Heber Announces Filing Dates To Run For City Council

With three council spots up for election this November, the majority of Heber City’s council is up for grabs.

In a public notice issued last week, Heber City announced that the one-week candidate filing period will be Monday June 3 through Friday June 7.

The council spots currently held by Jeff Bradshaw, Ron Crittenden, and Jeff Smith will all be up for election.

Councilman Bradshaw said he was unsure if he’d run again but was leaning towards seeking re-election. Councilman Crittenden did not say either way if he would file for re-election but did say he would support responsible candidates who shared his values of fiscal conservatism and limited government. Councilman Smith has yet to respond to an email asking if he will seek re-election.

According to City Recorder Trina Cooke candidates can choose to file for election themselves and there’s no limitation to the number of people that can file for city council. An alternative route allows residents to nominate someone else if they collect signatures of 20% of the cities registered voters. Declaration of Candidacy forms must be filed in person with the City Recorder during regular business hours 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on the dates in June.

All candidates who file will be placed on the November ballot, residents will be given three votes to cast. The top three vote winners will be elected to a four-year term on the council.

A $50 filing fee is required to run for council. Other requirements include being at least 18 years old and a US Citizen. Interested candidates must also have no felony convictions, be a registered voter of Heber and a resident of the city for at least 12 months from the November election day in 2019.

If you have questions you can contact the City Recorder Trina Cooke.

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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/.