Recently, daily temperatures have topped well over 100 degrees, and very low humidity southern Utah is a tinderbox ready to ignite with the slightest spark. The threat of wildfires is very real. There are currently several wildfires burning in the west and red flag conditions continue in most of Utah.
Over the years, Kayenta has been proactive in keeping the fire at bay with the installation of a wet barrier on our western border to mitigate the danger of an approaching wildfire from the west. Fire roads have also been built over the years to allow equipment to be delivered closer to an approaching fire. Kayenta also has several pieces of equipment that hold water and can help in the event of a small fire but if a fire erupts, call 911.
Here is what you can do to help avoid fire on your property and in our neighborhoods:
Please be smart and keep our community safe.
Beware! Even if you unintentionally start a fire, you could be held personally responsible for being negligent.
2021 July 4th Celebration!
The fun begins at 7:30 am with a parade. There will be music, food booths, a carnival, contests, Slip-n-Slides, a parade, 4k race, tons of games, and countless memories! Be sure to come out to Town Square and join this Independence Day for a celebration like no other! Events will be going on all day long, so there will be something for everyone in the whole family to enjoy! Join the City for the fireworks at 10:00pm which will launch from Dixie State University Trailblazer Stadium. Fireworks will be launched off of the old airport ridge. This will be the most spectacular show St. George has ever put on!! Tune to 99.9 KONY Country for a Patriotic Tribute to America with Music and Narration synced to the fireworks.
For more information follow the link below.
I know we are all used to the hot summers here in Kayenta, but this summer we’ve also got a scorching hot real estate market. A few homes have finally come on the market and most of these went under contract within a few days. Asking prices have been elevated to meet the demand and multiple offers are still coming in.
If you are curious as to what your home would be worth in this market, please stop by or call our office for a confidential meeting to discuss.
Our office is open 7 days a week.
Your Kayenta Sales Team:
Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Nancy Kosick & Steve McAllister, Sale Agents
Xanadu: Reclaiming the Creative Muse Within. Kayenta Arts Academy students and professional performers team up to revive creativity with the rocking, whimsy, hilarious 80s send-up filled with Greek mythology—the start of the arts!
Xanadu is a musical comedy with a book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, based on the 1980 film of the same name. It’s a musical for anyone who has gone through a journey with their own Muse. It is directed by Dean Jones, who picked it for Kayenta Arts Academy when he realized that it has the ability to show young artists what being an artist is really like. “For the first time in three years,” said KAA Headmaster Chris Whiteside, “We have a musical that is another teacher in and of itself for these students.”
Deathtrap By Ira Levin A Diabolically Clever, Wildly Popular Stage & Screen Comedy-Thriller!
Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell that has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. One day he receives a script from a student author — a thriller that Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway smash. Sidney’s plan, devised with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student for co-credit. Or is it? Deathtrap provides twists and turns of devilish cleverness and offers hilariously sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be spellbound until the very last moment.
Daddy Long Legs Music & Lyrics By Paul Gordon Book By John Caird Based On The Novel By Jean Webster
Based on the classic novel which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire—a beloved tale in the spirit of Jane Austen, the Brontë Sisters, and “Downton Abbey”—this heartwarming Cinderella story about a witty and winsome young woman and her mysterious benefactor has charmed audiences of all ages from Los Angeles to London.
“A GREAT TREAT!” The New York Times
Comedy By John Smitherman
John and Maria are happily celebrating their first wedding anniversary when Maria’s mother, Nicolette, shows up unexpectedly. Nicolette assumes that she is divorcing Maria’s father, Sal, because he forgot their 27th wedding anniversary. And if that isn’t enough to ruin John and Maria’s celebration, Sal pays a visit. A fight breaks out, and one thing leads to another until, eventually, Sal and John end up sleeping in the guest bedroom. To save his sanity in his own marriage, John solicits help from his friend, Anthony, and conducts a plan to reunite the older couple by arranging a fabulous anniversary dinner. This is the perfect play for an evening of hilarious door slams, witty banter, and ageless romance.
Thank you to www.alanholbenphoto.com for his talent and photography used to promote many Center for the Arts at Kayenta and Kayenta Arts Foundation shows and events.
All programing is subject to change.
