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

September 1 – October 31, 2017 Volume 10 – Issue 5 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee MANAGING EDITOR & CREATIVE DIRECTOR Aloree Smith COPY EDITOR Charlene Paul WRITERS Katherine Bailey Todd Bauman Laurel Beesley Maggie Calhoun Rachel Dahl Laura Draskovich Donna Eads Linda Gault Michelle Graves Joel Griffin Dr. Jerry Guanciale Dr. Ronald R. Heezen Helen Houston Nia Huerta Celece Krieger

Rob Krieger Elspeth Kuta Della Lowe Kenzie Lundberg Dawn McLain Karen L. Monsen Jennifer Moore Judi Moreo Laurie Nelson-Barker Paul “Dr. Q” Noe Charlene Paul Christine Picior Mayor Rick Rosenberg Terri Rylander Kathleen Snow

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Letter from the Dear Readers,

As with most summers, this one has flown by much too quickly. From the giddiness of school kids looking forward to a summer of swimming and sleeping in, to the trepidation of parents realizing summer was here and the chaos of everyday wasn’t going away, just changing. Temperatures quickly rose and overworked our air conditioners. Summer in the Southwest often sends us indoors looking for relief from the summer sun. But fall is in the air, and with it, new life. The snowbirds are returning to escape brutal winters elsewhere, and locals are once again venturing outside to enjoy cool, crisp mornings, warm days, and spectacularly refreshing evenings. Kids heading back to school, leaves changing colors, pumpkin-flavored everything, as well as looking forward to all of the upcoming activities and events, make fall a season of renewal here in the desert. At View On Magazine, we also feel that sense of rejuvenation that comes with this most beautiful season. Beginning with our delightful cover provided by gifted photographer Dave Amodt, you will find a wealth of information to help you make the most of fall. There are articles to help you tune-up your health and tone-up your body. Thinking about retirement? There’s an article for that. Want to join in a small-town heritage celebration? There’s an article for that. Trying to figure out new places to explore? You guessed it, there’s an article for that. Plus tips to up your tennis game, the best dates to enjoy leaf peeping, and the Huntsman World Senior Games. For those of you who enjoy a little culture, you’ll want to read the article on the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra. You won’t want to miss the wedding report of Celece Seegmiller and Rob Krieger, our travel and golf writers. (I had the pleasure of introducing them. Just call me the village matchmaker.) We are so excited to introduce our View On Urban Legends. We hope you enjoy our first article about Grafton Ghost Town. If you would like to share an interesting story about an urban legend, please see the information on page 93. Yes, fall is here, and it brings with it new life. We invite you to drink in all this glorious season has to offer. Take a hike, go for a ride, play a round of golf, and explore new places. Life in the Southwest is good and getting better all the time. Please be sure to visit our advertisers and thank them for making this complimentary publication possible. Visit our website at, and join us on social media.

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. 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 Linda Faas, an eleven year resident of Mesquite, is an unabashed lover of the town, its people, and its beautiful surroundings. She has immersed herself in several of Mesquite’s arts and outdoors organizations. She is a frequent contributor to local and regional publications. Linda and her husband Al are enthusiastic hikers, travelers, and film fans. 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.


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 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 in St. George and the Southgate Golf Club and is experienced in teaching all skill levels from beginners to low handicappers. Rob has been writing for View On Magazine since 2010. For more information on help with your game check out his website or to schedule a lesson, email him at

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. Email or call her at or (435) 574-9362. Visit her website: 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

Santa Clara displays, auction, bake sale, Santa Clara Museum, children’s activities, and bingo open at varying times throughout the day.

Mayor Rick Rosenberg and City Treasurer Sherry Laier at the Swiss Days 5k Breakfast.


anta Clara’s Annual Swiss Days Celebration is scheduled for September 21-23, and offers area families a unique hometown celebration full of history and fun events. The first Swiss Days was organized in 1990 as a tribute to the community’s pioneer heritage and the Swiss immigrants who settled here. The three-day festival, primarily located around Town Hall in the Historic District, includes a multitude of family oriented events, food and merchandise vendors, continuous entertainment, pioneer heritage displays, children’s activities, and much more. This year’s theme celebrates Hometown Heroes and recognizes local heroes, veterans, and those who have risked their lives for their community, their nation, and all of us. Swiss Days begins on Thursday, September 21 at 8:00 am with a Mayor’s Walk centered around the newly proposed Adventure Park in the South Hills west of the city near the BLM mountain bike/hiking trailhead. A community dinner is planned for that evening at 5:00 pm at Town Hall, and will be followed immediately by the Opening Ceremonies, dignitary recognitions, live entertainment from “Lawn Dart,” a quilt show, hometown hero displays, and a silent auction to support the Historical Society.


On Friday, September 22, the Santa Clara Kiwanis Club Swiss Days Golf Tournament begins at 8:00 am at the Sunbrook Golf Club. Festivities start at 3:00 pm at Town Hall with live entertainment, displays, food and craft vendors, children’s activities, and hands-on pioneer craft demonstrations at Heritage Square. At 7:00 pm, the evening program starts at Town Hall featuring the Swiss Miss & Mister Pageant and a free live concert from Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand. On Saturday, September 23, the main events kick off at 6:30 am with the very popular 5k Run/Walk and Pancake Breakfast at 7:30 am, followed by the Swiss Days Parade heading east on Santa Clara Drive’s tree-lined street from the Jacob Hamblin Home to Town Hall. The parade begins at 9:30 am, and always generates a large crowd to greet the Santa Clara Princess Royalty, antique cars, the Grand Marshal, local businesses and schools, live animals, homemade floats, and almost everything in between. The Red Rock Car Show starts at 8:00 am at Canyon View Park and features many historic and unique automobiles. Food and craft vendors open at 9:00 am, and continuous entertainment runs from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Special events include a puppet show, and yodeling and mooing contest. The

The popularity of Swiss Days has increased every year, and the event venue continues to expand. Santa Clara Drive will be closed for a portion of the event allowing safe access to activities on both sides of the street. Offsite parking and a shuttle is available to transport attendees to and from Town Hall on Friday afternoon and Saturday. There is a special atmosphere at Swiss Days that originates with the numerous volunteers who work in harmony with the City staff to make the event enjoyable and fun for all members of the community and guests who travel many miles to participate and attend the numerous events. I might be a little biased, but the parade on Saturday morning is the best small-town parade in the state. On behalf of the City Council and the residents of Santa Clara, I would like to invite everyone to attend this year’s Swiss Days. Come join us in celebrating and remembering what it’s like to grow up in a small town. Help us recognize and honor our Hometown Heroes, our veterans, and first responders who sacrifice so much for us. While you are here, take a minute to shop in our Historic Downtown or visit one of the popular parks or ride a challenging mountain bike trail in the South Hills. Just join us; you will be glad you did. For more information, entry forms, and additional details, go to the Santa Clara City website at or contact the city at (435) 673-6712. Sincerely, Mayor Rick Rosenberg



cover photo courtesy of Dave Amodt Photography

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Budget Friendly Creative Costuming Are You Ready for Halloween?

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Why I Love W

e moved to Mesquite about four and a half years ago when an opportunity came up for my husband to purchase Mesquite Dental. We had been living in very large cities for the past seven years, so we immediately fell in love with the slow pace of this small town. We love the tight knit community that is Mesquite. We love running into friends and neighbors at the grocery store, and visiting and swapping recipes with the cashiers and courtesy clerks. We love that it takes pretty much five minutes to get anywhere in town, as running late is a common theme for our family. We love the year round sunshine, blue skies, and warm temperatures. When I asked our kids what they loved most about Mesquite, the unanimous answer was “Mr. Durbin!” (Mr. Durbin is the PE teacher at Virgin Valley Elementary School.) So in a nutshell, it’s the people of Mesquite that make it so great! We love being a part of such a great community, and look forward to many more wonderful years here!

St . George ~ Crescent Marchant

Why I Love R

ed rocks, blue skies, friendly people, and outdoor activities are some of the reasons I love Southern Utah. I moved here nine years ago to get away from east coast snow, traffic, and humidity. What I found was a beautiful part of the USA.

I hike the nearby National Parks, Zion, Bryce, and Arches. The scenery around these parks is some of the most beautiful in our country. Since moving here, I have become the liaison for Volkssport Marches, which is an international group with planned hikes all over the world. I volunteer for the Community Soup Kitchen. I am a supporter of the Jubilee of Trees, which is a huge fundraiser for our local hospital, Dixie Regional Medical Center. DOCUTAH, Tuacahn, and Dixie State University offer a wide range of fine arts programs. Southern Utah is an eclectic place to live and play. I love it. ~ Jane Gebhardt


Moapa Valley

Why I Love I

love Moapa Valley. This is where I proudly tell people I am from because it feels like home. We have lived in this beautiful valley for 23 years. Watching my kids grow up where they could play outside and go on adventures has been a true blessing. I have watched our community put heart and soul into the Clark County Fair and Rodeo so that city folks can experience a taste of country living. This is a place where when your kids cause trouble you hear about it before they get home so you can be prepared. This valley has given my family many opportunities to serve, perform, and grow–what a joy it has been raising our family here. All in all, my favorite thing about living in Moapa Valley is that I have made friends that through heartbreak and happiness have become family.

Why I Love Kanab ~ Suzy Bennett


love Utah because of all the fun activities that are available. There are a lot of places to go hiking, camping, biking, and off-roading. I also like Utah because of the scenery. Down in the Kanab area, there is a lot of different color in the rock that makes it worthwhile to see. I am still in high school, but I work with the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) in Kanab, Utah. We respond to emergencies when police, EMS, and fire services need a little extra help. We also help with special events and parades. We are under Homeland Security and sponsored by the Kane County Sheriff's Office. We are mainly used for security and incident command for all the agencies. I am mostly on the law enforcement side of things, so I help block traffic for parade routes and events. I also patrol up and down the streets on my bike for security on events.

One last thing, I am a Teen CERT commander for the Kane County area. I chose this because I'm looking forward to being in law enforcement when I'm older. I also joined because I want to make a difference in the community. I like to help others, too. This means a lot to me. There's a lot of responsibility in what I’m doing, and I think it will help me in any future jobs I want to get into. I love doing my job in Kanab. ~ Raymond H. Briener



Strong Women of Cedar Cit y for what should or could be accomplished. It pushed her to be more driven because she wanted to prove that she was just as qualified and capable as anyone else would be of achieving the goals she set out for herself, especially her three older brothers.


lthough the path Maile has taken to get to where she is today is not the typical path for a girl from southern Utah, it is her path. Maile comes from a family where gender was never an excuse


Maile Wilson was born and raised in Cedar City, Utah. From a very young age, her family instilled in her the importance of education and civic involvement, and both have remained as guiding forces in her life. However, it was not until college that she fully recognized her passion for government and the legal profession, and the ability one has to help others through these two professions. With the realization of how she could serve her community while fulfilling her passion for a career, Maile pursued her educational goals and experiences with a new level of dedication. She graduated from Southern

Utah University (SUU) with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, followed by a master’s degree in Public Administration. Upon graduating from SUU, she received her juris doctorate degree from Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, North Carolina where she received honors in pro bono work and nonprofit legal management. As she worked toward completing her educational goals, she continued to focus her attention on public service and policy. As evidence of her life focus on public service and policy, Maile continued pushing herself to seek out new opportunities and to set goals, even when others told her they were unobtainable. She has a public service record that spans all levels of government, including a White House internship with First Lady Laura Bush, working for the Mitt Romney for President Transition Team in Washington DC, and serving at the United States

Mayor Maile Wilson Department of the Interior. On the local level, prior to her time as mayor of Cedar City, Maile worked for the city manager of Washington City, Utah where she focused on budget, zoning, and policy issues. She also worked in the Charlotte City Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was a legal counsel intern at SUU while pursuing her master’s degree. As the years progressed, in the back of her mind she always knew that if the opportunity presented itself, she would like to run for public office and serve in the capacity of an elected official. Looking back shaking her head and smiling, Maile reflects on 2013 as the most unforgettable, yet beyond busy, year of her life. She had just graduated with her juris doctorate from the Charlotte School of Law and moved back to her hometown of Cedar City. Barely back in Utah for a few weeks and immersed in studying for the Utah Bar Exam, she made the decision to file to run for mayor of Cedar City. With the Utah Bar Exam being one week before the primary election, Maile quickly realized the challenges that she would face trying to juggle both studying and campaigning. To her relief, she passed the Utah Bar Exam and officially became a licensed attorney in Utah the week before the general election. Although she never originally planned on running for office, at this point in her life she found herself at a crossroads where she realized that some of the issues she felt were important were not being discussed or addressed by those currently running for office. Maile has never been one to just sit back and complain about the outcome of a situation, instead, she has

always believed that if you want to make a real impact you need to get involved in the process. On November 5, 2013, Maile made history when she was elected as the first female and youngest mayor in the history of Cedar City, Utah.

individuals from all different backgrounds. Through these relationships and working to promote her city, Maile has the

As mayor, Maile gets to help members of her community solve problems and work to make Cedar City the best city possible. She also loves working with the youth in her community and talking with them about the importance of education and following their dreams, no matter how crazy they may seem to others. Beyond the time spent with the residents of Cedar City, Maile strongly believes one of her critical roles as mayor is to promote her community to others throughout the region, state, and nation. This requires building relationships and working with all different types of


if they want a particular career, not to let a perceived stereotype hold them back. In today’s society, age and gender do not have to be an obstacle for anyone’s chosen career path or life goals. Instead, Maile hopes her story has shown that everyone should go after their dreams and put stereotypes aside. We need to teach and show our youth, especially young women, that it is okay if they want to get an education, have a career, and have a family. There are no limits on what a woman can do merely because of their age or gender. The Festival City has grown up with Maile, and she with it. She has had numerous honors during her time in office, including being named one of the top five Most Influential Women in

opportunity to work with both state and federal legislators to solve issues that people are faced with here in Cedar City. In addition to the amazing experiences that come from working with our community members and youth, she has also had the opportunity to roll up her sleeves and learn firsthand from the different city departments about their roles within our city. From being attacked by a K-9 police dog, joining the fire department’s annual pack test while running multiple miles with a 45-pound pack on her back, and having lunch at the Cedar City Wastewater Treatment Plant upon its completion, to getting in the trenches during a waterline replacement, and everything in between. She has found it fascinating, educational, and more important to spend time learning from the best. Maile often remarks at how fortunate she is because, in addition to being mayor, she is also an Associate at Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough Law Firm. Being able to serve her community while also practicing law is truly a dream come true. While Maile did not tend to emphasize age or gender during her campaign, since being elected both subjects tend to be discussed as she is both the youngest and the first female mayor in Cedar City’s history. Her election has shown individuals of all ages, especially young females, that they can shoot for the stars, and


Southern Utah; Utah Business Magazine, 30 Women to Watch; Attorney at Law Magazine, Attorneys to Watch in 2017; the Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year; and Utah National Guard, Honorary Commander of the 65th Field Artillery Brigade. Overall, Maile is honored to serve the residents of Cedar City as their mayor. She plans to continue her work in reaching out to make Cedar City a better place to live, work, raise a family, and enjoy our beautiful scenic area.V



A Nation Forever Changed

by Charlene Paul


ixteen years ago, our nation changed forever. Great clouds of black smoke rose up against the bright blue sky. Screams of panic, agony, and fear pierced the chaos. Firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and thousands of other first responders rushed to do what they were trained to do. Planes were diverted to nearby airports and grounded. The airspace across our nation went eerily silent. Evil was here and we were in shock. When I awoke that morning, the day began like any other—breakfast, family prayer, kids going off to school, and husband heading to work. We hadn’t turned on the radio or television, so we weren’t aware of the horror taking place on the other side of the country.


My mom called shortly after everyone left to tell me someone had flown a plane into one of the Twin Towers in New York City. I thought it was probably a small private plane that had gone off course and crashed. The thought of it being a deliberate attack didn’t even cross my mind. When I turned the television on, I could not comprehend what I was seeing and hearing. At 8:46 AM Eastern Standard Time, the first jet, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower. At 9:03 AM, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. All passengers on both planes were killed as well as hundreds in both Towers. At 9:37 AM, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into

the western façade of the Pentagon killing 59 passengers and 125 military and civilian personnel inside the building. At 10:03 AM, United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania killing everyone on board. The sheer magnitude of the attacks left me in a state of shock; I couldn’t even cry. I just stood there staring at the television set hoping it was all part of a horrible nightmare from which I would soon awaken. When I finally caught my breath, I realized my life and the lives of my family, friends, and fellow Americans had forever changed. My tears flowed and fear overtook me. I wanted to grab my kids

from their schools and find my husband so we could hunker down until it was all over. But I couldn’t move. My feet were stuck to the floor and my eyes were glued to the images on the screen. Slowly, the numbness in my soul gave way to the need to connect with the outside world. I walked out the front door and gathered with neighbors in the street. All eyes had that same hollow look. Not many words were uttered; there was no need. Tears flowed freely. No longer could we believe we were safe from outside attack. In the days that followed, we learned that thousands of our American brothers and sisters had perished in the infernos that had once been the Twin Towers, as well as in the Pentagon, and the field in Pennsylvania. We learned about the entire battalion of firefighters who had given their lives trying to save others. We learned of the children who perished. We learned about the evil men who had perpetrated this dreadful horror. And then we learned something about ourselves. Fierce pride for our country mobilized us. Political posturing took a backseat to the need to pull together as one nation under God. Flags flew from

car windows, front porches, businesses, and churches. Families and communities pulled together. Prayers were expressed from hearts that hadn’t spoken to Heaven in years. Gun sales rose out of a heightened awareness for home and personal security. People who had never donated blood stood in lines waiting to give. Strangers became friends. Churches were filled to overflowing. Patriotism was at its shining best. In his address to the nation, President George W. Bush declared that America, its friends, and allies would “stand together to win the war against terrorism.” And America went to work to heal the wounds and drive evil from our shores. Sixteen years later, America is still fighting forces that threaten to weaken us and defeat our way of life, both inside and outside our nation. But I refuse to listen to those who say it is too late for us. The world is on a topsy-turvy roller-coaster ride of pandemonium. But I believe there is more good than evil in this world, and when that force for good is put into motion, the world will be changed for the better. Evil can only win if we give up. And Americans do not give up. We do not focus on the black smoke, we search out the

sunlight. While we recognize there are evil people, we know that the number of good people is far greater. Although there are times of anguish, hope still lives. As we say goodbye to the heat of summer and the crisp fall days usher in the holiday season, there will be much to be done. But while you are running from place to place making sure costumes are made, food is prepared, gifts are purchased and carefully wrapped, and decorations are in place, take a little time to look around at what really matters. Remember how you felt during that holiday season sixteen years ago, and hold your loved ones close. Gordon B. Hinckley said, “We are in a period of stress across the world. There are occasionally hard days for each of us. Do not despair. Do not give up. Look for the sunlight through the clouds.” I pray that each and every one of you is able to enjoy the Scariest of Halloweens, the Happiest of Thanksgivings, and the Merriest of Christmases. And I pray that as the New Year approaches, each of us can find peace and joy. With a prayer in my heart, I wish you and yours the best of all life has to offer. V


Logandale Fall Fest ival

Bluegrass and Barbecue at the

by Nia Huerta

October 20-22


his year marks the Fourth Annual Logandale Fall Festival which will be held October 20-22.

