A Murder Mystery.

There’s been a murder at the Heber Senator! The award-winning bed and breakfast has seen a massive influx of patrons and would-be detectives investigating this mysterious murder. I sat down with Steve Douglas, owner of the Heber Senator, to get the scoop on what is going on in our normally quiet and peaceful town. It turns out the murder mystery dinners are the newest addition to the wild success that is the Heber Senator Bed and Breakfast. Steve is a very keen, well-dressed gentleman; he wore a smart vest, white shirt, and…

Kids Camps

We all remember the camps we attended as kids, right?! Heber Valley summer kids camps are vibrant hubs of learning, laughter, and adventure, igniting the imaginations of young minds amidst the warm embrace of the season. These camps offer a kaleidoscope of activities tailored to inspire creativity, foster friendships, and nurture skills. From traditional outdoor adventures like hiking, swimming, and campfires to innovative workshops, arts and crafts, and performing arts programs, there’s something for every child’s…

We’ve Got Work to Do.

Utah state legislation grants certain powers to local government to create redevelopment agencies to facilitate new development and redevelopment of targeted areas. This tool is currently called a “Community Reinvestment Area (CRA)”. It involves using a portion of the property tax revenues (known as “tax increment”) generated by the renewal of the area to finance eligible redevelopment activities. Tax increment financing is a useful tool available in project areas to support redevelopment and can be used to offset certain…

The Pizza Yard.

The Pizza Yard is Wasatch County’s coolest hangout for spectacular pizza and even better company. A few steps off the Main drag in the heart of Midway, it’s the perfect spot to meet with friends and grab the freshest slice, served hot out of a wood-fired oven. “Pizza is just the perfect social food,” says owner Matt Reshke. “Our motto kind of just became: We’re all friends here.” Matt sat down with me over a margarita pizza (his recommendation). He explains, as he prepares the pizza right before my eyes, “I’ve always said…

European Antiques.

Anna Weidell loves history and she loves antiques, but mostly, she loves people and their stories. “I was a history major in college, so I have an affinity for antiques and their social history and their beauty and uniqueness, especially European antiques. My family is from Northern Italy, and I have my Italian citizenship, so there is a strong bond.” After Anna graduated from college, she spent a year in Paris, France, as an au pair, and two years in Madrid teaching English. Anna shares that while she was growing up,…

Gathering Places.

If you’ve driven by the old Tabernacle building in the past few months, you might have noticed and wondered about the construction work going on. Improvements, updates, and development are hotly debated subjects among Heber Valley residents, and understandably so. Progress will always be met with both support and opposition. Every resident living in the Heber Valley cherishes the small-town atmosphere, clean air, and family-friendly, world-class activities. In recent years, we have seen substantial growth, leaving many…

Take Care.

Have you ever participated in an athletic endurance event? If so, you’ve likely experienced the aches, pains, muscle and joint fatigue — and perhaps even mental exhaustion — that follows. Due to that, you’ve probably had to allow your body time to normalize before resuming your training regimen. As an aging ultra runner who specializes in 200-plus-mile events, I know firsthand what it’s like to have to recover from endurance events, and how crucial it is to allow my body and mind recovery time. Over the years, I’ve come to…

SORRY. CAN’T. KITES. BYE.

You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a kite and that’s pretty close Kitesurfing Quote You might be wondering how a kite can make you happy – well I guess that would depend on the person and the type of kite. Some folks find joy and relaxation in flying your typical single or multi-lined kites that come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, all while keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground. But others yearn for a little more adventure; these are the athletes who find happiness in large power kites as they…

Jade’s Cafe.

It’s amazing how sometimes when you walk into a restaurant, a store, or cafe you can immediately feel the atmosphere that the owners are aiming for. This is exactly what happened to me the second I stepped foot in Jade’s Cafe, it was as if there was an enchanting aura that enveloped the entire space. The vibe that the owners, Halle and Mason Squires, are trying to achieve is a laid back cozy cafe, somewhere you feel right at home. In Halle’s words, “My favorite, we have this lady that comes in with her mom. Her mom’s old…

Charitable Acts Theatre.

Is love a noun or a verb? It’s both. When someone is moved, inspired, or connected, powerful forces of positive possibilities are created. Love is the greatest energy, power, and motivator in the universe. Humanity likes to see, hear, feel, and do, and when all those experiences come into play, something special happens — Charitable Acts Theatre does just that. Their Story Charitable Acts Theatre was created by Carrie Zabaldo, after considering ways she could make a difference. With many generous organizations already…

Embracing Liberty.

In Utah, we celebrate the month of July a little differently. If you have lived in Utah for more than a couple of years, you will know about the near-month-long celebration from Independence Day to Pioneer Day. Liberty is a historically significant principle to the generational people of Utah. Citizens of the United States of America are familiar with the Revolutionary War and the celebrations surrounding the ‘Fourth of July.’ This Federal holiday commemorates the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4,…

The Height of Summer Fun.

Utah is a land of breathtaking landscapes and adrenaline-pumping adventures, and nestled within its scenic wonders lies Heber Valley, a hidden gem for thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Among its many attractions, Zipline Utah and the Rainbow Bay Aquapark stand out as must-visit destinations, offering heart-pounding excitement and refreshing aquatic fun amidst the majestic towering beauty of Timpanogos Mountain. Zipline Utah: Where Thrills Reach New Heights Imagine soaring through the air, feeling the rush of…

Growing Young Artists.

Wasatch County is full of emerging young artists, and 332 of them participated in this year’s Emergence Art Contest. Since its inception in 2021 the contest has continued to grow and evolve. With Angie Neuberger and Amy Taylor at the helm, this year marks another success, especially with Diana Zarrabel jumping in to help ensure everything from contest information to entry forms were available in both English and Spanish; creating an equitable opportunity for everybody. In keeping with this year’s theme Everyday Heroes,…

A Journey of Hope and Resilience

Four years ago, Meranie embarked on a deeply personal quest to uncover her biological roots and discovered, through the help of ancestry.com, the names of her birth parents. Just as the excitement was settling in, her momentum came to a hard stop as her husband Brady's health plummeted. It was 2020, a time when health scares were at an all-time high. With Brady suddenly ill, a chain of events began that would forever change the lives of Brady and Meranie Karren and their young family. Two days before Brady's illness reached…

Young Entrepreneurs Champion the World of Retail

In Fall 2023, two bright stars from Wasatch High School's CAPS program, Cambrie Wood and Calvin Seare, set out on a mission to make a difference. Teaming up with Wasatch Community Foundation’s Kathy Carr, and Carolina De Martino, and Angelo Querciali of Northland Professional, they embarked on a heartfelt project to uplift those in need. Northland Professional, a beloved lifestyle clothing company, formerly located on Heber’s Main Street and recently moved to Park City, generously donated merchandise to fuel their…

Guy Wann.

Discovering an art studio in an ancient milk barn was certainly serendipitous on my part. While artist incognito, Guy Wann, took me on a tour around his barn; he flung open the milk parlor door and proudly stated, “And here’s my studio!” I’m sure I looked at him entirely stupefied. I had been wandering around the valley snooping out barns for last fall’s article: Barns of Heber Valley. I arrived entirely unannounced and knocked on his door. After no answer, I proceeded to leave the property — slowly — rubbernecking as I…

The Phantom Menace

Do you know what is hard these days? Believing in something. Believing in anything. I occasionally drift back to my time in kindergarten when I learned the Pledge of Allegiance and that George Washington cut down the cherry tree and physically could not tell a lie (which was, given my age, equally impressive to rumors of wooden teeth). I believed in our nation, our leaders, our future, the school principal, and my teachers, and I believed in the integrity behind the entire production. My ‘scratch and sniff’ sticker…

Wasatch Gymnastics.

Josh and Rose Schneiter, owners of Wasatch Gymnastics, score a perfect 10 as husband-and-wife duo. Their positive coaching philosophy and commitment to community drives their desire to make a difference in young athletes’ lives. Josh began participating in tumbling and gymnastics at the age of four as part of Pinnacles Gymnastics in Sandy, Utah. He competed with USAG (USA Gymnastics) Future Stars Program until his mid-teens. At 14, he began training other gymnasts for his coach, Luke Evans, and fell in love with…

The Wild West.

The American West has always been synonymous with firearms. Many ranchers carried a rifle or a pistol for defense against whatever might threaten their livelihood. Shooting at targets for sport gave ranchers, citizens, and lawmen a time and place to safely hone their skills. However, the pass-time dates beyond the foundation of our country. With the invention of gunpowder in 9th century China, it was inevitable that target shooting would eventually evolve from using archery tackle to 10th century fire lances to our modern…

The New Ideal.

A long time ago, during World War I or maybe even before, there was a dream to have a theater on Heber City’s Main Street. In 1918 the Ideal Theater opened its doors, and for several decades it served as Heber Valley’s center for community entertainment. Fast forward over a hundred years, and the theater is still standing; situated between an auto parts store and an insurance agency. Unfortunately, the theater has sat mostly empty for several years and is largely forgotten - but not for long. Recently, some city residents…

Mushroom Forage

“Once you start to learn even a little about fungi, it feels like you can’t see the world the same again.” Erin Moore, Secretary Mushroom Society of Utah My first mushroom forage happened by accident while studying abroad in Northern Germany. As I hiked through the woods with my host parents on a rainy autumn day, we were attracted off-trail by bright red amanita muscaria, or fly agaric, the fairytale mushrooms with their red, white-spotted caps. Some were as large as dinner plates, and I was enchanted. Later, we happened…

Meet Dr. Tagge.

Otorhinolaryngology. Otorhinolaryngologist. These two words are terms most of us don’t associate with our common everyday vocabulary. However, once you know their meaning, you’ll realize we talk about both quite often, especially if you have kids. On that note: if you’ve seen the animated movie Penguins of Madagascar, trying to pronounce the words may bring a particular scene to mind: Classified, says to Skipper, “This is difficult for me to say.” Skipper interrupts with, “Is it Osteoporosis? You’ve just got to lean into the…

Stay Salty.

Have you ever ‘bonked’ during a workout or felt an imbalance in your body during exercise or even in your daily life routine? If so, there’s a chance that you may have an electrolyte imbalance (low electrolytes). For many, when you hear the term electrolytes, your mind may immediately go to popular sports drinks because these products have all but claimed this term as their own. The image of a pro athlete taking a gulp of colorful juice and sweating out that same color has long been cemented in the minds of millions as the…

Trek to Zion.

Thomas Moulton, a resilient soul, made his debut on November 10, 1810, in the charming village of Irchester, Northamptonshire, England. His life took a dramatic turn when he first said “I do” to Esther Marsh in the enchanting town of Olney, Buckinghamshire, England. Together, they experienced the joy of raising two daughters, Susan, whose light faded too soon in 1836, and the spirited Sarah Elizabeth, born on March 5, 1837. Tragedy struck when Esther departed from this world in Irchester, leaving Thomas to navigate the…

Crazy Goodies.

Enrique Bautista and Gloria Vieyra are a husband and wife team that own and operate one of the most unique shops in Heber Valley. It’s no secret, as the name of their Mexican-themed snack shop implies, they make some Crazy Goodies! Enrique and Gloria grew up in different states in Mexico; it wasn’t until they came to the United States that they met. Enrique emigrated from Mexico City when he was a teenager to work with two of his older siblings. He recalls, “Back then, you could work during the winter and go back to Mexico…

Timpanogos Cave

Perhaps Timpanoga hunters, as their ancestors referred to themselves, were the first to discover the cave that now bears their name. Without a written language, there is no such recording. “Timpanogos” comes from the Timpanogos tribe who lived in the surrounding valleys from AD 1400. The name means “rock” (tumpi-), and “water mouth” or “canyon” (panogos). The Timpanogos are a proud tribe of Native Americans who once lived in central Utah, from Utah Lake in the east to the Uinta Mountains in the west, and south into Sanpete…

The Sweet Life.

When you first walk into Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Café in the heart of Midway, you are immediately greeted by a flurry of sensations. The smell of delicious fudge and caramel, made the old fashioned way right before your eyes. Display cases choc full of so many varieties of chocolate you almost give yourself whiplash trying to take it all in. No café would be complete without the aroma of hot coffee, fortunately Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Café serves fresh brew from Peet’s Coffee. n my first visit, after…

Ruff Work

Shepherding: the act of guiding or directing in a particular direction; to make a group of people move to where you want them to go, especially in a kind, helpful, and careful way; the tending of sheep. While shepherding has been around for millennia, historically, it is difficult to pinpoint when the first organized sheepdog trials took place. According to various sources, the sheepdog trials we are familiar with today date back to 1867 in New Zealand and 1873 in North Wales. Regardless of the exact date and location of…

Mariscos Los Cuñados

Salads $12.99 - 16.99 House Salad mix green, tomatoes, red onions, house dressing Salmon Salad grilled salmon (8oz), mix greens, arugula with lemon dressing Chicken Caesar Salad grilled chicken, romaine lettuce with homemade Caesar dressing Apps $14.99 - 18.99 Fried Calamari sauteed with bell peppers, banana peppers, sweet and sour sauce Bacon Shrimp tiger prawn stuffed with garlic cream cheese wrapped with bacon served with crostini bread and garlic sauce Crab Cakes two jumbo crab cakes served…

Churro Wagon by The Border

Churros Churro Basket 4 pieces of churros & choice of top Churro Basket with Ice Cream 4 pieces of churros, topping & scoop of ice cream Churro Banana 4 pieces of churros, topping & banana Churro Fresa 4 pieces of churros, topping & strawberries The Churro Wagon 5 pieces of churros, topping, banana, strawberries and a scoop of ice cream Churro Sundae 3 scoops of ice cream, 2 churros & chocolate drizzle Toppings Chocolate | Caramel | Nutella | Strawberry | Condensed Milk | Sprinkles…

Las Chatas

Come and try something different and authentic. Fried dough quesadillas with a filling of your choice, chicken, beef, cheese, mushrooms and cheese, potatoes and chorizo, and our specialty pork. Quesadillas Queso (cheese) Tinga de pollo (shredded chicken with spicy tomato sauce) Tinga de res (shredded beef with spicy tomato sauce) Chicharron prensado (pressed pork rinds) Papas con chorizo (potatoes & chorizo) Champinones con queso (mushroom & cheese) Tostadas Tinga de pollo (shredded chicken with…

Blue Collar Tour, Wasatch Alternative

Western Welding Academy is coming to you! We at WWA are excited to announce that your town is to be featured as part of our 2024 Blue Collar Tour. Of the thousands of schools that applied, your town is one of the lucky few we get to visit! https://youtu.be/v-Ey7x8gYiU?feature=shared Beginning January 16, 2024 the Blue Collar Tour will visit over 30 different high schools and trade schools across the United States. BCT showcases the trades, in an exciting way, as a viable alternative to the traditional college route.…

Jade’s Cafe

From the Kitchen $8 - 16 Oat Porridge creamy oats and chia seeds, chai spice, blueberries, almond & sunflower granola (add maple butter $2) Parm Crusted Quesadilla scrambled eggs, roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, cheddar, scallion, Fresno chili (add sausage or bacon $4) Toasted Oat Pancake one plate sized pancake, whipped maple butter, blueberry, almond & sunflower granola, and maple Jade's Breakfast Sandwich pork maple sausage, sunny egg, hash brown, garlic aioli, cheddar, potato bun Salmon…

Wasatch Community Foundation Funds Assist Adaptive Athletes

The impact of the Wasatch Community Foundation's generous donation to the Intermountain Adaptive Multisport (I-AM) group in 2023 has been nothing short of transformative. The funds provided were instrumental in acquiring much-needed recreational equipment and a specialized trailer for transporting adaptive bicycles, enhancing the overall experience for the athletes involved. One of the significant highlights was the support for I-AM athletes to compete at the USA Triathlon (USAT) Nationals in Milwaukee. Six dedicated…

The Wasatch Community Foundation Supports Education for all Learners of all Ages

Years ago, here in Wasatch County, there were many different organizations attempting to fill the needs of its residents.  In 2000, a dedicated group of volunteers formed Wasatch Community Foundation to connect residents who were able to give, with residents in need and “From the community, For the community” was realized. Today, Wasatch Community Foundation is a thriving 501c3, and the largest all-volunteer, non-profit organization in Heber Valley. Our vision is to build an extraordinary community by enabling families to…

Timp View Café

Our mission is to provide a welcoming and accessible dining experience for the hospital's dedicated staff, patients, and the entire community. Whether you're looking for a hearty breakfast to start your day, a quick and healthy lunch, or a satisfying dinner, Timp View Cafe is your neighborhood hub for wholesome, delicious food. Join us and savor the taste of good health! Fired up Pesto chicken wrap diced pesto chicken breast in a spinach wrap with bacon, green leaf lettuce, and tomato Sesame ginger salmon wrap sesame…

Last Call for Kickers and Gliders!

Kids learn to ski right here in Heber Valley! Next Monday and Tuesday the 8-week Kickers and Gliders programs begins with an entry-level cross-country ski program for those ages 6-11. Both sessions are two days a week. The first session is on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the second session is on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Soldier Hollow has a great snowpack with 5 kilometers of skiing on an 18-plus inch base, thanks to snowmaking operations.  The team has more coaching staff than ever this year to best meet the needs of all…

Utah Artist Kevin Kehoe to Participate in the 27th Annual Masters of the American West Art Exhibition

December 27, 2023 — Heber City, Utah — Utah Artist Kevin Kehoe will participate in the 27th Annual Masters of the American West art exhibition and sale at The Autry Museum of the American West. This is Kehoe’s first year exhibiting at the prestigious show, which features paintings, mixed media and sculptures by contemporary and Western artists. Kehoe will exhibit four original oil paintings that embody his contemporary take on the American West. With more than 60 extraordinary artists, Masters is one of the most…

Stomp it Out

What is Clogging? Clogging is a type of folk dance that originated in the Appalachian Region of the United States that uses two metal plates on the toes and heals of the shoes (called jingle or hinged taps) that usually strike on the downbeats. McKenna Flores started clogging as a toddler and hasn’t stopped stomping, striking, or smacking dance floors since. Clogging has been a family affair that began with her grandpa, who taught her mom and uncle, who later both taught her and her brother, Cameron. McKenna’s mom, LaNay…

Local Author, Lindsay Clyde-Flannigan

Local author, Lindsay Clyde-Flanagan remembers the first story she wrote. It was a fully illustrated masterpiece about a girl and her horse — Black Beauty. No, she didn’t plagiarize Anna Sewell; she just borrowed the horse’s name — after all, she was only in second grade. Lindsay laughs as she shares how she wishes she still had the book. More recently, she wrote another book about a girl and her horse, only this time she didn’t borrow any names. This time, she went above and beyond her second-grade little girl imaginings…

Destination Heber Valley

This past October marked my 20th year as a full-time resident and local businessperson of the Heber Valley. The changes over the past two decades in the Heber Valley will likely represent the most drastic pivot in our community’s history. With this milestone in mind, I find myself romanticizing the literal ‘History in the Making’ that I have observed during my time in the Heber Valley. In October 2003, the vibe in the Heber Valley was still a bit of a 2002 Olympic hangover. The community had expected a massive change in…

Shoot for the Stars

At Soldier Hollow, west of Charleston, Utah, and Deer Valley Reservoir, against the southern end of the Wasatch Mountains in the shadow of Mount Timpanogos, our nation’s top biathletes train and compete against the best from nations across the world. Speed skiing around a hilly course at Soldier Hollow is a challenge for the best of us; now add a loaded rifle strapped to your back, an Olympic-caliber shooting range, and targets. Local Wasatch County biathletes and brothers, Phillip and Daniel Radu describe the experience,…

The Return of The Hub

Whether you’ve lived in Heber your whole life or are new to our community, you probably know that The Hub is a beloved local treasure, and has been for nearly a century. Originally built in 1933, The Hub has seen a few owners and a whole lot of history, but it has always belonged to the town of Heber. The fresh paint, wood, and leather scents greet me as I walk into the newly renovated Hub. I can imagine the welcoming aroma of pancakes, freshly brewed coffee, and French fries that all great restaurants have. The main…

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

When Life Gives You Snow, Go Snowshoeing! Imagine,  for a moment, being surrounded by gorgeous mountain views on a crisp star-lit winter night. Huge feathery flakes twinkle as they fall, and a brilliant moon guides you along your path. Caught in the moonbeams, it appears you’re walking through a sea of diamonds instead of snow. You stop to take in the majesty of the moment, the still of the evening broken only by the crunch of snow underfoot. Soon,  shouts of ‘Welcome,’ friendly conversations, and laughter echo through the…

Jerry Robert Springer

How do I sum up one man’s life in a few short pages, especially one who has lived a life as full of adventure and service as Jerry Springer? I don’t. All I can do is capture bits and pieces – the moments in time that stand out – and hope those stories honor this man who has touched so many lives. Jerry’s first experience in life began with an adventure. His parents, Beryl and Tura Springer, were living in a tent cabin community near Mammoth Lakes, California. Beryl, like his father, Jeremiah (Jerry) Robey Springer, and his…

Springer Historical Home

Springers and Nokes In January 2021, David and Kayla Springer unexpectedly met Travis and Lisa Nokes while on a retreat in Mexico. They soon discovered they both had connections to Midway, Utah. The Nokes lived and worked there, and David’s great-great-great grandfather, Jeremiah Robey Springer, was one of the original settlers. David has always dreamed of living in Midway, and after speaking with the Nokes, he began the process of purchasing the Springer Farms. Since Travis and Lisa own businesses in real estate,…

Winter Trails

The beautiful Wasatch Back, Heber Valley, and west Uintah Range are home to a wide and growing collection of multi-use trails; many available for use in winter by Fat Tire Mountain Bikers (FT), Cross-Country (XC) and Back-Country (BC) skiers and boarders, and snowshoers. Hikers are not allowed to use the groomed trail system as they sink deep into the snow and may ruin the trails. There are groomed roads for winter hiking in most areas. Further, your dogs are welcome to join you as long as you pick up after their mess.…

Geology & Cultural History of the Heber Valley Region

Most articles and books on geology, anthropology, and history start with the early beginnings and progress chronologically to more modern times. For this article, we’ll follow suit, and begin with taking a look at Heber Valley’s geological history, with relatively late volcanic activity, faulting of the Wasatch and Uintah Mountains, Ice-Age glaciers, formation of the Heber Valley, and channeling of the Provo and other local rivers and streams. Culturally, we’ll summarize the man-made features of our environs, including the…

Capturing the Character

In 2004, Alex Nabaum and his wife, Shayna, built their family home in Heber Valley. While completing their basement, Nabaum looked for ski posters of the surrounding areas. He had a vision to complete their interior design by giving a nod to our local resorts. Skiing has been a family hobby for years, and — after all — they now lived in Utah with the “greatest snow on earth!” Best be celebrating that! He rummaged through many posters on his quest to find the right art to represent our resorts; there was no authenticity to…

Meditation Boost your Health

“Your thoughts are incredibly powerful. Choose yours wisely.” – Joe Dispenza, You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter I’m sitting in my hotel room, listening to the river running over rocks outside the window and reflecting on what I’ve just experienced. Less than five minutes ago, I was lying on a yoga mat on the floor of a conference room with hundreds of other people, doing something pretty incredible for a group that size: meditating. I’ve spent the past five days at a workshop with renowned meditation guru and…

Heber City Tree Lighting & Old Fashioned Christmas

Join us TONIGHT for a festive evening of joy and merriment at our Community Christmas Celebration! This heartwarming event is open to the public, and we invite you, your family, and friends to come together for an unforgettable holiday experience. 📅 Date: Dec 1st 🕡 Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 📍 Location:  Heber City Tabernacle Historic Square Activities for All Ages: 🎶 Christmas Music: Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of the season as live musicians fill the air with the spirit of Christmas. 🎅 Visit…