I’d like to talk about lighting in the June update and the upcoming primary for City Council. I’m going to provide a bit of a summary from last month’s article just to provide context:
Outdoor Lighting Ordinance: We held a work meeting in May to visit various spots in Ivins and view the street lighting levels and colors. One of our stops was the Art Village, as there have been discussions about requiring illumination at the corner of Kayenta Parkway and Kwavasa. I have been very outspoken about my opposition to any streetlights in Kayenta. The Council was in agreement that we should consider limiting any street lighting in Kayenta to bollards as opposed to streetlights.
In June, Chuck Gillette prepared a map at my request showing the locations where bollards would ultimately be installed in Kayenta per the Ivins Master Transportation Plan. I was extremely concerned because Chuck’s map showed bollards at every intersection along Taviawk and on Kayenta Parkway up to the intersection with Evening Star. This would result in a substantial change in our community. I didn’t view this as a necessary step given our speed limit of 25 mph and that our streets are virtually deserted after dark. I firmly believe bollards shouldn’t be installed until the volume of pedestrian traffic at night is high enough to warrant the lighting to protect pedestrian’s safety.
The Master Transportation Plan proposal is now as follows:
1. Bollards are only required in areas where pedestrian crossings of a collector street are expected to exceed 10/hour at night
2. Streetlights for pedestrian crossings would only be required where the speed limit exceeds 40 mph.
Given the above criteria, I do not anticipate bollards anywhere except at the intersection of Kayenta Parkway and Kwavasa. And, streetlights would not exists anywhere in Kayenta, the only place they might be required would be at intersections where pedestrian crossings exist along 91.
Mayor Chris Hart stated at our last council meeting that he feels two key criteria for outdoor lighting are:
1. The light source is not visible to neighboring home
2. Lights do not spill/trespass beyond your yard thereby impacting your neighbors
I agree that these are important criteria. I believe people should be able to enjoy their yard but that enjoyment shouldn’t be at the expense of their neighbors. Chuck Gillette presented drawings for various types of light-shielding that eliminates light trespass especially when paired with a wall at the property line as depicted by this drawing.
The Council also discussed the possibility of dividing the city into a few “lighting zones” with different outdoor lighting standards for homes in each zone. Kayenta is in the Rural Zone which already has different street lighting requirements and our HOA requirements regulate our exterior home lighting. I think the key question the council needs to decide is if outdoor lighting requirements for homes should vary across the city. I don’t support having multiple zones, I believe Chuck’s shielding options have eliminated that need.
There are seven candidates for City Council and a primary election will be held on August 10, 2021, ballots will be mailed on July 20, 2021. The following are the City Council candidates for the two seats that expire and are currently occupied by Cheyne McDonald and Derek Larsen.
City Council (4-year term – 2 Seats)
Mayor Candidates: (no primary, General Election ballot in November)
Do you need an absentee ballot? If you are gone for the summer and have your mail forwarded, it’s important to know that the Post Office will not “forward” ballots even if you have your mail forwarded. To have your ballot mailed to your out-of-town address, you need to fill out an “alternate address request form” or go to voter.utah.gov. and “update your mailing address” by July 30, 2021.
If you have questions about the process, call the Washington County Elections office on 435-986-3399.
There will be a primary election on August 10, 2021, to select 4 candidates (of the 7 running) to fill the 2 expiring City Council positions (Cheyne McDonald and Derek Larsen).
This primary is important, so please make sure to vote. Ballots will be mailed on July 20, 2021.
If you expect to be out of town when the ballots are mailed, please fill out a ballot mailing address form to have your ballot sent to another address. This needs to be done by July 30, 2021.
Go to VOTER.UTAH.GOV—then select UPDATE BALLOT MAILING ADDRESS
Enter your data on that page. Your information on file will then appear. Click UPDATE INFORMATION.
Scroll down to VOTE BY MAIL section, click YES for first item.
Then scroll to the bottom of the page and check:
Qualifications and Experience About the Candidates
Will be available on June 29, 2021. Go to https://votesearch.utah.gov/voter-search/search/search-by-address/candidates-and-issues
Chilled Pea Soup Shooter
Sweet Hot Chicken Bites
Tipsy Gazpacho Cocktail
Compressed Watermelon with Tomato Basil Concasse and Saba
Roasted Tomatoes on Zucchini Tagliatelle with Feta
Pan-Seared Fillet of Halibut Pistou
Raspberry Summer Pudding Presented with Vanilla Créme Anglaise
“Thank You Victoria and Matt for opening up your house and having us over. We tremendously enjoyed the meal and think it was right on par if not better than some of the (very few!) Michelin Star rated restaurants we’ve been to. It was a pleasure to meet new neighbors and refresh recent connections to neighbors we’ve met before. Hope we can attend many more dinners.” ~ Sabine and Stefan!
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 – Victoria
We are approaching the peak of the summer season and produce is at its most abundant. Among the masses of zucchini are summer favorites like radishes, berries, tomatoes, watermelon, and basil. No summer gathering would be complete without vibrant vegetable salads and smoky grilled meats. Plan on dining on fresh, fresh, fresh seasonal produce from Kayenta resident and master gardener, Dave Bigner’s garden plot located right here in Kayenta. We hope you’ll be able to join us for this special dinner that celebrates the unbelievable bounty of the season and the company of friends and neighbors!
It is in this spirit that we are delighted to have you join us at our communal tables. Seats at July’s table are selling quickly, so please act quickly to reserve your spot.
Dave Bigner’s Garden Plot, Kayenta Community Gardens
Virtual Dinner Party chefs and diners beat the summer heat this month with a couple of “less oven – more refrigerator” dinners. With the temperature soaring, our cooks were looking to cool off with recipes that deliciously celebrate the season without spending too much time toiling in the kitchen. Fortunately, Dave Bigner and other Kayenta Gardens green-thumbs have been providing many local residents with luscious, garden-fresh produce. To make use of Dave’s bumper crop of broccoli, June’s first recipe was a riff on whole roasted cauliflower. The traditional recipe starts by dousing a whole head of cauliflower with a flavorful olive oil/herb mixture and then oven roasting it at ultra-high temperature until the exterior is perfectly bronzed and caramelized but the interior remains tender and creamy. Delicious, but could this treatment be used with broccoli and be done on the outdoor grill??? Happily, our group’s answer is a definitive, YES! The grilled broccoli emerged from the scorching heat of the grill with a concentrated sweet, nutty flavor and crispy, frilly tops. For added flavor, we sprinkled on a zingy ‘everything bagel’ spice mix and set the charred brassicas on a dollop of ultra-creamy goat cheese sauce.
The following week we prepared Pan Bagnat. If you are unfamiliar with it, Pan Bagnat, (bathed bread) is essentially the sandwich version of the Provencal classic, salade Nicoise. The beauty of this recipe is that it can be made early in the day, tightly wrapped in plastic, and then refrigerated until you’re ready to eat – making it the perfect pack-along dinner choice for Nancy and Byron Kosick. While they were out on the trails, the punchy vinaigrette mellowed and lightly flavored the bread which elevated their sandwich to hero status. Another Virtual Dinner Party Chef, Angela Kelleher, made the sandwich party-friendly by cutting the prepared sandwich into 1” slices and serving it as part of a buffet. And, ‘always thinking outside the box’ VDP chef, Keith Bromley smartly added a muffaletta-style twist to his sandwich by adding grilled chicken breast and Costco purchased olive salad to his creation.
My hearty thanks to all the chefs and diners who enthusiastically join me each week to cook, taste and experiment. I hope you enjoy the process as much as I do.
If you are not a member of the Virtual Dinner Party Group but would like to become one, please join us through Nextdoor. If you would rather just have access to the recipes, all of them are available on my website. I look forward to seeing you around the table but until that time, Cook On! – Victoria
Poignant, funny, vivid, and entertaining as all get out, Coyote Tales Storytelling Events are a hit for all the right reasons! Coyote Tales are true stories told live, onstage without notes, props or accompaniments. Stories told must be based on the evening’s theme and be told within five minutes. Storytellers may interpret the theme in any way they choose.
Do you have an interesting story of overcoming an obstacle or persevering in the face of adversity? Perhaps there was a time when you snatched an unlikely victory from the certain jaws of defeat. We want to hear your story of defying the odds. But even if you just want to listen to the stories, come and enjoy a night of live storytelling and great bluegrass music under the stars at Ivins City Park.
We are excited to announce that Phyllis Barber, award-winning author of “The Desert Between Us,” Bill Wright, patriarch of the most successful rodeo family in history, Ivins City Mayor, Chris Hart, & the first female Mayor of Hildale, Utah, Donia Jessop, will be on stage to share their true tales of triumph. But there is room on the stage for YOU too.
