**The two presentations may cover slightly different areas of information**
Building a Balanced Community (90 minutes)
Presentation and discussion will include the history of building our community starting with an initial land purchase in 1976. We will touch on milestones in growth then looking forward to the next chapter in the planning and development of Kayenta.
The complete and balanced vision for Kayenta includes residential neighborhoods with a mix of high, medium, and low densities as well as open space, recreational space, and resort/ commercial properties. Land use, planning, zoning, conditional use, etc. will be discussed and explored.
Learn how to get involved in supporting the Kayenta Concept and vision by offering creative ideas and viable solutions.
This election is so important because the city council members who are elected will be updating the Ivins General Plan which will direct the city’s future.
If candidates have a website, that and their contact information is identified on their Declaration of Candidacy forms that are currently listed on Ivins website under the Election Information tab under “Current Candidate Submissions”. That information is also listed here:
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Ivins City Heritage Park, 20N 50W Ivins UT
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Step back in time and experience the enchanting music of the legendary band “The Carpenters” with Carpenters Platinum – A Tribute. Led by the exceptionally talented Lynndee Mueller on lead vocals, this extraordinary band takes you on a magical journey to a happy and innocent time. With their precision and infectious energy, they recreate the timeless songs of The Carpenters, transporting you to an era filled with heartwarming nostalgia and musical brilliance. Don’t miss this extraordinary outdoor concert experience that celebrates the remarkable legacy of The Carpenters and their iconic sound.
Guest choreographer Stephanie Zaletel (Los Angeles) will create a thrilling program of contemporary dance with St. George Dance Company. Stephanie Zaletel is a choreographer, dance artist, movement facilitator, dream-tender, environmentalist, and mental health advocate who has been persistent and prolific in creating dance works that are inspired by trauma-aware and consciously-feminist led spaces. Stephanie has created works for musical artists, films, dance, opera, and theater companies nationally and internationally. St. George Dance Company is a growing collective of professional dance artists and community members committed to actualizing the art of dance!
Obie Award-winning actor Roger Guenveur Smith makes his Kayenta debut with a new solo performance inspired by the father of diarist Anne Frank, scored live by Marc Anthony Thompson. Smith’s Otto Frank is an intimate meditation on our current moment which interrogates our not-so-distant past. His Otto, the only member of his immediate family to survive the Nazi death camps, addresses his daughter beyond her time and his own, navigating loss, adolescent ambition, the denial of the diary’s authenticity, and of the Holocaust itself.
Theater, History, and Storytelling: Chautauqua is an oral storytelling tradition that brings history to life through interactive theater and compelling discussion aimed at stimulating critical thinking and increasing appreciation for complex histories. This year, we present Voices from World War II, starring General George Patton, favorite leader of the European troops (but often not politically correct), and Ernie Pyle, famous war correspondent who reported from the troops in the trenches. Each speaker will present a speech “in character,” followed by an “in character” lively discussion with the audience.
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, now in it’s 60th Anniversary Season, presents an evening of tantalizing dance. Performed at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta, this concert will include three stunning pieces. To Have and To Hold (1989) choreographed by Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith explores themes of love and loss. Long View by Molly Heller is inspired by visual elements of “Full View,” a multi-media work Heller created in 2020. Daniel Charon’s On Being (2021) was created post social distancing and celebrates connection, community, and an awareness of those around us as the Company dancers explore physical connection and people moving in space together.
Pow Wow singer Joe Rainey performs his debut collection of songs, backed by electronics and Owls quartet, arranged by collaborators Andrew Broder & William Brittelle. Niineta, Joe Rainey’s debut album on 37d03d is a landmark in modern indigenous music. These are bold, electrifying songs that recontextualize the ancient Pow Wow sound in strange, new in-between places. Each note conveys a clear message, no matter the inflection: We’re still here. We were here before you were, and we never left.
Copied in Part from Ivins City Resolution No. 2023-12, August 17, 2023
Art has played a significant role in the development of Ivins City’s culture and brand. Its importance became increasingly evident as the Coyote Gulch Art Village took root and grew in Kayenta leading to the creation of the Kayenta Arts Foundation and eventually the Center for the Arts at Kayenta, a major performing arts venue in Ivins, joining the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Padre Canyon that has brought millions of theatergoers to Ivins,.
Judith Kapuscinski became a resident of Ivins in 2008 and retired from her law practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts in 2012. Almost upon her arrival, Judith became an advocate for and a patron of the arts devoting much of her time, energy, and professional skills in support of the arts in Ivins.
In May of 2015, Judith became a Co-Chair of the newly formed Ivins City Arts Master Plan Steering Committee where she served for a year drafting the first-ever Ivins City Arts Master Plan that was adopted by the Ivins City Council in April of 2016. Judith’s legal background and technical writing skills were invaluable in the creation of that plan.
Judith was subsequently appointed Co-Chair of the first Ivins City Arts Commission established by the new Arts Master Plan and eventually became its Chair in 2021 serving in that position until her term ended in March of 2022 having put in place all the pieces necessary for the Ivins City Arts Commission to remain a vibrant contributor to our community well into the future.