The Logandale Fall festival is located in the heart of the Nevada desert just along the I-15, north of Las Vegas and south of Mesquite. Take exit 93, head south on Highway 169, and you will find the quiet, quaint town of Logandale, Nevada, as well as the Clark County Fairgrounds where the Festival will be held. The nonprofit festival was created by one of the valley’s own local community members, Richard (Rik) Eide. A family man and barbecue master for Great Basin Cooking Company, Rik has traveled throughout the western United States participating in several festivals and events where he was inspired to bring his love of the arts, and the music community back to his home town. The Logandale Fall Festival is centered on two basic human needs: music and food. Before you get to the Festival gates, the sounds of picking guitars, mandolin melodies, and lyrical harmonies will greet you, along with the sweet aroma of a festival classic–barbecue. Over the past three years, the Festival has brought in several artists, mainly in the Bluegrass genre. In its fourth year, the Festival has upped the ante by inviting top acts, including The Vintage Martins featuring Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station, and BLUEGRASS ETC with John Moore, Dennis Caplinger,


and Steve Spurgin. Over the span of the three day Festival, there will be more than ten bands performing on the main stage. One of the main attractions is, of course, the food. The star dish on the menu is the fine artistry of barbecue where each year, the Logandale Fall Festival invites the masters of barbecue, whether they are the masters of their home kitchen or at a top tier restaurant, to participate in a classic BBQ Cook-Off. Don’t worry though, if you’re not into barbecue there are plenty of other food vendors to choose from. A few additional areas included in the event are the craft barn where patrons are able to shop the local artisans and craftsmen for local honey, iron works, and much more, and educational areas that will pique the whole family's interests with a rock and gem show, small animal fair, music workshops, and a kid’s zone. The three day Festival is a perfect small town family affair where families can create memories for years to come.V To purchase tickets and to find out about lodging accommodations, or if you would like to participate in the Logandale Fall Festival, please visit their website at Stay up-to-date on all of the scheduled events by following them on LogandaleFallFestival.

Bluegrass Band Schedule Friday 10 am - Festival Opens 11 am - Red Sands Bluegrass Band 12 pm - Fertile Dirt Band 1 pm - LUNCH BREAK 2 pm - Red Rock Express 3 pm - Frequent Flyers 4 pm - Flinthill Special 5 pm - Just 4 Fun 6 pm - Blue Grass ETC, featuring John Moore, Dennis Caplinger, Steve Spurgin 7 pm - Festival Closes

Saturday 10 am - Marty Warburton and Home Girls

Sunday 10 am - Just 4 Fun

11 am - Flinthill Special

11 am - Marty Warburton and Home Girls

12 pm - New South Fork

12 pm - New South Fork

1 pm - The Vintage Martins featuring Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station 2 pm - Blue Grass ETC, featuring John Moore, Dennis Caplinger, Steve Spurgin 3 pm - BBQ awards–Music workshops 4 pm - Dinner Break -Workshops Locations to be announced 5 pm - New South Fork 6 pm - The Vintage Martins featuring Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station

1 pm - The Vintage Martins 2 pm - Flinthill Special 3 pm - Festival Closes

Schedule subject to change without notice.

7 pm - Bluegrass ETC. JAM 9 pm - Festival Closes


Huntsman World Senior Games to Begin October 9, 2017 by Michelle Graves


he Huntsman World Senior Games have come a long way since that first year in 1987 when St. George, Utah, USA, welcomed a few hundred athletes competing in a handful of sports. From those humble beginnings, the Games have grown into the world’s largest annual multisport event for men and women ages 50 and better. The Games take place each October, and are open to athletes of all skill levels. In 2016, the Games welcomed 11,079 athletes to St. George, a new participation record. All 50 of the United States of America were represented, and athletes from more than 34 different countries took to the playing field. Since 1987, the Games have hosted 77 different countries at the event, and this year is poised to be just as successful.


With so many people coming into the area, the economic impact is significant. The Games estimates that there are around 16.7 million dollars that flow into the local economy by way of the athletes. For 2017, the Games offer 30 different sports. From archery to volleyball, individual events to team sports, there is something for everyone. “One of the unique things about the Games,” says Kyle M. Case, CEO, “is that our divisions for the sports are based on age, and wherever possible, skill level as well. This makes the event more inclusive and allows for a legitimate chance at a medal.” Part of the success of the Games is attributed to the philosophy founded in the early years of providing much more than just a sporting event.

“The Games is a total experience,” says Case. "Each sport hosts an athlete social where the participants have an opportunity to have a great meal and create new friendships and renew old ones off the field of competition. Other social and entertainment events provide the opportunity for the athletes to socialize and enjoy themselves. And the great thing is the community is invited to take part in much of the fun as well." On Tuesday, October 10, the Games will officially welcome the athletes at the Grand Opening Ceremonies. Following the tradition of the Olympics, the Ceremonies feature a Parade of Athletes, a Cauldron Lighting, and singing and dancing, along with fireworks. The show takes place at the Legend Solar Stadium at Dixie State University. It is a high energy show that is free to the public as well as the athletes. In previous years, the Games have also hosted a motivational speaker, usually an Olympian or a professional athlete. Previous years have included Joe Namath and Florence Griffith Joyner. In 2016, Olympic swimmer, Debbie Meyer took the stage as she motivated us with the spoken

word. This year’s special guest Keynote will be sure to motivate and inspire as in past years. In addition to the Opening Ceremonies, the Games will host the free Concert and Celebration on Tuesday, October 17. This upbeat show takes place in the Dixie State University Burns Arena at 7:00 pm, and will feature The Rat Pack Tribute. Come and relive the magic of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. This Award winning tribute to the original big band entertainers will be a show not to miss! Also featured this year is the Global Cup World Senior Volleyball Championships. This invitation only tournament will feature the very best women’s volleyball players in the world hailing from Canada, Costa Rica, Brazil, and the USA. The teams are comprised of former World and National Champions. The Global Cup

takes place from Monday, October 12 through Thursday, October 15. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Pool play takes place in the Dixie Center, and the finals will be held at the Desert Hill High School Main Gym beginning at 5:30 pm. V For additional information on the Games or any of its events, visit the website at or call the Games office at (800) 562-1268.


A WeddingFiest a

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to Remember South of the Border

by Celece & Rob Krieger


t’s hard to believe it had been seven years since View On Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Kathy Lee introduced her golf writer, Rob Krieger and travel writer, Celece Seegmiller. Two years ago, we were engaged, and last year we found ourselves with a big decision to make: “Where in the world do we get married?” Several destinations were considered, everywhere from Zion National Park to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. With family and friends scattered from coast to coast, we wanted a location that was convenient,


affordable, and fun. We finally settled on Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Spa and Resort in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. Of course, Kathy Lee was there and she asked her golf and travel writers to collaborate on our articles for this issue. From the Bride: On June 9, thirty-six of our dearest family members and friends gathered to witness our wedding celebration, or as I like to call it, our wedding fiesta. Many guests arrived early and stayed for five or six

days. Getting to Secrets from St. George was incredibly convenient with a short forty-five minute flight from St. George to Phoenix, and a ninety minute flight from Phoenix on American Airlines. With eight restaurants and four bars, beautiful pools, and a sublime spa, we had a wonderful time together enjoying this beautiful allinclusive resort. While most brides spend the days before their wedding rushing around finalizing details, I had the opportunity to relax

Our sunset reception was set on a patio above the ocean with waves rolling in and a Mariachi band playing in the background. After dinner, the sunset and a beautiful rare full strawberry moon rose above the sea. It was indeed the best day of my life, and I could not have asked for a better setting to marry the love of my life. After a late night of dancing under the twinkling lights, we arrived back to our room and found it covered in rose petals and washed in candlelight. The next morning, we were served a gourmet champagne breakfast in bed followed by a couple’s massage. Who could ask for more? and enjoy our guests. On the day of the wedding, the only thing I had to do was have my hair and makeup done by the spa professionals and get dressed while Rob played golf. The entire wedding team at the resort was incredible to work with, from start to finish. It was the wedding I had always dreamed of, with the waves crashing on the beach and a light ocean breeze setting the scene. Our dear friend and local musician, Nonamarie Miller was there to share her talents as she played the violin while we walked down the aisle. She also sang Marry Me by Train. According to witnesses, there was not a dry eye in the house. Of course, it was only appropriate for us to ride off in a golf cart for our reception.

I now get to spend the rest of my life full of adventures with my best friend. From the Groom: I’ve played golf since the age of six and have been a bachelor for over twenty years. I am getting married in a few hours. There is only one way to spend the last hours of my bachelorhood, on the golf course, of course. With thirty-six people gathering at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos for our wedding, I played two rounds of golf with family and friends at the beautiful Puerto Los Cabos Golf Course on the Secrets property. I chose the course because there were many holes that


surround the resort, there were amazing views of the ocean on over half the holes, and it was only a three minute ride from the resort to the clubhouse. Golf has been a consistent part of my life since I was young, so as I was ending one chapter of my life and welcoming the newest exciting chapter, it felt like the most natural way to prepare myself mentally, physically, and emotionally. Golf for me, is not just a competitive sport, but a therapeutic activity that helps me cerebrally, whether it be playing, practicing, or just hitting golf balls. It also helps when the course creates a great experience, and this golf course does. But it also has an interesting story.


The 18-hole course is a combination of two originally designed 18-hole courses. (It is currently built as 9-holes designed by Jack Nicklaus and 9-holes designed by Greg Norman.) However, by October of this year, the second 9-holes from Jack’s course will be completed and open for play. The permanent clubhouse is also under construction and should open next year. The golf course is a lot of fun to play and manageable for all skill levels. To add to the incredible experience, the golf course is all-inclusive. That means that when you pay for your green fee, your golf cart, range balls, and all of your food and drinks for the day are included. At the comfort stations, you can have fresh tacos, hot dogs, and burgers made to order. Any mixed drinks can be prepared by the bartender at the fully-stocked bar. Players can grab a couple of beers or soft drinks and a plethora of snacks to keep them energized, all at no extra charge. What a different concept and a unique way to create an awesome experience. By the end of my round, the game of golf, like an old friend, was there to put me in the right frame of mind to go take on the next adventure with peace and excitement knowing I will have a great caddy for the rest of my life. Fairways and Greens, Rob.

Destination weddings not only create an incredible experience for the bride and groom, but for their guests as well. Weddings have a way of bringing people together. Our family and friends from Boston, Cleveland, Salt Lake, Mesquite, and St. George arrived as strangers and left as friends. It was the best wedding gift we could have asked for. V **To see our wedding video and more photos, visit


The Mountain Awaits

by Charlene Paul


t was a beautiful morning on the mountain in Brian Head on June 17. Summer was well under way and plans for the many activities were being put into place. Winter is really Brian Head’s season. That’s when ski bums and snowseekers flock to the peak to ski, build snowmen, sled, snowmobile, and drink hot chocolate by a crackling fire. But summer on the mountain is glorious. Temperatures are mild, the sky is crystal blue, and the


smell of the pines is intoxicating. Hiking, biking, fishing, exploring, and taking in the sights along Utah’s Patchwork Parkway, Scenic Byway 143 await those who venture beyond their city borders. June 17 would prove to be a historical day for the mountain as a fire ignited and began to spread through the fields and trees. What began as a small flame quickly grew into an enormous wildfire consuming

tens of thousands of acres and taking out everything in its path. Ground personnel quickly mobilized and firefighters from far and near donned their gear and walked into the maw of the raging inferno. Hot temperatures and high winds fanned the flames and made the work grueling. Townspeople gathered in support of those putting their lives on the line to bring the fire under control. Homes and cabins were lost, livestock was relocated, and

roads were closed. Those dedicated men and women never stopped in their quest to quench the flames and bring peace one again to the mountain. What we thought would always be there, was rapidly changing. But the mountain, like the people who call it home, is resilient and will rebound from this fiery calamity. Although some parts of the mountain will be forever altered, hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, camping, and exploring still await those who take the time to escape the confines of the city. For those who have spent their lives coming to the mountain, and whose recollections of the mountain shape their memories, new memories are waiting to be had. Stories of how it was mingled with stories of how it is will be passed down from this generation to the next. And those stories will ensure that upcoming generations develop a healthy love and respect for nature’s gifts. It is true that the mountain has changed, but it still stands in all its glory and majesty inviting residents and visitors alike to come and share in its offerings. June 17 will always be remembered as the day the mountain was forever changed. But it will also be remembered as the day

people from all walks of life, locals and non-natives, banded together to save our beloved mountain from utter destruction and disaster. It is a beautiful day on the mountain in Brian Head and other places in the region. Summer is drawing to a close, and the cool days of fall are upon us. Why not take a drive up Scenic Byway 143 and begin making new memories? The mountain awaits. You won’t be disappointed.V




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Budget Friendly Creative Costuming

Are You Ready For Halloween? by Jennifer Hammond-Moore nyone that knows me knows that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! Besides having a birthday a few days after, I absolutely LOVE to sew! Unfortunately, during our house renovation the sewing machines have been tucked away only to come out for dire emergencies. Plus, time constraints have left me with the “what can I make with a few supplies, little cash, and even less time?”


Superheroes are running rampant this year through movies and television, and I am sure they are going to be prevalent in the costume shops this year as well. But who wants a boring, over-

priced, ill-fitting costume? I have always preferred to make mine. After a brief consultation with my daughter, I found out that my grandsons’ favorite superheroes are Batman and Superman. Perfect! Of course, the girls will be princesses, grandma’s prerogative, and honestly, it's what they choose to be most Halloweens. A little research on Pinterest to make sure I had the correct superhero colors followed by a quick trip to Walmart for supplies, and the fun began. Keep in mind that whether your boys choose to be superheros and your girls choose to be princesses, or vice versa, this easy DIY will have anyone ready for a night of fun tricks or treats.

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Cut one Superman diamond shape emblem out of the Con-Tact paper and then cut a detailed S emblem. This is due to multiple colors of paint that are needed. 3. Remove part of the Con-Tact paper and adhere the sticky part of Con-Tact paper to the shirt. Slowly remove the rest of the paper, pressing carefully to ensure there are no bubbles in the Con-Tact paper. 4. Apply about a one-inch circle of yellow paint onto a paper plate. Using the dauber or sponge, blot into the paint and then daub the yellow color on the Batman shirt. Do not slide the dauber! Sliding can push paint under the edges of the Con-Tact paper. When the emblem has been covered with one layer, set this shirt aside and begin on the second shirt. Follow the previous steps when applying red paint to the diamond shape of the Superman emblem.

Superhero Shirts (Batman and Superman) Items needed: • Black shirt, preferably long-sleeved. If you purchase a short sleeve shirt, buy one size larger so you can put another shirt under it for the cold October nights. • Royal blue shirt. Same instructions as above. • Clear Con-Tact paper. This can be found near the kitchen products where the shelf paper is located. • X-ACTO knife or razor knife to cut the Con-Tact paper, and to cut out the emblems. • Scissors. Sharp scissors are the best to cut crisp corners. • Cardboard to put inside the shirt for stability, and to prevent paint from bleeding to the back of the shirt. • Paint dauber or sponge to daub paint. I do not recommend paint brushes because they can push paint under the contact paper, distorting the artwork. • Red, black, and yellow acrylic paint. I opted to use acrylic paint because the fabric paint was not a good color for the project. • Picture of superhero emblem. Pinterest has an endless supply that you can print out free of charge.

5. While you are waiting for the paint to dry on the shirts, place the daubers in a small plastic bag so they won’t dry out. This will prevent you from having to wash the daubers after each layer of paint. 6. Apply two to three more layers of paint to the shirts and allow to fully dry. You should not see the shirt color through the applied paint. 7. Remove the Con-Tact paper and discard. Batman shirt should be complete. 8. When the red paint on the Superman shirt is dry, remove the Con-Tact paper and apply the cutout emblem. 9. Apply yellow paint to emblem, allowing layers to dry in between. Remove Con-Tact paper. 10. Shirts are complete! Completing the costume can be as simple as pairing the shirt with a pair of sweatpants. Or, you can get as detailed at this point as you would like creating capes, masks, decorated superhero belts, gloves, etc. Cutting out a felt or foam mask for play at home or around the neighborhood can be a quick process and add to the fun of the costume! If your child or grandchild is wearing the costume to school, they generally are not allowed to wear a mask. Don't forget to remind them of the dangers of jumping off high objects and that superheroes only pretend punch.

• Straight pins or safety pins. Instructions: 1. Prewash and dry the shirts and lay flat. Place the cardboard inside of the shirts and pin sleeves together behind the board. This will tighten the fabric, making it easier to keep smooth. 2. Trace superhero emblem onto the Con-Tact paper. Cut out the negative space that will take in the paint with the X-ACTO knife.


I am an absolute softie when it comes to our little princesses! When it comes to costumes, the less time spent on something that is not brother-proof is important. For a no-sew, quick princess skirt it's time to get out the tulle and scissors.

No-Sew Princess Skirt Items needed: • 4-6 yards of bridal tulle in your favorite princess color. • ¾” elastic, the length of the elastic is determined by the waist size of the child. • Safety pin. • Scissors. • Straight pins. Instructions: 1. Measure the child's waist size and add 1”. Cut the elastic to this measurement. 2. Measure from the child's waist to the floor. Double this amount and add 2” for the length of the tulle strips. If your child’s waist height is still under 27” you should be able to cut the tulle horizontally or from side to side, keeping the fabric folded in half. If your child is taller than that, you may need a little more tulle for the fullness of the skirt. 3. If you are measuring for the shorter skirt, fold the long, folded side of the tulle to the selvage edge, creating a more manageable piece of fabric to work with. Pin every 6-8" along both sides to flatten out the tulle. Cut 3” strips across the fabric from folded edge to folded edge until all of the tulle is cut. 4. Either safety pin or hand stitch the elastic to form a circle, overlapping the elastic about 1”. Make sure there aren't any twists in the elastic circle. 5. With the tulle strip folded exactly in half, make a loop under the elastic. Feed the ends through the loop, hooking around the elastic. Tighten the tulle at the bottom edge of the elastic, but do not allow the elastic to fold over on itself. 6. Continue looping the tulle strips around the elastic until you run out of tulle. If you have enough tulle, you should not see the elastic once you are done. If the skirt is full enough, just stretch the elastic and slide the loops to fill in gaps. 7. Done! A pretty puffy sleeved shirt pairs well with the skirt. You can embellish the costume with a crown, jewelry, or even sparkly shoes!


Instructions: 1. Decide what style the child would like or that would compliment the costume. If you use the same color bags, I recommend adding individual names. 2. Cut your design out of Con-Tact paper, or place your stick-on letters on the bag. 3. Daub paint over the area and let dry. You may need more than one layer of paint. 4. Let dry. 5. Add any other embellishments to the bag.

Don't forget the Tote! Items needed: • Tote bag. Premade totes are about three dollars at Walmart or Michaels. They are plain, sturdy canvas bags, approximately 13 ½” x 13 ½”. (Or if you have the time and energy, just make some.) • Con-Tact paper. • Stick on letters. Some that I used needed additional stickiness added to the back. I had roll-on tape that worked great. • Acrylic paint.

6. DONE! The great thing about costuming is that you can get as detailed as you want, or keep it simple. This is supposed to be fun and a release of your creative energy! Involve the kids in the small projects, but don’t be afraid to claim a little time for yourself. If you do create a wonderful costume, remember to share it with the View On Magazine Facebook Page. If you have any costuming questions, feel free to reach out to me on Facebook messenger. Remember to do what brings you JOY! V

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Fall is the Perfect Time to Prepare for the Games by Terri Rylander


ooler, wetter weather forces many people back indoors. But in Mesquite, we’re just getting started. Fall is the perfect time to be in Mesquite. Temperatures are back in the enjoyable range with less wind than in the spring. This is no secret to the many snowbirds who return to Mesquite. Mesquite offers a number of outdoor activities. You’ll see people outside golfing, playing tennis, pickleball, bocce, softball, shooting hoops, shooting targets, biking, hiking, running, and walking. There’s an energy about the town as it comes back to life after a long, hot summer. Well, as luck would have it, these activities align perfectly with the Mesquite Senior Games held every March and April. The


games provide those age 50 and over with the opportunity to meet other like-minded folks, and many (but not all) games offer a chance to compete and show your stuff.

five-year age groups to keep competition as fair as possible. Just about every year, a new event is added. This year, look for a new table tennis event.

Mesquite Senior Games is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and fitness of anyone 50 years and older, and to stimulate tourism in the city of Mesquite. Events are all run by dedicated volunteers who know how to make the activities enjoyable for everyone of any age or experience. The 2018 games mark its seventeenth year in operation.

The Mesquite Senior Games also puts on two additional softball tournaments outside of the normal games season. In October, the Can/Am Softball Tournament brings about 35 men’s teams to town to compete in a warm-up for the Huntsman World Senior Games Tournament. The Winter Classic Softball Tournament is held every December, and is the longest standing event of the Mesquite Senior Games.

While many of the events are for the body, there are some games to stimulate the mind, such as bridge, poker, and the History Tour. Competitive games are generally composed of gender-based,

Locally, the Mesquite Senior Games hosts the Mesquite Geezer Co-ed Softball League for those age 50 and older. It’s a

2018 Mesquite Senior Games Schedule (tentative)

low-key league for players to relive their glory days and have a little fun. The league has games Mondays and Wednesdays with open practice on Fridays over at Hunter field. V To learn more about the Mesquite Senior Games, visit or email To learn more about Mesquite Geezer Softball, visit or email

Basketball Skills: March 23 Bicycling: April 7 Bocce Ball: April 16-17 Bowling: April 20 Bridge: March 19-20 Fitness Hike (All Ages): March 10 History Tour (All Ages): March 17 Long Drive: March 29 Pickleball: March 26-28 Poker: March 15 Shotgun Sports: March 24 Softball, Men: Feb 28 - March 4 Softball, Women: April 7-8 Target Pistol: April 7 Tennis: March 5-8 Track & Field/Weight Throws: March 24 Can/Am Softball: October 6-17 Winter Classic Softball: November 29-Dec 3


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Halloween Hoodoos & Goblin Valley story and photos by Karen L. Monsen


rom a towering landmark namesake for the town of Mexican Hat in San Juan County Utah to a state park 20 miles north of Hanksville on Highway 24, hoodoos stir our imagination and provide intriguing destinations to explore. Visitors wishing to escape reality can create fantasy worlds while walking among Goblin Valley’s hoodoos, and geologists can ponder the formative forces that created these odd structures. Mexican Hat is an example of a “caprock” of more erosion-resistant sandstone sitting on a pedestal of softer layers that eroded,


leaving the sombrero shape. According to the website, Mexican Hat is a “remnant of a sandstone layer of the Halgaito Formation, a rock unit formed from sediments deposited on a coastal plain next to a shallow seaway during Late Pennsylvanian time” approximately 250 million years ago. By comparison, Goblin Valley hoodoos are found in Entrada Sandstone with shale, siltstone, and sandstone interbedded and deposited 170 million years ago. Mushrooms to Goblins Located at the southeastern corner of

Imagination…its limits are only those of the mind itself. ~ Rod Serling

Utah’s San Rafael Swell, Goblin Valley State Park occupies just over 3,000 acres in a mile-long stretch. Remoteness and mystery surround the valley, including how it was named. The Discovery of Goblin Valley, a 1997 article by Barry Scholl

published in the Salt Lake City Magazine describes its finding. According to Scholl, Wayne County commissioner, Arthur Chaffin “wandered into Goblin Valley in 1921.” Chaffin later moved to the property originally homesteaded by Cass Hite (for whom Hite Marina is named) and constructed a ferry across the Colorado River to encourage tourist visitation to his property and the area he called Valley of the Mushrooms. In 1949, photographer Philip Tompkins hired Chaffin to guide him around the country. Accompanied by southern Utah guides Perry and Worthen Jackson, these men named the area Goblin Valley. Tompkins reportedly took over 800 photographs that he subsequently donated in 1957 and 1963 to the California Academy of Sciences located in San Francisco. According to the Academy’s records, 49 boxes of Tompkins’ photos are part of the Academy Archive and should be available to the public by appointment early in 2018. For more information, please contact From Valley to State Park Captivated by the unique landscape, Tompkins led a letter-writing campaign to designate Goblin Valley as a National Park. Although the National Park Service was not interested, Utah state officials paid $5,600 in 1954 for 2,240 acres, and officially dedicated the area as a State Park in 1964.

Nathan Martinez, Assistant Manager at Goblin Valley State Park for the past eleven years, estimates 160,000 people visited the park in 2016. According to Martinez, “The most popular area in the park is the Valley of the Goblins. That is the spot where people can hike around and explore the goblins.” The park also includes


Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. ~ Carl Sagan

a campground, a disc golf course winding through curious structures, and seven miles of mountain bike trails. Although Martinez reports no officially named goblins, three pillars on the road to observation point are commonly referred to as the Three Sisters. Forming Hoodoos Project Geologist for Utah Geological Survey’s Outreach Program, Mark Milligan describes hoodoo formation in his booklet, The Geology of Goblin Valley State Park, which is available online and at the park entrance. “Goblins start as continuous horizontal layers of sandstone with multiple sets of vertical fractures. Fractures intersect, forming sharp edges and corners that are


rounded by erosion, a process called spheroidal weathering. Harder sandstone beds atop softer shale and siltstone beds create cap rocks and pedestals for the goblins. Interbedded sandstone with shale and siltstone can also give goblins a flattened and elongated shape and stacked appearance. Minerals precipitated in the tiny spaces between individual sand grains provide a degree of hardness to the sandstone beds. Variations in the amount and type of cement may also contribute to the unusual shapes of specific goblins.” Hoodoos are found in many places including Turkey, Peru, and Canada, but Milligan believes “none are a match for Goblin Valley.” When you factor in day and night shifting light patterns, the goblins become even more mysterious. Milligan offers the invitation to Goblin Valley, “You have to see it in person to really understand how amazing it is!” A trip to Goblin Valley State Park provides a refreshing escape to fantasy worlds filled with hoodoos and goblins. You may even encounter a dust devil—a debris tornado common in dry conditions. Goblin Valley State Park is a place where visitors can not only explore unique geologic formations, but they can let their imaginations run wild as well.V


Hangar Dance and Show Added to Veterans Festivities

by Christine Picior

Veterans Day parade. This inaugural event will be held in a hangar at the Mesquite airport. All proceeds support the addition of our local Veterans Center's new wing.


onoring our veterans is something that makes everyone feel great. This November 4, we're going to do it up right. Join the members of the Black and White Ball at the First Annual Hangar Dance and Show immediately following the


This will be a 40s USO-type event. Wear your military uniforms, military costumes, or 40s garb, or just come as you are and join the festivities which will kick off with Skydive Mesquite diving in from above with an American flag in tow. The Sun City Sounds will be performing, and there will be bands plus impersonations of Bob Hope and the Andrews sisters, a DJ for dancing, and lots more entertainment.

There will be all-American hot dogs and hamburgers, and plenty of opportunities to win raffle prizes. We are looking for vendor participation. If you're interested, call Larry LeMieux at the airport at 702-346-2841. SAVE THE DATE for the First Annual Hanger Party, November 4 at the Mesquite Airport hangar, from 12 pm to 4 pm (immediately following the parade). Suggested donation is $5 per person and children under three are free. This is truly a family event. Join us at the airport at 1200 Kitty Hawk Drive. Let your patriotism shine and show our local veterans that you care!

New Season Begins wit ha by Donna Eads


uring the off season, the Mesquite-Toes team has been working on studio improvements plus the Christmas Benefit Show to be held on December 8-9. The Mesquite-Toes’ studio now has a new wood floor for the dancing area, but that is not all. This improvement came from the funds raised by President Judy Brittain while she was representing the team in the Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant.

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Address of the studio is 150 N. Yucca Street, Room 35. You can visit our website at Look for a newly created website by October 1.

The rest of the improvements included the hard work from six to seven members, including Director Judy Edgington. From floor to ceiling, the office and storage area was cleaned, painted, and remodeled. Now there are cubicles for storage for each dancer, new benches for changing shoes, and a true office area. The Mesquite-Toes Tap Team invites everyone to come to their Open House on Wednesday, September 13 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon to see the improvements. Dance, enjoy food, drink, and meet new friends. No experience is required to become a dancer, whether male, female, young, or old. We will teach you to love dance and enjoy the spirit of a team whether you perform or just have fun. The Mesquite-Toes Tap Team has scholarships available if needed.



Homecoming in Paradise City


he fall semester is officially in session and Dixie State University’s (DSU) campus is alive with new and returning Trailblazers. Now, DSU invites you to come back to campus, October 2328 for the 2017 Homecoming: Paradise City.

Inspired by the popular Guns N’ Roses hit, the 2017 Homecoming theme celebrates DSU’s one-of-a-kind St. George setting that students, alumni, and community cherish. This Homecoming, you can show your support and appreciation for your

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local University by joining Dixie State’s rich traditions. The iconic D on the Black Hill will glow red on Sunday night, October 22 as a signal to the community that the 2017 Homecoming Week has arrived. The D turning red is a tradition that happens just twice a year for Homecoming and D-Week. Monday night at 6:00 pm, come to the Alumni House for the Classic Car show and enjoy a free all-American dinner provided by the DSU Alumni Association. The annual Miss Dixie State University Pageant will be held at 7:30 pm on Tuesday in the Cox Performing Arts Center. Former Homecoming Queens are invited to participate on stage in one of the fanfavorite portions of the night where they will be asked to share their favorite Dixie memories. Tickets for the pageant are $5. Drive up to the Ridge Top Complex at 620 S. Airport Road on Wednesday night, for the free Drive-In Movie overlooking


St. George. This event is a tradition that began three years ago and has since become one of DSU’s all-time most popular community events. Watch a family movie on the giant screens and catch dinner just outside your car at one of the many local food trucks that will be on hand. The gates will open at 7:00 pm, so be sure to be on time because the spaces will fill up quickly. The high-energy Alumni Assembly is a free talent show held in the Eccles Fine Arts Concert Hall at 10:00 am on Friday. Members of the class of 1967 will be honored there in celebration of 50 years. Later that night, the Alumni Banquet will combine with the Founders’ Day Assembly and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in the Gardner Center Ballroom at 6:00 pm. This event is a special opportunity to honor individuals who have made an impact on DSU and the community. Tickets for the Alumni Banquet are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Alumni office or ordered at (435) 652-7535. Even later on Friday night, show your school spirit by joining President Richard “Biff” Williams in the wee hours for the Midnight 5K, held at the renovated Legend Solar Stadium. To register for the race, visit Entrance to the race for students and alumni is $10, and community members can participate for $15. Homecoming Week culminates with Saturday’s events, starting with the annual Homecoming Parade at 10:00 am on Tabernacle Street from 700 East to Main Street. The parade is one of the most well-attended community events of the year, with around 100 parade entrants and approximately 3,000 spectators.

After the parade, grab lunch at the Alumni House between 11:00 am and 12:45 pm. Free hamburgers, hot dogs, cookies, snow cones, and ice cream will be served at the Homecoming Tailgate Party. The Homecoming football game against Adams State University kicks off at 1:00 pm in the newly transformed Legend Solar Stadium. Wear red and support the Trailblazers as they work to build on last year’s record-breaking season. Tickets for the game are $7 for general seating and $10 for reserved seating with free admission for children 12 and under.V For a complete schedule of all Homecoming Week activities and events, please visit


Know What You Need and When! Brush Up on Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening by Dr. Jerry Guanciale, General Surgeon


ammograms are the first line of defense against breast cancer, the most common cancer affecting women. These tests, X-rays of the breast that allow physicians to look for tumors within breast tissue, help find cancer when it’s more easily treatable. Your Own Screening Timeline The American Cancer Society (ACS) updated its guidelines for breast cancer


screening in 2015. The ACS no longer recommends clinical breast exams or monthly breast self-exams and now suggests this timetable for mammography screening in women with an average risk for breast cancer: • When you are age 40 through 44, you can choose to have an annual mammogram. Speak with your physician about the benefits

and any potential risks to see if screening is right for you. • When you are age 45 to 55, you should have a mammogram every year. • When you are 55 or older, you can switch to biennial mammograms or, if you prefer, continue having annual screenings. Women who have a higher-than-average risk of breast cancer may need earlier, more frequent or additional screenings. Criteria that may place you in a higher-risk category include: • Carrying a genetic mutation, such as a BRCA mutation, or having a first-degree relative with a BRCA mutation. • Having radiation therapy to the chest area during your preteen, teen, or young adult years.

In these cases, physicians may recommend a mammogram and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) every year. Talk with your doctor about your individual screening needs and any preventive strategies that may minimize your risk.


When breast cancer is found before it spreads to lymph nodes and organs outside the breast, the five-year survival rate is 98.9% according to the National Cancer Institute. New MRI At Mesa View Mesa View Regional Hospital recently installed a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, featuring the most advanced technology available. Mesa View can now provide enhanced breast cancer screenings, including MRI studies of the breast. Additionally, soft tissue exams are now available at Mesa View for the chest, abdomen, and pelvic regions. If you need an MRI of the breast, here are some ways to prepare: • Request a tour ahead of time. If you’re claustrophobic, have a fear of small spaces, taking a tour of the MRI space ahead of time can be helpful. • Remove metal. Jewelry, including body piercings, should

be removed before your scan. • Inform a technician if you have metal implants. Depending on certain implanted metal items in your body, you may not be allowed to enter the MRI scanning area. An MRI scan isn’t painful, but it can be difficult to lie still long enough for the entire scan. If you need a break, let the technician know. For more information about imaging services at Mesa View, visit Talk with your provider about your individual breast cancer risk and whether it’s time for your mammogram. To schedule your mammogram, call (702) 345-4286.

Dr. Guanciale provides general surgery services at Mesa View Regional Hospital as an independent member of the medical staff. With more than 25 years’ surgical experience, Dr. Guanciale now sees patients full-time in Mesquite. His office is located at 1301 Bertha Howe Avenue, Suite 8, Mesquite, Nevada, and he can be reached at (702) 346-1700.


Nevada’s First Recipient of the CAI Hall of Fame Award by Donna Eads n June, the Community Association Institute (CAI) Hall of Fame Award was given to one of Mesquite’s own. The General Manager of Sun City Mesquite, Phil Crapo, was surprised by the award at the CAI Annual Awards Gala in Las Vegas. He was nominated by the Seabreeze Management Company who was a nominee for Outstanding Small Management Company of the Year.


“To say that it is an honor to be a Hall of Fame member of the Nevada Chapter of CAI is an understatement.…I believe that this industry is all about people, and I hope to continue serving this community to the best of my abilities,” stated Mr. Crapo. The Community Association Institute is a not-for-profit organization with 63 chapters worldwide. Phil was born in Washington DC, educated in California, and served in the US Air Force before entering into the career of hotel or community management. Phil was a manager of hotels, a high rise, and Sun City Aliante with over 15 years of experience. He has multiple certifications including Certified Manager of Community Associations, Association Management Specialist, Professional Community Association Manager, and Large Scale Manager. As a board member of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, he recently coordinated the successful Annual Golf Tournament and will chair the Holiday Gala Event on December 2 at Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort. Future plans include mentoring local individuals in the industry and offering his knowledge and help to improve our community.V



Southern Utah’s Fall Color Loop by Kenzie Lundberg, Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Hike. Photo courtesy of Mike Saemisch.


s the weather starts to cool, the area around Cedar City prepares to put on a dramatic show. With a backdrop of striking red rocks and southern Utah’s national parks, Cedar City provides an unmatched destination for fall foliage viewing. Rated as one of the Top Eight Unique Destinations to View Fall Colors by both NBC’s Today Show and USA Today, the display of fall colors around Cedar City is impressive and distinctive. The honors are due in part to the concentration of scenic routes that run through the red rock vistas of southern Utah, including National Scenic Byway 143 and Highway 148 through Cedar Breaks National Monument. Southern Utah’s Fall Color Loop The Fall Color Loop is one of the best ways to see a vast amount of colors around Cedar City. Plan about two hours of travel time, plus time for viewpoints, lunch and/ or hikes. The loop can be traveled in either direction. Beginning in Parowan, the Fall Color Loop follows Highway 143 through Parowan Canyon to Brian Head Resort. A few miles


after the resort, take Highway 143 east towards Panguitch.

and dazzling rock formations, creating a supreme backdrop for fall leaves.

Known as the Patchwork Parkway, Scenic Byway 143 is like the blocks of a quilt weaving through an astounding patchwork of historic towns, geological formations, vegetation, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities that appeal to all–from sightseers and leaf peepers to high adventure fanatics.

Along the way, find several viewpoints and trails. The best for fall colors is the Alpine Pond Loop. This trail winds through Spruce-Fir-Aspen forest then past the spring-fed Alpine Pond. The large loop is two miles round trip, the smaller loop is one.