This event begins with bluegrass music provided by Stillhouse Road and a bring-your-own-picnic party, where potential storytellers put their names in the hat in hopes of being one of the ten people chosen to share their tale of beating the odds. To wet your whistle, Kayenta Homes and Properties will be hosting the upscale water trough by providing free bottled water for the event. Many thanks to them. If you’re interested in getting on stage or to find out more about us, check out our website at https://coyotetalesstories.com/. While there you can hear previous live and virtual events and get tips and tricks for crafting your own great tale.
LUNCH WITH THE AUTHOR
On August 22nd, Petite Feast will host a special Luncheon with invited storyteller and author, Phyllis Barber. During the luncheon, Phyllis will share her remarks, answer questions, and sign copies of her book. Reservations and tickets are required.
*Please know that all after expense proceeds from this event will benefit The DOVE Center of St. George, Utah.
Phyllis’ ninth book tells the story of camels bought in the Middle East by the U.S. Government in 1858. The animals were used to explore the possibility of a military road between Albuquerque and the Colorado River–a waterless terrain. A road was built later and became the origin of Route 66. The book’s main characters are Geoffrey Scott–an abolitionist/road builder, a camel named Adababa, a Mojave Indian who has a mixed history with Geoffrey Scott, an angry polygamist in St. Thomas, Nevada, and his third wife, Sophia Hughes, who becomes the female lead in a love triangle.
Copies of Phyllis Barber’s novel, “The Desert Between Us,” will be available for sale at August 21st’s Coyote Tales event and at The Book Bungalow beginning in August. The Book Bungalow is an independent bookstore located in downtown St. George at the corner of 100 West and Tabernacle Street. They are open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm.
—Everyone has a story—
Coyote Tales events are sponsored by Petite Feast, Utah Humanities, Desert Dweller Realty, Kayenta Homes and Properties, & Zion Brewery Station 2. All proceeds from previous live events have been donated to local nonprofits.
With Blue Raven, there is no need to load the bikes onto your vehicle and drive to the trails.
From our front doors, you can access any kind of riding you want, from paved trails through Snow Canyon to mountain bike adventures that can last from sunrise to sunset, and everything in between. With e-bikes, you can make the ride as easy or as challenging as you like.
We also have some pretty ingenious bikes to bring your kids along (even the 4-legged kind…:)
Check our website for pricing and hours. We are conveniently located in the Kayenta Art Village
Thank you very much for your continued support.
Windhorse Relations is a non-profit organization that partners with the American Wild Horse…right here in Ivins. Our programs are about “Creating Willing Relationships” with the American Wild Horse and maintaining its unbroken spirit and loving nature. We offer “Where Heart Meets Horse” experiences at Kayenta Korrals during the winter. This adventure connects humans with the spiritual nature of the wild horse and themselves.
In this two-hour adventure, participants come to understand the horse’s perspective toward humans and learn to observe the horse’s nonverbal language. A critical component of this training is to create a safe space for the horse and the participant.
The cost is a $100 donation to benefit the Windhorse Herd. Reservations are required.
Call (801) 557-1257
Gift Certificates are available
“Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the US and it’s especially popular in areas that attract active retirees. Like you!! It’s easy to learn, fast and fun and is a great fitness activity. The Kayenta Pickleball Group (KPG) – 2021 is off to a roaring start with two dozen active members. Drop-in play occurs on Mondays (women only); Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays. The start time is 9:00 and adjusts with the seasons. There was a “trial run” tournament played in March and we anticipate more organized events planned for later in 2021. If you’d like more information please contact Mike Hopwood @ email@example.com or Trish Olson @ firstname.lastname@example.org Join us – It’s a great game!
After 9 long and wonderful years in my beautiful space in Kayenta the time has come for this chapter to end. I will no longer be in Sacred Space Studio in Kayenta come mid-August 2021. I will, however, continue my practice out of my home office after recovering from a needed surgery that I’ve put off for far too many years. Thank you so much for taking the journey with me. Sacred Space is more than a place, it lives within us all and will always be my work. Namaste, Aly
Elevate Studio has resumed its popular ElevateFIT Class and Saturday Morning Yoga. ElevateFIT is offered M, W, & F at 9:30 am. This class is taught inside and outside. ElevateYOGA is offered Saturday mornigns at 10am. Participants MUST be vaccinated. Pre-registration is required as these classes remain popular. For class descriptions please visit our website.