Under Judith’s leadership, the Ivins City Arts Commission with City Council approval initiated a number of arts-related initiatives and programs including an annual student art exhibit as part of our Heritage Days Celebration, equal distribution of RAP tax funding among arts, parks, and recreation, commitment of portions of the City’s annual RAP tax funding to Tuacahn, Kayenta Arts Foundation, and the Christmas Star to advance their programs within Ivins City, reviewing and recommending approval of the Ivins City entry signs design and locations, recommending the relocation of the Edward Hlavka sculpture to its current location in front of the new Ivins City Hall, and finally, researching, recommending and establishing an Art-On-Loan program in Ivins City to beautify our developing Arts Corridor.
As if that wasn’t enough “on the side” responsibility to shoulder, Judith also served as Chair of the Kayenta Arts Foundation (KAF) from December 2010 to January 2017. Under her direction, KAF built and paid for the magnificent Center for the Arts at Kayenta that as a performing arts venue has become a major attraction to both Ivins residents and visitors alike staging more than a hundred diverse musical and theatrical performances at the Center and in the community from 2010 through 2017. KAF with Judith at the helm also organized the annual Street Painting Festival and the Art in Kayenta Festival that draw hundreds of artists and thousands of art enthusiasts to Ivins each year.
Judith Kapuscinski’s contributions of her time, talents, energy, experience, and leadership are now manifest as indelible brush strokes on the emerging portrait of Ivins City as a center for the arts in its own right. Thank you, Judith, it’s a beautiful thing you’ve done.
START LOOKING…Artists of all kinds, keep your eyes open for something fun to pick up and use in your next piece. The next Kayenta Center for the Arts visual art exhibition, “Found Objects” will open November 1. The show is open to paint, textiles, paper, fabric, clay, and other 2D & 3D mediums, so there’s plenty of time to get creative. Stay tuned for more info next month
Entry forms and information will be forthcoming on
the Center for the Arts in Kayenta’s website.
We will be handing out cookies and bottled water during the event to be
held at Ivins City Park on Saturday, September 9th.
The theme is “Wild”, and the pre-party begins at 7:00.
Although the Labor Day Pool Party is not being held this year, Kayenta Homes & Properties is still looking forward to our Annual Kayenta Holiday Party and next year’s Memorial Day Pool Party.
Our office has been quiet these last couple of weeks, after a busy summer.
With summer winding down, things will be cooling off, and the real estate market will heat up once again.
Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Steve McAllister & Naomi Doyle, Sales Agents
Janell Bassett, Editor
New paths, new horizons—Tim and Judy Terrell have led a life defined, in many ways, by being open to new opportunities. For example, though they went on their first date at 12, that was their only date even though they went to the same church and graduated high school together. Yet they kept in touch, were in each other’s weddings and, reconnecting again years later, have just celebrated their 20th anniversary this year.
Judy began as an elementary school teacher in Texas. She moved on to become a reference and children’s librarian, which she described as “the best job ever! People thought you were magic when you could find answers to their questions.” Later, she took on a position as Librarian/Technology Coordinator for the Catholic school system in Louisville, Kentucky.
Reflecting on the world when the Internet was in its infancy, she says, “I could spell computer, so they decided to give me an opportunity to lead the system forward. As email was just beginning to be ‘a thing,’ my job involved encouraging teachers and administration to embrace the concept…. not an easy sell in those days.” But her success at learning and navigating the new shaped her career, as she became an educational consultant to a software company, working with teachers and administrators all over the US to implement software in their schools.
Tim developed an interest in pathology in veterinary school at Texas A&M University. “I enjoyed the challenge of seeking out information and then applying that knowledge to problem solving, which is what a pathologist does,” he says. After graduation, he served as an Army captain in the Veterinary Corps, earned a PhD in comparative pathology and Board Certification in Veterinary Pathology, and briefly taught at the University of Florida. Accepting a position at a pharmaceutical company in Palo Alto, California, led to “a very rewarding 32-year career in several West Coast biopharmaceutical companies.”
Although he started as a bench pathologist, spending many hours each day at a microscope, Tim pursued new opportunities in the research and development of human therapeutics. While he began studying animals, Tim loved “contributing to the discovery and development of drugs that have saved lives and improved the quality of life for so many people.”
Tim and Judy were looking for a place to retire when a bike ride in St. George with Judy’s daughter Cari led them to Kayenta; instantly hooked, they have been residents for nearly 11 years. They both served on the board of the Kayenta Arts Foundation, with Judy also being recognized by her peers “as the best volunteer coordinator ever.”
These days, they continue to explore passions old and new. A trip to the Palio, a centuries old horse race in Sienna, Italy, saw them pick the winning horse. They enjoyed a safari in Africa, and love bike riding here as well as in Italy and Croatia. And they have new interests—building on a love of quilting, Judy has taken up weaving. And Tim’s love of all things wine has found him studying to become a sommelier. New frontiers, new opportunities—that’s the Terrells.
Editors note. If you know someone that you think should be featured in our monthly Kayenta Connection under our NEW “Resident Spotlight” section please email the Kayenta Connection at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our intent is to focus on the incredible people living in our community– be they seasoned residents or new recruits.