The Byway descends through Sydney Valley (approximately five miles east after the junction), a spectacular sight in late September with immense stands of golden-yellow and fiery-red aspens. The pink cliffs of the Paunsaugunt Plateau glitter in the distance as an ancient lava field sprinkled with aspen trees line the highway. After taking in the sights at Sydney Valley, head back west toward the junction of Highways 143 and 148, turn south onto Highway 148 which runs along the Red Rock Amphitheater of Cedar Breaks National Monument. The large, natural amphitheater is about three miles wide and 2,500 feet deep, with walls of spires

Continuing the journey, follow Highway 148 south through Cedar Breaks National Monument. To finish the loop, turn west back towards Cedar City at the junction of Highway 14. Add to the experience by stopping at the Zion Overlook or Woods Ranch for a picnic and then continue to Cedar City. When to Visit for the Best Leaf-Peeping Opportunities To plan the best possible leaf-peeping opportunities, take a look below, or starting September 1, find an up-to-date Fall Color Report at www.visitcedarcity. com. Mid September: The highest elevation areas traditionally experience 30-50%

color at this time. Cedar Breaks National Monument and the surrounding area will be at its best. Late September through Early October: Typically, the best time for leaf-peeping in southern Utah, the leaves around Brian Head and Cedar Breaks National Monument should be at peak, and Duck Creek, Navajo Lake, and Panguitch Lake should be close behind. Mid October: The colors in the high elevations generally are past peak at this time; however, there should be some great color along Highway 14 from Cedar City to the Zion Overlook, as well as Parowan Canyon, along Scenic Byway 143. Late October through Early November: Zion National Park offers the best fall color viewing at this time. Make it a Weekend with Events in Brian Head, Parowan, and Cedar City Rocktoberfest at Brian Head Resort This past summer, Brian Head Town and Brian Head Resort narrowly escaped a massive wildfire that left many wondering what the future would bring. While parts

Rocktober Fest at Brian Head Resort. Photo courtesy of Alex Santiago.

of the fall color loop will show the damage from the fire, Brian Head is alive and well. The resort successfully opened for the summer season and is now preparing for a stunning fall–surrounded by a beautiful Aspen forest. Brian Head celebrates the stunning autumn colors with its annual Rocktoberfest, which is sure to satisfy

taste buds with tastings from local breweries and authentic German cuisine, and the ears with live bands throughout the afternoon. Take part in this year’s festival Saturday September 16 from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm (resort activities from 9:30 pm to 6:00 pm, live music from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm). For more information, visit


Fall at the Utah Shakespeare Festival The fall season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival features A MidSummer Night’s Dream, The Tavern, William Shakespeare’s Long Lost Play, and How to Fight Loneliness. Catch them before the season wraps up on October 21. Find more information and a schedule at Cedar Livestock & Heritage Festival The Twelfth Annual Cedar Livestock & Heritage Festival will celebrate Iron County’s unique livestock and agricultural heritage October 26-29 with a variety of authentic events, including cowboy poetry, Dutch Oven cooking contest, draft horse and antique tractor pull, stockdog demo, sheep camp display, quilt show, vintage auto display, ranch rodeo, cowboy church, and of course the Sheep Parade.

Fall activities at Brian Head Resort. Photo courtesy of Alex Santiago.

Parowan Fall Fest Parowan celebrates the fall season with two fun events. The first, Scarecrow Fest, lines Main Street from October 9 to October 20. Find over fifty unique scarecrows designed and created by local businesses. Open daylight hours. The second, Parowan’s Fall Fest, features vendors, food, entertainment, costume parade, and a wonderful day in the fall leaves in Parowan’s Library Park. Join them starting at 10:00 am on October 14.


Cedar City’s tranquil Downtown gets a little wild and wooly each October when the Sheep Parade herds its way down Main Street. Considered one of the most unique parades in the country, over 1,000 head of sheep will follow the Historic Livestock Trail from Cedar Mountain, down Cedar City’s Main Street, to their winter home in the Cedar Valley. The Sheep Parade is the highlight event for the Cedar Livestock & Heritage Festival and will be held this year on Saturday, October 28 at 10:00 am. Find more information at V For more information on scenic drives, fall colors, events, or visiting Cedar City, call (800) 354-4849 or check out

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Do You Play the “Blame Game?”

by Judi Moreo


ave you ever blamed someone for something they didn’t even know they had been a part of? For example, this morning, I dropped a huge bottle of windshield de-icer on my toe. It hurt like the devil. And just who would be doing anything with windshield de-icer in 119 degree weather anyway? Well, it’s a long story. I recently bought a home, and the people who moved out left a lot of things in the garage, including this bottle of windshield de-icer. Actually, who in Las Vegas owns de-icer? And why keep it year-round in the garage?


So, I decided there was no use for this practically full bottle, obviously, as no one had used any of it, and as I picked it up to throw it into the bin to take to the dump for proper disposal, the bottle decided to do a double backflip and land on my toe. It was really painful. I screamed so loud it brought the neighbors running. I was hopping around on one foot, yelling and carrying on and blaming the people who used to live here because they are the ones who left the de-icer. If they hadn’t left it, I wouldn’t have had to get rid of it. Yes, it was definitely their fault.

When you do things like this, what’s your first thought? Do you immediately play the game and blame someone else? Or, do you resign yourself to accepting responsibility for the mishap? Not everyone plays the “blame game” the same. Some people can ALWAYS find someone to blame. Example, “If my mother hadn’t called when she did, I wouldn’t have forgotten the steak was on the grill and turned into charcoal.” There are people who blame EVERYTHING on themselves. “I’m sorry you didn’t catch

any fish. It’s all my fault. I should have taken you to a different fishing hole.” Then there are the people who blame THINGS and CIRCUMSTANCES. “The sidewalk was icy. When Susan came to pick me up, I hurriedly ran out to the car and the ice made me slip and break my arm.” (Maybe this person should have had some de-icer!) FATE is often to blame. “My business partner borrowed my car and as she was driving down the street, someone was cutting branches off his tree, and one of those branches (a really big one) was flung onto my car by fate and dented the roof of my car. “ Sometimes we blame our Higher Power because HE is punishing us or testing our faith. If we are really good at this game, we can find a way to place blame for at least three of these things at one time. I say three instead of four because people usually excuse themselves for the same negative actions that they blame others for doing. Now my toe is all swollen up and a deep shade of purple. I am hoping I don’t lose my toenail. I am sure it was not the previous owners’ intention to hurt my toe, but morality tells us you should only hold someone to blame if the action causes harm to others. And of course, this proves once again that THEY were totally to blame due to their lack of responsibility in cleaning out the garage and taking their de-icer to wherever they moved and could use it… As I limp around attempting to look like I am walking normal, I am sure people are staring at me and saying, “There goes that poor old woman with the swollen toe. Perhaps she should put some ice on it!”V


Taste of Dixie Returns to Southern Utah


t’s back! After a one-year sabbatical, the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing back the family friendly community festival, Taste of Dixie on October 20 and 21 at the Washington City Community Center MultiUse Field and adjacent ball fields. More than just food– although there will be plenty of that–this event is designed to show all that southern

Utah has to offer. From learning about various local businesses, to nonprofit organizations, to those honing an art or craft, this promises to be no ordinary festival. “This is a fantastic way to get your business in front of a lot of people–we estimate upwards of 10,000 are expected

Red Stone Olive Oil in St. George greets festival goers

to attend this two-day event,” says Pam Palermo, President and CEO of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce. “This festival really gets to the heart of who we are as residents of Utah’s Dixie, and showcases our diverse array of organizations and services.” With the cooler autumn temperatures, the Chamber has invited American Legion Post 90 to host their Annual Chili Cook-off at Taste of Dixie. Proceeds from the Chili Cook-off benefit the various activities the Legion hosts including: Boy Scout flag retirement ceremonies, sponsoring the Sentinels Baseball Team, Wreaths Across America, and The Annual Veteran's walk/ run. With help from JRW Rods & Customs, one ball field will be dedicated to a free classic car show with attendees selecting a favorite car with the People’s Choice Award. New this year is a maker space for kids to design and innovate in conjunction with the Utah State University Extension Program. For those who need another reason to attend, the Chamber will also be giving away a southern California trip


for two provided by Get Away Today. “We’re thrilled to host the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce and their Taste of Dixie community festival. We love that they’re encouraging citizens to shop local,” says Washington City Economic Development Director Wendi Bulkley. “We think this is the beginning of a great partnership.” No stranger to events, the St. George Chamber of Commerce hosts a weekly Wednesday luncheon featuring trainers and inspirational speakers, an annual golf tournament, awards gala, movies in the park, and a healthy business challenge. With the merger of the Washington City Chamber earlier this year, Employees from Dr. Wayne Christian's office in St. George get in the spirit of the festival

more than 800 businesses are now part of the organization. The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce exists for the benefit of each member, and aims at maintaining and developing a community in which businesses and families can thrive.

Polynesian dancers from Siva Pasefika delight the crowd with a hula.

“Our Chamber services the business needs of the whole county and beyond, and we are especially glad to have such a deep partnership with Washington City, our hosts for Taste of Dixie,” Palermo adds. “Times change, but building relationships remains the key to generating a vibrant, thriving business community. Taste of Dixie goes a long way in providing a platform for those relationships to grow.”V


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High Intensity Interval Training:

Maximize Your Calorie Burn in a 20 Minute Workout! by Laura L. Draskovich, A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer igh Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a training idea in which low to moderate intensity intervals are alternated with high intensity intervals. HIIT can be applied to running or exercises such as squatting. HIIT is considered to be much more effective than normal cardio because the intensity is higher, and you are able to increase your aerobic and anaerobic endurance while burning more fat. HIIT has become a popular way to burn more fat, improve endurance, and build strength. This training method has been effective for many people.


HIIT improves both energy systems, aerobic (like running and jumping rope), and anaerobic (like lifting weights).


Research has shown that HIIT can burn more adipose tissue than low intensity exercise—up to 50% more efficiently. It has been also shown to speed up your metabolism, which helps you burn more calories throughout the day. This is beneficial as you work towards your fitness goals, even at rest! How to design your HIIT workout: 1. Choose 6-12 exercises of varying difficulty which align with your goal (cardio, strength, or both). 2. Warm up/Cool down/Stretch after your workout. Always. 3. Beginners, work your way to up to increasing intensity.

4. Perform each exercise 30-45 seconds followed by 10-20 seconds of recovery. HIIT can be used with a few different goals in mind. To name a few, lose fat, improve cardiovascular endurance, increase strength, and build muscular endurance. But how does it compare to other training methods? Research suggests that HIIT is more effective than regular cardio, as I stated before. When you do a cardio session at the same pace the whole time (elliptical, jogging), your body goes into what is called "steady state." This means that your body has adjusted to the speed you are going and tries to conserve energy (calories). You will be able to avoid this, and burn more calories and fat by interval

training. A study at Laval University in Quebec, Canada found that HIIT cardio helped trainees lose nine times more fat than those who trained the traditional way, (moderate speed for 20-60 minutes). The basic idea idea behind utilizing this interval training method is to alternate a maximum-effort activity with a recovery period consisting of lighter work. The following is a sample HIIT workout: Repeat HIIT sequence two to three (sets) times through. Rest 10-20 seconds between exercises, 30-60 seconds between sets. Modify for low impact. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Jumping Jacks-45 seconds Mt. Climbers-45 seconds Skipping Rope-45 seconds Fast Squats-45 seconds Burpees-45 seconds Low to High Plank alternating-30 seconds

HIIT can invigorate any fitness routine. If you're bored with your daily workout and aren't getting the results that you want, HIIT could very well be the answer. Still not convinced? Here is a list of benefits to clear up any skepticism: • It’s effective-science backed. • Its efficient-ideal for a busy schedule. In a 2011 study presented by the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting, just 2 weeks of HIIT improves your aerobic capacity

as much as 6-8 weeks of endurance training. Not only do you burn more calories during an HIIT workout, but the effect of that intense exertion kicks your body's repair cycle into hyperdrive. That means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after doing a HIIT workout than you do after, say a steady-state pace run. • You'll build a better heart. Extreme training builds extreme results. One study in 2006 found that after 8 weeks of HIIT, subjects could bicycle twice as long as they could before, while maintaining the same pace. • No Equipment necessary! Body weight exercises like running, push ups, jumping jacks, high knees, planks, lunges, or


anything plyometric work very well at getting your heart rate up. • You'll increase your metabolism. HIIT stimulates production of your human growth hormone, HGH, by up to 450% during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. This is great news, since HGH is not only responsible for increasing caloric burn, but also slows down the aging process! • You can do it anywhere. Since it's such a simple concept, you can adapt it to whatever time and space constraints you have. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is an effective and efficient way to burn fat, improve endurance, and build strength. It's a training concept that you can adapt to any fitness level, and can be done at home, outside, while traveling, as well as in your fitness center. As a personal trainer, I have used this method myself over the years as well as with clients to obtain results quickly. When incorporated with a resistance training program, body composition will change even more quickly if you are looking to drop weight and tone up/ build strength. If you think you may have hit a plateau in your fitness program, I recommend this method. HIIT may be just that spark to ignite your next-level progress. Until next time, Keep Living the Fit Life! V



New Mesquite Library:

More Possibilities, More Opportunities by Dr. Ronald R. Heezen, Executive Director, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District s the summer season draws to a close, we look forward young minds at its doors that children and teens must take turns with boundless excitement to the opening of our new using the computers, not just for enjoyment, but for studying and Mesquite Library Campus. The groundbreaking was only homework help with programs like Brainfuse. a few months ago, but already construction has begun and we can start to envision just how much good it will do for such a While that is a very sweet image – children learning to share and deserving community. such – we believe young minds need more than education to grow. They need space to grow. “Giving this library to the people of Mesquite will be a fantastic feeling,” said Library District Board Chair Randy Ence. “It is going So, we have given the new library campus not one, but two to enhance this community in so many beneficial ways. In the homework spaces – one singularly for children and another past, whenever a popular Las Vegas-Clark County Library District singularly for teens. There will be laptops dedicated to homework program came to the Mesquite Library, Branch Manager Judith that children can check out, freeing up the desktop computers Sargent had to go in search of event space to accommodate for even more children to enjoy. Teens will be given creative rule the crowd. The current library building just didn’t have room for over their space to make it their own haven – for homework, the sizeable audiences that draw from the growing Mesquite reading, crafting, or hanging out together. community. My leadership team and I have always been so grateful that organizations in Mesquite have pitched in over the These spaces will give the families of Mesquite more than a years with extra meeting space to help support the local library’s new building filled with books, but also the newest thinking and efforts.” ideas for library spaces from across the country. One example is our first ever library café, where you can refuel with a yummy The best news yet is that when the new Mesquite Library is selection of food and beverages. On hot summer days you can completed, the multipurpose room will be able to host musical cool off inside with a refreshing drink, and in the winter, you can performances, author visits, children’s events, educational snuggle up with a good read and a warm cup of hot chocolate. workshops, and more! The café area will be equipped with three display cases where local 3-D artwork and other various exhibit pieces may be viewed. We are ensuring that all of the technology being installed in this new building will be the most efficient and most user-friendly We are building a friendly, engaging community space for available. We will also feature self-service kiosks, which will Mesquite that we hope will return the friendship, support, print receipts for all materials borrowed to allow our Mesquite creativity, and inspiration that all of you have given us. customers to independently check out their books, movies, or music at their convenience. When those items are due back, we Randy shared the following reflection with me recently, “Every know it is not the most pleasant experience to run inside, return Las Vegas-Clark County Library District branch is special, but this your materials, and then discover that your car has become a four branch is going to have such a positive effect on our community door oven! So, we are also installing a drive-up window at the – more events, more possibilities, more opportunities – that I am new library that will allow customers to return items with ease in more excited than ever before.” the much more enjoyable shade. Now, as the foundation is being poured and the walls are going We have a tremendous amount of support coming from the up, the new Mesquite Library Campus will soon be ready! We community here in Mesquite, and not just from parents or know that this new space will lend a vibrancy and energy to the retirees. Teens and children are just as excited as they see the community that echoes your own strengths, hopes, and dreams. new library under construction, anticipating the fun times they That day in spring 2018 when we open its doors for the first time will have there and the many chances to discover something will be a day of great celebration, and one that Mesquite richly new. They are our future and this library is a critical investment in deserves. V that future. The current Mesquite Library often has so many eager



A Seasonwith of the Adventure Utah Shakespeare Festival F

rom swashbuckling pirates to feuding fairy royalty, from young lovers and warring families to singing and dancing gamblers, from a mysterious vagabond in a tavern in the middle of the Utah desert to magical forests—the 2017 season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival promises a season of adventure for all.

This season, which will run from June 29 to October 21, includes nine plays that run the gamut with music, drama, excitement, and escapades of every kind.

Betsy Mugavero (left) as Viola de Lesseps, Quinn Mattfeld as Will Shakespeare, and Leslie Brott as Nurse in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of Shakespeare in Love. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2017)


The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre Two complementary plays, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the theatrical adaptation of the Academy Award-winning movie Shakespeare in Love will anchor the Englestad Shakespeare Theatre. Shakespeare in Love is about young William Shakespeare, who, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write

one of his most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet. These interdependent story lines provided the impetus behind the Festival, producing these two plays in repertory— with many shared elements and cast members. The Festival has been selected as one of three theatres to present the first United States productions in the United States. It is based on the original screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, with the stage adaptation by Lee Hall. It is presented by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Rounding out the Engelstad Theatre will be the Shakespeare comedy As You Like It. This rollicking frolic of confused courtship between Rosalind and Orlando features beautiful poetry and unsurpassed wit with love and danger waiting in the Forest of Arden.

The Randall L. Jones Theatre Four plays will fill the stage in the Randall L. Jones Theatre in 2017, offering a variety of genres, stories, and exploits. First will be the classic musical Guys and Dolls, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling. Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls ran for over 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. Winner of many Tony Awards and numerous other theatre prizes, it has been frequently revived and has proven to be perennially popular. Featuring such memorable songs as A Bushel and a Peck and Luck Be a Lady, this oddball romantic comedy will find a comfortable home at the Festival. Next will be the Mountain West premiere of Mary Zimmerman’s glorious adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel Treasure Island. This epic tale based on classic literature will thrill the entire family with stories of buried treasure, cutthroat pirates, the larger-than-life, Long John Silver, and the courageous young cabin boy, Jim Hawkins. A play with music, Treasure Island is dramatic storytelling at its theatrical best. Possibly Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will also appear in the Randall Theatre. This story of fairies, dreams, and moonlight gets a new and exciting look when set in the art deco world of the Jazz Age. It is still true that “the course of love never did run smooth,” and when the feuding king and queen of the fairies interfere in the couplings of mortals, the result is pure pandemonium and magical mayhem.