Elevate is a boutique fitness studio located in Kayenta offering group fitness classes, and private, semi-private, and group training workouts. Be happy. Be healthy. Have a blast! ELEVATE!
Inquiries can be directed to John Yohman, Owner
Elevate Studio • 435-632-1381
The Village Fitness Center is open but with limited class sizes. Following social distancing protocols for the safety of everyone, we are only allowing 4 participants for each class.
The Village Fitness Center located near the theater and next to the room for thought has circuit training classes M/W/F at 8 am and Tu/Th/Sat at 9 am. ($4 per session). Other options to use the facility are also available. Come join your neighbors to strengthen your muscles, improve your heart rate and have some fun.
Please contact Gloria Prahl for more information and to check on class availability.
The Friends of Snow Canyon continue to have online events only in 2021 due to the COVID situation. It is hoped that we will be able to resume “in-person” events in the fall. Please check back frequently. We will update the Events page to reflect any return to “live” events. Meanwhile, we hope you will enjoy our Zoom presentations. They are posted on the site after the date of the live ZOOM presentation for your continued enjoyment.
We’d like to invite all Kayenta residents to join us in supporting Snow Canyon State Park. Our mission is to provide support to Snow Canyon State Park through various means. For more information and to join Friends please visit our web site.
Nextdoor is a completely private on-line web-site environment and we now have ONE Kayenta Nextdoor neighborhood with two leaders Nathan Dupre and Kathi Fox.
We invite women and men residents of Kayenta to join us in our mission to fund local nonprofits that support women and girls of all ages in the southern Utah area. Through the strength of collective giving we make high impact grants to improve lives in our community. Please Join Us.
Please visit the Initiative’s website for more information at IvinsNightSky.org or email them at info@IvinsNightSky.org.
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.
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
401-258-9772 or Happy2help.Andrea@gmail.com
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:
Staying Put in Kayenta is a member-driven organization for Kayenta residents, proactively providing programs and services so members can lead vibrant, active and healthy lives while living in their own homes.
For information contact
Secretary for Staying Put in Kayenta
Classes Run for Six Weeks.
You will be able to sign up for another six weeks if you choose to continue.
PLACE • New Studio
Fire and Maintenance building in the Art Village
TIME • Mon. or Tues. from 10 AM to 1PM
PRICE • $210 per 6 week session (Six classes)
INSTRUCTOR • Sherrie Warren
BACKGROUND • Bachelor Fine Arts. Taught for 10 years. Worked in acrylics, oils, and pastels.
CALL TO RESERVE SPACE OR TO SIGN UP
HOME • 435-656-9199 CELL • 801-680-9616
Interested in volunteering in the arboretum? Or just looking for information about the arboretum or our lecture series. Please contact Roger Head, email@example.com or 435-632-1814.
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: 435-652-8333, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Movies in the Park Friday evenings beginning August 6 and continuing until August 27 the Ivins City Park baseball field will again become an outdoor movie theater! We will be showing family features and it is free. Start time is approximately 8:30 p.m. (or when it is dark enough).
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
Looking for community during the COVID-19 pandemic? Spirit of the Desert Episcopal church meets every Sunday at 3 pm on ZOOM for worship, music, and fellowship. We welcome everyone to join us whether you are a visitor, a newcomer, an inquirer, or a member of another church or faith tradition. We are a Christian community that cares for one another, and we’d like to care for you, too. To join our Sunday service, email Father Lee Montgomery at email@example.com with a request to join Sunday worship. You will receive a weekly email that provides the web link and passcode for ZOOM sign-in, along with all worship materials.
*Tahri Marpo Ling
Tibetan Buddhist Sangha
Join us on Friday and Sunday mornings, from 10-11 am. Contact Lhamo Khandro by texting or calling 801-671-8758, to get ZOOM instructions for entering this virtual Buddhist sangha.
Friday, 10-11 am, Green Tara Practice
Sunday, 10-11 am, Awakened Mornings
Visit our website: tahrimarpoling.org for ongoing information about classes, meditation periods and retreats.
*Tahri Marpo Ling was founded by Lhamo Thupten Dawa Khandro on May 21st of 2017, with the blessing and guidance of Lama Thupten Dorje Gyaltsen Rinpoche. Lhamo Khandro has been ordained in both the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist lineages, and has been practicing Buddhism for 25 years.
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