We have been hard at work, creating an exciting mix of our favorite core classes and brand-new offerings! Thanks to a talented tribe of instructors, our schedule has hit a new high of diverse and unique offerings. Nestled into the base of our beautiful red mountain here in Kayenta, MakeSpace is a bright warehouse space, full of creative energy. Come be a part of this vibrant art community. We offer art classes for adults including all types of painting, printing, sculpture, pottery, fiber arts, and more.
There are classes for students who have never explored the field of visual art, all the way through classes for highly experienced, professional artists looking to explore new mediums and methods or to enhance existing skills. It is a great place to pursue lifelong artistic passions! Discover more about our local not-for-profit art school called MakeSpace and view a full list of classes on the website, https://makspacekayenta.com We have published classes through December.
Here are a few highlights from the fall schedule:
When: September 11
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Come and enjoy an afternoon of needle felting! This fun, forgiving and affordable medium is sure to be a hit with anyone wanting to learn more about fiber arts. All supplies are included as your instructor walks you through each step to make your own delightful hummingbird. After class you will take home enough supplies to make more on your own!
When: September 16
Time:10 am-12 pm
Come create with Alcohol Inks! Perfect for beginners, this class will cover the basic supplies used, while learning how alcohol ink and pure alcohol interact with each other. Four different types of airflow will be demonstrated including air puffer, canned compressed air, straw, and air-gun. The balance of the class will be spent experimenting and creating your own, unique abstract masterpiece.
When: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Join us in the studio for a fun crash course in all that is textiles! Through a combination of instructor demonstration, practice sessions, and independent studio time, you will print, paint, stamp, and collage while learning fundamentals of design that can be transferred into all your future work. Each week will build on the prior, culminating in the creation of a final project that will showcase all that you have learned. All classroom supplies are included.
And, while you are there, register your email to receive monthly updates on classes.
Mike Scott, Council Member
Groaning & Bemoaning Rezoning?
It’s okay to be against proposed land use or zoning changes. The city council can deny them. But they need to be convinced it’s more in the public interest to deny a proposed change than approve it. So, it is important to present good reasons for turning down the request.
Unfortunately, I have seen too many residents put in a lot of effort to provide excellent, well-reasoned comments at public hearings, but they missed the mark. So, here’s a way to think about proposed land use and zoning changes,
First, it’s important to look beyond the current zoning for the property. The “Zoning Districts Map” shows what is currently allowed on every property in the city. But, more importantly, the “Land Use Map” shows what the city anticipates as the ultimate use for the property. It’s the city’s vision and it is part of the General Plan.
Here are two examples. There was going to be a public hearing for them, but the applicant, Kayenta Development, took them off the agenda, at least for now. But they are still worth looking at as case studies to understand zoning issues better because they involve rezoning requests that completely fit, or mostly fit, the land use envisioned for the properties.
Example 1: A 98-acre parcel is zoned RA-5 (minimum 5-acre lots) and the applicant was asking for it to be zoned RE-37 (minimum 37,000 sq.ft. lots). The Land Use Map shows that the vision for the property is LDR, meaning low density residential. That use allows lots as small as 15,000 square feet.
Example 2: The applicant was also asking for a land use change on just over 31 acres from LDR (Low Density Residential) and HDR (High Density Residential) to RC (Resort Commercial) and then a zone change from RA-5 (5-acre lots) and RE-15 (15,000 sq.ft. lots) to RC. Most of this site already has a land use of “Commercial Resort” and that land use already allows RC. Only a small portion is LDR and HDR.
Okay, now let’s consider each of these potential issues: Density/upzoning, water availability, loss of open space and agricultural land, our city’s vision, vision changes, and court decisions.
Is Example 1 Upzoning?
I see a lot of references to this type of zoning change as “upzoning,” meaning increasing density. Well, on the surface changing the zoning from 5-acre lots to 37,000 square foot lots certainly looks like upzoning. In fact, dramatic upzoning, potentially creating nearly six times the housing density! But it isn’t upzoning.
Upzoning is an urban planning term for changing zoning to allow additional capacity for development that was not part of the city’s vision in its land use plan. The city’s vision for this land, shown on the Land Use Map, is “Low Density Residential.” That allows lots as small as 15,000 square feet. So, the proposed use is actually less dense than the land use would allow.
That makes this request “rezoning” not “upzoning.” In urban planning, rezoning is where the zoning change adheres to the land use anticipated in the city’s land use plan.
It sounds like I’m being nit-picky but I’m not. Using the wrong term misrepresents what is actually happening. We lose credibility arguing that this example is upzoning. That taints any other arguments we might make.
Is Example 2 Upzoning?
The requested zoning change is not increasing the anticipated density/intensity on most of the site, but it is increasing density on the LDR portion and at least intensity on the HDR portion. So, you can make the argument that this is “upzoning.” But only minimally since most of the land use on this site already allows RC.
Not Enough Water
We can’t say the proposed zoning should be denied because we have a water shortage. The state requires us to document that we have a water shortage and a plan to fix the problem within six months.
