Airplane Slides Off Heber Runway

A plane slid off the runway at the Heber City airport Thursday morning.

Public Information Officer Janet Carson says the Wasatch County Fire and EMS were paged to the Heber City airport in response to an airplane that had slid off the runway.

“The pilot had made the landing and hit some ice on the runway and went off the runway. When we arrived, everybody was out of the airplane there were no injuries. The only damage they found to the plane is a little bit of damage to the landing gear. They had a crane coming that was going to lift the plane back on the runway and then they were going to check it out for further damage and then decide what to do from there, but there was no fuel leak. There wasn’t anything that was hazardous or dangerous.”

Carson said the incident occurred around 10:00 am on Thursday morning and was due to weather conditions, the area had seen consistent snowfall over the previous 24 hours. She adds the Wasatch County Fire Department hopes to add new equipment to be able to more quickly respond to incidents at the airport.

“Something we are working on is for an airport apparatus that we can use to respond with, in case of an incident at the airport. We do not have an apparatus at the airport right now and that’s something in one of our future goals is to have that. In case there is a spill, or something of a larger nature with more injuries.”

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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 takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: