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

September 1 – October 31, 2018 Volume 11 – Issue 5 PUBLISHER & EDITOR Kathy Lee COPY EDITOR Charlene Paul – look on the WRITE side LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGN Aloree Smith – Aloree Smith Designs GRAPHIC DESIGN Tara Schenavar WRITERS Paul Benedict, Bruce Bennett, Michelle Brooks, Keith Buchhalter, Conestoga Staff, David Cordero, Terri Draper, Laura Draskovich, Donna Eads, Christopher England, Mark Guertin, Erin Hakoda, Jyl Hall, Andrea Heerdt, Dr. Ronald R. Heezen, Celece Krieger, Rob Krieger, Elspeth Kuta, Kathrine Lawrence, Karen L. Monsen, Judi Moreo, Mayor Kenneth Neilson, Paul “Dr. Q” Noe, Charlene Paul, Lani Penney, Janel Ralat, Dr. Robert Ruess, Haven Scott, Kevin Shelley, Brenda Snell, Carmen Snow, Christine Ward, Jean Watkins, Jason Wittwer, Workforce Connections ADVERTISING SALES Kathy Lee ADVERTISING EMAIL SUPPORT STAFF Bert Kubica DISTRIBUTION View On Magazine Staff WEB DESIGN Trevor Didriksen PUBLISHED BY View On Magazine, Inc. 742 W. Pioneer Blvd, Suite D Mesquite, NV 89027 Office (702) 346-8439 Fax (702) 346-4955 GENERAL INQUIRIES ONLINE Facebook Twitter Instagram 2017-2018 View On Magazine, Inc. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or part without the express written permission from the publisher, including all ads designed by the View On Magazine staff. All articles submitted by contributing writers are deemed correct at the time of publishing, View On Magazine, Inc. and/or any of its affiliates accept no responsibility for articles submitted with incorrect information.


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Letter from the Dear Readers,

Fall is the perfect time to slow down from the break-neck pace of the summer months so we can enjoy the true splendor of living in the desert. The mornings and evenings are crisp and cool, I can walk down my street without feeling sweat dripping down my spine to my south side, and my hair doesn’t find the need to plaster itself to my face. As a full-time resident of Mesquite, I look forward each fall to cooler weather, ghosts, goblins, turkey, pumpkin pies, and trees turning from green to dead in our two-season desert climate. Fall is the perfect time to head up to Brian Head and other southern Utah mountain locals to see what fall foliage really looks like. Trees in the canyons actually turn from brilliant greens to reds, oranges, and golds. It is also the perfect time to enjoy Friday nights under the lights cheering on the hometown football team. If you want a beautifully lush lawn next summer, fall is the time to give it a little TLC. You won’t want to miss the 9/11 Memorial Service and the One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite. Each event pays respect to those who have given their lives in defense and service to the people of our great nation. Shreeek-Reeka at the Eureka Casino Resort, and Spooky Town in St. George are two Halloween events the whole family will enjoy. Those who are culturally inclined will want to take in a performance or two at the St. George Musical Theater. And be sure to stop in and spend some time in Mesquite’s brand-new library. While we’re at it, let’s not forget bird-watching. From Canadian geese to other winged species, the skies are filled with our feathered friends heading south for the winter. Our streets, grocery store aisles, golf courses, tennis courts, and walking paths are also filled with the two-legged species of southbound birds known as snowbirds. These seasonal visitors to our community are a lively bunch who are oftentimes less like birds and more like social butterflies. They enjoy our warm winter weather while they golf, play tennis, walk, and spend time renewing acquaintances. Welcome back! Yes, fall is the perfect time to get back in touch with nature and to slow down enough to enjoy the splendor and activities in our beautiful valleys. As always, please stop by and thank our advertisers for making this complimentary publication possible. Be sure to visit our website at, and join us on social media. Enjoy the fall, Kathy Lee Editor


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. 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. Linda Faas was new to desert living when they arrived in Mesquite in 2004. They started exploring their surroundings and meeting new friends, and love what they found. Linda has immersed herself in arts and outdoor groups, and is a reporter and feature writer for local and regional publications. She volunteers with several community organizations, and is always seeking new adventures.

Elspeth Kuta is the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum Coordinator, where it is her privilege to share the 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. 4

Charlene Paul is the owner of look on the WRITE side, a proofreading, copy editing, and freelance writing 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! She can be reached at or (702) 375-4216.

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

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.

frequent CONTRIBUTORS 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.

Helen Houston is the owner of Hues & Vues — Inspired Walls and Windows. Helen also owns a new business, Staging Spaces & Redesign —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 and the Southgate Golf Club in St. George, and is experienced in teaching all skill levels from beginners to low handicappers. Rob has been writing for View On Magazine since 2010. For help with your game or to schedule a lesson check out his website or email

Janel Ralat is a married mom of three and the founder of One Organized Mama, LLC in Las Vegas, Nevada. Janel found her passion with organization while managing her busy family and realizing the importance between time management and keeping life running smoothly. She currently mentors and trains other professional organizers. You can find Janel and her team at or visit their website at

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.

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


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Message from the Mayor O

ne of the great blessings about living in this beautiful part of our country is the annual migration of those fantastic people we refer to as "Snowbirds." Welcome back, and we hope your stay with us will be one that you enjoy for however long you are here. I believe that it was Abraham Lincoln that stated, “And in the end, It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." All of us have something to give and contribute. As we go through this experience called life, finding joy in what we do and who we are can truly be life changing.

Isn't it fantastic to look out every day and see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world? No wonder we are the fastest growing area in America. Being raised in this area and having the great fortune of meeting and making new friends reminds me of how important relationships are, and how we should cherish everyone of those relationships. Whether it be our families, friends, or neighbors, nothing is more important than that. So let's not waste our time or live in regret. Try to enjoy every moment we have. Life is precious. Don't take people for granted. Live with gratitude, seize the day, and make the most of it. Don't let those bad moments get you down. If you are having a bad day, remember that things always get better. Keep up the faith and keep hope in your heart. Not everything will go perfectly, but it will go better with a positive attitude. You are the only one who can control your thoughts and actions. Remember, the best investment you can make is in yourself. Invest in your own well being, in the quality of your own life experience. You deserve this life to be the best it can be. Albert Einstein said, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Make a difference — and smile Sincerely, Mayor Kenneth Neilson Washington City



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26 5 Reasons 64 HeadzUp It Boggles the Mind

a Trip to Brian Head Should be Included in Your Winter Plans


cover photo by Kris Zurbas cover design by Tara Schenavar


40 The Eagle has Landed 82 One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite

Update on Exit 118 and Exit 9




Strong Woman of St. George Kristy Pike Just Minutes a Day

Discover the Value of an Escorted Tour

Organizing For Empty-Nesters

Two Utah Labyrinths Share Their Stories

New Office at SUU Provides Cultural Learning Experiences What Should We Call Them?

Gym Etiquette 101

Pack Llamas for your next Backcountry Adventure

No One Is Safe — Including Me!

In Her Own Hand: a 19th Century Woman Speaks of Life in America’s West

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Interior Trends Bringing Mindfulness in Home Décor Happy Ghost Hunting

Color in Your Fall Landscape

Secret to Making Short Putts

Dr. Greg Dumitru — Serving the Unserved





fter spending most of my life as a “rocky mountain” lady in Montana and Utah, my husband Steve and I decided to switch from being “snowbirds” to full-time “desert dwellers.” After researching several areas in different states, we selected Mesquite for its location, as our kids and grandkids are in the Salt Lake City area. Certain criteria had to be met for our new location: abundant options for golf, places to ride our bikes, access to fitness facilities, and live theater. In September 2017, we relocated to Sun City Mesquite and I have never been busier. In six months, I’ve learned to tap dance at the Mesquite Rec Center, performed with the Mesquite Showgirls, performed with the Virgin Valley Theater Group in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and entered and was crowned Ms. Senior Mesquite 2018. Through this journey I’ve discovered Mesquite to be a patriotic and caring community — young and old volunteering to help make our city safe and enjoyable. Life is good. The air is clean. What is not to love about living here?

St . George ~ LE Ann Elder Kalstein


was a sixteen year old air corps bride when I first visited St. George, Utah. Being a city girl, it was quite a shock to me. Dirt roads, only one street was paved and it ran through town connecting St. George to the outside world. A sleepy, quiet little piece of pioneering history tucked away in a valley surrounded by breathtaking beauty. One culture of religious people dedicated to hard work, family, and assisting others.

Fast forward to a young-at-heart ninety-one-year-old great, great, great-grandmother retired in St. George and loving every minute of this booming, blooming, energetic city. The culture now is more diversified and has expanded with a swift growing economy, plus developing opportunities. There is something for everyone. There is excellent leadership and guidance, a large choice of entertainment, and indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Unsurpassed are the medical facilities, doctors and personnel, respected law enforcement, fire department and emergency services. We have a limitless variety of shopping options, various means of transportation, and outstanding education for all ages. A choice of every design of housing is available. There really is something for everyone. Some things have not changed. St. George is still surrounded by beauty, awesome mountains — some of which are snow capped — red rock, black lava, lovely greenery, red desert sand, and encircled by national parks, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The air, water, and area are sparkling clean. The most important ingredients to make this all happen are the people who are proud to be Americans, loving the freedom to practice their religious beliefs, to share their time, talents, and treasures when the opportunities arise. Neighbor helping neighbor with a warm welcome home. Now you know Why I love St. George, Utah. ~ Pat Shoemaker-Glessner 10

Moapa Valley F

or as long as I can remember living here in Moapa Valley has meant a struggle for independence, the right to chart our own course, and to have a voice as a rural community. As an educator, whether it was called Empowerment or AB469, the battle has remained the same. I love to watch the faces of city folk when they walk into a packed football stadium, basketball gym, or concert in Moapa Valley; it is pure amazement. As our children grew up in this culture of independence and pride, I was grateful to be a part of it. It is difficult for me to appreciate the challenges of big-city schools and communities, but it is equally difficult for city dwellers to appreciate the challenges of a small, rural community. I love the independent spirit of our small town. Whether it is school spirit, patriotism, concerts, or football games, the people of Moapa Valley come together for the greater good, our children, and our community. This community extends to and includes the Southern Paiute families and their children as well, as they struggle for independence, the right to chart their own course, and to have a voice. It is the people of the Moapa Valley community and that spirit of independence that helps me proclaim, “I love Moapa Valley!”


~ Ken Paul


hat is there to not love about Hurricane? I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to move back here in 2007. The people in the community are so incredible and down to earth, such a change from keeping up with the Joneses that I had found in other communities. My daughter attended Hurricane High School and felt so at home. Our schools are the BEST! I have had all my children at Three Falls, Hurricane Intermediate, Hurricane Middle, and Hurricane High, and what a blessing the administrators, staff, and teachers have been.

My family and I love all that there is to do in Hurricane. We love going to Quail Lake and Sand Hollow, and that they are just minutes from home. My granddaughters love the splash pad just as much as my kids did when they were little. So many wonderful parks in the community, and if you haven’t been to Grandpa’s Pond, you are missing out. We have so many hiking trails, and our favorite ones are the ones that lead us to the river where we can cool off and splash around. We love all the family activities that our city has for us. Peach Days is a family favorite, as is The Business Expo. The back to school party is fun and happens to be a free family event. The Hurricane Recreation Center has monthly events, whether it is a concert or a movie in the park. We love the city pool and the diving boards. We are there several times a week as it is so close to home and the price is right. We love seeing all our friends in the community who attend with us. I love the small-town atmosphere here in Hurricane, and the good people who are honest, caring, and have integrity. I am so grateful for all my neighbors and friends that I have made and look forward to making more in the years to come. Best of wishes and enjoy our great community. ~ Kim Mensch 11

Techatticup Mine in historic El Dorado Canyon photo by Sydney Martinez/TravelNevada

Southern Nevada’s Outdoor Hot Spots

by Andrea Heerdt, TravelNevada

Techatticup Mine in historic El Dorado Canyon photo by Sydney Martinez/TravelNevada


Goldstrike Hot Spring photo by Sydney Martinez/TravelNevada

Natural hot springs, ancient rock art, and more, are waiting to be explored in the vast landscape of southern Nevada. This season, venture beyond the glowing lights of the Las Vegas Strip into some of the state’s best hidden treasures. Lace up your sneakers, buckle your seatbelt, and embark on your next mini-day trip to Gold Strike Hot Spring, Valley of Fire State Park, or Eldorado Canyon and Techatticup Mine. Gold Strike Hot Spring Stretch your legs and soak in one of southern Nevada’s premiere hot springs, the aptly named Gold Strike — but you’ll have to work to get to this prize. Gold Strike Hot Spring, part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Boulder City, is accessible via Goldstrike Canyon Trail, one of the most challenging and rewarding hikes during fall, winter, and spring. (The trail is closed annually from May 15 to September 30 due to extremely hot summer temperatures.) This scenic canyon offers third-class scrambling/ bouldering, eight rope courses, hot springs, wildlife sightings, and views of the Colorado River and the Mike O’CallaghanPat Tillman Memorial Bridge above the Hoover Dam. This short day trip is just 12 minutes from Boulder City along U.S. Highway 93, and takes about 6-8 hours to complete. Valley of Fire State Park The unparalleled vistas of Valley of

Fire State Park are where Nevada’s adventurous side meets ancient history. The park, about an hour northeast of Las Vegas off Interstate 15, delivers a real wow factor — after driving along Nevada’s ubiquitous gray-and-tan landscape, you’ll suddenly arrive at 40,000 acres of blazing red and orange sandstone nestled behind the mountains. As you wander through the park’s many fascinating trails, you’ll find ancient petroglyphs and brilliant sandstone formations created when dinosaurs roamed. Beyond popular hikes like Mouse’s Tank, Fire Canyon, and White Domes, the park offers several different campground selections and shady picnic

spots. For more on Valley of Fire and other Nevada State Parks, visit Eldorado Canyon and Techatticup Mine If your travels take you south of Las Vegas, a pit stop at Eldorado Canyon and Techatticup Mine off Nevada state Route 165 is an absolute must. Recorded history in this area dates back to 1775, when Spaniards uncovered gold in the region. Nearly 100 years later, prospectors of the Wild West flooded the Techatticup Mine in search of riches. Today, Techatticup is open for guided tours in which visitors walk through the hard rock mine and see the quartz veins that once held gold and

Valley of Fire State Park photo by TravelNevada


silver. Old cars, buildings, and antiques surround the former mine, drawing photographers and videographers willing to pay the photo shoot charge. For more on the mine tour, visit While adventuring across southern Nevada, always be prepared. Bring extra snacks and water, even if the temperatures seem cool. For details


Goldstrike Hot Spring photo by Sydney Martinez/TravelNevada

on these hot spots, visit TravelNevada. com and search for “Neon to Nature.� You’ll find a road trip itinerary with details on the above sites and other southern

Nevada fun. Let TravelNevada know about your adventures by posting your pictures on social media with the hashtags #TravelNevada and #NVRoadTrip. V


Strong Women of St . George I

n 1998, Kristy Pike was a young mom with three children under the age of six. Having left behind a career in public relations and marketing when she and her husband Jon moved to St. George, Utah from Salt Lake City, Utah, Kristy was now home all day with her children, and she felt like she was going crazy. In an effort to spend some quality time with adults and occasionally get out of the house, she turned to volunteering. “I started working with a group called the Foster Care Citizen Review Board,” she recalls. “Our job was to review the cases of children in foster care, interview everyone involved, and then make recommendations to the judge as to how each child’s case should proceed.”

Kristy Pike


The few hours each month she spent learning about individual foster children affected Kristy deeply. “I remember one little girl in particular. She was maybe six or seven. Her biological family was a mess, and her foster placement was less than ideal. Then I came across her again while volunteering at a local school. Her situation at the school was also not good. I thought to myself, ‘We have to do better for our children!’” While the motivation to help families in the community was there, “. . . it just wasn’t the right time in my life to take that on in a big way,” says Kristy. “I had my hands more than full with the children living in my own house.”

Kristy Pike Kristy stayed busy doing freelance writing and public relations. She worked extensively with not-for-profit organizations and continued volunteering in schools and with youth groups. Kristy and her husband have always felt strongly about supporting the arts, particularly with young people. “In an age when we, as a society, are searching desperately for ways to prevent teenage suicide and violence in our schools, the arts are more desperately needed than ever before,” she says. “The arts give our youth a voice, a safe place to explore their often confusing feelings, and a network of other like-minded students.” Twenty years after her initial work with foster children, Kristy’s situation has changed. “Four of our five children are grown. We are grandparents. Our youngest daughter is so busy, mostly I see her when I’m driving her from lessons to practices to games to rehearsals,” Kristy

laughs. With her own children demanding less of her energy, Kristy began looking for new ways to serve. “I heard that the Washington County Children’s Justice Center was looking for a new director. The Children’s Justice Center is a homelike facility where children who have been victims of crimes come to begin the process of healing. I knew about the Center and have always been a big believer in their mission.” Kristy applied for the job, and began working there in May of this year. “The first step is the forensic interview,” explains Kristy. “When a child has been a victim of a crime, there is a community of adults who need to know about what happened. Child Protective Services needs to make sure the child is safe at home. Law enforcement and the legal system need information so they can

identify and, if appropriate, prosecute the perpetrator. Caregivers and mental health professionals need to know how to best help the child to heal. “At the Children’s Justice Center, the child can tell their story once, to someone who is specially trained to listen carefully and ask all the right questions. The interview is recorded, and all of the professionals who need to know about a child’s worst moment or moments have all the information they need to help the child and their family start the road to healing.” In addition, the Children’s Justice Center provides support for caregivers and families, and medical exams (including rape kits, if appropriate) for child victims who need them. “It is so rewarding to come to work every day knowing that what we do here makes 17

ARTé Gallery fundraiser for Childrens Justice Center.

a difference in the lives of children, not only now, but for generations, as we work to stop the cycle of abuse,” says Kristy. “I love my job. I work with a dedicated team of people from many disciplines who are really good at what they do. I feel like I have come full circle to that moment when I felt so strongly that we needed to do more for our children. We are doing that. “This is still not a perfect world. The statistics are still staggering. One in four girls and one in six boys will experience sexual abuse before they are 18. We saw 354 children at the Washington County Children’s Justice Center just last year. And we know many, many more – an estimated nine of ten – cases of sexual abuse go unreported. But we are making strides every day. We are working hard to increase awareness and connect children and families with resources.” In 1998, Kristy Pike was a new mom who wanted time to do more. In 2018, she is a new grandma who dedicates her time to bringing hope into the lives of both her own family, and families across southern Utah. V We here at View On Magazine thank you for all that you do. 18


Just Minutes a Day by Charlene Paul y husband is the balanced partner in our relationship; I am the all-ornothing one. He can start a project knowing full-well there is no way for him to finish it, and he is perfectly content with that knowledge. (And he works on one project at a time.) He stops for regularly spaced meals, even taking the time to actually cook. He takes water breaks and answers his phone should it ring in the middle of his enterprise. In other words, he paces himself so he still has enough energy at the end of the day to enjoy a long soak in the tub and brush his teeth before slipping into bed and getting a good night’s sleep. It is mind-boggling.