We get almost all our water from the Washington County Water Conservancy District, and they have not declared a water shortage. They are the source of our water, so they have to first declare a water shortage. They haven’t. I think that’s only because they are using the wrong model. See the article, “Is Our Glass Half Full?”
That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t bring up water issues at public meetings. We need to keep the issue front and center, hoping (maybe optimistically) elected officials in the county and throughout the state will finally get the message.
Water is our most vital “infrastructure.” And we’re dependent on others to ensure we have enough. But we have other infrastructure that we are in control of, like roads. So, it’s important to look at all of our infrastructure to see if it can handle a proposed rezone adequately, without unacceptable negative impacts.
Losing Open Space
On other zoning issues I’ve heard residents argue that because a proposed zoning change takes away open space or agricultural land it goes against the vision in our General Plan which values those. That’s true. Our General Plan is very clear about the importance of both. Plus, last fall’s General Plan Resident Survey shows that 70% of respondents are in favor of preserving agricultural land and almost 80% value open space. So that seems like a valid point.
But when we’re talking about private property, one of the only ways to preserve agricultural land and open space is to buy the land or at least buy the development rights or create conservation easements. It all costs money. And it all needs a willing seller. Many cities have done that through voter approved bond levies that cost taxpayers money. Good luck with that. “No more taxes” was a common comment in the General Plan Resident Survey.
Or, instead of the burden being entirely on the taxpayers, there are non-profits like the Nature Conservancy and other land trusts that could get involved. It would be great if a community group would look for this type of support. But you still need a willing seller. If a landowner wants to develop their land, they have that right.
Another option is to require some open space in the new development. But to do that without it being viewed as a “taking” by the courts, which is a big no-no, the city needs to give something to the developer in return. Most likely higher density. And that won’t necessarily work for all developers or sites. And a significant majority of respondents in the General Plan Resident Survey did not want higher density housing.
Has Our Vision Changed?
The Land Use Map represents our vision for the city. Generally, I believe land use should not be changed one property at a time. If it looks like a different land use may be appropriate, then we should take a fresh look at the General Plan and all the land uses in the city.
The point of the land use map is to identify how much of each land use is desirable and where. Changing a land use in one spot tips the balance. It results in more of one type of land use and less of another. Not quite the vision. So, has the vision changed?
Example 1 still seems to fit our vision for the city, since almost 80% of the respondents to the General Plan Resident Survey preferred low-density single-family development to any other use.
In Example 2, there are a lot of uses a developer can build in the RC zone, including resorts, hotels, and short-term rentals. Has the vision changed? Last fall’s General Plan Resident Survey suggests it has: Over 75% of the respondents do not want any more “tourist accommodations” of any type and over 80% don’t want more short-term rentals.
If the zone is changed to RC, then whoever owns the land will have the right to build tourist accommodations because that’s what our current City Code allows.
The Land Use Map also shows the vision included both low and high density residential for a portion of the property. Maybe it did and maybe it didn’t really. Areas designated for various land uses are approximate because they are not tied directly to individual parcels of property, unlike the zones on the zoning map which are specific to individual parcels. So, this example creates a question: Does changing everything to RC fit the vision or not?
And we need to ask two more questions: First, would denying a zoning change to RC be fair to the property owner who has been planning to develop tourist accommodations on this site for many years? Second, how much of a role should fairness play in any decision, and why?
What Courts Say
Land use and zoning changes are legislative decisions. Requests to change land use or zoning can be denied by city councils even if the request fits the city’s land use map. Here’s an example from an excellent book, “Ground Rules: Your Handbook to Utah Land Use Regulation” published by the Utah Land Use Institute.
Harmon’s applied to build a store in Draper. The site was zoned residential, but the city’s land use map showed the vision for the site was commercial. The city council denied the rezoning because they concluded the use was not compatible with nearby neighborhoods.
Harmon’s took the matter to District Court, lost, and then appealed to the Utah Court of Appeals and lost again. The court said that Harmon’s burden was not to show that the city council had no reason to deny their application, rather the burden was on Harmon’s to show that the city’s decision to preserve the status quo could not promote the general welfare.
The court also stated that the “public clamor” that occurred at the hearing could be appropriately cited as a factor in the council’s decision, even though the comments by residents were not based on specific facts or substantial evidence. A legislative decision is valid if it is reasonably debatable that the action could promote the general welfare of the community.
Keep It Simple
According to the Handbook, “The issues in all legislative decisions are similar. The question is, what is desirable? … Simply stated, zoning decisions are based on compatibility.”
You may wish things were different, but the Handbook also says, “Influencing legislative decisions can be frustrating. The city council need not explain their votes, need not provide any evidence to support their decisions…”
But don’t despair. It also says this, “The better option is to appeal to the decision-makers’ sense of what is fair, what is reasonable, and what is in the common interest.”
A Mosquito Can Fly, But A Fly Can’t Mosquito
In mid-August the Southwest Mosquito Abatement & Control District announced that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in Washington County. This is the first time WNV has been found in our county in four years, and it arrived earlier than usual (typically late August through September/October).
