to go play. Night tubing is offered Friday and Saturday nights and during the holidays. End the holiday season in style with Brian Head’s Torchlight Parade and fireworks held on New Year’s Eve on the slopes of Giant Steps Lodge. (This event is free and spectacular!)V For more information on holiday activities, exploring the national parks in the off-season, and so much more, head over to


Brian Head Resort. Photo by Mike Saemisch.


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W The Gift of Giving by Judi Moreo


ith the holiday season upon us, our thoughts turn to giving and receiving. It’s time to start the list of everyone for whom we must buy gifts. There are people in our lives who want our holiday gift wish list as well. It’s all so complicated. The fear of offending someone because we forgot to put them on the list sends us to the store to buy generic gifts just in case. The holidays become more stressful than joyous. We dread the event and only celebrate once it’s over.

of the heart instead of gifts from the store, we also receive.

There is another way. It requires a shift in our thinking. What if, instead of worrying how much we are spending and on whom, we focused on giving kindness, love, joy, and peace to each other? There are many ways to do just that. The best part is that whenever we give gifts

The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition – The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. It’s not that hard to smile and say, “Hello” or “Thank you.”

My friend, Karen Phillips, gave me a wonderful list of Great Holiday Gift Ideas. The gifts on this list are so brilliant that you don’t even need to wait for a holiday to deliver them. The Gift of Affection – Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

The Gift of a Compliment – A simple and sincere, “You look great today!”

“You did a super job!” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day. The Gift of a Favor – Every day, go out of your way to do something kind for someone. The Gift of Laughter – Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Make someone smile or laugh today. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you. You’re special to me!” The Gift of Listening – BUT — you really must listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Listen with your heart. Your gift will tell them, “You’re important to me. I care about you.” The Gift of Solitude – There are times when we want nothing more than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others when you can tell that it’s needed. The Gift of a Written Note – It can be a simple, “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life. The Greatest Gift of All – The Gift of Time – This gift is so important and meaningful to others that you may never know its full impact. Just being there and spending time visiting, sharing, sitting quietly in the house, watching the peaceful look upon the person’s face should warm your heart. This gift will tell the person that in today’s busy world, “You are so important, and mean so much to me that I will drop everything I have to do to spend my time with you. I love you!” Take the time to make a call, pay a visit, or write a note instead of spending your time hunting for parking places at the mall. Remember to give the gift of your smile when you meet people. Share a kind word whenever you can. Allow yourself to be calm and enjoy the beauty of the season. Practice forgiveness and gratitude. Each of us was born with our own unique gifts; share those gifts and look for the gift in others. This year bring joy back into the holidays. Be generous in giving of yourself.V


Dickens’ Christmas Help Keep the Festival: Spirit Alive! by Kathie Thayne


he Spirit of Christmas Past joins the Spirit of Christmas Present as the Dickens’ Christmas Festival opens at the Dixie Center Wednesday, November 29, and continues through Saturday, December 3. Dickens’ Christmas Festival organizers invite everyone to take the “humbug” out of their holiday gift shopping experience this year with


a trip to the shops along the streets of olde London. Merry olde England springs to life with costumed townsfolk singing and dancing, and quaint shops beckon, with over 165 exhibitors and booths that resemble little English shops. Aromas of tempting foods are everywhere, from the famous Mr. Bumble’s Giant Cinnamon Buns to authentic fish and chips, and

much, much more. Every evening, musical mini-productions of Scrooge and Oliver Twist will be performed on stage. The music and entertainment doesn’t stop there as performing groups, carolers, the Fezziwig Dancers, and scores of costumed characters from Dickens’ novels perform, roam the streets and mingle with Festival goers.

A Christmas Carol’s message of hope and redemption is as relevant today as when Charles Dickens wrote it 174 years ago. Dickens, a successful and well-loved novelist of the time was only 31 when he wrote A Christmas Carol. It was October, 1843, and he had become increasingly concerned about the condition of the very poor. The preface, simply signed C.D., read, “I have endeavored in this ghostly little book, to raise the ghost of an idea.” The tale of miserable old Scrooge's repentance, and the joy he eventually realized is as meaningful today as it was during Dickens’ time. "Bah! Humbug!" some may scoff. How can a story about a cranky old coot from the nineteenth century who mercilessly drives his employees during the holidays, won’t drop a pence for the poor, and has a change of heart only because of fright tactics brought on by a series of ghostly visits, have any lasting significance today? (Today’s Scrooge would be barking orders to Bob Cratchit on his cellphone.) The answer lies within each page of the story. Scrooge’s former dead partner, Jacob Marley, is doomed to roam the earth forever because of his selfish ways. His ghost returns to visit Scrooge in an attempt to save his old friend from the same fate. He tells Scrooge emphatically that, “mankind is our business!” In the end, what endears A Christmas Carol to modern readers is its poignant depiction of redemption. Scrooge is saved when confronted by the full impact of his uncaring life and the pain he has created for those around him. Once he understands this, Scrooge awakens both physically and spiritually. The old man practically does cartwheels at his newfound power to do good! Such a timeless work will never be out of date or out of touch. Especially in these troubled times, the message of A Christmas Carol is how we should treat those in need. This year, join with the Dickens’ Christmas Festival in helping others who are hurting throughout our nation and around the world. Yes, A Christmas Carol inspires us to have faith in

our fellow man and reach out and help others. As Dickens so eloquently wrote in his story, “I have always thought of Christmas time as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women . . . open up their shut-up hearts freely . . . and I say, ‘God Bless it!’”V


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Fitness K Hacks to Beat the Holiday Bulge

eeping up your fitness goals through the holiday season does not have to send you spiraling into despair. You are active and dedicated to your workouts, but now the thought of cooler weather has you singing the blues. Schedules have turned upside down with trips, parties, and visitors, and diets are derailed with high calorie comfort foods. You may say to yourself, "I'll just pick it up after the New Year." Sound familiar? It's no wonder gyms are packed in January. However, keeping fit through the holidays is doable with some forethought and planning. Strategize Here are some helpful ideas that I and others have used to shunt the dreaded holiday gut bust: Stay Hydrated. Keep a bottle of water handy, especially when preparing meals. You will stay fuller and will be less likely to pick and snack on less healthy food as you go. Plan Ahead. Keep healthy food handy. Include foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Having instant access to low calorie, nutritious food will provide you with quality fuel and will help to keep your weight in check.

by Laura L. Draskovich, A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer


Stagger Your Calories. By sticking to your clean eating plan the majority of the time, you can use large meals to work to your fat burning advantage.

Rearrange Your Calories. Another way to prevent holiday weight gain is to consume smaller meals with fewer calories throughout the day on days when food and festivities of the season will be in excess. Drinking Your Calories. Chose libations with soda water instead of juice. Try adding lemon or lime instead of syrups for a fresh twist. Sugar-free, low, or no calorie water additives also work well to add flavor. Manage Stress Keep stress levels in check. Alleviating tension will reduce the likelihood of making unhealthy choices: Slow Down. Consider what is truly important. Appreciate the joys around you. Sleep. Depriving yourself of needed rest wreaks havoc on stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to fat storage. Create a relaxing "wind down" routine that will prepare you mentally and physically for a good night's sleep.

Limit or Avoid Sugar. Studies have shown a link between sugar consumption and depression. If you crave a sugar fix, reach for a piece of fruit or dark chocolate instead. Yoga/Meditation. Schedule time to quiet your mind and relax tired muscles. There are a number of classes available in the

area. Contact your gym or local recreation center. Keep Your Body Moving Through the Holidays Don't write off November and December, waiting for the new year to set your fitness goals:


Incorporate Daily Activity. Yes, yardwork and housework does qualify, but why not take advantage of the best part of the year outdoors? Change Up Your Routine. Tired of your current fitness routine? Change it up. Recruit a friend to take daily walks or runs or a bike ride. Join a fitness class. Sometimes change is good! Set Realistic Goals Don't beat your head against the wall if you do not lose weight over the holidays! (If you do, I wouldn't brag to any of your friends.) Weight loss is more than likely not going to happen during the holiday season. You can; however, maintain your fitness and keep the scale in check while embracing the joys of the season. Here are a few resources that can help: Internet. YouTube/Pinterest. You can find workouts of all types, from HIIT workouts, to yoga. There are many to chose from. Personal Fitness Trackers. These track your daily calorie burn, sleep patterns, and more. Prices range from about $100 to $300. Smartphone Apps. These fitness tools provide feedback based on your individual needs. Personal Trainer. This fitness professional will motivate and guide you through an individually designed program with your fitness goals in mind. V For more information, contact Laura at 702-600-8953,, or at Mesquite Fitness Club, 702-346-3111.


Holiday Cheer and

Charity Corner

Bringing you holiday events from southern Utah and Nevada Children's Miracle Network Charity Golf Tournament Walmart Distribution Center and The Children's Miracle Network are hosting a charity golf event at Coral Canyon Golf Course to raise donations for Primary Children's Hospital in Utah! 100% of funds raised will be donated directly to Primary Children's Hospital. Tee off is November 4 at 9:00 AM and admission is $400 per team of four players. RSVP to or Mesquite Sunrise Rotary Charity Book Sale Buy a book and support the Mesquite Reads Summer Reading Program for Virgin Valley Elementary School, J. L. Bowler Sr. Elementary, and Beaver Dam Elementary. Event will be held November 4 from 8:00 AM-2:00 PM at the Mesquite Library, 121 W. 1st N. Street, Mesquite, Nevada. Holiday Bazaar Craft and Bake Sale Holiday Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale to be held Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM at New Promise Lutheran Church at 244 Valley View Drive, St. George, Utah. Admission is free, and credit cards will be accepted. The bazaar will feature crafts, vendors, homemade Norwegian lefse, baked goods, jams, jellies, candies, quilts, opportunity drawings for quilt and Kindle, as well as coffee and refreshments. All proceeds will benefit: ELCA World Hunger, Southern Utah Veteran's Home, Assistance League of Southern Utah, and New Promise Quilters and Knitters. For more information call Enid Hower (610) 517-6774. Jubilee of Trees Your support at the Jubilee of Trees benefits Precision Genomics at Dixie Regional Medical Center. Precision Cancer Genomics is a fundamental shift from traditional cancer treatment. It has been proven to increase the lifespan of late-stage cancer patients at a lower cost than traditional methods. Intermountain Healthcare has been studying precision medicine extensively for the past several years, and has developed its nationally leading Precision Cancer Genomics program, located at Dixie Regional Medical Center, in St. George.


Jubilee of Trees will take place from November 16-20. Check for information on events, tickets, and times. Mesquite's Festival of Trees This year's theme is Winter Wonderland. The opening ceremony for the festival will be November 15 at 6:00 PM. The event will run through November 18 from 3:00 PM-8:00 PM at the CasaBlanca Hotel and Casino Event Center, 950 W. Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, Nevada. For more information, visit Bikesgiving Red Rock Bicycle Co. brings you three days of solid riding to help you get through turkey weekend. This event will take place November 23-25, and will benifit the local food bank. Please bring a non-parishable food item to donate. Visit for more information. Santa's Workshop Enjoy a free holiday craft show with unique gifts to delight even the most picky person on your holiday shopping list! Santa's Workshop will be November 24-25 at the Dixie Center, 1835 Convention Center Drive, St. George, Utah. For more information, visit Come and experience 33 years of holiday shopping! Dickens' Christmas Festival You are invited to the 2017 The Dickens’ Christmas Festival held November 29-December 2. This year’s re-enactment of 19th Century London will take place in the beautiful Dixie Convention Center in St. George, Utah. The Festival is created to bring you the best selling experience of the year. Delighted guests will wind through narrow village streets as they shop for their gifts. Thousands of eager customers will attend and experience our magical holiday festival, then take home wonderful treasures, fond memories, and the spirit of Christmas. Admission prices: $7 Adults, $6 Seniors (65+), $5 Children (4-12), Children 3 and under are free. Visit for more information.