I’ve tried it his way, but it doesn’t work for me. My way of doing things is making a to do list of everything I plan to accomplish between today and the end of my life, taking into consideration that I plan to live to be a hundred. The problem is that most of the items take hours, days, or weeks, maybe even months, so there are never very many checks on my list. Nothing mind-boggling here. Recently, I have been researching how to fit everything in so I can whittle down my list each day. What I am learning is sure to be life-changing. Instead of writing my list the way I normally do,

the time-management geniuses suggest breaking each task down into 10, 15, 30, and 45-minute intervals. It works like this: Say you need to clean your home, break it down into manageable chunks of time, set the timer for the allotted interval, and get moving. Once the timer goes off, you are finished. It is then time to set the timer for the next item on the list. And on you go until your list is red check-marked like a failing final exam paper. I am so ready for this. Our budget is a little anemic right now and sitting down to solidify one on which we both agree will take hours I don’t want 19


to spend. But I read an article by a wellknown financial wizard who promised we could put our finances in order in only ten minutes a day. Sounds reasonable.

these maladies that only take 20 minutes a day. If I stick to their regimens, in 21 days I will have my dream body with no bat wings to be found. Bam! I can do that.

Getting my body back into shape, erasing cellulite, strengthening my abs, and turning my bat wings into toned arms will take hours in the gym. Several well-toned exercise gurus have plans for each of

One of my goals is to write books. Okay, my real goal is to write best-selling books and become the better-looking, female version of Stephen King. However, the hours necessary to accomplish such a

monumental task overwhelm me, so my goal is still in the planning stages. Websurfing to the rescue. I am promised that I can pen a best-seller in only 45 minutes a day. Who knew? Forty-five minutes aren’t overwhelming; 45 minutes are doable. New York Times Best-seller List here I come. In just 10 minutes a day, I can assemble emergency survival kits for my family. In

10 more minutes, I can make homemade laundry detergent. It will only take 20 minutes to dip dozens of emergency candles. In 30 minutes a day, I can landscape my yard and cultivate a lush garden. Allot another 30 minutes to create yummy menus so I will always know what’s for dinner. A 15-minute mani-pedi ensures I am always ready to extend my hand in friendship and put my best foot forward. I can erase crow’s feet and wrinkles with a 20-minute moisturizing avocado mask, and while I’m at it, I can multi-task and nourish my lovely locks with warm olive oil. By rising 30 minutes earlier than usual, I can bring peace to my soul with mindful meditation and yoga. Fifteen minutes earlier still, and I can wash my windows before the sun comes up to avoid unsightly streaks. Imagine seeing the first rays of sunlight through spot-free, streak-free windows.

I take my list and set my timer for 10 minutes. Away I go. I slather avocado on my face and apply olive oil to my hair and start on the budget. The timer goes off and I smile because my face and hair are halfway to their youthful best. I set the timer for 20 minutes and start on the cellulite issue. Problem is there isn’t time to rinse my face and hair. With green face and oily hair, I set the timer for the next 10-minute interval.

The day has been productive, and I am definitely ready for a good night’s sleep so I can begin my 10-15-30-45-minute ritual bright and early. I finally rinse my face and hair. There is a greenish tint on my skin, and my hair smells like a tossed salad, but it will be worth it when I get ready for the day tomorrow. I brush my teeth, put on my nightgown, and climb into bed. I reach over to set the alarm on my phone. “That can’t be,” I mutter. “How can that be?”

Another 10 minutes, and I have logged my day in my journal. The next 20 minutes is spent beginning the organization of boxes of photos. I get the kitchen mopped and the dishwasher emptied during the following 15-minute interval.

It is time to get up and wash my windows. Somewhere in the excitement of making check marks, I must have miscalculated the actual number of minutes there are in a day. I lay on my back thinking and remember seeing something in my Googlesearching about being able to become a mathematical genius in only 30 minutes a day. Maybe I should have tackled that one before making my list. V

Ten minutes here, thirty minutes there, twenty minutes now and again, an occasional 45 minutes – I am winning the time management war. I don’t finish much, but I check those intervals off of my list, one right after the other.


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OF AN ESCORTED TOUR by Celece Krieger ­— The Travel Connection


f you’ve been to Las Vegas, the nearby national parks, or even the Zion Outlet Malls recently, chances are you’ve encountered them: tour groups. The large tour buses (also known as motor coaches) arrive in our area filled with passengers from all over the world, eager to discover southern Utah’s stunning scenery. I assume for many, that might be your only encounter with a group tour. My first group tour experience occurred 27 years ago when I started working


for a tour operator in Salt Lake City. I knew very little about group travel at the time, and my official title was Office Manager. Before I knew it, I was making travel arrangements for groups of travelers from all over Europe and Asia to visit the beautiful national parks in the western United States and Canada. Group tours have changed significantly since 1991, and I don’t think many travelers realize the value of an escorted tour. I hear comments all the time from customers who think escorted tours are too

restrictive or feel they are designed for their grandparents. At one time, those statements were probably true, but tour companies of today have found that they are competing with all the bells and whistles offered by cruise lines. Tour companies have changed their tours to accommodate just about every demographic, travel interest, and pace. There are many benefits when it comes to escorted group travel, including: VALUE & CONVENIENCE: Regardless of the pace, most escorted tours include

sightseeing, entertainment, admissions to museums and parks, great hotels, and many meals, making it a hassle-free experience from start to finish. Of course, I must mention they include transportation. Trying to navigate the roads in a foreign country can be very difficult, especially when they drive on the “wrong” side of the road. Many travelers like to leave the driving to the professionals and simply enjoy the beautiful scenery while they travel. Because tour companies negotiate special groups rates, costs are often much less than traveling independently. An escorted tour to Europe, for example, is approximately 15% less than you would pay if you planned it on your own. TOUR MANAGERS: I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to spend my time on vacation reading guide books or wandering around asking questions, especially in a foreign country. Tour managers are with you every step of the way, handling the tedious details of travel, while you relax and enjoy the trip. They are seasoned professionals with in-depth knowledge about your destination and a passion for sharing it. PLANNED ITINERARIES: While it is fun to research a vacation, many hours can be wasted trying to figure out the best attractions, restaurants, hotels, etc. Tour companies do the work for you by searching for accommodations, restaurants, attractions, and entertainment to assemble not only a fantastic trip, but create an entire experience that captures the culture of your destination. Attractions include everything from learning the secrets of Tuscan cuisine from a Florentine chef in Italy to feeding a kangaroo in Australia. Tour companies pride themselves on providing unforgettable experiences around the world. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Tour companies of today cater to almost every travel style. Regardless if you are a fast-paced traveler who does not want to miss a thing, or someone that wants free time to explore on your own, there is a tour for you. Escorted tours are offered on all seven continents, and range from small groups of just 16 passengers to groups of 44 passengers. There are itineraries that cater to special interests, including culinary travel with cooking lessons, wine tours with visits to vineyards, architecture and history tours, and traveling with naturalists to the Galapagos. Hotels range from convenient locations in the heart of the city to villas and castles in the countryside. SAFETY: My mother always taught me to “go as a group.” When tourists were ordered to leave Egypt, passengers traveling on group tours were led to chartered airplanes and flown out immediately. Traveling with a group tour operator provides a level of safety and security that independent travelers simply do not receive. 23

NEW FRIENDS: The consultants in our office and our clients have had the pleasure of traveling with several groups. Each time, we return with new friends from around the country. Our agency offers several group tours from our area to various destinations around the world. It is so fun to see people from our own community arrive as strangers and return as friends. I realize that there are many travelers that enjoy the thrill and excitement of packing their backpack and “playing it by ear.� However, we live in a society of convenience, and there are many passengers that want to take the guesswork out of their vacation. Having a pre-arranged itinerary with most meals, attractions, and transportation included is a worry-free way to discover a new destination. If you would like to experience a group tour closer to home, consider our Southern Charm departure April 27-May 3, 2019. Visit Jekyll Island, Savannah, Charleston, and more! Call (435) 628-3636 for details. V





It Boggles the Mind by Larry LeMieux, “The Party People”


e took a group of fun-loving people on a very unusual excursion to a brand new kind of gallery. It’s called HeadzUp, and it was truly a unique experience that no one will soon forget. The group met at the Eureka Hotel parking lot and boarded the bus for a 9:00 a.m. departure. We had juice, doughnuts, and mimosas while waiting, courtesy of Nancy Hewett, Mark Guertin, and Ava LeMieux, to make sure we were all awake and

alert for the adventure that waited. An announcement was made that there would be prizes for the most creative photos. The bus ride was enjoyable with a cutthroat bingo game to occupy our time. It’s always nice to avoid the stress of having to navigate the crazy Las Vegas traffic. Our driver Carole was a delight. We all arrived relaxed and eager to take that awardwinning picture. At HeadzUp, the staff was wonderful. We checked in and were escorted to a couple

of Escape Rooms. If you don’t already know, an Escape Room is all the rage today, and is a themed room or series of rooms that you and your team are locked in to. You have 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles to eventually find the way out. The object is to find that way out before your hour is finished. Room 1: News outlets have reported a spree of car heists across the country and you are the most recent victims. You are convinced it is Greasy Pete, the


shady auto mechanic from your town, and the evidence to prove it lies within his vintage auto shop. Your only chance at revenge is breaking in, finding the proof, and reporting it before he returns from lunch. Don’t expect this to be a joyride, as you’ll need to live life in the fast lane to escape this 60-minute race alive — Just remember — Be quick. Be clever. Be brave. Room 2: Have you ever wondered where the adventures and journeys you experience at Brainy Actz come from? These are chapters in the life of one of the world’s greatest explorers, your late Great Uncle. This man has fought off pirates on the open sea, ventured through jungles and been part of multiple inside jobs retrieving lost artifacts and stolen cars. He has amassed fame and fortune that few ever know. He is now giving you the chance of a lifetime. Solve the mysteries and magic that lie within this experience and his inheritance is yours. Can you prove you are worthy to live “The Legacy?” Next, we were treated to a catered lunch in their party room. It was a great chance to compare notes with the other team and hear all about their experience. The art studio was a fun touch. The entire group was able to bring out their inner Rembrandt. The instructors, Mark and


Jessica were delightful. They walked us through the art of painting and made it fun and interesting for all. This group showed some real talent. The best painting prize went to Christine Picior. The best part however, was the Trick Art Museum. This 3D, interactive art gallery was amazing. We had the chance to immerse ourselves in a fantasy world of art. Over 50 paintings of a scale you have to see to believe transform you to a different reality. The winners of the most

creative photos were James Knight and Linda Gault. Do you want to fight off dinosaurs, climb the stairway to heaven or walk in space? You can do it at HeadzUpVegas. Look them up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram today and plan your visit. V HeadzUp Gallery - 3528 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV - Phone: (702) 971-0591

Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Desert Lifestyle Home & Garden Expo

by Brenda Snell n 2017, there was no shortage of home and garden vendors, exhibitors, or attendees at the inaugural Desert Lifestyle Home & Garden Expo. The outstanding response that year made it clear such an event was in demand and would be a popular addition for the community of Mesquite and surrounding areas.


The Mesquite Chamber of Commerce and Mesquite Gaming have again partnered to bring an even bigger and better second annual event, scheduled to be held on October 26–27 in the new Virgin River Event Center. There is plenty of time and space for exhibits and presentations with many home and garden ideas. This event’s timing is just right with the fall weather of Mesquite making it a perfect time to update, remodel redecorate, and landscape your home. It is also the season we spend more time entertaining family and friends in our homes. This is an opportunity to find those services, supplies, special pieces to use to redecorate, or holiday gifts. Special educational presentations are planned during the event as well. There is sure to be something for everyone. The 2018 Desert Lifestyle Home & Garden Expo is open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend. Your support for our local businesses and other vendors will be greatly appreciated.V Vendors and exhibitors: This event will provide an excellent opportunity for the community to become acquainted with your services. Contact the Chamber at (702) 346-2902 or for additional information. Event information: Friday, October 26, from 10 am – 8 pm, and Saturday, October 27, from 10 am – 3 pm. Virgin River Event Center, Virgin River Casino, 100 E. Pioneer Blvd., Mesquite, Nevada. 29

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organized empty-nester by Janel Ralat – One Organized Mama


he children are grown and you’re ready for the next chapter full of adventures. It's the time of life where your time and your space becomes your own. Embrace the journey with some organizing tips for areas that emptynesters generally struggle with. Downsizing It can be both a blessing and a curse. The process of downsizing can feel overwhelming even for self-described minimalists. Here are some tips for achieving your goals: • Use a vision board to keep your goals in mind. Just cut out inspiring photos from magazines and paste them on a board as a visual reminder of your goals. Perhaps a cozy reading nook or poker room is your thing. You're only limited by your imagination. This is the time in your life to dream big and downsize. • Honor sentimental items. As a professional organizer, I see it time and again — family treasures and priceless


pieces stored in dusty and damaged boxes. It's a crying shame! Decide what is truly precious and what can go. Items that have value should be treated as such, so create a space in your home for each one. Your space limitations will force you to decide what to keep and what needs to go. Remember, if everything is important then nothing is important. • 7 Questions While Decluttering. If you're still having trouble deciding what to keep and what goes, ask yourself these questions: Does it fit? Do I use it? Do I have space for it? Is it sentimental? Do I love it? Does it have value? Does it work? What to do with your adult children's items They're off to college, live in their own

space, or maybe even have a family of their own, yet you still have their childhood toys and 5th-grade school project. It's time to set some boundaries and let those items go. Offer them to their previous owner, and if they don't want them, you'll need to put your sentimentality in check as you revisit the goals for your space. The sad reality is that often those precious mementos provide much more value to parents than children. Keep a few items if space permits, take a photo of the rest, and then let them go. Lastly, on the notes of boundaries— do NOT allow your children to take advantage of your generosity and use you as free long-term storage. Instead, look at downsizing as a gift to them. I've met many families in my profession faced with having to do the downsizing for their parents. It's an arduous process for all involved. The more you do now will ease tensions, fights, and stress in the future. Photographs I recently had a client whose parents

had left her over 15,000 photos. It took us a total of six months to cull through every single one, and the price tag for organizing, digitizing, and copying was in the thousands. She sweetly honored her parents and generously shared the memories with both immediate and extended family members. The process was emotional, and at times, tedious I walked through each step with her. Here's what we learned: • Spend the time to physically go through photos to toss blurry and bad images. This is also the time to group pictures together either by year, event, or by person. • To digitize or not — that is the question! Digitizing can be quite expensive, so you want to seriously consider your options before investing. Companies such a DigMyPics and ScanCafe offer an array of services and pricing. My client chose a local business with a personalized service where they picked up the photos and provided in-person

consultations during the span of the project. The hourly rate was $40, and the final bill was in the $5000-$6000 range. So choose wisely. • Have a photo party! Invite close family and friends over to go through the photos. The purpose of the party can be to ease the stress of one or two people going through them, trying to decide who's who, which Christmas was that taken, or anyone know whose baby this is? If everyone agrees, invite attendees to take their faves with them to cherish. My client decided to do this at the end of her project. I must admit it was incredibly touching watching this family reminisce together after the loss of their parents/grandparents.

project, my client gave each family member a copy of every digitized picture as well as a photo book of the best. It was a tremendous hit with the family and a loving way to ensure family memories are shared with generations to come. Enjoy this time of life and replace your old stuff with new memories, fun, and laughter. V

• Give the gift of memories. It was an honor to be part of such a massive project for my client. I learned the names of every niece, nephew, and grandchild, who was a ham in front of the camera and who didn't like their photo taken. At the end of the massive 31

Washington City

Youth Council

by Carmen Snow


he Washington City Youth Council (WCYC) is a diverse leadership group in Washington City, Utah with up to 25 members who are in training to be the civic leaders of tomorrow. WCYC was established in 2010 at the request of Councilman Jeff Turek, under Mayor Kenneth Neilson. I was asked to serve as their advisor eight years ago, and am still serving. Others who served during that time were Wendy Buckley and Sherri Lou Staheli, as well as Jeff Turek who was the first Councilman advisor followed by Troy Belliston and Dan Cluff. The first group started with 15 members, and now their bylaws allow up to 25 members


because of the interest of so many of the youth. They are a very active council. They played a major role in the restoration of the Historical Covington Mansion, the oldest standing building in Washington County. They asked the City if they could hold their meetings there, and in return, promised to show the citizens of Washington what a gem they have. They first opened the doors to the mansion by giving live tours dressed as the children of the Covington family. The mansion is open every Tuesday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, run by two community volunteers, Karen Hannig, and her cousin, Irene Slack. Irene's sister, Ferrel Prisbrey,

was a long-time volunteer until she passed away last year. The youth decorate the mansion for every holiday season. They hold an annual Trick or Treat celebration each Halloween where they come dressed as the zombie Covington children. Over 500 children visit this event each year. The Council builds magical memories for the children of the community by hosting Santa Clause at the Covington Mansion during Christmas in Dixie. Families arrive in four wagons after the tree lighting while council members lead them in singing carols as they continue on to the Covington Mansion. They are greeted by elves and Santa, and are then returned

to the park by wagon. Up to 2,500 visitors attend each year. The council chairs the Veterans Day parade, and represents the city of Washington in many events. The Youth Council members volunteer and serve at many city functions. They host the children’s booths at Washington Cotton Days, help the Lions Club at the annual Easter Egg hunt, and run all the booths at the their Fourth of July celebration. In February, they oversee the children’s events at the annual “Dog Run 5k.” They are always there helping with the Mayor’s Iron Man breakfast. They also assist with several other events by serving food, collecting tickets, setting up, and taking down, etc. WCYC meets twice a month, and their meetings are run by Roberts Rule of Order. They are a dynamic youth council that aligns with the City Council. They hold elections, follow bills that affect youth, attend the State Capitol during the legislative session, and speak up for

youth at committee meetings. They meet their representatives, lobbyists, and bill writers, and voice their concerns with the governor. The Youth Council members report to the City Council quarterly regarding their activities. Applications for the following year can be found online in January, and all applicants are interviewed and

selected by outgoing members. The council has received many honors, such as Second Place Youth Council in the State. The Council works hard and has fun doing it. They not only learn leadership, but the history of their city and how to give back. Their meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Historical Covington Mansion. The theme this year is, “It’s Going to be a Great Ride.”



