Heber Main Street Closed For Three Hours While Bomb Squad Investigates Suspicious Package

Heber City’s Main Street was closed for much of Monday morning as the Utah County bomb squad investigated a suspicious package.

At about 9:50 AM local law enforcement received a 911 call reporting a suspicious package in front of the Zions Bank on Heber’s Main Street. Shortly after the call traffic was closed on Heber’s Main Street between Center Street and 100 North.

KayCe Goodrich works for American Family Insurance located on the upper level of the Bank Block building across the street from Zions Bank. She says the day started out normal but changed by mid-morning.  

“People started calling and asking if we were OK, and what we were seeing,” Goodrich explained. “We were just completely unaware and so we looked outside and sure enough there’s this little package out there. Cops had stopped traffic in all directions and had cleared out Zion’s bank and gave optional evacuation notices for everybody else.”

Businesses in the area were closed while officials waited for Utah County bomb squad to arrive. When they did arrive, the bomb squad deployed a robot to look at the bag.

“They kept us all informed of what was happening, what we were going to see maybe in the next few minutes,” Goodrich continued. “Kept us posted an evacuation status if it was optional still, or mandatory. At a certain point in time it did become mandatory once they brought in the robotic bomb thing that they test it with and open packages with. Once they brought that in and started actually messing with the bag, they made sure to come back all the way upstairs and talk to us and let us know that we were now under a mandatory evacuation.”

The bomb squad found that the bag contained personal items, and there was no danger. At which point they reopened Main Street.

Traffic was rerouted during the incident for about three and a half hours. Main Street was opened at about 1:30 in the afternoon. Goodrich says she’s thankful for law enforcements work.

“Stay alert and just keep your eyes out for different things,” Goodrich said. “It takes a community to prevent loss and that’s something that we can all just keep our eyes out for.”

The Heber City Police Department also thanked the community for their patience as they handled the situation.

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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/.