Wasatch Open Lands Host Meeting This Wednesday

Wasatch County Landowners interested in preserving their land are invited to a meeting Wednesday evening to learn more about their options.

After passing a $10 million open space bond last November Wasatch County landowners finally have the opportunity to apply for those monies to place conservation easements on their land.

The informational meeting is hosted by the Wasatch Open Lands Board. The board was created to preserve agricultural and open lands in the county and will help distribute the money from the bond. The board is hoping to leverage the money along with other funding sources including state and federal funds to conserve land in Wasatch County.

Heber City Council Member Heidi Franco is the board president she says all landowners in the county are invited to the meeting.

“If you’re interested in open space options in your land, how to get a conservation easement, or other options to preserve your land and receive monetary compensation potentially from the open space bond that was passed last year,” Franco said. “This is the meeting you want to come to.”

Those who attended will hear from certified land trust representatives and learn more about the application process for accessing the bond.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Wasatch County Senior Citizens Center/Library. That building is located at 465 East 1200 South near Wasatch High School. You can find more information online at Wasatch.Utah.Gov

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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/.