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Two Utah Labyrinths Share Their Stories by Karen L. Monsen


tamped on bronze-age coins, woven into Hopi baskets, incised on petroglyph panels, or sculpted with hedges, labyrinths span the globe and human history. Yet, the most popular labyrinths are walking paths for meditation, spiritual pilgrimage, or healing. Two labyrinth designs, the classical 7-circuit and the medieval 11-circuit, are found in southern Utah, and their origin stories are worth telling.

Larry Lee McKown purchased the inn and property in 1978 and recounts, “I hiked to the top of a hill and I was struck by the panoramic mountains and the tranquility of this unique vista. The solitude created a perfect place for meditation.” Born in Minnesota, McKown served during the Vietnam Conflict, traveled Europe, and resided two months in Crete. While living in the caves of

common with Native Americans in the Southwest. Constructed in 2004 with red-earth dyed concrete and red rock chips, Flanigan’s Labyrinth is positioned eastwest, surrounded by Zion’s towering pinnacles — West Temple above, Flanigan’s Peak overlooking from the east, the Altar of Sacrifice to the north, and the lower Virgin River corridor flowing from the south. Flanigan’s Labyrinth was blessed by Tibetan Buddhist Monks and showered with spiritual chants. High-profile visitors include Betina Lindsey, author, Indian spiritual guide, and flute player who has held hilltop rituals at the labyrinth, and composer-conductor and cellist, Rodolfo Fernandez, who serenaded the canyon from this elevated magical place. Guests arrive for solstices, equinoxes, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, yoga, drum circles, and just to walk. Special events can be scheduled through Flanigan’s Inn. McKown believes, “The pleasure I receive from the labyrinth is from the energy that continues to grow from its usage,” and, “The power of Flanigan's Labyrinth comes from its simple setting, incredible location, and diverse visitors from around the world.”

Flanigan's Labyrinth

Flanigan’s Labyrinth Located in Springdale, Utah near Zion National Park’s entrance is a Classical Labyrinth on property once owned by David Flanigan, inventor, entrepreneur, and pioneer settler. Flanigan is best remembered for building and operating the Cable Works that moved timber from Zion’s canyon rim to the floor 2,000feet below. A subsequent owner built a small inn on site to serve Zion’s visitors. 36

Matala in 1968, he learned of Knossos and the Greek myth of the half-man/ half-bull Minotaur that lived in King Minos’ labyrinth. With assistance from Taffy Lasser, an Associate of the International Labyrinth Society of Arizona (, McKown decided to build a labyrinth with seven circuits, following the 4,000-yearold Cretan design that was also

Desert Rose Labyrinth Whereas Flanigan’s Labyrinth has seven circuits, the Desert Rose Labyrinth in the Kayenta community of Ivins, Utah employs the eleven-circuit style copied from Chartres Cathedral in France. Kayenta resident artist Cheryl Collins describes Desert Rose’s origins, “In 2003, I was studying ancient symbols of healing art to incorporate into the sculpture outside the Dixie Regional

Entrance Sculpture at the Desert Rose Labyrinth.

Medical Center in St. George, Utah called The Healing Towers. I was captivated by the beauty of the pattern of the labyrinth. Soon after I finished installing the sculpture at the hospital, I received a phone call from Griff Schmertz asking if I would be on the committee to build a labyrinth in Kayenta.” Born in Washington State and raised in western Canada, Collins moved from Salt Lake City to Kayenta in 2000. She explains, “I love creating meaningful art, passionate projects I call them.”

Cheryl Collins facing sculpture at Desert Rose Labyrinth.

Her fused glass and steel sculpture at the entrance to the Desert Rose Labyrinth depicts three stages of labyrinth walking: enter to “Release judgments, anger and pain,” at the center “Listen to what is deep within

you, your inner wisdom,” and meander out to “Contemplate ways to integrate your own transformation.” Collins has also created bronze sculptures on display in downtown St. George as part of the “Art Around the Corner” exhibit.


Lauren Artress, author of Walking a Sacred Path and founder of Veriditas. org, a non-profit that facilitates “the transformation of the human spirit through offering the labyrinth experience.” Notably, Dr. Artress attended the Desert Rose dedication ceremony in 2004 — a year when more than 400 labyrinths were built in the United States. The Desert Rose has witnessed weddings, funerals, celebrations, and seasonal events, as Collins contends, “It brings people together and provides a space for rest and renewal.” Cheryl Collins walking the Desert Rose Labyrinth.

Seven volunteers in their late 60s collected donations and built the labyrinth using more than 1,800 indigenous rocks. Today, Desert Arboretum Foundation volunteers maintain the grounds and sculptures (donated by Utah artists) that line the approach and surround the labyrinth.


The Desert Rose is divided into four directional quadrants aligned northsouth. When entering, you face The Sleeping Maiden in Red Mountain. Per Collins, “In planning and constructing the labyrinth, the math was taken very seriously by Bernie Schmertz, using the knowledge gathered by Dr.

Although many labyrinths exist in southern Utah, Flanigan’s and the Desert Rose are exceptional examples of different styles surrounded by stunning red rock landscapes and wrapped in history. In tranquil moments walking these labyrinths, it’s worth recalling the stories of those who walked that way before. V


One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite November 4–11, 2018

by Paul Benedict hirteen original colonies.


Thirteen alternating red and white stripes.

Thirteen years ago, the members of the Exchange Club of Mesquite founded a tradition and a source of pride in our valley – One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite, an annual week-long Field of Honor to America’s military and veterans. Each year, volunteers step forward to help set up a field of 1,000 full-size American flags on the Recreation Center field, and help dismantle it when the week is over. Patriotic souls dedicate 3 hours of their time to stand watch over the field. And the Veterans Day ceremony is well-attended. One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite touches the hearts of everyone, drawing visitors (and volunteers) from hundreds of miles away. Truckers sound their air horns in respect as they pass on the interstate, the ceremonies are standingroom only, and the assistance from the City, business sponsors, and other community organizations is invaluable. This year, Exchange Club members and volunteers will erect the Flags on the west field of the Mesquite Recreation Center on Sunday morning, November 4, and this stunning display of respect will stand proudly until Veterans’ Day, Sunday, November 11, 24 hours a day, rain or shine. Of course, the field is lighted at night, and dedicated volunteers will maintain a watchful vigil in 3 hour shifts. Visit the field – once or often. Whether this is the first time you experience One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite or whether you make it a point to witness and be part of this magnificent display every year, the sense of patriotism you will feel cannot be described – you simply have to experience it for yourself. Be sure to bring your camera; the precision and grandeur of the display is truly memorable, day or night.

Walk slowly through the field. Each star-spangled sentinel represents the silent stories of thousands of brave Americans who have served, and are serving our great nation at home and abroad. Listen to their stories with your heart, read the dedications, offer your thanks for their sacrifices, and share your silent prayers with them. In 2018, there will be a single ceremony presented at the field on Veterans’ Day, Sunday, November 11, at 2:00 PM. The Mesquite Fire Department will conduct a dignified and poignant Flag Retirement. If you have a worn or weathered American Flag that should be retired, please feel free to bring it to the field anytime during the week. The Exchange Club of Mesquite is a major supporter of local veterans’ programs and services right here in the Virgin Valley, and One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite is a primary fundraiser. Business and corporate Field of Honor sponsorships, as well as individual Flag sponsors make One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite possible each year. We invite you to sponsor a flag for $35 each. You will be given a ribbon of remembrance to attach to your flag in honor of, or in memory of an important veteran in your life. There is room on the dedication tag to add your own words of recognition. Remember, One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite honors every veteran and member of America’s military, living or deceased. At the conclusion of the Veterans Day ceremony, you are welcome to either take the flag home that you sponsored to display proudly, or donate it back to the project, to be included in next year’s One Thousand Flags Over Mesquite. In either case, keep your dedication ribbon as a reminder of your special veteran.V



New Office at SUU Provides Cultural Learning Experiences

“SUU Community on the Go travelers pose for a group photo on Utah Beach in Normandy.”

by Haven Scott hether it be classes in social dancing, Dutch oven cooking, hiking, or cake decorating, we are never too young or old to learn.


Inspired by that, Southern Utah University (SUU) has several new programs designed for those who love to learn something new. SUU’s Office of Community and Academic Enrichment launched in 2017 under the direction of Melynda Thorpe to revitalize SUU’s Community Education program that had been dormant for several years. SUU wanted to engage residents to take social classes that were not only affordable, but fun. “Work hard, have fun, and make a difference in your community — that is my motto,” CAE Director Melynda Thorpe said. “SUU has long relied on the strength and support of its local community. We feel that offering new and interesting non-credit courses for members of the community is an important way to give back.”

“Community on the Go travelers Amy Thorpe and Cydnee Lee enjoy a day in London despite the weather.”


Thorpe also leads SUU’s Community on the Go program, a new travel option for those who enjoy exploring the world with meaningful travel. Community on the Go takes the work out of traveling by

arranging museum tours, travel, lodging, cultural experiences, and authentic meals, all while touring with SUU academic experts who have previously traveled to host destinations. SUU Director of Ethics and Compliance Ann Marie Allen recently made a Community on the Go journey with her father, former Utah House Representative Kay McIff, to retrace the steps of her grandfather, Eldon McIff, who crossed the English Channel on the beaches of Normandy during WWII. The trip was themed “Operation Overlord: The D-Day Experience.” From the Churchill War Rooms where WWII missions were planned, to the beaches where Allied troops came by sea, and the shops offering French pastries that cannot be found in the U.S., Allen said the best part of the trip was the quality time spent with her father. “The staff at Community on the Go did an excellent job planning,” she said. “In terms of travel arrangements, transportation,

the sites that were selected — it was so seamless that it allowed us to really enjoy each other’s company without the burden of those logistical details.” Community on the Go has two more excursions planned for 2018, a trip for theatre lovers to New York City in November, and Christmas in the Alps of Germany and Austria in December. “We are educators, and our expertise in leading excursions lies in the fact that our trip leaders also direct short-term study-abroad trips for SUU students, and many have completed research in foreign countries,” Thorpe said. “We’re finding that our Community on the Go participants really enjoy our trips because of our educational focus.” SUU also operates Road Creek Inn in Loa, Utah, a historic hotel that now serves as SUU’s “University of the Parks” Field Station near Capitol Reef. Community members and students alike can book the 15-room hotel for a variety of reasons

“SUU’s most popular community education class, Southern Utah Chef, lets participants learn favorite recipes from award-winning chefs. Chef Gerardo Reyes, from Chef Alfredo’s Ristorante Italiano tells a joke for the crowd.”

such as family reunions, student field trips, weddings, and vacations to one of the most scenic and remote parts of southern Utah.

Located near Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Road Creek Inn serves as a gateway to


several historic Mormon pioneer towns and buildings, national parks, lakes, Native American ruins, and protected forest lands, and is a great environment to escape to many of Utah’s phenomenal outdoor activities.

Thorpe has also been working with Cedar City officials, the Southern Utah Museum of Art, SUU Alumni and Community Relations, the Historic Downtown Economic committee, and local downtown businesses to bring a music festival to

Cedar City, also known as the Festival City. As founder of Georgefest, a once a month block party in downtown St. George, she wants to recreate the tradition Utah pioneers once had of coming downtown for a meal, music, and dancing after a hard day’s work. The inaugural Cedar Music Fest will take place on September 15, at 50 W. University Boulevard from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and plans to stage as many as four festivals a year are in the works by CMF committee members.V For more information on Southern Utah University’s Community Education and Community on the Go programs, call (435) 865-8031. To book your next retreat at Road Creek Inn, email or call (435) 865-8259. To volunteer, sponsor or enter as a vendor to the inaugural Cedar Music Fest, call (435) 586-7759 or email

“After a four-day hike to the top of Machu Picchu in Peru, SUU Community on the Go travelers take a break.”


Downsize Your Life and Amp Up the Living by Kevin Shelley - Owner, Desert Skies Resort store useless items and scores of nickknacks — is losing its lure. Recognizing that America’s consumer culture of moreis-better-supersize-everything-mentality is more suffocating than liberating, people of all ages are downsizing to smaller homes as they enjoy the fruits of digging themselves out from under the crush of their clutter. Adopting a more minimalist lifestyle is where the clutter collecting ends and the Tiny House Movement begins. At Desert Skies Resort, the Tiny House Movement is real. In our Tiny Homes, affectionately referred to as cottages, retirees are discovering the perfect multipurpose living solution: living within their means without all the excess, while living comfortably, with peace of mind, on a fixed income, giving themselves the chance to spend more time traveling, golfing, or just doing things they otherwise couldn’t do before.


dusty box brimming with ab cruncher workout tapes and a broken VCR. A treadmill from an old New Year’s resolution gone from bad to worse now camouflaged in clothing that fell off the style wagon five waist sizes ago. The cheap wine gift bag the neighbor gave you but you’re keeping until you find someone else who you think deserves a basket of cheap wine. A pile of single socks that have forever lost their mates. A drawer overflowing with soap bars, tiny shampoo and lotion bottles from every overpriced hotel room you’ve ever stayed in, because, well, nothing like spending $150 then coming out on top with a .35 cent rebate! Keys from the home you lived in two moves ago. A cabinet with Tupperware containers missing lids, another cabinet with lids missing Tupperware containers. A twiceused juicer purchased 10 years ago when Women’s Magazine announced juicing was the key to immortality. A once-used

steamer purchased 9 years ago when Women’s Magazine announced steaming was the key to immortality. No less than 6 — I said. “SIX” — pancake spatulas. Old phone chargers and computer cables because — I’m stumped on this one — TELL ME! A junk car on jacks that you keep insisting to your wife is a classic collecting cobwebs in the garage. A 4-bedroom, 2-bath, 2500-square foot storage unit on steroids with a $1,500 monthly mortgage to boot because — Why? Hoarders — I’ve got you pegged. The A&E camera crew is on its way. Scatter the cats. Tie up the goats. Shove everything into a pile, pour the gas, light the match, channel your inner arsonist and let the bonfire burn! Fueled by the realization that what we own often ends up owning us, the desire to live in oversized homes — where every flat space, every drawer, is befitting to

No, I’m not telling you to sell your mansion, throw out everything you’ve ever owned, and move into a shed, then meander around Mesquite like a hunter-gatherer, wearing nothing but a fig leaf. Nor do I want to test you for claustrophobia. But you may be surprised to learn that our cozy cottages — priced from $45k–$65k — offer everything a person or couple needs: a kitchen with full-size appliances, full-size bathroom, 1 or 2 bedrooms big enough for a queen, and small living room. The essentials. Built with doublepane windows, outstanding insulation, and quality of construction on par with a typical home, our cottages are a smartmoney move. They are also charming. While they are quite larger than the tuna cans depicted on the TV show, the point of adopting a more minimalist approach, with a smaller footprint that is easier to clean, and fewer things to manage, remains the same. Go small. Live large. Stop by Desert Skies or call (928) 347-6000, and see for yourself what the Tiny Home buzz is all about.V 45

Intermountain Cancer Center of St. George

Tracy Hildebrand’s Story

by Erin Hakoda and Terri Draper


hat are the chances that my best friend of 30 years and I would end up with the exact same kind of cancer – squamous cell carcinoma?” wondered Tracy Hildebrand, of Mesquite, Nevada. “We rarely see each other nowadays because we live in different states, but we are aware of what each other is going through, so we always check in to see how the other is doing. Her support is awesome.” While her best friend is currently being treated with radiation and chemotherapy, Tracy’s cancer was not fazed by chemotherapy. However, because she is a patient at the Intermountain Cancer Center of St. George, (Utah), the DNA in Tracy’s tumor tissue was analyzed through next generation sequencing. Based on the results, Dr. Lincoln Nadauld,


Executive Director of Intermountain Precision Genomics, recommended a form of targeted cancer treatment originally used for kidney cancer, that matched Hildebrand’s DNA. “I’m so grateful. If I didn’t have genomic testing and these advanced cancer treatments, I probably wouldn’t be here,” said Hildebrand. “Although chemotherapy worked for my friend, it wasn’t working for me.” Sequencing Tracy’s DNA gave doctors a clearer direction to follow in prescribing her treatment, and she is now on a medication that is working for her. Hildebrand travels from Mesquite to access advanced cancer care in St. George. Tracy’s targeted treatment will continue, but beginning October 2018, advanced cancer care will look different.

Amid the spectacular scenery of St. George and the healing environment of the desert, there is a brand new standalone Intermountain Cancer Center of St. George. The Cancer Center, located on Intermountain Healthcare’s Medical Center Campus in St. George, will provide a home for oncology and precision health. The new building will encompass oncology treatment, state-of-the-art radiation oncology, infusion center, imaging department, the Intermountain Precision Genomics™ Clinical Laboratory, Translational Science Center, the Stanford Genome Technology Center, and more. When cancer patients walk through the doors to the new Intermountain Cancer Center of St. George, they will enter a world dedicated wholly to them. All

the research, access to clinical trials, technology, and discoveries that go into patients’ treatment will be under one roof, making care as smooth and seamless as possible. Intermountain Healthcare’s commitment to helping patients live the healthiest lives possible shines through in this new project. The Grand Re-opening Celebration of the Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Campus and Cancer Center of St. George will commence Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The Piano Guys will perform an hour program, and fireworks will follow. The event is free to the public. Self-guided tours begin at the Women & Newborn Center entrance. Tours run daily September 13-15, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.