Crazy Goodies

Menu $1 - 12.99 tostilocos frozen strawberries / fresas congeladas chicharron en bolsa preparado esquites strawberries with cream / fresas con cremas raspados milk ice cream popsicles / paletas de hielo de leche chicharron de bolsa diablitos chicharron preparado nachos water ice cream popsicles / paletas de hielo de agua churro loco / taquiloco Flamin' Hot con queso crazy pina mangonada beonico nino nieve paleta loca chamoy pickle ice cream crepes takis…

Art Heals

Heber’s Kevin Kehoe Simple Beauty Gallery announced it will partner with Liberty Sanctuary, a premier Utah equine non-profit sanctuary, by donating 10 percent of sales made this November to Liberty Sanctuary to support its efforts to save equines from the slaughter pipeline. The collaboration will culminate with an Open Gallery Day on Small Business Saturday, November 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with special programming as follows: Open Gallery Day Schedule 1 p.m.  Horsemanship Talk with Trevor Howard, Director of…

Coats for Kids Program

Coats for Kids Program 10 AM - 3 PM Saturday, November 4, 2023 St. Lawrence Mission Church 5 South 100 West, Heber City, UT Coats distributed first-come, first-served. Sizes from Boy / Girl   size 4   to    Boy / Girl size XL Programa de abrigos para Niños 10 AM - 3 PM sabado, 4 de noviembre, 2023 Iglesia de la Mision de San Lorenzo 5 South 100 West, Heber City, UT Los abrigos se distribuyen por orden de llegada. Tallas desde Niño/Niña talla 4 hasta Niño/Niña XL Distribution by the Knights of Columbus…

The Pizza Yard

Pizzas $13 - 20 Margherita Fresh mozzarella, organic tomato sauce, fresh basil, parmigiano reggiano. Hot honey Creminelli calabrese, housemade pickled jalapenos, fresh mozzarella, organic tomato sauce. Pepperoni Creminelli pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, organic tomato sauce. The green one Herby lemony creamy green sauce, a pile of fresh kale, fresh mozzarella. Sausage for the lady Housemade sausage, caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella, organic tomato sauce. Special of the day (Market price) Check…

Soup & SoHo 2023

ABOUT TEAM SOHO Team Soldier Hollow serves XC Skiers and Biathletes from the Heber Valley and surrounding communities in Utah. Team Soldier Hollow is based at the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Nordic Venue and now encompasses programs for ages 5 years and up. VISION Developing Champions in Sport & Life. MISSION Teach the sports of Nordic Skiing and Biathlon and develop regional, national and internationally competitive athletes, all while encouraging a life-long love of sport. ABOUT SOUP & SOHO Soup & SoHo…

Ladies Night out at Heber Valley Hospital

Dear Friends, It’s back! After stepping away from Ladies Night Out for the last few years during the hospital’s construction and then COVID, we’re excited to welcome you back for Ladies Night Out 2023: Happy. Healthy. You. With special guest, Ann Romney. Heber Valley is where Ann rediscovered her love of horses and she wants to give back to our community and the women who call it home. Ann will speak from 6 to 6:45 p.m. She’ll reflect on her health challenges with multiple sclerosis, early-stage breast cancer, how…

September Meeting at Wasatch Coin & History Club

Dear Friends, Members, Guests, and Newcomers: The September meeting of the Wasatch Coin & History Club will be held Tuesday evening, 26 Sep, from 6-8 PM, at the Wasatch County Library in Heber City, next to Wasatch High School. This month we will be presenting The History and Coins of Nabatea and the Ancient City of Petra (one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world). Please come and support the club and enjoy a great presentation. We have lots of coins to go with the story and pictures, and a new batch of reward…

Fall in Love with South Summit

Now that the temperatures are dropping, it’s the perfect time for a weekend road trip or stay-cation. The true bonus is the breathtaking fall foliage that begins to pop in the High Uintas in roughly mid-September, and puts on a dazzling show through October. A short drive from Heber up State Route 32 takes you past the Jordanelle Reservoir, providing gorgeous views of the water and surrounding mountains. Kamas Valley is home to a growing population, and once you’ve driven through, it will come as little surprise. Nestled…

Discover Disc Golf in the Heber Valley

The Heber Valley has caught the wave of a global sporting trend: disc golf is on the rise, with the region playing its part in this rapid expansion. For those unacquainted, this popular sport uses rules similar to golf; however, instead of hitting balls into designated holes, players throw small plastic discs (think mini-Frisbees) at a target. Disc golf is usually played on a course with 9 or 18 targets, which are wire baskets, hung with chains designed to catch the discs. Players throw a disc from a tee pad in hopes of…

Jamie Harmon

When Jamie Harmon first sat down to write her children’s life stories, she had no intention of writing a book, let alone publishing one. Jamie shares what inspired her to write My Divine Identity, “I didn’t set out to write a guided journal for girls. I started writing for my children. I wasn’t able to physically have children, and I wanted more than anything to be a mom. So my husband Jeff and I gathered our family together through adoption. We adopted four children, and they are truly miracles. The process of adoption…

Heber Valley Airport Revamp

From its humble beginnings in 1947 until today, Heber Valley Airport (KHCR is its national identifier) reflects pioneering aviation history, growth, change and a whole lot of flying. In its early years, KHCR was known for a diverse collection of classic general aviation and warbird aircraft and their pilots. Russ McDonald and a few partners bought the land, developed a 3,300’ runway and started a fixed base of operation (FBO) they called Heber Valley Flying Service (HVFS). HVFS began with a small (45 x 60 feet) hangar with…

Liberty Sanctuary

Many little girls dream of having a horse — I know I did. I grew up in the city with a relatively small backyard. Behind the chain link fence that separated our house from a large field — lived a horse. I never knew her name. She was nothing special to look at; slight of build, dull chocolate coat, scraggly knotted black main. She was only there for a few short weeks, but man did I love her. Every afternoon I’d run outside and she’d gallop up to greet me; her velvety nose nuzzling my fingertips as much as the metal barrier…

We Grow Together

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” Margaret J. Wheatley Right now, it’s still just a wild field with two signs on opposite ends advertising a vision of what this land will become. The goal: to build a second high school alongside a technical college that will not only create exciting new learning and employment opportunities, but also accommodate the growing population of our beautiful valley. When ground was broken at the site on May 23 of this year, those involved in…

Ballerina Farm

Our lives are filled with moments that help shape who we are, and who we want to become. Sometimes, all it takes is a flash in time, one moment, to completely alter the course of our lives. Daniel and Hannah Neeleman experienced such an instance while living in Brazil. One day, the couple visited a cattle ranch and witnessed a scene that would change everything — hogs free ranging. Daniel couldn’t stop watching the pigs as they roamed through open pasture, munching on grass side by side with the cattle. They weren’t in pens…

Bike Utah

Albert Einstein once said, “Life is like a bicycle. To keep balanced, you must keep moving forward.” Trilby Cox and Chris Wiltsie, the Co-Directors of Bike Utah, understand the importance of moving forward whether they’re riding a bike or traveling through life. Bike Utah is a non-profit program that envisions “ a Utah where complete networks of bike lanes, paths, and trails contribute to livable, healthy communities, allowing everyone to ride regardless of age, ability, race, or income.” By collaborating and working with…

Barns of Heber Valley

The traditional country barn stands as an iconic figure of yesteryear. If you were “raised in a barn” like I was, you’ll remember how dust filters through rafters and dances in the sunlight, the soothing rhythms of rain as it pitter-patters on a tin roof during a summer shower, and the sweet, permeating smell of new hay. If not, you may be able to imagine. As time slips by, a vast majority of those, now, old barns in the valley have fallen into disrepair and quietly crumbled to the ground; slipping away with the people of…

The New Oakley Diner

“I have a magical vision in my head of live music or music playing from juke boxes, with the windows open and the late summer breeze blowing in, and laughter. I just can’t wait to sit there and hear those sounds.” Leentje Klingensmith, the Marketing Director for the newly restored Oakley Diner, shares her vision for how the fresh space is going to feel. The historical Oakley Diner, formerly known as the Road Island Diner, has resided in Oakley, UT since 2007. Recently, the diner closed its doors in 2020 and went up for sale.…

Katrina Berg

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe This quote is Katrina Berg’s favorite. The German poet’s words apply perfectly to Katrina’s thick, oil paint art pieces that she creates on wood while in her Midway studio. You may already be acquainted with Katrina and her work, but if you’ve never had the joy of coming across…

Twisted Trunks

My relationship with aspen trees is a bit of a love–hate affair. I love them in the mountains. I hate them in suburban landscapes. The trees themselves are lovely. The round leaves make the most wonderful noises as they clip and rustle like organic coins colliding in a summer breeze. The airy light that passes through an aspen glade on a summer afternoon feels spiritual, calming, and edifying. I am perpetually fascinated by the flaming display that ignites the mountain landscape in autumn. Vernal emergence of their foliage…

Nurturing Growth

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” Ludwig Wittgenstein Devany Browning and Jenna Haynie are helping individuals and families break through language limits in relation to speech and literacy. These two talented women recently joined forces; opening the doors to their joint office space. Jenna’s Literacy Utah and Devany’s Pathways Speech and Language Therapy go hand-in-hand, and, while they practice separately, they serve many of the same clients. Devany and Jenna are aware that the services they offer…

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Cafe

Beverages 12oz, 16oz or 20 oz $2.75 - 6.35 Drip Coffee Espresso Americano Cappuccino Latte Vanilla Latte Mocha White Chocolate Mocha Caramel Macchiato Chai Vanilla Steamer RMCF Hot Chocolate Customize $0.50 - 0.80 Non Dairy Milk | Whipped Cream | Syrup | Sauce Chocolate $3.75/ea - 27.95/lb Toffees Truffles Caramels Bears Clusters Creams Bark Chocolate Peanut Butter Sugar Free Chocolates Dipped Treats $1.75/ea - 27.50/lb Caramel Apples One Topping…

Lobby Lounge

Dine in or grab dinner to go at the Lobby Lounge at Zermatt Resort Utah. Enjoy delicious wings, burgers, nachos, and more. *Must be 21+ to enter* SMALL BITES $2 - 5 ZERMATT LOUNGE NUTS PRETZEL BITES served with dijon mustard SIDE OF BEER BATTERED FRIES ONION RINGS served with chipotle ranch CHIPS AND HOUSE MADE SALSA JALAPENO POPPERS stuffed breaded jalapenos, fried, with ranch APPETIZERS $8 - 14 MOZZARELLA STICKS served with house made…

Vintage Restaurant

STARTERS $9 - 16 Baked Mac & Cheese Fire roasted peppers, bacon, breadcrumbs. Chicken Wings Buffalo, BBQ, Mango habanero and Crazy hot. Served w/ a side of blue cheese or ranch. Loaded Potato Skins Crispy bacon, local sharp cheddar cheese topped with sour cream. Shrimp Cocktail Ceviche Fresh tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and fresh cilantro. Truffle Cheese Fries Hand-cut fries, gold creek parmesan w/ a white truffle essence. Vintage Onion Flower Crispy vidalia onion petals w/ vintage secret sauce.…

1886 Grill | Smokehouse

Come and enjoy a casual environment near our beautiful 18 hole golf course, with fresh barbeque, wood fired pizzas, an outdoor full service bar open at 11am daily, and more! APPS $5 - 16 BEER BATTERED ONION RINGS 1886 sauce BBQ WINGS chicken wings | ranch | celery | carrots choose your sauce: alabama white bbq or spicy umami 1886 NACHOS corn chips | black bean pico | smoked corn | queso sauce add pulled pork $5 burnt ends $6 SLIDERS pulled pork | salt city slider roll | carolina gold bbq sauce | slaw…

Liberty Sanctuary Fun Day Event

Community family fun day. Meet the rescues of liberty sanctuary September 9th, 2023 | 12 - 4 PM 585 S. Little Pole Road, Heber Horses | Bounce house | Grassy Cow | Raffle Everyone welcome! Liberty Sanctuary is a 501 (c)(3) equine sanctuary in Wasatch County which offers freedom for equines rescued from the slaughter pipeline, a vast network responsible for sending mostly adoptable horses to slaughter after enduring documented, consistent abuse and suffering. The sanctuary was inaugurated in 2023…

Liberty Sanctuary’s Night of Freedom Fundraiser

Join equine enthusiasts, mentors, and other like-minded and caring individuals at Liberty Sanctuary's NIGHT OF LIBERTY FUNDRAISER Thursday, July 27th at The Lakehouse at Deer Creek. Enjoy great tunes, a delicious meal by Savoury Kitchen, wines by Russian River Vineyards, an exclusive Trunk Show by JW Bennett, and an online auction. Located right here in our own Heber Valley, Liberty Sanctuary's mission is to "not only rehabilitate horses and donkeys found in kill pens but to share their stories and create awareness of…

Welcome History and Coin Enthusiasts!

Welcome History and Coin Enthusiasts! The Wasatch Coin & History Club meets the last Tuesday of every month. In June we welcomed Dr. Lee McKenzie, who gave an outstanding presentation on Replicas, Counterfeits and Identifying Coins. The Club will meet again on Tuesday, 25 July, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Heber City / Wasatch County Library in the Executive Briefing Room.  Drew Whitehead, from All About Coins, will talk about the Commonwealth of England, History and Coinage – a time of civil war in England and…

Construction Begins on Ameyalli Resort in Midway

In collaboration with Deepak Chopra’s Foundation, Park City Developer begins construction on Ameyalli, a World-Class, Wellbeing Resort in Midway, Utah MIDWAY, UTAH — (June 20, 2023) Located on a historic site where Native Americans and later Hollywood elite frequented for the restorative powers of 28 thermal hot springs, Ameyalli is an ambitious, new resort designed to continue the sacred land’s tradition of wellbeing. Local Park City developer Charles Heath has drawn inspiration from extensive visits to wellness…

Wasatch Coin and History Club meeting

The Wasatch Coin & History Club meets monthly on the last Tuesday at 6:00 pm at the Wasatch County Library. Anyone interested in coin collecting, art and history is invited. The club looks at ancient, world and US coins, currency and their historical relevance. Drawings for coins and prizes. All invited – prizes for young participants/presenters. The next meeting is on 27 June 2023. Presentation: “Counterfeit & Replica Coins / Identifying & Cleaning Coins” by Dr. Lee McKenzie. Presentations:…

Wasatch Trails Foundation

Mountain Trails Foundation, Park City Mountain through Vail Resorts EpicPromise donate $100,000 to support Wasatch Back trails nonprofits South Summit Trails Foundation and Wasatch Trails Foundation to receive funding from Mountain Trails Foundation through Park City Mountain and Vail Resorts EpicPromise to expand and improve local trail networks. Mountain Trails Foundation, through its partnership with Park City Mountain and Vail Resorts EpicPromise, is helping Wasatch Back trails nonprofits, South Summit Trails…

Little India

Over 7,500 miles away, there’s a small village in the state of Punjab, India. This farming area is not only beautiful but it also offers delicious food previously unattainable in Wasatch County. But now, Heber City has a direct channel to Punjab. It’s called Little India. Traversing an Ocean It all started in 1997. Harjeet Singh was living in Northern India on a family farm. He decided to pack up his things and move to the United States, which he knew to be the “Land of Opportunity.” He had family living in Utah and…

A Sudsy Cause

It’s refreshing when someone keeps their promises — like that nice clean feeling right after washing your hands. Chris and Alise Allen of Heber teamed up with their great friends Kurt and Jennifer Offereins of Spokane, Washington, to lather up the Promise Soap Company. They’re bubbling with excitement for their new company committed to connection, community, and the environment. They believe in “better soap for a bigger purpose.” Their love for people, goodness, and nature is contagious. The Allen and Offereins families…

Keeping Tradition Alive

You might have already visited and loved the new Milk House at the Homestead Resort but in case you haven’t, allow me to describe it to you. The Homestead Resort has been a unique and beloved property in Utah since it opened in 1891 as a hotel and saloon built by Swiss immigrants Simon and Maria Schneitter. Fast forward to today and fans of the resort will be delighted to learn that the new owners have already begun an upgraded vision to the entire property while still maintaining the nostalgic, original feel of the…

Brighter Side Of Life

We certainly get our fair share of bright and sunny days on an average summer in Northern Utah. As residents of the Heber Valley, our weather might be even a little nicer than surrounding geographies. Despite this wonderous and natural reality, all things community-minded in the Heber Valley are not always equally bright and shiny. If such a razzle-dazzle reality physically surrounds us, why is there room for such contention and discontent? Earlier in my life, I was heavily preoccupied with fly fishing and travel. It just…

Let’s Rally

You’ve seen them around town. Jeeps caked in mud or covered in a thin veneer of red dust, looking like they’re coming home from someplace fun. I always wondered how someone learns to go off-roading if they didn’t grow up with it. As it turns out, Karl Malone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Heber City hosts a Jeep Rally each summer to get new Jeep owners out on the trails and help them become familiar with four-wheeling. The dealership sees a lot of first-time Jeep buyers and they know it can be intimidating to take your new…

Create Your Journey

An annual contest for all Wasatch County School District students kindergarten through 12th grade. Categories include 2-D Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, 3D Pottery, and Sculpted Work. Top Winners Grade 9-12 Naomi Marie Hansen Wasatch High School A Colorful Discovery My name is Naomi Hansen. I am a sophomore at Wasatch High School and I am 16 years old. I’ve been taking drawing lessons since I was…

Jerry And Ella Simons: The Gift Of Hope

“What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” - Steven Covey Jerry and Ella Simons have spent their lives impacting others and offering the ‘Gift of Hope’ from the bottom of the ocean to the top of the high Andes of Peru and everywhere in between, including the Utah Crater in our beloved Midway. Along the way, they have discovered how to not only balance family, work, and adventure but to serve others and celebrate lives with great meaning. One aspiration, in particular, has led them to do work that changes lives…

Utah Arts Collective

Tucked away in the Heber Valley, the Utah Arts Collective has gathered top-notch teachers and talent. They work together, providing the community with incredible options for artistic and academic growth. What once began as Wasatch Dance Center has now become Utah Arts Collective. It includes dance, preschool, theater, and more. This elaborate and unique program began in 1998 when two dance teachers simply decided to form their own studio. Serendipity Vibeke Bodensteiner was living in Norway and had extensive background…

Any Job Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Well

PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEVIN KEHOE We all love a good remix of a favorite oldie. There’s just something about the predictability of things we’ve known for a long time mixed with a fresh and unexpected twist. When I stepped across the threshold of the Old Firehouse, that feeling of ‘old meets new’ flooded over me. The building dazzles with southern light pouring in through the enormous updated windows. Visitors are welcomed by the interior’s clean lines and organic textures. The warm and fashion-forward entrance lounge made me feel…

Come Together

The Heber Valley is not only lighting up the night with fireworks this Fourth of July but also extending the festivities to an all-day-long celebration. Fifteen individuals representing different community organizations have come together to create a grassroots Independence Day celebration. 2023 marks the first year of the Red, White, and Blue Festival, which is destined to become a memorable family tradition. Jessica Broadhead, the marketing manager for Heber Valley Tourism, says this special event is “by the community, for…

Star Light Star Bright

“Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at the stars because we are human?”  – Neil Gaiman Poets, authors, painters, and musicians have dedicated masterworks to the stars for centuries. Ancient humans crafted their entire cities after the patterns of the cosmos, and some of the earliest cave artwork bears a record of their splendor. The night sky inspires us, fills us with wonder, and can change how we perceive ourselves in relation to the Universe. How tragic then that an estimated 74 percent of humans…

Little sprouts, big dreams

Sierra Prothers grew up skiing in New England, but when those mountains were no longer big enough for her, she made her way to the Rocky Mountains, eventually landing here in Wasatch County. Sierra’s travels and outdoor experiences fostered an interest in food sourcing and production; having space to plant a garden was an important factor in looking for a place to live. Sierra shared, “My partner and I found a lovely place in the town of Charleston right on the border of Heber. We were lucky enough to find a piece of…

Music in the Mountains

There is something magical about music in the mountains. The piles and piles of snow make way for green as far as the eye can see. The crisp, fresh air and the stunning scenery create the perfect backdrop for live performances. Fortunately, during the summer months of June through August, there are plenty of opportunities to experience this magic in Utah’s Wasatch and Summit counties. Let’s look at some of the top concert series and live performances happening right in our backyard. Summer Concert Series on the High Star…

Scavenger Hunt Adventure

A bright summer sun lights up the large red barn west of a pioneer home site off Southfield Road. Chirping birds in two tall pines are momentarily silenced by the Heber Creeper’s shrill whistle as she rolls southwest along the historic Heber — Provo railroad line. Suddenly, my Minepro metal detector beeps loudly, indicating a metal object approximately 8” below (according to the digital readout). I am detecting around a brick walkway that leads to the now boarded-up front door. I dig a circular hole in the reddish soil…

Explore a life-size replica of The Tabernacle from the Old Testament

Beloved members of the Heber North Stake, As you have no doubt heard, the Tabernacle event is coming to our valley!  In preparation for our new Temple, having the Tabernacle event here in the Heber Valley is an amazing opportunity to share and experience the history of our Judeo-Christian faith, while driving positive interest in temple worship. The Tabernacle missionaries in charge of the event emphasize that it's really all about Jesus Christ.  The focus is on helping YSAs and youth prepare to make covenants, become…

Little India Fine Dining

(D) DAIRY (G) GLUTEN (N) NUTS (V) VEGAN APPETIZERS All appetizers are served with mint and tamarind chutneys VEGETABLE SAMOSA (G) pastry filled with spiced potatoes, green peas, fried ONION BHAJI (V) onion slices drenched in chickpea batter, fried VEGETABLE PAKORA (V) mixed vegetables dressed in chickpea flour, fried CHICKEN PAKORA chicken tenders dipped in a chickpea batter, fried ASSORTED SNACKS vegetable samosa, onion bhaji, chicken pakora, and vegetable pakora SOUPS SAAG SHORBA (D) a concoction of…

The Mayflower Star Mine

In January, 2019, while skiing down to the Sultan Express Chairlift at Deer Valley, I noticed the outlines of an old silver mine below the lift to the East, and a large mine tailing area even further down the mountain. As a trained geologist, whose first job after college was exploring for geothermal energy and related epithermal ore deposits in Utah and Nevada, my curiosity was raised! In May of 2020 I finally got the chance to hike up and visit these old mines of the Park City Mining District, Mayflower Complex. The large…

Crunchy Super Mom

In Louisa May Alcott’s book Little Women, the protagonist, Josephine March, states, “I could have been a great many things.” For those who have read the book you know that Jo March was actually a great many things — she just didn’t give herself credit. Many of us can relate to feeling as if we ‘could have been a great many things’ without giving ourselves credit for all that we have been, all that we are, and all that we have the potential of being. Sarah Harding has spent over 15 years helping others, especially moms,…

Inspiring Young Readers

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” - Madeleine L’Engle When Lezlie Evans was growing up she wanted to be a lot of things: an actress, a doctor, a criminal investigator, but a writer “was never on the list.” Lezlie chuckles as she recalls, “I was actually placed in a remedial English class when I was in the 7th grade. Writing has not always come easily for me. It took me hours to come up with an idea and even longer…

Healing Mind, Body and Spirit

Since opening their doors in early 2021, mental health clinic, Heber Valley Healing, has been an invaluable resource in guiding Heber Valley residents along their mental health journeys. Sisters, Cheryl McBride and Marci Heugly, opened the clinic together with a simple but powerful goal to “provide exceptional mental health services to those in the Heber Valley and surrounding areas.” Their full schedules and client success demonstrate that they are doing just that. Bridging a Gap in Heber Valley Heber Valley Healing is…

Spring Clean Your Daily Routine

Do you wish you could ditch your daily responsibilities and heed the call of adventure in our majestic Wasatch Mountains or leave work early to go fish the Provo River? Designing a daily routine where you feel competent in managing your time will ultimately result in you being able to “do it all.” Maybe you already have a routine that you enjoy, or maybe you have a routine that currently is not working well for you or your household. Perhaps, your “routine” consists mostly of reacting to your day instead of being in control…

Lee Music

Tucked away on 100 South, in the heart of Heber City, there’s a magical, little place that has been enriching the lives of children and adults for over 22 years. Lee Music provides a serious music education. It takes the general idea of private music lessons and instantly ratchets up the possibilities. Whether you love classical sonatas, or dream about riffing on the electric guitar, there is a teacher who will take your dream seriously and lead you along the way to mastery — or slaying on the guitar. As a young toddler,…

Some Bunny is Hungry

2023 is the year of the rabbit. And that’s no coincidence for Ania Gorkiewicz-Sullivan as her masterpiece cake creations are truly hoppin’ this year! For years, the Heber Valley had little to no options when it came to a custom-order, made-from-scratch cake bakery. That is, until a handful of talented bakers made their way to our valley and brought a bit of extra sweetness with them. Ania (Ahn-ya) Gorkiewicz-Sullivan with Hungry Bunny is one of several bakers that have recently opened up shop here in our valley;…

Heber’s Hometown Hollywood

When James Lane was living in Rifle, Colorado, teaching middle school, he couldn’t possibly have imagined how drastically different his life would turn out. James moved from California to Colorado when he was 13. After graduating from Rifle High School, James joined the Air Force, went to college, and began dating Jane Elizabeth, whom he’d known since childhood. They married, and he decided to become an educator. James, or Jim to most, graduated from Colorado University, and he and Jane moved back to Rifle. He settled into…

Baby Animal Days at Kohler’s Farm

Nestled at the edge of Midway and at the base of our Swiss Alps doppelgänger mountains, for two enchanting spring days, Kohler’s Farm will be hosting all the babies! Everyone is invited to binge baby animal cuteness. Friday and Saturday April 28th and 29th from 10-6 the farm will be filled to the brim with baby goats, cows, horses, sheep, rabbits, llamas, alpacas, zebu calves, and a variety of other animals, including baby fish. Springtime on Kohler farms is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. A few years ago,…

Mocktails

Sparkling Ginger & Lemon Mocktail A Love Story Nothing belongs together quite so beautifully as ginger and lemon. Let’s combine a little zing with some sparkling freshness. Ingredients 3 inches of fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced ¾ cup sugar or sugar substitute, plus extra for tossing the ginger and rimming the cup 1½ cups water ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4-6 lemons) Seltzer water to fill the glasses (3 cups) Method Slice the ginger into slivers. Heat sugar, water, and…

Container Gardening

The soil is finally thawing, the sap’s beginning to run, and for those of us who choose to garden, it’s time to place the first small seeds into the dark soil and wait for the miracle of an emerging bud to appear. It’s no wonder ancient scientists became obsessed with alchemy, the transformation of matter. How does a tiny, dead-looking remnant of a once vigorous plant create new life when buried underground? No matter how many times I plant my garden with bulbs or seeds, I find myself marveling over this transformation…

Daniel Tiger’s Shopping Cart

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood never connected with me when I was a boy. As a child born in the mid to late 1970s, I saw plenty of opportunity, as the show was regularly broadcast and Public Television was still a thing. I endured many an episode, quite simply, because it was what was on the airwaves at that moment (streaming on demand was still a couple of decades out — hard to imagine, I know). It has taken me well into the middle-aged milestone of my journey and Fred Rogers’ passing to appreciate how inspiring and visionary…

Frye Provisions

Spring in the Wasatch Back is still a bit chilly, but it’s ‘Damn Hot’ over at Frye Provisions where Ryan and Jessie Frye are bringing their “sweet southern heat to the Rocky Mountains” with their homemade hot sauce. Ryan and Jessie Frye grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and have been involved with the hospitality industry most of their lives. They eventually ended up at the same restaurant, bar tending and, in Ryan’s words, “ one thing led to another.” Both Ryan and Jessie have adventurous souls and the couple decided to embark…

Outdoor Yoga Year-round

“Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists.” -unknown Two miles underground, in the middle of Midway, lies a water source that feeds an incredible natural wonder. She has a lovely hourglass shape, was formed from a geothermal hot spring, and boasts a cozy water temperature of 94°F year-round. You might know this crater as Schneitter’s Hot Pot, Homestead Crater, or the Utah Crater. Regardless of the name you know her by; she has been in the making for years. Some estimate that the limestone…

Get Hooked on Fishing

When families come to the Heber Valley, it’s usually to take advantage of the many outdoor recreational activities our beautiful valley boasts: mountain biking, hiking, snowmobiling, and more! As Spring awakens the land and the rivers swell with fresh mountain snow runoff, one of the more popular family adventures is fishing. And no wonder, with eleven new state fishing records set in Utah last year, alone!  Our valley is ideally situated at the base of the Uintah Mountain range – the birthplace of many rivers that not…

Kid’s Rock-n-Surprises Concert

Announcing Heber’s first Kid’s rock and surprises concert!! Join the skillful & talented kids (10-15y) from Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse and our very own local Lee’s Music and their rock band program as they make it a night to remember for parents and kids alike!! Friday & Saturday nights March 17-18th starting at 6:00, will be a family night of entertainment like few others. Rock to your favorite classic jams at the IDEAL Theatre with a proper farewell to this friend and its many years of service! A chance…

Paralympic World Cup at Soldier Hollow

Join us to cheer on the best Para Nordic skiers from around the world at this great event! Ski racing action will happen March 1 through 8, 2023. This event will feature Para Cross-Country and Para Biathlon skiing competition for athletes with both physical and vision impairment. Disciplines include individual start, sprint, sprint pursuit and mass start. Cheer on 65 of the best Para athletes from 18 countries including the United States, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Great Britain, Italy,…

Open House #1: Stakeholder Focus Group Scenarios Open House

You are specially invited to the Envision Central Heber Workshop February 15. Choose between two different times: 12:00 PM at the Senior Citizens Center 6:30 PM at Wasatch County Library Why Attend? We need YOUR input about the City’s vision in these three areas: The Main Street Corridor. • Should mixed-uses be allowed further west beyond the 100 West or further east beyond 100 East? • How much mixed use, density and height/stories should be allowed and where? • Should there be increased architectural…

IHC Heber Valley Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2023 Born in Wasatch County

Sawyer Ann Karinen was born at 11:39 p.m. on January 2, 2023. She is the daughter of Clara Vowels and Andrew Karinen, residents of Heber City. Sawyer weighed in at 6 lbs. 5 oz. and is 19 inches long. She is Clara and Andrew’s first child. “I can’t believe she’s mine,” said Clara, Sawyer’s mom. “It was a long day of almost 20 hours of labor, but she’s definitely worth it.” “It’s hard to put into words,” said her father, Andrew. “We’ve both worked in daycares, so we have lots of experience with kids. But they go home at…

Hidden Peak Provisions

Signature Sandwiches All Sandwiches Include Choice of House Made S&P Chips, Small Market Salad, or Deli Salad $14 - 17 Chicago Roast Beef | Giardiniera | Confit Peppers | Provolone American Roast Beef | American cheese | Baby Romaine | Charred Scallion Aioli Roman Porchetta | Charred Scallion Aioli | Pickled Red Onion Porchetta Po Boy Spicy Kewpie | Ginger Giardiniera | Pickled Cherry Peppers | Romaine Cauliflower Bahn Mi Fermented Carrot | Vegetable Salad | Chili Cashew Crema Cauliflower…

The Notch Pub

Starters $9 - 19 Smoked Wings by the pound, choice of sauce; housemate BBQ, buffalo, hot buffalo, garlic-parmesan buffalo, Thai, sriracha soy Loaded Pulled Pork Nachos chips, queso, pulled pork, tomato, onion, olives, jalapeños, sour cream, salsa. Mountain 'Stickers crispy fried dumplings stuffed with pork & veggies served with garlic soy dipping sauce Coconut Shrimp served with sweet chili sauce Chili Cheese Fries french fries topped with queso, chili and shredded cheese Southwest Quesadilla…

Creekside Yurt

A guided evening snowshoeing a half mile through the star lit forest of Soldier Hollow, to a warm inviting yurt. Here we will be preparing a private fine dining experience with a 4 course meal, an intimate fire, and the outdoor experience you are searching for this winter. Enjoy your evening making S’mores by the fire, or inside the warmth of the yurt with friends and family. Trip Details $185 per adult $155 per child (under 12) + tax & 20% grat Available Tuesday through Sunday, depending on availability Available…

Good Vibrations

“If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”  – Nikola Tesla The positive or negative tone of a voice, the major or minor key signature of a song, or the volume and intensity of any sound, vibrates with tremendous power and energy. Simply put, sound is vibrational energy transmitted as waves that are perceived by the brain, heard by the ear, and felt throughout the body. Every cell in the body and every emotion are also made up of energy. It has also been proven…

A little creativity + imagination Inspiration Haven

AmberLee Shuler has always enjoyed creating, but it wasn’t until she started taking art classes in middle school and high school that she realized just how much she loved art! Painting with acrylics, watercolors, and oils, drawing, calligraphy, she enjoyed it all. While taking calligraphy in 10th grade, her teacher encouraged her to try out pottery. At first she was hesitant. AmberLee explains, “I didn’t think I’d really like pottery, but my calligraphy teacher was also the pottery teacher and I really liked him as a…

Fijn Cocoa

fijn adjective \ ˈfīn \ nice, pleasant fine, thin delicate, meticulous made of small pieces, grains etc. Winter is here and that means snuggling up on a couch, watching the snowflakes slowly fall, while sipping your favorite hot drink. For the ‘Bradley Clan’ that hot drink would definitely be their unique blend of Fijn cocoa.  What began as an experiment to create a hot chocolate drink, that wasn’t so sweet, quickly developed into a deliciously fun family business; sharing the ‘Fijn’ life with everyone!…

Where There is Love There is Life: Michael & Fern Spanos

Michael and Fern Spanos took a little drive from their home in Bountiful to Heber and fell in love with a home on 5th East, as Fern describes, “We looked at it and said, hey let’s move!” Michael grew up in Park City, so Heber wasn’t far from home. But Heber is where he chose to put some roots down and pour out his heart and soul. Over the years, they raised eight children, six from Fern’s first marriage and two more together, and welcomed eight foster children into their home. As Michael and Fern speak of their past, love…

Shrink the Giant

There are lots of giants in the world, formidable foes, beasts, dragons to be slain, and our job is hopefully to make those more manageable, to shrink them a little bit so that people can handle their particular trials. When Jean-Marc Barr was 16 he walked into a pawn shop in Provo, Utah. His sole purpose? To walk out with a guitar. At only 4’ 8” and 75 lbs Jean-Marc decided to use this to his advantage; placing a handful of wadded up bills and some change on the counter, he declared, “I’m looking for a guitar for my dad…

Biathlon

The biathlon is a winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. The sport is rooted in the skiing traditions of Scandinavia, where early inhabitants revered the Norse God, Ull, as both their ski and hunting God. Initially, the combined skills of skiing and rifle marksmanship were developed for the region’s militaries during the 1700s. In 1776 the first recorded biathlon competition took place along the border dividing Norway and Sweden; it was between patrol companies. The first biathlon club, the…

Lost (and found) Treasures

When you visit Lost Treasures for the first time, it can be surprising that a store this size could hold so many different items all under the same roof.  Browsing in the unique kitchen items, hard-to-find phone accessories, and a generous sized kids section, you soon realize: this is not an ordinary store but a unique shopping experience full of things you didn’t know you needed. Lost Treasures opened almost three years ago by longtime friends who reconnected in the Heber Valley and decided to open a business together.…

Community Coffee Gratitude

If you are anything like me, one of your favorite parts of downtown Heber would be the charming, unique shops that help cultivate the small-town vibes. Whether sun shining, leaves falling, or snow twirling, one cannot help but feel nostalgic while driving down the main street of ‘rural’ Heber that seems to be disappearing. The addition of modern buildings, though exciting, often creates an appreciation for the Heber City buildings of yesteryear. If you make time to take a serious look at some of our historic structures, you…

‘Tis the Season

Schoggibirnen Swiss Chocolate & Pears Using just 3 ingredients, the Schoggibirnen is arguably the simplest Swiss dessert. Ingredients Fresh pears, peeled (leave the stem for easy handling and esthetics) or substitute 1 tin of pears ½ Cup dark chocolate 2 Tbsp butter Method Steam peeled pears for approximately 8 minutes. Let them cool before placing on 3-4 dessert plates. Using a saucepan, add chocolate (in pieces) and the butter. Carefully melt the chocolate at low heat while stirring (make sure…

Snowmobile in Heber Valley

Despite growing up in the Midwest and spending many recreation days in Wisconsin and Minnesota, I had never ridden a snowmobile until I moved to Utah. The first time my family came to visit me, I took them out to Stillman Ranch in Oakley for a guided tour. I was too chicken to drive, so I rode on the sled with the guide. (This was pre-COVID and is not frequently offered as an option anymore.) Three years later, snowmobiling is one of my favorite winter activities! Whether you’re a seasoned snowmobiler or a first-timer,…

Within You Without You

With that clarity, it is possible to see your scenario through different eyes, as if a divine shroud, or “wall of illusion,” temporarily thins. I have had several such instances in my life, and I always take notice as I perceive these glimpses as a gift. The whole performance makes sense — just for that moment. While I was recently sitting in the construction traffic, southbound on the 40 from Park City, I had one of these moments. A cover of George Harrison’s masterwork, Within You Without You by Big Head Todd and The…

Tennis Wives of Heber Valley

Five plus years ago my family and I moved to Midway to raise our then 5 and 7 year old girls. Wanting to meet new people and get involved in the community, my wife joined a local tennis league. Athough, she’d never played a match before she soon began to love the sport and the great friends she made along the way. Of course my wife wanted to get better, so I began to coach her and her teammates. The women improved quickly and soon they were invited to play on a 3.0 USTA league team. It was apparent these women were…

Ice Castles

In the early 2000s, Brent Christensen, a Pleasant Grove, Utah resident, was looking for fun things to do with his kids in the winter. He thought building Igloos would be a cool thing to do. What began as a fun backyard adventure quickly developed into the foundation for today’s Ice Castle masterpieces. As Christensen graduated from his backyard ice rink and ice forts to his current icy creations; his simple drive for exploration, innovation, and seeking joy in the cold winter months has also brought joy and wonder to…

Tail Gating

Not long ago, setting up a day-use camp in a ski resort parking lot would have been considered strictly taboo. There would have been a high likelihood that, should you bust out a tailgating kit, a resort employee would be out in short order explaining that you needed to pack up your chairs and that — barbeque grill — or you will need to leave the property. Others might be observing in bewilderment, silently pondering, “Don’t they know that you are supposed to eat and relax in the lodge?” Like many other variables today, the…

The High Star Ranch

Before it was the beautiful destination that it is today, the High Star Ranch was a quiet obscure place off the beaten path. One might have asked, “Is the Kamas Valley too far to go for a luxury stay, a world class concert venue, or great dining?” In other words, “If we build it, will they come?” The founders and management of the property took a chance on that sentiment hoping that “If we build it, they will come!” From an office overlooking the Kamas Valley, Mr. Tom Grimmett, Trustee for High Star, and Tom Schiemer,…

On the Rocks Bar

Light or Shareable $16 - 40  Rich's OG Wings Smoked Wings, Buffalo Sauce, Brown Butter Ranch, Celery & Carrots Uncle Chrisy's Wings Smoked Wings, Yuzu Kosho, Escabeche, Brown Butter Ranch Charcuterie Selection Of Utah Meats And Cheese, Pickled Vegetables, Dried Fruit Assorted Nuts Or Seeds, Local Honey, House Sourdough Toast Fried Cheese Curds Heber Valley Cheese Curds, House Brown Butter Ranch And Tomato Jam Tempura Courgette Tempura Fried Squash And Squash Blossoms With Edemame Jalapeno Venison…

Quench It

Custom Drinks Soda Bases Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Caffeine Free Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mtn Dew, Diet Mtn Dew, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Fresca, Rootbeer, Red Cream Soda, Lemonade, Lite Lemonade, Powerade Mtn Berry, Unsweetened Tea Syrups Almond, Blackberry, Blood Orange, Blue Curacao, Blue Raspberry, Blueberry, Butterscotch, Cheesecake, Cherry, Chocolate, Coconut, Cranberry, Cucumber, Grape, Grapefruit, Green Apple, Grenadine, Guava, Huckleberry, Kiwi, Lavender, Mango, Marshmallow,…

The Milk House at Homestead Resort

Slow Churned Ice Cream $0.79 - 6.50 Single Scoop Double Scoop Toppings Hot Drinks $3.25 - 5  Sizes 8oz, 12oz & 16oz Brewed Coffee Americano Iced Latte Hot Chocolate Steamer Mocha Tea Chai Latte Cappuccino Espresso Extras $0.50 - 4 extra shot | whipped cream | alternative milk | half & half | syrup | corn kettle chip | s'mores original | Reese's s'mores | unreal candy | vegetable crisp Pastries $2.50 - 9 Pink Frosted Sugar Cookie Daily Danish Frosted…

Envision Central Heber: Stakeholder Workshops on November 30

Envision Central Heber is an opportunity to honor the heart of our region and City. We love Heber and want to take good care of it, ensuring it will flourish now and for future generations. Heber is growing, and in preparation, we're always planning. In 2020 Heber City approved the Envision Heber 2050 Vision and General Plan, which provides overall direction for the entire City. We're now focusing on Central Heber. We'll examine Main Street, surrounding neighborhoods, and a planned recreation and tourism district near the…

Twisted Sugar

Popular Items $2.85 - 29 Mix & Match 6 pack Lemon Raspberry Sugar cookie Cookies & Cream cookie Sugardoodle cookie Oatmeal cookie butter Mix & Match dozen Salted Caramel Sugar cookie Madster Lemon Tart Sugar Cookie Frozen Hot chocolate Signature Cookies $2.50 Chocolate chip Oatmeal Chocolate chip Twister Sugar Peanut Butter Frosted Sugar Lemon Sugar Indulgence Cookies $2.85 Crinkle Cookie Peanut Butter Nutella cookie Banana Cream Cookies & Cream…

Los Tacos Locos Food Truck

TACOS Enjoy our variety of delicious Tacos. Al Pastor (marinated pork), Lengua (tongue), Cabeza (head), Pollo (chicken), Birria, Barbacoa, Asada (steak), Carnitas, Chorizo (Mex sausage), Shrimp, Fish. $2.20 - $4.65 Taco Regular Cilantro, Onion, Salsa Super Taco Choice Of meat, Cheese, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Pico De Gallo Taco Loco Deep Fried Fish Or Shrimp, Pico De Gallo, Cabbage, Special Sauce and Flour Tortilla Crispy Taco Choice Of Meat, Lettuce, Cheese, Pico De Gallo, Sour Cream Taco Governador Corn…

Quesabirria’s Mexi-Style

MENU $2.99 - $59.99 Combo 1: 2 Birra Tacos and Consome 2 Birra Tacos and Consome Combo 2: 2 Quesabirria Tacos and Consome 2 Quesabirria Tacos and Consome Combo 3: 3 Quesabirria Tacos & Consome 3 birria beef tacos with melted cheese and crispy corn tortilla, served with consome. Combo 4: 2 Quesabirria Tacos & 2 Birria Tacos 2 Birria beef taco w/ melted cheese and 2 birria beef tacos all in a crispy corntortilla, served w/birria broth. Combo 5: 2 Quesabirria Tacos & Mexi Ramen Ramen served in…

Moe’s Grill at Mountainland OneStop

BURGERS, FRIES & ONION RINGS $2.49-$7.49 bacon guacamole cheeseburger with choice of fries (crinkle cut, buffalo or curly) & 24oz fountain drink cheeseburger with choice of fries (crinkle cut, buffalo or curly) & 24oz fountain drink philly cheese steak Meat, cheese, onions and mushrooms with fries and 24oz fountain drink mushroom cheeseburger With fries and 24oz fountain drink onion rings fries MEXICAN FOOD $1.75-$7.99 tacos asada, al pastor, cabbage, cilantro, red or green sauce and…

Arizona Trail 800-mile Showdown

On October 15-27th 2022, both ultra-endurance athletes Ben Light and Mike McKnight will embark on a remarkable challenge. They will each face off and race one other across the Arizona Trail with the goal of breaking the current (supported) Fastest Known Time of 13 days 3 hrs 21 mins. The Arizona Trail is an 800-mile recreation trail that connects Mexico to Utah through mountain ranges, canyons, deserts, wilderness, forests and communities. To make things more challenging, the duo will not be running together, but will be…

Meet Megan Mounteer

“If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up.” – J.M. Barrie Megan Mounteer not only grew up climbing trees; she built magnificent forts among their branches;  she went digging in dirt; she recruited playmates among the caterpillars, snakes, butterflies, and ladybugs; she cultivated, planted, watered, and loved many a blooming thing; and more than likely ate some of the weeds she pulled. The only difference between wild-nature-loving ‘child’ Megan and ‘adult’ Megan is that…

En Plein Air

Did you know that the largest plein air painting competition in Utah is held right here in our valley? Painting “en plein air” is really just the French way of saying “in the open air.” With an easel set up right on location, this process allows artists to paint directly in the landscape they are working to capture on their canvas. For fifteen years now artists from all over Utah, and neighboring states, have gathered in our beautiful valley for Wasatch Plein Air Paradise, the signature event put on by the Midway Art…

Premium Access is Now Available Through Concierge Health

"I have been a patient before. I can understand from that perspective that if your experience is slow in getting a response, and you're not a medical professional, that can create a lot of anxiety and mental anguish." Dr. Boker and his partner, Dr. Wyatt Horsley, aim to eliminate as much of that distress as they can through their work with the Intermountain Healthcare Concierge Health program. What, exactly, is concierge medicine? Dr. Bokor describes concierge medicine as “creating a more personalized healthcare experience…

Sweet and Twisted

If you haven’t been into the new Twisted Sugar shop at 458 North Main Street in Heber, it definitely needs to be your next stop. Once you read this, go try it for yourself, but don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to stop in multiple times a week. Twisted Sugar is a gourmet cookie shop with over 20 different flavors of cookies made from scratch, fresh, every day. They have over 100 fun drink flavors for their specialty sodas. If you don’t find what you want on the menu — no worries — you can create your own. They also sell…

Robert Duncan

A common thread weaves its way through the life and work of Robert Duncan illuminating and inspiring his life’s path. What is this thread and driving force that ties his work together? A bright yet simple curiosity. Curiosity about interactions between people and places and time. Curiosity about wildlife and the earth they roam. Curiosity about relationships between individuals and other living things. This curiosity has driven a lifetime’s work that has shifted and evolved over time according to the current passions of…

Bottom’s Up

Sparkling water and soda are refreshing, but let’s be honest — they can get a little boring. This fall, mix up something more exciting and serve it to your family and neighbors — suitable for all ages, or just enjoy a sip for yourself on a sunny afternoon. These are a few of our favorite mocktail recipes: Faux-jito Mojito’s are so refreshing, and the fresh mint leaves and limes make even this mock version look fresh and bright. Ingredients 4 limes 40-ish mint leaves 6 tbsp sugar 1.5 liters of sparkling or…

Heirloom Midway Common & Market

In colonial English villages, a Common was a shared piece of ground where neighbors came together to spend time together, share a meal, share their lives and have fun! Anyone that’s dined on Main Street in Midway understands the level of culinary caliber available for every meal. From fluffy donuts at Judy’s to Northern European-style brunch at Blue Boar Inn to authentic chile relleno and mole at Lupita’s to hearth-to-table cuisine at Midway Mercantile; the bar is high. Luckily, newcomer and dual-concept restaurant Heirloom…

Leave no Trace Camping

I love to go out and up. Outside and up in elevation, that is! Our mountains are an invaluable treasure that people, from near and far, flock every season of the year to enjoy. Do you remember Disney’s Humphrey Bear and his ‘boss’, Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore? How about Yogi and Boo Boo, the troublesome bears who constantly went the rounds with Ranger Smith? In my wanderings, much to my children’s dismay, I often sing songs I acquired from the shows of my childhood! My favorite tune to sing when we’re outdoors is the chorus…

The Belvederes

Dr. Seuss once penned, “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” He’d probably be pleased to know ‘everywhere’ would include vegetables. The punch line of the Belvederes Improv show came at the beginning, when a wiggly, six-year-old boy walked into the Timpanogos Valley Theater yelling, “Carrots!” When the MC asked for a suggestion, the boy would insist again that this show was to be about carrots. And it was. There were carrot brothers and sisters; carrots being afraid of being made into a…

Bon Voyage

It’s not a rare occasion, in the stunning Heber Valley, to wake up to beautiful blue skies. Nor is it rare to see beautiful spots of colored balloons soaring through those peaceful mornings. Perhaps you enjoy watching our valley’s hot air balloons glide through the air, or maybe you have a desire to see the valley from above in one of those wicker baskets. Whoever you may be, you can’t deny the intriguing questions these fascinating aircraft bring to mind. So, let’s dive into everything you need to know about hot air…

Beneath the Surface

My first introduction to the lost town of Keetley came from a story my dad tells about him and his high-school friend, driving along the old stretch of highway 40 that then bridged Park City and Heber, before the dam was constructed in the late 80s. They had a tradition that as they approached Keetley, my dad would kick his 1964 Buick Special into neutral, turn off his engine, and coast down the hill towards Heber; then, as they approached the Keetley town limits, as indicated by a small road sign reading “Keetley,” they…

Prevention is Connection

Mental health is a broad and complex topic. This article is not meant to be comprehensive. Suicide is a sensitive and serious topic. Our deepest love goes out to anyone who is struggling, getting treatment, or has lost someone to suicide. Are You Thinking About Suicide? I know. It’s a very uncomfortable question to ask. However, it is one that has become normal and necessary in our house. Suicide is something I never thought I would have to worry about. When our daughter was admitted into a mental hospital, on three…

Molding a Midway Masterpiece

Midway is in the process of making a masterpiece out of a little mountain town. There is a lot to do, but the elected officials and residents are ready for it. This crucial creation begins with Midway’s general plan, which is being rewritten to ready it for the influx of people finding their way to this beautiful, once-hidden location. By carefully crafting its general plan, the city is attempting to protect its lifestyle and rural feel, while still providing refuge for weary travelers searching for a new home. Midway’s…

Two Roads and a Rocking Chair

There has been far more change going around the Heber Valley than the weather over the past few months. The Heber Valley has an identity of being a quiet, pastoral community. While our natural resources are undeniably our most glaringly apparent assets, the citizens define the true essence of this community. Frequently in the advertising world, we talk about ‘market differentiators.’ The root of a successful launch or campaign will characteristically involve identifying what makes your product different from the rest of the…

Midway Volksmarch

“I love to go a-wandering, Along the mountain track, And as I go, I love to sing, My knapsack on my back. The Happy Wanderer - Florenz Friedrich Sigismund As a child I had the incredible opportunity of spending time in Germany. My siblings and I are first generation born in America; both my parents are from Deutschland. One of my favorite activities while visiting my Großeltern (Grandparents) was to go walking and hiking all over. My young imagination ran wild as we traversed hills and mountains to visit castles,…

9/11 National Day of Service

In conjunction with the National Day of Service; local civic groups, faith organizations, the forest service, school councils, senior centers, the Wasatch Parent Network, the Wasatch Community Foundation, and others within our community have organized Heber Valley’s 9/11 Day of Service. On Saturday, September 10th, there will be 15 different service projects taking place throughout our valley for individuals and families to participate in. Please scan the QR code or visit http://hebervalleyserves.org  for a list of…

Soup’R Cheesy Food Truck

Year Round Specials $4 - 13 Braised Brisket American & white cheddar, sliced brisket, brisket sauce Buffalo Chicken pepper jack & mozzarella, sliced chicken, jalapenos, homemade buffalo sauce Pesto Chicken pepper jack & mozzarella, sliced chicken, tomatoes, pesto Super Cheesy Deluxe triple decker grilled cheese, all 5 cheeses, tomatoes, jalapenos, and caramelized onion Cordon Blue sliced chicken & ham, dijon aioli, white cheddar & mozzarella Tomato Soup cup or bowl Hand-cut…

Santa Cruz Bakery & Pastry

BAKERY Concha chocolate | pink| yellow | chilindrinas | limas Elotea de Fino croissant | panadero | gusano | troncos | piernas | girasoles | tostados Guayaba de Nuez almond | chocolate chip | raisins | sesame | nuez de azucar | nuez de huevo Nidos tortugas | herraduras | brocas de canela | brocas de chocolate | banderillas | cuellos | cortadillos de crema | cortadillos de fruta | yo-yo blanco | yo-yo rojo | niño envuelto Empanadas pineapple | apple | pumpkin Muffins lime | orange | almond | banana |…

Buon Appetito Italian Bistro

APPETIZERS 13 - 19 Calamari Antipasto Platter assorted Italian meats and cheeses accented with artichoke and olives Bruschetta Prosciutto Cream Cheese Wraps thin sliced prosciutto stuffed with cream cheese on a bed of fresh arugula topped with red onion curls Focaccia Cheese Bread PANINIS 14 - 15 All served on our mouthwatering focaccia bread with a side house salad Caprese Panini fresh heirloom tomatoes fresh mozzarella fresh basil balsamic reduction and pesto sauce Roasted Vegetable Panini…

Community Health and Wellness

Join us Thursday, June 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Community Health and Wellness Center located at 345 West 600 South #401 in Heber City and get to know your local providers. Ron Dummar, DC MOAM Kirsten Nelson, NP Kristi Mackie, Brain Body Soul Alignment Coach Jamime Bringhurst, LCSW

Serving up Summer Sips

With all the summer time backyard shenanigans and shindigs on everyone’s event calendar — be the talk of the town with these bright, beautiful, and shiny beverages.  Make sure you gather lots of adventure stories to share, because these drinks will make everyone want to stay a while. Snow Cone Refreshers Mocktail Mix — 1 quart each of your favorite colored snow cone flavoring 1 liter of tonic water Assorted fruits for garnish Directions — Open each quart of your favorite snow cone flavoring and pour it…

Emerging Young Artists

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas The emergence art contest is in its second year and is already gaining good traction. The theme this year was “My Place in the World.” The theme really inspired the youth of Heber to think of and express the interaction they have with the world we live in. Last year there were 175 entries, and this year entries soared at 255. Angie Neuberger, president of Wasatch Parent Network for the high school, was thrilled with the increased submissions. There…

IDEAL Farms

Forced to think out of the box, a new kind of classroom has arrived in our progressive community. Innovative, Discovery based, Educational, and Agricultural Leadership or I.D.E.A.L. Farms is Wasatch High School’s hands-on, outdoor classroom. Wasatch is taking students outside and getting their hands dirty in the real world; teaching them the skills they need to thrive in our competitive industries and markets. Not only do they do the physical work, they’re learning the business and marketing skills to drive it all forward.…

H2O Go!

From Deer Creek to Jordanelle to Strawberry to Rockport to Echo; the Heber Valley and surrounding areas have plenty of opportunities for boating and water sports. But before you go out on the water this summer, make sure that you know how to keep yourself and those around you safe. The lakes and reservoirs attract many different kinds of recreational watercraft, both motorized and non-motorized. Recently, sports such as wake surfing, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards have increased in popularity. Motorized boats, fishermen,…

Pickleball

Pickleball: the cross-generational game that is, with no exaggeration, sweeping the nation; and it’s sweeping tennis courts, gyms, and driveways across Heber Valley too. For those of you who don’t know, pickleball is something like a friendly game of miniature tennis played with oversized ping-pong paddles and a fist-sized whiffle ball, all on a court size roughly akin to that of badminton. And people are loving it! Things started getting serious in the valley when a group of about 20 friends, mostly an outdoorsy crew…

With love, Tate & Hannah

There are some unique, inspirational, and amazing stories of people who live in our valley; this is one of them. Tate Davies and Hanna Homer, along with their families, have overcome preconceived notions in the face of special needs — and the challenges that they can bring — to create a place of belonging for everyone. Their tag line “I’m down” reminds us all to relax and enjoy life with a smile. Tate Davies, the second of JW and Jen Davies’ five children, is easy going. He loves playing games, particularly Sorry, Guess…

Prioritizing Well-Being at The Sundance Art Studio

“The purpose of the Sundance Art Studio & Gallery is to promote creativity and connection with nature,” says the passionate Sundance Art Studio and Gallery Manager, Bre Elzey. The Art Studio is an integrated part of the Sundance Mountain Resort, located in Sundance, Utah. With unique art classes year-round as well as an ever-changing art gallery, the Sundance Art Studio has been enriching the Utah community for close to 20 years. Elzey shared that the Studio began with globally renowned artist, Jann Haworth. In its…

Slow your Roll

“Cyclers see considerably more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens. A good bicycle, well applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir to.” – Dr. K. K. Doty Are you ready to shake it up a bit? Do you need a mood-boosting change as you head into summer? Are you looking at rising gas prices and thinking it is time to try a different mode of transportation? A bike may just be the answer. Picture yourself starting your day on two wheels, breathing in the fresh air and taking in the sights of the grand…

The Cadence of Life

Photographed by Liam Pearce “Harmony, balance, and rhythm. They’re the three things that stay with you your whole life. Without them civilization is out of whack. And that’s why an oarsman, when he goes out in life, he can fight it, he can handle life. That’s what he gets from rowing.” – George Yeoman Pocock Boys in the Boat The Latin word Credimus, translated to English means — We Believe. In 2019 five adults and thirteen students from Platte County High School in Bailey, CO believed they could tackle a crazy…

Amateur (HAM) Radio

As you are reading this, there is probably someone, somewhere in the Heber Valley, talking through their radio to another radio operator somewhere else in the country. This thought may conjure up an image of a gray-bearded man hunched over a microphone in a poorly lit, damp basement, turning knobs on a mysterious box; using a length of old speaker wire, that spent 10 years in a corner of the garage, as the antenna, and likely powering it all from a roof-mounted solar panel.  Such are the caricatures of amateur (ham) radio…

A Heber Valley Guide to Water Wise Landscaping

As Utah enters another year of drought conditions and water restrictions, what can you do to reduce your water use and still enjoy a beautiful landscape? You don’t have to tear up your entire landscape to make your yard more water wise — though some people might enjoy that challenge. There are small and simple steps you can take to make your landscape more drought-friendly: water less, check your irrigation systems, add mulch, plant adapted plants, use less lawn, and check out local rebate programs. Water Less Many people…

The Sky is the Limit

When passing Deer Creek State Park, you can see boaters, scenic mountain and lakeside views, and…the world’s longest continuous zip line course. That’s right. Zipline Utah is shattering world records in our own backyard. Zipline Utah owner, Jon Johnson, developed an interest in ziplines at a young age. Growing up in Orderville, Utah, Johnson’s family lived on a sprawling ten acres of land. At age 15, Johnson found a cable on the side of the road, took it home, and had the bright idea to try out configuring his own zip line.…

Duck and Cover

Plan for the Worst, Hope for the Best As a Utah resident, I have come to cherish my desert time. I love the Glen Canyon and using Lake Powell to share the desert grandeur with my children, who are not of the age to go hardcore canyoneering. A handful of years ago, I led my family on a 4th of July adventure to the up-lake region of Powell. Given my predispositions to adventure, nature, and exploration — I charted a course to an area that the National Park Service issued warnings about due to low water. There is no cell…

Adventure Your Potential Training for Life

Have you ever wanted to go out and run 200 miles of mountain terrain just because you could? This is a question that not a lot of people ask themselves, but what if you could? What if you could just go and do because you were physically and mentally prepared to do so? My name is Ben Light, and I am a husband, father, ultrarunner, coach, and overall life-liver from Heber City. For the past decade, my second home has been the mountains here along the Wasatch Front. If you have had the chance to spend even a few minutes…

Join the Crawfish Boil Crew

It’s summer time! Vacations are near; school’s out; and the days are pleasant and long. If you’re searching for a fun and unique activity to do close to home and after work — try fishing for crawfish at our very own Strawberry Reservoir. rCrawfish boils have long been a time-honored tradition throughout the South but over the years they have become quite popular here in land-locked Utah. Some people would say that these little crustaceans are just as delicious as lobster; some say they’re better. Most agree that they are…

Hideout Knives

A Timeless Tool Knives have been used as weapons and tools for hunting, cooking, carpentry, and protecting one’s self and family, since prehistoric times. The earliest knives, which we know of, were made of sharp rocks and flint; the first metal knives were made from copper and were double edged daggers. According to most historians the single edged knife was made during the Bronze Age 4000 years ago. Today, in our modern world, we still use knives for the same things our ancestors did; however, our choice of material,…

Kids On The Move Walk for Autism

Orem, UT—May 20, 2022 – This year’s Kids On The Move Walk for Autism features a 1-mile course around the Kids On The Move and Intermountain Healthcare Campuses. Finish line festivities include bounce houses, food trucks, activities, drawing, meet and greets with U of U and BYU Football players, and more! When you participate in the Kids On The Move Walk for Autism, you are racing for a cause. Benefiting the Kids On The Move’s Autism Center, this event is one that will leave its participants feeling educated, motivated, and…

Valhalla

In Norse mythology, Valhalla is a magnificent hall where slain heroes from battle are received and restored by a mythical light. In Heber City, Utah, Valhalla is basically the same thing. However, instead of boar’s meat and golden shields, cutting-edge smart light cell therapies are used for healing. Dr. David Tate has been preparing for Heber’s Valhalla for decades. He has a PhD in clinical neuropsychology, and he did a clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University. He received a research grant,…

Springtime Sips

What is spring without a fancy drink to welcome in warmer weather? Early spring has the beginning of berry harvest season and the colors are divine, making any occasion cause to celebrate. After all, March comes in like a lion and your party skills should, too. Make a drink with me. Sit and chat with me for a spell. I want to hear all your news! Mixed Fruit Bellini Mocktail  A Berry Burst of Flavor Mix - 1/2 pint each of 3 fresh fruits in season (strawberries, raspberries, early peaches) 1 bottle of…

The Truth is Out There

Do we have any X-Files fans in the Heber Valley? I loved this sci-fi TV drama when it was airing. For the younger, binge and streaming-on-demand crowd — we used to have to wait until the program aired on network TV to view new episodes. I would count the days in anticipation. When that time arrived, I would make popcorn, turn off the lights and try to maximize the suspense and weirdness that each chapter seemed to unfold. All anticipation would build to a satisfying crescendo as the eerie and oddly low budget theme music and…

Stepping into Spring Time

Are you tired of running from your car into your home, then back to your car, then to school, work, or the grocery store for the past few months? Well, guess what? That part of the year is over! The time has come to step into spring and rediscover the outdoor world, as our beautiful Heber Valley blossoms all around us. We call it “springtime,” but sometimes it feels more like ‘uncertainty season’ as our weather changes daily from sunshine to snow to rain and back to sun again. It’s a churning, and a season children in the…

Authenticity

Nourishing the bodies and souls of Heber Valley Gloria Grass and her son, David Perez-Medina, have been nourishing the bodies and souls of residents and visitors for decades. Their unique origin story and outlook on the food business has helped this duo run two successful restaurants in Midway; their delicious food keeps the crowds coming back for more. David was just 15 years old when he and his single mother, Gloria, immigrated to Utah from Mexico in 1997. On their journey to Wasatch County, they brought along their…

Günther Vonhaidenthaller

Everything comes down to contrast. Günther Haidenthaller points out the window at a car dealership across the street. “Look at the highlights off those two jeeps, and that cold, steely kind of stainless steel quality to the light.” He also indicates the snow-covered mountains further in the distance, pointing out the blue tones in the shadows and the warmer tones — the hint of cadmium yellow — where the sun shines. Günther is a man of contrasts. Born in Austria and raised mostly in Utah — two wildly different…

A Leap of Faith and a Little Heavy Lifting

At the start of a world-wide health pandemic, Justin Fuchs took a leap of faith and opened Iron Backs gym to share his love of health and fitness with the valley. From the beginning, the mission of the gym has been to offer an environment of support and encouragement, where anyone could feel comfortable showing up as they are in the present moment at an affordable cost. Justin expressed, “I wanted less people without dads and granddads because of health issues. That’s something we can control . . . health and fitness we can…

Destination Spring Brunch – Chef About Town

I will be the first to admit that once Christmas is over, I have an unrealistic expectation that spring should immediately present itself. Don’t hate me Heber, but winter is not my jam. Spring brings with it holidays, baby animals, renewal, and a buzz in the air that life is beginning again after a long winter’s nap. Like any hardcore foodie, I took to our streets to figure out brunch in our slice along the Wasatch Back — pun intended. Meg’s Timberline Café Let’s talk about Meg’s! Really, let’s just talk about Meg’s.…

2 Farm Boys

If you love buying local products and supporting our small business economy — you should visit 2 Farmboys. This wonderful family-owned and operated goat farm and soap-making company is located right here in our talent-filled valley. 2 Farmboys Soap is created in a ‘soap shed’ in small batches on the Cummings farm in Heber. The business sold its very first family-made, goat milk soap at a local market in 2016 and has been selling and growing steadily ever since. The Cummings family includes; JR, Colleen, Wyatt, and Kash.…

Built to Ride

It’s no secret that one of the greatest, most tangible benefits to living in or visiting Wasatch County is the proximity to high-quality, sustainable trails. Whether you consider yourself a hiker, a mountain biker, an equestrian, or just someone looking for great views in Heber Valley — you know our trails are amazing — but have you ever wondered how the trails you use came to be? THE BEGINNING OF IT ALL In 1992, the Mountain Trails Foundation was established in Park City at a time when all local hand-cut trails were…

Rebecca Proctor Fine Art

A chicken, a dog, and a paintbrush – sounds like the perfect start to an art career. “It all got started when my dog killed the neighbor’s chicken,” artist Rebecca Proctor shares with a laugh. How could an art career bloom from this you may ask? Well, let’s back up a little and you will begin to see. Rebecca says it is likely that her mother has caveman drawings on her uterus. She says, “I have drawn since I can remember. All my Christmas gifts were always art, always craft stuff. I drew and drew and drew.” With all of…

Heber Valley Business Launch

Jakob and Brodie Kahler have always been close. Close in age, close in proximity, and now close in business. When I say close, I’m referring to being near each other in time and space; to be fair — the two brothers were like most siblings — fighting, arguing, and not fully appreciating each other until later in life. Fortunately, for brothers and best friends, Jake and Brodie, their ‘later in life’ happened during High School. KNIT TOGETHER Growing up, Brodie was content to let Jake take the lead. He shared, “As the…

Ice, Ice, baby

The popularity of outdoor cold-water exposure surges in the Heber Valley. Are you ready to take the plunge? My history with intentional cold-water exposure began the summer of 2009 while growing up in Midway. My older sister and I would fill a 10-gallon bin with cold water from the hose in our backyard. We would squeeze into the container — squealing and giggling we’d stay in as long as we could stand it — we called this activity ‘cold bravery’. As I got older, my family and I continued to get in cold water wherever we…

Putting Growth and Education to the Test

Wasatch County residents have earned what seems like a doctorate in dealing with growth, but channeling change is a never-ending process that seems to be as challenging as the teenage years. Just like that awkward, formative, and stressful stage of life, Wasatch County has a lot of current issues: traffic, taxes, affordable housing, water, air quality, the airport, public safety, and on and on and on. (Take a deep breath — it’s going to be okay.) With growth being the proverbial issue on every local campaign, and education…

Creamayre Brook Farms

To be successful in business, “Find a need that’s not being met and meet it better than anyone else.” This is the mantra of Wayne and Kathy Buell, co-founders of Creamayre Brook Farm, located on Highway 40. From a sunny dining room overlooking their beautiful gardens, and what one might call a Five Star Equestrian Center, Wayne and Kathy share humble, but profound, wisdom learned over three decades of running the facility from their family farm. For so many businesses, the past two years have been challenging. Many know…

The Lookout

SALADS $11 - 13 Superfood Bowl farro, quinoa, sunflower seeds, tomato, blueberries, kale crunch, maple dijon Smoked Turkey Cobb Salad romaine, avocado, turkey, bacon, egg, cheese, bbq Caesar Salad 11 chopped romaine & kale, parmesan, garlic crouton SIDES $4 - 5 Just Fries  Just Tots Side Kick Salad simple greens, sherry-dijon vinaigrette Tomato Soup Hot Bread & Honey Butter FAVORITES $11 - 17 Four Cheese Pizza Pepperoni Pizza Beef Chili cheddar cheese, green onion,…

Calling All Artists!

With all of the talented artists we have here in our valley it should come as no surprise that, collectiviely, their art work can be seen from Wasatch County to all across the globe. This spring and summer there is an opportunity for our amazing artists to share their gift(s) with Summit County by creating a Historical Mural in Hoytsville, Utah. “The SCPAAB is seeking qualified artists to create a two-dimensional mural celebrating and honoring the history, heritage, and culture of Hoytsville and Summit County. The mural…

Heber Valley Heritage Initiative

How fortunate we are to live in this valley of breathtaking beauty and wonderful people, both present and past. The history of the greater Heber valley is rich and varied, including individuals and families who have exhibited qualities of courage, faith and determination. An organization has been formed called the “Heber Valley Heritage Foundation”, led by Michael Moulton along with a team committed to the preservation of the history and stories of the great people who settled here. Current technology is making this dream…

Anastasia

“Who are You?” is the question Anya, or perhaps Anastasia, the lost grand duchess of Russia, must answer. This historical fiction is full of mystery and adventure as Anastasia is trying to remember who she is. Beginning in Bolshevik Russia, Anastasia and two con men Dmitry and Vlad survive a dangerous escape to Paris to find the heartsick Dowager Empress Marie Romanov. Anastasia is not the only one on a path of self discovery. Based on the 1997 animated film; this popular theatrical adaptation premiered on Broadway in 2017…

IBU Biathlon Youth/Junior World Championships

From February 21st through March 2nd, Soldier Hollow Nordic Center will host some 350 athletes, their families, and their coaching teams! We are thrilled to welcome the Biathlon family to Soldier Hollow to showcase this world-class venue and our warm U.S. hospitality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNiwQTHIq-g WAYS TO GET INVOLVED Calling All Volunteers Support the next generation of Biathletes and see high-level competition up close. The venue is being readied and we need a few more helping hands to make this…

Santa Claus Teams up with Local Law Enforcement

The dim morning light reflected off of the year's first snow in an icy glow and added just the right Christmas ambiance. The Homestead Resort parking lot displayed several patrol and first responder vehicles, foreshadowing what was taking place inside. In one of the conference rooms, about 45 children from around the valley were gathered, surrounded by members of the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office, the Heber City Police Department, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Wasatch County Fire Department.

Chamber of Commerce Christmas Gala 2021

The Chamber of Commerce hosted the party of the year, possibly even the decade, at their 4th annual Christmas gala on December 2nd! Two years in the making (thank you COVID), the event was planned to perfection; and made me feel as though I had traveled through time to a lively and entertaining era of 100 years ago. Citizens of the valley - some representing local businesses, others there for a good time, and all dressed in their best 1920's attire- were greeted upon arrival at the Zermatt Resort by a ‘Moffia’ gangster…

Merry Christmas to All…

Heber City is hosting an Old Fashioned Christmas celebration with all of the favorite activities this Friday, December, 3rd from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Heber City Town Hall. You might get to talk to Santa or see his reindeer. Maybe you'll want to decorate cookies or drink some hot cocoa. Perhaps a live performance filled with holiday cheer stirs up sentimental feelings. Cross off some holiday shopping and support some local vendors at their booths. Enjoy delicious food from the valley's food trucks.…

Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Christmas Gala

"The parties were bigger, the pace was faster, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher..."       - F. Scott Fitzgerald Come embrace the spirit of the Roaring 20's at the Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas Gala this Thursday, December 2 at the Zermatt Resort in Midway! This event raises funds for the chamber to support our local businesses and promote tourism. Tickets are available at www.gohebervalley.com/gala and can be purchased for Singles ($60), Couples ($120), or tables of 10 ($600). Dinner and…

It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play Comes to Heber Valley

Fill in the blanks: “Every time a ______ rings, an angel gets his _________”. If you were thinking bell and wings then you must be familiar with the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Timpanogos Valley Theater will be performing “It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play” this holiday season. The timeless George Bailey and his wife Mary; Clarence the angel, and the antagonistic Mr. Potter; and all the other beloved characters of Bedford Falls will be brought to life to share this inspiring story of life,…

Hands that Heal

Creating A Beautiful Sanctuary Unlike Anything The Heber Valley Has Ever Seen.  When Crystal Joy was young, really young, she discovered she loved giving people massages. By the age of six, she was already heading down the path that would lead to where she is today — the grand opening of Heber City’s Mountain Elite Massage Sanctuary. Youthful Beginnings “I actually started liking massage at like five or six years old. I worked on hands and feet, and I wanted to hang out with adults,” she remembers. Then, at about age…

That “No Quit” Attitude

Heber Valley Artist Feature Kevin Kehoe Poem By Waddie MitchellWhile gatherin’ cattle near the ruins of a long abandoned homestead,In the shadows of the mountains, questions swarmed around my mindOf the people who had claimed there, most forgotten now and long dead.Still, I wondered what had prompted them to leave their world behind. Searching for a life uncertain in a vast and rugged region,Up and leave their home and kin for opportunity to find,Taking little more to start with than an idea and a reasonAnd the dream…

Come together it takes a community

Knowing the children have full bellies and a warm hand to hold might make a spectator feel as if they have stumbled onto a paved, urban version of The Grinch’s Whoville; cue the singing. The children hear a soft buzzing — quiet at first and a bit confusing but all the more exciting as it moves closer. Still watching intently they soon realize that who they’ve been waiting for — Santa Clause — is arriving in a . . . helicopter? A bit of an untraditional form of transportation perhaps, but no less special for these kids as…

Only the Pure of Heart Can Make Good Soup – Beethoven

When the cold weather snaps, you can bet your woolly socks that Jan Olpin is hard at work cooking up pure deliciousness. I remember as a child, perching on a bench, with a burger and fries, in Dairy Keen’s little brick building, watching the train go round and round. This was a novelty that just never got old. It still hasn’t. This year marks the family’s 75th Anniversary of Heber’s Dairy Keen — Home of the Train. A good burger is always a hit, but don’t overlook the ‘soup-erb’ menu additions that roll in the first of…

Winter Sips

Winter is the perfect time of year for nostalgia and modern-day flair to come together. For me, creating elegant and tasteful drinks to share is a joy! I love reaching out to friends, old and new, with a heart-felt “Grab a drink, let’s chat!” It’s a great ice-breaker and conversation starter. Here are a few of my favorite concoctions for you to try — who knows, you might discover a new tradition to share. From my mad-genius recipe lab to your winter festivities — Happy Winter Wasatch! Winter Sangria Special A…

Lace-Up and Get Ready To Skate

If You’re Skating On Thin Ice, You Might As Well Dance! Anita Shreve When all the leaves have fallen, the gardens put to rest, and frost starts to sparkle our mornings; some might lament the coming of winter. However, others look forward to this time of year for one special reason — the Midway Ice Rink is ready to open. Visitors who come to Midway often say they come for the magical, quaint, small-town feel. Midway draws visitors and locals alike with its lively town square, plenty of incredible restaurants and shops…

6 Tips to elevate your skincare

Do you feel as if it’s time to turn in your skin resignation? Or, have you reconciled with the skin you inherited from your parents? Don’t give up! Having nice skin can be at least partly attributed to our genetics; however, there are environmental impacts that should be considered as well. Air, water, health, diet, sun exposure, heat, and products applied to our skin, all have a significant impact on our skin, health, and look. In my book 30 Day Skin Fix I help you learn rapid, simple, and scientifically proven steps…

Fieldcraft Survival

“We don’t get to pick the time, place, or how an emergency happens. We just get to choose how prepared we are for it.” Austin Lester, Fieldcraft Survival It was not on a whim that Fieldcraft Survival moved to Heber Valley this past year. In the summer of 2020, while the training team was passing through our town from Montana to Prescott, Arizona, they were compelled to stop and take a look around. The Heber Valley possesses some very attractive attributes for a company based around readiness: a culture of preparedness,…

Sweet Tooth

Growing up in the Heber Valley, Stefanie Richardson always had a sweet tooth. After all, she had spent a lot of time hanging around her grandpa’s donut shop, Wally’s Donuts, in Salt Lake City. “He was a hard worker, and he inspired me,” she says of her grandpa. (I’m sure anyone whose livelihood was making donuts all day would put stars in the eyes of a young child.) As she got older, Stefanie continued to nurture her sweet tooth; taking up baking and experimenting with making different goodies to eat and to share. She never…

Pigmentation of Pescatorial Pursuit

Chris Peterson has tried almost every form of outdoor recreation. He has snowboarded, mountain biked, and backpacked, but the thing he keeps coming back to, the sport that connects with his soul, is fly fishing. He says, “For my personality, for who I am, fishing is the thing. It’s about those moments of magic where you’re face to face with the wild animal, these crazy looking creatures.” Fishing is not the only thing Chris happens to love. He is also passionate about painting. The Contemplative Man’s Recreation So,…

Santa, Baby!

Can you really do Christmas year-round? “Yes. Yes, you can!” says Jenn Mangum-Whaley of Midway. “At Swiss Days, every year I’d have a Christmas booth, and it did so well, I thought, `I’m going to try it!’” So, together with her husband, Jason, they opened Kringles, the only retail store in Heber Valley selling Christmas year-round. Jenn, who was an accounting major at BYU, and worked as an interior designer for 15 years in the DC area before moving to Midway five years ago. “I’m kind of a serial entrepreneur. I love…

Happy Hanukkah

“The spirit of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is shared by all people who love freedom.” – Norma Simon, Author Freedom we all know is not free. And though the cost of freedom is always high, one cannot afford to surrender or submit. Across all cultures and as far back as oral recollections and written records go, there have always been tales and historical writings of those who would remove the freedoms of others and of those who would rise up and fight for their people’s independence. As a nation, we celebrate our…

Of Honesty and CommUNITY

I live in a messaging world as a profession, and I will share a trade secret with you all. Top marketers identified this concept on Madison Avenue decades ago, and we now have a multi-generational hive of well-trained consumers as a byproduct. Products for consumption may include goods, services, and ideologies — all of which receive promotional support through sophisticated marketing efforts. The obstacle is that freethinkers are bad for business. It is far more advantageous to have a consumer base identifying with your…

Heber Valley Grub

Winter and the holidays are so incredible to me! It is a time of pure happiness where the realities of everyday life go to hybernate alongside most of Mother Nature. Slowing down with family, friends, and traditions, is as time honored as Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the souls that consume a Chef’s food that make memories, feelings, and moments that encompass a good meal. With the holidays fast approaching and the winter hibernation upon us, I have some thoughts about building memories around more than just your home table.…

Adventures Of Skinner

The smith, a mighty man is he, With large and sinewy hands; And the muscles of his brawny arms are strong as iron bands. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. “The Village Blacksmith” It is believed that Albert Einstein once said, “Life is a journey with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all experiences to enjoy.” For David “Skinner” Collins, that saying couldn’t be truer. Anxious to get started, Skinner began his life’s journey two months early. At two pounds six ounces, he fit on the palm of his father’s…

Heber Valley’s Historic Preservation

Written by Michael Moulton with Jim Ritchie “In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy.” -John Sawhill When people ask what I am doing nowadays, I explain that I am Chairman of the Heber City Historic Preservation Commission. Inevitably they ask, “What is that?” I stumbled in answering that question to the point where I decided several months ago to write what I called a “White Paper” on all matters pertaining to Historic and Heritage Preservation just to keep me…

Digging up Town

Jump back in time to the Roaring Twenties in Heber Valley. World War I and the Spanish Flu Pandemic were finally over, and the valley faced an extraordinary time of prosperity and growth. Electrical appliances, automobiles, film, telephones, and radio all revolutionized residents’ lives. Let’s interject running water and improved sewer systems amidst these advances. It may not sound exciting and forward-thinking in today’s day and age, but in the 1920s, mainlines of water and sewer were impressive steps into the future.…

2021 Wasatch County General Election

03. November 2021 – Wasatch County, Utah While most of us were sleeping, city and county staff spent their night counting ballots into the wee hours of Wednesday morning.  As of this reporting there are currently 40 provisional ballots waiting to be verified and many mail-in ballots expected to arrive over the next few days. All votes will go through a canvassing process – which generally takes two weeks – before official results are released.  The ‘unofficial’ results are as follows: Charleston Mayor Brenda Kozlowski…

Lodgepole Grill

Breakfast $5.95 - 16.95 Mountain Stack | two pancakes, two eggs & bacon or sausage Short stack | two homemade buttermilk pancakes with your choice of maple or blueberry syrup Tall stack |  three homemade buttermilk pancakes with your choice of maple or blueberry syrup French Toast| two slices of French toast with two eggs & bacon or sausage Biscuits & gravy | two biscuits smothered in homemade white sausage gravy served with two eggs & potatoes. Country sunrise | lightly breaded &…

Mountain Wellness Bar

CAFE MENU Grab & Go $3 - 54 CHOCOLATE CHIA SEED PUDDING chia seeds, raw cacao, maple syrup, sea salt, coconut milk, fresh fruit, nuts & seeds BLUEBERRY OVERNIGHT OATS HUMMUS & VEGGIE SNACK BOX HUMMUS & VEGETABLES LARGE PREPARED MEALS ( check what's in stock) INDIVIDUAL FAMILY PREPARED MEALS THE BAKERY Variety of our healthy & delicious baked goods Smoothies, Bowls & Juice $4 - 12 A & B SMOOTHIE…

Sundance Deli

BREAKFAST MENU $6 - 12 Everything Bagel two eggs, cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli, choice of sausage patty or bacon Breakfast Burrito pork sausage, hash browns o' brien, American cheese scrambled eggs, flour tortilla Egg-Ham-Avocado Croissant Swiss cheese, mayo, arugula Fresh Berries strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries Chia Pudding greek yogurt, fresh berries Two Hashbrowns LUNCH / DINNER $14 - 17 Turkey Bacon Avocado tomato, red onion, bib lettuce, provolone cheese,…

Owl Bar

Share Plates $10 - 28 Charcuterie Board Meat and Cheese, Mountain Honey, Mustard, Pickle Glazed Wings Bourbon BBQ, House Hot Sauce, or Spicy Chili Garlic Blue Cheese or Ranch Dressing Brussel Sprouts Soy Garlic Glaze, Cashews, Craisins Bavarian Pretzel House Pickle, Hot Mustard Hefeweizen Piquillo Dip Fried Olives Tempura fried olives, blue cheese, cherry pepper aioli Loaded Tots Potato tots, pico, short rib, pickled onion, queso fresco, green onion, sriracha aioli Amy’s Fried Pickles Tempura…

The Foundry Grill

Breakfast Mon to Sat 7:30 - 10AM House Breakfast two eggs any style, sweet cream pancakes, choice of bacon or sausage. Avocado Toast scrambled or poached eggs, avocado, garlic aioli, sourdough (served with breakfast potatoes) Biscuits and Gravy cheddar biscuits, italian sausage, 2 eggs any style (served with breakfast potatoes) Sweet Grits glazed apple, cinnamon dust, toasted pecans Kids' House Plate 1 egg your style, sweet cream pancake, bacon, or sausage Harvest Hash butternut squash, potato,…

Tree Room

Chef Diane Davidson A 20% service charge will be added to parties of five or more. *Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, or shellfish may increase risk of food borne illness Starters $14 - 23 Yellowfin Crudo* cucumber gazpacho, ginger compressed pears, avocado miso puree Beets and Burrata fig balsamic vinaigrette, pistachios, blood orange Lobster Gnocchi gruyere espuma, smoked trout roe, piquillo pepper, sourdough Truffle Potato maitake mushrooms, black garlic, cashew "feta" Wagyu Beef…

Lush’s Tennessee BBQ

APP & SALADS $5-12 Homemade chips & salsa Nachos (add pork +3, or brisket +6) SANDWICHES + Make it a plate (pick 2 sides) +6 $8-14 Pulled pork Beef Brisket  Black Angus Burger  Bison Burger  Hot Dog  Chili Dog JUST THE MEATS $13-30 Half rack of ribs Full rack of ribs Pulled pork (1 lb.) Beef brisket Chicken wings Fried chicken PLATES With 2 sides. Split plate charge +5 $15-25 Fried chicken collard greens, mashed potatoes,…

Hi-Mountain

THE BURGERS Our award-winning burgers are almost 1/3 pound of supreme, extra-lean beef, ground locally and hand-pattied by us each day for unbeatable freshness. Add bacon for $2.50; double your burger for $4.50. Hamburger $6.50 mustard, ketchup, dill pickles, iceberg lettuce Cheeseburger $7 American, mustard, ketchup, dill pickles, iceberg lettuce Aussie Burger $7.50 fried egg, mustard, ketchup, dill pickles, iceberg lettuce Blue Burger $8 swiss cheese, blue cheese dressing, tomatoes, dill…

Mirror Lake Diner

Diner Favorites Served with Country Potatoes or Hash Browns Choice of Pancake, Toast or (Scone $2.75) Sub. Tomato Slices or Fruit Cup for Potatoes $1.50 $12.75-22.75 Hwy. 150 Steak & Eggs  8 oz. Flat Iron (Cooked to Temp.) Two Eggs* Kings Peak Chicken Fried Steak  8 oz. Fried Steak, Sausage and Bacon Gravy, Two Eggs* Haystack Giant Ham Steak  Approx. 18oz. Ham Steak, Two Eggs* Any Style Standard Diner  Two Eggs* Any Style, Choice of Meat Slate Creek Corned Beef Skillet Corned Beef, Peppers, Onions,…

Summit Pizza Co

Voted Best Family Pizza 13 Years! Farm Fresh Pizza 8" $7    |     12" $12.50     |     16" $19 additional toppings: price varies pepperoni | chicken | red onion | zucchini | meatball | mushroom | pineapple | yellow squash | italian sausage | black olive | jalapeno | smoked ham | green pepper | tomato | bacon | roasted garlic Specialty $7.50 - 32 Combo marinara base, Italian sausage, meatball, pepperoni, black olive, mushroom, red onion, mozzarella Meat Lovers marinara base, smoked ham, italian sausage,…

Wasatch Wagyu Grill

Tacos Wagyu Beef Barbacoa Lamb Barbacoa Wagyu Bratwurst Cochinita Pibil (slow-cooked pork) Carnitas Sandwiches Ingredients: mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado Wagyu Beef Barbacoa Lamb Barbacoa Wagyu Bratwurst Cochinita Pibil (slow cooked pork) Carnitas Burritos Made with beans, rice, pico de Gallo, cheese, and sour cream Wagyu $15 Beef Barbacoa $12 Lamb Barbacoa $14 Wagyu Bratwurst $12 Cochinita Pibil (slow-cooked pork) $11 Carnitas $11 By the pound Includes…

Süss Cookie Company

Pick your Cookie Size Mini MINI SIZE COOKIES ARE 2.5" IN DIAMETER 1/2 dozen | Dozen Classic CLASSIC SIZE COOKIES ARE 4" IN DIAMETER 1/2 dozen | Dozen Ask for the cookie of the Month! Pink Sugar Cookie Peanut Butter Smooth natural peanut butter with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and rolled in sugar. Once finished with a chocolate drizzle and you've found a peanut butter cookie worth sharing. Ginger Snap Enjoy the holidays year-round with this rich, molasses, and ginger spice cookie. A dip into white…

Simon’s Restaurant

BRUNCH SHAREABLES $8 - 13 HOMESTEAD SCONES four scones, cinnamon, powdered sugar, honey butter CHICKEN WINGS maple red hot sauce, fresh veggies ranch dressing HUMMUS PLATE with grilled flatbread ROASTED BEETS orange segments, herbed boat cheese, avocado, crushed pistachios, arugula VEGGIES $11 - 12 BOWL farro, roasted butternut squash, spinach, roasted cherry tomatoes, avocado, boiled egg, greek yogurt, vinaigrette WEDGE romaine hearts, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, chopped bacon,…

Heber Valley Brewing

ON TAP NOTE*  We are a small taproom and are constantly changing the beers on tap.  Call ahead to see what we have available so you aren't disappointed!!  Coconut Girl Belgian blonde aged with shaved coconut. Heberveza Mexican style lager. Peach Better Have My Mango American sour. Wet Fly IPA Our house IPA with rotating hops. 2-Liner Pilsner Bomegranate Sour Pomegranate infused American sour. Under the Radar Well rounded session IPA. Magnum, Chinook and Amarillo hops. Braambes Saison…

June Pie

Pies crafted by hand and baked daily with fresh ingredients. Reserve your pies online to guarantee availability. We have savory pies, sweet pies and hand pies baked daily and available from 3-7pm Tuesday - Friday and 11-2pm on Saturday.

Soldier Hollow Grill

LUNCH/DINNER Available: Every day after 11:30 AM HAMBURGERS: We ground our hamburger in-house to get the taste just right. Our fries are cut fresh in our kitchen every day, make sure to try the regular french fries and the sweet potato fries! We have a wide variety of delicious sandwiches and sides, so come in today and reward your mouth! One of the best places to eat in Midway and Heber City. Hamburger 1/4 lb. fresh ground beef, served with chips. Double Hamburger 1/2 lb. fresh ground beef, served with…

Lupita’s Valley

APPETIZERS $6-$16 GUACAMOLE CHILE CON QUESO Monterrey Jack cheese melted with Anaheim peppers and onions; served with homemade corn tortillas. SHRIMP COCKTAIL sustainably farmed shrimp in a tomato base salsa with: cucumber, lime, diced avocado, onion, and cilantro. Served with saltine crackers. CEVICHE farmed shrimp marinated in lime juice with mango, tomato, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. Topped with fresh avocado and served with chips. TOSTADAS DE CEVICHE our ceviche served on homemade tostadas,…

Shaka Shake Bowl Food Truck

BOWLS Includes: rice, mixed veggies, meat, noodles, potstickers $9 - 15 Grilled Chicken SM | LG Spicy Pork SM | LG Korean Style Beef SM | LG Combo (Choice of 2 types of meat) LG Spam, Eggs & Rice SM | LG Veggies (vegetarian) SM | LG PLATES Includes: rice, mac salad, mixed veggies, meat $15  Grilled Chicken plate SIDES $3 - 4 Mac Salad Rice Extra Meat

Grassy Cow

Burgers $10.75 THE GRASSY COW brioche bun onions/ lettuce/ tomato/ mozzarella cheese THE RODEO ciabatta bun grilled onions/ mushrooms/ swiss cheese THE ROOSTER ciabatta parmesan rosemary bun jalapeno/ lettuce/ tomato/ onion/ mozzarella cheese THE COWBOY brioche bun bacon/ lettuce/ onion/ tomato/ mozzarella cheese THE SWEET BABY JAMES ciabatta bun pineapple/ lettuce/ onion/ mozzarella cheese All burgers include our Special Sauce

State Road Tavern

STARTERS $5 - 15 FRIED PICKLES Breaded dill pickle spears served with buffalo ranch. TAVERN PRETZEL House pretzels served with your choice of honey mustard, beer cheese, ranch, or bleu cheese. POUTINE FRIES Hand-cut french fries with cheese curds, brown gravy & green onion. CHIPS & BEER CHEESE BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER Breaded cauliflower tossed in buffalo sauce with a side of ranch or bleu cheese. TAVERN NACHOS House-made tortillas with beer cheese, guacamole, salsa, fresh jalapeños & pico. ADD GROUND…

Fill’er Up Coffee Station

Fill’er Up Drinks Fill’er Up Coffee Station offers a wide variety of drinks to fit your desired flavor! See our drink menu below, along with our many customizations: “TUNE-UP” for Fat-Free Milk with Sugar Flavoring “TURBO-CHARGE” Drip Coffee with Espresso Shots Soy + Almond Milk – 0.55 Xtra Shot – 0.50 Flavoring – 0.25 CUSTOM MADE ITALIAN CREAM SODAS DRINKS SIZE 12oz. 16oz. 20oz. Drip Tea 1.25 1.75 2.25 Americano 2.00 2.40 2.90 Cappuccino 3.00 3.40 3.90 Caramel Macchiato…

Granny’s Drive In

Burgers $7.50 - $14 Legendary Cheeseburger 1/3 lb. brisket short rib patty topped with American cheese on a Salt City Baking butter glazed burger bun Pastrami & Swiss Burger 1/3 lb. beef patty topped with real hardwood smoked pastrami and swiss cheese Western Burger 1/3 lb. brisket short rib patty topped with smoky bacon, beer battered onion rings, BBQ sauce and American cheese Bacon Cheeseburger 1/3 lb. brisket short rib patty topped with smoky bacon, American cheese, and buttermilk ranch dressing on a…

Armando’s Mercado

Main Menu Platillo de Chicharron Salsa Verde $1.99 Burritos $7 Torta Cubana $8.99 Sencilla no fries $6.99 Sencilla con papa $7.99 Quesadillas $8.99 Sopes $3 Tostadas $2.99 Caldo de res $11.99 Carne asada $13.99 Tacos dorados $11.99 Chile relleno $12.99 Pollo en mole $11.99 Enchiladas $12.99 Fries $8.99 Menudo $13.99 Camarones a la diabla $13.99 Caldo de camaron $13.99 Cocktail de camaron $13.99 Mojarra $12.99 Pupusas $3 Birria de res $12.99 Pozole $11.99…

Red Mango

FRESH JUICE DAILY DETOX Sweet Greens | 16 oz | $7.45 Beauty & The Greens  apple, kale, lemon, spinach, cucumber, celery (120 cal) Sweet Green Zing apple, kale, lemon, spinach, cucumber, celery, ginger (160 cal) Roots & Fruits | 16 oz 24 Carrot Kale  Carrot, kale, orange juice (110 cal) Fred & Ginger  apple, ginger, lemon, beet (180 cal) Citrus Beets  beet, orange juice, apple, lemon, pineapple Power Ups | 16 oz Sweet Kale Immunity  kale, apple,…

Wasatch Park Cafe

Closed for the season Lunch & Dinner Menu FRESH GROUND BURGERS Dressings: ranch, Italian, 1000 island, blue cheese, or ask for additional options. Substitute fries for chips $2.50; Substitute salad for chips $2.50; Sweet potato fries for chips $3.50 $6.49 - 15.99 Hamburger 1/4 lb. fresh ground beef served with chips Double Hamburger 1/2 lb. fresh ground beef served with chips Cheeseburger 1/4 lb. fresh ground beef, cheese, served with chips Double Cheeseburger 1/2 lb. fresh ground beef, cheese,…

Cafe Galleria

Appetizers $8 - 12 Caprese fresh sliced mozzarella, sliced vine tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil & balsamic reduction Bruschetta woodfired bread topped w/ pesto sauce, fresh tomato & basil, fresh mozzarella cheese, prosciutto & arugula Garlic bread fresh garlic bread w/ marinara sauce Garlic Pizza 6" | 12" with fresh garlic & Asiago cheese Meatballs two homemade meatballs in marinara sauce Salads $7 - 16 House Salad mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, house dressing…

Betty’s Cafe

BREAKFAST $8.99 - $15.89 Betty's breakfast Ham steak, bacon or sausage with eggs (style of your choice) #1 chicken fried steak  eggs (style of your choice) #2 ham, bacon or sausage eggs (style of your choice) + choice of toast, biscuit or pancake #3 short stack w/ ham, bacon or sausage  #4 short stack w/2 eggs  eggs (style of your choice) #5 French toast w/ ham, bacon or sausage  #6 short stack w/ham, bacon or sausage & 1 egg  eggs (style of your choice) #7 tall stack or short stack or french toast…

