Tucanos Top Ten


Three recently-written books hit the Utah market and beyond, and a collection of local authors are to credit.

“Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High” is a communication skills instructional book that can be used in a variety of settings — from business to family.

All four authors of the book are from Utah Valley. Orem’s Joseph Grenny , Provo’s Kerry Patterson  and Al Switzler,  and Ron McMillan of Alpine, each have a variety of experience in business and education. They collaborated to produce the book and now offer classes and training sessions.


Pam Blackwell  of Provo came out with her apocalyptic novel, “Michael’s Fire.” The fictional book follows the lives of ordinary people caught up in the last days of the world.

It is the third book in a series that mixes science-fiction with Blackwell’s own view of the last days.

It is available at bookstores throughout the Intermountain Region.


Pleasant Grove resident Cheryl Carson  has penned “Enough is Enough: Making the Decision to Live Debt-Free.”

In the book she outlines how her family used frugality and discipline to get out of debt completely (including the mortgage) without using a budget.


Local student-athletes led the way at the 4A state cross country championships held in the fall at Sugar House Park in both the boys and girls divisions. Mountain View’s Mike Steele, of Orem, won the boys’ state championship title with a time of 15:38.7. His time helped Mountain View High School win the team title with a state record score of 27 points.

On the girls’ side, Orem High School’s Amber Harper  won the individual title with a time of 17:52.0. Orem High won the team title with a combined score of 48, edging out Mountain View (51 points).


American Fork’s Jessica Moss, 10, recently completed the 26.2 mile St. George Marathon with her father, Dennis Moss , also of American Fork.

Jessica experienced many obstacles during the months of training, but always kept her eye on the goal and accomplished it, becoming the youngest runner in the race this year.

Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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