Conestoga Golf Club

Under New Ownership by Conestoga Staff | course photo by Brian Oar


onestoga Golf Club, one of Nevada’s premier golf destinations, is under new ownership and management. Par 3, LLC, is thrilled to have acquired such a unique and thriving facility. But you won’t see a lot of changes as you walk through the door, sit down for lunch, or take your first tee shot. “The club has a fantastic staff and is being run like a well-oiled machine. Why change what is working so well?” says Phil Timothy, one of the largest investors and managing partner of Par 3, LLC. The staff, maintenance programs, and 1880 Grille will continue to operate as usual with very minor changes as recommended by the staff. “The employees of Conestoga are truly top-notch. They love this property and make it a special experience for each guest,” says Mark Whetzel, PGA Member. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such hard-working and committed staff members,” says Brandon Howard, HR.

Conestoga is a Gary Panks-designed, 18hole championship golf course built and opened in the fall of 2009. The fairways weave around the natural desert terrain with spectacular rock outcroppings and canyon corridors. The course ascends and descends with dramatic shots and memorable views. This is a stunning, unique track you don’t want to miss out on! Conestoga is a Par 72 course, featuring 51 bunkers and multiple holes with water elements. The course has an incredible practice facility with a full range, and two putting and chipping areas, complete with sand traps. Lessons with one of the multiple PGA members on staff are available. Conestoga’s five sets of tees make the course playable for any level of golfer. Whether a novice or avid golfer, this course will thrill you and leave you wanting to come back for more. The 1880 Grille boasts some of the best food in Mesquite. Made from scratch by

professional chefs, the menu boasts food with fresh, unique flavors. The Grille has a complete full-service bar with weekly happy hours and beautiful floor to ceiling windows overlooking the golf course with a backdrop of the stunning red flat-top mesas. The restaurant is opened daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come in for the signature French toast, an oversized burger, or tender steak dinner. Or, just stop by for fresh guacamole, a cocktail, and our famous appetizer, fried green beans, while watching the sun set. V Conestoga is available for tournaments, outings, banquets, weddings, receptions, and other private events. For golf tournament information, contact Rick Jackson at (702) 245-6154. For food and beverage events or weddings, contact Oscar Cuellar at (702) 759-6178.




a Different Approach to Disease

by Dr. Robert Ruess o you have long-standing, nagging, healthcare issues that haven’t been eradicated? Perhaps these issues have been treated, but still remain. Are you STRESSED? Do you begin your day feeling tired? Perhaps your weight gain has been resistant to diets and medicines. Are you taking so many medicines and supplements that your stomach gets upset and you often lose track of the meds taken on any given day? Do you have trouble sleeping? Perhaps you feel that your health conditions are just a normal consequence of aging.


AVOIDING AND TREATING CHRONIC ILLNESS The above issues have underlying, Root Causes that Functional Medicine can uncover and treat. These issues are bad signs that indicate that the body has already started on a pathway of chronic disease. This pathway usually leads to heart disease, cancer, or neurologic dysfunction [e.g. Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease]. These three chronic disease categories are the main killers of Americans over 50 today, and over the last 50 years, their incidence has only increased. APPLYING NEW INFORMATION The most exciting new information is that your body’s environment is MORE IMPORTANT than your genes. For example, not all those who have the genetic predisposition for cancer or Alzheimer’s actually get the disease. The question is, “WHY?” Your body’s environment determines whether the genetic predisposition for a disease gets expressed. Functional Medicine evaluates and treats your body’s environment. INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT PLANS Since we are all different, we would all benefit from an individualized, detailed treatment plan for our health issues. If you have no health problems now, you would benefit from an individualized plan designed to maintain your healthy status and avoid chronic health issues. Robert Ruess, M.D. is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and will be expanding his practice to include both treatment of patients who have chronic, long-standing problems, as well as treatment of those who want to avoid such problems. He is a classically Western-trained physician who has come to realize that many of the problems that he fixed surgically in the past could have been avoided with proper application of Functional Medicine. For information on Dr. Ruess’s medical background: For more information regarding this unique approach to medical issues call (702) 346-8346.





What Should We Call Them?

by Judi Moreo


n the lower Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas, snowbirds flock for the winter. Not the dark-eyed Junco snowbird, but human winter visitors nicknamed “snowbirds” because they go south for the winter. It’s hard to believe the term “snowbird” has been around for almost a hundred years. In 1923, it was used to describe seasonal workers who went south to work. Because the Rio Grande Valley had about 17-inches of topsoil, there was usually a crop growing year around. By the time I was a young adult in 1979, it was a term commonly used in our home to refer to the large number of retiree tourists who came and spent the winter in one of my parent’s motels or RV parks. It was my job to take these people on short day trips, often into Mexico. I fell in love with them. I realized they not only came south for the sun, they also came for their health. Living in severe


winter climates can be very dangerous, especially for older adults. A fall on the ice can cause broken bones, and I definitely agree with them that shoveling snow is not fun! Plus, the cold weather keeps them from doing healthy things like walking, bike riding, and playing pickleball. Avoiding winter weather is a great way to take care of oneself and avoid injuries. They loved our outings and would often get me to negotiate with a merchant for some item for their home or for souvenirs for their children. Then I would take them out for a meal and select food that wasn’t too spicy in order not to upset their stomachs. They told me the most wonderful stories about their lives, and I would sit mesmerized for hours listening about the places they had been, the careers they had, and the people they knew. Many of my friends complained about the snowbirds’ slow driving, and the snowbirds complained about my friends’ fast driving. Today, my friends are the snowbirds. Wonder who’s complaining about their driving now! The majority of snowbirds

today are between the ages of 50 and 69. These people are of the Baby Boomer generation, and are very active. They tend to be wealthy, well-educated, and able to adapt to new environments easily. Snowbirds have shown up across the southern United States, from Florida to California, and there are quite a few of them migrating to Mexico and South America. They are a welcome addition to any economy and any community. In the Yuma, Arizona area, many snowbirds prefer to park their RV in the desert or a less inhabited landscape instead of in an RV park. Without the advantage of hookups or electricity, the experience is much more rugged. We call those snowbirds “boondockers.” We are fortunate to have our own snowbirds right here in Mesquite. They bring a wealth of knowledge, and many of them have invested in second homes here, bringing with them their “snowdogs” and “snowcats.”

Most snowbirds are very social, and are extremely pleasant to be around. Because they stay longer than tourists, they become a part of our community. They make friends and become involved in social events.

their permanent residence while traveling back north a few months out of the year. I guess then we need to call them “sunbirds.” But most of all, we call them “neighbors.”V

A large number of snowbirds will evolve over time and make their southern home


Growth in Mesquite J


uly 1, 2018 marked the one-year anniversary for adult-use cannabis sales in the state of Nevada, including Deep Roots Harvest in the city of Mesquite. DRH has operated a dual purpose medical and adult use dispensary in Mesquite, in addition to a cultivation and production facility on the same campus. The company grows cannabis and manufactures cannabis products in Mesquite and distributes the products to over 55 dispensaries state wide. “The support of the Community, the City Council, the Mayor of Mesquite, and Mesquite Police and Fire has been tremendous. We’re thankful to be operating here in Mesquite,” CEO Keith Capurro said.

job descriptions are so specialized, we have thousands of internal interactions daily and it can become complex. You have to treat each other well and service each other internally before we can service our customers. We have real team players who are continually open to change,” explained CMO Ryan Breeden.

The Deep Roots Harvest Team Deep Roots Harvest currently employs 100 team members at the company’s Mesquite headquarters. Those 100 people fill over 70 job descriptions that operate in small specialized teams. “Our team is the backbone of the company. Because our

Deep Roots Harvest Dispensary 195 Willis Carrier Canyon Mesquite, NV 89034

Dispensary Hours and Location The Dispensary in Mesquite is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and boasts a wide variety of products from flower to tincture to salves. You must be 21 to enter and to purchase, and you are limited to purchasing one ounce of cannabis or the equivalent per day.

Cultivation and Production Expansion Completed Summer 2018 DRH recently completed an expansion of

its cultivation facility which will increase the company’s cannabis production by roughly 33%. The additional product will enable DRH to better service its growing dispensary operation, as well as offer more product to its wholesale customer base. The cultivation facility will also be introducing roughly a dozen new strains to the Nevada market this coming fall. The expansion included an upgrade to the farms fertigation systems, the completion of two new flower rooms, and the addition of a new vegetation nursery. The growth has also invested in and implemented energy-efficient LED lighting. This expansion also included an upgrade in the company’s extraction equipment to increase production of distillate, oils, and infused products. “These key upgrades to our equipment and facilities will allow us to continue to produce high quality products that the market demands, and it will allow us to do it efficiently,” COO Jon Marshal said.

New Dispensary Opening in Mesquite Fall 2018 Deep Roots Harvest recently started construction of a new dispensary in Mesquite which will replace the current dispensary. The new store will be 7,500 square feet, more than double the size of the existing dispensary. “With the increased square footage, we’ll be able to serve our customers much more efficiently and improve their experience when they come to visit the Deep Roots Harvest Campus,” said CMO Ryan Breeden. The new store will include a larger sales floor with additional displays, merchandise, and educational materials. It will also have significantly more point-of-sale stations which should eliminate waiting times for customers. New Dispensary Opening in West Wendover Winter 2018 Deep Roots Harvest has also received licensing from the state of Nevada and the city of West Wendover to open a medical marijuana dispensary in West Wendover. “We’re beyond excited to become a part of the West Wendover community, and look forward to operating a world-class cannabis dispensary that the city can be proud of. It’s really a great thing that the Mayor and City Council have voted to increase the access of medical marijuana to the citizens and patients of West Wendover and the surrounding region,” CMO Ryan Breeden stated. V 55

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by Laura Draskovich


hat is Gym Etiquette? The manner in which we conduct ourselves and our actions in the fitness area. Proper gym etiquette consists of stated or unspoken rules to ensure the well-being and mutual respect among

gym-goers. The gym is a place one goes to improve personal aspects of health, fitness, and wellness. While working out may or not be the most enjoyable part of your routine, there are a few things each of us can do to improve everyone's

experience and limit any negative 'vibe.' The following is a list I have compiled based on my observations and research: 1) Be courteous to others. Watch your language, lend a hand, and do not interrupt someone with conversation during their set. This is dangerous and rude. Anything you have to say should wait until the person is finished or resting. 2) Dress appropriately. You should be able to move around without exposing yourself. 3) Clean up after yourself, returning all weights to their proper place. If you can load the weights, you can unload the weights. Wipe off the equipment after you finish using it. Gyms can be very germy and illnesses spread easily. No one wants to lay on a bench drenched with your sweat!


4) Do not fool around on, or hang out on the equipment. The gym is not the place to play around. It is dangerous and annoying to others who would like to use a specific piece of equipment. While you may be on your smartphone catching up on social media, be aware of others who are waiting to use the bench or machine you are taking up space on. 5) Share equipment. Let others jump in if the gym is crowded. Rotate others in to your set. Do not take up several machines and equipment and expect not to share. 6) Concentrate and focus on your workout, not what others are doing. Few people enjoy being watched while they are working out.

impair your workout. Using your cell phone is a distraction to others, as well. If you need to make or answer a call, do so in private. Also, be aware of others if you have to text while occupying gym equipment. 9) Keep your music to yourself. Headphones are meant for your ears and not for others to tolerate. 10) Rack your weights when you are finished with them. Be considerate of others who may not want to remove 500 pounds of plates from the leg press, etc.

7) Give others space. Do not workout directly in front of the weight racks.

11) Grunting and excessive noise while lifting weights: Keep the noises to a minimum. Sound effects quickly grow quite bothersome to others working out anywhere near you. This goes for dropping and slamming weights on the ground.

8) Turn off your cell phone. Using your cell phone during a workout is sometimes necessary; however, it may

12) Personal hygiene: Launder your workout gear regularly. Come into the gym with clean gym shoes. If you

sweat, bring a towel and wipe down the machine or equipment. Washing your hands and using sanitizer will help to reduce the spreading of germs and bacteria. 13) Selfies and flexing in the mirror: Nothing says "self-absorbed" more than these. Believe it or not, they are really not a necessary part of working out. Check out your gains at home. There you have it fitness peeps, Laura's TOP 13 Rules of Gym Etiquette. To maintain a positive workout environment, it is important to be aware and do your part to promote an enjoyable gym culture. Over the years, I have observed and experienced first-hand all of these violations. The gym is a place where people come together working toward individual health, fitness, or bodybuilding goals. Though our modes are different, we should all expect to adhere to the same gym etiquette. V



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The Little Community Theater That Could by Bruce Bennett


he southern Utah area, like much of the state, is basking in the glow of musical theater so pervasive that when they recently visited our state, award-winning composers Justin Paul and Benj Pasek (The Greatest Showman, La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) called Utah this “insane musical theater heaven.” But this doesn’t apply to just well-known, established professional theaters like the Utah Shakespearean Festival or Tuacahn Theater for the Arts. In nearly every city you travel, you can find a small community theater like St. George Musical Theater. Notes SGMT’s CEO Bruce R. Bennett, “I often tell people that community theater is like a minor league team that can prepare someone for the major leagues.” In fact, there probably isn’t a professional actor working on Broadway or offBroadway that didn’t get their start in community theater. Just ask Tony-award winning actress Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller


who now resides in southern Utah. “The professionalism we learn and bring to rehearsals, the relationships we build, and the transcendent experiences we have in community theater are the same kinds of skills, friendships, and life-changing experiences I had and developed on the stage of The Broadway Theater in New York. St. George Musical Theater is no exception.” SGMT has been around since the early 90s and now has a home performing its signature in-the-round theater in the historic Opera House in downtown St. George. Without a venue of their own for over five years, the non-profit community theater was given the opportunity to use the Opera House with the full support of outgoing Mayor Daniel McArthur and incoming and current Mayor Jon Pike, along with a very artsfriendly city council. The city leaders recognized the powerful healing and

enrichment that a community theater can provide, and not just to members of the audience. Recently, a long time SGMT veteran performer was devastated after the loss of his wife to cancer. But like so many others, the camaraderie and collaborative spirit of community theater, in his words, “saved his life.” SGMT has had several community theater performers go on to successful careers in the Broadway world, but its core-base of performers and even production team members are people with other primary sources of income and the usual variety of other demanding responsibilities. Notes SGMT’s Artistic Director Rachel Parry, “If you come to one of our shows, you are just as likely to see your dentist on stage as you are a mother of three who lives next door to you — people are often surprised by the level of talent that’s out there in our own backyard.”

SGMT’s strives to bring an artistic excellence to their organization, or as Bennett is fond of saying, “We strive to give community theater a good name.” SGMT now produces seven productions per year, and their past productions have included familiar, iconic shows, such as Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, and newer shows such as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Christmas Story the Musical, Parry continues, “Our bedrock shows are the classics performed in our intimate space which can really change the patron’s experience. There are reasons these shows are considered classics, and our smaller venue accentuates the nuances of each character.”V Beginning August 16, SGMT will open their season with Hello Dolly, one of hottest shows on Broadway right now. In succession, SGMT will present The Marvelous Wonderettes, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The King and I, Charley’s Aunt, and then close the season with The Pajama Game. Ticket prices are $17-21 with group rates as low as $13.00. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 1-866-967-8167 or visiting the box office on performance nights from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at 212 N. Main St. St. George, Utah.


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Pack Llamas for your next Backcountry Adventure by Jason Wittwer


’ll never forget the first time I saw someone using pack llamas. I was hiking into some remote, Nevada backcountry with my brother and our good friend, Corey. We had just left the hot trailhead on an early August morning. This time of year, temperatures can reach well into the 90s at the valley floor where we started our hike. In addition, this particular trail included a substantial amount of elevation gain within the first couple miles. After the first half-mile of hiking, we needed a break to cool down and catch our breath. It was about that time we noticed a couple hikers with some pack animals making their way up the trail behind us. I’ve spent most of my life around horses. We used them primarily for trail riding in the mountains. After years of experience, I gravitated away from horses due to the high level of maintenance and unpredictability. At the same time,


I’ve always missed having the extra “horsepower” to haul gear on my backcountry adventures. As we sat along the side of the trail resting our lungs and legs, the two hikers and their friends made their way past us. As they got closer, we realized they had pack llamas. “How odd!” I thought. At that time the only knowledge I had of llamas was from the Disney movie, Emperor’s New Groove. That day my curiosity of llamas as pack animals was peaked. Needless to say, the hikers and their llamas sped past us on the trail. The hikers weren’t tired or out of breath. They had little to no weight in their small backpacks. All the gear was on the llamas. The llamas looked so natural and in their element, like they were meant to be packing up a mountain trail headed for the backcountry. It wasn’t long before we found an outfit that rented pack llamas. The next fall, we rented two packers and made our way into the backcountry. The experience was perfect! They behaved well, packed around 75 pounds each, and gave us none of the occasional “trouble” I was accustomed to with horses. We were hooked! That was four years ago. We’ve spent that time building our herd with some of the best pack llamas available. We’ve traveled to six western states in order to find the best pack llamas. We’ve also accumulated female pack llamas so we can build and maintain our own herd. It’s been the best decision we’ve made and fits our backcountry hiking style perfectly. Here are some fun facts about pack llamas you may not have known: 1. Pack llamas are a specific breed of llamas. They are a registered breed called Ccara Llamas, pronounced “kar-a.” 2. Most pack llamas range from 44-inches up to as big as 52-inches at the withers or top of the shoulders. 3. Ccara breed llamas are bred to be larger bodied with short wool. This helps them cover backcountry miles easier without overheating as fast. 4. Llamas do occasionally spit, but rarely at humans. They usually spit at other

llamas when they feel their space or feed is being invaded. It’s relatively harmless, except a little chewed hay stuck to your face. 5. Llamas don’t have shoes like horses. Llamas have two large toes. The bottom of their foot is soft and padded, which helps and allows gripping on the steep hillsides and rocky terrain of the backcountry.