Kelly Rogers (left) as Puck and J. Todd Adams as Oberon in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2017)

Loneliness explores a modern-day husband and wife who are at a life-changing crossroads and struggling to make monumental decisions about life and love. “This is a season with something for everybody, and one that propels us into the next stage of our development as a theatre company,” said Joshua Stavros, media and public relations director. “It definitely will be an adventure you don’t want to miss.” Visit to get tickets and plan your adventure with nine plays, five premieres, and four enduring classics. All that’s missing…is you!V

Playing later in the season in the Randall L. Jones Theatre will be a world-premiere adaptation of the satirical comedy, The Tavern by George M. Cohan. Joseph Hanreddy, who adapted Sense and Sensibility for the Festival in 2014, is adapting this hilarious play and shifting the action and plot to locations and characters in Utah that just might feel familiar. As such, it is a dark and stormy night when a mysterious vagabond, a damsel in distress, and a politician all end up at a remote Utah tavern in this adventuresome melodrama. The Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre First up in the two hundred seat studio theatre will be William Shakespeare’s Long Lost (abridged), brought to you by the same guys responsible for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). The play tells the not quite factual (well, not at all factual) story of an ancient manuscript purported to be the first play written by William Shakespeare. Using questionable scholarship and street performer smarts, a trio of comic actors will throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frenzied festival of physical finesse, witty wordplay, and plentiful punning. And last, but certainly not least, is the nationally-acclaimed world-premiere of playwright Neil LaBute’s How to Fight Loneliness. LaBute recently had two successful shows close off-Broadway, and has another, All the Ways to Say I Love You, opening this fall at MCC Theater. LaBute and his work have been recognized with Tony Award nominations and Arts and Letters Awards in Literature, among others. How to Fight


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Why Retirement is Hard and What You Can Do by Todd Bauman, IAR—Bauman Advisory Group


eople today are living longer than ever before, and the cost of living is only going up–especially in the area of health care. Most people retiring today also do so without the benefit of a pension, so they have to rely on their investments. After spending a lifetime building up your nest egg, the only logical thing to do is to protect it. However, that comes with its own challenges. Interest rates have gone down on traditional safe money products. The stock market saw not just one, but two major downturns in the last decade, and we’re in a global economy now. There’s no telling what will happen next in the world or what that might cause the market to do. People today are also busier than ever before, and I get it, really I do. That’s why I’m not going to waste your time by talking over your head or throwing a bunch of investor jargon at you. My goal is to tell you what you need to do to protect and preserve what you have built up. That’s all. What I have here are three short, simple bullet points that walk you through what you need to do in order to avoid the THREE BIGGEST MISTAKES investors make today when it comes time to retire.


• Mistake #1: Not having enough SAFE Money. My definition of SAFE Money is money where the principal is protected. That means you can’t lose it to stock market fluctuation. This is vitally important to have in case the stock market has another correction or even a crash. You want to have money you can draw from if needed. That way you can leave your RISK money alone to get back to where it used to be before the crash. • Mistake #2: Not knowing where your income is coming from. For men who are reading this, it is your call to arms. You owe it to your spouse to make sure you do your job here and get this set up right. I don’t mean to sound bossy, but all the statistics point to the reality that it’s us men who kick the bucket

first. There is no greater gift you can give the people you love than financial peace of mind. Have an income plan for your spouse that she can rely on so she doesn’t have to worry about where her income is coming from. If your marriage is like mine, she is going to be totally devastated when you’re gone, the least we can do is set her up with no financial worries or concerns. • Mistake #3: Not having an estate plan set up. A good estate plan includes the proper documents, living trusts, wills, health care directives, and powers of attorney. This last issue is so important; it’s how I start my consultations with clients. This is the part of financial planning that doesn’t even involve investments; it’s just the right thing to do.

So there you have it. You have spent a lifetime tucking and saving and putting money away, watching as your accounts grew. You CAN have a great retirement, and if you’ve saved, then you deserve a great retirement—just as long as you don’t screw it up.

And that’s it. With a little bit of work and the right tools in place, you can enjoy the peace of mind that you deserve. This is what I want for you, and it’s what you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Here’s to staying golden during your retirement.V

Take care of these three things:

Todd Bauman, Investment Advisor Representative, licensed document preparer, and Owner of Bauman Advisory Group, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. For more information on finacial planning, please contact Todd Bauman at or call (702) 897-9997.

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Desert Stories Come to Life in the High Desert Chronicles by Della Lowe


he desert has an energy and a mystery all its own. You never know what you'll find. For example, a high-quality documentary film festival in a tiny corner of Utah, and a university film program whose students produce professional, feature length documentary films. The emptiness and starkness of the desert landscape brings out a different kind of creativity and drive in its inhabitants. Just as the animals and plants adapt, so do the people. It is for that reason that the students in the Dixie State University (DSU) film program produce a film each year for inclusion in DOCUTAH, which becomes part of The High Desert Chronicles, the stories that spring from the environs of the desert Southwest. “The petri dish for this whole project was a class I teach called Documentary Production. The creative process always starts with a blank slate and the class begins to think of ideas. But they must think quickly. A three-month semester does not allow for a lot of rumination,” said Phil Tuckett, DSU Professor of Digital Film and Director of DOCUTAH. “You can’t meander about and wonder about this or that. Decisions need to be made and acted on.”

Phil Tuckett (left) and Ben Braten, cinematographer (right).


The class is capped at 15 students. Each student who finds a story, is required to pitch that idea to the class. The challenge, of course, is to make your idea interesting enough that others would give up their idea to produce yours. Students must also learn, understand, and implement the practical applications of anything that is needed in the film business to bring any project to fruition.

“You are either asking for money, asking for equipment, asking for practical help. You’re always asking for something. So, in the case of our students, it starts out with asking the other members of the class to abandon their idea for the one you have,” said Tuckett. “The first three or four years, we did not quite formulate a strong concept to take it forward, not only for the three months where you get the first rough cut, but also to take that throughout the summer to prepare the film to be in DOCUTAH. I would not allow any film into DOCUTAH unless it was professional quality.” Tuckett says one must be careful when you decide this is the film to which you are going to devote a year of your life. You want to be sure that it is something that you won’t get halfway into and say, “Well I’ve wasted my time on that.” A perfect example of what happens when an idea and the content really works is My Father’s Highway, which was the first film that fit well into the idea of The High Desert Chronicles. Tuckett felt that this film

really tapped into an idea that came to great fruition. “I broke my own rule on that one because usually I do not pitch an idea to the students. The project needs to be theirs. However, in that case, I did because I had wanted to do that film since 1972, when my wife and I came back to St. George. I had been told there was a road through a slot canyon that was impassable, even on a horse, and now there was a four-lane highway on it! I always wondered where did that come from and who built it. It was a big hit at the Festival.” The next chronicle was The Devil and the Angel, a film about Kevin Lee, a master luthier [a maker of stringed instruments]

who is working in the desert. Kevin says if the violin wood is cured in a low humidity environment, when it is finished, it can go to any place in the world. Violins which are made in higher humidity, when brought to a dry spot such as the desert, shrink and crack. Therefore, in our little corner of the wilderness, Kevin makes internationally renowned violins, which can be transported anywhere in the world.


“Then when we heard about the work that is going on at Intermountain Healthcare in genetic cancer research and treatment, that really intrigued us, because when you think of the desert, you might picture an old coot with a mule looking for ore, but it could just as easily be high tech. In 2016, that idea became, Moonshot through the Double Helix, the third in our series produced by DSU students.” This year, Tuacahn: Miracle in Padre Canyon is the fourth. The documentary intertwines the history of that magical place with a behind the scenes look at how the production of Shrek the Musical came together. “I guess for me it’s a legacy. You look to what are you going to leave behind when you are all done with this. I had thirty-eight years at NFL Films, really helping to create that genre, but I thought I had more to offer than making football films. Coming home to Dixie State University, I saw an open field of possibilities. By having DOCUTAH as part of DSU and bringing the students into direct contact with film professionals, I get to do what I love–making documentaries–and the students get real world experience making films–shooting, editing, producing, meeting deadlines–while still in school. It does not get any better than that.”V For a list of DOCUTAH Film Festival show times, and special events, visit This years film festival will be held from September 4-9.


Mesquite Works!


esquite Works opened its doors for business in the Mesquite Plaza in February of this year. As a new nonprofit business, it is time to review the past six months and to project the coming course of action. The motivation to help strengthen the local workforce through education and training directed toward area business needs is still strong. The numbers of people and successes are growing. The future seems positive in terms of job growth and community involvement. Is there evidence of success? It took hours of volunteer work to change a former beauty parlor and dog grooming shop into the professional home of Mesquite Works at Suite 102 on the South


First Street side of the Mesquite Plaza. They are right at home now in the row of community-oriented service organizations. Donations and helping hands of the neighborly Mesquite Thrift Shop, Food Bank, and Family Services helped furnish the refurbished office. More generous people and businesses offered furniture, office machines, and supplies. It took both time and effort to effect the move. As MarDee Harper, VISTA volunteer explains, "Mesquite Works is able to serve the job-seekers and businesses in our area because of a small army of volunteers who serve on the board of directors and committees, staff special events, and provide services in the office. There is such strength when Mesquite works together for the benefit of all!" Evidence

of success would be 21 volunteers giving 620 hours of service. The majority of those hours are spent with job seekers. Once the doors opened, people walked in and asked about getting work. Mesquite Works is not a placement agency. Mesquite Works offers ways to learn the soft skills such as communication, social skills, and self-control. And there are also the job readiness skills needed in the greater Mesquite/Moapa areas. Classes are held on an as-needed basis now due to a summertime shortage of volunteers. They include interviewing, resume writing, attire for hire, and business preparation. Local business people also step in to teach and share their expertise. The soft skills are primarily personal competencies,

behaviors, attitudes, and qualities that enable people to successfully engage in the working world. The office staff and job coaches interview and work with job seekers to help. A young Overton area woman was motivated to work but didn’t know what she needed to do to succeed or where to begin. A job coach interviewed her and suggested she attend a resumé essentials class and a job readiness workshop put on by Mesquite Works. With her training, she got a job with a major local employer and has decided to pursue additional education in her off time. A middle-aged man who had owned a business in another state came to Mesquite Works for help. His business failed when the economy in his state crashed, and he was working whatever jobs he could get. He also has some physical disabilities stemming from his previous job that involved heavy work. Working with a job coach, he was able to land a good paying job that fit his skills and took advantage of his hard work ethic and abilities. Harper adds, "In general we see quicker employment for job seekers who have the intense and individual support of a job coach. Mesquite Works has two job coaches and the support of Virgin Valley Family Services who generously share their staff member as a Spanish interpreter.”

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Individuals are the baseline of the economy, and each job seeker must connect with a business that wants to hire him or her. Mesquite Works helps local businesses meet willing workers


by holding four Job Fairs throughout the year. These face-to-face events allow businesses to meet potential employees to ask and answer questions, accept applications, and often hire on the spot. In addition, Mesquite Works coordinates with businesses to learn their particular job needs. Evidence of success would be a total of 71 hires between two Job Fairs and office/job Coaches. According to Burton Weast, Chairman, anyone who lives in the Virgin River Valley, Moapa Valley, Littlefield, or Beaver Dam can come to our office to receive job assistance. The same is true for any businesses in these areas that have jobs available and are looking for employees or who want basic training for potential employees. Mesquite Works also coordinates with economic organizations such as Mesquite Regional Business and the Chamber of Commerce to assist in job training. Further, Mesquite Works has direct links to College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and numerous social service agencies to make sure the people served know where they can get help if needed. As success stories increase and communications grow, the business community also becomes more involved. The Chamber of Commerce has shown confidence in the Mesquite Works program with a grant of $7,500 which will secure the year’s rent. More area


businesses were first time vendors at the August 16 Job Fair, held at the Rising Star Sports Ranch. “I am so pleased with the growing participation in the Mesquite Works Job Fairs and the good reports we are getting about the hires coming from them. The grant from the Chamber left me speechless at first. Now I am simply full of deep gratitude,” was the comment from Maggie Calhoun, VISTA volunteer. Growing community acceptance and involvement is evidence of success.

schools is scheduled for December. North to south, the area is gearing up for the fall and holiday cycles when snowbirds return. Hopefully, many of the well educated and trained individuals among them will find they have some personal time available to assist Mesquite Works further grow its successful program. Envision a community involved at all age, economic, and education levels working with each other to improve Mesquite’s economic growth individual by individual. That is success.V

The future looks bright. Eagles Landing and the REV Group are coming to Mesquite and need to employ people in a variety of jobs requiring many skills. Further outreach and a Job Fair for the area high

For more information, visit, or call (702) 613-0699. For help finding a job go to Mesquite Works at 312 West Mesquite Boulevard., Suite #102, Mesquite.



by Linda Gault


esquite Rotary Club is all aglow planning for its Eleventh Annual Glow In The Dark Golf Ball Drop and 5K Run/Walk Event. This will be the first year for the Glow Run, with both events taking place at the Rising Star Sports Ranch in Mesquite. Glow Run participants will gather behind the resort on Old Mill Road where the run/ walk will begin and end before hundreds of glowing golf balls drop from the sky on Friday evening, September 29, 2017. To participate in the Glow Run, register at the Mesquite Recreation Center on or before September 22, 2017. Entry fee is $30/participant or $100/team of 4. After September 22, 2017, entry fees will be an additional $5 per participant. Entry fee includes a t-shirt and glow sticks. Rotary’s annual Glow In The Dark Golf Ball Drop will be a great finish to the evening’s activities. Numbered and lighted golf balls are hoisted high above the crowd in a plexiglass cube, then dropped where they fall onto a round platform with numbered

holes. The first ball to fall into or closest to a hole wins a prize. There are 10 holes and the winner of the #1 hole wins $1,000 cash! Nine other wonderful prizes will be given away to the winner of each additional hole, including a beautiful gas grill donated by Sears, night stays at Best Western Mesquite Inn and Holiday Inn, rounds of golf at several prestigious Mesquite golf courses, gift certificates at several local restaurants, and much more. The golf balls may be purchased for $20 each or 6 balls for $100. Rotarians will be selling tickets around town and on the night of the event until just before the ball drop takes place. Proceeds from these events benefit the many Rotary projects and programs that take place throughout the year, including the Virgin Valley Food Bank, Mesquite Reads Program, the Back-to-School Backpack Program for the Beaver Dam Elementary School, SOAR (Safety Officers Award Recognition Program), Mesquite’s annual Trunk or Treat, high school scholarships, and other youth initiatives. Mesquite Rotary also sends middle

school students to TLC (Teen Leadership Camp) and high school Juniors to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) camps in California each year. Rotary is an international service organization founded in 1905 that has grown to over 1.2 million members and more than 35,000 clubs located around the world. Its motto, Service Above Self is the foundation of what Rotary is all about. The Mesquite Rotary Club was started in 2007 and meets every Tuesday at noon in the Holiday Inn Express on Pioneer Blvd. Everyone is welcome to join us for our program and lunch, and to learn more about Rotary and the numerous ways in which you can become active in Rotary and the Mesquite community. V For more information on Rotary's 5K Run and Ball Drop, please contact Rick Tuttle at 907-230-2360 or Roberta Bird at 702-346-7025.


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Kayenta Center for the Arts Kicks Off Its First Season


ince its inception in 2011, Kayenta Arts Foundation (KAF) has had as a goal for the development of a center for the arts to serve greater southern Utah and nearby Arizona and Nevada communities. The vision was a center for visual and performing arts that would be home to KAF’s mission, to create

and develop an environment for diverse artistic endeavors for education and enrichment purposes. Construction began in 2013, and was funded entirely with private individual and business donations. The Center will open its first season this fall. This 11,000 square foot structure houses the 3,000 square foot Lorraine Boccardo Theatre, a 1000 square foot studio, office, and rehearsal space, workshop/catering space, a lobby with concession area and box office which open onto a paved and landscaped plaza. Serving as a base for KAF produced events, the Center will also provide a venue for local talents and a rental space for private receptions, meetings, and more. This past spring, KAF engaged Jan Broberg as KAF’s Executive Director and Micah Thompson as Facility Manager of the Center. The energy and talents of Jan and Micah assure a well-maintained and managed facility, and a creative, eclectic schedule of international, national, and local talent. The Center’s first full season kicks off September 21 with a lively classic folk concert by Muzicka, a 10-member musical group from Prague. This will be followed on September 23 by Rosin, an electric cello duo offering an energetic mix of classical and current music. Title of Show, a light-hearted musical about writing a lighthearted musical, will run from October 18 through November 4, and be part of the grand opening on October 20-21 of the Lorraine Boccardo Theatre. Keeping with the purpose of the Center as a place for visual as well as performing arts, an exhibit of local visual artists will run through the fall. December will bring the first of what KAF hopes will be an annual Enchanted World of Dolls. Persons of all ages will be invited to walk through a maze of stages while costumed human dolls dance amidst backdrops representing 20 countries.


As 2018 gets underway, KAF will continue its first season in the Center. January will usher in a partnership between KAF and the Neil Simon Festival, with productions of Simon’s The Dinner Party running January 17-20. In this play, strangers share a meal at an upscale restaurant and find themselves in an evening of lifechanging events. February 8 will see the return of Arizona flamenco guitarist, Robert Earl Longley whose unique style wowed a private party in 2015. Over President's Day weekend, KAF will pay a tribute to veterans with performances of Vietnam. . .Through My Lens. This acclaimed production by Vietnam combat photo-journalist, Stu Richel presents personal stories from Mr. Richel’s experience, and through his photos. Also part of this tribute will be the showing of Soldiers’ Sanctuary, a documentary by Luke Hansen of Veterans’ Efforts at Reconciliation and Healing. In March, KAF will proudly present classical concerts in celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday, its third year honoring this father of music. First will be a piano-viola concert by Jason Bonham, principal violist for the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Voltaire Verzosa, principal pianist for the Philharmonic. This will be followed on March 31 with 4 Strings 4 Corners 4 Bach, a concert by string musicians from the four corners of the United States. The Bach celebration continues into April with a concert by the St. George Chamber Singers. As if the first full season is not full enough, interspersed throughout will be storytelling, poetry, dance parties, and the 2018 Street Painting Festival. The 2017-18 season in the Center for the Arts will have something for everyone, and will truly showcase the Center as a venue for diverse artistic endeavors for education and enrichment purposes. Please join us and Be A Part Of The Art.


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Mesquite Regional Business The Pleasure of Your Company is Desired by Rachel Dahl, President/CEO of Mesquite Regional Business


esquite Regional Business (MRB) is the economic development organization serving Mesquite and Moapa Valley in beautiful Clark County, Nevada, just one hour northeast of Las Vegas, thirty minutes east of the stunning Valley of Fire State Park, the newly designated Gold Butte Monument, and an hour-and-a-half from magnificent Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. A gateway to incredible recreation at these and other state and national parks, the Mesquite area boasts unparalleled

climbing opportunities, hundreds of miles of off-roading, seven championship golf courses, year-round youth sports tournaments, senior games, long-drive competitions, and a temperate climate that brings snowbirds from the northern states to winter in our amazing community. Mesquite had its beginnings in the late 1800s when Mormon pioneers settled the area and began farming, relying on the abundant water of the Virgin River and their innovative irrigation system

Left to Right: Rachel Dahl, Mayor Al Litman, and David Bennett.

to grow cotton, grapes, sugar cane, and pomegranates. Known for their agriculture and their dairies, these hearty settlers expanded their business efforts to include motels and campgrounds for early travelers and tourists, leading to the beautiful modern-day resorts that attract visitors for world-class golf, entertainment, and events. Situated on Interstate 15, halfway between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, Mesquite is uniquely situated to provide a logistics and transportation mecca. With the completion of Exit 118 in April of 2016, the ease of access for transportation-related opportunities are opened into both the Mesquite Technology and Commerce Center (MTCC) and the Sports and Events Complex (SEC). With all the exciting new projects in their launch phases, now is the time to make the move to Mesquite. The 333 Eagles Landing Travel Plaza that will include a convenience store, gas and diesel pumps, a fast food restaurant, and a tire store

333 Eagles Landing has broken ground on their new travel plaza and will bring many new jobs to the people of the Virgin Valley.


is slated to employ at least 80 people. That’s not to mention the expansion and remodeling of the Solstice Motorcoach Resort, eventually resulting in 240 spaces. The REV Group is breaking ground on a 76,000-square foot RV repair and warranty center on land they have purchased in the MTCC, and anticipate the need for 75 new employees. Both Mesquite and Moapa Valley are rich in water resources, which is somewhat of an anomaly in Nevada. With abundant underground water from deep aquifers, as well as a plentiful system of surface water rights, we are blessed with a resource that is the envy of many western communities.

