Wasatch County Sheriff Weighs In On Stay At Home Directive

At the Monday special meeting of the Wasatch County Council, the council heard from the sheriff.

Wasatch County Sheriff Jared Rigby spoke to the council about a portion of the Stay at Home order as it relates to outdoor recreation.

“Individuals that live here are welcome to go outside their home and as it says in other places, for leisurely drives, and that kind of thing,” Rigby explained. “Still play close attention to the personal distancing. But we need to be careful when it comes to those that are visitors, and coming from outside the County to come here. Really the rule that needs to be followed is that those visitors may not come and recreate in Wasatch County.”

Rigby also says the sheriff’s department will be making some changes at the Wasatch County Jail. Rigby says ordinarily they have around 100 incarcerated individuals in the jail.

“The command staff that we have is working on that,” Rigby continued “We’ll probably have some statements and updates that we can probably give tomorrow, but there are a number of things that we’re doing at that level. Because those that are incarcerated can really be in a similar situation as those that are in assisted living centers and other kind of vulnerable populations.”

Finally, Rigby asked that people be specific in their language when describing the Stay at Home order. He says he’s heard people use shelter in place to define the situation that is not correct usage as shelter in place is usually related to remaining in place during natural disasters such as earthquakes or fires. Lockdowns are often related to specific threats directed at a building such as a school, finally Martial Law relates to military involvement of enforcing orders, such as a curfew which is not in place in Wasatch County.

“I really do feel like ‘Stay at Home’ is the best message that all the different agencies could focus on, and as far as elected officials, that we could also help in supporting the Health Department if we use all those terms and language,” Rigby said.

The entire Wasatch County Stay at Home order can be viewed here.

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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/.