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6. Llamas typically live to around fifteen to twenty-five years old. 7. Quality trained pack llamas are very difficult to find and can cost anywhere from $2,000 to as high as $10,000.V 63


Reasons to visit Brian Head by Lani Penney, Cedar City Brian Head Tourism Bureau



alling all snowbirds! Ski season is right around the corner, and Brian Head Resort and surrounding areas are gearing up for a winter to remember. Brian Head is located in Iron County, Utah, just three hours from Las Vegas. For generations, families have traveled to the town of Brian Head to escape their hectic city lives in Brian Head’s fun-filled, family-friendly winter wonderland. Brian Head sits as the highest mountain town in Utah, with a base elevation of 9,600 feet. With an average of 360 inches of snowfall each year and over 650 acres of ski terrain filled with 71 runs of all difficulty levels, Brian Head Resort is definitely a place of sanctuary for powder lovers. Along with epic skiing and snowboard opportunities, Brian Head Resort and local businesses offer a wide variety of winter activities. To top it off, the location is like no other with desert weather just hours away. Below are just five reasons why a trip to Brian Head should be on your winter agenda, and why every member of the family will absolutely love it. 1. Ski among southern Utah red rock views. Brian Head Resort provides a one and only ski experience with views of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Dixie National Forest, and into Zion National Park. There is something unique and divine about shredding down the snow-covered mountain with views of red rock one would not expect to be anywhere but in the desert. The snow-covered red rock creates a ‘fire and ice’ illusion that makes the already epic run even more so. Be sure to have a camera handy, as the red rock views offer endless Instagramworthy photo opportunities. 2. Brian Head Resort is the perfect resort for beginners and little ones to learn to ski and snowboard. Let’s face it, the first time on the slopes can be extremely intimidating and scary whether you’re 5-years-old or 35-years-

old. Brian Head Resort is the perfect ski resort for beginners as it offers smaller slopes compared to other Utah ski resorts, and it is generally less congested. With Brian Head Resort being frequented mostly by families, generally there is a beginner in many of the groups. This offers a safe and welcoming ski/ snowboard experience for first-timers, and you won’t be the only one learning on the mountain. Brian Head Resort also offers ski school and private lessons for all ages. For parents who would like to venture off on the slopes and areas where your little snowbird might not be ready, ski school is the perfect option to not only assure a safe spot for your children, but to also instill proper ski/snowboard techniques and habits right from the get go. 3. Brian Head is the perfect place for a family vacation. Brian Head Resort is the definition of a family-friendly ski resort. Brian Head Resort welcomes skiers and snowboarders of all ages. However, for those who prefer to enjoy all that snow off of the slopes, Brian Head has just what you’re looking for. Brian Head Resort has southern Utah’s top snow tubing destinations, with tubing parks located at both Giant Steps and Navajo mountains. Surface lifts provide easy access to the top of the tubing courses, which makes it a much smoother experience, especially for the little ones. Taking the entire family skiing can get costly fast. In comparison to other Utah ski resorts, Brian Head Resort has very affordable prices for daily lift tickets, rentals, and tubing sessions. Season passes are also very affordable and discounted if purchased early for those who plan to frequent Brian Head over the winter. 4. See Cedar Breaks National Monument in its ‘fire and ice’ setting. Cedar Breaks National Monument, located just minutes from

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While most visitors tend to come in the warmer, summer months, Cedar Breaks National Monument creates an entirely different experience in the winter months with its belongings covered in snow. Snowmobile tours to Cedar Breaks are available at local shops in Brian Head, along with snow shoe rentals to access areas of the monument that may be inaccessible during winter months. However, the North Rim viewpoint is open year-round for the family to access together by vehicle. 5. Ski Brian Head Resort one day, hike Zion National Park the very next. If visiting the National Parks in southern Utah is on your bucket list, don’t wait until next summer to check them off. Brian Head is located an hour from Bryce Canyon National Park, and just an hour and a half from Zion National Park. You can literally hit the slopes at Brian Head Resort one day and hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park the next. Not only can you combine your ski trip with a hiking adventure, but you will also beat the crowds visiting the parks in the winter, as the summer months are highly congested. Temperatures are a little cooler throughout winter months, so be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly. For more information on all the activities above, log onto or call (435) 586-5124. 66

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Tis the Night before Nevada Day, and All Through Mesquite, Little Ghoulkins and Ghostlettes Are Looking for a Treat

hat’s the scene in Mesquite on Thursday evening before Nevada Day since 2013. Shreeek-Reeka is a free community event sponsored by the Eureka Community Initiative, in partnership with many local nonprofits and businesses. Every year the event draws hundreds of children and their parents from Mesquite, Bunkerville and the Arizona Strip communities. This year the event is October 25 at 5 pm to 8 pm. The first stop for little visitors is the VIP parking lot behind the Eureka Casino. The area is turned into a child’s dream with a dozen booths set up and manned by volunteers who are all in costume. The booths and volunteers are into the spirit of Halloween and provide interactive games and candy to all the participating children. It’s not unusual to have to dance for your candy at the Mesquite-Toes booth or color a picture at the Virgin Valley Artists Association booth. The interaction between volunteers, children, and parents who visit each year showcases Mesquite at its best. The fun also includes a 62-foot inflatable obstacle course ending with a slide. Volunteers man the entrance and the exit to the slide, and often the middle as well. Occasionally, a little one will chicken out at the top of the slide and need a little friendly encouragement to finish the obstacles. And, of course, they are rewarded with a treat. DJ #Juan adds to the excitement with age-appropriate music, and before long,

children are lined up dancing in front of the stage. Parents can sit and sip on hot chocolate while watching their children and grandchildren dancing with their friends.

before entering the maze. Parents are advised that they may not want to bring young ones, as it may be too terrifying for them. But if they do, there are escape routes built into the design for a quick exit.

Candy and games are not the only part of the annual Shreeek-Reeka event. Jim White, Eureka’s Lead Engineer, aided by other employees and community volunteers toil for hours building the Shreeek-Reeka Haunted House Maze in the Grand Canyon Ballroom.

Gerri Chasko, Director of the ECI, is the first to admit the success of the event is due to the unending support from their community partners. The event takes days of preparation and requires dozens of people to work together, many of whom meet for the first time during the event. Groups like We Care for Animals, Mesquite-Toes, Virgin Valley Artists Association, Mesquite Veterans Center, Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, Kids for Sports, the Exchange Club, Salvation Army, Virgin Valley Theatre Group, and Wells Fargo have been there since ShreeekReeka’s inception and continue to support the event each year.

This is not your grandpa’s haunted house maze. Oh no, there are areas during your winding trek through the labyrinthine network of eerie and chilling displays that are downright spine-tingling and unnerving. You never know if the zombie or witch in the scene will eat you alive or needs your help trying to escape the dreaded maze. All the entrants are led in small groups to enhance the experience and keep everyone safe. With the help of a group of Sun City residents, no children have ever been devoured by zombies. Hopefully, that record will stand for years to come. From angels to zombies, these volunteers take on their evil or angelic personas by donning a costume they create. The maze’s design has evolved over the years and becomes more interesting and terrifying each year. There are young children who are petrified and crying

The evening is an enjoyable and safe way for the community to enjoy the haunted holiday. In keeping with the Eureka Community Initiative, formed in 2012, the employee-owned resort and casino is dedicated to provide measurable impacts in our core areas of focus, including Education, Citizenship, Outreach and Economic Development. The ShreeekReeka event is one way to achieve that goal. V To find out more about the Eureka Community Initiative, please visit 67

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No One Is Safe — Including Me! by Keith Buchhalter, Public Affairs Specialist at Overton Power District No. 5


was in my office when my phone rang. Out of the corner of my eye I saw that it was not a known number, so I ignored the call. I usually do not answer calls from unknown numbers, since it is usually a salesperson or someone who wants me to answer a survey. Five minutes

later it rang again. I realized the number on my cell phone screen display had a local area code, so I said to myself, "I have nothing to lose; I will answer." The person on the other side of the headset identified himself as an employee of the electric company, and the reason for his call was to notify me that they had not received my payment, and that my service was at risk of being disconnected. I could not believe it! I had heard of clients receiving these types of calls, but I never imagined that one day I would receive one. Don't get me wrong, I say it because I work for the electric company and my account is in automatic payment. I decided to play along and acted worried. I told him it would be a nightmare to have my service disconnected. The employee of the electric company told me not to worry, instructed me to go buy a prepaid card, and call him back as soon as possible with the account number. He gave me an hour. I wrote down the phone number and hung up. I called back, and the employee of the electric company answered immediately. I told him I knew his call was a scam and that I was going to report it to the police. Before I finished saying the word "police" I realized the call had been cut off. Unfortunately, this does not only happen in the area where I live; it is a problem everywhere. These predators are looking for good and innocent people, and unfortunately many fall for their tricks. These types of calls increase during this time of the year because these scourges of society know it is when we are most vulnerable. Nobody wants to be disconnected when the temperature outside is 90+ degrees Fahrenheit and we rely heavily on our air conditioners. I don't want you to be a victim of this scam. So, here are some things to remember for you to protect yourself: • The electric company usually makes courtesy calls to remind you if you have not paid your bill, but will never demand payment immediately. • The electric company will never give you instructions to buy a prepaid card to make your payments.


• If you receive a call of this nature and you have any doubt, hang up. Find the phone number of your local power company and call them directly. • Never offer personal or financial information over the phone unless you are 100% certain who you are talking to. • Report the call to the local police department so they know people are making these types of calls in your area. And do not forget to follow us on Facebook for recommendations on how to protect yourself from scammers, and for great tips on how to conserve energy. Overton Power District No. 5 welcomes you back! V


REMEMBER 9/11 With the Exchange Club by Paul Benedict

literally with buckets, rebuilding . . . that’s extraordinary. And that’s why we have already won. It’s democracy. They can’t shut that down. “The view from my apartment was the World Trade Center. Now it’s gone. They attacked it. This symbol of American ingenuity and strength and labor and imagination and commerce and it’s gone. But you know what the view is now? The Statue of Liberty. The view from the south of Manhattan is the Statue of Liberty. “You can’t beat that.” As we do every year, the Exchange Club of Mesquite conducts a moving Remember 9/11 ceremony, beginning at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, September 11 at the Rotunda in front of City Hall. All are invited to attend – especially your young ones, to whom this is just an event in their history books.



n September 11, 2001, everything changed. Over 3,000 Americans died on that day 17 years ago, and Americans are still dying today because of that attack on our nation.

On that day, we learned how to recover from unendurable damages – how to look forward. We have faced the challenge to recover, to overcome – and we have accepted the challenge to look forward.

Mesquite Police and Fire & Rescue members join with the Exchange Club and the residents of our valley in saluting the innocent victims and the First Responders who gave their all on our behalf.

The attacks of September 11 were a strike to the heart of all of us, no matter when we were born, no matter where we were born. What happened to America that day, what we did about it, and what we are doing about it is not about war, or about money, or about race, or about politics, but about our state of mind.

In his first broadcast after that horrible day, an unlikely voice, that of comedian Jon Stewart spoke these words:

Those returning to Mesquite’s heat after a cooler summer spent up north will appreciate that the Remember 9/11 ceremony coincides with the 6:48 PM sunset, so most seats will be in full shade.

“Any fool can blow something up. Any fool can destroy. But to see these guys, these firefighters and these policemen and people from all over the country,

Please bring your lawn chairs on Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 PM. V


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In Her Own Hand

A 19th Century Woman Speaks of Life in America’s West by Karen L. Monsen photos submitted by Nancy Rushforth


n Her Own Hand is a play using Mary Hallock Foote’s words from letters written in the late nineteenth century depicting her life in America’s West. The play will be presented at the Center for Arts and Theater in Ivins, Utah on September 15, 2018. Tickets are available at Mary Hallock Foote, referred to as Molly, was raised a Quaker in Milton, New York and was commissioned as a sketch-artist illustrator for Harper’s Weekly magazine, and for poets and authors of the day, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne for whom she illustrated his book, The Scarlet Letter. Her sketches were carved onto wood blocks for reprinting, and her writings includes novels, short stories, children’s books, articles, and letters. Following her marriage to Arthur Foote, a mining and water engineer, Molly moved west and expanded her illustrations and writing to describe life in mining towns in New Almaden near San Francisco; Leadville, Colorado; and Grass Valley, California. Nancy Rushforth, retired Associate Professor of Humanities and Integrated Studies from Utah Valley University, and Kim Abunuwara perform the play based on edited letters between Molly and her life-long friend Helena de Kay Gilder, who resided on the east coast while Molly lived out west. Rushforth explains the play’s rationale to “affirm as factual the life of Mary Hallock Foote” and to examine “a significant century-old correspondence between two women living on opposite coasts, but never separated in spirit. I have found in this reminiscence and correspondence a most valuable historical record, a rare example of the nineteenth century, western feminine experience, and a valuable literary expression.” Rushforth asserts, “My interest in Mary Hallock Foote began forty years ago when I first read Wallace Stegner’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Angle of Repose. I read it as fiction, and was fascinated by the realistic female character the author created in Susan Burling Ward. I was thoroughly captivated by this female protagonist.” Although Stegner fictionalized character names and some events, he drew much of his story from Molly’s unpublished writings. Foote’s autobiography, A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West, further confirms the scope of Stegner’s borrowed material.

Mary Hallock Foote Drawing, “Porch Scene”

Rushforth’s research on the historical Mary Hallock Foote led her to a Leadville library with the complete collection of Foote’s novels and short stories, and to Stanford University’s Special Collections Library holding twelve file boxes containing 700 of Mary Hallock Foote’s letters. Rushforth characterizes the handwritten correspondence as, “original letters written on orange-brown paper, difficult to read after one hundred years of preservation.” Additionally, Rushforth reviewed a box containing typed copies of letters for which she received permissions to examine and quote, thereby, contributing materials for her Master’s Thesis and the basis for her two-woman play. Rushforth presents Mary Foote as, “An educated woman living in the cultural and physical harshness of early mining camps, her voice provides an identity with our past and secures an identity with ourselves.” Separated from family and friends, Mary Foote chronicled her experiences and feelings, and connects to us today through what was an acceptable nineteenth century outlet for women — letters. V In Her Own Hand will be performed September 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts and Theatre in the Kayenta community, 881 Kayenta Parkway, Ivins, Utah. Two workshops to “Inspire and Empower” led by Rushforth and Abunuwara will be held Sunday, September 16 at 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. For more information and tickets for the play ($15 each) and workshops ($10 each) go to 73

The Art of Being Entertained

Dixie State University Presents a Variety of Dazzling Art Events This Fall by Jyl Hall


s part of its “active learning. active life.” approach to education and life in general, Dixie State University (DSU) is hosting an impressive array of art experiences this fall. The University is thrilled to invite the entire community onto campus for these exciting shows. DSU’s DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival kicks off the art schedule for the 2018-19 academic year by featuring 67 films from 14 countries. Taking place September 3-8 primarily in DSU’s Dolores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center, DOCUTAH offers audiences the opportunity to screen documentaries and interact with filmmakers through post-screening Q&A sessions and daily DOCtalk events. To learn more about this year’s festival, special events, and ticketing, visit Also situated in the Eccles Fine Arts Center, the Sears Art Museum offers a variety of art styles from traditional to contemporary, and features six exhibits each year. “Defacing Stigma: 50 Faces,” an exhibit by Fiona Phillips, will be open

September 14 through November 16. Next, works by Leo Krikorian will be on display November 30 through January 18. Admission to the museum is free, and it is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to save the date for the museum’s 32nd Annual Robert N. and Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show & Sale. This prestigious show, which supports the preservation of art on campus, features more than 100 artists and 200 traditional, contemporary, and sculptural works of art. The show will open with a gala on February 15 and run through March 31. To learn more about all the events taking place at the museum, visit With a rich history of bringing world-renowned artists to the stage right here in southern Utah, Dixie State’s Celebrity Concert Series has another great season of music and dance in store. Established in 1958, the series has become synonymous with outstanding yet affordable entertainment, and features 12 concerts this academic year. Discounted season ticket packages, as well as individual show tickets, are available by calling (435) 652-7800, or by visiting Offering nearly 30 shows during the fall semester alone, the students in DSU’s College of the Arts present a variety of theater, music, and dance performances. Not only are these shows a delight to take in, they also feature the excitement of live performances and showcase southern Utah’s up-and-coming performers. To learn about the college and its programs, visit Bringing the world to the southern Utah stage, Dixie State University’s arts programming presents a variety of shows you won’t want to miss. We’ll see you there! V



Mesquite Welcomes new Oral Surgeon M by Michelle Brooks

esquite Oral Surgery is now open in Mesquite, Nevada. There is no need to drive to St. George or Las Vegas for oral surgery anymore. Dr. Jay Selznick provides first-class service combined with state-of-the-art equipment that will rival any big city, and Mesquite’s residents don’t ever have to get on the freeway.

Dr. Jay K. Selznick, D.M.D., M.D has over twenty-five years of experience in oral and maxillofacial (relating to the jaws and face) surgery. After obtaining a Bachelor of 76

Arts degree from the New York University, College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Selznick went on to receive his doctorate in dental medicine from the ivy league University of Pennsylvania. He then completed his internship and residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery in the world’s largest level one trauma center, King’s County Hospital Center/State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in New York City.

Raised in a family of surgeons in New York, Dr. Selznick, at the age of fifteen, was

fascinated with oral surgery. With some influence from a friend of his father’s, who was an oral surgeon at the time, he knew from that age that this was the field he wanted to pursue. How does an oral surgeon from New York City end up practicing in Nevada? When Dr. Selznick was growing up, he had many opportunities to visit an aunt who was a heart surgeon living in Reno. Later, in 1993, Las Vegas was about to unveil the new MGM Grand Casino, and Dr. Selznick wanted to be there. He and his then

girlfriend traveled to Las Vegas for the opening where Dr. Selznick proposed. The newlyweds returned to live in Las Vegas in 1994. Dr. Selznick now serves as the Associate Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Las Vegas‘ University Medical Center of Southern Nevada and is associated with a number of hospitals and medical centers in Nevada including Valley Hospital Medical Center, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, and Desert View Regional Medical Center, in addition to having his own practice in Las Vegas. But his heart lies in Nevada’s small towns. With practices in Elko, Pahrump, and now Mesquite, Dr. Selznick feels that he is able to make more of a connection and create relationships with his patients in rural settings, while still offering the technology and expertise normally found in big cities. For fun, Dr. Selznick is an avid outdoorsman. He finds time for competing in triathlons, swimming, hiking, cycling, snow skiing, and boxing. An observant Jew, Dr. Selznick speaks Hebrew fluently, has been to Israel over a dozen times, and lived there for three years. He is also a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Now accepting new patients, Mesquite Oral Surgery is open for business.