This is nothing to be alarmed about. It’s just a reminder to take some precautions, especially from dusk to dawn (cover up, use repellent with DEET). However, the safest decision is to apply repellent whenever you are outdoors.
The District is continually testing and treating sites where mosquitoes are found. You can contact the District to get a service call if you have mosquitoes at www.swmosquito.org/service-request or call 435-627-0076.
Here are things you can do to reduce mosquitoes around your house:
Get rid of all standing water. Turn over or remove containers in your yard where water collects, such as potted plant trays, buckets, toys, etc. Clean out birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week. Remove standing water on tarps or flat roofs. Clean clogged rain gutters and downspouts. Repair leaky faucets and sprinklers.
Also, repair door and window screens if torn. Keep weeds and tall grass cut short; adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours.
Note: Electric “bug zappers” do not help since they usually attract more mosquitoes than they kill.
The majority of people infected with WNV never develop symptoms. A small percentage of infected individuals will display symptoms (i.e., fever, headache, and body aches).
A more serious form of the disease, West Nile neuroinvasive illness, may also occur when the virus infects the central nervous system. People with this form of the disease experience high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and mental confusion. Hospitalization is often required, and death is possible.
More City Information
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Storytelling – in all its forms – is a powerful bond that connects and unites us as individuals and communities. Coyote Tales events are community-focused storytelling celebrations that not only entertain but strive to foster deeper empathy, compassion, and understanding in the listener. On September 9th Coyote Tales invites you to enjoy a unique evening of true tales told live.
Tell Your Story. Coyote Tales is pleased to welcome audio producer and writer, Peter Frick-Wright, who has reported from Bosnia, Burma, Burundi, and Bolivia. He is a contributing editor to Outside Magazine and is also the host of the podcast Missed Fortune. Joining him on stage will be singer/storyteller and songwriter, David Lindes, explorer, writer, and naturalist, Robert Perkins, and Kase Johnstun, author of the acclaimed novel, Let the Wild Grasses Grow and soon to be released, Cast Away. They’ll be throwing down some WILD tales but there is room on the stage for you too. For more information about sharing your tale head to coyotetalesstories.com
Join the Party. The evening begins with a BYOP (bring your own picnic) pre-party with great Stillhouse Road Bluegrass music where potential storytellers put their name in the hat with the hope of being chosen to share their tale on stage. Kayenta Homes and Properties will be hosting the upscale water trough providing FREE beverages and cookies for story lovers. We’ll even be announcing the winner of the first-ever Ivins City ’Show Us How You Roll’ Pie Baking Contest on stage before the stories start. Everyone is welcome!
Everyone has a story – Vic
SEATS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR TWO VERY SPECIAL DINING EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
The onset of September coincides with days getting shorter and the weather getting cooler, but that doesn’t mean bare cupboards and stodgy stews for dinner. While it’s true that bright and tender leafy greens have given way, the wonderful fruits and vegetables associated with the onset of the earthy, autumn season are ready to shine! Apples, pears, mushrooms, parmesan, and pasta show off in this wonderful end-of-summer meal. I hope you can join us!
POTATO AND PARMESAN TORTA WITH FRESH HERBS
PARSNIP AND APPLE SOUP SHOOTER
SMOKED GOAT CHEESE WITH TOMATO CHUTNEY AND HOUSEMADE SOCCA
ROASTED DELICATA SQUASH AND FENNEL SALAD
BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB OVER SWEET POTATO GNOCCHI AND SAUTEED SPINACH
Vegetarian entree available as well – contact Victoria through the website to discuss options.
PEAR AND PLUM PAVLOVA WITH GORGONZOLA ICE CREAM
DINNER LOCATION: PRIVATE HOME IN KAYENTA, UTAH
**exact address and driving directions will be emailed 1 week prior to the event.
On September 10th, Petite Feast will host a special Luncheon with invited Coyote Tales storyteller and author, David Lindes. During the luncheon, David will share his remarks, answer questions, and perform.
David’s book “Mi tierra—Homeland” is an intimate look at his journey from Guatemala to the US. In eight chapters, each accompanied by an original song and included in both Spanish and English, David addresses themes of migration, identity, justice, and belonging. At times poignant and at times defiant, it’s a vivid take on the Latino immigrant experience in today’s America.
His work has been featured on PRI’s The World and NPR. Born in Guatemala City, he immigrated to the United States at age 9 and spent his adolescence in the agricultural communities of California’s Central Coast. He later graduated in Latin American Studies from Brigham Young University.
About Petite Feast Dinner Club: After 35 years as a restaurateur, caterer, chef, and Food and Wine best new chef nominee, Victoria Topham is opening her kitchen to share her unique culinary skills and healthy cooking style with guests just like you. PF Dinner Club offers guests the opportunity to socialize with new friends around a shared table while enjoying deliciously upscale meals. Monthly dinners will feature an hors d’oeuvre hour followed by a multi-course dinner where mingling with the chef in the kitchen is encouraged. ** Think – mash-up of a restaurant, dinner party, and cooking class. And, she always has a few unplanned courses and surprises for her guests! Events are announced monthly through the website and pricing for each event varies. Victoria is happy to accommodate your special celebration requests and dietary preferences whenever possible. I hope to see you soon.