The Junction Pizzeria + Grill

BUILD YOUR OWN $8 - 25 Cheese or 1 Topping (8"/12") Cheese or 1 Topping (14"/16") 2 to 4 Toppings (8"/12") 2 To 4 Toppings (14"/16") 5+ Toppings (8"/12") 5+ Toppings (14"/16") Classic Pizza $9- 23 Margherita Basil, olive oil & fresh tomatoes The Combo Pepperoni, sausage, onions & mushrooms Meat Lovers Pepperoni, sausage & ham Vegetarian Mushrooms, onions, green peppers & black olives Hawaiian Diced ham & pineapple Specialty Pizzas $10- 25…

Ichiban

LUNCH BENTO from 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM Beef Teriyaki $10.95 Chicken Teriyaki $9.95 Eel Teriyaki $10.95 Salmon Teriyaki $10.95 Nigiri Sushi $10.95 Sashimi $10.95 Tempura Shrimp Vegetable $10.95 Sweet and Sour Chicken $8.95 Orange Chicken $8.95 General Tao's Chicken $8.95 Lemon Chicken $8.95 Sesame Chicken $8.95 Kung Pao Chicken $8.95 Cashew Chicken $8.95 Broccoli Chicken $8.95 Chicken with Fresh Vegetable $8.95 Beef with Fresh Vegetable $9.95 Beef with Snow Peas $9.95 Beef with Broccoli $9.95 Shrimp with…

Dragon Star

Appetizers egg rolls (2) $2.95 pot stickers (5) $5.55 cheese wontons (10) $4.55 butterfly shrimp (5pc) $5.55 Soup egg drop soup large (no meat) $2.95 *hot & sour soup large (no meat) $2.95 wonton soup $2.95 Entrees largest portions - most served with steamed rice chicken & pork sweet & sour chicken $8.85 dragon star chicken breast (boneless & skinless served with tangy sauce) lemon chicken  $8.85 lean tender chicken breast cooked to a crispy golden brown & topped with…

Tony’s Tacos

Tony's Tacos Mexican Restaurant Warm, low-key restaurant dishing out homestyle Mexican grub from tacos to smothered enchiladas. Appetizer $2.75 - 11.75 Nachos beans, cheese, avocado, sour cream tomatoes & lettuce Super nachos with meat meat options: steak, chicken, roasted pork, BBQ pork, ground beef add $1.75 shredded beef meat, beans, cheese, avocado, sour cream tomatoes & lettuce Fresh guacamole  Fresh guacamole, salsa & chips  Chips & salsa  Carne Asada Fries chopped steak,…

Taquería Los Cuñados

Homemade Mexican Food" Steak, Chicken, Marinated Pork, Braised Pork, Beef Tongue, Intestine, Spicy Pork Sauce, Pork Skin, Beef Stew, Fish, Shrimp. HOUSE SPECIALS $4.50 - 17.99 Mole Dona Lila With rice and Mole Chile Verde Pork in Tomatillo Sauce with Rice and Beans Chile Rellenos 2 Chile Rellenos with Rice and Beans Fajitas De Pollo Grilled Chicken, Bell peppers, onions. VEGETARIAN Kimy's Fajitas Grilled Chicken, Steak,…

The Hub Cafe

The Hub Classic Breakfast Our bread, cage-free eggs, bacon, & sausage are sourced from local farms & suppliers right here in Utah. Served until 1:30 pm Belgian Waffles buttery waffles topped with warm maple syrup & powdered sugar. Berries n' whipped cream +extra cost Pancake or French Toast of the Week chef's creation of the week Steak & Eggs steak and sunny side up eggs with rosemary hashbrowns and your choice of artisan toast Biscuits & Gravy thick, house made western biscuits topped…

Meg’s Timberline Cafe

breakfast available until 11AM served with side of fresh fruit $6.50 - 10 meggs n'cheese muffin two fried eggs, cheddar cheese, choice of sausage of bacon on an English muffin classic burrito scrambled whole eggs, crispy potatoes, bacon, sausage, sauteed onions & peppers with cheddar jack cheese southwest burrito scrambled whole eggs, chorizo sausage, avocado, salsa, black beans & corn with cheddar jack cheese avocado toast dave's killer bread, smashed avocado, smoked salmon with fresh oil,…

Tacos El Güero

Breakfast Served from 7-11AM $7.79 - 12.79 Biscuits and Gravy Meal Two biscuits and gravy served with two eggs, two bacon strips or two sausage links. Biscuits and Gravy Two biscuits and gravy Chicken Fried Steak Breaded steak, two eggs, hash browns or country potatoes and toast. Steak & Eggs 6oz steak, two eggs, hash browns or country potatoes and toast. Crepes Three crepes with the choice of strawberry, blueberry, or mixed. Denver Omelet Diced ham, green/red peppers and cheddar/Monterey cheese.…

Holiday Lanes

Burgers & sandwiches Hamburger Cheeseburger Bacon Cheeseburger Sea burger Chicken burger Big Will Ham & Cheese BLT Footlong Tuna Grilled cheese Chicken hoagie Malibu Philly sub Chix basket Strips & fry Strips & salad Half strip Chili burger Chili dog Turkey burger Gr. hickory chix Chicken club Fish & fry BBQ beef sandwich Corn dog Salads Green salad Chicken salad Chef salad Sides Fries Onion rings Taco Soup…

Back 40

LUNCH STARTERS $5 - 16 Intent to Dine house-made potato chips Charred Onion Dip house-made potato chips White Cheddar Bacon Mac N Cheese Heber Valley Creamery white cheddar, bacon, caramelized onions, breadcrumbs Chili Cheese Fries hand-punched fries, beef chili, scallions, pickled jalapenos, sour cream, cheddar cheese Chicken Wings house-made buffalo sauce or honey BBQ with parmesan ranch Country Fried Shrimp chipotle aioli Farmers Choice Soup Cup $5/Bowl Circle Bar Beef Chili ground chuck, pinto beans,…

The Lakehouse at Deer Creek

Dinner Graze $13 - 28 DUCKFAT FRYBREAD SCONES Native American-inspired Frybread with a side of Seasonal Berry Butter. BURRATA + BREAD PLATE Sourdough Bread, Fresh Burrata, Pickled Cherries, Sumac, Basil BARBACOA TACOS Braised Beef, Cotija, Shaved Radish, Avocado with Pickled Onion and Cilantro in Corn Hard Shell Tacos SPANISH MUSSELS Chorizo, Fresh Garlic & Fennel, Diced Tomato, Heavy Cream, White Wine. Served with a side of grilled sourdough bread. CAULIFLOWER TACOS Chorizo Butter Sauce, Candied…

Lola’s Street Kitchen

SMALL BITES $4 - 8.95 SWEET POTATO FRY Fried in organic sunflower oil GARLIC PARMESAN FRY Hand cut, fried in organic sunflower oil, fresh parmesan cheese and garlic salt MAC & CHZ Elbow noodles, sharp cheddar cheese sauce 8oz CHICKEN NUGZ Natural, gluten-free chicken nuggets and hand-cut garlic parmesan fries. Your choice of sauce: spicy habanero buffalo gorgonzola or sweet chipotle aioli GARDEN SALAD Organic greens, heirloom tomatoes, feta cheese, your choice of house-made dressing: creamy…

Judy’s Donuts

Located in historic Midway, Judy’s Donuts is locally owned, handmade donuts & coffee shop. We proudly serve our family recipe donuts alongside our favorite coffee from Caffe Ibis. HANDMADE DONUTS Glazed Donut Raspberry Dream Donut •2019 Utah Taste Off Winner• Iced Donuts chocolate, pink, vanilla, maple Bizmark Donuts Bavarian Creme Jelly Button Donuts Maple Bar •2020 Utah Taste Off Winner• Pershing Bun Cinnamon with Chocolate Icing Fritters As Big as Your Face…

Midway Mercantile

Dinner Appetizers $5 - 16 Mercantile Cracker Jacks Yes, it's a popcorn treat with peanuts, scented with Chinese Five Spice. M.M. Raclette Cheese Fondue traditional Swiss cheese blend, with bread and fresh veggies for dipping Coconut Bathed Fresh Mussels and Cockles in a savory Thai-style sauce with grilled Hawk & Sparrow bread Hearth Roasted Bacon Wrapped Dates with bleu cheese mousse, sweet balsamic drizzle, and the light crunch of toasted hazelnut Beet Muhammara Dip brilliant beets blended with walnuts…

Blue Boar Inn

Lunch Menu Soup and Salad $10 - 14 French Onion Soup or Chef Daily Soup Little Gem Iceberg Wedge (GF) Lardons, Heirloom Tomatoes, Smoked Blue Cheese Dressing Honey Roasted Pear and Bitter Greens (GF) Smoked Blue Cheese, Spiced Walnuts, Fig Vinaigrette Arugula and Parmesan Salad (V,GF) Fresh Squeezed Lemon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Toasted Almonds Add Grilled Shrimp Chicken, or Salmon Shareable $14 - $18 Grilled Shrimp and Polenta(GF) Smoked Gouda, Tomato Beurre Blanc, Artichoke Pesto Bavarian Sourdough…

Heber Leadership Academy

For those dreaming of getting more actively involved and developing a stronger network in our community, a rewarding leadership opportunity has come to fruition. The City of Heber and the Chamber of Commerce have joined together to create Heber’s first Leadership Academy. What exactly is it? The Heber Leadership Academy is a group of 20 individuals from the community who have the opportunity to gather together and learn leadership skills from several impactful leaders. The team will discuss community-related hot topics…

Altitude With An Attitude

The Heber Valley Sits Comfortably At Just Over 5,500 Feet Above Sea Level. If You’re Coming From A Lower Elevation, There Are Steps You Can Take To Ease The Transition To A Higher Altitude. A few years ago, my husband and I spent a week in Newport Beach, California, and needed to be in Aspen, Colorado the next day. As we raced through the states, we hardly noticed the uphill drive. Arriving in Aspen, we settled in. However, we soon noticed headaches, dizziness, and nausea. It took a day before we realized what was…

Close To Home

How often do you think about where your food comes from? We’ve become a civilization of packaged foods, freeze-dried, vacuum-packed, hands-off food options everywhere. With just a few clicks on a keyboard, and doorstep delivery, it’s possible to get spices straight from India in the same box as small farm-made jerky from Tennessee. I contrast this with having grown up with beautiful home-cooked meals from my Italian grandmother; using fresh-picked tomatoes, herbs, and zucchini from the garden, I learned to appreciate…

Bar J Wranglers

A chuckwagon is a time-honored piece of history in the story of the American West. All the cowboys’ nourishment on the trail came as grub hauled and served from that iconic wagon following the cattle. The chuckwagon was the heart and soul of any proper cattle drive. The Bar J Chuckwagon in Wilson, Wyoming, has been the heart and soul of the community and visitors for 44 years. Carrying on the cowboy tradition of music, song, and storytelling over beans and biscuits, Babe Humphrey and his family have created their legacy.…

Fall Harvest Mixology

Fall Harvest is that special time of year where outdoor activities start to have a snap of chill in the air, and being social takes on new life indoors once the outside fun ends. The Wasatch Back has plenty of space to take your friends for a cocktail or mocktail happy hour with plenty of small bites to compliment your drinks. Our favorite places to snag a drink in this ole’ town are many, but you can just as easily make your favorite concoction at home with some ingenuity and in-season fall ingredients. Here are a few…

Life Is Better On Two Wheels

The leaves crunch under-tire as the crisp air greets and awakens your senses. Fall in all its colorful splendor is finally here! And, what better way to welcome autumn than with a bike ride in good company? Slim and Knobby’s Bike Shop has been hosting group road and mountain bike rides for the last few years. On Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings, a group of road bikers makes their way around the valley by riding in a big clockwise loop. Making mostly right turns Thursday evenings, they’ve dubbed their ride; Thursday…

Your Move

I woke up this morning in a classic rock daydream. The tune echoing in my mind was ‘Your Move,’ from the 1971 release of The YES Album by the British prog-rock band, YES. I couldn’t justify a reason why this particular song should be forefront in my mind — so I took a moment to revisit it to see if, perhaps, there was something else there. Take a straight and stronger course to the corner of your life. Make the white Queen run so fast she hasn’t got time to make you wife. ’Cause it’s time, it’s time in time…

Discover The Bronzes Of Midway

The following words are transcribed on the invitational bronze plaque that is part of “The Bronzes of Midway,” located in Midway’s Centennial Park. “Brigham Young encouraged the early settlers to beautify their homes and respective cities and towns, to ‘do that which will increase beauty and excellence among the people,’ and to surround themselves with the sounds of pleasing and beautiful music, together with thoughts and words that edify. He went on to say, ‘This will make us happy.’ These words and sculptures are an…

Autumn Adventures

It is hard to imagine that more could be written, said, or conveyed about The Sundance Resort. With over 50 years of history, it has a life force of its own that is well-known around the world. Reviews abound for this timeless spot along the Wasatch Back, but then again, the elegance of Sundance is its uncanny and vigorous ability to be exactly what you need, when you need it — a true chameleon while simultaneously an intimate and metamorphic experience. The nuance of Sundance is — it is always this way each time you visit.…

Beljar Home

“Laid back luxury for lifestyle and home” is the statement Beljar has listed as their home decor shop’s description but when you walk through the doors of the local Heber shop, you quickly find out its meaning runs much deeper than that. Opening their doors in April 2020, owners Aimee Simpson and Desiree Ashworth had no idea what to expect in a time when the whole world was shutting down and no one knew what was on the horizon. To say they took a risk and opened full of hope, would be an understatement. They stuck…

Vernon Murdock

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso Vernon Murdock began creating art from the moment he first figured out how to hold a pencil. As a very young child, he loved nature; he loved the mountains and the fields that surrounded his home — so he drew them. He enjoyed looking at and watching cartoons — and sketched those too. Vernon’s curiosity about how things worked was no different — he illustrated all the stationary and moving parts. He adored and loved his…

WHAM This Guy Can Sing!

I recently caught one of Robert’s shows with my wife and kids; we heard audience members exclaim things like, “This takes me back to when I was a teenager!” Let’s face it, most impersonators either look like their hero, or sound like them, but rarely both. But this guy has the look, the voice, and the dance moves to boot! Watching him is like taking a totally tubular trip back to the ‘80s and ‘90s, when George Michael ruled the radio with his silky-smooth, reverberating vocals and energetic dance beats. It’s music that…

The Resurgence of Upscale Dinning

If you were to ask chefs around Anytown, USA, pre-pandemic, how they were feeling — most would tell you, “I’m tired. I’m not sure it is worth it anymore.” Prestigious food magazines such as Food & Wine and Fine Dining have written articles over the past two years expressing the consensus that Chefs have been struggling to fight what we affectionately call “the crush”. The crush is the predominant demand to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of trends and the newest “Best Of” list that seems to take on a life of…

Wasatch Women Defending The Wasatch’s Back

WITH THE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS COVERAGE OF PROTESTS, RIOTS, CIVIL UNREST AND VIOLENCE IN THE MEDIA, HAVE YOU STOPPED TO WONDER How Safe Are We? Having traveled through much of the United States and living in Italy for almost two years; I’ve always considered the Wasatch Back to be a comparatively safe area to live, but modern living means I can’t stay in the community 24/7. I also work in various cities all across America, so where exactly is “safe?” Each year the FBI issues a report of the Safest Cities and Towns in…

Play Stay Dine Explore Shop

The lost art of a “staycation” needs to be dusted off and put back into circulation, and this summer is just the time to do it! For most, vacation means experimenting in new parts of the world. It goes beyond discovering but rather immersing ourselves in a pocket of memories carved out in one to two-week increments. The Wasatch Back is incredibly fortunate to be situated within minimal driving distance of everything from a quaint bed and breakfast to a swanky 5-star resort. Throw in some incredible scenery, and what…

500 Hours Outside This Summer

Many parents are aware their kids are spending too much time indoors using electronic devices. A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the average eight to eighteen year old spends 7 hours and 38 minutes of electronic screen time per day. Let’s go outside! Outdoor play time helps to balance a child’s day and provide mental and physical health benefits. Did you know that most experts agree that 4-6 hours of playing outside each day is optimal for child health? Here are 25 fun ideas to get you going!…

Memento Mori

Being a teenager is rough. I certainly worked through my fair share of disillusionment during my run through the teen-to-early-adulthood years in my life. Reflecting on those years from my ‘present’ perspective can evoke some feelings of awkwardness. I would be willing to wager that I am not alone in the thought process: “if I could go back then knowing what I know now, I would do differently.” It wasn’t all bad, though. I remember numerous carefree days with no agenda. I remember walking through manicured park lawns…

Heber City Tabernacle

When Heber City Main Street’s Tabernacle Was Facing Demolition, a Community Banded Together to Protect Their Heritage. As a resident of this beautiful valley, and an admirer of anything local, I have a deep appreciation for all the history we share and all the beautiful, historical buildings and homes that are still standing. One of my favorite buildings is the Heber City Hall, or as it was originally known, The Wasatch Stake Tabernacle. As I gaze at or walk its corridors, I find it easy to wonder about the past. If only…

Next man up!

Once there was a delicious soup. It was created with homemade recipes, and people loved it. They loved it so much that a big factory was built to make more of it. As people ate more and more soup, the factory tried to keep up with the demand. Finally, Bear Creek Country Kitchens moved the soup production elsewhere. What would happen to the enormous soup factory that had housed the facilities? According to Amaria Scovil, Director of Wasatch County’s Joyce & M. Anthony Burns Recreation Center, “When they decided to sell…

Girls Rule

Several winters back, Jennifer Thorne climbed the north ridge of Mount Nebo through waist-deep snow until she crested its 11,861-foot-high summit. During a time of year when most folks are cuddled up in front of a fire with a good book; Jennifer and two of her friends stood atop the highest mountain in the Wasatch enjoying the priceless 360-degree view of snowy mountains and grassy valleys. Removing skis from their backs they tackled a technical ski descent down one of Utah’s most imposing mountains. Would anyone believe…

Born in Scotland Stitched in America

If you’re one of the brave men and women who regularly don this delightful article of clothing, then you may have heard the saying, “It takes a real man to wear a kilt.” It’s a phrase often spoken — in a comical attempt at sounding Scottish — in our home every time our son wears his kilt — which is pretty much every day! In 2019 we adopted a new saying, one that jumped out from the tag on a newly acquired Commando Kilt from Sport kilt. “A man in a kilt is a man and a half!” My son’s obsession with kilts began years ago —…

Chef About Town

Keep an Eye Out For These Meals on Wheels and Grab a Bite This Summer Cucina Rustico · Taqueria Los Cunados · Yalla Food Truck There is something nostalgic about eating outside during the summer. Where I come from in the South, bare feet and something in your hand as you run through a park or sit at a ball game is the quintessential, hallmark movie moment that come to life. I think this is what I love most about tasting my way through the Wasatch Back; it reminds me that great food and good-hearted people make a community…

Heber Valley Meats: A Cut Above

An Unknown Rancher Once Said, “In Winter’s Chill or Summer’s Heat . . . Farmers and Ranchers Work so the World Can Eat.” Farms and ranches are more than wide swaths of land used to raise crops and livestock. They are a family’s heritage and future. Jessie Morris and Chad Murdock understand the importance of both heritage and looking towards the future; it’s one of the main reasons they opened a butcher shop right here in their beloved Heber Valley. Jessie and Chad have been best friends since middle school. The Morris…

Jordan Daines

Jordan’s studio is bright and open and full of natural light. Large paintings lean against the wall, some complete, while others are awaiting their turn. An easel sits in the corner with a canvas adorned by a beautiful array of vibrant colors coming to life as they circle around and around. To some, the looping pigments resemble tree trunk rings; others see a thumbprint or an oyster shell. One of the more substantial linear abstracts Jordan loves to tackle takes up a good portion of another wall, while a cart sits with wet…

Emergence Art Contest

Inspired by Our Home Town The majestic and varied landscapes of Wasatch County have inspired artists from across the globe since the early pioneers first settled here. Today our valley’s mountains, rivers, fields, farms, and skate parks are inspiring a whole new generation of young artists. The year 2020 brought about a lot of change for everyone — in Wasatch County, a group of PTA presidents representing the district’s elementary, middle, and high schools, decided to change things up a bit too. After much deliberation…

Utah Governor Announces Vaccine Eligibility for All Adults

Utah Governor Spencer Cox has announced that adults throughout Utah will be able to schedule Covid-19 vaccinations beginning on March 24th. In addition, the Pfizer vaccine will be available to those ages 16 to 18. It is the only vaccine approved so far for the younger age group. The vaccination expansion was announced sooner than expected. This was partly due to requests from local health departments. As the state races to provide vaccinations to underserved populations, such as the homeless and other groups, mobile units…

Heber City Mayor gives State of the City Address

Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter gave her State of the City address in a live broadcast on March 10, 2021. Beginning with a short video, she displayed a quote from the Salt Lake Tribune that stated, ‘For the second year in a row, Heber ranked No. 1 for growth among the country’s smaller ‘micropolitan areas,’ with populations between 10,000  and 50,000.” 2020 estimates put Heber’s population just above 18,500. By 2050, projections have over 30,000 people living within Heber City’s limits. Mayor Potter started out by…

Wasatch Community Foundation

We all know that our valley is a treasure trove of natural beauty. However, have you ever asked yourself what Wasatch County’s most valuable attraction is? I believe it’s the people who live here, and that includes our amazing youth. Wasatch Community Foundation agrees. According to their website, ourwcf.org, the mission of their Educational Pillar is to help produce, “The Finest Youth on the Planet!” Helping our youth find their way in the world and giving them as many educational opportunities as possible is at the…

Food of the Gods

Chocolate (n.) A delicious cure for a bad day. What is it about chocolate? According to Robbie Stout and Anna Davies, owners of Ritual Chocolate in Charleston, it’s a lot of things! The two business partners recently moved their chocolate-making factory and café to the Heber Valley. And they want to invite everyone to experience their unique flavors and chocolate-making process. The café opened for business in October of 2020 and was the culmination of a 10-year journey. Stout is originally from Midway, UT, and Davies…

2020 Year-End Real Estate Market Recap

I know, I know! Why would we want to revisit 2020 when we are so glad to be over it and pushing ahead for a better 2021? I don’t know about you, but I want my rear-view mirror to have cute little bobbles dangling from it instead of my assortment of face masks. Regardless, 2020 as it pertains to Utah Real Estate is something to marvel at. It’s nothing like we have ever seen. Low available inventory, record home sales, record sold prices, and exponential homebuilding increases. Utah has had the fastest growth rate over…

Fortune Favors the Prepared

Recall Aesop’s fable The Ant and the Grasshopper. In all his Greek wisdom, Aesop told of wise ants and their preparations against leaner times in comparison to foolish Grasshopper, who found great pleasure in his life, until winter winds began to blow. He mourned taunting remarks to his busy little friends in earlier days and found himself at their mercy when times were tough. The moral of the story: Be Prepared. Fortunately, we don’t need to spend our entire summers hauling necessary sustenance into a hole in the ground.…

Painting With Inspiration

When talent is cultivated and risks are taken masterpieces are created. When those masterpieces are discovered and treasured by millions worldwide – that is something truly extraordinary. Greg Olsen knows what it is to cultivate and take risks – to create his own inimitable path. Sharing his talent for art Greg Olsen has created something truly extraordinary as his masterpieces continue to inspire lives around the world. ARTISTIC FOUNDATIONS Olsen grew up in the rural town of Iona, Idaho. There were no art galleries or…

Goochy Goo BBQ

Ten years ago Heatherly Stanley bought her husband Steve a smoker — because smoking meat was a bit of a hobby — and he wanted to see what he could do. And, oh boy, did he discover what he could do! Steve became a master of the BBQ! Fast forward to today and you’ll find Steve and Heatherly are still smoking up a storm. The dynamic duo’s restaurant, Goochy Goo BBQ, is a local favorite right on Main. But it didn’t happen overnight. What do a hobby, an intuitive wife, a grandchild, and the desire to serve, have to do with one…

Golf in the Wasatch

Once again, it’s that time of year. The remnants of the black snow are melting leaving odds and ends of buried treasures, or bits of trash on the curbs. The birds chirp a little louder in the mornings. And blades of grass are popping up along the fairways. It’s Spring. It’s golf. It’s time. “Golf…is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well”. – P.G.Wodehouse…

Encircle House

The idea for Encircle House began with one simple question: How can we bring people together to create a better community and a better tomorrow? Founder and CEO, Stephenie Larsen, strives to provide the answer through Encircle, a non-profit center for LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Stephenie is a Utah local and BYU law graduate who went to Washington D.C. to draft legislation to protect the traditional family. After meeting her husband’s uncle, John Williams, another Utah local who had a strong influence in SLC…

Relationship Renewal

Remember the falling? The times you couldn’t wait one more second to see each other. The conversations and hanging on to every word shared. The feeling that there’s no way you’ve known one another for just a couple of months because you feel you’ve known this person forever. Take a moment and remember. Falling in love is exhilarating. There’s nothing else like it. Staying in love? Staying in love can sometimes feel more exhausting than exhilarating; however, it can provide an incomparable foundation to build from. A…

Community Reinvestment Agency

A city is most often defined by its Main Street. It’s the calling card. Most likely, anyone driving through Heber City will see Main Street. So, what sort of impression does Heber’s Main Street give? Quaint? Peaceful? Industrial? Busy? Is it a gathering place? Or is it a place people want to get through quickly? Many community members and leaders would love to create a more memorable Main Street. Heber is an amazing place, with a rich and interesting history. The people here are welcoming and thoughtful. The location is…

Soldier Hollow Hosts Utah’s Annual Skijoring Competition

Utah’s annual skijoring competition was held on Saturday at Soldier Hollow. Skijoring is an event where a skier or snowboarder is pulled by a horse and rider. The group races through a course including jumps, gates, and rings. Skijoring is not a new sport. Reindeer skijoring occurred in the Nordic Games of 1901, and it was used as transportation for hundreds of years before that. Skijoring behind horses made its way to North America in the early 1900’s. Brian Gardner and his friend, Joe Loveridge, had seen the sport in…

5A State Swim Meet Held at Wasatch Aquatic Center

The 5A State Swim Meet was held at the Wasatch Aquatic Center this weekend. The championship event was originally scheduled to occur at Brigham Young University. However, a few weeks ago, due to Covid concerns, BYU decided not to hold the meet at its pool this year. Wasatch stepped in, and the 5A meet was moved to Heber City. Since Wasatch is a 5A team, they were able to compete at home. Wasatch Aquatic Director Dennis Tesch believes it means a lot to the Heber Valley community to have the state championship here. “We…

Z’s Steak and Chop Haus at Zermatt Resort

To Share $13 - 21 SPINACH & ARTICHOKE grilled baguette POUTINE bed of fries, heber valley cheese, curds green onion, peppercorn gravy SAGANAKI heber valley fried bread cheese honey lemon juice, grilled pita CRAB STACK opilio crab, spiced aioli, avocado crispy rice FRIED CALAMARI cocktail sauce, sweet chili SHRIMP COCKTAIL cocktail sauce, lemon POKE NACHOS ahi tuna, shoyu, spicy mayo green onion, sesame seeds FONDUE FOR TWO grilled baguette, fresh veggies, pickles Steaks & Chops…

Heber City Announces Parking Ticket Forgiveness Initiative

It’s tough work driving a snowplow. When everyone else is staying in, they are going out in the worst weather. The plows are there earlier than the commuters trying to keep the roads clear, even while it’s still snowing. And it’s almost impossible to clear the roads well when cars are parked along the street. That’s why it is against City Code to park on the street when plowing is necessary. But some are surprised about the regulations. In fact, Heber City police have given over 300 tickets in the past few weeks for…

Dairy Keen

famous hamburgers Our burgers are famous across the state of Utah. They are created from scratch with fresh beef and a delicious bun. train burger ham, melted Swiss and American cheese, special sauce, tomato, lettuce, pickle bacon cheese burger crisp bacon, melted American or Swiss cheese, ketchup-mustard sauce, lettuce, tomato ranch cheese burger ranch dressing, melted American or Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato cheeseburger melted American or Swiss cheese, ketchup-mustard sauce, lettuce, pickles Jr.…

Free Ice Sculptures Exhibition Held in Midway

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public. The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event. According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture…

Free Rapid Covid-19 Tests offered in Heber

TestUtah will be providing free Covid-19 Rapid Antigen tests in Heber City. The drive-through tests will be available on January 11 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and January 12 from noon to 7:00 pm. The testing center is located at the Wasatch County Events Center. The Antigen tests can be completely processed in only 15-20 minutes. These tests will be provided free to anyone, regardless of symptoms or insurance. Anyone interested in participating in the free testing should go online to www.testutah.com. Participants are asked…

10 Reasons to Love 2020!

Goodbye 2020. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out! We have been barraged with negativity about the year 2020. True, there were some bad things that happened this year. Okay, a lot of bad things. However, there’s always another side to the story. 10 reasons to love 2020: 1. The kids got more sleep. Really, sleep has so many health benefits. So, when the kids all came home from school permanently in March, definitely a shocker, they were probably completely sleep deprived from years of waking up at unearthly…

Nutcracker Tea Raises Money for Children’s Justice Center

The Wasatch Dance Center Foundation’s Nutcracker Tea was held December 3-5 as a fundraiser for the Children’s Justice Center (CJC). The foundation normally puts on several benefit performances of the Nutcracker each December. They brought in $14,500 for the CJC in 2019. This year, the full-length show was unable to be performed because of Covid-19 restrictions. Instead, the Nutcracker Tea became a bigger, more involved production, with Zermatt Resort donating their Bernese Event Center. The group performed a 35-minute…

Make That Change

I am a stubborn individual. Many times I have pondered whether this character attribute is, in fact, a virtue or a vice. I can see how being persistent in certain circumstances has led me to personal success. I can also see instances where my refusal to alter a course has brought unnecessary hardship to my life. I suppose the answer lies somewhere within the fabled words of Kenny Rogers in that you need to “know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away and know when to run.” Life is a gamble these…

A Legacy Lived and Loved

On a sunny August morning, Renee Fitzgerald Johnson sat outside the house she was born in while passersby honked and shouted at her. I know it sounds horrible, but it wasn’t. It was quite the opposite. Renee was celebrating her 95th Birthday! Her children and grandchildren had decorated her front lawn with brightly colored letters, numbers, and balloons. Announcing to all that today was a special day, and the beautiful woman waving was an amazing lady who’s lived an extraordinary life.

Memorable Michael McLean

Michael McLean is an extremely-gifted, world-renowned composer, musician, playwright, author, and filmmaker. His larger-than-life personality and life experiences surely make him one of a kind. He’s spontaneous, funny, gracious — and he calls the Heber Valley home.

Serendipity

There is something magical about the Heber Valley. It draws people. Visitors, unintentionally searching, find their way here and stay. They become a part of what makes this community so distinctive.

Tourism in Heber Valley

Paul and Cameron Phillips are a father and son duo who own and operate Strawberry Bay Marina on Strawberry Reservoir. They represent the second and third generation of the Phillips family to run the family-owned business. Since the mid-1970s, when Paul’s father started the company, the father and son team have grown the business to serve the over 2 million visitors that come to recreate at Strawberry Reservoir each year.

Avalanche

Avalanche, it’s a sleeping giant in the snow, waiting below the surface like a troll under the bridge. Be on top of your game this winter. Avoid avalanche danger at all costs, and be prepared.

Booming Real Estate

In early March 2020, we all received a crash course on COVID, whether we liked it or not. As quarantine, business shutdowns, and required masks became the new norm; it became abundantly clear how reliant we all truly are on each other. Assessing the four necessities of life became front and center: food, water, clothing, and shelter (and apparently toilet paper).

Wasatch Women in Business

When Ida Sapp was a new mother, her daughter became very sick. She was underweight, experienced severe allergies, and her skin was raw from eczema. Ida took her to numerous doctors, naturopaths, and homeopaths, begging each to determine what was wrong with her child.

Holiday Traditions

Gather your kids, friends, and family to discover different cultures and the food they eat. Try out a few new recipes, and prepare them together. Participate in a festivity you've never celebrated before. Eat new foods. Share and create a new tradition!

Ritual Chocolate

Hawk & Sparrow Bread | Caputo’s Market Meats and Cheeses Rustling Aspen Farms Fresh Produce (Seasonal) | Amour Spreads Jams and Preserves

Operation Hope 2020

This year will be the largest Heber Valley Operation Hope event yet. Pete Stoughton, Director of Programs, said, “We will absolutely need volunteers. There are a lot of families to serve.”

New Covid Restrictions Mandated for Wasatch County

Utah’s government launched a new “Level of Transmission” index on Tuesday. It will provide a more scientific way for assessing each county’s Covid situation, along with new restrictions created to fight the current rise in cases. Color-coded guidelines are discontinued.  Wasatch County is one of six Utah counties currently on "high transmission" risk. Levels will be reassessed weekly. They are determined by looking at case rates per 100K, percent of test positivity, and statewide ICU usage.   The Governor did not enact…

Wasatch High School Goes Online

Wasatch High School is temporarily switching to an online learning format from Monday, October 12 through Friday, October 23, 2020. The school is planning to return to in-person learning on Monday, October 26. Extracurricular activities will continue as planned. As stated on the Wasatch County School District Facebook page, “Our in-school mitigation efforts have proven to be effective. However, the recent increase in community COVID cases has had a direct impact on our high school students and staff.” The Wasatch…

New Cascade Springs Road is Now Open!

The road to Cascade Springs, in the mountains above Midway, is now open and much safer. The Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD), Wasatch County, the United States Forest Service, and Utah State Parks have been working together since 2019 to make some dramatic improvements to the roadway. The road was closed throughout the summer but recently reopened to traffic. According to the Federal Highway Administration, although the road is open, construction will continue through October. Visitors are advised to watch for…

Midway Art Association Gallery Welcoming Public Again

The Midway Art Association Gallery recently reopened to the public. It is housed in the historic Midway Town Hall. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. The Gallery displays artwork from seven local artists at a time. Their art is presented for two months, at which time another seven artists will be featured. Aside from being able to see the local art, visitors can also purchase artwork from the gallery. One of the artists being shown this month is oil-painter Charlotte Wright. Wright intended to…

Free Family Dinner Tonight!

The Wasatch Caring Community Coalition (CCC) is giving out a free dinner tonight at their Family Dinner Drive-Thru event. The annual occurrence is modified this year because of COVID. Participants will drive to the booths, instead of walking, and will pick up dinner supplies to create a spaghetti dinner. The event will run from 5:30-7:00pm, Monday, September 21, at the Wasatch County Event Center. The free family dinner activity is an opportunity for the CCC to not only provide a free dinner, but also to educate the…

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Mural

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today, officially announcing a new mural on Main Street. The artwork is on the north side of the visitor center. It depicts many of the outdoor recreation opportunities available in the Heber Valley. This mural is only the first installment of many to come through the Heber City CAMS’ Art in Public Places Initiative. It is a collaborative effort between Heber City, the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Alliance for Main Street. Tom Stone, Chairperson of CAMS, opened the…

Wasatch High Creates Innovative Homecoming Dance 2020

Wasatch High School students of 2020 have missed out on many of the usual high school experiences. Prom, graduation, spring sports, and so much more was modified or cancelled completely. Homecoming was also on the chopping block. But the school district, the school board, the high school, Wasatch County Health Department, and some students, came up with an ingenious plan to save it. Thanks to them, Wasatch High School's Homecoming Dance 2020 will be held this Saturday. Assistant Principal Ryan Bishop recalled, “Back in…

Local Grant Provides Discounts to Customers

The Shop in Heber Valley grant program was opened last week to businesses in Wasatch County. Not only will it help local businesses, but it benefits the general public as well. Businesses can apply for up to $5,000. These funds, however, must be used to reimburse huge discounts passed on to customers. The grant is the result of the combined efforts of Wasatch County, Heber City, and Midway City. These government entities are utilizing their CARES Act funds for the grant. It is aimed at supporting Heber Valley businesses…

Kevin Kehoe

30 Years Thirty years of non-stop hustling. Thirty years of mastering a competitive craft with constant creative challenges, where no two days looked the same. Thirty years of working his way to the very top in an intense environment. Thirty years of visiting gallery after gallery in all the towns and cities he toured across the U.S. Thirty years of frustration knowing an inherent reservoir of talent was left untapped. Thirty years of inspiration seeing the expressive and meaningful creations of others. Starting A New…

Adding Extra To The Ordinary

Art is a pathway to the human spirit. It has the power to inspire emotions, teach concepts, motivate change, challenge perspectives, question beliefs, deepen understanding, and more. It can bring special moments to remembrance and form new unforgettable memories. Art in public places has that same power and is accessible to everyone. Like artwork in a home, public art enhances a community’s beauty and charm and illustrates personality and value. Public art is just plain fun and adds some extra to the ordinary. There’s…

The As Yet Unwritten Story Of The North Village

Just to the North of Heber City, there is a little area of open land that is unassuming and easily overlooked. It’s known as the North Village. And there are some big plans in the works for this patch of ground. Due to purchases made and density granted years ago, this area is set to become one of the most active and growing areas of the entire Heber Valley. Many are concerned about what might come. Others are excited by the possibilities. How it all turns out depends on actions taken now, during this little phase of…

Discover Power In Breath

"I bungee jumped off a cliff the other day. I was terrified. As the eight-year-old daredevil next to me went down, then back up, he turned towards me and said, ‘this is exciting!’ so I jumped – and it was exciting.” “I just had to let the fear go,” Kasey Sorensen explains as we tour her beautiful space, The Studio, in downtown Heber City. Sorensen is no stranger to jumping in with both feet; she was a hairstylist for twenty years before opening The Studio. During this time, she realized most of her clients lacked the…

Bob McPhie

The scene before me is reminiscent of the old Western song lyrics, “empty saddles in the old corral.” Saddles, tack, and spurs now sit quiet and gather dust, guitars lie where memories of Western melodies waft, but Bob’s eyes still twinkle. Bob McPhie is one of the few great American Cowboys left in the Heber Valley, not to mention, one of my childhood idols. I fondly recall sitting in the grandstands of the old local rodeo arena beside my grandpa. I would balance my popcorn on my lap and clap for Bob as he rode in the…

Healing Benefits Of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is the application of the relaxed, yet highly focused state known as hypnosis for the purpose of achieving goals and creating lifelong transformation. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind with numerous beneficial characteristics. In this natural state, our subconscious mind is open and receptive to powerful, positive healing ideas and imagery. In this state, we can learn to manage chronic pain, reduce stress, and change unwanted behaviors. But how and why does our subconscious work? Why can’t we just use our…

Heber City Police Chief Dave Booth

For Heber City Police Chief, Dave Booth, life has always been fueled by an internal drive to serve. When it comes to serving his community, it’s always been about leading with heart. Heber City Police Chief, Dave Booth, has called Wasatch County his backyard since childhood. He spent many summers on a boat cruising Strawberry Lake. But one cruise in particular would change everything. A mentor of his, who worked for the Orem Police Department, invited Booth to go on a different type of ride — a ride along in a police car…

Meet The Wildflower Kristi Gelas

Local businesswoman Kristi Gelas had a toddler at home, was pregnant with her second child, and worked a busy corporate job in administration and business management when she recognized that her life needed an overhaul to balance it all. Like many new moms, the struggle of juggling family life and career was going to take some creativity. Kristi’s background was in the corporate world, most recently as a business manager for a multi-million dollar company, working on auditing, payroll, invoicing, and financial reporting.…

Meet Me At The Corner

Imagine yourself on a warm summer evening, dining al fresco under twinkly cafe lights with a light breeze blowing. A bearded man plays a recognizable tune on his guitar from the corner of the patio, softly serenading you as you dine on dish after dish of delectable cuisine. The sun is setting beyond the trees, a lush green lawn spreads out beneath you like a blanket, and the glow of chandeliers from inside is illuminating your table as the stars slowly start to appear. Now imagine that you don’t have to imagine it at all!…

Russ McDonald Field

Amelia Earhart once asked, “What do dreams know of boundaries?” As children, our dreams have no boundaries — we can become anyone — do anything — the possibilities are endless. When Russ McDonald was knee-high to a model airplane, he dreamed of flying. Towards the end of WWII Russ joined the Navy and served as an enlisted man in San Diego, working on aircraft, not flying them, but don’t worry — Russ was just warming up his engines. After WWII, Russ put the GI Bill to good use. He attended mechanic school, learned to fly,…

Preserving Our Land For Generations To Come

82 acres of open land in Midway will remain undeveloped thanks to generous hands. Utah Open Lands and Midway City were thrilled to work with Kem C. Gardner in placing 82 acres under conservation easement. Gardner, who has owned a home in Midway since the 70s, has been concerned as he’s watched Midway “slowly lose its rural flavor it gets more and more built out.” Gardner said, “I’ve worried that we need to protect our open lands as much as possible.” Gardner is a real estate mogul and has many impressive titles, but…

Afterword

Welcome Home. Acclaimed Chef Matthew Harris has been on a culinary journey working alongside some of the best chefs in the country — including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Kevin Rathbun, and Pano Karatassos. While influenced by his culinary adventures and global flavors, Chef Harris is most inspired by local growers and their techniques. Chef Harris and his wife and partner, Maggie Alvarez, have come home to the Heber Valley to launch their welcoming Main Street farm to table restaurant, Afterword, which offers locally sourced…

Timpanogos

What stands 11,749’ high, has a heart, a saddle, an emerald, a shack, and some goats? If you’ve been in Heber for even a short time, you’ll know the valley’s pride lies in the great mountain that sprawls to the west where the sun settles each night. Mount Timpanogos creates a portion of the eastern wall of the Wasatch Front. Often folks claim we, here in Heber, reside on the backside of the great Timpanogos. We’d like to beg their pardon. They happen to be discombobulated, not realizing that we have the front seat to…

With Liberty And Access For All

The Right To Roam Looking out across the beautiful, expansive Heber Valley, there is still a predominance of green fields and open space. Although housing growth is exploding in some areas of Wasatch County, the Wasatch Back, overall, still has much lower building density than the Wasatch Front. Open space is a widely discussed topic here. A majority of Heber Valley residents have indicated a strong desire to protect open space. It’s an important issue. However, public access to those spaces is a topic that is often…

The Western Uintas

A couple and their two kiddos stand on the summit of Bald Mountain — located in the Uinta Mountains, Northeast of Heber, just off of the Mirror Lake Highway. At ground level, the mountain appears to be just a pile of boulders, but from the family’s elevation of 11,947 feet, the magnificent peak offers incredible views. With big smiles, the children point at distant, abrupt mountains wrapped in cliff bands. Everything around them is visible. Looking past Mirror Lake far below, they spy the Duchesne River drainage filled with…

Leaning In

"Things are tough all over,” a phrase coined by a popular movie from the early 1980’s — but every bit as accurate today as it was then. Surrounded by a national economic crisis, social instability, and political unrest, I think it is crucial to acknowledge that this is not the first time that any of these things have happened in our great nation. If we look back at the pioneers that settled in the Heber Valley, we would recognize how difficult life was for them. An expression commonly used by these pioneers when…

Swiss Days 2020 Goes Online!

Labor Day Weekend 2020 will be unusual in the Heber Valley. Swiss Days, a statewide favorite, was cancelled back in May due to Covid concerns. The massive craft, food, and entertainment event usually brings thousands to the valley each year. It is one of Utah’s largest festivals. 2020 would have been its 73rd year. However, there is still an opportunity to purchase items online from Swiss Days’ vendors. According to www.midwayswissdays.org, there will be a “one-time only Midway Swiss Days 2020 online vendors' showcase.”…

Heber City Creates Main Street Banner Ordinance

The Heber City Council recently updated the city’s policy regarding banners posted on Main Street’s light posts. This was partially in response to an emotionally-charged, split opinion among local residents concerning Pride banners, which have been allowed on the City’s light posts for the past two years. Heber City Council Member Ryan Stack, an attorney who has worked as a public prosecutor since 2007 and has served on a Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee, explained why the change was necessary. “Last year’s…

Heber to Hold Public Open House

Heber City will be holding an open house on Wednesday for public review of recommendations from the Parks and Trails Committee. The public is invited to attend virtually over Zoom. The meeting will begin at 6pm and again at 7pm, August 26, 2020. The public open house sessions will be recorded and available for viewing afterwards on the Heber City website. The city has been working with an outside consulting organization, Landmark Design, to create a vision for the city’s future parks. They met in January 2020 to begin the…

Spin Cafe – HV Chamber Business Of The Month

This pandemic has caused many businesses to adapt, get creative, and re-think the way they conduct business. We would like to recognize our business owners, government officials, and our community members for their commitment to Heber Valley. Our small businesses have been able to stay afloat because of the unwavering support of our locals and government officials. The Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce recognizes Spin Cafe as our business of the month for their ongoing efforts to keep our community fed and nourished during…

Wasatch School District Opens its Doors

Wasatch School District welcomed students back to school on August 17, 2020. The district opened on its original start date, a feat which was unattainable for many other districts across the country. Even in Utah, only four districts plan to be open by the 17th. Several have planned openings later this week. And many others will begin even later. Some states are still keeping schools closed. In fact, 8 states, plus the District of Columbia, do not have in-person instruction at all right now. Some are planning for delayed…

The Show Must Go On!

The Timpanogos Valley Theater (TVT) is opening its 2020 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat today. It will run in the evenings on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from August 12-22. All evening performances will begin at 7:30 pm. Saturday’s shows will also include an 11:00am matinee. The show was originally scheduled to run in May, but it was postponed due to health concerns. TVT determined in early July that a modified, outdoor performance might be a possibility. Outdoor, socially-distanced…

Heber Valley Corridor One Step Closer

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is studying options to alleviate congestion on Main Street in Heber, and they are asking for public input. A public comment period will begin on August 27 and will close on September 26, 2020. There will also be a virtual meeting for the public on August 27, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Current information is availble on the website at https://hebervalleyeis.udot.utah.gov/. The Heber Valley Parkway Corridor Planning Study was completed in 2019. It was determined then that further data…

Art Murals coming to Heber City

CAMS’ Art in Public Places Initiative kicked off this week by launching the first of several huge murals in Heber City. The Community Alliance for Main Street (CAMS) partnered with Heber City and the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce to create the artwork. According to Mayor Kelleen Potter, the murals are “an investment in our downtown. Data shows investing in downtowns brings back great returns, often $3 for every dollar spent.” The inaugural mural will be on the north side of the Heber Valley Visitor’s Center at 475 N.…

Wasatch High to Allow Fall Sports

Sports fans will be pleased to know that Wasatch High School is planning to have cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and even football this Fall. Some accommodations will be made to allow the sports to go forward. Ryan Bishop, Assistant Principal, said that a baseball program was held this summer with 30-35 participants. Protocols included extra sanitizing and cleaning, among other things, and there were no issues with Covid. The football team has also been holding drills and practices with very limited…

Wasatch School District Approves Plan for Reopening

Wasatch School District approved their plan for reopening schools at a meeting on July 21, 2020. District plans have been evolving since last March, when kids were sent home unexpectedly due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We have worked very closely with to put things in place,” Garrick Peterson, Director of Academics, explained. “We’ve put measures in place that make it safe to come back to school for our teachers, our staff, and our students.” Parent survey results showed 50% of parents desire full-day, traditional…

UDOT to Build New Traffic Signal At 3000 South in Charleston/Daniel

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is building a new traffic signal at the intersection of 3000 South and U.S. 189. On July 23, construction crews will be widening the right turn lane and paving the east side of the intersection. This work will require restricting access to U.S. 189 from westbound 3000 South between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Access to the Wasatch County Waste Transfer Station will be allowed from 3000 South and from U.S. 189. Residents will need to use 3000 South to Daniel’s Road as an alternate…

UDOT to Reduce Westbound U.S. 40 to Place Bridge Beams

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will be setting the first bridge beams for the new bridges on U.S. 40 near the Mayflower exit. Crews are scheduled to set up to six beams at one of the north overpass bridge locations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.  Placing the beams will require closing one of the uphill lanes of U.S. 40 between the Mayflower interchange and the Summit County line. Drivers should expect moderate to heavy travel delays as a result. Crews are scheduled to place the remaining beams at the…

Big Hollow Fire at 22% Containment

The Big Hollow Fire continued to rage Friday, as firefighter crews worked tirelessly to protect the town of Daniel. Heber Valley residents watched as huge flames were clearly visible on the mountain Thursday night. Big Hollow Fire had consumed 418 acres and was 22% contained by Friday evening. It began at around 4:30 pm Thursday afternoon, just above the Big Hollow Shooting Range. The specific cause is still under investigation. It was determined to be a human-caused fire, based on lightning maps of the area. Those…

Wasatch County Fair (2020 version) is On!