Mesquite’s residents no longer need to travel to receive excellent care with the latest technology when it comes to oral surgery. Dr. Selznick provides big-city treatment while creating relationships and appreciating each of his patients. V

Learn more about Dr. Selznick and Mesquite Oral Surgery at or or call the Mesquite office at (702) 346-1588.


Family-Friendly Spookytown Returns to St. George By David Cordero Membership Director, St. George Area Chamber of Commerce


elcome back, Spookytown. Long a rite of autumn in southern Utah, the Spookytown Festival returns to St. George at Town Square on Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hosted by the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, the family-friendly community festival is expected to attract approximately 10,000 people, and is designed to showcase all that southern Utah has to offer, including: • Several food trucks • Kids’ activities • Stage performances


• Contests and games, including a dunk tank • Classic car show • Live performances • Vendor booths Attendees will also get to learn about various local businesses, as well as many non-profit organizations. Vendor booth spaces can be purchased by Chamber of Commerce members at a discounted price. Those who are not members of the Chamber can purchase booth space at the regular price. Proceeds from Spookytown go toward scholarships for high school

students intending to pursue higher education at Dixie State University or Dixie Technical College. “With Town Square as the ideal location, this promises to be an extraordinary festival,” says Susi Lafaele, Operations Director of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce. “This event really gets to the heart of who we are and showcases our wide array of organizations and services.” Food trucks will be in abundance, offering a wide variety of menu options. “It comes

as no surprise that people are often motivated to attend festivals because of the food,” Lafaele added. “This year we will have more food choices than ever before.” Known for its engaging events, the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a weekly Wednesday luncheon featuring trainers and inspirational speakers, an annual golf tournament, an annual business summit and expo, an awards gala, movies in the park, and a healthy business challenge. Approximately 900 businesses from all parts of Washington County and surrounding areas are members of the organization. The Chamber exists for the benefit of each member and aims at maintaining and developing a community in which businesses and families can thrive. “Our Chamber services the business needs of the whole county and beyond,”

says Pam Palermo, President and CEO of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce. “Technology is constantly evolving, but building relationships remains the key to generating a dynamic, thriving business community. Spookytown

goes a long way in providing a platform for those relationships to grow.” V To purchase booth space, please contact Susi Lafaele at (435) 628-1650 Ext. 2 or


Moapa Valley Welcomes Back

Winter Visitors

by Christine Ward


ccording to Wikipedia, "snowbird" is a North American term for a person who migrates from higher latitudes and colder climates of the northern United States and Canada in the southward direction in winter to warmer locales such as Florida, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, or elsewhere along the Sun Belt of the southern United States, Mexico, and areas of the Caribbean. Many snowbirds are from either the Northeast, Midwest, or Canada. According to recent research I have undertaken, a more politically correct

term for snowbirds is “winter visitors.” Apparently, this is because many people associate snowbirds with heavier traffic, slower drivers, and crowded restaurants and stores. Texas even has their own name for snowbirds: Winter Texans. Whatever name you choose to use, here in Moapa Valley, we have always looked forward to our snowbird/winter visitors’ return each year to our community. For decades, the mesa between Overton Beach Marina and the town of Overton looked more like an RV Park or small city than an empty desert, but since the closure of Overton Beach Marina, decreasing water levels in Lake Mead, and cut-backs in services available

at Echo Bay Marina, the number of snowbirds has decreased. Although the numbers decreased, Moapa Valley still receives plenty of winter visitors and we are thankful they choose our valley as their winter home. Each year, the Moapa Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts a “Veteran’s Day/ Welcome Back Snowbirds” picnic at the Overton Park. According to Marjorie Holland, President of the Moapa Valley Chamber of Commerce, “We love having this picnic every year. We welcome the snowbirds back for the winter and have an opportunity to visit with and honor the veterans we have in our area, while we enjoy and strengthen community ties.” The Moapa Valley Recreation and Senior Center is a great place for all visitors to experience meals, entertainment, and scheduled activities including billiards,


ceramics, card games, movie nights, karaoke, and much more. Other great ideas for snowbird activities include Valley of Fire State Park, Lake Mead, the Moapa Valley Art Guild, OLSHACS, Lost City Museum, and of course, Logandale Trails. Fall activities in Moapa Valley include the annual Moapa Valley Car & Motorcycle Show, the Logandale Bluegrass and BBQ Festival, and the Pomegranate Festival. Moapa Valley is proud to welcome our temporary winter visitors, and we are thankful for the way they support our community year after year. V For information about events, restaurants, lodging, and more, visit


The Eagle has Landed

by Christopher England photos by Kris Zurbas



agles Landing Travel Plazas have become known as the premier place to stop by savvy motorists as well as seasoned professional drivers on I-15 in central and southern Utah. Now they are spreading their wings even further and expanding with two new locations in Mesquite, Nevada and Desert Springs, Arizona.

quality gasoline, diesel, and ethanol-free E-91, as well as plans for electric vehicle charging stations. In the back of the facility, there will be eight diesel lanes with new high-speed pumps and sixty-five truck parking spots. Other highlights include dedicated RV parking and a tire shop serving the needs of both personal and commercial vehicles.

With the ground breaking in January of 2018, Eagles Landing became the first new commercial project at the recently completed Exit 118, I-15 interchange in Mesquite. The modern 17-acre facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. In partnership with Pilot/Flying J, they will provide travelers and locals with high-

Inside, the beautiful 18,900-squarefoot facility will be well-stocked with all the essentials, ice cold drinks, and tasty snacks, as well as hot and fresh choices like soups, salads, chicken, pizza, sandwiches, and more. Another exciting new option will be the massive coffee bar with a wide variety of hot and cold

brew choices, including nitro on tap. Also housed within the facility will be a full-size liquor store, authentic Mexican food from Mr. Taco, and a much anticipated Wendy’s. “This project will bring the city more tax dollars that we need. If we can put another 60 to 80 people to work over time, it will help us immensely. Of course, everyone is as excited about the Wendy’s as they are anything else,” said Mayor Al Litman In addition to the large clean restrooms that Eagles Landing Travel Plazas are known for, truck drivers and weary travelers will have access to six private restrooms with spa quality showers, free wi-fi, and slot machines, as well

as a private trucker’s lounge where professional drivers can relax and unwind after miles on the road. Besides the addition of great new convenience, fueling, and food options, the economic impact of this facility will be a boon to the residents of Mesquite and the surrounding area. Jeff Powell, chairman of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors said, “This is a great opportunity to expand business in Mesquite. This project will bring additional revenues and income streams to the city and other businesses. It brings people off the interstate and into town. It will be a first-class operation and a win-win for everyone.” Eagles Landing is also building a new site just over the border in Desert Springs, Arizona. Located conveniently just off of the southbound side at Exit 9, this location is currently under construction, with completion planned for early 2019. This seven-acre facility will be an oasis providing multiple car and dedicated RV lanes for fueling to get customers back on their way. For food, there will be a Subway, and they are also bringing forward a new concept called Yardley’s Steakburgers and Custard. With roots going all the way back to the

1800’s raising cattle in Utah’s Beaver Valley, Yardley’s is a family business using clean, family-raised beef from select cows grass-fed in pastures not in pens. Yardley’s Steakburgers offer handcrafted patties and quality natural ingredients. The owners say it’s a difference you can taste. “It’s not a burger – it’s a Yardley’s.” Other unique offerings on their menu will be hand-mixed real custard shakes and sweet potato fries. Eagles Landing is excited to bring the unsurpassed quality and customer





service the residents and travelers in Utah have come to depend on to the areas of northern Arizona and northeastern Nevada. V To find out more about Eagles Landing Travel Plazas, visit their website at or follow them at Eagles Landing Travel Plazas on Facebook and @eagleslandingtravelplazas on Instagram for information and specials.

L IFESTYLE Gateway to National Parks 21 Miles of Biking & Hiking Trails Championship Golf Courses Recreation for all ages

I NCENTIVES Lower Taxes Discounted City Property Workforce Training Abundant Water / Natural Gas

I NDUSTRY Manufacturing Warehousing Food Processing Corporate Offices

L OCATION Strategic Southwest Hub On I-15 Corridor Municipal Airport New Industrial Park - 800 acres


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INTERIOR TRENDS Bringing Mindfulness in Home Décor


by Helen Houston — Certified Staging & Redesign Professional

edesigning your home usually consists of looking into what style, what color scheme, and what new furniture you want. However, if you are redecorating your home, have you considered how these changes can impact your mental state? More specifically, how this can impact you and your families mindfulness.


In the last year, I became more and more interested in this topic and found myself restyling my home according to a more mindful design. First thing, I removed niche framing on one entire wall. This created an expansive smooth wall that no longer required me to “display” décor in little boxes, and it opened up the room big time. Second, I decluttered the stuff that had no function and no meaning to me. Then, I painted all my walls in a neutral color. I replaced window coverings to create more bright and airy spaces. I also incorporated

green by bringing in plants, both large and small. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. The point is, the first question everyone should ask themselves when redecorating their home is: “What makes me feel good in my home?” We all know that the place

where we live highly influences our lives and our behaviors. We all do better when our homes are better. Dr. Helen Sanderson of the UK combined her background in interior design and psychotherapy to create the Ministry of Calm. In a recent study, Dr. Sanderson’s research showed: • 99% of respondents said that changing their space can affect how they feel • 79% of respondents said it was very important that their space supported their well-being • 40% of respondents said their home reflected the life they wanted to grow into Your surroundings have a huge subconscious impact on your emotions and

thoughts. Whether you live alone or with your family or friends, there are many different design elements you can do to help turn your home into a calmer and a more serene environment. Bringing Mindfulness in Home Décor in 6 Steps: 1) Choose natural materials. Wood is enjoying a big comeback. Together with all natural materials, such as linens, bamboo, and stones, natural material evokes a relaxed, close-to-nature feel and replies to people’s need for authenticity.

2) Neutral and soft hues. While color trends have shown us bold and bright colors, a neutral palette in soft hues, no doubt, is the most suitable to create a calm and peaceful home retreat. I lived four years with lemongrass colored walls. Now that everything is light and neutral, I can say I am feeling much better. 3) The value of homemade quality. While smart home technology is huge right now, there is a high demand for artisanal furniture and items to bring a personal touch into homes. From hand-baked tiles and ceramics to barn doors, adding some handcrafted elements into an interior gives perfect balance into homes. People like contemporary lines, but they like the warmth of bringing an older element into home.


home can make a world of difference. You also need to consider artificial lighting. Make sure you have the correct lighting in the different areas of your home. For example, use daylight bulbs in kitchens and bathrooms, and softer lighting on dimmer switches in living and dining areas. Here’s something to consider: We all deserve to have a life filled with meaningful productivity as well as thoughtful, in-the-moment reflection. Sure, you can get an app for that, but think about incorporating mindfulness into your life through home design. V

4) Find a place for reading nooks and corners. Bringing mindfulness into your homes also means finding a space where you can simply relax. Built-in reading nooks or just a corner with a comfortable chair and soft lighting can create a space where you feel well and enjoy time. Blankets, cushions, and plants are a great way to add coziness.


5) Green fingers. Indoor plants are currently very on-trend, not only because they look good, but because of the health benefits they bring. Being outside for a few minutes can boost your mood, and some studies show that by bringing plants inside they can reduce stress and help with breathing problems. 6) Lighting is key to your mood. Enabling as much natural lighting into your

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign. Helen is a certified real estate staging and redesign professional and certified color consultant. A professional has the insight and expertise to turn a homeowner’s inspirations into reality. Using a knowledgeable professional is also a cost-effect way to achieve your goals in a timely and stress-free fashion. Helen can be reached at (702) 346-0246 or

Mesquite Library


by Dr. Ronald R. Heezen - Executive Director


f you’ve been away this summer, you may have missed the grand opening of the new Mesquite Library Campus and all of its new offerings. To start, the campus now includes two buildings, the Library and the Learning Center. From the outdoor play area with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities to the multigenerational Club Room for reading or quiet conversations, there truly is something for everyone.


The new library features two homework spaces – one for children and another for teens. There are laptops dedicated to homework that children can check out, freeing up the desktop computers for even more children to enjoy. Teens have their own haven for homework, reading, crafting, or hanging out together. There’s also the multipurpose room which hosts musical performances, author visits, children’s events, educational workshops, and more.

Since opening at the end of May, there have been no shortage of events, which has included magic shows, movie matinees, concerts, and a comedy show for the community to enjoy. Those special events are in addition to ongoing programs such as storytimes, teen scene, and clubs for adults. Adults also have dedicated spaces in which to enjoy their library experience, including the Club Room that includes two 65-inch televisions, a large sofa, laptop tables, and a boardroom table with comfortable

chairs. Across the street from the new building is the former library, which was redesigned and now includes an adult computer center, an instructional classroom, a meeting room, and study rooms. It is also home to the One-Stop Career Center, which provides a broad array of services for businesses and job seekers. Another exciting feature of the Library Campus is an independently owned and operated café housed in the new library building. The café is locally owned by Mountain View Services as a result of the Business Enterprise Program of Nevada that gives opportunities to visually impaired business entrepreneurs. With a menu featuring fresh, high-quality ingredients, customers can enjoy a delicious nosh as part of their library visit. The full-service café offers both hot and cold beverage options and a menu that is sure to satisfy any appetite. Brownies, cookies, and muffins are just a few of the fresh-baked goods made daily. According to the owner, lunchtime favorites are the gourmet, eight-inch personal pizzas, and hot dogs. Customers can also select subs and sandwiches prepared with all natural, non-GMO meats. All items are made-to-order, ensuring they’re as fresh as possible. In August, the cafe added ice cream novelties and plans to expand into other ice cream desserts. While in the café, customers can enjoy artwork which is housed in the Library’s Artspace, a showcase area for local artists. It has a covered outdoor patio with a view of the mountains, perfect for business meetings or catching up with a friend. Another new feature is a drive-up window where customers can pick up and return their items quickly and then grab a snack without stepping out of your car. Throughout both buildings and in the café, customers have access to free Wi-Fi.

the rate of $30 per hour and can be reserved up to six months in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations to book one of the rooms can be completed online at by using a credit or debit card. You can even come into the library to reserve a room with a check or money order.

and can be. It gives the families and businesses of Mesquite more than a new building filled with books. It is a community space they can use and enjoy to foster friendship, support, creativity, and inspiration. If you haven’t visited Mesquite’s newest gem, add it immediately to your to-do list. V

The Mesquite Library Campus reflects the newest thinking and ideas for library spaces from across the country, expanding upon what a library is

For more information on the new library, events, rental, and more, visit, or stop by 121 West 1st North St., Mesquite, Nevada.

With this new dynamic space and great vendor on site, the Mesquite Library Campus is perfect for special events, group meetings, training events, or gatherings. Meeting rooms are available for the public to rent at 89

Spotlight On:

Workforce Connections,

Mesquite’s One-Stop Career Center by Workforce Connections


new career may be as close as the local library. Workforce Connections, southern Nevada’s Local Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Las Vegas Clark County Library District, is pleased to announce the opening of a One-Stop Career Center on the campus of the Mesquite Library. Partnering with the library district allows us to bring the much-needed services to communities like Mesquite. Through federal funding, the One-Stop Career Centers offer valuable resources needed during a job search — whether jobseekers are looking for entry-level employment, have been


dislocated from a former career and are trying to re-enter the workforce, or if they are underemployed and wish to move up the career ladder. Career coaches work one-on-one with community members to help write an effective resume, teach job interview skills, offer supportive services, provide on-the-job training, and secure training or certification opportunities at no cost to the participant. Additional services, such as adult literacy and other programs are also offered at most centers. “These partnerships are an excellent example of good stewardship of public funds,” said Jaime Cruz, Workforce Connections Executive Director. “By leveraging publicly-funded systems, we can expand critical employment and training services in our community without additional infrastructure costs.” Workforce Connections also operates a comprehensive One-Stop Career Center located at 6330 W. Charleston Boulevard, #190, Las Vegas, NV 89146 (located across from the College of Southern Nevada). In addition to libraries, affiliate centers are located across southern Nevada. V

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Happy Ghost Hunting by Charlene Paul


all is in the air, leaves are turning from green to golds and reds, and the heat of summer is a distant memory. Fall also means Halloween is close. Ghosts, goblins, spiders, bats, and trick-or-treaters will soon fill the streets and church parking lots. Haunted houses will pop up in old buildings and patrons will fill their corridors expecting to have the daylights scared out of them. For the adventurous, Halloween is the perfect time to get out of the confines of the city and do some exploring. Ghost towns are in abundance across the US and around the world. Nevada, and Utah each boast a plethora of these long-forgotten hamlets, townships, and cities. And legend has it that some of them are haunted by ghosts of inhabitants who refuse to leave. Located outside Death Valley National Park, Rhyolite, Nevada enjoyed a short boom as a silver and gold town. At its peak, Rhyolite boasted 53 saloons from which to choose. With all of those empty bottles, resident Tom Kelly collected over 30,000 Adolphus Busch – currently known as Budweiser – bottles and, using adobe mud, plastered them together to build the foundation of a three-bedroom house. Visitors aren’t allowed inside the house that was restored in 2005, but it provides a glimpse into Rhyolite’s past.