The culinary kids of Virgin Valley High School have teamed up with local Mesquite businesses, such as MRB, to cater events, and futher their culinary education.

During the 2015 legislative session, the City of Mesquite was successful in getting legislation passed in cooperation with Southwest Gas authorizing the gas company to work with the Public Utilities Commission to supply natural gas to unserved rural areas to facilitate economic development. Southwest Gas is slated to make application to the PUC on behalf of Mesquite, and plans to begin construction of the 14-mile pipeline and the distribution system in the fall of 2018.

choose to commute from our valleys, in turn, causing a demand for more workforce housing in addition to our robust inventory of retirement homes. MRB has recently completed, with the assistance of Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA), a housing survey resulting in a partnership with NRHA which allows that organization to serve as the housing authority of Mesquite and to help facilitate the development of a desirable mix of housing inventory.

With the growth of the APEX industrial park, a 50-minute drive from Mesquite toward Las Vegas, we anticipate the location of many supply-chain industries that have little interest in locating in the traffic and bustle of Las Vegas. We suspect many employees will also not want to live in Las Vegas, and will instead

Believing a strong, prepared workforce is key to a strong, successful community, we have worked diligently to build a culture of education and a skilled workforce in the Mesquite area. With the creation of Mesquite Works, our local workforce development organization, and the College of Southern Nevada, we have been able

The new Mesquite Sinclair Station opened this spring and has brought jobs, and travelers to the Virgin Valley.

to create innovative training programs to meet the needs of local employers, and can react quickly to build training courses for new companies looking to locate their operations to our community. As a part of this workforce effort, MRB will be participating with other communities across the country in Manufacturing Week coming up the first week of October. The event will culminate on Friday, October 6 in tours for the local high school students of the Mesquite campus of the College of Southern Nevada as well as local manufacturers, including LOADTEC, Primex Plastics, and Simplot in Moapa Valley. Mesquite is currently the fastest growing city in the state of Nevada–with a growth rate of roughly five percent, and we suspect this growth is poised to continue. Boasting a beautiful medical campus at Mesa View Hospital which operates a 25-bed facility along with full emergency and surgical facilities, Mesa View also operates an Urgent Care facility. And directly across from the hospital is a medical park with a variety of providers from pediatrics to aging services. Mesquite Regional Business is here to help navigate the relocation process from site selection to retention. To find out more about our great region in southern Nevada as a possible location for your business or for the business of one of your associates, contact Rachel Dahl at Mesquite Regional Business at 702-613-0109,, or visit our website at


Family Roots by Charlene Paul f you have ever questioned how you got to where you are now and who came before you, then you will want to be sure to attend the Family Roots Expo, Connecting Families One Person at a Time, on September 15-16, 2017 at the Dixie Center in St. George, Utah. It promises to be two days filled with exploration and education to help connect your family generations. The Expo offers two concerts, eighty classes, Keynote speakers, accredited genealogists, and youth classes for ages twelve to eighteen. The Interactive Expo Hall will be filled with things to see and do, including scrapbooking, calf roping, cowboy poetry,



family history through painting, games, an authentic Pioneer Experience complete with candle making, rug weaving, blacksmithing, mountain men, panning for gold, and Native American dancers performing and sharing their native history throughout the day. When you attend the Family Roots Expo, you find that family history is so much more than searching through boxes of musty old records or traipsing through long-forgotten graveyards for names and dates. Family history is just what the name implies, a history of your family. It answers questions about who you are, what some of the obstacles your ancestors overcame were, where you came from, and how you ended up here. The stories are as diverse and varied as they are numerous. And searching out those stories is an adventure well worth taking. My ninety-seven-year-old aunt is our family’s historian. She spent the better part of her adult life searching, researching,


and writing a portion of our family’s history. It is colorful, entertaining, insightful, and through her writings, I learned that I have Confederate blood flowing through my veins, as well as that of vagabonds, dreamers, and settlers. So far, I haven’t been able to validate my royal bloodline, but I just know if I keep searching I’ll find my aristocratic roots. In the meantime, I will just enjoy her family stories and anecdotes like the following: “As the crow flies, about two miles southeast of Grandpa’s, all hell had broken loose at a place that was called Rattle Snake Hollow. It was where the Union Pacific railroad had built their tracks over an area made up mostly of gravel. A short section of the tracks was located near one of the main canals that carried the irrigation water to the North Tract. It was here that a few muskrats had established their abode, and as muskrats do, they did. They burrowed holes in the canal bank, causing the bank to wash out. The water from the canal flooded the slough, and

Saturday night, GENTRI will dazzle your ears with their signature sound they describe as “Cinematic Pop.” These three highly trained tenors with their rich, dynamic three-part harmonies will leave you wanting more. Before the Friday concert, there will be an auction with all proceeds going to the needs of our area veterans. Some of the items to be auctioned off include Four Nights at the Hyatt Place Hospitality, Oneyear Family Pass from Washington City Community Center, and two chances to secure $1000 worth of Cut and Wrapped Beef from Oak Rose Ranch. There will also be a silent auction with loads of other goodies. Ticket prices are as follows: Adult Platinum 2-Day Pass: $69 • 80 Class Choices • 4 Keynote Speakers • Chris Petersen’s Salute to Our Veterans Concert on Friday night • GENTRI Concert on Saturday night • Preferred Concert Seating in the Center Rows Adult 2-Day Pass: $49 • 80 Class Choices • 4 Keynote Speakers Adult 1-Day Pass: $29 • 40 Class Choices • 2 Keynote Speakers Youth 1-Day Pass: Free • 4 Class Choices • 1 Keynote Speaker Chris Petersen Veteran’s Concert: $15.00 GENTRI in Concert: $25.00 Expo Hall Experience: FREE to the public shortly it formed a twenty-foot-deep pond. All of this weakened the base that held the railroad track, and when the northbound passenger train attempted to cross around midnight, only the engine, the tender, and one other car got across. The tracks separated, sending four of the other cars and the baggage car helter-skelter in the deep pond of water. The baggage car was carrying the baggage tender, a corpse, and a shipment of fresh strawberries from California. The corpse broke loose and floated out into the pond along with the strawberry shipment. The baggage man

was unable to escape and was drowned. The rest of the crew and the other passengers had ridden out the accident in fairly good condition and were not hurt.” (Yonder Will be Better. Done, p. 46) You will want to get your tickets for the concerts. On Friday evening, Chris Petersen’s A Salute to Our Veterans concert will entertain with great classic country music. Chris is the real deal. So, dust off those boots, cowboy or military, and enjoy a night of foot stomping country music.

No matter where you are in your genealogical searching and history writing, this year’s Family Roots Expo promises to have something for everyone. Whether you want to trace your lineage back to the beginning of time, or write the stories that have been passed down from generation to generation, this year’s Expo is the place to be. So, mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, September 1516. Get your concert tickets, dust off your boots, and we’ll see you there.V Visit


Kids for Sports Wine Fest A ll of the hard work and community support has made the Kids for Sports Wine Fest a huge success over the years. With limited space for this event, it is important to get your

tickets early. Tickets went on sale Monday, August 14. This well-attended annual event is scheduled to take place outside on the lower patio of the Terrace Restaurant, overlooking world famous

Wolf Creek Golf Course on Wednesday evening, October 4. We expect a beautiful sunset, a wide variety of wines, handtrimmed rib eye dinner, music, raffles, and silent auction. More importantly, the proceeds of this fun event go directly to the kids. The mission statement for the Kids for Sports foundation is Helping Kids Play Sports. “To ensure 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 participating in sports.”

The Kids for Sports President and Owner of Wolf Creek Golf Club, Cory Clemetson, very eloquently opened his remarks by quoting a Greek proverb, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Kids for Sports has not only planted trees, these trees have been growing strong for


the last couple of years. Grants have been issued to children all over the community in many different sports. Kids for Sports has awarded grants for registration fees and individual equipment for soccer, football, baseball, softball, basketball, summer sports camps, football insurance, wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, and much more. In just a few short years, we have awarded more than 350 grants, totaling roughly over $64,000. This is huge! We are thrilled to be able to help so many children in this community, and by doing this, helping them to learn important lessons, such as teamwork and commitment which come from playing sports. These are important skills to have as they grow older and begin their adult lives. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all our supporters. As you can see by the number of grants that have been awarded since 2015, there is an enormous need for an organization like this for the children and their families in our community. We depend on our community’s support with donations and

fundraisers, and for the volunteers on our committees. Without everyone’s support, we would not be able to continue with this amazing program. We urge you to go to the Kids for Sports website (www.kidsforsportsfoundation. org) to see the latest grant applications, testimonials, application processes,

and for instructions on how to donate. Additionally, we will post information on our Fifth Annual Kids for Sports Winefest to be held on October 4, 2017, and our Fourth Annual Golf Tournament held at Wolf Creek Golf Club on January 14, 2018.V For tickets, call (702) 345-6728.




In the Fall of 2014 the City Council decided to combine the city’s Pioneer Day and Heritage Days into one event that is held in September. Heritage Days now includes events such as A Movie in the Park, free root beer floats, parade, flag raising ceremony, vendors, games, Soap Box Derby, entertainment, and many other activities. Heritage Days is intended to be a community-centered event. Keeping with this theme, Friday will include free root beer floats, vendors (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm), and then A Movie in the Park. Saturday will start out with the parade, and after the

parade the vendor booths, FREE children’s games, Show N Shine, entertainment, and Soap Box Derby will begin. Schedule of events, vendor booth applications, Soap Box Derby applications, and sponsorship applications can be found on our website at Click on the Parks and Recreation tab.V Date: September 8-9



eritage Days was created by the Ivins Historical Society, and in its initial years consisted of a week of scattered activities, which included the Red Mountain Elementary School Carnival, the Fire Department Open House, an evening in the park, and free admission to Snow Canyon State Park. For a couple of years, Heritage Days tried to be an Art Festival. Then in early 2012, discussion was brought before the City Council to either improve Heritage Days or abolish it. The former was chosen and a committee was formed to help direct the event. The new format for the event followed in 2013 and 2014 and proved to be very successful.

Heritage Days

Times: Friday - 5 pm to 10 pm Saturday - 7 am to 2 pm Place: Ivins City Park


Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra Dreaming and Achieving Big by Kathleen Snow


he Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra (SNSO) is a unique orchestra ensemble located in Mesquite whose members come from areas ranging from southern Utah to southern Nevada. They have completed three successful years of operation, growing in size and popularity, which has surpassed the founder and conductor, Dr. Selmer Spitzer's vision of dreaming big. Dr. Spitzer and his wife, Phyllis, live in Bunkerville, Nevada during the cooler months, and return to their hometown in North Dakota during the summer. In 2012, Spitzer saw the need for a local orchestra that could encompass all of the smaller communities around the Mesquite area. "Because of my past experience conducting a community symphony, and starting numerous string programs in universities and high school music programs, I sensed a need for retired adult musicians and professional community members to have an outlet for them to continue their musical talent in a more advanced and professional manner," said Spitzer. "I also realized that the communities had other cultural programs,


including good string programs, in the public schools with outstanding and very talented music educators." Dr. Spitzer explained that in order to start a successful and complete orchestra, he most likely would have to look in surrounding areas for talented musicians as far north as southern Utah, as well as southern Nevada communities including Mesquite, Moapa Valley, Henderson, and Las Vegas. He said incorporating musicians from other areas is a common practice in most community orchestras in the country. Because of Dr. Spitzer’s many years of experience directing and conducting large ensemble groups, he felt positive that he would be able to develop SNSO into a Nevada State recognized symphony orchestra, which he has successfully accomplished. “I talked to many members of the community, its music teachers, local churches, and retired professional musicians,” said Dr. Spitzer. “To start a large ensemble like a full orchestra, instrumentation is very important. You need to locate interested players in all the different sections of the ensemble. If possible, it is important to have one or more very talented, strong players in each section of the violin, viola, cello, string bass, wind, brass, and percussion sections. It is also important to have a board of directors, which I had to pick from the community, and have them understand the importance of their role and commitment to the symphony.”

Selmer Spitzer with the Southern Nevada Symphony Orchestra.

Their first rehearsal was in October of 2014, and their first concert was on November 22, 2014 at the Mesquite Community Theatre, which ended up being too small to accommodate the large ensemble. They then performed at the Virgin Valley High School auditorium, which also didn’t have a large enough stage. Finally, with their fourth concert, they found a suitable place at the CasaBlanca Showroom where they presently perform.

Rita Hermie is a board member and pianist/percussionist with SNSO. She was initially contacted by Dr. Spitzer to become a part of the ensemble, taking on those roles and helping organize the percussion section.

“The fact that we could immediately begin performing with very little rehearsal time surprised me,” said Hermie. “Each year we have improved and grown. Dr. Spitzer does a great job of putting together interesting programs with music from all periods of time. He has invited many wonderful guest performers to join us at various concerts.”

“He laid out his plan for putting together a symphony, and asked me to be on the board,” explained Hermie. “I was skeptical at first because I didn't think we had the population to support a symphony, or the amount of musicians needed. As I became more acquainted with Dr. Spitzer I realized he is an amazing person with an amazing amount of energy.”

According to Dr. Spitzer, SNSO has grown from 45 members to over 70. Every season they continue adding more variety and quality musical pieces to their repertoire. They have even added their own commissioned arrangements composed just for them. In three seasons, they have had four arrangements written solely for SNSO, which is quite unheard of, and of

which they are very proud. They also have featured world renowned guest soloists to perform with them resulting in standing ovations. SNSO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has to rely on support from the community. “We are very grateful for the generous donations and financial support by the community,” said Dr. Spitzer. Hermie mentioned that SNSO is reaching their goals because of the tenacity of Dr. Spitzer and the wonderful support from the community. This past year they decided to begin giving a yearly scholarship to an area high school senior to help further their musical education. Hermie is the chair of the scholarship committee, and their first recipient was Isaac Talahytewa from Virgin Valley High School. “I am thrilled with the growth of the Orchestra, and am excited to see what Dr. Spitzer has in store for us this season,” said Vice President of SNSO, Larry LeMieux. “ I'm sure he has some surprises up his sleeve.” V For more information you can email Selmer at, or visit the website at



GOING ROGUE by Laurie Nelson-Barker speak for themselves. Therefore, approximately 27 years ago, I decided that I could no longer eat my friends. I became a vegetarian. At that time, even being vegetarian was a pretty extreme lifestyle. There weren’t a lot of great meat substitutes, and if I knew then what I know now, I would have avoided those highly processed foods. It’s a process, what can I say?

guess I’ve gone rogue again. Or maybe I’m still rogue. It all started with animals. I’ve always been an animal person. I love anything that has fur, wings, or even scales. I have many friends with four feet, hooves, and claws. They yell loudly if they aren’t getting enough attention and some bite if provoked. To me, the obvious solution is not to provoke them. Just saying.

A few years later, I got a job with The Humane Society of Utah. It was my chance to help animals even more. I went to a seminar for animals in Washington D.C. that featured some prominent and accomplished speakers like Dr. Jane Goodall. I remember an amazing vegan buffet. I had no idea vegan food could taste that good. I was becoming more aware. I began to realize how badly factory farm animals were treated and yep, you guessed it, vegan became my only option.

Because I want to live in harmony with animals, other ethical issues have surfaced. I became aware of the horrendous ways that humans mistreat and manipulate those that cannot

My children rolled their eyes and dug in their heels. They rebelled and resisted, but I was the mom so they were out of luck. One daughter even told a teacher that she wasn’t being fed



FOR ANIMALS well at home. The teacher offered to make her a ham sandwich. That was about 25 years ago, and I have just forgiven her. She has children of her own who have food issues. I am trying not to make any snide remarks about paybacks. My other daughter has recently adopted a vegan lifestyle. She is now my favorite! With knowledge comes responsibility, and I felt I had an obligation to inform others of the many benefits of plant-based diets. I always try to include my friends in my rogue endeavors, whether they want to be included or not, so I formed a Meatless Mondays group in my small community of Dammeron Valley. I didn’t really expect much. You would think that there weren’t many vegans in a small community where people raise chickens, cows, and goats, but you’d be wrong. I was delighted to find others that shared my passion. Even those that are fairly new to plant-based eating have come up with creative and delicious dishes. The addition of wine hasn’t hurt any either. It’s no secret that plant-based eating has incredible health benefits. I am starting to see a difference in

body composition in the members of our little group. Most of us exercise together as well, and we are becoming leaner and stronger. We are the Wonder Women of the Baby Boomers, ha! For me, just being vegan isn’t enough. It goes a long way in helping animals, but I’ve always felt that I need to give a voice to the voiceless and help the helpless. So, I find myself writing LTEs, holding signs, and marching in one hundred degree heat. Events such as rallies for animals and celebrating the creation of a brand new Washington County Animal Shelter, create opportunities to help in a fun way. It’s a symbiotic relationship. Helping the environment helps animals, and helping animals helps humans, the ultimate animal. I’m old, but my plant-based body is holding up pretty well for my age. Besides, I still have to prove to my daughter and those that doubt, that you can live without a ham sandwich! V


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Ways to Pare Down Your Stuff—

Before It Gets in Your Door C story by Helen Houston an you nicely refuse unwanted things others try to foist upon you? What can you say when relatives don’t see the gifts they have given you proudly displayed on the mantel? And how can you win the battle with your own mind as you try to shove yet another item from the Target décor section into your shopping cart? The following tips can help you navigate these sticky situations, leaving your home unburdened by things you don’t use—and keeping your friendships intact.

Just say “No, thank you” to Free Stuff Do you really, honestly want that free t-shirt, corporate mug, plastic sippy cup, or, fill in the blank? If not, just smile, say, “No, thank you,” and move on. Do not fool yourself into thinking it’s not a big deal to take it—once it makes it through your front door, it becomes harder to get rid of. Give Yourself a Shopping Mantra What to do when you are the one causing most of the clutter build-up in your home? Know where your weak spots are (Target décor aisle, Overstock, TJ Maxx, eBay) and prepare yourself to be strong when you face them. It can help to come up with a brief but powerful word or phrase that gets to the heart of how you want your home to feel, such as “clean and spacious.” Repeat these words to yourself while you are shopping. Is that metallic


gold horse sculpture you just plunked in your cart going to help your home be clean and spacious? If not, put it back.

Politely Discourage Gift Giving If your home is small or you are trying to pare back and simplify your life, share this information with your family and friends. When they know more about the goals you are striving for, and how important they are to you, they are far more likely to keep them in mind when choosing gifts for you.

