Heber City Police Department Swears In New Officer

Heber City Police Department swore in a new officer at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Heber City Chief of Police Dave Booth said he had heard about Officer Anel Maldonado before he met her.

“A few months ago, I started hearing that we had a cadet in one of our local academies down in Utah County that was making some very bold statements. That she wanted to work for Heber City and nowhere else.”

Chief Booth heard good things about Officer Maldonado from officers in the academy and from fellow chiefs in neighboring counties. He said they’re hiring her as a reserve officer.

“Right now, she’s in her field training process. It’s anticipated that when the budget is approved, she will fill that full-time position that we are hiring for in July.”

Officer Maldonado is from California although her family is originally from Mexico. Chief Booth says she is fluent in Spanish and graduated top of her class from the academy.

“We are very proud to have her here. It’s my goal as the Chief of Police to have a department that’s representative of our community. Our community is changing, the culture is changing, the diversity is changing. With Rogelio and with Anel being hired on you are definitely seeing the look of our department changing. That is something that is on my list and priorities and goals to do; to make sure that our Police Department reflects what our community is as well.”

Additionally, the Heber City Police Kids Academy is coming up on Wednesday June 12th.

The academy runs from 9:00 am to Noon and is open to children ages 10 to 14 years old.

Officers will guide the kids through gun safety, animal safety, physical fitness, evidence collection and a tour of a police vehicle.

Those interested in participating in the academy can visit Heber City’s website or call the police department 435-657-7910.

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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/.