On the Nevada-Idaho border, Jarbidge, Nevada was founded by prospectors in 1910 and was home to around 1,500 residents. Over the course of 30 years, the town produced over $10-million dollars in gold. A fire in 1919 in a basement whiskey distilling operation burned 20 business and homes to the ground. Today, visitors can see the remnants of brothels, the jail, and a hotel. Modern-day Jarbidge hosts an annual Halloween pig roast. Although not a ghost town, Nevada State Route 375 – officially dubbed the Extraterrestrial Highway – runs near the military test range and facility known as Area 51. It is a prime destination for alien enthusiasts who claim to have spotted UFOs and other such other-worldly apparitions. Goldfield, Nevada once boasted a population of 30,000 during the gold boom of 1906. By 1912, gold production had waned and those who recognized the signs began to leave. Today, Goldfield’s bars and buildings are boarded up, and the population sits at 268. Residents say the Goldfield Hotel is haunted by a ghost named Elizabeth, a prostitute whom the owner of the hotel often visited. Upon learning she was pregnant and fearing what the scandal would do to his reputation, he allegedly chained Elizabeth to the radiator in room 109 until after her

baby was born. He then threw them both down a mine shaft. It is said that Elizabeth haunts the hotel and has been seen in room 109. Cisco, Utah, the creepy burg used in movies like Thelma and Louise, Vanishing Point, and Don’t Come Knocking is full of crumbling buildings and snakes. Visitors claim to hear gunshots out of nowhere, and report feeling dizzy and short of breath. Visitors to Grafton, Utah claim to be able to hear war drums and see two dogs wandering the tiny graveyard. Sometimes these dogs turn into huge, black crows. Grafton was abandoned in the mid-1800s during the Black Hawk War. The Holt Family built a creamery next to a river in Black Canyon, Utah in 1910. They named the town Osiris after the Egyptian God of the Afterlife. After blackened forms with glowing eyes were seen roaming the canyon, the town’s population dwindled. Locals say it is best to visit during the day because the road leading in and out can sometimes be blocked by huge boulders and trees once the sun goes down. Silver Fever helped create Little Frisco in Utah’s San Francisco Mountains in 1875. In its heyday, Frisco was filled with brothels, bars, and gambling halls. It was

a rough town, to say the least. Approximately ten years later, a deadly cave-in at the town’s largest mine ushered the eventual demise of the town. Those miners who stayed were scared off by The Widow in White, a wailing woman searching for her lost love. If you choose to explore Little Frisco at night, be warned that there have been reports of screams and sobbing coming from one of the bordellos. Smells of gunpowder in the air have also been reported. The last residents of Thistle, Utah fled their quaint little town in 1983 when the Spanish Fork River was dammed by a landslide and flooded the entire town. Residents fled with whatever they could grab, hoping to be able to return when the waters receded. But the town never recovered after being buried under 100 feet of water. Visitors claim to see muddy footprints on walls and finding their belongings soaked with muddy water after being left on dry ground. Skinwalker Ranch is arguably the scariest place in Utah. Bordering the Ute Indian Reservation in Uintah County, Utah, there have been accounts of frightening fireballs of lightning and sundry science-fiction-worthy tails of terror. There are dozens more ghost towns and places of interest to those whose favorite holiday is Halloween. And there are hundreds of stories that promise to scare the daylights out of their visitors to go along with these ghostly, and sometimes creepy spots. Happy Halloween and happy ghost hunting! V 93


Color in Your Fall Landscape

by Paul Dr. Q Noe, Staff Horticulturist/Certified Horticulture Advisor, Star Nursery emperatures are beginning abundantly flowering shrubs and to drop, and the dangerous trees like, Butterfly Bush, Lilacs, heat has passed. You’ve Crape Myrtle, Pink Dawn Chitalpa, likely noticed that many of your Desert Willow, and of course, plants are beginning to perk up most of the fruit trees like Peach, a bit. The nice season is quickly Almond, Apple, and Plum to name approaching. a few. Because these plants are deciduous, they are by nature, There is no time to waste in this more immune to cold damage. season before we begin planting. Plants need to get over their If you’re looking to add some transplant shock before the cold colorful plants or attract wildlife weather sets in. So, what plants to your landscape the fall season are best, and how should we is an excellent time to do it. This plant them? If we get these things doesn’t mean that you can’t plant right, we’ll be a lot happier with evergreen shrubs or trees (plants the results next year. Gardening that do not drop their leaves) and landscaping in the desert during the fall planting season. Southwest is not impossible, Many of these are also very coldit’s just a bit tricky, and timing is hardy. Take Juniper or Pine, for everything. instance. Most of the Juniper varieties that Star Nursery carries Any plant that loses its leaves can withstand winter cold down in the winter will be a great to zero. Texas Mountain Laurel candidate for fall and winter (Sephora Secundiflora) with it’s planting. This includes most of the beautiful spring flowers is a very



cold and heat hardy evergreen. A beautiful slow growing addition to any landscape. Some heat-hardy plants are classified as frost-tender, which includes types like: Bougainvillea and Citrus, for example. These should be planted in areas that get a lot of winter sunshine. In most landscapes, the north side of a wall is shaded throughout the winter. This is a difficult place for a new plant that likes heat and not cold. Avoid this and you’ll increase your odds of success. Don’t overlook how high our pH is here. The soil and the water typically reads in the area of 8.2 or higher. The vast majority of plants prefer pH in the range of 6.5 to 7.0. Dr. Q’s Gold Dust has a lot of phosphorus and sulfur to combat this problem. It was specifically formulated to support the plants in the desert during their vulnerable transplant period and first year. Our plant tonic rounds out what we proudly call “The Planting Partners” as it is filled with micro nutrients vital for plant health, root stimulation, and shock prevention. Yes, fall is the best time for planting the largest variety of plants. Refer to our Star Nursery signage, know your plants. Place them in your landscape where they’ll do best, and plant them properly. Provide appropriate desert plant care and your yard will be as beautiful as you dreamed it could be. It’s not magic, it’s just a few simple rules. V


How Foods Affect Cancer Prevention by Kathrine Lawrence, Instructor, The Cancer Project


cientists have been researching the influence of diet on cancer for decades and have accumulated a large body of evidence linking the two. According to the National Cancer Institute, 35-60% of these cancers are directly attributable to our diet. This means we have much more influence over our health than we originally thought. Based on this research, the ideal diet is high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and is low in fat, carcinogens, and hormone-producing foods. Foods to Maximize Fiber means plant roughage and is available in every type of plant, including beans, whole grains, vegetables, fruit, seeds, and nuts. Whole foods are much higher in fiber than processed foods like bread and pasta. Fiber removes carcinogens, toxins, excess

hormones, and cholesterol from the body. According to The Cancer Project, an ideal goal is 40 grams of fiber a day. Each plant food contains a unique mix of vitamins and minerals. By eating plants from all colors of the rainbow, we get all the antioxidants and cancer-fighting compounds we need to keep our bodies strong. Vitamins and minerals are temperaturesensitive, so cooking below 200°F will retain maximum nutrition. Additionally, cooking in water may also cause nutrient loss. Foods to Minimize Added fat in the diet leads to excess body fat. This body fat produces hormones which may fuel certain types of cancers, such as breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers. Cooking without added oils will help lower fat intake. Renowned cancer prevention expert, Dr. Neal Barnard recommends fat be only 10% of total calorie intake. Another powerful hormone producer is dairy products. They tend to stimulate production of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) which may fuel these same types of cancers. Countries with the highest intake of dairy products also have the highest rates of breast and prostate cancer. Anytime animal tissue is cooked, it can create carcinogens which may initiate the cancer process in the body. The longer or hotter the meat is cooked, the more carcinogens are created. Studies show that meat intake is directly related to increased rates of leukemia, colon cancer, and kidney disease. Other carcinogens may come from food preservatives, air pollution, tobacco smoke, and many other sources. V For more information please visit

Cooking Healthy with Ilene and NutraEase Cookware NutraEase Cookware makes it easy to strengthen our body’s defenses against cancer, diabetes, and heart disease by making it easy to prepare high-fiber, low-fat meals with maximum nutrient retention. This is achieved because cooking can be conducted at a low temperature without using water or adding oil. Call Ilene at (702) 6224849 for your free healthy cooking class. 96


Women’s History And Culture Center



esquite’s hidden treasures are many, and a new one was added to the list when the Women’s History and Culture Center opened in September. The Center, located at 175 N. Willow (the old elementary school), is in a square block complex that is home to many non-profit organizations. The Mission Statement of the Women’s History and Culture Center reads: “To share information on women’s achievements and multicultural issues to improve the quality of life of women and men in the greater Mesquite area.”


Exhibits In the Center, you will see how the roles of women have changed through the centuries, and how they are still changing to this day. There are stories about women in Science, Arts, Industry, Medicine, Technology, Legal, and many other fields. The stories are fascinating, not just for what these women did, but for how they overcame obstacles and went on to follow their dreams. For curious visitors, a list of famous women who share their birthday is available, accompanied by short write-ups

on these famous women, for anyone who wants to learn more about their birthday mate. Additionally, the Center has a collection of biographies that was researched by the Nevada Women’s History Project on Nevada women pioneers, plus many posters and reference materials issued by the National Women’s History Project. Another section focuses on girls and role models, as well as childhoods of famous women. This offers children the tools they need to explore their potential

and realize that anything is possible and, with a will to succeed, dreams can be turned into reality. Adjacent to it is a section on women athletes, describing their accomplishments and their road to success. One special feature of the Center is a corner dedicated to military women, many who lost their lives while serving. From the Revolutionary War, the SpanishAmerican War, and the Civil War to today’s battlefields, women continue to stand strong in the fight for freedom. The book, Uncommon Soldier, Civil War Letters of Sarah Wakeman is the only complete set of letters from a woman soldier who served in the Civil War in men’s clothing. In one letter, Sarah talks about who should take care of her animals if she dies in combat. This book is an example of what is available at the Women’s History and Culture Center. Postage stamps are another way to celebrate women. The first U.S. stamp featuring a woman was issued in 1893 to celebrate Queen Isabella financing Christopher Columbus’ voyages. At $1, it was the most expensive U.S. stamp. Before that, the highest priced stamp cost ninety cents. Since then, many stamps have been issued honoring women. Details on the women featured on stamps is also available.

Programs Offered Several interesting programs are in the planning stages. The Women’s Center has a fully equipped reception area that can be used for cooking demonstrations, informal teas, book clubs, small classes and networking. The main room can be used for special events, meetings and seminars for up to 24 attendees. As more volunteers come on board, a book club is planned for readers who are interested in discussing books at the Center. 2020 Suffrage Centennial An important focus of the Women’s Center in the coming months will be raising public awareness that 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote. The contributions made in our society by women over the last hundred years are the result of the prior hundred years of non-violent protests by generations of women, many who never lived to see the day when women could vote. Hours, How to Make Donations, and Volunteer Opportunities We invite you to join us at the Women’s History and Culture Center. It is open Weekdays 10 am to noon and 4 pm to 6 pm. Other hours by appointment. at 175 N. Willow in Mesquite, Nevada.

The Women’s Center is a 501(c)3 as of October 19, 2017 (EIN 82-2842134). Donations of any amount are welcome to help us expand our inventory and programs, and prepare for 2020 centennial celebrations. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 1502, Mesquite, NV 89024. V The Center is staffed with volunteers who enjoy greeting visitors and assisting them in their quest for information. If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation, please call Jean Watkins at (702) 345-4088, or email


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Secret to Making Short Putts by Rob Krieger — PGA Director of Instruction


very week, I hear horror stories from students about how they missed putts between 1-3 feet. I have missed more than my fair share of those over the years, and I also must disclose that because I missed so many, I dedicated myself to figure out why and what my problem was. Here are some of the results of my studies, experiences, and the strategies I now use and teach to make them without all the stress. FEAR – Many are afraid of missing because of the embarrassment and/or the consequences of missing, so one must eliminate that thought. How? You have, at a minimum, a 50-50 shot. The ball goes in or doesn’t, so stop worrying about missing, and start believing it’s going in. Use positive thoughts of where you want the ball to go, not the negative ones of where you don’t want it to go. ROUTINE – A good pre-shot routine for putting will stack the odds in your favor as you do the same thing each putt, so you put yourself in the position to stroke the ball the same way each time with the same mental thought process. Yes, there are many things


you can do to improve your set-up to make a better stroke, but that’s another lesson. TEMPO – Many good putters do not change the strength of the putt but change the length of the stroke to change speed or distance. They take the putter back and through with the same distance and pace, so it is a 1:1 ratio. Try to say to yourself as you putt, “One and two.” (One takes the putter back. And, the putter pauses or stops and changes direction. Two strikes the ball). Find yourself a good count, mantra, rhythm, or cadence that you can follow each and every time, and focus on that, not on worrying about the consequences. STRATEGY – To make more 1-3 footers: 1) Ask yourself, “Am I going uphill or downhill, and is there any break to the left or to the right?” Most short putts have very little break, but knowing which side of the cup to favor due to break can help. For most 1-3 footers, it’s best not to give the

hole away. For uphill putts, aim past the cup or the back edge of the cup, and when going downhill, aim in front of the cup or at its front edge. 2) Ask yourself, “Do I want to hit a slow, medium, or fast putt?” a) Soft or Slow Putt will just fall into the cup and will have the most break. b) Medium Speed Putts, if missed, will end up the “ideal distance” past the hole at 17-inches and may have some break. c) Hard or Fast Putts (more than 17 inches) past the hole will have very little break due to the speed, but may lip out more. 3) Once you decide on your strategy, see yourself making it, not fearing it. Go through your routine, concentrate on your tempo of the stroke, and then make a stroke. Don’t wait, just do it. Even practice making your stroke with your eyes closed to start trusting it. Now go make those short putts with confidence and see your scores improve. As Always…Fairways & Greens. V Soft or slow speed. Medium speed.

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New Season O New Shows for the

ver the summer the MesquiteToes dancers have stayed busy with performances at Eureka’s Lip Sync Contest and other venues at BeeHive Homes and Highland Manor, as well as moving to a new site. The new studio is in the Heritage Plaza at 190 East Mesquite Blvd, Suite C. The beginning of the fall season starts with a full schedule to prepare for the charity fundraiser Christmas Benefit on December 7 and 8.


Tap Team

by Donna Eads

To get everyone started in September, the new Folk Dancing class at 10 a.m. will be featured, plus the tap time step class at 11 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday. Practice for the Christmas Benefit will begin in October, along with an Open House. Our Open House will include free classes and refreshments. Please watch our FaceBook page for an update on dates and times. The plans for the next couple of months are full, with such events as ShreeekReeka, Trunk or Treat, and the Veteran’s Day parade. Additionally, there will be a musical benefit for the Mesquite-Toes at the Mesquite Community Theater on Saturday, December 1, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. It is the Acoustical Musical Variety Show. Local musicians will perform classical rock, folk, and western songs, along with showcasing some original tunes. Save the date for this show because it’s bound to be one of the best in town. This show will be a great kick-off for the MTTT Christmas Benefit show for our local charities on December 7 and 8. The year 2019 will bring even more shows and events. On February 9, the Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held. On February 15 and 16, the Mesquite-Toes will host the show Love Letters starring Bunny Wiseman and Paul Benedict. Look for the lovely dancers in the aisle. The Spring Spectacular is planned for April 12 and 13, and all practice/classes will begin on January 7. Visit our website at for updates on our progress, shows, events, and classes. Come join the team — no matter your age or sex — we are open to all. V

Mesquite Toes participated in the Eureka Casino Resort's Firecracker Lip Sync 2018 Contest, a charity event to raise money for local organizations.


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Dr. Greg Dumitru Serving the Unserved

story by Charlene Paul photos by Dave Amodt


lying over southern Nevada and Morocco, a person would be hardpressed to note many differences. Both locations are barren, hot, dry, and scattered with desert vegetation. Perhaps that is one reason Dr. Greg Dumitru of Mesquite, Nevada felt so relaxed as he traveled toward his destination in Morocco. The abject poverty, however, was something with which he was unfamiliar. Picturing Morocco in their minds, most people think of an austere and beautiful place surrounded by the Atlas Mountains. Visions of colorful marketplaces and native dress also come to mind. But the


reality for most of the people living there is extreme poverty and a serious lack of basic services. “There is a layer of very wealthy citizens, but it does not trickle down to most of the population,” explains Dr. Dumitru. Those in need have held a special place in Dr. Dumitru’s heart from the earliest days of his dental career. Straight out of dental school, he worked primarily on Medicaid patients before opening his state-of-the art dental practice in Mesquite. But why Morocco? Dr. Dumitru met a man who would become his friend while on vacation in Zion National Park. As they

were both riding a park shuttle to a hiking trailhead, Dr. Dumitru asked the man, “Where’s home for you?” The man replied, “Morocco and southern California.” After a day spent talking and hiking together, a spark was lit that would soon give way to the dream of getting Dr. Dumitru to Morocco to serve the native Berber people. The dream grew and soon a friend from his church in St. George, Utah confided in Dr. Dumitru that he was dreaming of ways to start a clinic to serve the Berber people. “Through my church, I met a great group of people inspired to serve in challenging and forgotten corners of the world. I felt called to help people

who were already ministering in places like Morocco by meeting their needs,” Dumitru explained. “I thought, ‘If we don’t go, who will?’” In preparation for that first trip, members of the team met several times to prepare to enter an entirely different culture. “You experience people and circumstances radically different than in your own life. It is a chance to lead in a positive way, shining light in dark areas of deep need,” Dumitru said.

His first visit was an investigation into exactly what was needed. “We went to one village where the homes were made out of stones and mud, really like being transported back to Biblical times,” Dumitru said. “I was supposed to be leading a toothbrushing clinic, but not one of them had a toothbrush. They just used sticks that were frayed on the end.”

Armed with a small tacklebox that held a scant number of dental items, he ended up treating approximately 30 people the first night. “First, there was a kid with a bad


tooth, then someone who had another problem. They have nothing and live in such pain. It broke my heart,” explained Dumitru. With his list of basic items needed to minister to the needs of these humble people, Dr. Dumitru returned to the United States and began organizing. Today, he travels with a fully portable, mobile dental system, including a battery, hand drill, and specially designed, collapsible chair. Everything fits neatly into a backpack so it can be stowed in the airplane’s overhead luggage compartment. “It is all completely mobile at this point. I am working to establish clinics in partnership with other service organizations, particularly for the handicapped and street women – two groups shunned by the tribal society,” Dumitru explained. “My patients and people in the Mesquite community really get behind what we do,” said Dumitru. “They always ask about my trips and when I might be going again. They can’t stop talking about it.” Dr. Dumitru is a gift to our community and sets a wonderful example of caring and sharing. With his successful dental practice, he could stay home and enjoy the fruits of his labors, but he chooses to do what he can to help those who need what he has to offer. He goes to places no one else goes. Working to educate children and their caretakers means people – families – will learn to care for their teeth, enhancing their overall physical health. When asked what someone who wants to help can do, Dr. Dumitru is quick to say, “Everyone can do something, whether in their own community, state, country, or abroad. Give back a portion of what you have been given. Share your gift.”V For more information contact Dr. Dumitru at Virgin Valley Dental (702) 346-3880. 106

Get To Know Your New Community Partner – SOUTHWEST GAS


our energy options in Mesquite are expanding in 2019 as Southwest Gas will begin providing natural gas to homes and businesses in the area. Previously unserved by pipeline distribution utilities, Mesquite was one of the areas of focus in Senate Bill 151 which authorized Southwest Gas to pursue extending its service and infrastructure to parts of Nevada without access to natural gas. Natural gas is dependable, abundant, and clean-burning. It’s one of the most efficient forms of energy when used directly for heating, cooking, clothes drying, and in some cases, generating electricity, or acting as a backup fuel to renewable energy sources. As a fuel choice, natural gas contributes to emission reductions, energy security, and economic growth in the communities where it is offered. Extending natural gas pipelines and other infrastructure to Mesquite makes the city more attractive to new industrial and commercial industries looking to establish or relocate their operations, increases job opportunities, and bolsters the economy. Natural gas is a key element for the manufacturing industry, and is required for a variety of applications, including producing metal, paper, plastic, glass, and food.

