Chair Danny Goode Resigns From Wasatch County Council

Wasatch County Council’s Chair announced his resignation from the council yesterday.

Wasatch County Chair Danny Goode announced his resignation from the Wasatch County Council on Wednesday near the start of the council meeting.

“This community has welcomed us politically and professionally,” Danny Goode said. “I did not intend to run for the County Council again last year and I shouldn’t have. I certainly shouldn’t have run as a Republican. For those of you who have liked the job that I’ve done, you got one extra year out of me. For those of you who have not liked the job that I’ve done, you don’t have three more years of me. So, thank you and you’re welcome. I think I’ve done all I can for Wasatch County as a council member for now and I need to find another means to be a force for good in our community. I don’t yet know what that is.”

As part of his resignation the county needed to name a replacement for their Governor appointed seat on the Military Instillation Development Authority board or MIDA. MIDA is the development authority overseeing the Extell Development and other development in they Mayflower area. Goode nominated fellow council member Steve Farrell to the board.

“Steve Farrell was on the council at nearly the very beginning of MIDA,” Goode continued. “In my opinion Steve knows the most about water which is going to be very important in MIDA. He knows the most about property valuations and taxations in my opinion. Steve made the motion that we passed last year for the new resolution and the agreement. I think Steve is the least likely of any of us to be misinformed and manipulated or sabotaged. So, my motion is that we recommend Steve Farrell to the governor for the MIDA board.”

The council voted 6-1 to confirm Farrell’s appointment to the board with Council Member Mark Nelson voting no. He explained his vote later in the meeting.

“I share completely Danny’s opinion as to councilmember Farrell’s qualifications,” Nelson explained. “I absolutely 2nd that. What I don’t share with councilmember Goode is his concerns and perhaps even pessimism about the danger of being on the MIDA board. I may be overly optimistic, but I think that pessimism is misguided and that’s why I voted no.”

Nelson will take over as interim council chair until a council election to appoint a new chair. Nelson also made it clear that he was sad and disappointed that Goode was resigning from the council.

“I think that you’ve been a great benefit and that the council will be weaker without you here,” Nelson said. “I’m saddened for that and I wish you were staying, and I just wanted that to go on the public record.”

Danny Goode added his own respect for his fellow council members.

“This is a good council,” Goode continued. “I respect and admire each and every one of you. Even when I think you’re wrong on an issue, I’ve respected that you think you’re doing what’s right. It has been a great honor to serve as an elected member of the Wasatch County Council, thank you.”

Once Goode officially submits a resignation letter an interim council member will be appointed afterwards an election will be held for the seat, likely to occur in 2020.

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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: