Heber Valley Airport Manager Accepts New Position

Denis Godfrey To Be the New Airport Manager in Boulder, CO

Heber City, Utah – After a productive 24 months as the Heber Valley Airport’s airport manager, Denis Godfrey will be moving on to run the Boulder Municipal Airport in Boulder, CO. In his short time as airport manager, Godfrey not only improved the Heber Valley Airport and its operations, he fostered a better relationship with the surrounding community.

While Heber City is disappointed to see Godfrey go, we are grateful for the positive contributions he has made over the past two years. In addition to rebranding the Heber City Municipal Airport to the Heber Valley Airport to reflect the inclusiveness of our valley, he also facilitated the first Boy Scouts Aviation Encampment at the airport. Godfrey oversaw the first sustainable airport operating budget and spearheaded the construction of nine new aircraft hangers – the first new hangers since 2009.

The biggest strides under Godfrey’s tenure, however, involved addressing strained relationships. In a much-needed move, he improved the Heber Valley Airport’s relationship with the FAA and opened the door to improved communication and future cooperation to meet federal regulations.

As a community-minded airport manager, Godfrey reorganized the Airport Advisory Board for greater community input and began laying the groundwork for the community-focused Airport Master Plan update, which is to get under way early this summer.

In looking to the future of the Heber Valley Airport and the community at large, Mayor Kelleen Potter and the Heber City Council are expected to name a new airport manager at their April 16, 2019 City Council meeting. Tasked to align the Heber Valley Airport and the updated Airport Master Plan with both federal and community standards, the new airport manager will enter the position at a vital time in our community development.

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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/.