The process of expanding service to Mesquite includes installing more than 43 miles of natural gas pipelines. This is part of the $28-million capital investment the company has outlined, and the construction of required infrastructure creates nearly 300 local jobs. Southwest Gas experts have been working closely with home builders and developers in Mesquite to have the necessary framework installed at the beginning of new projects, while also creating an affordable way for residents to convert to natural gas. Southwest Gas has more than two-million customers in Nevada, Arizona, and California, and was named Cogent Reports’ “Most Trusted Utility by Residential Customers.” As a proven corporate citizen, employees are heavily involved in the communities served by Southwest Gas. In 2017, Southwest Gas employees donated more than $1.9-million to local charities through the company’s FUEL for LIFE giving program, and employee-volunteer teams, members of the BLUE — Building Lives Up Everywhere — donate time and supplies to nonprofit agencies in their communities. As natural gas begins making its way to Mesquite, Southwest Gas pledges to continue partnering with the City to ensure residential and commercial customers are afforded every opportunity to receive the benefits of natural gas. V 107

The Riverside Motel and Service Station "Bernie’s Ghost Town" by Elspeth Kuta – Museum Coordinator


elcome back snowbirds! Have you ever wondered about the cabins out past Bunkerville and the turnoff to Gold Butte on Highway 170 after you cross the bridge to get back to the freeway? The area looks like it might have been a small town or Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp at one time. The area was first developed by Karl and Maria Enke in the early 1920s. Today it is known as Riverside. Google Maps lists it as a ghost town.

Maria, baby Maia, and Karl Enke ­— circa 1920s.

In 1923, Maria and baby, Maia, were in Kiel, Germany when she received “orders” to join her husband, Karl in Moapa, Nevada. She was excited to travel and looked forward to being reunited with her Karl who represented the Moll family interest in the American Borax Company at the White Basin Borax Mine. She soon understood why she had been ordered. She had left civilization behind for the desert and its isolation. Many days, she and her daughter sought the cool darkness of the mines to get away from the scorching heat and saw more mules and snakes than people. Within a year, the mine closed and the Enkes were in search of a place to live. They discovered the Virgin Valley — specifically the place on the Arrowhead Trail that they named Riverside. The Arrowhead Trail was the first year-round automobile road from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City. The road meandered its way across the country through every little township along its way. One of many places motorists forged the Virgin River was Riverside. The Enkes planted shade trees that provided a rest area for heat-exhausted and roadweary travelers. It was not long before Maria was serving cool drinks and tasty sandwiches to hungry and thirsty motorists. The Enkes built a restaurant,


service station, and a number of cabins. It soon became a destination between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City. The family enjoyed many guests over the years, and formed life-long friendships with return visitors. Life changed, however, when Karl was sent to a World War II internment camp in the early 1940s, since he was a native of Germany. He remained there for the duration of the war. Maria, being Russian, escaped that fate, and was left to carry on. The twenty-four hour days soon took their toll, and just before the highway route was changed to bypass Riverside and Bunkerville, the Enkes sold Riverside and went their separate ways. Riverside changed hands a couple of times before being purchased by Bernie Sullivan, a civilian who was retiring from his position at Nellis Air Force Base. (Bernie was a civilian mechanic who was particularly skilled at fixing windshields and canopies on all Nellis-based planes — everything from P-51s to F-111s — he took care of any crack, fracture, or dent. In his spare time, Bernie developed a flare for ceramics and quirky stone sculptures. A brilliant man known for his generosity and kindness, he was somewhat of an oddity. In fact, he called himself “Nutty Sully” and threatened to live to be a hundred. To do so, he became a vegetarian and stopped smoking. He found a purpose and his niche when he bought the Riverside Motel. However, his plans to restore Riverside to its former glory never came to fruition. At one point, he advertised for people to come and stay for free if they would help work on the premises. Bernie was “green” before “green” was a thing. He had a hard time throwing things away. In his later years, he was taken in by a local family who lovingly cared for him until he passed. Today you

can walk the site and find little creations Bernie made using rocks, sand, and epoxy. When the Waters’ Family purchased the property in the late 1970s, they went through every cabin from top to bottom sorting rubbish from things of value. In the end, they hauled out ten large trash containers of stuff. The Waters never lived on the property. They had a trucking business and used the property to stow their extra trailers. It is not hard to visualize Riverside in its hay-day

offering weary travelers respite from the heat and dusty roads, or as a place to wait out a flash flood in comfort with The Enkes as gracious hosts. They made a little slice of heaven in the desert and shared with all who ventured their way. Bernie, in his own way, continued their tradition with a friendly word to all who passed his way. The cabins are a tribute to those who found a way to settle and embrace the aridness of the desert, and they remind us of the past and potential.V

Bernie outside the Riverside Tavern and Service station (1960s).



Tennis TNT – Tips N Tricks – by Donna Eads


eing mentally tough is just as important as the physical side in tennis. All great doubles teams work together on both issues. An example of failure to be mentally tough is something I have seen with a partner who, after our warm-up with our opponents, stated, “We are not going to win a game!” You can guess the outcome.

On the other side, in another match, my partner and I were the perfect mix of control and power so we knew we could overcome any opponents. Being positive and discussing strategy with your partner is part of that mental toughness. One classic strategy in doubles is to use a lob and then a drop shot to keep your opponents off guard. Excellent drop shots primarily require disguise and a soft caressing touch. To disguise the stroke, start your hit as you always do, and change as you strike the ball to a shortened soft brushing stroke. Three things are needed to make it effective: 1) Have it bounce three times before the service line. 2) Keep the height over the net no more than three feet. 3) Use that soft brush and loose grip with an open racquet face about 30 to 50 degrees. A good drill to practice is have your partner stand in the opposite alley as you hit drop shots back and forth to each other. You break a string while in the middle of a point, what to do first? The best tip for anyone in this situation is to go to the net. The reason is that you may still be able to control the point by volleying. Hitting a ground stroke is almost impossible to control with a broken string. This suggestion is good if you become injured or exhausted as well. See you on the courts! 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-Oct 5 Cart Path Only: Oct 6-TBD Canyons (Oasis GC) - Mesquite (702) 346-7820 Closed: Sept 3-Sept 29 Cart Path Only: Sept 30-TBD CasaBlanca - Mesquite (702) 346-6764 Closed: Sept 4-Sept 21 Cart Path Only: Sept 22-Oct 6 Cedar Ridge - Cedar City (435) 586-2970 No Course Closure Conestoga - Mesquite (702) 346-4292 Closed: Sept 4-Sept 21 Cart Path Only: Sept 22-Oct 6 Coral Canyon - Washington (435) 688-1700 No Course Closure 112

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 11- Sept 20 Walking: Sept 21-Oct 1 Entrada - St. George (435) 986-2200 Closed: Sept 10-Sept 12 Falcon Ridge - Mesquite (702) 346-6363 Closed: Sept 10-Sept 28 Cart Path Only: Sept 29-Oct 12 Green Springs - Washington (435) 673-7888 Closed: Sept 22-Sept 29

AREA GOLF GUIDE Historic Beaver Dam - Beaver Dam (928) 347-2222 No Course Closure Palmer (Oasis GC) - Mesquite (702) 346-7820 Closed: Sept 18-Oct 10 Palms - Mesquite (702) 346-4067 Closed: Sept 7-Sept 28 Cart Path Only: Sept 29-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 Aeration: Sept 5-Sept 6

St. George Golf Club - St. George (435) 627-4404 Closed: Sept 21-Sept 28 Cart Path Only: Sept 29-TBD Sun River - St. George (435) 986-0001 Closed: Sept 1-Sept 15 Cart Path Only: Sept 16-TBD Sunbrook - St. George (435) 627-4400 Closed: Sept 13-Sept 20 Cart Path Only: Sept 21-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 4-Sept 20 Cart Path Only: Sept 21-Oct 5









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Brian Head Resort - Country Music Festival Sep 1-2 Our second annual Country Music Festival is happening Saturday & Sunday, September 1st & 2nd with only a $10 cover charge (kids 12 & under get in free)! Enjoy music from Larry Bagby, Heers Turner Oversize, Vanessa LeGrand, Honky Tonk Heroes, and Muddy Boots.

DOCUTAH 2018 International Documentary Film Festival Sep 3-8 DOCUTAH introduces 68 new films, from 14 different countries, and four DOCTALK filmmaker chats. DOCUTAH offers Festival attendees and the community several special events and screenings throughout the week, several of which are free of charge and open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the DSU ticket office. | (435) 652-7800 Museum Free Day! Sep 6 10 AM – 5 PM The St. George Children’s The Museum will be free to all guests on the first Thursday of every month. If the Thursday falls on national holiday, the free day will be rescheduled to the following Thursday. SGCM reserves the right to limit museum attendance for the safety of our visitors should the need arise. All guests will be required to adhere to standard museum check in procedure and rules on the Museum Free Day. Ivans Heritage Days Sep 6-8 A FREE Celebration of Ivins Heritage that includes Parade, Vendors, entertainment, Soapbox Derby, games, a Movie in the Parks and More! Lots of Fun! BBQ Rib Fest September 7–9 The CasaBlanca BBQ Rib Fest will fire up the streets of Mesquite September 7-9 with award-winning barbecue competition teams, including Chicago BBQ Company, Texas Outlaw BBQ and Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ. Vendors 118

will also serve up mouthwatering ribs and other savory barbecue classics, alongside a beer garden serving craft beers and specialty liquor. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment, kid-friendly activities and other surprises to guarantee a flavorful weekend | (877) 438-2929 Remember 9/11 Sep 11 6:30 PM The Exchange Club of Mesquite will be conducting their annual Remember 9/11 ceremony at the Rotunda in front of Mesquite City Hall. All are invited to attend as the Exchange Club recognizes the Mesquite Police, and Fire & Rescue teams, as well as, the victims and first responders who gave their all on Sep 11, 2001. See page 70 | (702) 346-5295 Cedar City Music Festival Sep 15 6 PM – 10 PM Cedar Music Fest will be held in the Downtown Year Round Farmers Market Parking Lot (50 W University Blvd, Cedar City). Designed to feature live music, local artists, and crafters, Cedar Music Fest is presented by Southern Utah University’s Office of Community and Academic Enrichment. Roctoberfest Sep 15 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM Brian Head’s annual Roctoberfest is happening again this year on Saturday, September 15th! It's our last event of the Summer season, so come up and enjoy the live music, delicious beer and food and beautiful Fall weather before the first snow falls!! Music lineup includes Closure,Mason Cottam Trio, Spazmatics Tenth Annual Zion Canyon Music Festival Sep 28-29 Zion Events, Dixie State University, and Porter’s Smokehouse & Grill presents two days of music, food, arts, crafts, educational booths, and a kid zone. This event will be held at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale, Utah. The gates will open at 4 PM on Friday, September 28, and 2 PM on Saturday, September 29.

Glow Fun Run Sep 29 5 PM – 10 PM Rotary Club of Mesquite NV brings you the 2nd Annual Glow Fun Run and you don’t want to miss it, $35 individual, $120 team of 4, registration includes a super cool T-Shirt and Glow Sticks! All money raised will be invested in local Mesquite youth programs such as Mesquite Reads, High School Scholarships, Food Banks, Mesquite Special Olympics, just to name a few! The Glow Race for a good cause will start at the Rising Star Sports Ranch. Entertainment provided by DJ #Juan, DJ Fu3go and bouncing houses courtesy of Moreno's Rentals for the little ones!

OCTOBER 2018 St. George Marathon Oct 6 The St. George Marathon is a point-to-point race which is USA Track & Field Certified & Sanctioned. Runner’s World listed the St. George Marathon as the fastest fall marathon. Though it is too late to register online for this event, observers and people to cheer on participants are always welcome. If you are wanting to register for this event, it is not too late. You may still have the opportunity to purchase a Registration Code from one of the Official Marathon Charities. Please feel free to contact the charities directly. Each of them may handle their entries differently. Visit the marathon website for more information. Huntsman World Senior Games Oct 8-20 The Huntsman World Senior Games presents a plethora of activities from individual activities, to team sports for locals to observe. Dates and times of activities vary. Please visit their website for a schedule and updated information. 19th Annual Art in Kayenta Festival Oct 12-14 Art in Kayenta is a juried art show and festival that brings more than 6,000 art enthusiasts to Southern Utah to discover local, regional, and national artists offering one-of-a-kind artworks. This year’s festival will host approximately 50 artist booths featuring paintings, jewelry and accessories, sculptures, ceramics, furniture and more. Specialty food vendors will provide unique culinary creations, with a Beer Garden and live music adding to the festive fall atmosphere.

Art in Kayenta takes place in the Kayenta Art Village and is sponsored by the Kayenta Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting diverse arts in the region. The festival also showcases the Foundation’s newlyopened Center for the Arts at Kayenta. | (435) 674-2787 Moapa Valley Chamber of Commerce Car Show Oct 13 Cars, cars, and more cars. Spectators of all ages will delight in this event which brings automobile aficionados from all over the southwest to the Overton Park. The show is open to all years, makes and models of vehicles. Activities and prizes will keep things interesting throughout the day, including many award categories. See page 58 | Mesquite Toes Open House Oct 18 10 AM – 3 PM (Please visit their FaceBook page for date and time updates.) Join the Mesquite Toes as they welcome the community into their new home! Come and enjoy refreshments, and free dance classes at 190 East Mesquite Boulevard, Suite C, Mesquite, Nevada. Logandale Fall Festival Oct 18-20 The Festival now in its fifth year, will be bigger than ever. This year’s festival brings a Craft Fair and down-home Bluegrass Music. Musicians will perform in the laid-back outdoor setting of the Clark County Fairgrounds. There is an IBCA-sanctioned official BBQ Cook-Off Event. Some of the finest smokin’ teams compete for prize money and a chance to qualify for the nationals contest. See page 58 | | (702) 379-5919 Mesquite Chamber of Commerce presents: Desert Lifestyle Home & Garden Expo Oct 26-27 Join the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce and Mesquite Gaming for this years free Desert Lifestyle Home & Garden Expo, Friday, October 26 from 10 AM to 8 PM, and Saturday, October 27 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Educational presentations will be ongoing through the duration of the event. This year’s Expo will be held in the new Virgin River Event Tent in Mesquite, Nevada. Vendors are still welcome to apply. Please contact the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce for more information. See page 40 | (702) 346-2902 If you would like to see your event on our calendar, please email us at Thank you! 119



ASC Pest Control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Mesquite Home Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Ace Hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Mesquite Oral Surgery – Dr. Jay Selznick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Aguilar Mobile Carwash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Mesquite Region Economic Development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

All Secure Storage LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Mesquite Tile & Flooring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Animal Farm Pet Ranch & Feed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Mesquite Veterinary Clinic – Peggy Purner DVM. . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Anytime Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Mesquite Window Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Baird Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Mohave Dermatology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Bank of Nevada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Mortgage Mate LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

C & K Shutters and Blinds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

MVP Productions – Kris Zurbas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Checks-N-Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

NRC – The Reserve – Shawn & Colleen Glieden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

Conestoga Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Odyssey Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Coyote Springs Golf Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover

Pioneer Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Coyote Willows Golf Course. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Pirate's Landing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Dave Amodt Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Polynesian Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Deep Roots Harvest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Precision Eye Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Del Webb – SunCity Mesquite. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

Preston's Medical Waste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Desert Lifestyle Home & Garden Expo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Preston’s Shredding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Desert Oasis Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Rager & Son's Refrigeration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Desert Pain & Spine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Ready Golf Cars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Eagles Landing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Red Rock Golf Center – Rob Krieger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

ERA – Sharon Szarzi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Reliance Connects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Eureka Casino Resort–Gregory's . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

Re/Max Ridge Realty – Patricia Bekeris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Eureka Casino Resort–Fairways. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Re/Max Ridge Realty – Wayne Laird . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

Farmers Insurance – Bill Mitchell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Re/Max Ridge Realty – Cindy Risinger Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-35

Five Star Vein Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Richens Eye Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Friends of Gold Butte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

Rooster Cottage Consignment Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Gold Butte Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Sears Hometown Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Golden West Restaurant & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Shop, Eat, Play Moapa Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58-59

Great Clips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Silver Rider. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

Guillen – Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Southwest Enterprise LLC – Grills Plus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Hangey's Custom Upholstering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

St. George Musical Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Heritage Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Staging Spaces & Redesign. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Iceberg Air Conditioning & Heating. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Star Nursery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Jennifer Hammond-Moore–Health Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

State Farm – LaDonna Koeller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

JL Kendrick Company Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

State Farm – Lisa Wilde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Judi Moreo – Speaker, Author, & Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Sugar's Home Plate Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Keller Williams – Joan Fitton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Tara Schenavar Graphic Designer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Keller Williams – Deb Parsley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

The Lindi Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Keller Williams – Beverly Powers Uhlir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

The Travel Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Keller Williams – Neil Sullivan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

The UPS Store #6925 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

KenGarff Mesquite Ford – Dave Heath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Tuacahn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Kitchen Encounters/Classy Closets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Valley Cottage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

La dé Paws Grooming Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Virgin Valley Heritage Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

look on the WRITE side. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Washington Federal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Mei Massage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Wedgies Sports Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Mesa View Medical Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

Wilding Wallbeds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover

Mesquite Department of Athletics & Leisure Services. . . . . . . . . . . 71

Xtreme Stitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Mesquite Fine Arts Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Yogi Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

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