The Wasatch County Fair will be held August 5-8, 2020. Although this year will be different from past events, the organizers have come up with some unique, safe ideas for family fun! “We have great events and activities planned for Fair Days this year,” says Amaria Scovil, Director of the Wasatch County Recreation Center. “There is a free drive-in movie night with popcorn to kick off the fair on August 5th, and to wrap it up on August 8th, we’re throwing a tailgate concert and BBQ, followed by fireworks.” In between,…

Local Resident to Complete 300-Mile Run

Heber City’s ultra-runner Ben Light will be running a 300-mile fundraiser beginning on Monday, July 20, 2020. Light, along with fellow ultra-runners Michael McKnight and Dax Hock, created the route after runs have been canceled or postponed due to COVID concerns. The new route connects the two Utah ultra-marathons through miles of Bear River and Wasatch mountain land. The trio has named the new route the “Utah BRAWL 300,” as an acronym for “Bear River and Wasatch Linkup.” The journey will begin near Bear Lake at Fish…

Heber Market 2020 Begins Thursday

Thanks to some very dedicated leaders of Heber City, the Heber Market on Main will be going forward this year! The kickoff event will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020, from 6-8:30 pm, at the Main Street Park. It will include food trucks, live music, contests, and prizes. And, exclusively for 2020, there will also be physical distancing, sanitizing, and a face mask contest thrown in. After the event came to a close last year, the city decided to recreate it into a world-class event, with a new website and a new brand.…

Midway to Host 4th of July Celebration

The Midway Boosters are holding an Independence Day celebration on July 4, 2020, and everyone is invited! Activities will include a drive-by parade, a radio broadcast, and fireworks originating from Memorial Hill. The City of Midway is encouraging people to watch the fireworks from their vehicles, if possible. Booster members Randy Bradley and his wife Annie are in charge of the event. They knew they couldn’t have the traditional Midway celebration because of the coronavirus. “We came up with a plan where we wouldn’t have…

“A Night of Thanks” for First Responders

The Karl Malone Team held a free dinner event on Friday night to show the community’s gratitude for Wasatch County’s First Responders. “A Night of Thanks” included dinner and prizes donated from multiple local businesses. The Fire Department, Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, Utah Highway Patrol, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Search and Rescue were invited, along with their families, to attend. The event was created by Amy Madsen, who is the wife of Karl Malone’s local partner, Andy Madsen. Amy’s son is a…

The Classics Come to Heber

Heber City hosted a popular Car Show on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The “Back to the 50’s” Car Show was held at Heber City Park and included music and awards. JC Hackett, radio personality for Oldies station KCPX, was the organizer, and this is his 27th year hosting the Heber City show. The proceeds from the show will go to charities, including The Alzheimer’s Foundation and the Utah 1033 Foundation for families of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers. Some accommodations were made due to the current COVID pandemic. For example,…

Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox Visits Wasatch County

The lieutenant governor and GOP gubernatorial candidate Spencer Cox, along with his running mate Utah Senator Deidre Henderson, stopped by the Spin Cafe in Heber City on Wednesday to meet with local residents. The event provided an opportunity for Cox and Henderson to discuss issues important to Wasatch County. Cox also visited the Kohler Dairy Farm earlier in the day. A native of rural Fairview, Utah, Cox has made it a goal to visit each of Utah’s 248 cities and towns during his campaign for governor. He currently…

Red Light, Green Light, GO!

One of the city’s busiest intersections is becoming much safer. A new traffic light is being added to 100 South and 300 West. This road is also State Highway 113 and is managed by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). The department has been doing a “warrant study” to determine if there was a need in that location, and their analysis showed that the stoplight was necessary to maintain the safety of the road. UDOT is also adding left-turn lanes on 100 South and crosswalks in all four directions. “These added safety…

A Colorful Display Of Heber City Unity

Heber City has officially put out its welcome mat for the summer! This past Saturday, the Community Alliance for Main Street (CAMS) organized its Heber City Annual Spring Planting. CAMS has made its mission to “restore and improve our beloved historic Main Street.” The non-profit is required to work with the significant limitations of being on a state highway, but Main Street is still the face of Heber City to visitors, and CAMS is working towards supporting local businesses and Heber’s economy by creating a unique and…

The Provo River

By Karyn Bates Anderson “A river is more than an amenity; it is a treasure. It offers a necessity of life that must be rationed among those who have power over it.” A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT This statement by Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr. (Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court) is as true today as it was in 1922. Of all the majestic landforms in the Heber Valley the Provo River, flowing silently along, yet changing everything in its path, is a significant game-changer. The river is a consistent and necessary…

Heber Market on Main

By Loralie Pearce When was the last time you invited your friends to meet you in aisle 10 of your neighborhood grocery store for a chat? Wait — don’t answer that. Instead, imagine yourself meandering through a beautiful open air space bursting with local art, crafts, agricultural goods, food, music, and if you’re lucky, a giant bounce house. Welcome to the all-new Heber Market on Main! In 1998 Heber City wanted to create a fun farmers market where the community could support each other through buying and selling locally…

Süss Cookies

By Rebecca Tibbits My dad always said he never met a cookie he didn’t like, and I’ve also inherited this gene. I’ve recently committed to the fact that cookies are my favorite food. I kid you not when I say I’m a bit of a cookie connoisseur, and I’ve been on the quest for the Most Delicious Cookie in the World. There are some definite runner-ups, but Süss Cookie Co. in Midway really takes the cake….er, the cookie. Jess Larson, owner of Süss Cookies, baked cookies out of her house with a cottage license and her mom’s…

Social Distancing, Stay at Home, Quarantine

By Cassidy Duhadway, LCSW One of the most important things for humans is connection. Belonging to a group and being connected to them helps us live longer, be healthier, and have more happiness. Being told to separate ourselves from others can cause harm to our physical and mental wellbeing, as individuals and as a society. It goes against our instincts and desires. It can breed loneliness and fear of other people. Some of the physical and psychological effects of social distancing may include: Feelings of loneliness,…

Reframing Negative Thoughts

By Lauren Hansen, LCMHC The last month has been hard. Really hard. My life, as I have known it, has been flipped upside down. My children no longer go to school, my husband no longer goes to work, I am trying to figure out online learning platforms, we are all inside of our home 24 hours a day; I feel like I’m in a pressure cooker. If I allowed my emotions to rule, I would be a complete wreck. When I step back and take a deep breath, I can recognize how grateful I am — even when the future seems uncertain. Not everything…

Turn the Page

By Stacey Burton In the last few months, life as we have known it has dramatically changed, but thankfully there are still great options for our kids when it comes to summer reading programs and incentives. It’s true that some restrictions remain in place, but we can rest assured that curling up with a good book will never be against the rules. We still have the power to travel to far-away lands, have great adventures, and expand our knowledge on various topics. Here are some resources to get kids excited about summer…

Power in Positivity

By Ryan Bunnell Publisher, Heber Valley Life Magazine “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.” - Marcus Aurelius - ANXIETY. It is safe to say that every single one of us has processed this feeling in the past several months. This edition of Heber Valley Life magazine has been written and assembled in the middle of the Wasatch County ‘Stay at Home’ order for the COVID-19 pandemic. The continued and now amplified disruption of ‘normal’ to the Heber Valley has…

Hometown Heroes

By Amanda Blazzard With the words, “Send the kids’ iPads and chargers home with them today. Just in case.” spoken calmly by my principle, I knew something was wrong — very wrong — we don’t just send iPads home with our Kindergarten students. Little did I know how current events were about to rock everyone’s world. A WORLD CHANGED FOREVER The week of March 9, 2020 was one for the records. We began with the time change messing with our sleep cycles, by mid-week the population was wolfishly hoarding toilet paper under a…

Casperville Road Museum

By Noni Henderson Driving along Casperville Road, you may notice the eye-catching memorabilia on display and wonder what exactly you are seeing. On this back road is a unique treasure trove of antiques, each with a story full of memories, history, and knowledge of our incredible valley, you likely won’t find anywhere else. It was a gusty, freezing spring morning when I stopped at John Besendorfer’s Casperville Road Museum, as he calls it. I had dressed warmly, knowing that once we started the tour, there would be so much…

Melvin’s Public House

wings $8.99 - 13.99 wings by the pound  our wings are deep-fried and crispy, tossed in your choice of sauce or dry rub seasonings and served with carrots, celery, bleu cheese or ranch teriyaki, BBQ, mild, medium, hot, hot BBQ, hiccup hot, sweet thai chili, garlic Parmesan, garlic or blackened wing meal deal 5 wings with fries substitute onion rings, pickle fries, cheese curds or side salad +$2 appetizers $4.99 - 8.99 cheese fries topped with cheese sauce $5.99 chili cheese fries topped with Melvin’s…

Goochy Goo BBQ

Entrees Brisket | Pulled Pork | Chicken | Andouille Sausage $8 - 16.50 Hot Mess baked potato, butter, choice of meat, cheese, bacon, green onion, southwestern ranch Goochy Sundae Goochy's homemade mac-n-cheese, bacon, cheese, green onions, BBQ ranch. Choice of meat: brisket, andouille sausage, pulled pork, or chicken. Rib Plate Four ribs with your choice of side. Signature Sandwich Toasted bun, raspberry pepper jelly, red onions, pickles. Choice of meat: brisket, andouille sausage, pulled pork, or chicken.…

OG Cafe

breakfast Available until 11:00 a.m. daily. $8-13 CHUPACABRA (BREAKFAST BURRITO) choice of smoked chuck roast, bacon or sausage, eggs, green chili, caramelized onions, shredded cheddar cheese, crispy potatoes, house salsa, garlic tortilla CHIVO (BREAKFAST SANDWICH) applewood bacon, sausage patty, eggs, lettuce, tomato, aged cheddar cheese, OG spicy mayo, croissant GOATWICH bacon or sausage, eggs, aged cheddar cheese, served on a croissant OG FRENCH TOAST syrup, powdered sugar WALTER SPECIAL Scrambled Eggs with…

Cucina Rustico

Appetizers $6.50 - 12 cheese bread Garlic Cheese Bread from our House-made Bread, our Signature Garlic Oil, and Mozzarella. Cheese. or Pesto Cheese Bread from our House made Bread with Garlic oil, Pesto, Mozzarella, and topped with Bacon. meatballs in marinara house-made meatballs with our marinara sauce served with bread (upgrade to garlic cheese bread for +$3) Fire Roasted Tomato Basil Soup made with fire-roasted tomatoes comes with a loaf of our house-made bread. Upgrade to garlic cheese bread for $3 Other…

Chick’s Cafe

Dinner Specialties $11.75 - 16.75 Deep-fried Jumbo Shrimp (4pcs) Fried Chicken Pork Chop (2pcs) Roast Beef USDA Choice Roast Pork Hamburger Steak Fresh Utah Rainbow Trout Grilled Breaded Halibut served with lemon wedges and tartar sauce Calf Liver Steaks Sausage patty, bacon or ham $4.25 one egg $2.00 two eggs $3.00 biscuit & gravy $3.00 hash browns $3.00 homemade scone $2.95 cinnamon toast $2.95 homemade cinnamon roll $4.00 cereals Cold Cereal $3.25 Old Fashioned…

Bagel Den

Bagels Made Fresh All Day, Every Day each $1.99 half dozen $9.49 half dozen with one tub of cream cheese $12.99 dozen $15.29 dozen with two tubs of cream cheese $22.99 Variety: asiago blueberry chocolate chip cheddar jalapeño cinnamon raisin cinnamon sugar egg everything French toast garlic multigrain onion plain poppy seed pretzel pumpernickel salt sesame seed whole wheat Bagel with: cream cheese $3.59 butter $2.99 peanut butter $3.59…

Wasatch County Fair

The arrival of hundreds of glimmering horse trailers and clanking trucks precariously carrying carnival rides, combined with the sweet-sticky-hot-oil smell of cotton candy and deep-fried food, and the cacophony of livestock being herded into pens at the fairgrounds can only signal one thing: the Wasatch County Fair. By Lindsay Clyde-Flanagan Heber Valley’s first fair-like event took place in July 1860 as a celebration held to honor the arrival of the early Mormon Pioneers in 1847 to the Salt Lake Valley. Festivals…

Heber City Council Completes Sorenson Annexation

Heber City Council approved the annexation of the Sorenson Property, meaning the incoming 5,700-unit development built over the course of 40 years will officially be a part of the city. The 5,700-unit development is located on 8,000 acres to the north of current Heber City development. The annexation agreement has placed the development on 3,000 acres of the land leaving the remaining 5,000 acres as natural open space. The property was originally granted entitlements to build by a previous Wasatch County Council, without…

Wasatch County Moves To Low Risk Yellow Phase

Wasatch County has been moved to the low risk, yellow phase effective immediately. Thursday evening Wasatch County Health Department announced the county has been moved from the orange moderate risk phase to the yellow low risk phase. Wasatch County stayed in the yellow phase six days longer than most of the state. Wasatch County Health Director Randall Probst explained Wednesday the decision was made by the governor’s office based on monitored data of the virus. At the Wednesday meeting Probst says most businesses will…

The Day the Earth Stood Still

On Thursday, March 12th, 2020, the sports teams stopped, and the universities closed. The theatres canceled performances, and the churches canceled services. On Friday the 13th, the schools were dismissed. On Saturday, the resorts shut down. On Monday, the restaurants were required to suspend all dine-in services. They told us not to go to the movies. Don't take your kids to the park. Gather in groups less than 100, less than 50, less than 10. One by one, businesses limited their hours, closed their doors, and we were all…

Breaking The Mold

I have heard it popularly stated that by small and simple things – great things could be accomplished. Spring is a season where I feel this principle is illustrated quite clearly in nature. Consider the example of a small and seemingly insignificant seed, perhaps even invisible to the eye, that has been lying dormant under a blanket of organic cover and snow since autumn. As the snow melts and the temperature increases, that seed begins to germinate and comes to life. Within a relatively short window, that seed grows into a…

Heber Valley Railroad

The giants of Heber Valley Railroad were sleeping the day I visited them. Standing in majesty, quietly waiting for another day when the crowds would throng to join them on the platform. Grand engines and breathtaking cars rested silently in the yard as soft snow settled around them. Mount Timpanogos stood like a sentinel on the west, smiling down gently on the railroad yard, a friend of many years. In the calm, I imagine the distant echoing of times past and future; excited crowds awaiting their turn to present their ticket…

Dark Skies

Heber Valley – it’s not only a breath of fresh air but also a growing city where one can still see trillions of stars. In our heavenly mountains, views are priceless. Most of them require the sunlight to see: the Wasatch Mountains, Deer Creek, and acre after acre of open pastures. What happens when the sun sets? Then what view draws our gaze? When were the Big Dipper and the Milky Way discussed as treasured views from the valley floor? I can step out onto my lawn in central Heber and look up to see both of these on cold,…

Bringing Home Gold

What do Olympic ski jumping and craft beer have in common? The answer sits behind an inspired menu, wood grain bar, and shiny taproom at the new Heber Valley Brewing Company. Ski Jumping, Coaching, And Big Ideas Owners Greg Poirier and Clint Jones enjoyed a speedy, high-flying life before making beer their primary focus. Poirier moved out west in the 1980s to start coaching ski jumping and cross country skiing. 2002 found Poirier living in Utah while he coached athletes for the Salt Lake Winter Olympics. His coaching…

The Social Experiment

Most local foodies are already familiar with Main Street Social’s beautiful patio — a charming, shady oasis to enjoy in summer for fantastic food, crafty libations, and live music. Talented restaurant team: Ashley and Vanessa Chapman, and Erik Zabriskie have been innovative and conscientious in running a quality dining experience in the historic brick building in the heart of Heber. With the restaurant’s success quickly snowballing past the original vision, Main Street Social recently decided to rethink the dining experience…

Creative Cuisine

Heber Valley’s dining scene has evolved over the years from fast-food chains dominating the market to becoming a culinary destination with over 30 unique restaurants found only here. To become a food destination in the restaurant industry, chefs and owners know they have to stand out. Being creative, preparing quality food, offering a consistent experience, and creating an atmosphere where people want to be is more important than ever in this competitive field. There are many ways to be creative in the restaurant world.…

Self Care Is Not Selfish

As a mental health therapist, it has been part of my education, training, and work, to encourage self-care. Taking care of oneself can be such an abstract idea and isn’t as black and white as other things. What defines self-care? I believe that varies individual to individual. If I could define self-care, it would be anything that fills you, gives you perspective to see things more clearly, and gives you the space to re-engage in your every-day responsibilities. When I meet with clients, by in large, the most important…

Fyzical Therapy And Balance Center At The Fit Stop

Mixing business and family can be a delicate balance. For physical therapists, Alan, Tyler, and Tobin Bluth, balance is their business. The father and two sons own The Fit Stop together: a unique physical therapy clinic and gym combination focused on the wellness of the whole individual, no matter their stage of life. “We’ve seen babies with torticollis, kids with broken arms, sports injuries, and hip replacements — the whole spectrum of ages. The Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center (spelled different because we are…

The Homestead

In a small little area of the world, over 10,000 years ago, snow melted in the Wasatch Mountains running through cracks and fissures in the ground until it reached 2 miles under the surface. It then began to heat and rise back up, bringing minerals with it. Eventually, that process created what is now known as the Homestead Crater. Midways Natural Wonder The Homestead is one of the most unique properties in Utah and has received well-deserved attention for over 125 years. Maria and Simon Schneitter originally built…

SPACEDØUT

A little over one year ago, three students from Wasatch high school assembled after a local talent show to play music together, and instant chemistry was born. Not just musically, but personally, as the boys immediately became great friends. Hien Maeda (vocals and guitar) 18, Joseph Nielson (bass) 18, and Coleman Atkinson (drums) 18, make up the three-member band called SPACEDØUT. They are passionate about what they do and have been honored to be able to show Heber Valley what they have to offer the music community. Their…

Wasatch High US Air Force JROTC

The familiar words “Off we go into the wild blue yonder...” from the United States Air Force Song inspires commitment, courage, and confidence. The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) at Wasatch High School is just as exciting. With no obligation for military service, this unique academic program prepares students for college, careers, and any future endeavors. Its focus is specialized and comprehensive-unlike any other elective. The AFJROTC program encompasses academics, leadership, physical…

Ventum Racing

What is it about Wasatch County that is so attractive to residents and visitors from around the world? Perhaps the 2002 Winter Olympic Games played a role in introducing the Heber Valley to the world, or maybe three beautiful state parks have helped brand the area. Nobody could blame a person for wanting to visit here, and if the past dozen years have proved anything, people clearly want to live here. After all, the Heber Valley is located less than an hour from the Salt Lake City International Airport, and just a quick,…

Life is Good 5K

Turning a loss into a win is no easy task. Lindsay and Travis Jepperson understand the frustration and struggle of overcoming impossible odds. It’s been over a decade since Travis was thrown from his four-wheeler after hitting a car. Doctors said he wouldn’t be able to walk again. Today he has three beautiful children: Haigen, Tate and Charlie and walks assisted by a brace. A brace deemed unnecessary by insurance. “We fought insurance for three years. We were told the braces were not medically necessary and just a…

Valoy Eaton

Sunlight softly filters through the branches of a mulberry tree, creating mesmerizing shapes of light and shadow. A young Valoy Eaton stands below the tree captivated by all he sees. Now, at age 82, that fascination with light, shapes, and shadows continues to be an integral part of him. He says that when it comes to being an artist, “The seeing is really important.” His ability to see and appreciate his surroundings, along with good old-fashioned hard work, has earned him his livelihood and a 50-year career as an artist.…

Fort Heber

If you’ve ever driven around the northwestern end of Heber, you may have noticed several sandstone markers displayed at the corners of 100 West 500 North, 100 West 100 North, 300 West 500 North, and 300 West 100 North, that mark the location of Fort Heber. Perhaps in your hustle to Smith’s Marketplace, you’ve wondered at the monument in front of the store. Whether you’re a long time resident or a newcomer, you’ve probably read the brief summaries of Heber’s history. As usual, there is always more to the story once you look…

Heber Half

The Heber Half Run for Autism is an event that brings the community together in love and support toward those who have autism or know someone with autism. Imagine Never Hearing Your Child Say, ‘I Love You.’ For Bryan’s mom, that was a real concern. Bryan wasn’t speaking and couldn’t maintain eye contact with others. After being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bryan began treatments with Kids On The Move’s Autism Center. Now, Bryan can point, use simple sign language, and even say a few words. Bryan’s first full…

Jared Rigby

What does “Toy Story,” “Robin Hood,” and “The Andy Griffith Show” have in common? Sheriffs. Wasatch County Sheriff Jared Rigby is much better than a fictional character from a movie or old TV show. Guilty of incredible credentials, impeccable character, and indisputable concern and innovation, Jared just finished his first year as sheriff. An Open Case The sheriff’s rigorous responsibilities include; Correction and Court Security, including the jail, civil papers, the 911 Center, Search and Rescue, Emergency Management,…

Grandma’s Traditions

When you think of the holidays, what makes them the most special to you? Is it family? Friends? Good food? For the Cocoa Bird, it is all three. For Coni Gleason — aka the Cocoa Bird — it’s grandma’s caramels, handmade chocolates and marshmallows that really make the holidays special. “Food is powerful,” she says. “It’s safe and warm.” “I remember as a child how special grandma would make the holidays,” Coni says with a twinkle in her eyes. She grew up in the kitchen, watching her grandmother make her famous candies and…

Melvin’s Public House

So, a female Cleveland Browns and Ohio State fan from Canton, Ohio, and a male Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State fan from Poughkeepsie, New York, meet in a Park City bar. What could go wrong? Well, as it turned out, not much. Melissa (a.k.a. Mel or Melvin) and Mike went on to tie the knot and — after a long spell of gathering bona fides in the local food and beverage trade — opened a sports bar in Heber. When I first entered Melvin’s Public House in the sacred space at 139 N. Main Street that once housed Clyde’s…

Representing In A Big Way

There is no question that the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games has had a lasting impact on Utah residents. Was it the sense of pride in welcoming the world with open arms? Perhaps it was the unprecedented positive economic impact? Maybe it was the tears of joy and excitement we shared as our athletes won medal after medal. Or, maybe it was the little tug we felt in our hearts each time the national anthem played as our athletes stood in honor on the podium. In a recent conversation with Courtland Nelson,…

Redmond Life

By Andrew Berthrong Forget what you think you know about mining — of hunched figures hammering away in the dark danger of a narrow shaft, of the constant risk of cave-ins or the precious vein petering out, of the miners’ strong-set faces streaked with black dust, their tired eyes, of canaries in cages. Salt Mining, particularly at Redmond Life, is different in almost every way. This trend-bucking is something of a habit at Redmond Life. Its salt mine in Redmond, Utah, is not only a picture of cleanliness and safety…

Rocky Mountain Therapy Dogs

A brand new therapy dog organization is focusing on helping Wasatch County residents… one paw at a time. It should come as no surprise that your dog provides incredible benefits to your emotional and physical well-being. Did you know that dogs could impact your community in the exact same way? Rocky Mountain Therapy Dogs (RMTD) is embarking on its first year with certified teams volunteering their time to provide therapeutic and educational services to the Heber Valley. Through the power of tail wags and wet kisses,…