Set a Good Example You set the tone for the type and amount of gifts that others give you. If you are always giving tons of presents, your friends and family members may feel that’s what you expect from them, too. If you want to receive fewer gifts, scale back your own giving first. Start a tradition of giving experiences, consumables, and donations to charitable organizations close to your heart. These options can be fully enjoyed without having to be displayed in the home. Here are some examples: • Instead of kitchen gear, give homemade preserves or cooking lessons.

• Instead of toys, give a membership to a local children’s museum. • Instead of clothing or jewelry, give a gift certificate to a salon or spa. • Instead of art, give a trip to go gallery hopping. • Instead of décor, give a donation to the Salvation Army. Always Express Your Heartfelt Thanks for the Sentiment Behind a Gift But Don’t Beat Yourself Up About Giving it Away When someone gives you a gift, the appropriate response is a heartfelt thank you. What you are really thanking the giver for is thinking of you and taking the time to shop for, select, and wrap a

present just for you. The confusion comes when we start thinking we must always love the item itself. That’s simply not the case. If you warmly received the gift, your end of the deal is complete. It is not your responsibility to store, display, and care for the item forever. If this sounds a bit harsh, remember the person who gave you the gift cares about you and wants to bring you happiness. If the gift is causing feelings of guilt and resentment, it is far better to donate it to charity so someone will be able to appreciate it.V Writers Note: There are times when it may be more important to keep the gift: Family heirlooms, art, hand-knitted items, and quilts come to mind.




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Big Rock Candy Mountain Fall Adventures


all is finally here, and what a great time to visit Big Rock Candy Mountain for some rest, relaxation, and recreation. Big Rock Candy Mountain is located just two and a half hours from Mesquite, and offers something for everyone.

ziplines, the Adventure Park Ropes Course, and Utah Survival Challenges.V Visit to plan YOUR fall adventure.

Paiute ATV Trail The Paiute ATV Trail is one of the best OHV Trail Systems in the country. With hundreds of miles of trails, side trails, and easy access from several towns along the way, this trail is great to explore in the fall. You can stay at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort, rent an ATV or UTV, including 4 passenger RZRs and 6 passenger Rangers, and ride right from your front door onto the trail system. Fall Leaves Check out the amazing fall colors in the diverse varieties of trees in central Utah. The trees along the Paiute ATV Trail are breathtaking, and you can also view thousands of trees with amazing colors simply by driving along the main and side roads of central Utah. Adventures While the water level of the Sevier River doesn’t allow for many river trips after mid-September, there are still plenty of adventures available in the fall at Big Rock Candy Mountain, including



Grafton Ghost Town:

An Inspiring Utah Treasure

story and photos submitted by Katherine Bailey


ur family and friends enjoy visiting Grafton ghost town in southwestern Utah often, and we especially delight in introducing new people to the area. The pioneer history of the town, the ongoing preservation work, and seeing where filmmakers shot the bicycle-scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid enchants us each time we explore the town site. The fact that the real Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid used Grafton as a hideaway surprises many visitors. Grafton also provided the setting for the first “talkie� movie filmed outdoors, 1929's In Old Arizona.


The pioneers who settled Grafton were the embodiment of grit and fortitude. Between 1859 and 1862, people from nearby Virgin struggled to establish the original site of Grafton (about a mile downstream from the current town site). Primarily cultivating cotton, they had trouble planting enough food crops to sustain themselves. Then the worst happened in 1862 when a terrible flood destroyed the town. From 1862 to 1866, the people settled the present town site, but floods continued to plague them. As more settlers traveled west to Arizona and Utah, conflicts with Native Americans led to the need for small settlements to

coalesce into towns with at least 150 people. As a result, Grafton became a ghost town for the first time in 1866. Hearty people reestablished the town in 1868, and the local inhabitants persevered until 1945. The constant struggle with flooding finally ended the life of ruggedly beautiful Grafton. Following one of our visits, we watched the two time Emmy award-winning musical documentary, Red Rock Rondo: Zion Canyon Song Cycle, which includes a song about Grafton. For this evocative folk song, well-known quilter, Vilo Demille (b. 1915 d.

2010) tells her Grafton ghost story to Phillip Bimstein and the Red Rock Rondo chamber folk ensemble. Their song Back and Forth (a Ghost Story) beautifully captures Vilo's experience. In 1927, twelve-year-old Vilo Demille lived in Grafton before it became a ghost town. One evening she was playing "run sheepie run," the game we would call "hide-and-seek." She was it, and after she did the countdown and opened her eyes, she saw two girls in long white dresses running toward a fence. Vilo thought it strange that she had never met these girls in such a small town. She gave chase, and one girl went right through the fence and the other flew over it in ghostly fashion. Dumbfounded, Vilo ran home to tell her parents. They looked at each other and said, "Ooh, that must have been the ghosts of the girls who died in the swing accident of 1866.” Loretta Russell and Elizabeth Woodbury were swinging on an old-fashioned swing tied to a branch when it collapsed and killed them. Their graves can be seen in the Grafton cemetery where they lie side by side, and Vilo sits in front of the graves as Red Rock Rondo performs Back and Forth (a Ghost Story) for her. One time after we watched Vilo Demille and listened to the poignant song, my husband, David suggested I paint the picture we imagined. My 24” x 36” oil painting appeared as a header for the Fall 2016 Grafton News and the article Ghosts. Jane Whalen, President of the Grafton Heritage Partnership Project, wrote the article and used the picture after reading my description of Vilo's story and Red Rock Rondo's Back and Forth (a Ghost Story). The Grafton Heritage Partnership Project works to preserve and restore the town and the historic Rockville Bridge built in 1924. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it serves as a gateway to Grafton and stands as the last steel bridge in Utah.

Oil painting by Katherine Bailey.

Also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Grafton rewards visitors with inspiration, beauty, and a reminder of the challenges pioneers faced and overcame.V If you know any Urban Legends that you would like to share for this series, please feel free to email us at or call View On Magazine at (702) 346-8439.

Red Rock Rondo with Vilo in Grafton.



Second Chance Gardening by Paul “Dr. Q” Noe, Staff Horticulturist/Certified Horticulture Advisor, Star Nursery


seed germination. It’s perfect for direct seeding some fall leafy greens, like swiss chard or kale, and for root vegetables such as beets or turnips.

Have no fear because Second Spring is here, and that means a second chance at getting those juicy tomatoes. You’ll find that it’s worth it to dedicate some room in the fall garden for this warmer weather crop.

However, you should save your tomato seeds for indoor starting in January. Our fall season is too short to direct seed tomatoes. Opt for four-inch or larger size containers when you buy your transplants. Give up a little bit of space for quick developing varieties, such as Early Girl. Since temperatures stay warm well into October, you should be able to get a decent harvest out of the plants if you get them in the ground in September.

Here in the desert, our fall can feel like an extension of summer, which is great for

We can see temperatures near freezing as early as mid-November, so be sure to

hhh, fall. In the vegetable garden, we like to call it “Second Spring.”

If you planted tomatoes this past spring and watched your plants struggle all summer, you’re not alone. The quickly rising temperatures of June were enough to catch even the most prepared gardener off guard.


check the weather regularly for warnings. Harvest even the green tomatoes before a frost. Storing green tomatoes indoors at room temperature allows them to ripen and turn red. If you want them to ripen more quickly, place them in a sunny spot (like a kitchen window) and they will be ripe within a few days. Once the first near freezing temperatures set in, pull up your tomatoes and plant a cold hardy crop, such as peas or beets to get the most out of the space in your garden. Happy Planting. Happy Eating.V

One Act of Love

Gives Life to Many

by Donna Eads


he Mesquite Animal Shelter has provided adoptable pets to our residents since 1999, but one adoption made quite a difference. Due to the love of a cat, Robert Heck created a trust fund to improve our Animal Shelter. This wonderful endowment has created the Meet and Greet Room at the shelter for our animal and human friends. On August 19, the shelter held a successful open house to show off this new addition to the public. Now the shelter has a place out of the weather to share and socialize with our beautiful furry friends. In addition, the family of Fern Cyphert donated the glass block windows to bring light into the room. The furniture and dĂŠcor were donated by our shelter volunteers and we continue to get new items weekly. The construction was done by the City of Mesquite Facilities Services with painting and flooring done by Baird Painting. In the future, the endowment will allow for the creation of the outside play area for our cats. Currently, the shelter has two protected play areas with an agility ramp for the dogs, but not the cats. This cat playground will have greenery, cat trees, beds, toys, and a door to go back and forth to our current indoor cat room.


This improvement will increase the socialization of our cats so they are more adoptable either by our residents or rescue groups. Over the years, our shelter has worked not only with local rescue groups, but out of state groups such as Best Friends to place our adoptable pets in the right hands. The Mesquite Animal Shelter has continued to improve with a new front office, flooring, fencing, play areas, and many small items, including music for both the dog and cat areas to offer our furry friends the chance at a new life. The Friends of the Mesquite Animal Shelter accepts donations to assist with the cost of required testing, transportation for rescue groups and/or additional medical treatment for our shelter pets. The Mesquite Animal Shelter is located at 795 Hardy Way and is open to the public from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Sunday. The phone number to reach the shelter is (702) 346-5268. All visitors or residents of our city are welcome. Further information can be found on,, or the City of Mesquite website.V

Photos of the new Meet and Greet rooms of the Mesquite Animal Shelter.


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Travel is Changing Across America by Laurel Beesley



heck your gas gauge, sigh, anticipate the high cost of travel, and take off on your trip–or not. Road travel is expensive, grim, with the cost of gas in America today. But that isn’t necessarily so. The era of the electric car has arrived, making going without gas the way to go! Hundreds of thousands of hybrid and electric vehicle owners are committing to smart travel. They are responsibly protecting the environment while drastically reducing their personal travel costs. How can this not be smart? Successful auto manufacturer, Volvo says that by 2020 every car coming off their line will be an EV, as in Electric Vehicle. The upcoming Tesla-3, the first Tesla EV offered in the affordable cost range of $30,000, already has a pre-buy backlog of 400,000. Half a million EVs will soon be joining the already considerable population of previous Tesla car owners as well as the swelling population of other EVs offered by competing car manufacturers. This ocean of change acknowledges that times are changing, and with that, our awareness of how fragile our lifesupporting environment is. The footprint of extensive car travel has grown, as Americans continue to travel by car, and eager global visitors rent vehicles as well. Like it or not, every time you drive a gas-operated vehicle, you contribute to the bad side of an increasingly fragile environmental scale of justice. If you dare consider this reality go to: Visit, and click on footprint to calculate the carbon footprint you are leaving behind. Let’s go back to the 1920’s when the automobile market was new and Henry Ford was changing the history of American transportation. From the beginning, Ford foresaw the shortcomings of gasolineoperated engines and attempted to drive new investors into an acceptance of alternative energy sources. At the time, he enthusiastically embraced crop-based alcohol fuel, what would later be known as gasohol. Later in our history, with a world oil glut and rock bottom fuel prices, the gasohol movement came to an end.

And now? A constant oil war dealing with unstable global partners has aggravated the situation, and infinite amounts of petroleum are not always readily available, so costs sky rocket. Wars are fought over oil and the globe shudders with the exploitation of its increasingly precious resources. Is it not time to embrace a cleaner and cheaper alternative?

has drastically changed, and needs to reintroduce sensible options.

Let’s do an Electric Cars 101, plugging into the reality of EVs.

Running on electricity in most parts of the country costs less than using gasoline (compare how much you’d save in your state using the Department of Energy’s eGallon tool at egallon-how-much-cheaper-it-driveelectricity).

They are increasingly common. A couple of dozen plugin vehicles are already on the market, with about 70 models expected to be available within the next five years. Battery electric vehicles run exclusively on electricity, and plugin hybrid vehicles run on electricity for a limited distance before switching to gas/electric hybrid mode. Major manufacturers are in the game, from Fiat, Volvo, and Mitsubishi to Chevrolet, Ford, and Volkswagen.

Now let’s drill down on the specifics of why you should buy an EV. EVs use far less energy than gasoline-powered cars, generally cost about a third as much to run, and have lower maintenance costs. Charging at home is convenient.

No one wants to be left out when the winwin is so obvious. Subcompact, hatchback, sedan, luxury, SUVs, and minivans are all Hybrid/EV available. Subaru intends to introduce a new plugin hybrid next year, and on it goes.

Worried about the cost of purchase? Base prices range from $21,750 for a Smart Electric Drive to more than $125,000 for a high-performance Tesla Model S. But electric cars are eligible for both federal, and often state and city tax credits. Look beyond the sticker price and realize your actual cost of purchase against long-term savings. How convincing does this sound? Most pure EVs have a seventy-five to one hundred-mile range. The next generation EVs can go a lot further, more than two hundred miles.

After the 2006 documentary film, Who Killed the Electric Car? the global market

How difficult will it be to find charging ports as you travel? Plug-in hybrids have


a range of four hundred to five hundred miles, so driving an EV requires planning. That challenge; however, is rapidly diminishing. Given the proven advance sales success of its new Tesla-3, Tesla is aggressively encouraging the development of chargers along many popular travel routes. These destination chargers will relieve range anxiety in drivers. The Blanding Visitor's Center, in Blanding Utah, realized how important it would be to help visitors enjoy their base camp to adventure while traveling responsibly, and put in four super charger ports. “It’s meant a lot to us,” said a Visitor Center staffer. “We are seeing many more visitors now; people really eager to enjoy the environment in their great environmental vehicles.” Cliff Dwellers Lodge at Lees Ferry in Marble Canyon, Arizona is operated by the Greene family. They are installing EV ports. EV Super Ports can be found at a few hotels in the Page, Arizona area as well.


Although View On Magazine supports the use of EVs, the views expressed in this article are the personal views of the writer.V

Hotels, motels and even smaller "green" lodging accommodations are bringing in EV charging ports to assist their guests and the travelers from EV Travel Planning Sites.


The Elward Theatre by Elspeth Kuta


n those hot days when you just don’t want or need to be outside, we often suffer from cabin fever not unlike what Midwesterners experience when it’s too cold to go outside, only in reverse. So what can you do? The movies are a good option. Today in Mesquite, we have the Megaplex Theatres - Stadium 6 on Mesquite Boulevard which offers six theatres, comfortable seats, surround sound, and air conditioning. It’s a wonderful way to escape the heat and head into another world for a little while. But in the 1920s, movies in Mesquite were all outdoors and


had none of today’s modern conveniences. Mesquite’s first movie theater, The Elward, came into existence when Howard Pulsipher’s nearest neighbor, Elmer Hughes talked him into “going into show business.” The first full-size screen was the plastered wall of the Pulsipher Service Garage which was built of adobe brick and lumber scavenged from the derelict Delmar mining site. Everything was transported by horse and wagon, and was very time consuming and labor intensive. The garage itself was 100 square feet by 140 square feet. It was sixteen feet tall in the front, and sloped to ten feet in the back. The walls were twelve inches thick,

and the entire building was plastered, making the walls perfect to double as a movie screen. In 1925, Elmer and Howard bought a large Dynamo and hooked it up to a Dodge motor which enabled them to generate enough electricity to run the 1906 carbonarch film projector. Electricity did not come to the valley until after the completion of Hoover Dam in 1935. Although the first motion pictures were silent and in black and white, the novelty of watching actors on the screen was warmly received. The owners of The Elward were generous and caring, and allowed widows and persons over seventy to watch free of charge. And just like early dance admission tickets could be procured by trade, mostly with produce, movie tickets could also be procured by trade. The tickets were twenty-five cents for adults and fifteen cents for children. Show business proved profitable and successful, and it soon became necessary to make an

arrangement to use the local school hall for shows in exchange for electricity which Howard and Elmer generated.

the delight of the other patrons. Some people attended just to see what the widows would say.

In 1934, Howard and Elmer decided to build their own movie theater. The theater became known as The Elward, derived from taking the first two letters of Elmer’s name and the last four letters of Howard’s name. It was located on the old tithing lot which Howard Pulsipher had purchased. A crude sound board was developed and would cause a great deal of amusement when the sound did not sync with the picture. Later, the sound was embedded in the film; however, it was still far from perfect.

At the end of World War II, Elmer and Howard decided to sell The Elward to Mike Burns who continued to operate the movie house until 1960 when television came to the valley and doomed the continued operation of the theatre. The building was torn down in 1986, but not before Verde Hughes, one of the early coordinators of the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum, had rescued the original film projector and brought it to the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum where it can be seen today along with other film paraphernalia. Drop by and take a look at the projector and our other wonderful artifacts.V

There were two widows in the community who never missed a show and became known for their enthusiastic side comments they made during the shows, especially the westerns where they would yell, “Go get him,” or “He’s right there behind the bush,” or “Are you blind?” to

The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum is open 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Visit the museum at 35 West Mesquite Boulevard, or call (702) 346-5705.

