Representative John Curtis Speaks About Unity, Utah Values At Wasatch GOP Breakfast

3rd District Representative John Curtis spoke to members of the Wasatch County Republican Party at their annual Lincoln day breakfast on Saturday.

“It’s an honor to serve you in Washington DC,” Curtis said. “I find myself sometimes walking around the streets of Washington DC and I’ll look up at the capital and I say to myself, ‘holy cow I get to work there. How cool is that?’ It’s just an amazing honor. With my staff we’ve passed six bills into law in our 26 months. My job is to represent Utah values back in Washington DC. I’m so pleased the theme today has been one of unity.”

Curtis then contrasted Salt Lake City and Washington D.C. He spoke about the polar reactions by political parties to President Trump’s state of the union.

“We were celebrating the lowest unemployment in our country’s history,” Curtis continued. “The lowest black, the lowest Hispanic unemployment in our country’s history. We were celebrating many many great things and those of the opposing party refused to applaud or acknowledge the greatness of those accomplishments.”

Curtis then spoke about a recent presentation by Democratic Representative Ben McAdams to the Utah House.

“When he was done, the speaker jokingly grabbed his remarks and tore them in half,” Curtis explained. “Then he put his arm around Ben and they expressed affection. Then the entire house of representatives, the Republicans, stood and applauded Ben McAdams. That is Utah value.”

Curtis then acknowledge the presence of Wasatch County Democratic Party Chair Terri Goodall.

“Despite differences in policy, despite differences in votes, there’s respect,” Curtis said. “Terri I’m so glad that you’re here and that you were invited here and that you came this morning. That says a lot about Wasatch County and about the state of Utah.”

Representative Rob Bishop was also in attendance although he did not speak, Bishop is running as Lt. Governor on Thomas Wright’s campaign for governor.

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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/.