Heber City Promotes Travis Biggs to Heber Valley Airport Manager

Heber City Mayor and City Council Agree to Hire from Within

Heber City, Utah – Heber City is excited to announce the hiring of Travis Biggs as the new Heber Valley Airport (HCR) manager. Mayor Kelleen Potter and the Heber City Council sought out the best person to move the airport forward during this period of growth and change. After careful consideration, Mayor Potter – with the advice and consent of City Council – determined that Assistant Airport Manager Biggs was the top candidate for the position.

With the process of updating the Airport Master Plan starting soon, it is imperative for the next airport manager to have the necessary experience, credentials and qualifications to guide the Heber Valley Airport into the future.. Biggs, the assistant airport manager for the past four years, brings an impressive background in aviation to the airport manager position. In addition to being a business owner for five years, Biggs has his private pilot’s license, teaches aviation at Utah Valley University (UVU) and is a member of the UVU aviation board of directors.

Biggs received a bachelor’s in airport management from UVU, a master’s in public administration from Brigham Young University (BYU) and is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives.
During the hiring process, Biggs received endorsements from not only Denis Godfrey, the outgoing airport manager, but also from Heber Valley Airport Advisory Board Chairman Mike Duggins and Heber City Manager Matthew Brower. In his time as the assistant airport manager, Biggs gained the experience and knowledge necessary to serve as the Heber Valley Airport manager. His extensive aviation experience, demonstrated competence and familiarity with the Heber Valley Airport all indicate that Biggs will be a successful manager for years to come.

As airport manager, Biggs will oversee the operation of the airport to ensure compliance with FAA and other federal regulations, as well as Utah Department of Transportation (Division of Aeronautics) regulations and Heber City ordinances. He also will be responsible for administering the updated Airport Master Plan, managing the airport’s budget and overseeing everyday airport operations.

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/.