Top Right: Daily movie schedule. Above: Projector from the Elward Theatre Left: Movie reels from the Elward Theatre


ARTé for Charity Southern Utah Children’s Justice Center (CJC) and ARTé Gallery invite you to their Second Annual Wine and Cheese Art Auction. The CJC has assisted hundreds of abused kids through compassionate ways and means, funded mostly by donations. The Wine and Cheese Art Auction is a small way ARTé Gallery can assist their cause with the help of those that love art. There


is a $20 fee with only 40 tickets available. The event will include 8 silent auction choices, 12 live auction pieces, over $800 of giveaway artworks, wine, cheeses, finger foods, and live harp music. The event is Friday October 27 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Reserve your spot. Support the CJC. Call ARTé at 435-862-0303. V

DaySprings Ranch

Community Youth Center D aySprings Ranch Community Youth Center has been a dream for many families in Mesquite. It is also a dream that Dennis and Michaela Lee have had for years. Dennis Lee said, “We want the DaySprings Ranch Youth Center to be a place where the kids want to hang out and know that they are safe. Our goal is to get them off of the street and somewhere safe.” DaySprings Ranch is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help the youth population within the community. To this end, DaySprings Ranch has secured a 5-year lease for a community youth center in Mesquite. The 2,500 square foot facility is located at 211 West First South Street, Suite A, behind Ace Hardware, and is open Monday through Saturday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. This location is close to the youth population of our community and lies within walking distance from the middle school and provides easy access from the high school. “We have been wanting to do this for years, but it finally started coming together three years ago,” said Dennis Lee. “This town has a lot to offer the youth, and the youth have a lot to offer this town. We need to connect the two.” The purpose of DaySprings Ranch Community Youth Center is to provide a safe place for the youth of Mesquite to hang out, along with providing help through local mentoring programs. The center will also work with local organizations and businesses to provide various opportunities for our youth. To this end, DaySprings Ranch has partnered with the 4-H Club which has featured fun dances, art projects, Zumba parties, and much more. DaySprings is also partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization, Mesquite Works, and the Salvation Army. After being open for five months, the center is becoming a popular place for the teenagers within the community who need a safe and fun place to hang out. Equipped with table games, pool, air hockey, foosball, and ping pong tables, as well as several digital gaming systems, the Youth Center is filling a void for the youth of Mesquite. The Youth Center also provides food and snacks for the teens. “What we have seen is there are some

Dennis Lee with family, and DaySprings Ranch volunteers.

youth that this is the only thing they have eaten during the day,” said Lee. For years, parents have been asking for a youth center, and the reactions observed from its grand opening to several community open houses have shown promising potential, as the Mesquite community has been coming together to help with this tremendous project. “Mesquite truly is an amazing place,” said Dennis Lee. “It’s heartwarming to see how much the Mesquite community comes through for the kids every time. And they’re right to. These kids are our future, so it’s beneficial that we play a role in their lives as much as possible.” Now comes the hard part for Lee as he searches for volunteers and donations to keep the Youth Center open indefinitely. Due to the fact that the center revolves around minors, Lee must keep certain insurance in place. All of his volunteers need to be vetted through a background check and then scheduled accordingly. “Our overall goal is to make a difference within the youth population of Mesquite.” To accomplish this goal the Youth Center needs about $2,000 a month to stay open. Because the youth center is a 501(c)(3), all donations are tax deductible. Anyone interested in donating or volunteering may call Dennis Lee at (702) 427-3854.V


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Neighborhood Connections Bring Community Solutions


by Dawn McLain

o define a neighborhood as just an area with a number of people living in proximity to one another, or a connection as simply having an association or relationship that results in the state of being connected would be as disjointed in concept as it is in this sentence. Fortunately, people are what truly connect neighborhoods to communities, and the people of southern Utah are known to band together to connect those in need within our community to programs and services that will impact and change their lives for the better. Case in point, Donna MacBean and Martha Heuer are the founders of Neighborhood Connection, a new nonprofit organization that aims to help children who receive free or reduced-cost meals at school by providing them with food to take home over the weekends. The duo sits on eight local nonprofit boards and committees, volunteers for approximately a dozen organizations, and belong to several nonprofits. Suffice it to say, they are well connected, respected, and appreciated. Just a few short months ago after a committee meeting, the two were enjoying some down time talking about unmet needs in Washington County, and how they could get more involved and make a greater difference. Having worked with the Community Soup Kitchen for years, coordinating holiday food boxes for several local organizations, serving Christmas Dinner to 450 hungry locals, clothing 750 deserving Washington County School District (WCSD) Title I students, providing more than 800 books and 500 hours of story time through local organizations, the two are well versed in the


needs of local children and have a passion to make a difference. Other community leaders pledged their support, including board members, Dr. Erin O’Brien, PhD, Dixie State University (DSU) Department Chair of Biological Sciences; Jennifer Anderson, Community Soup Kitchen Manager; Karla Sippel, CPA, Vice-President of Sippel & Company; and Jim Sippel, CPA, CFA, MBA, President of SCO Financial Advisors, Inc. and Sippel & Company. The one hundred percent volunteer team is working diligently to provide children with backpacks stuffed with food to take home each Friday during the school year. Backpacks will include two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, and four snacks to help ensure each child has adequate nutrition because they believe, and I wholeheartedly agree, no child should go hungry. The struggle for adequate food is an increasing concern both nationally and locally. Many times this struggle hits the most vulnerable members of the community, our children. In fact, the 20152016 WCSD Demographic Report reflected that of the total 27,509 student population, 9,382 students participated in the free lunch program with an additional 2,558

receiving reduced-cost lunches. Although these students do receive a hot meal at lunchtime, all too often this may be the only full meal they eat all day. And then the weekend comes. With 11,940 students participating in school-based meal programs, it is easy to assume how many local children may go without food over the weekends, right? Or is it? The short answer is no. Although the fledgling organization would love to be able to help all hungry students, there are more than most of us realize. Last year, 8,878 students, nineteen percent, fell below the poverty line, 1065 students were homeless, and some district elementary schools served more than eighty-five percent of their students a free or reduced-cost lunch. According to the Feeding America Survey Map, the Meal Gap 2017, the food insecurity rate in Washington County is just under fifteen percent of the total

population. However, the survey notes that it is likely that up to fifty-five percent are eligible for some Food Nutrition Assistance. This year, the Community Soup Kitchen (meals served Monday through Friday, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm) will serve approximately 40,000 meals, and six to eight percent of them will be to children under the age of eighteen. If these numbers scare you, they should. They are increasing every day. According to Jim Weill, Food Research and Action President regarding the $800 billion in proposed federal budget cuts, “The SNAP cuts are proposed alongside other brutal cuts…Shredding [these] programs, which, along with SNAP and the child nutrition programs, serve as the primary components of our nation’s safety net, will have a devastating domino effect on the food security, health, learning, and productivity of Americans in rural, suburban, and urban areas alike.” “The current budget proposes to cut funding to SNAP and school lunch (Title I) programs. We are trying desperately to fill the existing gaps for these children,


but widening those gaps isn't going to help. Local nonprofits and charities can't do it all,” explained O’Brien. “[More than twentyeight percent] of all children in Washington County are eligible for SNAP and other benefits. We cannot let children slip through the cracks.” Statewide, there are 164,440 food-insecure children, and meals provided at school during the week are often their primary source of food. Donna MacBean said, “Weekends should not mean hunger. Without our help, these kids struggle to access the food they need to sustain them until they can return to school and their meal programs. A weekend of hunger leaves the kids distracted, at best, on Mondays. In reality, they feel irritated, weak, tired, sick, and scared.” Added Heuer, “Simply put, food helps children return to school refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to learn.” During its inaugural year, Neighborhood Connection will focus their efforts on a single area school chosen in consultation with the WCSD Homeless Student Liaison, Mike Carr. The first partner school is Sunset Elementary, one of thirteen schools in the district with at least sixty percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced-cost lunches.


Sunset Elementary had 498 students last year, 319 (sixty-four percent) of which qualified for the free or reduced-priced lunch program. By year’s end, 34 (seven percent) students were homeless, and only half were performing at or above grade level on standardized tests. “These students are definitely in need of and deserve our support,” shared Donna. “To make this program happen for Sunset Elementary this year, and to grow it in the coming years, it will take all of our neighborhoods and every connection we can collectively make,” said Heuer. “But we all have a real opportunity to make a difference. For just twenty dollars a month or two hundred dollars a year, you can sponsor and feed a child every weekend. It is an easy decision to help a child in need.” V Get Involved! Donations, whether monetary or food items, are invaluable and what enable this vital work. Volunteers are also needed to help pack food bags during the school year. Visit to learn how you can help today.

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



Tennis TNT – Tips N Tricks – by Donna Eads


ll summer, I have been focusing on improving footwork for tennis players. The reason is that a great shot begins and ends with proper and strong footwork. As players work on this part of their game, they must practice these moves until it is natural and done without thought. For example, to hit a powerful volley, players must apply the proper footwork. To strike a forehand volley, the feet must go with the hit at the exact same time. So for right handed players, that means they must step forward with their left foot at the time of impact. For the backhand, they must step forward with their right foot. The opposite is true for left handed players. The overhead shot is one that requires great timing and coordination. As a lob is struck high in the air, right handed players should immediately swing their right leg back and raise both arms into the overhead position. Now they track the ball and strike it at their highest reach. Finally, the followthrough is across their body.

Serving is similar to an overhead, except the player is stationary. The player must develop a routine with every serve, and the toss is the most important part. Never hit a bad toss because this is the one time the server is in control. Every routine should include picking a place to serve, using the right grip, checking the racquet face, and making a good toss. Use the left hand to keep your brain and body engaged with both the grip and racquet face. Again, the follow-through is across the body. Touch or no touch? During a recent doubles final, that question was asked. No player is allowed to strike the ball with anything other than the racquet. Which means the ball cannot touch the player or any part of the player. Who can make this call? Most of the time only the player is able to make the call, but in an officiated match the umpire may. Always be honest, and see you on the court!V


Area Golf Guide & Overseed Schedule

All courses have been contacted to provide this overseeding schedule. Please verify with each course before booking your tee time in case of schedule changes. Bloomington - St. George (435) 673-4687 Closed: Sept 1-Sept 28 Cart Path Only: Sept 29-TBD Canyons (Oasis GC) - Mesquite (702) 346-7820 Closed: Aug 28-Sept 17 Cart Path Only: Sept 18-Oct 2 CasaBlanca - Mesquite (702) 346-6764 Closed: Sept 5-22 Cart Path Only: Sept 23-Oct 6 Cedar Ridge - Cedar City (435) 586-2970 No Course Closure Conestoga - Mesquite (702) 346-4292 Closed: Sept 5-Sept 22 Cart Path Only: Sept 23-Oct 9 Coral Canyon - Washington (435) 688-1700 No Course Closure


Coyote Springs - Coyote Springs (877) 742-8455 No Course Closure Coyote Willows - Mesquite (702) 345-3222 No Course Closure Dixie Red Hills - St. George (435) 627-4444 Closed: Sept 9- Sept 17 Walking: Sept 18-Oct 1 Entrada - St. George (435) 986-2200 No Course Closure Falcon Ridge - Mesquite (702) 346-6363 Closed: Sept 11-Sept 29 Cart Path Only: Sept 30-Oct 13 Green Springs - Washington (435) 673-7888 No Course Closure


Historic Beaver Dam - Beaver Dam (928) 347-2222 No Course Closure Palmer (Oasis GC) - Mesquite (702) 346-7820 Closed: Sept 10- Sept 28 Cart Path Only: Sept 29-Oct 12 Palms - Mesquite (702) 346-4067 Closed: Sept 8-Sept 29 Cart Path Only: Sept 30-Oct 13 Sand Hollow Resort - Hurricane (435) 656-4653 No Course Closure Sky Mountain - Hurricane (435) 635-7888 No Course Closure Southgate - St. George (435) 627-4440 Closed: Sept 18-Sept 24 Cart Path Only: Sept 25-TBD

St. George Golf Club - St. George (435) 627-4404 Closed: Sept 19-Sept 27 Cart Path Only: Sept 28-TBD Sun River - St. George (435) 986-0001 Closed: Aug 29-Sept 12 Cart Path Only: Sept 13-TBD Sunbrook - St. George (435) 627-4400 Closed: Sept 11-Sept 17 Cart Path Only: Sept 18-TBD The Ledges - St. George (435) 634-4640 No Course Closure Thunderbird - Mt. Carmel (435) 648-2188 No Course Closure Wolf Creek - Mesquite (702) 346-1670 Closed: Sept 5-Sept 21 Cart Path Only: Sept 22-Oct 5

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Utah Shakespeare Festival Sep 1-Oct 21 The Utah Shakespeare Festival presents life-affirming classic and contemporary plays in repertory, with Shakespeare as our cornerstone. These plays are enhanced by interactive festival experiences which entertain, enrich, and educate. See page 62 |

Country Music Festival Sep 2-3 9:30 AM-10:30 PM Brian Head is hosting bands like Little Texas and many more! Bring your dancin’ partners and enjoy some country music with us at Brian Head Resort! DOCUTAH International Film Festival Sep 4-9 DOCUTAH celebrates the art of documentary filmmaking, connecting Dixie State University and the community to the world. DOCUTAH offers a unique, entertaining International Documentary Film Festival and year-round programs providing creative, cultural, and educational engagement. Ivins Heritage Days Sep 8-9 This years Heritage Days event will include A Movie in the Park, parade, flag raising, vendors, games, soap box derby, entertainment, and many other activities. See page 8 | Remember 9/11 Sep 11 6:30 PM To all who have served and who are currently serving, we know you neither seek nor expect recognition for all you do. But there is a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid, so we offer our deepest appreciation for your services yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Join the city of Mesquite as we honor our first responders. Service to be held at Mesquite City Hall, 10 East Mesquite Boulevard. Mesquite Toes Tap Team Open House Sep 13 9 AM-12 PM Inviting all potential dancers-males, females, old, young,


experienced or not! Food, fun, dance, and exercise. Come see our newly remodled studio at 150 North Yuca Street, Room 35. Family Roots Expo Sep 15-16 This expo promises two days filled with exploration and education to help connect your family generations. Includes classes, speakers, and entertainment. See page 78 | Rocktober Fest Sep 16 9:30 AM-9 PM You thought just because Summer was over that the fun would be too? Think again. Brian Head Resort is hosting a real beer bash a ROCKTOBERFEST if you will, with live music and all of the activities your body can possibly handle! Grab your stein, put some lederhosen on and come enjoy the altitude before we turn into a frozen tundra. Live bands will be performing throughout the day! Mesquite Night Out Sep 20 5 PM-9 PM A celebration of Mesquite Police Force and Firefighters. Located at Mesquite Recreation Center Park, 100 West Old Mill Road, Mesquite. (702) 346-8732 Gold Butte Speaker Series Sep 20 7 PM The Friends of Gold Butte sponsors public presentations which focus on educational, scientific, cultural, and recreational topics relevant to the Gold Butte region. Free and open to the public, the Friends of Gold Butte invites those interested to attend these events. Presentations are held at the Mesquite Community Theatre, 150 North Yucca, Mesquite. See page 72 | | (702) 208-8377 Santa Clara Swiss Days Sep 21-23 Santa Clara’s Annual Swiss Days Celebration is truly a home-town celebration full of history and fun! The three day festival at Town Hall will include food and merchandise vendors, entertainment, children’s activities, the Red Rock

Car Show, and more. For information on parking and shuttle services, call (435) 673-6712 ext. 201. See page 6 | Mesquite Rotary Glow Sep 29 The 11th Annual Glow In The Dark Golf Ball Drop & 5K Run/Walk event. For more inforamtion call Rick Tuttle at (907) 230-2360, or Roberta Bird at (702) 346-7025. See page 73

OCTOBER Kids for Sports Foundation Wine Fest Oct 4 5 PM-8 PM Help benefit Kids for Sports Foundation with wine, food, music, and friends. Tickets required in advance. | (702) 345-6728 What's Happening Mesquite? Oct 4 8 AM-9:30 AM If you want to be in the know about what's happening in Mesquite, this event is for you. Join the Mesquite Chamber for breakfast and a rapid fire format of presenters from the Mesquite Community to give you quick and informative updates. Admission is $8. Must RSVP. | (702) 346-2902 Huntsman World Senior Games Oct 9-21 Join the worlds largest annual multi-sport event for men and women ages 50 and better. The games are open to athletes of all skill levels. See page 20 | | (800) 562-1268 Dollar$ for Dawg House Golf Tournament Oct 14 Help Raise the Roof on the Virgin Valley High School Dawg House Gymnasium by attending this golf tournament at the Oasis Golf Course. For more details, call Geri Chasko at (702) 345-4726. Gold Butte Speaker Series Oct 18 7 PM The Friends of Gold Butte sponsors public presentations which focus on educational, scientific, cultural, and recreational topics relevant to the Gold Butte region. Free and open to the public, the Friends of Gold Butte invites those interested to attend these events. Presentations are held at the Mesquite Community Theatre, 150 North Yucca, Mesquite. See page 72 | | (702) 208-8377

Taste of Dixie Oct 20-21 St. George Chamber of Commerce presents a Taste of Dixie. Bringing back a family friendly community festival and business expo of food, art, vendors, and entertainment to southern Utah. Located at Washington City Community Center, 450 East Community Center Drive, Washington City. For more information contast Susi Lafaele at (435) 628-1650. See page 54 | Logandale Fall Festival–Bluegrass & BBQ Oct 20-22 The Logandale Fall Festival is an annual bluegrass event in Moapa Valley centered on two basic human needs: music, and food. Join Moapa Valley for a weekend of festivities. See page 18 | Dixie State University Homecoming Oct 23-28 Join Dixie State University as they host their week-long homecoming celebration. Expect a parade, a tailgate, a pageant, and more. See page 42 | 2nd Annual Wine & Cheese Art Auction Oct 27 6 PM-8 PM ARTÊ Gallery hosts the 2nd Annual Wine and Cheese Art Auction to benefit the Southern Utah Children's Justice Service. Tickets are $20. Space is limited. Please RSVP. (435) 862-0303

SAVE THE DATE Nov 3-4 Pomegranate Festival See page 95 | Nov 4 1940s USO Hangar Dance & Show See page 40 Nov 5-12 1000 Flags Over Mesquite Nov 10 Eureka Presents Uncorked See page 37 | Nov 11 Simple Indulgence Shoppers Event Rising Star Sports Ranch Nov 11 Rooster Cottage Customer Appreciation Open House 10 AM-4PM Due to the abundance of events taking place this season, we could not fit all of them on our calendar. However, we will try to post as many of those events to our FaceBook Page, so please be sure to check it often. If you would like to be included in our calendar, please email your event information to




Ace Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 All Secure Storage LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Anytime Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Arizona Horse Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 ARTé Gallery & Framing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Baird Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Bank of Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Bauman Advisory Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bella Horizon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 C & K Shutters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Checks-N-Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Coyote Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Coyote Willows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Dave Amodt Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Deep Roots Harvest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Del Webb–SunCity Mesquite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Desert Oasis Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Desert Pain Specialists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Dogtown Acres. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Eagles Landing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 ERA–Patty Brooks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 ERA–Sharon Szarzi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Eureka Casino Resort–Gregory's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Eureka Casino Resort–Holiday Host . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover Eureka Casino Resort–Uncorked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Farmers Insurance–Karen Alsum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Farmers Insurance–Bill Mitchell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Friends of Gold Butte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Golden West Restaurant & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Great Clips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Guillen–Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Guns & Guitars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Hangey's Custom Upholstering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Helping Hands Caregivers, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Heritage Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Highland Manor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Jennifer Hammond-Moore–Health Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 JL Kendrick Company Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Judi Moreo–Speaker, Author, & Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Keller Williams–Joan Fitton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Keller Williams–Deb Parsley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Keller Williams–Beverly Powers Uhlir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Keller Williams–Beverly Rineck. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Keller Williams–Neil Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Kitchen & Bath Boutique–Chalk Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Kokopelli Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 La de’ Paws Grooming Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Logandale Fall Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Mesa View Regional Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Mesquite Department of Althletics & Leisure Services. . . . . 101 Mesquite Fine Arts Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Mesquite Home Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Mesquite Regional Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Mesquite Tile & Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Mesquite Veterinary Clinic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Moapa Valley Performing Arts Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Mohave Dermatology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Mojave Metal Works. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Muttigans Charity Golf Tournament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 MVP Productions–Kris Zurbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 NRC–The Reserve–Shawn Glieden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Nevada Bank & Trust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Nikk Zorbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Odyssey Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Permanent Makeup Artist–Nicole Rowley. . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Pioneer Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Pomegranate Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Precision Eye Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Premier Properties–Maggie Ireland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Preston’s Shredding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Proof It Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Rager & Sons Refrigeration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Ready Golf & Gear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Red Rock Golf Center–Rob Krieger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Reliance Connects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Remax–Cindy Risinger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29 Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Sears Hometown Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Silver Rider. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Skinsational. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Star Nursery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 State Farm–LaDonna Koeller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 State Farm–Lisa Wilde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Sugar's Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Sun City Realty–Rénald Leduc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 SunRiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover The Lindi Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 The Travel Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Transparent Solutions Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Tuacahn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Virgin Valley Heritage Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Warmington Residential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Washington Federal Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Wedgies Sports Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Wolf Creek Terrace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Xtreme Stitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

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