Hurricane Valley Christmas Tree Festival The annual Hurricane Valley Christmas Tree Festival will be held November 30-December 1, and is a non-profit event held to benefit struggling families in the Hurricane Valley area during the holiday season. All proceeds go to the Hurricane Police Department Shop with a Cop Fund. Dont' miss out! There will be a silent auction, Christmas trees for auction, bake sale, live entertainment, family fun, and a Santa Claus breakfast Saturday at 9:00 AM. Visit for details. Hungry Hustle 5k Fun Run Fundraiser In this holiday spirited 5k Fun Run on December 2, we are going to "Hustle" in an effort to keep children from being "Hungry." And we're going to do it sporting our ugliest sweaters, because that's what you do in December, right? The food drive begins at Confluence Park at 9:00 AM, and is available until 3:00 PM. The Hungry Hustle Ugly Sweater 5k begins at 10:30 AM at the City of St. George Crosby Family Confluence Park, 2099 S. Convention Center Dr., St George, Utah. Each of the 5 kilometers will be marked with some fun activities including tinsel, Christmas trees, snowballs, candy canes, a selfie with Santa (the real one), and much more. So find your ugliest sweater, put on your running shoes, and be prepared for a fun run filled with Christmas joy, and a whole lot of happy, non-hungry kids. The primary purpose of this event is to raise funds in order to provide food to children in need. In Washington County, 875 families with a child in school are considered homeless. Washington County has 25 elementary schools, of which 13 are considered Title One schools, meaning that over 65% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Childhood hunger is a serious issue that Tan's Treats believes can be solved. They are doing everything they can to fight hunger, but they can't do it alone. To sign up for this event visit

concerts to celebrate the holidays. The concert is currently scheduled for December 15-16. Visit for updates on dates and showtimes. 2017 Run Run Reindeer Family Fun Run Come out to the 7th Annual Run Run Reindeer 5k Family Fun Run, and join in the holiday season festivities on December 23. With Christmas music on the course and Run Run Reindeer Selfie Stations, you’ll be able to celebrate and run at the same time! Every participant will receive a Run Run Reindeer t-shirt and an 4-inch Run Run Reindeer Finisher medal. The first 500 people to register will receive foam reindeer antlers as well. The race is not timed, but prizes will be provided for the first three male and female finishers. Also, the four runners with the most festive outfits will receive a $25 gift card towards anything at the St. George Running Center. Additionally, again this year The Most Ugly Sweater Award wins a $50 gift card!! If you would like (not required) bring an unopened, new toy to benefit Toys for Tots! Last year's toy collection benefited over 300 youngsters in need of Christmas cheer! Packet pickup will be Friday, December 22, from 2:00 PM-8:00 PM at the St. George Running Center, and 8:00 AM-8:45 AM on Saturday morning before the race. For more event details, visit *See pages 118 and 119 for an additional calendar of events.

3rd Annual Parade of Lights Food Drive Join Mesquite at the 3rd Annual Parade of Lights Food Drive for fun and entertainment on Thursday, December 7. Get your spot early along the parade route, as traffic will be diverted off of the Boulevard from Woodbury to Sandhill at 5:00 PM. Bring your lawn chairs and some refreshments to stay warm, and watch and enjoy the parade. The parade will head east on Mesquite Boulevard on the south side lanes, the City Hall side of the street. Please remember to bring your cans of food to donate to the Salvation Army and local food banks. We will have volunteers picking food up along the parade route. Our goal is to collect over 1000 pounds of canned food. Make sure you stick around after the parade to enjoy cookies and hot cocoa, and have your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus at City Hall. For more information on this and other programs, please contact the Department of Athletics & Leisure Services at (702) 346-8732. Southern Utah Heritage Choir Christmas Concert Southern Utah Heritage Choir will be performing Christmas


Grandma Clark’s Best

Banana Bread in the World by Charlene Paul

and baby showers, I quickly learned that not every banana bread recipe was the same. Some of them are good and some of them are okay, but some of them are downright awful. What makes them awful? I’m not exactly sure. I most often blamed the baker until I realized that the baker is only as good as the recipe he or she follows.


omeone once asked if there was a bad recipe for banana bread, as if any old banana bread recipe would do. I thought back on all the banana bread I have eaten over the years, and my answer to that question is a resounding, “Yes! There are definitely bad banana bread recipes.” Growing up, I figured banana bread was banana bread. But once I started attending church socials, holiday parties,

My mom could bake, and when she did, the whole house was filled with such a heavenly aroma that we couldn’t wait to dig into whatever came out of the oven. And there was always plenty because I don’t think she ever baked a single batch of anything. It was like she was planning on a visiting hoard each time she got the mixing bowl out. However, more often than not we were told that most of the goodies were going into the freezer to be eaten later, and to some needy soul. Can’t you just picture a handsome husband and four salivating kids looking like they had just been told they would never eat again? It was awful. Her cookies, rolls, white bread, cakes, and German pies were tasty beyond

description. But my favorite was her banana bread. When she got ready to bake, she was a woman on a mission. It was a little embarrassing to go shopping for the bananas because she would corner the produce guy and ask him for as many of his rotten, not simply ripe, bananas as he could part with. (When you’re a young teenager trying to fit in with your peers, being caught in public with your mom asking for rotten bananas is not conducive to being invited to hang with the popular kids.) But those black bananas were the secret to her heavenly banana bread, dark and rich with a moist and gooey top. There was no need for any kind of frosting. The only way to improve such culinary perfection was to add a little butter to a slice and pop it under the broiler for a minute or two — a crisp and carmalized top added an even deeper flavor to the already perfect morsel. I may get into trouble for doing this, but as my Christmas/Holiday gift to all of you, here is the recipe for Grandma Clark’s Best Banana Bread in the World:


1 cup Shortening 2 cups Sugar 4 Eggs, well-beaten 5 large over-ripe Bananas, smashed 4 cups Flour, sifted 1 tsp. Salt 2 tsp. Baking Soda 1 cup Walnuts or Pecans, chopped, optional

Directions: 1. Sift Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, and set aside. 2. Cream Shortening and Sugar. Add Eggs and beat until well-blended and fluffy. Add Bananas and beat until incorporated into Shortening, Sugar, and Egg mixture. Add Flour mixture. (Don’t use the electric mixer, use a spoon to mix in the Flour.) 3. Bake in greased pans for 1 to 1 ½ hours at 250°F. Bread is done when a toothpick comes out clean. 4. Sit back, relax, and inhale the intoxicating aroma coming from your kitchen. I’ll bet you can’t wait for the loaves to cool before grabbing a slice. I know I can’t.


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A Few Things About Social Security by Todd Bauman, IAR—Bauman Advisory Group


s you near retirement, it's likely you'll have many questions about Social Security. Here are a few of the most common questions and answers about Social Security benefits. Will Social Security be around when you need it? You've probably heard media reports about the worrisome financial condition


of Social Security, but how heavily should you weigh this information when deciding when to begin receiving benefits? While it's very likely that some changes will be made to Social Security (e.g., payroll taxes may increase or benefits may be reduced by a certain percentage), there's no need to base your decision about when to apply for benefits on this information alone. Although no one knows for certain

what will happen, if you're within a few years of retirement, it's probable that you'll receive the benefits you've been expecting all along. If you're still a long way from retirement, it may be wise to consider various scenarios when planning for Social Security income, but keep in mind that there's been no proposal to eliminate Social Security.

If you're divorced, can you receive Social Security retirement benefits based on your former spouse's earnings record? You may be able to receive benefits based on an ex-spouse's earnings record if you were married at least 10 years, you're currently unmarried, and you're not entitled to a higher benefit based on your own earnings record. You can apply for a reduced spousal benefit as early as age 62, or wait until your full retirement age to receive an unreduced spousal benefit. If you've been divorced for more than two years, you can apply as soon as your exspouse becomes eligible for benefits, even if he or she hasn't started receiving them (assuming you're at least 62). However, if you've been divorced for less than two years, you must wait to apply for benefits based on your ex-spouse's earnings record until he or she starts receiving benefits. If you delay receiving Social Security benefits, should you still sign up for Medicare at age 65? Even if you plan on waiting until full retirement age or later to take your Social Security retirement benefits, make sure to sign up for Medicare. If you're 65 or older and aren't yet receiving Social Security benefits, you won't be automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. You can sign up for Medicare when you first become eligible during your sevenmonth Initial Enrollment Period. This period

begins three months before the month you turn 65, includes the month you turn 65, and ends three months after the month you turn 65. The Social Security Administration recommends contacting them to sign up three months before you reach age 65, because signing up early helps you avoid a delay in coverage. For your Medicare coverage to begin during the month you turn 65, you must sign up during the first three months before the month you turn 65 (the day your coverage will start depends on your birthday). If you enroll later, the start date of your coverage will be delayed. If you don't enroll during your Initial Enrollment Period, you may pay a higher premium for Part B coverage later. Visit the Medicare website at to learn more, or call the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213. Will a retirement pension affect your Social Security benefit? If your pension is from a job where you paid Social Security taxes, then it won't affect your Social Security benefit. However, if your pension is from a job where you did not pay Social Security taxes (such as certain government jobs), two special provisions may apply. The first provision, called the government pension offset (GPO), may apply if you're entitled to receive a government pension as well as Social Security spousal

retirement, or survivor's benefits based on your spouse's (or former spouse's) earnings. Under this provision, your spousal or survivor's benefit may be reduced by two-thirds of your government pension (some exceptions apply). The windfall elimination provision (WEP) affects how your Social Security retirement or disability benefit is figured if you receive a pension from work not covered by Social Security. The formula used to figure your benefit is modified, resulting in a lower Social Security benefit.V Should you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to contact me at (702) 897-9997 or Advisory services are offered through Bauman Advisory Group, llc “BAG,” a Registered Investment Advisor in the state of Nevada. Insurance products and services are offered through Bauman Financial Group, llc “BFG.” BAG and BFG are affiliated companies. BAG, BFG, and Todd Bauman are not affiliated or endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any government agency. Some of these materials are provided for general information and educational purposes based upon publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable—we cannot assure the accuracy or completeness of these materials. The information in these materials may change at any time and without notice.


Christmas in the Country C

hristmas will soon be here! Thanksgiving weekend really kicks off the Holiday Season here in Parowan. The Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving Day brings our annual Holiday Bazaar which is held at the Iron County Fair Building, located at 50 South 600 East. The Bazaar is always a big hit with artists, craftsmen, and vendors from all over the region. Hand crafted goods abound, quilts, candles, toys, ceramics, Christmas dĂŠcor, and much more. The Bazaar runs from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM both days. Friday evening, there will be an Interfaith Christmas Program presented at the Aladdin Theater on Main Street at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome, and this program is free. Of course, donations are always welcome. After shopping the Bazaar and treating yourself to one of the Hometown Cinnamon Rolls, this program brings the focus back to the true reason for the season. Saturday morning at 10:00 AM, enjoy the Santa Claus Parade on Main Street. Following the parade, Santa makes an appearance at the Holiday Bazaar to see the children and get their wish list information. Saturday evening at 6:00 PM, come and join the ever popular Candlelight Walking Parade. The parade begins at 500 North and travels up Main Street to the Town Square at Main and Center Streets. At this point, there is a brief program with a Live Nativity and singing, and culminates with the Lighting of Main Street and the Town Square Holiday Display. Enjoy some hot chocolate and a sweet treat before the Christmas Musical at the Aladdin Theater at 7:00 PM. Again, all of these programs are free to the public and we encourage everyone to come and participate. Enjoy what Parowan has to offer and start the season with a joyful heart.


