Wasatch County Community Members Invited To Issues 2019 Conference

Residents of Wasatch County are invited to an event Wednesday evening to discuss a variety of issues including teenage suicide, bullying prevention, and civility in communication.

The 30th annual Issues Community Conference takes place this Wednesday at Wasatch High School from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.

Amaria Scovil director of the Burns Recreation Center explains the purpose of the conference is to address issues within the community.

“We do tend to address issues that the high school and the middle school have concerns about.” Scovil explained. “We’ll address suicide prevention and bullying those are two big ones recently that in the past few years we’ve tried to focus on. We also do positive mindfulness and happiness so that we’re not just focusing on negative issues.”

The event begins at 6:00 with a keynote address from Olympic silver medalist in the skeleton Noelle Pikus Pace followed by breakout sessions.

Wasatch High School students can receive three hours of attendance credit if they attend plus an additional three hours if they bring a parent with them. Scovil says that everyone in the community is invited ages 5 years and up.

“We have youth activities for kids from 5-11 years old,” Scovil continued. “12-year-olds through adults can attend the keynote and then we have 10 breakout workshops that are offered twice.”

Breakout topics will include discussions about resilience, vaping, electronics connection to suicide, the importance of civility and a presentation from a group called Rebels for Change.

“They are a group of people who survived the attack on Columbine high school,” Scovil said. “They have traveled the country addressing audiences, so I’m particularly interested in hearing that. Their focus isn’t on gun control but its about lessons they learned that day. They talk about healing and surviving and thriving.”

The night is a collaboration between Wasatch County Parks and Rec and the Health Department as well as the USU Extension and Wasatch School District. See the original story at kpcw.org.

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/.