Filings Period Begins For Municipal Elections

The filing period for municipal elections across Utah starts today and runs through this Friday, June 7. A number of city council seats in Summit and Wasatch Counties are open for election.

In Summit County, Park City, Kamas, Coalville and Oakley have three council seats open for four-year terms. Additionally, Oakley has one two-year seat up for election. Francis has two council seats available for four-year terms.

On Monday, Park City Councilmembers Becca Gerber and Nann Worel filed for re-election; Max Doilney, Daniel Lewis and Chadwick Fairbanks also made declarations of candidacy for Park City Council.

Monica Blazzard also filed for Kamas City Council.

In Wasatch County, Heber and Midway both have three council seats open for four-year terms. Charleston has two council seats open.

On Monday, Midway Councilmember Bob Probst filed for re-election.

Heber City Councilmember Jeff Bradshaw also filed for re-election on Monday. Rachel Kahler, Ryan Stack, and Mike Johnston also made declarations of candidacy for Heber City Council.

Brent Broadhead also declared his candidacy for Charleston Town Council.

The filing deadline for Park City, Heber and Midway Councils is 5 p.m. Friday. Others vary in accordance with each city office’s normal business hours. Those interested in running can find information about eligibility requirements at each municipality’s website.

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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: https://hebervalleyartisancheese.com/.