Parowan's 2017 Christmas in the Country Holiday Bazaar theme this year is "Time to Remember." For more information call (435) 477-8190.




esquite is pleased to welcome the Cliffrose Chamber Music Series this season. Some of our region’s finest musicians have combined their efforts to create an exquisite Sunday afternoon listening experience.

by Gregg Hamilton

When asked how Mesquite became home to some first-rate chamber music, founder Brent Pettit replied, “This all got started on my back patio. I had a few musical friends over to play trios outside my kitchen, and the neighbors came up to

the back fence yelling. At first, I thought they were angry about the noise. I was sure that I’d get a complaint letter from the HOA. Then I realized that they were clapping and cheering ferociously! They loved it!”


This gave Brent an idea. “What started as a musical gift to dear neighbors and friends has blossomed,” says Pettit. “Each time I’ve had a gathering, we’ve added a few more chairs. Friends from out of town started showing up. We’ve run out of couches, chairs, and floor space, so friends encouraged me to take this gift to a venue where more friends of music can enjoy the sublime nuances of chamber music.” The beautifully redecorated Virgin Valley Theatre at 150 N. Yucca Street in Mesquite, Nevada will be home to the Cliffrose Chamber Music Series. “While chamber music is often performed in huge performance halls, much of the

musical nuance and musical gestures of live chamber music can be lost in a large crowd. Classical chamber music was written to be performed in small performance halls. With approximately 200 seats, the Virgin Valley Theatre is perfect for the personal audience connection created in a small performance venue. The Virgin Valley Theatre’s performance hall will help create this magical connection.” The good news has traveled quickly, and music lovers from southern Utah and southern Nevada, as well as southern California and northern Utah, have expressed an interest in making Mesquite a weekend chamber music destination. “Who knows,” says Pettit. “Mesquite could become a regional fine arts mecca. Mesquite could become a beautiful, melodious gem in the Mojave Desert. Excellent lodging, dining, and other exceptional entertainment offerings are already in place.” The Chamber’s inaugural season begins with a concert on November 5, which includes the iconic American String Quartet by Antonin Dvorak written in 1893 during his travels in the United States. “The first concert will definitely be the beginning of something very special,” says Pettit. “But there will indeed be a showstopper performed on our maiden voyage. Our two violinists, Walter White and Josephina Romero will play the Bach Double Violin Concerto in d Minor. This work in three


movements will showcase the incredible virtuosity of our two amazing violinists.” The Cliffrose Chamber Series will include something for everyone,” Pettit says. “We’re playing some delightful string quartet arrangements of Viva la Vida by Coldplay, a charming Mozart divertimento, some Beatles tunes, and the very poignant love song, A Thousand Years from the Twilight saga (film series), Breaking Dawn. Concert II will feature flutist Jane Solomon, cellist Lila Williams, and harpsichordist, Gaye Nelson. It will include tunes by Elvis, John Rutter, Gershwin, Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos, and some classic Disney favorites.” Pettit continues, “Concert III will feature our own violist Barry Bowers, who will play unique and moving hymn tune arrangements on his electric violin. Harpist Janet Anthony-Clark will perform exquisite pieces written especially for the harp by Carlos Salzedo. There will be a set of Cole Porter classics, as well as Beethoven, Debussy, Stevie Wonder, and tunes written by the silent movie star, Charlie Chaplin.” Since the Cliffrose Chamber Music Series will function under the auspices of their host, the Virgin Valley Theatre Group, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the chamber series will depend on sponsorships and contributions to cover performance costs. Donations can be made via the Virgin Valley Theatre Group. With limited seating, early ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are available at the theatre ticket office and online at the Virgin Valley Theatre Group website. For dates and concert offerings of the Cliffrose Chamber Music Series 2017-2018 events, visit their website at

Walter White, Violin I Walter began playing the violin at the age of 8 as a student of Texas State University violin professor, Jack Bradley, and later studied with Max Winder at Boston University, Oscar Iotti at the University of Arizona, and Eugene Gratovitch at the University of Texas. Walter is currently a student of Professor Wei Wei Le at UNLV. He also teaches orchestra, guitar, and choir at W. Mack Lyon Middle School in Overton, Nevada.

Barry Bowers, Viola Barry grew up in Reno, Nevada, and began playing viola at age eleven. He attended UNR where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music. He has performed with professional symphony orchestras in Reno and Las Vegas, and is the principle violist for the Southern Nevada Symphony in Mesquite. Barry also plays a 7-string electric violin, which he has played in churches across the U.S. and in Brazil. He has recorded four albums.

Brent Pettit, Cello Brent taught string orchestra in the St. Joseph, Missouri public schools while teaching applied cello and string pedagogy at Missouri Western State University. He was a founding member of Northwest Missouri State's String Quartet-InResidence, and held chairs with professional orchestras in the Midwest, and traveled regularly with the River String Quartet. He received a Master of Music Administration degree at Northwest Missouri State University.

Josephina Romero, Violin II Josephina is a native of Moapa Valley. She began taking violin lessons in the fourth grade, and is currently a performance music major. She participated in the Nevada Music Educators Association Honors Orchestra, All State Orchestra, and Clark County School District Solo and Ensemble in middle school and high school. She was a member of Las Vegas Youth Orchestra for five years. She has been a member of the College of Southern Nevada Orchestra for four years, and is currently a member of Las Vegas Youth Symphony.


Golf Fore Kids 2017 13th Annual Event O

f all the wonderful charity golf events held in Mesquite, possibly one of the most anticipated is the annual Golf Fore Kids Tournament. Every year, golfers assemble at four local courses and bring toys, bikes, balls, scooters, dolls, and art supplies to donate to local children. Trailers are filled to the brim, Santa’s helpers work overtime, and because of the generosity of our local citizens, hundreds of kids will smile a little brighter this Christmas season. This year marks the 13th Annual Golf Fore Kids Event. As usual, Falcon Ridge, Palms, Canyons, and Conestoga golf courses have graciously donated their courses for the day. Golfers will tee off at 9:00 AM, then be treated to lunch


afterwards at the CasaBlanca event tent. There will be prizes for closest to the pins, winning teams, and a large raffle that never disappoints.

to 550 golfers), please email Rob at Anything will be appreciated, and you will be well-recognized for your contribution.

Hole sponsorships are available for $50 for one course, or $150 for all four courses. The individual or company name and any other message requested will be printed on a sign and posted on a tee box for all golfers to see. And, like everything else, 100% of the funds go directly to the kids. If you wish to sign up for a sponsorship, you can do so online by going to or emailing

Tee time reservations will only be taken online. If you wish to play in the event, you can go to to sign up.

If you wish to donate to the raffle, luncheon, or goodie bags (which are given

The site opened October 1 and is filling up quickly, so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot. You can select your course, but it is on a first come/first served basis. Thank you to all the wonderful people who have made this event a success for a dozen years! Golf Fore Kids has raised over $460,000 in cash and toys for local

children in our community. What started as a small tournament at one course has grown into a huge event with 550 golfers, dozens of volunteers, trailers full of toys, and hundreds of happy children. Thank you for your continued generosity, and let’s make this the best year ever! V Tournament Details Tournament Date: December 7, 2017 9:00 AM Shotgun Golf Locations: Falcon Ridge, Palms, Canyons, Conestoga Golf Courses Lunch Location: CasaBlanca Event Tent Entry Fee: Unwrapped, new toy(s) $50 minimum Hole Sponsorship: $50 for one course, or $150 for all 4 courses Sign up at


Mesquite Pet Phot ography

by Ashley Ellis


rowing up, my family always had animals — dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, and even snakes! These furry, feathered, and sometimes scaly friends have been such an important part of my life, and even though some have since passed on, I will always treasure their love and kindness. When I was younger, one of my favorite friends was our family dog, Reno. A mix of St. Bernard and Akita, he was sweet, cuddly, kind, and HUGE: a gentle giant, covered in an enormous coat of orange fur. In my family, we have a favorite story to tell about the well-meaning friend who agreed to feed him while we were on vacation. Having never met Reno, the man approached our front gate, only to be scared off. He later reported to my father


that there was a lion in our front yard! I loved Reno so much, and yet I only have two pictures to remember him by. To this day, I am saddened that I cannot show his sweet face to my children as I tell stories of our adventures together. I have been a pet lover all my life, and now I can happily add the role of mother, wife, photographer, and small business owner to that list. I have lived in Mesquite for over seven years, and have four little girls, one with fur. I have been a practicing photographer for almost six years, and have learned the patience, the gentleness, and just the right kind of treat needed to work with all kinds of animals. I have worked with everything from dogs to horses. I am dedicated to capturing that special moment with your

animal. All animals are special, each with their own unique and individual personality, which is why it is so important to capture those memories now in order to cherish them forever. Trust me, the results will be better than any smart phone. I care about this community and am passionate about what I do. In the rush of the holiday season, while we are baking goodies, hunting for the perfect gift, and enjoying the wonderful desert winter, it is easy to overlook our pets’ holiday wishes. This time of year is perfect for capturing your pet in the beauty of the desert surrounding us. Pictures of a beloved pet can make a wonderful gift and bring joy throughout the year. It is the perfect time to don that ugly Christmas sweater, grab a matching one for your precious pet, and have some fun. You and your animal friend will be so happy you did. Happy Holidays from Ashley at Mesquite Pet Photography. V I service Mesquite, Logandale, Overton, Moapa, and St. George. Feel free to contact me anytime at (702) 572-3514 and visit my Facebook page, Mesquite Pet Photo.


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The Artistic Holidays are Coming! N

othing gets a bunch of dedicated artists moving like a deadline, especially when that deadline is for the annual Christmas Boutique by Debbi Swanson Patrick at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, which opens Monday, November 20 at 10:00 AM. This festive event begins before Thanksgiving so relatives visiting Mesquite, or locals going elsewhere, can shop for the holidays. Imagine the


shock on your relatives’ faces when you arrive with your hand-designed holiday gifts for them. They’ll have to go out and get you something! The Gallery has more than 200 members, many of whom participate in the Boutique. Featured are ceramics, stained glass, sculpture, leather goods, paintings, jewelry of all descriptions, cards for all occasions, items to beautify your home, and of course, ornaments and other holiday decorations. All are handmade and ready to take home. One very special element returns this year. Not every city has their own Christmas story, so author, Barb King, and illustrator, Diana Coonradt will return to sign their charming book, Christmas Eve in Mesquite, that debuted at the gallery last year. Their book is available for purchase during the Boutique. Adding to the Boutique ambiance is the Lucky 13 National Small Works Competition on exhibit in the galleries

during November and December. All images are 13-inch x 13-inch, or smaller, making them perfect for almost any space. The public is invited to the Mesquite Fine Art Gallery’s Art Reception on Thursday, November 16 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Mesquite Fine Arts Center is located at 15 W. Mesquite Boulevard, Mesquite, Nevada. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Hours are extended during the Boutique until 7:00 PM on Monday, November 20, and Wednesday, November 22.V For more information on membership, workshops, and other exhibits, visit or call (702) 346-1338.


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The Front Porch

So Much More than Just a Flower Shop

story by Callie Clark photos by Rey of Light

shop, a boarded-up old-time movie theatre, and several other small businesses. Look to your right, and you can’t miss The Front Porch with its white picket fence and beautiful window displays. Owned by Charlene Udall, The Front Porch is a quaint little shop filled to the brim with gifts, antique furnishings, cards, Moapa Valley High School Pirate gear, decorations, and of course, fresh flowers.


ake the Logandale exit on I-15, drive past the alfalfa fields, homes, and a few churches until you get to downtown Overton. Once there, you will find the auto parts store, the two hardware stores, the grocery store, an ice cream


The Front Porch is located in a building with a rich history in and of itself. Once owned by Lee Bishop, it has been a library, an annex to the auto parts store, a place for the Boys’ Club to meet, and a flower shop. At one time, it housed a Christmas shop in the basement. In 2012, Charlene Udall could not shake the feeling that she was somehow being

drawn to the flower shop. She was initially very wary because she had no experience in retail or the floral design business. But the feeling just would not go away, so she applied for a business license in November of that year, and the ride began. When she took over, the store needed a major overhaul. She loved the historic feel of the place, so she worked hard not to modernize the look. A fresh paint job and new creative displays brightened the interior. One thing that stayed the same was the floor. “I love the way it creaks when you walk across the floor. It gives you that old-fashioned corner store feeling,” said Udall. It also needed a name. Char’s Flower Shoppe was considered, but Udall wanted people know it was so much more than just a flower shop. She wanted people to feel welcome and comfortable

as they entered, kind of like enjoying a beautiful spring day on someone’s front porch. And the name stuck. Even though she had no floral design experience, she was determined to make this dream a reality. She and a few close friends took floral design courses, and on May 14, 2013, the first orders went out the door. From Valentine’s Day to Mother’s Day, Senior Prom and birthdays, from weddings to other special occasions, Charlene and her staff will see to it you get just the right flowers to make the day especially beautiful. When people walk in the front door for the first time, they are generally amazed at all the different displays and items in the store. It is not uncommon to hear someone remark, “Oh, my gosh! I can’t believe what you have here!” A lot of them tell Udall it is the cutest store in town and they can’t wait to tell their friends and relatives. “I love serving people, and always dreamed of owning a service-oriented business,” says Udall. When asked what one of the most meaningful aspects of the business is, Udall explains, “Meeting with people and sharing their experiences when they have lost a loved one is a sacred experience. Helping them know what to order, being able to offer a little comfort, and hearing their stories make this part of the business very special.” She is the go-to florist for Cactus and Lace Weddings owned and operated by Rachel Garcia and Lory Fabbi. Cactus and Lace Weddings,

with Reyanna Jarrel, do exclusive, elegant elopements and fun stuff other wedding designers and photographers don’t. They are one of only twenty companies licensed to do photos in Valley of Fire State Park. During the Christmas season, The Front Porch sets up Santa’s Mailbox. When kids bring their letters to The Porch and drop them in Santa’s post office box, they get a candy cane and the promise that Santa will answer their letter. Udall says that every single letter to Santa is answered personally. Udall is an enthusiastic supporter of Moapa Valley High School. She designed Pirate’s Corner and now sells a wide variety of Pirate items. She even has a backdrop for selfies that can be changed to match the seasons. She can special order anything out of the Ringmaster’s catalog, and there is a large selection of LDS jewelry as well. When you enter the store through the white picket fence, you will be greeted by a cheery, “Hi, welcome to The Front Porch!” You will see a sign at the back of the store by the floral case that says, The Earth Laughs in Flowers. Come on in. Browse a while. And be sure to come back soon. V Visit their website at Order online at Mention thier ad in this issue of View On Magazine for 20% off.


Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The Real Story by Judi Moreo


ven though most people believe that Rudolph is a folklore legend, it simply is not true. Rudolph was born in 1939 in the Montgomery Ward Department store in Chicago, Illinois.

The holiday season was a time when Santa would give away coloring books to the children who came to tell him their Christmas wishes. The management staff thought perhaps if they created their own giveaway booklet, they wouldn’t have to buy the coloring books and they could save money. So the project of a Christmas give-away was assigned to one of their advertising copywriters, Robert May, who was very good at writing children’s stories and limericks. Mr. May had an idea of an illustrated poem printed in a small book that families would want to keep and read to their children each


year. He came up with the idea of a reindeer with a shiny nose who would be Santa’s helper. He wrote a series of rhyming verses and tried them out on his four-year-old daughter. He then enlisted his artist friend, Denver Gillen, to draw a reindeer. Mr. Gillen spent many hours at the local zoo creating sketches of reindeer. Together, they completed the booklet, and during Christmas of 1939, 2.4 million copies of the story of Rudolph were given away in Montgomery Ward stores throughout the United States. In this version of the story, Rudolph did not live at the North Pole. Rudolph lived in an average reindeer village, and while he was often taunted and laughed at for having a red nose, his parents didn’t regard him as an embarrassment. Rudolph was brought up in a loving home and he was a responsible reindeer with a good self-image and sense of worth. Santa discovered Rudolph when he noticed the glow coming from Rudolph’s room while delivering presents to Rudolph’s house. Worried that the thickening fog

would keep him from completing his Christmas Eve rounds, Santa asked Rudolph to lead his team. The booklet was a big hit. The acceptance of Rudolph as Santa’s helper created a need to license the character. As Mr. May had created the story during his employment at Montgomery Ward, the company held the copyright. Mr. May was deeply in debt from the terminal illness and loss of his wife, so he persuaded Montgomery Ward’s corporate president, Sewell Avery, to turn Rudolph’s copyright over to him. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer became a commercial entity before Christmas of 1947, and in the following year, a nineminute cartoon was created and shown in theatres. Mr. May talked his brother-in-law, popular songwriter, Johnny Marks, into writing lyrics and a melody for a song about Rudolph. Several professional singers turned down the opportunity to record the song. Then in 1949, Gene Autry consented to do the recording which quickly went to the top of the Hit Parade charts. Since that time, approximately three hundred different recordings of the song have been made, one hundred million copies of the story sold, and Rudolph’s career continues. In 1964, he became the star of a TV special narrated by Burl Ives which is still a holiday favorite today. Robert May died in 1976 leaving the legend of Rudolph in all of our hearts. V



Chamber of Commerce Hosts

All-Star Holiday Gala by Donna Eads


n Saturday, December 2, the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce will show their appreciation to businesses and local supporters by hosting the All-Star Holiday Gala at the glamorous Rising Star Resort Ballroom. The evening will begin with harpist, Janet Anthony-Clark, at 5:30 PM with appetizers and champagne, and the Chamber videos of the year. A splendid surf and turf dinner will be served on your beautifully decorated, holiday themed tables. The evening will continue with the presentation of this year’s All-Star Awards from the Chamber. It will end with after dinner entertainment and dancing with music provided by Dave the Sax Man. This will be a great holiday event for anyone to enjoy and participate. Reserve your table for this lovely semi-formal holiday event for the cost of $75 per person. The Chamber of Commerce is located at 11 West Pioneer Boulevard, Suite C, Mesquite, Nevada. Contact the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce at or call (702) 346-2902. V


Get The Glycemic “Green Light” for Your Holiday Season! by Catherine King, APRN, CDE


hether you live with diabetes or not, meal planning is crucial. Green, yellow, and red are not just colors that are pretty during the holidays – you can think of them as “Healthy Traffic Lights,” and have a little fun with your food choices. If you live with diabetes, holiday meal planning can be particularly crucial due to the increased


amount of tempting treats available. Learning the glycemic index (GI) of foods can help. Knowing the GI of your foods can be useful for people with Type 2 diabetes. A carbohydrate’s glycemic index tells you how long it takes your body to turn it into sugar. This helps you keep better

control over your blood glucose levels by incorporating more foods with a low GI into your diet. The following can help you identify foods with a low GI. For more detail, visit Green light foods are good to go! These foods have a GI of 55 or less. Foods with a low GI are packed with protein and

fiber and include options such as chickpeas, grapefruit, apples, and beans. Fruits and vegetables, which are full of fiber, are especially good options.

Making a Change: Did you know that the GI of a food can change? The value is not static, and knowing what factors affect it can help you plan your meals.

Yellow light means, please proceed with caution! These foods with a GI of 56 to 69 are considered middle-ofthe-road foods and can be okay to have in your diet, as long as you are eating them in moderation. Medium GI foods include items ranging from brown rice and corn tortillas, to microwave popcorn and spaghetti.

Cooking Time – Longer cooking times may increase the GI of a food because starches break down when carbohydrates are cooked longer.

Red light (not to be confused with Rudolph’s nose) foods have a GI of 70 or more. Red light means Stop, Think, and Resist! A good rule of thumb is that the more processed a food is, the higher its GI. If you have diabetes, this category, which includes foods such as white rice, white breads, oatmeal, and certain breakfast cereals, and even puffed rice cakes, should make up a very SMALL portion of your diet.

Processing – A glass of apple juice has a higher GI than an apple, which is why people with diabetes are often advised to eat a piece of fruit and drink water rather than drink a glass of juice. Storage Time – Similar to the effect of cooking time, the longer a fruit or vegetable ripens, the higher its GI. Protein and Fat – Eating carbohydrate-based foods in combination with foods high in protein or fat, decreases the impact the carbohydrate has on your blood glucose levels.V

Catherine King earned her Master’s in Nursing and her certification as a Nurse Practitioner in 2002 from Ohio’s Otterbein University. After having an opportunity to manage patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions, she was inspired to become a Certified Diabetes Educator, which she achieved in 2006. With this experience she educates and treats patients with diabetes, pre-diabetes and teaches diabetes prevention. Catherine is also experienced with other chronic conditions including; congestive heart failure, lipid disorders and COPD. She is dedicated to working with each patient in managing their own health and develops treatment plans that work best for the individual. Catherine King is currently accepting new patients at Mesa View Medical Group, 1301 Bertha Howe Avenue Suite #1, Mesquite, NV. She can be reached at (702) 346-0800, or visit


Small Business T Development Center Open for Business in Mesquite

he newest small business resource center in Nevada has just opened in Mesquite, and is located in the offices of Mesquite Regional Business at 11 Pioneer Boulevard in the Bank of Nevada building. Suzy Bennett, a long-time business manager and southern Nevada native has taken the reins as the first SBDC Counselor and is already serving six official clients. “I’m having a great time helping these clients with their businesses, and in some cases, helping to make their dreams come true,” said Bennett. “We are so looking forward to helping our local businesses and those who have always wanted to go into business for themselves.”

by Rachel Dahl

Nevada Small Business Development Center has offices across the state, and is part of a nationwide assistance program funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The SBDC offices help people start and grow businesses in order to create economic growth through the creation of new businesses and new jobs, the retention of jobs, and access to capital. Rachel Dahl, President/CEO of MRB knows the importance of a strong local small business culture when it comes to


attracting industry to a community. “We cannot do our job of industry attraction if our small businesses here are suffering or are non-existent,” she said. “We are more than pleased to host the SBDC in our offices and to work closely with Suzy and the state team to provide access to the extensive resources in this state and facilitate small business success in our community.” The SBDC offices across the state are an incredible resource for one-on-one counseling services, which are free to business owners and entrepreneurs. SBDC counselors also offer workshops, business planning, educational courses, assistance writing the ever-intimidating business plan, and a variety of other services. There are several different business assistance opportunities that may be helpful when thinking about starting a new business or strengthening an existing one. Counselors routinely help with researching demographic data and analysis, environmental management and energy assistance, writing proposals, and providing assistance with government contracting. Over the years, the training opportunities available through the SBDC have grown and include a wide variety of workshops, seminars, and courses in collaboration with public and private sectors. There are many successful business owners and advisors that teach entrepreneurial practices to new and existing business owners through a wide range of training events, and the training schedules can be accessed on the SBDC website. Business counseling through the SBDC office includes assistance with starting a business. For those who have always had an idea and want to make it a reality, assistance ranges from legal structure selection, licensing and permitting, market research, site selection, business plan creation, finding capital, and franchising agreements. Other challenges are often faced by existing businesses who are seeking to grow and expand, and include managing cash flow, strategic planning, developing a network, rebranding and reinventing, establishing personnel policies, marketing, and succession planning. Also available is help with sustaining businesses with expertise in valuing and buying a business, hiring employees, legal and tax considerations, customer service, financial management, risk management, marketing, advertising, sales, and more.

has resources that can help, and I am so excited to serve our region and be a guiding hand for our small businesses.” Anyone interested in finding out more about the SBDC offices can go online to to sign up to request counseling assistance or access the extensive resources that are offered.V

Bennett encourages anyone who has thought about starting their own business, as well as those who are currently in business and ready for expansion, or if your existing business is experiencing challenges, to contact her at the SBDC office by phone, 702-613-0109, or email “Starting or growing your business can be a scary thing,” said Bennett. “The SBDC office



Reduce Holiday Stress while Traveling by Laurie Nelson-Barker


lthough the holidays are meant to be joyous, for some like me, they can be stressful, especially if I’m unprepared. When this is finally at print, we will have already entered the fall equinox and I don’t know how that happened. I’m not ready to put away my summer clothes; I haven’t even worn everything. But there may be hope. My spouse planned an awesome cruise


through French Polynesia for December which is both exhilarating and terrifying. I espouse minimalism, so packing light is essential. Mike and I try to teach people to pack using a backpack and a small carry-on, so it wouldn’t look good for me to drag a bunch of stuff through numerous airports and checkpoints, even if it is the holidays. I think I’ll try to pack the summer stuff I haven’t worn yet, which could be stressful but fun. I will be sure to wear cargo shorts underneath the sarong I plan to wear on the plane. It will reduce stress just in case I accidentally flush the makeshift

skirt down the toilet, which is a real life, hilarious, travel story. As bizarre as that sounds, I’ve heard other stories that were similar, so I don’t doubt the ability of humans to do weird things. If you will be bringing home more stuff, you will want room without having to buy more luggage. Trust me, you do not want the extra baggage fees and hassle. If you want to buy souvenirs, Christmas ornaments don’t take up much space, and you only have to display them once a year. However, remember not all cultures observe Christmas, and nothing says “tourist” like trying to buy a Christmas ornament in a non-Christian country. I have experience, just saying..

I stress about leaving my “furry kids” when I travel. We have taken our dog, Tess, with us in our plane and on short excursions, but I’m pretty certain the cruise people would not be pleased with a huge dog trying to devour the buffet. Therefore, she will be staying home with our pet sitter. The cat is a maniac and can never be trusted outside of our house, so that’s a no-brainer. Buying your dog a service vest and pretending that it’s a service dog fools no one. Buying a vest with pockets and putting a collapsible bowl, dried food, ID, leash, first aid kit, clean up bags, and hot/cold packs in the pockets will make traveling with your dog much easier. Many hotels allow pets, and your relatives might let you bring yours as long as it doesn’t eat kids or other pets. If you are interested in buying a ready-made dog vest, you can check my website at I also stress about food when I travel, especially during the holidays. Because I have been vegan for over twenty years, taking enough portable, plant-based food is always challenging. I’ve learned to make some durable vegan snacks, but am always open to new ideas. The last time we cruised on the Paul Gauguin, I was treated like a food celebrity. I always had a chance to review the menu in advance for my food choices. It was great. I actually had my own stalker, who seemed to find me wherever I was on the ship to review the menu and get my opinion. However, once the cruise was over, I reverted back to floundering with food choices. Unfortunately, I don’t speak French, unless you count the high school French I took 50 years ago. That probably shouldn’t count though, as the only things I can say in French are “Do you speak English?” and “Where is the cat?” Neither is very helpful when ordering food, so I’ll continue to experiment and hope for the best. Hopefully, some of these hints will help you streamline your holidays and minimize stress. Remember that if holiday travel is on the agenda, the people you meet are strangers, and you will most likely never see them again. If you have to wear the same outfit twice, no one cares. I’m wishing you stressfree, minimalist holiday travel with great food, fun, and family! V


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Designs for 2018

by Helen Houston


eady to hit the 2018 refresh button for your home décor? Whether you have sweeping changes in mind, or are just adding a few new details, you may want to keep in mind some of the hottest emerging trends for the new year. Geometric Patterns Introducing geometric patterns is a trend that is rising in popularity. It brightens rooms and creates intrigue. Incorporating these fun shapes throughout your house is one way to make a bold statement. Wallpapers, rugs, or throw pillows with fun patterns are all great additions to your space. Just remember, if you cover a large area with a geometric pattern, such as wallpaper, let it be the focal point of the room. The other elements of the room should be simpler and use complimentary colors from the design. Fringe We have all seen the fringe trend on clothing and accessories in the past couple of years, but now it has made its way into interior design. Expect to see fringe adorning the outside of pillows and


the bottom of furniture. Even curtains and light fixtures are being designed with the fringe trend in mind. Adding fringe to your space is a small and easy change you can make to ring in a new look. I added long fringe to the bottom of an ottoman, and it has supplied endless entertainment for my cat, Grady. It’s a perfect place for him to stage an attack on innocent passersby. Metallic To make your space more modern and to create contrast, add metallic pieces to your home. If you have a traditional upholstered sofa, the addition of a metal coffee or side table will complement the look. You can even keep this trend in mind when picking out pillows and artwork. Metallic paints and textiles are being used by artists to create a level of shine. This look is sleek with an industrial element, and breathes life into the space. Mix it up with chrome, polished nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and copper. Color Matching Inspired by Nature The beginning of 2018 is marked by all shades of greenery — from yellow to deep

green — it is clear that the trend draws its roots from the environment. According to Pantone, a company reputed for its color trend predictions, greenery is an attentiongrabbing color, very suitable for mixing patterns with bold, contrasting colors, such as lapis blue or fiery orange. High-Lacquered Materials The polished look of high-lacquered wood is among the hottest trends for 2018. There is no better way to add the much sought after tailored look than through the addition of lacquered cabinets, walls, shelving, and furnishings. Big ticket items not in your 2018 budget? Try framing art or displaying glossy colored accessories. Texture Creating added dimension with texture is on point in 2018. Mixing fabrics and materials adds contrast and intrigue. One of the top materials trending will be velvet. Paring a velvet sofa with a shag rug can really elevate the design in a room. Even light fixtures are being designed with texture in mind to add to the overall effect of your space.

Unique Lighting Don’t be afraid to get adventurous in 2018 when it comes to lighting choices. Quirky fixtures are trending in the new year. Let your lighting serve as the focal point of the room, or use it to accent other pieces you have in your space. Make sure you create a healthy blend of light by having low-lying lights with lamps and overhead lighting. Marble Countertops Step aside quartz, the current darling of the countertop design world is the aesthetically-pleasing marble with its creamy, gray-toned veining. With its timeless appeal, this stone gives any kitchen a decidedly high-end look and, although the cost is comparable to some granites, marble is porous so it can be a problem. Regular sealing and special care with anything acidic to prevent etching will keep the creamy surface looking its best. Black and White If you want a more sleek and modern dÊcor style incorporated throughout your home, opt for a solely black and white color palette. This trend has been at the top of designers lists for years because the overall effect is so striking. You can create an effortless level of sophistication with black and white furniture and accessories. Stick with a minimalistic approach to let the bold statements stand out. For the walls, frame black and white photographs in black frames to personalize the look. Cerused Wood Cerused wood has been around for quite a long time, and although it has fallen in and out of favor over the centuries, it is recently making a comeback. With a very understated and elegant look, the cerused finish delightfully agrees with so many different decorating styles. Whether your style is anything from modern to rustic, this finish will make any room dance. Rubbed into the open grooves and pores of wood, the whiting process brings out and highlights the woodgrain. This finish is popularized on furniture, especially a lot of mid-century living room pieces, and on kitchen and bath cabinetry. It’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

Old is New If you want to be trendy in 2018 while still creating a space that is timeless, the antique look is a good direction to take your style. Visit local antique shops and yard sales to find pieces that are one of a kind. Allow them to be the focal point of the room. Up the pretty factor with ruffled fabrics and lace. When the room is complete, it will exude elegance and charm.V


Golf Gifts for the Golfer on Your List by Michelle Brooks, Ready Golf & Gear


e all have someone on our list that’s a golfer, right? Or maybe everyone you know is a golfer! Either way it can be difficult to find that perfect gift for the golfer that has everything. Well, you’re in luck. Here are a few ideas to get the biggest smiles from the golfers on your list: Golf balls. I know, boring, right? Not necessarily. All golfers lose golf balls. That’s just a fact. So, stocking your buddy up with their favorite golf ball so they don’t have to worry about picking any up for a while is a priceless gift. You can even go a step further and personalize their golf balls for them. Have your golf partner’s balls printed with their name or favorite saying. I saw one the other day that said, “If found, please hit it better than I did!” Whichever way you’d like to personalize them, check with your local golf store for prices and options.

Does your favorite golfer own a golf cart? Why not hook them up with locking glove boxes, a second cooler or maybe a Bluetooth sound bar? You can pick up all kinds of accessories from your local golf cart dealership. If it’s a bigger item that needs to be installed professionally, a good idea is to purchase the item and give it just like any other gift. After it’s opened you can call the dealership and schedule an installation. Depending on the installation, in Mesquite and St. George, Ready Golf & Gear offers installation at your home or free pick-up and delivery. Every year at Christmastime, many people come into our shop to buy a certain golf club or set of golf clubs for their special someone. But with all the different lofts and flexes, not to mention all the different brands and shafts, it’s hard to know exactly which club or clubs to get. We have solved this by helping our customers

find what will most likely be best for their special someone, and then we suggest bringing that special someone in for a custom club fitting after the holiday. That way, their special someone has a great gift to open, but can also choose what best suits him or her later. It’s like a double gift, really. Just be sure they don’t use the gift clubs in case they do end up going with something different. One of our good customers who happens to not be a golfer was in the other day looking for a birthday gift for a friend. I suggested something we sell a lot of, a GPS Quick Clip. I explained that this is a universal device that allows a golfer to hang any GPS unit or range finder on any golf cart. It works with a heavy-duty magnet that keeps the unit in place during play, but allows the golfer to remove it when they are done. She exclaimed, “Oooh, you mean you use it with one of those cheat machines?!” I will now be calling my GPS unit a “cheat machine” for all of eternity. The GPS Quick Clip makes a great stocking stuffer if your golfing friend has a GPS unit or a range finder. If they don’t, then maybe a cheat machine is the perfect gift! There are several brands and models to choose from, as well as from the low to high price range. Stop into your local golf store and ask them to go over all the options with you. These are just a few of endless ideas for great gifts for any golfer on your list. I hope this article will help you find the perfect gift for your golfing friends and family. For more ideas, please visit your local golf shop. And please don’t forget to shop locally this holiday season! V Ready Golf & Gear is located at 550 W. Pioneer Blvd., Mesquite, Nevada, and can be reached at (702) 345-4653.


Ready Golf . . . Cars?

Ready Golf, a.k.a Ready Golf & Gear opened in Mesquite, Nevada in 2008. We started the business as a two-fold store, E-Z-GO Golf Car dealership and full-service golf shop. Now, nine years later, we have expanded part of that business with a satellite E-Z-GO dealership in Las Vegas. E-Z-GO saw a need for a dealership in the Las Vegas valley as did we, so, after several months of discussion and planning, we decided to go for it and began looking for the perfect location. Ready Golf Cars opened in October in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas at 9422 Del Webb Boulevard. The Las Vegas location is a small location that shows and sells golf cars. E-Z-GO sales, service, and rebuilds will continue to be done in Mesquite, just as we have done for years. Ready Golf & Gear – the golf shop side of things – will continue to operate as normal, providing quality golf equipment, apparel, and accessories for our wonderful customers from Mesquite and surrounding areas. We thank you for your continued support and patronage in Mesquite, and we look forward to serving you for years to come! ~ Michael & Michelle Brooks



Lost Gold of the Overland Express by Charlene Paul


tories about Nevada’s past would not be complete without a tale or two about gold, trains, and outlaws. Six miles west of Reno, the Great Train Robbery of 1870 had all of those elements, and has become a bit of a Nevada Urban Legend.

miles west of Reno. The men were heavily armed and ended up with over $40,000 in gold. What made this robbery especially eventful was that it was one of the first train robberies in the world. It captured the attention of newspaper reporters on two continents.

were offered by Washoe County, the State of Nevada, the Central Pacific Railroad Company, and the Wells-Fargo Express Company for anyone who could apprehend the robbers. It didn’t take long before men from far and wide set out to apprehend the outlaws.

On the 5th of November 1870, news flashed over the wires that the Overland Express heading out of San Francisco toward Virginia City the day before had been held up by masked men near Verdi, about ten

Nevada quickly garnered the unsavory credit of being one of the first states in the Union that had outlaws daring and ruthless enough to stop a train and rob it of all its gold. Large rewards of around $30,000

The story is told that just as the train pulled away from the Verdi station, five masked men boarded. Two of the robbers climbed aboard the engine room pointing their six-shooters at the engineer and the fireman, and quickly took control of the train. One of the robbers boarded the express car at the front platform while two others boarded it at the back. After the train had gone approximately half a mile east of Verdi, the robbers in the engine room ordered the engineer to give a short blast of the whistle signaling the brakemen to set the brakes. It also signaled the three robbers in the express car to cut the bell rope and pull the pin at the rear of the car. Once the pin was pulled, the engineer was ordered to “give her steam.” When the conductor went to find out why the train had stopped, he discovered that the engine, mail car, and express car were gone. About four or five miles west of Reno, the engine was stopped by an obstruction placed on the track by the robbers. Once it was


stopped, there was a knock on the express car door. When the messenger opened the door, he was met by a double-barreled, sawed-off shotgun. He surrendered without a fight and sat quietly in the corner as the robbers tossed the Wells-Fargo sacks of gold out the side door into the brush. When they were finished, they tipped their hats to the messenger for being so cooperative and not making them kill him, and disappeared into the night.

mountains, expecting to head the robbers off somewhere between Truckee, Carson City, and Virginia City. They had no luck, giving the robbers a day’s head start. Upon returning to Reno, the sheriff learned that detectives from Wells-Fargo and the railroad, as well as a few Reno officials and a posse, had also been unsuccessful.

Once the rest of the train coasted to the spot of the robbery where the engineer and fireman were busy clearing the debris from the tracks, they re-coupled the cars and headed into Reno. The robbery was so quick that the train was only thirty minutes behind schedule.

The hunt continued. Because of a distinctive boot heel print, the posse was able to track down one of the robbers to a farm house. He was a miner from Virginia City with a good reputation. This was his first endeavor as a hold-up man. The lady of the farm house gave the posse a good description of two of the other men, one of which wore a particular pair of boots with a distinctive heel.

The sheriff and his undersheriff saddled their horses and rode off for the

In less than four days, the entire gang had been rounded up, arrested, and most of the

money was recovered. By Christmas day, they all found themselves in the Nevada State Prison to serve out their sentences, ranging from five to twenty-three years. Once the robbers were sent to prison, the stage-robbing industry in Nevada was nearly wiped out. It is thought that these robbers were the same men who had been involved in every stage-coach hold-up. All of the loot was recovered, with the exception of 150 twenty-dollar gold pieces. Some of the gold was carried in old boots, but those boots were never found. It could be that one of the outlaws doubled back to retrieve the gold once he was released from prison, but who knows. If you ever find yourself in the middle of nowhere in northern Nevada, keep your eyes peeled for an old boot. At today’s prices, that gold could be worth a half a million dollars.V


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A Colorful

Winter Garden by Paul “Dr. Q” Noe, Staff Horticulturist/Certified Horticulture Advisor, Star Nursery


inter in the desert doesn’t have to be drab and boring. Our mild climate allows us to have colorful plants throughout the winter season. Check out some of these options that you can add to your landscape to brighten up your world. Nandina or Heavenly Bamboo – these evergreen plants color up nicely when the temperatures drop! Depending on the variety, bright orange to red, and even hues of purple appear.


In addition to the foliage color, red berries also add color on these plants. Pyracantha – Brilliant colorful berries adorn this plant family all winter long. Depending on the variety, they may be deep red or somewhere in the orange shades. Either are nice contrasts to the dark green foliage. Both the vine and shrub varieties have berries. Happy Wanderer Vine (Hardenbergia violacea) – This evergreen vine flowers towards the end of January to early February. The violet flowers appear in clusters and resemble miniature sweet pea blooms. Seeing these bloom is a good indicator that the lilacs will soon follow! Camellia – can be grown in the desert with a little extra care. These acid loving plants do require some shade in the afternoon, but will produce flowers in late winter to early spring. Colors range from white, to red, and everything in between. Golden or Gold Spot Euonymus – these evergreen shrubs add color to the landscape year round. The Golden Euonymus

has gold on the outer portion of the leaf, whereas the Gold Spot Euonymus has a spot of gold in the center of the leaf. Candytuft – a low growing groundcover accent that produces white flowers against green foliage in late January to early February. For additional spots of color or colorful accents, try adding Ornamental Cabbage or Kale, Snapdragons, English Primrose, Pansies and Violas, Stock, Dianthus, or Cyclamen. Potted or planted in the ground, any one or combination of them will surely color up your world throughout the winter. Come into your neighborhood Star Nursery and check out our selection!V


In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create but by what we refuse to destroy.” ~ John Sawhill


uring last year’s Amazing Earthfest week, Minimalism – A Documentary About the Important Things was the best attended of the many films offered. People are clearly interested in re-considering their personal lifestyle decisions.

Become an Everyday Eco-Hero by Laurel Beesley

Film producer, Matt D’Avella questions why we fill our lives with stuff, creating lives at a disconnect, holding onto objects and expensive activities of relatively no value. Calling for simplicity, he asks the audience to consider a refreshed value system. He asks, “Is it not time to simplify, economize and be responsible?”

Rich Csenge, founder and director of the Amazing Earthfest and his wife Debra have committed themselves to a conscious lifestyle that reflects their eco-values. The simple acts of gardening, recycling, choosing to bike around town, and their professional commitment to Amazing Earthfest, speak volumes. Eco-consciousness becomes a lifestyle, and can even set the stage for business. Just ask ecopreneur Jon Schlee who hung a shingle in front of a tiny retail space near the University of Utah to sell electric bikes and high-efficiency


scooters. Six years later, the business is booming. In Kanab, Outdoor Adventure guide Bret Benge rides his electric bike to the office. While he pedals, the battery on his hybrid bike charges. When he isn’t pedaling, the battery kicks in. Fourteen years ago, Robert Harris was living in St. George, Utah. He had never given much thought to the idea of recycling until friends from Ohio moved to St. George. “These friends couldn’t believe there was no way to recycle here, so they collected stuff in their garage and drove it all the way to Vegas.” They put their heads together and decided to start a local recycling business. Blue Sky Recycle Services moved into the market, and was enthusiastically supported. Harris says, “I didn’t invent recycling, but I answered a need expressed by our clients. We recycle for curbside customers, businesses and special events.” Lara Terry moved to Kanab with her sons because she wanted to find a little piece of property for a “postage-stamp-size, sustainable home.” She gardens and has planted fruit trees. She sells eggs from her small flock of hens to neighbors and local restaurants. Their pet turkey, Survivor, got his name because he was supposed to be the star of their holiday feast. Instead, Survivor survived his first week as a heritage, not genetically enhanced, turkey. Lara and her sons lovingly fed him with an eye-dropper, and

Survivor now confidently struts his stuff. He has become a loyal family pet, even trotting behind Lara to eat squash beetles in a neighbor's garden. Just don’t mention that Thanksgiving word! You might wonder what Dixie State College, Southern Utah University, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Southern Utah Recycling Coalition, Paiute Indian Tribe, NRCS, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Utah Department of Natural Resources all have in common. They are all part of Southern Utah’s Sustainable Operations Partnership. When the BLM in Kanab built headquarters for the Grand Staircase/ Escalante National Monument, they chose a green architect who installed solar panels, and satisfied Leadership in

Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED is the most widely recognized and widely used green-building rating system in the world. The National Park Service is conscious of a trash problem. Zion, along with other National Parks, has banned disposable water bottles, so visitors will need to bring their own bottles and refill them at the bottle-filling fountains. Junior Rangers visiting the parks can earn badges for picking up trash. We all need to be mindful of our fragile planet. We can all make a difference, each in our own way. There are plenty of activities that are environmentally friendly. You might want to involve your family in a backyard birdwatch. There are many resources available online. Visit Sarah Bateman’s playful Desert Green Goddess

blog for additional ideas on incorporating more green into your daily life. To assists in greening your home and business visit, and simple suggestions for greening your apartment can be found at As ecopreneur Scott Cooney of Salt Lake City says in his book, Build a Green Small Business, “We are truly blessed to have so many great, green resources at our fingertips. Supporting them and enjoying them will help to create the kind of community we all hope to live in . . . peaceful, prosperous, sustainable, livable, equitable, and enjoyable.” Take the Go Green Pledge by visiting, click the Education and Outreach tab, and select Green Team Program Info.V “Sustainable living, on a deeper level, is a feeling of oneness and interconnectedness to everything and everyone. It’s really a way of being – acting with integrity and living consciously with an appreciation and respect towards our planet. The secret to sustainable living is really about simplifying your lifestyle which can result in a greater amount of freedom, joy and gratitude towards what you already have. It requires you to be more conscious about your actions and more aware about your lifestyle choices. It often requires taking small steps and changing one or two things at a time. “ ~ Steven Aitchison


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Fall and Winter Energy Saving Tips by Keith Buchhalter, Public Affairs Specialist at Overton Power District No. 5


oodbye triple-digit temperatures. Yes, we survived another HOT summer. It’s finally that time of year to once again open our windows, let some fresh air into our homes, and prepare for the winter months. This is my favorite time of year; I always look forward to seeing my kids go Trick-or-Treating, celebrating Veteran’s Day, gathering the family to say thanks on Thanksgiving day for all the blessings received through the year, and catching the holiday spirit while admiring the beautiful home light displays some of you work so hard on to celebrate the holiday season. We want you to make the most of this great time of year, and that’s why we want to share our favorite Energy Saving Tips for the 2017 fall and winter months.


Bake several dishes at a time. We all love to bake at this time of the year, but did you know that it takes the same amount of energy to bake in a full oven as it does a nearly-empty one? Make the most of your oven and bake several dishes at the same time. Turn the thermostat down when you have guests. Friend and family gatherings are quite common this time of year, and those extra bodies in the house means extra warmth at no extra cost to you. After a great meal it is time to clean. Now it is time to wash the dishes! You can do this by scraping off food, emptying liquids, and giving them a manual pre-rinse in the sink with cold water. Only run your dishwasher when it is completely full. Try

using the light or short cycle. If you’ve made sure your dishes are easier to clean, the dishwasher doesn’t need to run at maximum power to finish the job. When your dishwasher is about to click to the dry cycle, turn it off and open the door to let the dishes air dry. If you do this instead of using the heat-dry option, you could save 15 to 50 percent of your dishwasher’s energy consumption. Stop throwing money out the window — plug leaks and drafts. Your home loses most of its heat to drafts and air leaks, inside and out. Take simple steps like caulking windows, sealing leaks around recessed lighting, and sliding draft guards under your doors and you can save up to 20 percent on heating costs.

Invite the sun in. Yes, it feels like the sun has abandoned us during the winter, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore it during these shorter days. Open curtains and other window treatments on your west- and south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home and save anywhere from 2 to 12 percent. Maintain your HVAC system. Make sure to clean or change your furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down airflow, making the system work harder to keep you warm and costing you more money. Also, consider getting a winter tune-up. A semi-annual or yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency, saving you money and making your home more comfortable. Deck the halls with LEDs. The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without lighting up our homes with the brightest and most colorful displays possible. Consider LED and fiber optic lights this year instead of traditional incandescent light strands. LED holiday lights use up

to 90 percent less energy and last longer because they are sturdier and more resistant to breakage. Also, put them on a timer. There’s no need to have them on while everyone is sleeping. Last but not least. If you plan to travel, leaving your home for more than two or three days, turn your thermostat down

and turn your water heater off. Just don’t forget to turn it back on immediately upon arrival.V For more energy saving tips, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. From all of us at Overton Power District No. 5, we wish you and your family a safe 2017 Holiday Season!


Learning on a High Note by Linda Faas


irgin Valley High School (VVHS) has several teams that practice every day, preparing to play a perfect game. Some gather as early as 7:00 AM, eager to get started. The coach calls them to order, bridling their enthusiasm for only a moment of brief pointers before they are off toward their musical goal line. These young teams of musicians blend their talents into a wonderful stream of sound that multiplies the might of their individual instrument and unifies their purpose into a force that carries them to the conclusion of the melody they play. Soon, with practice, they will play it perfectly! These teams are the VVHS marching band, jazz band, orchestra, choir, and guitarists, and they are learning as they come together that every musician is an MVP. Under the marvelously talented direction of marching band leader Kendra Graf,


and orchestra, guitar, and choir leader Marie Palmer, over 150 VVHS students are mastering individual and team musical talents that are joyful expressions of self. VVHS has a lot to be proud of in its music program. “They are tremendously compatible, socially and musically,” says Mrs. Graf. “What a joy to work with students who pull together and work so hard to excel.” Graf instructs band students at both VVHS and Charles Hughes Middle School, so she has seen them grow from beginners to accomplished musicians over the 12 years she has taught music in Mesquite. Last year, VVHS musicians took a student trip to Six Flags in California. It wasn’t just a vacation, they entered a regional competition against high school bands from several states. It was a mind-

expanding trip for all. Many had not been far from home; many had not seen the ocean; few had known the excitement of showing what they could do as a musical team. All came home with a proudlyearned new understanding of what it means to be awesome. Mrs. Palmer’s classes kicked off the 2017-18 school year by preparing for a community event featuring the music and food of Italy. As the choir tuned up to sing That’s Amore, they knew they could pull off a great evening of entertainment to raise funds for their trip in the spring. With great appreciation for the skills of the musicians she directs, Mrs. Palmer will proudly tell you, “They are wonderfully talented.” She continues, “I came here last year, unaware of the ability I would find.” She credits support from Clark County School District visiting instructors and other local

music teachers who helped her as she took on her diverse duties as both choir and orchestra leadership. The jazz band, choir, and orchestra each performed several numbers at the community Spring Fling in March. That event showcased student culinary skills and arts and crafts achievements, as well as the musical accomplishments of VVHS. While Mrs. Graf prepares her band for Homecoming and school concerts, Palmer and her classes anticipate public performances, including their Winter Concert at the Mesquite Community Theatre in December. “Public performances help kids see that people like what they are doing and appreciate their music.” Several students are so accomplished that they are fullfledged members of the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra, which opens its season at the CasaBlanca Showroom on November 11. All this musical prowess will not be left at the high school door as these musicians graduate. That is the beauty

of musical training. While only a few may plan careers directly related to music and music education, every VVHS musician can incorporate their music skills, teamwork, organization, applied mathematics, and much more into their futures. They will know the pure joy of music as they head out to make their mark

on the world. Such beautiful music they will make! V Plan to attend VVHS student performances. Please contact Virgin Valley High School at (702) 346-2780 for concert dates and ticket information.

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Decades of Service to Families in Need by Callie Clark


eGrande Spilsbury graduated from mortuary school in 1939, and worked at the Aultorest Mortuary and Cemetery in Ogden, Utah as an intern. Seventy-five years later, his granddaughter, Jody Spilsbury Snow graduated from mortuary school. The Spilsbury family has spent decades in the funeral industry. “I was raised in the mortuary business. I saw the love and commitment that my grandfather and my dad have shown to families that are grieving,” said Jody. “And to be able to help someone through the worst possible time in their lives is really just very rewarding.” After working in Cedar City for a few years, on May 9, 1951, LeGrande purchased the Pickett Funeral Home owned by the Pickett family in St. George. He went on to open locations in Washington County (Hurricane), Kane County (Kanab), and Iron County (Cedar City and Parawon). LeGrande’s son, Ted graduated from mortuary school in 1968, and in 1974 moved his family to St. George to run the Washington County operations. LeGrande’s son-in-law, Clark Graff took over the Iron county operations. The Kanab location was sold to the Mosdell family in the early 1980s.

Owners/Operators of Spilsbury Mortuary, Ted Spilsbury; wife, Vivian; and daughter, Jody Spilsbury.


Spilsbury Mortuary was originally located next to Bateman Pharmacy, now known as Stapley Pharmacy, behind Zion’s Bank. It was part of the original center of downtown that also included the post office, Dick’s Café, and Center Department Store. Spilsbury Mortuary remained there until 1996 when it moved to its current location on Bluff Street. Over the years, the name has changed a few times, but today it is once again known simply as Spilsbury Mortuary. Standing majestically on a hilltop in front of a blazing red bluff backdrop, surrounded by lush green lawns and trees, Spilsbury Mortuary is perhaps one of the most beautiful professional buildings in the St. George area. Inside, you will find peace and serenity as you work with professionals who know and understand the sorrow that comes with the death of a loved one. Ted says, “Every family deserves our very best effort day and night. They are counting on us to step up, and to do so with love in our hearts.” His father told him many times, “Remember Ted, serve from your

heart. Each family deserves your very best performance regardless of means or position.” That philosophy lives on. The staff at Spilsbury Mortuary will gently lead you through the details and final arrangements that will bring comfort to your family. Regardless of tradition, religious beliefs, and changing funeral trends, they are able and willing to facilitate the desires and needs of your family, to help you find peace and closure. From elaborate to simple, options are available for every need. As this holiday season of laughter, lights, and joy approaches, they realize many families are not feeling the joy of the holidays. This can be a sad time of year for those dealing with the loss of loved ones. “This holiday season, may you be ever so blessed to enjoy family, friends, and good health,” said Ted. “May we all reach out to those in need, whatever their burdens might be.” After being in the mortuary business for over 75 years, the Spilsbury family knows what it takes to help families through what is often the most difficult time in life. “We are here to serve, and would like to extend the invitation for you to visit and to see and feel what the Spilsbury family has to offer,” said Ted. “In our foyer stands the

Come Unto Me monument that reflects the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Ted and Vivian, Jody, and their entire mortuary family wish each of you the most joyous of holidays and the best that the new year has to offer.V

Spilsbury Mortuary provides a chapel on site for families that need a more spiritual experience.

For more information, please call our St. George location at (435) 673-2454, or our Hurricane location at (435) 635-2212. Visit our website at, or our Facebook page.


Shop with a Cop the register. All this takes place in the midst of light-saber sword fights and hula hooping. Soon the swords and hoops are in the cart. It is a rush to check out because the kids are hungry and know the Elks Lodge has a special lunch prepared just for them. As the cashiers ring up the purchases, Mesquite Police Department staff black-out UPC codes so the items cannot be returned, except clothing which can be exchanged for a different size. All through the day, the kids ask the officers questions about their uniforms, their equipment, what their job is like, and how you can tell if someone is a bad guy. And then there is one kid that will always ask, “Why do cops like donuts so much?” The shopping, the laughter, the lunch, and the questions go a long way in building relationships between the officers and the children in the community. After all, what police officer doesn't want to be called fun, and what kid doesn’t want to learn an awesome new knock-knock joke? It is the most wonderful time of the year. V


love Christmas shopping with police officers. They are fun,” said a 2016 shopper, in her tiny little seven-year-old voice as she spun in circles. Shop with a Cop does much more than serve the needs of the community, it also serves the hearts of the officers. When the officers show up at Virgin Valley Elementary School or Joseph L. Bowler Elementary School in their patrol cars to pick up the kids, it is hard to tell who is more excited, the kids or the officers. The kids are buckled in, the lights and sirens are turned on, the vehicles form a parade that signals the start of the day’s adventure, and the knock-knock jokes begin. Donations from residents and local businesses fund the shopping spree which always yields a few surprises. Officers have demonstrated they can be all about the glamour by helping find glitter everything, and that they can ride tiny bikes in full duty gear. As the adventure continues, the children might stand for several minutes, chewing their lips, and rocking ever-so-slightly from foot to foot. Their hesitation is real; unspoken stories unfold. It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming to let a child know that it is okay to buy something. The officer will crouch down and reassure them that this is a gift, and there is enough money to pay for it at


Charity Golf M Tournament 2018

ark your calendar for Sunday, January 14, 2018. Wolf Creek Golf Club is proud to be hosting the 4th Annual Kids for Sports Foundation Charity Golf Tournament on January 14, 2018. It’s hard to imagine the tremendous impact the Kids for Sports Foundation has had on the community. An idea just four years ago, and now a fully functioning 501(c)(3) foundation that has collected hundreds of grant applications from the kids in the area over the past three years. To consider this foundation a success would be a gross understatement. The success of the foundation is very gratifying and would not be possible if it weren’t for the outpouring of support from the community, local businesses, schools, coaches, and so many more. The Kids for Sports Mission Statement: “Kids for Sports ensures all kids are given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of playing organized sports. We do this by helping remove financial and other barriers that prevent kids from participation in sports.” Registration for the tournament will be available November 6, 2017. Please call (702) 345-6728 for more details. Don’t forget to check out the Kids for Sports website at: V




eginning December 1 through 31, the Mesquite Police Department invites residents and business owners to join us in the Third Annual Project Blue Light. This national program is a way to express support for your local law enforcement personnel, and to honor the brave and dedicated officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting communities throughout our nation. The concept is simple. Place a blue light in your window as an expression of support, and in memory of the fallen heroes who gave their lives in service to us. Other options include replacing an outside garage light with a blue bulb or stringing a blue rope light around a pole or tree. Any blue light gesture sends the message of support. The members of the Mesquite Police Department would like to encourage everyone to join us in honoring the brave and dedicated heroes who have been killed in the line of duty. Let their sacrifice for us never be forgotten.V


Mesquite Then and Now M by Elspeth Kuta

esquite was first settled in 1880, and after a battle with the elements, became permanently settled in 1894. In the last 133 years, there have been a number of changes in the area. In 1984, with a population of 1,200 people, Mesquite became the last incorporated city in Nevada. Currently, Mesquite has a population just shy of 20,000 and continues to grow.

Looking back over the years, it is interesting to see the changes that have occurred. Here are a few photos of early business buildings that have been repurposed and are still in use today:

Before the city's incorporation, a library and Clark County offices sat where our current Mesquite City Hall stands.

J. L. Bowler Department Store. Built in 1946 by J. L. Bowler, it was a family business until circa 1978. Over the years, the building has been a hardware store, a furniture store, and is currently Sears. Before it was the Valley Inn Casino, it was a drug store. It is currently the Golden West Restaurant Casino, which has won numerous awards for serving the best burger in town.


Vonda’s Cafe was a local hangout for the young people in the 1930s. When gambling was legalized in Nevada, it had the first slot machines in town. In the 1960s, a second story was added. The building has changed hands a number of times. Locals knew it as the Chalet Cafe, and it is now El Mesquite, which never officially opened and stands empty today.

The Egg House was originally used as the collection point for Mesquite's Egg Co-op. This building eventually became home to the Telephone Company. Although the building no longer exists, Reliance Connects is located on the same lot.

At one time, Freezer Cafe was owned by the Burns family. It is now a sign, banner, copy, and print center known as Final Details.

Constructed in 1940, this building became the library in 1941. In 1943, it became the hospital, and was later used as the Scout house. Since 1985, it has been home to the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum where the history of Mesquite is proudly displayed.

In the beginning, the Abbott Hotel was the home of William and Mary Abbott and their family. It was built circa 1905, and travellers were always welcome. At one time, the upstairs bedrooms were used as school classrooms. In its lifetime, it has been a roadside cafe, chiropractor's office, art gallery, and a consignment store. The building is now currently for sale.


Tennis TNT – Tips N Tricks – by Donna Eads


s it time to ask Santa for a new racquet? With frames made of graphite and resins, this decision can be difficult. Usual play causes wear and tear, and restringing puts stress on the frame. As time goes by and more stress is inflicted, the frame will lose its stiffness which means you lose both power and control. If you see even a hairline crack, this decision is no problem — get a new racquet without delay. Game Tips The game of doubles has traditionally been based on the first team that controls the net wins, but there are many other ways to win. At the pro level, we see a great deal of either the Australian or I-formation utilized. The receiving team will often have both players back for the first serve due to the strength of the serve. In club or social play, we sometimes forget to try different looks. If your team is having trouble winning, remember to mix it up. Maybe try having both of you back when serving, or even the reserve of serve and volley. The reserve of serve and volley means the server still comes forward but their partner falls back. Calls on the court must be done promptly. As stated in The Code, “Calls are to be made promptly, which means either before the player’s return shot has gone out or before an opponent has an opportunity to play the return shot.” Last but not least, remember to get out of the way of any ball going out! If you let that ball touch any part of you or your equipment, it is your opponent’s point. See you on the courts.V


Area Senior Centers Mesquite Senior Center 102 W. Old Mill Rd Mesquite, NV 89027 (702) 346-5290 St. George Senior Center 245 North 200 West St. George, UT 84770 (435) 634-5743 Hurricane Senior Center 95 North 300 West Hurricane, UT 84737 (435) 635-2089 Enterprise Senior Center 165 South 100 East Enterprise, UT 84725 (435) 878-2557 Springdale Senior Center 126 Lion Boulevard Springdale, UT 84767 (435) 772-0451 Moapa Valley Senior Center 325 N. Cooper St. Overton, NV 89040 (702) 397-8002




Bloomington - St. George (435) 673-4687

Dixie Red Hills - St. George (435) 627-4444

Sky Mountain - Hurricane (435) 635-7888

Canyons (Oasis GC) - Mesquite (702) 346-7820

Entrada - St. George (435) 986-2200

Southgate - St. George (435) 627-4440

CasaBlanca - Mesquite (702) 346-6764

Falcon Ridge - Mesquite (702) 346-6363

St. George Golf Club - St. George (435) 627-4404

Cedar Ridge - Cedar City (435) 586-2970

Green Springs - Washington (435) 673-7888

Sun River - St. George (435) 986-0001

Conestoga - Mesquite (702) 346-4292

Historic Beaver Dam - Beaver Dam (928) 347-2222

Sunbrook - St. George (435) 627-4400

Coral Canyon - Washington (435) 688-1700

Palmer (Oasis GC) - Mesquite (702) 346-7820

The Ledges - St. George (435) 634-4640

Coyote Springs - Coyote Springs (877) 742-8455

Palms - Mesquite (702) 346-4067

Thunderbird - Mt. Carmel (435) 648-2188

Coyote Willows - Mesquite (702) 345-3222

Sand Hollow Resort - Hurricane (435) 656-4653

Wolf Creek - Mesquite (702) 346-1670








The DiFiore Center November Gallery Show Nov 1-30 This Gallery Show at the DiFiore Center will feature artist Djibril N’ Doye, a self-taught Senegalese artist. An artist known for his unforgiving tools, ballpoint pen or woodburner, his drawings portray a variety of scenes from his life in West Africa. A reception will be held November 4 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at the DiFiore Center at 307 North Main Street, St George, Utah. Admission is free. Call or visit their website for more inforamtion. | (435) 673-4206 |

Primex Plastics Blood Drive Nov 2 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Give blood. Help save lives. To schedule your appointment, or for more information, please log on to and enter the Sponsor Code: PRIMEXPLASTICS, or contact Kim Woolsey at (702) 420-4750. | 22nd Annual Pomegranate Festival Nov 3-4 9:00 AM-4:00 PM An Old Fashioned Country Fair. Enjoy fine art, handmade crafts, entertainment, activities for kids, a food court, and raffle. Stop by the Clark County Fairgrounds at 1301 Whipple Ave., Logandale, Nevada. 3rd Annual Harvest Festival Nov 4 12:00 PM-6:00 PM Fun for the whole family. Games, prizes, bounce house, vendors, food, and live entertainment. Rec Center ballpark 50 E Old Mill Rd., Mesquite, Nevada. | (702) 346-8732 Mesquite Veterans Day Celebration Nov 4 7:30 AM-12:00 PM The Mesquite Memorial Service and Program honoring our veterans will be held at Mesquite Veterans Park from 7:45 AM-8:15 AM. Later that morning, at 10:00 AM, the 20th Annual Mesquite Veterans Day Parade will proceed down Mesquite Boulevard. See page 46 |


1940s Hangar Dance and Show Nov 4 12:00 PM-4:00 PM Hangar Dance and Show at the Mesquite Airport. All proceeds from the dance will go to the Mesquite Veterans Center. This will be a 1940s style event, and you are encouraged to dress in the style of that day. The dance is only $5 per person, and includes hot dogs, hamburgers, and lots of opportunities to win raffle prizes.

The Walk to End Alzheimer's & Big Purple Party Nov 4 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Please help us celebrate fall in the most purple of ways — and come join the Walk and Big Purple Party! Sign up your team for this worthy 2-mile walk taking place at the Washington City Community Center. Admission is free, and all funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association, a 501(c)(3) organization. If you'd like to sponsor this event, contact Wendi Bulkley at (435) 680-0404, or | (801) 265-1944 25 Hours In Frog Hollow Nov 4-5 25 Hours in Frog Hollow is one of the premier ultra-endurance mountain bike events in the country. Nearly 500 riders from around the world will compete in the annual race proclaimed “the longest one-day race in the world.” Spectators are welcome. Admission varies. | (970) 759-3048 One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite Nov 5-12 Exchange Club members and volunteers will erect 1,000 flags at the Mesquite Recreation Center where they will stay 24-hours a day in rain or shine. On November 11 at 6:00 PM, a heartwarming ceremony will be conducted at the field honoring those who have served. Your presence is encouraged. The closing ceremony will be held November 12 at 2:00 PM. To sponsor a flag, please contact the Mesquite Exchange Club. See page 24 Stargazing at Moapa Valley Nov 11 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Come and explore the night sky with the Las Vegas Astronomical Society. All who attend will meet at the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge parking lot. This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Call the Visitor Center for more information. The event will take place outdoors — come prepared for the weather. | (775) 725-3417 Rooster Cottage Fall Open House Nov 11 Join Rooster Cottage for their annual fall open house where you will find lots of marked down items, yummy refreshments, and a free gift to all who attend. You can find Rooster Cottage at 748 W. Pioneer Blvd., Mesquite, Nevada. | (702) 346-5112

Desert Dames Annual Fashion Show Nov 15 12:00 PM The Desert Dames will host their annual fashion show and luncheon in the CasaBlanca Casino Grand Ballroom. Expect to see fashions from stores such as Dillards, White House/ Black Market, Stephen's Hair & Boutique, Stage, Chico's, and Christopher & Banks. Call Linda to make your reservation. | (702) 219-1695 Wiford Brimley Presents Friends in Music Concert Series—Red Steagall Nov 17 7:30 PM-9:30 PM The entertainment career of Red Steagall has covered a period of over 45 years, and has spanned the globe from Australia to the Middle East, South America to the Far East. Although Red Steagall is best known for his wonderful Texas Swing dance music, he is also beloved by Texas cowboys for the quiet times they have spent listening to his music around chuck wagon campfires. This concert will be held at The Electric Theater at 68 E. Tabernacle, St. George, Utah. Visit their website, or call to purchase tickets. | 435-656-4407 Sounds Of The Great Nov 18 7:30 PM Join the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra for their first performance of the 2017-2018 season. The theme is “Sounds of the Great” which will be a showcase of the works of a few of the great composers, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Edvard Grieg, and more! The orchestra is comprised of musicians from southern Nevada communities, including Mesquite, Moapa Valley, Las Vegas, Henderson, as well as St. George, Utah. Doors Open: 6:30 PM Valley of Fire Backcountry Marathon Nov 18-19 This is a race you will never forget! There are over 45,000 acres of amazing, beautiful trails and stunning gorgeous rock formations. You will see petroglyphs that were left hundreds of years ago by inhabitants of the area. You'll have a chance to see the night sky if you get out there early, especially if you camp! You will have the option of choosing a 50k, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, or 5k! The views in Valley of Fire are unique, breathtaking, and unforgettable! Check out the website for more details. Fifty Cent Bowling Event to Benefit Iron County Care and Share Nov 22 11:00 AM-11:00 PM Cedar Bowling Center will be hosting 50 Cent Bowling with your canned food donation. Bring a canned food item, and you will receive a game of bowling, and rent your shoes for just 50 cents each. Additional games can be purchased at regular price. Please come out and support Cedar City's Iron County Care & Share. Christmas in the Country Presents Time to Remember Nov 24-25 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Christmas will soon be here, and there is no better way to get ready than to attend Parowan’s annual Holiday Bazaar which is held at the Iron County Fair Building, located at 50 S. 600 E. The

Bazaar is always a big hit with artists, craftsmen, and vendors from all over the region. Hand crafted goods abound, quilts, candles, toys, ceramics, Christmas décor, and much more. Don’t forget that this event will host more than just shopping. Stop in for the Christmas program, the Santa Claus Parade, the popular Candlelight Walking Parade, and a Christmas musical. See page 66 | (435) 477-8190.

DECEMBER All-Star Holiday Gala Dec 2 The Mesquite Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the AllStar Holiday Gala at the Rising Star Resort Ballroom. A surf and turf dinner will be served and live entertainment enjoyed as you dance the night away at this semi-formal holiday event. Table reservations are required at the cost of $75 per person. To purchase your table, contact the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce. See page 81 | | (702) 346-2902 2nd Annual Muttigans Golf Tournament Dec 3rd Muttigans is thrilled to be working with WCFA to bring their second annual golf fundraiser at Wolf Creek Golf Club. Let’s show them how much the golf community cares about animals and appreciates what they do by making it even bigger and better than last year! With your help, we can make this a highly successful event year after year. | (702) 346-0972 13th Annual Golf Fore Kids Dec 7 9:00 AM Shotgun Golf Fore Kids is a 4-person scramble golf tournament created to aid underprivileged children in Virgin Valley, Moapa Valley, and the Arizona Strip areas during the holiday season. Entry fees are a minimum of one (1) $50.00 toy per participant. Any and all other monies collected by the tournament committee will be donated to families in need. Toys will be distributed by the Salvation Army, Mesquite Fire Department, Mesquite Police Department, and local schools. Please reserve your spot as soon as possible. See page 70 | Homestead Christmas Market Dec 8-9 A terrific opportunity for a pleasant holiday shopping experience. The market will feature artists and craftsmen hand-selected to provide shoppers a wide array of choice, both in mediums and price ranges. This event will take place at Frontier Homestead State Park Friday from 11:00 AM-8:00 PM, and Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. See page 48 | *See pages 60 and 61 for additional holiday and charity events

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Kokopelli Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 La de’ Paws Grooming Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Lost City Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Mei Massage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Mesa View Regional Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Mesquite Fine Arts Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Mesquite Fine Arts Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Mesquite Home Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Mesquite Regional Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Mesquite Tile & Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Mesquite Veterinary Clinic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Moapa Valley Performing Arts Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Mohave Dermatology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Mojave Metal Works. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 MVP Productions–Kris Zurbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 NRC–The Reserve–Shawn Glieden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Odyssey Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Old Bodega. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Permanent Makeup Artist–Nicole Rowley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Pioneer Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Pirate's Landing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Pomegranate Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Premier Properties–Maggie Ireland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Preston’s Shredding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Proof It Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Ready Golf & Gear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Red Rock Golf Center–Rob Krieger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Reliance Connects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Re/Max Ridge Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27 Ron Bird Portraits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Sears Hometown Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Silver Rider. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Spilsbury Mortuary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Star Nursery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 State Farm–LaDonna Koeller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 State Farm–Lisa Wilde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Sugar's Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Sun City Realty–Rénald Leduc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 SunRiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Tara Terwiske Graphic Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 The Lindi Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 The Perfume Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 The Travel Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Thrive Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Transparent Solutions Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Tuacahn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Virgin Valley Heritage Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Washington Federal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Wedgies Sports Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Wolf Creek Terrace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

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