Special Swearing In Ceremony Planned For Wasatch County Sheriff and Deputies

Chief Deputy Jared Rigby will be sworn in as the new Wasatch County Sheriff on Monday. The swearing in ceremony is unique to this sheriff’s department. All the community is invited.

“So, I’m being sworn in at noon on Monday and all of the deputies, we have about 70 of them, They’re all being sworn in or re-sworn in at the same time. Most places don’t do that. It’s the first time we’ve done it. So we’re trying to get the word out there about our food pantry. A lot of people don’t know where it is and also what our law enforcement does.  You don’t just arrest people and take them to jail. We come across a lot of difficult and dire situations in people’s homes with children or people who are on the street or in other places. We’re placing a lot of emphasis on helping in the community in every way we can.”

Sheriff Elect Jared Rigby will be sworn in by a judge. The rest of the department will be sworn in right after. The ceremony begins at noon, but he wants people to get there early to accompany the deputies who will gather at the food pantry located on 34 West, 200 South in Heber.  They’ll be accompanied by the Fire Departments ladder truck flying the flag, a air med helicopter fly over and an honor guard. Rigby asks everyone to bring a donation to the food bank on Monday.

KPCW’s Facebook page will broadcast the event live on Monday.

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/.