Heber City Council Candidate Profile: Ron Crittenden

Eight Heber residents are running for three city council seats opening up in 2020. A Primary on August 13th will narrow the eight candidates down to six before the municipal general election

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Heber City Council member Ron Crittenden has lived in Heber since the mid 70’s. Crittenden has worked as the Instate Director for Republican Congressman Howard Neilson for nine years and a year for Democratic Congressman Bill Orton.

Crittenden says that in the four years he’s been on the city council he’s kept his campaign promises to stop airport expansion, slow growth and work on the problems on Main Street. He feels that along with his experience help qualify him to be on the council.

“I was instrumental in stopping the form-based code from coming,” Crittenden said. “That was mostly my efforts to stop that. I was on the airport board for two years and did my best, but we have a tough situation at the airport. Where a lot of promises were made and have to be kept from past years. That’s making our airport hard slow down. The bypass is progressing slowly, but I think it’s progressing. Our local traffic can use other streets. Probably a lot easier to go up and down than Main Street.”

Crittenden says he plans to continue on those previously mentioned issues and take on other issues especially protecting property rights.

“We have very complicated zoning, a lot of regulation,” Crittenden explained. “I ask that we modify ours to a very simple zoning pattern so that a citizen can develop their own property if they want. Rather than having to turn over to some developer to make all the profit. Another frustration I’ve had with the city is they have a lot of rules and regulations and code but pretty much people do what they want unless a neighbor complains, then we enforce it. Whatever we do in the city would need to treat everyone the same. If it’s important enough to make it law, we need to enforce it. If it isn’t important enough to enforce, we need to get it off the books.”

Hesays that if re-elected he will continue to represent his constituents in a consistent manner guided by his principles.

“We ought to be able to trust that the people that get elected will follow their pledges,” Crittenden continued. “Do the things they said. If you’ll ask all the candidates on the issues you care about how they would vote—on this, that, or the other, and what their philosophy is—then you can select three people that will go in there and do what you want. They can trust that I will do what I say I’ll do.”

KPCW has reached out to the eight Heber residents running for City Council. You can find previous and future profiles of candidates on this website.

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/.