DINNER LOCATION: PRIVATE HOME IN KAYENTA, UTAH
**exact address and driving directions will be emailed 1 week prior to the event.
Is your garden wearing you out? Got too many zucchini to count? Well, here’s a VDP recipe that’ll put a new spin on the traditional solutions for dealing with an end-of-summer bumper crop of vegetables. Gardener or not, most of us have been the recipient of a green-thumbed neighbor’s vegetable overflow. So if you find yourself with zucchini – or any other vegetable – to spare, give this month’s recipe a go. It’s for a delicious Moroccan-style shepherd’s pie that layers the spicy, earthy flavors of cinnamon, cumin, cayenne, and ginger with garden fresh zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes. Ground beef adds a boost of protein, but you could certainly omit it if you prefer to keep the dish entirely veg-centered. The result is a tasty dinner with a flavor profile that is warm, comforting, and a little bit different.
At first glance, combining savory vegetables and ground beef with sweet ingredients like cinnamon, sweet potatoes, and dried fruit might seem a bit odd. But Moroccan cuisine often combines these two flavor polar opposites. The result is the perfect union of heat, salt, sweet, and acid. Once the robustly flavored filling is prepared, it is covered with a bright orange carrot/sweet potato mash that guarantees this dish instagram-worthy dinner stardom.
While the recipe may appear complicated, it actually comes together without too much fuss. Nearly all the cooking can be done on the stovetop and then the assembled dish can be quickly browned under the broiler. If you prefer, the beef/vegetable and sweet potato mash can be prepared up to two days in advance and refrigerated in separate containers. When ready to bake, just assemble the pie in an oven-proof dish (I like to use a cast iron skillet) and heat in a 350-degree oven until heated through. If you don’t want to heat up the broiler, you could just serve the filling and mash bowl-style with a dollop of cooling cilantro spiked yogurt.
This recipe threw Tim and Judy a challenging wine recommendation curveball. Because of the multitude of spices, Tim’s first thought was a Southern Rhone style blend, but because they can be pretty tannic, he thought it might not be the best match for this dish. Instead, he suggested a Beaujolais or Pinot Noir or perhaps a Pinot Gris if you prefer a white wine.
If you have not joined the Virtual Dinner Party but would like to dine with us, please prepare this recipe – or any other – and share it with your family, friends, and neighbors. It is our group’s firm belief that by preparing something good to eat and sharing it with those we love, we are participating in one of life’s greatest joys. The connection, community, and goodwill that come from it fill us with joy, hope, and gratitude. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
Thanks for coming to the party and Cook On! – Victoria
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” pieces
1 C carrots, peeled and cut into 1” pieces
Salt and pepper to taste
1 C yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 # ground beef
1 t each ground cinnamon, cumin, ginger, coriander, and allspice
½ t cayenne pepper (or to taste)
3 C zucchini or yellow squash, cut into ¼” dice (almost any other vegetables may be substituted here)
2T tomato paste
¼ t granulated sugar
1 C low sodium beef stock (vegetable stock may be substituted)
2 C fresh tomatoes and their juice, chopped (canned diced tomatoes and their juice may be substituted)
1 C garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 T Worcestershire sauce
¼ C dried apricot, chopped
¼ C raisins
Zest of ½ lemon
2 T fresh mint, chopped
2 T cilantro, chopped
Prepare the topping: Place chopped sweet potatoes and carrots in a saucepan with two inches of water. Bring up to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover pan with a tight-fitting lid. Steam until potatoes and carrots are fork-tender but not mushy, about 15 minutes. **To avoid scorching, check water level frequently to be sure it has not boiled away.
When cooked, drain off excess water and mash. Season with salt, pepper, and 2T unsalted butter if desired. Set aside while you prepare filling. *Chef’s note, you are looking for a smooth, spreadable mash that is not too loose.
Prepare filling: In an ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, sauté onion and garlic in 2 T olive oil until translucent. Crumble the ground beef into the skillet, breaking it up with a fork. Cook for 3-5 minutes until nicely browned. Transfer meat to a bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel.
Heat 1 T olive oil in the same skillet. Add spices and sauté over medium heat until fragrant. Take care not to burn spices or they will impart a bitter flavor to the filling. Add tomato paste and ¼ t of sugar. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Return beef to the skillet and add tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and stock. Bring back to a boil and stir in diced vegetables and beans. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until vegetables are tender and sauce has thickened slightly.
Once sauce has reduced, fold in lemon zest, dried fruit and chopped fresh herbs. Taste for salt and pepper.
Assemble pie: Adjust oven rack to 5” from broiler element and heat broiler. Spread carrot/potato mash over filling in an even layer. Take care to seal edges to prevent stew from bubbling over. Broil pie until top is golden, 5 minutes; let cool slightly before serving.
Serves 4 with leftovers
*Thank you to Dave Biggner and all the marvelous gardeners of the Kayenta Community Gardens for sharing their produce with me and Petite Feast. I am so very grateful for their generosity and inspiration!
• Pies must have home-made from scratch fillings prepared by the contestant.
• No pre-made pie crust or store-bought pies.
• Pies with dairy or cream must be kept cool.
• Pies may be single or double crust with sweet or savory filling.
• Pies should be prepared in a 9” disposable pie tin.
• The Contest is open to any non-professional Ivins bakers.
• Only one pie per person with no more than two pies per family.
• You don’t need to preregister.
• Your name and telephone number must be taped on the bottom of the pie plate (masking tape works best).
• Complete ingredient list must accompany each pie entered. Complete recipe from Grand Prize winner will be published in the Ivins City Newsletter
Pies will only be accepted from 9:30 am-10:30 am. Judging will start promptly at 11am.
Prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Decisions of the Judges are final. After the contest, the pies will be cut and available for sampling to festival goers.
Pies will be judged on the following criteria:
• Quality and consistency of the crust
• Creativity or Originality
CAFE 11-5 • TAPAS+BAR 4-8
CAFE 11-8 • TAPAS+BAR 4-9
CAFE 9-8 (brunch ‘til Noon) • TAPAS+BAR 4-9
CAFE 9-8 (brunch ‘til Noon) • TAPAS+BAR 4-8
Elevate Studio • 435-632-1381 • email@example.com
Class size is limited and subject to change.
Pre-registration is required. Contact John before attending your first class.
Be happy. Be healthy. Have a blast! ELEVATE!
Classes are $15 • Punch cards are available for $75 (5 classes)
No sign-up is required!
Trips resume in October, 2023
For details call Charles Dillier at 435-656-1956
Hi, I’m Javier Guzman a licensed massage therapist who resides in the beautiful community of Kayenta. My handcrafted massages are designed for you whether you want relaxation, deep therapeutic, stress reducing, pain relieving, or just to improve overall health & well-being. Don’t delay your journey to a healthier you!
“I think he is a neighborhood treasure. He has a very nice casita where he works. I love his massage and he is a really nice, thoughtful, considerate, good guy.” ~ Christy Lueders
Call or text for an appointment:
If you have an interest in joining or have played very little to even not at all and would like to try it prior to paying dues, contact Denton Zubke by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone or text at 701-570-4043. It’s a great way to meet other Kayenta residents and enjoy some fun and get some great exercise.
We’re planning on more organized events such as clinics, beginner classes, and round robins in 2023. Join us in learning to play. It’s fun the first day, infectious, and great for fitness. Please email Denton Zubke or Erin at the Kayenta office for more information.Email Denton
The Desert Rose Labyrinth & Sculpture Garden is a community resource with the intention that all who walk the labyrinth will be blessed with peace, comfort, and open hearts. The Labyrinth is maintained and funded by Kayenta volunteers. Please be respectful and leave only footprints. For more information or to make group reservations, please contact:
Cheryl Collins: 435-674-1664
Beth Hopwood: 802-922-8905
Desert Rose Labyrinth
792 Kayenta Pkwy, Ivins UT
With unprecedented wildfires making headlines worldwide, now is a critical time to reassess and reduce fire risk in Kayenta. As reported in the St. George News, during one week in May 2023 five brush/tamarisk fires were fought along the Virgin River, one threatening 100 structures. Very simply, with higher-than-usual temperatures, strong winds and plenty of fuel load, fire could sweep through Kayenta faster than you could imagine.
Fire Chief Andrew Parker of Santa Clara/Ivins Fire & Rescue, reports that “Fire risk is the most concerning in Kayenta of all the areas SC/Ivins Fire Department has responsibility for.” In particular, fighting a fire in a wash filled with tamarisk—where the danger is highest, is extremely challenging. For these reasons, the Desert Preservation Initiative has announced that Cactus Gulch Wash, including the open space near Willow Springs, is the focus of its fall removal project.
“Action is our friend,” says DPI President Chuck Warren. “Waiting will eventually deliver disaster in the form of fire.” Because tamarisk growing closest to homes poses the highest fire risk, DPI has identified what many recognize as the Labyrinth south wash as its #1 priority.
State fire officials predict that Utah’s wildfire season may start later this year, as the Salt Lake City Tribune reported in June, thanks in part to frequent storms passing over the state. But it could also be more intense. The season usually reaches its peak in July or August, but this year, the Unified Fire Authority is planning for a September peak. Thus, tackling the tamarisk where fire risk is highest is imperative.
Developer Terry Marten has met repeatedly with DPI officers and supports the Initiative’s work throughout Kayenta. He has granted permission for DPI to remove tamarisk from his properties, which encompass much of the dangerous tamarisk infestation in the Cactus Gulch wash area. Given the high-risk fire danger, Marten encourages homeowners in the area to support the effort because “a fire that starts anywhere is a danger to everyone. Fire risk reduction is a shared community responsibility.”
Willow Springs resident Ken White agrees. As a board member of the Kayenta Lakes Patio Homes HOA and treasurer of the Kayenta Desert Arboretum, White has been directly involved in both community affairs and preservation of the native landscape. He reports that all of his neighbors on Wisteria have given their approval to the project. As he says, “For those of us on the southern end of Wisteria Way, east side, our homes are close enough to extensive stands of tamarisk to present real danger from wildfire. I’ve been amazed by the enthusiasm and dedication of the DPI members, and the hard work they have already put in. I will be on the front lines with them come October.”
Won’t you join us? If you are interested in learning more, volunteering, or having a review of invasive plants on your property, please contact Chuck Warren, president, (chuckwarren222@ gmail.com) or Dan Beck, volunteer coordinator (email@example.com).
Bailee Mabe, Shelter Manager
474 North 200 West, Ivins
Hours by appointment:
Monday – Saturday, 8am – 3 pm
Ivins Night Sky sent a short Questionnaire to all the candidates asking them their position on preserving and protecting our night sky and we are very appreciative of the candidates who responded. You can read their responses below.
This election is so important because the city council members who are elected will be updating the Ivins General Plan which will direct the city’s future. It will be critical to have council members who support our night sky.
The mission of the Ivins Night Sky Initiative is to improve, preserve, and protect the night sky over Ivins and our heritage of dark skies through education and information about environmentally responsible outdoor lighting, and to serve as a resource for City officials, residents, and businesses.
Let us know if this Initiative is important to you, if you are willing to get involved, and what else you think we should be doing to improve, preserve, and protect the night skies in Ivins.Email Ivins Night Sky
Nextdoor is a completely private online website environment for all of the Kayenta Nextdoor neighborhoods. Special thanks to Ray Borg for being our fearless leader.
Located in the desert community of Kayenta Utah, the Crescent Moon Inn is the perfect place to get away from it all. The Inn is just a short walk or bike ride from the Kayenta Art Village, where locally-owned art galleries, the Sacred Space Day Spa and the Xetava Garden Cafe add to your unique experience.
For Reservations or Pricing call:
Looking for a Hair Artist right here in Kayenta?….JENN Hair Artist embodies the artistic creativity and passion of the beauty industry. She thrives in creating natural, sexy cuts and color styles for men and women. She looks forward to pampering you.
924A Art Village Way, Ivins, UT 83455
801 637-0884 (call or text)
Happy2Help is an in-home personal concierge service.
• Personal Shopping
• Health Recovery Assistance
• Meal Prep
• Snowbird Service
• Home Organization
• Event Assistance
Call or email Andrea, your trustworthy neighbor at
As fall approaches our Arboretum volunteers are making plans for the cooler months of the year. Check out our booth at Art in Kayenta where we will have plants and plant decorations available for sale. Once again we are planning our lighting display which will highlight the holiday season. Strolling through the pathways in the evening will be much easier this year as a result of a new pathway lighting system installed during the spring and summer. Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this project possible.
We continue to welcome landscaping-minded volunteers who maintain and continue to make improvements to the arboretum and the Desert Rose Labyrinth. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or just looking for information about the arboretum contact Roger Head, firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-632-1814.Email Roger
Please visit the Kayenta HOA website ACC tab for Landscaping documentation. Select Landscaping Regulations Rev 2017 and Landscaping Review Steps 2017.
The Kayenta ACC meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month, 2:00 pm in the Kayenta Community Room. A hard copy of the agenda is posted in the Kayenta Homes & Properties office the Thursday before the meeting.
Questions? Ellen Nathan
Phone: 435-652-8333Email Ellen
Shonto Point HOA Meetings
The Shonto HOA Board meets regularly during the year avoiding some summer months. All meetings are from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on the third Wednesday of the month in the Theatre for the Arts, located in the Kayenta Art Village. The next meeting will be in September
Taviawk 2023 HOA Board Meetings
The Board plans to meet on the Thursday after the ACC meeting (which is the 3rd Tuesday of each month) bi-monthly at 9:30 am at F1 Property Management. Dates are: July 20, September 21 & November 16
The Kayenta Concept
The Kayenta Concept is a philosophy that has steered the development of our exceptional community since its inception. The standards that underlie that concept are enforced by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC), which serves both the Shonto Point and Taviawk HOAs. The pre-amble to the 2021 ACC Handbook lays out the basics of the architectural rules that have been followed to create the homes and land-scape we live in.
When your home was designed the Kayenta Concept was front and center. The ACC reviewed your design to evaluate whether it followed the rules, and the ACC monitored construction of your home through landscaping and occupation, again, reviewing adherence to design and construction standards. When you received your occupancy permit and construction deposit refund from the ACC, on-going compliance with the Kayenta Con-cept became the responsibility of your HOA Board of Directors. Your Board has the authority to perpetuate the Kayenta Concept into the future and gladly accepts that role.
The Kayenta Concept is worth reviewing to remind us that what we have here has only happened because of the rules Kayenta developer Terry Marten set up to own, build and live in Kayenta. His vision and the governing documents he developed to achieve and maintain that vision established the Kayenta HOAs and gave them the responsibility and authority to enforce the CC&Rs that underlie the beauty and value we all enjoy
For Appointments with a specific department call:
Parks or Cemetery: 435-634-7719
Public Works: 435-634-0689
Dispatch: 435-634-5730 or Animal Control: 435-628-1049
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