Noteworthy Family

By Jeanette W. Bennett Alpine’s first family of music has developed four rules for their five-piano ensemble. Rule No. 1— No bad playing Rule No. 2 — No bad attitudes Rule No. 3 — Don’t be a lame-o Rule No. 4 — Anyone who breaks Rule No. 1 or No. 2 automatically breaks Rule No. […]

Local Stats: By the Numbers

56 Average temperature in Utah County during March   65 Average temperature in Utah County during April 69 Average temperature in Las Vegas during March   78 Average temperature in Las Vegas during April   10 to 15 Percent of Utah children who are overweight or at risk of being overweight 97,364 Number of pianos […]

A little compatibility

Running a family and business together makes them stronger By It may be true that opposites attract, but Lerron and Kellie Little prove that isn’t always the case. The Springville couple has spent 14 years creating a healthy marriage that thrives on similarities — not differences. They golf together, ski together and volunteer together. […]

The Work Behind The ‘Glory’

American Fork production designer creates the visuals for ‘The Work and the Glory’ By Jeanette W. Bennett American Fork’s John Uibel helped bring the most popular LDS book series of all-time, “The Work and the Glory,” to the big screen last month. As the production designer, he turned Tennessee rolling hills into 19th century New […]

One year down

Newlywed couple acknowledges they’re more different than they first supposed By She’s from Sacramento. He’s from Spokane. She likes to plan ahead. He is more spur-of-the-moment. He favors ethnic foods. She likes more traditional flavors. Even though it would be easy to let divisions pull them apart, Nate and Morgan Olson have learned their […]

62 years strong

Paxmans support each other and the community By Monroe Paxman called a girl for a date when he was in high school. She said, “I already have a date, but I’ll let you talk to my sister Shirley. She doesn’t have a date.” That was about 70 years ago, and Monroe and Shirley Paxman […]

Best of Utah Valley: Readers Picks

READERS SPEAK OUT In our September/October issue of Utah Valley Magazine we asked our readers to tell us all about their Utah Valley favorites. The votes have been counted and here are the results from our readers’ survey responses. Congratulations to our winners. By Favorite Restaurant 1 Magleby’s 2 PF Changs 3 Tucanos   […]

Dream Mine or Nightmare?

Shareholders in South County Landmark Still Believe Their Stocks Will Pay Big Dividends By Edward L. Carter Climbing yet another rickety wooden staircase inside the abandoned ore-processing mill east of Salem, I cannot shake the feeling that the Dream Mine is actually a nightmare. Like many Utah Valley residents who have seen the multi-tiered, stark […]

Mapleton Extreme Home Makeover

After living in their unfinished basement for 2004, the Sabins get their home completed in 6 days By Matt Bennett If Ty Pennington, design team leader for ABC’s primetime hit “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” had been in Mapleton in December he couldn’t have done it any better. Utah Valley’s own extreme home makeover story goes […]

Gladys Knight: From Pips to Pop to Praises

   Getting Gladys Knight to do an interview isn’t easy. She’s done thousands in her 60 years of life, and talking about herself got old a long time ago. But now with her newfound love for Utah and religion, she is starting to talk again — mostly through music, but we managed to get a […]

Local Stats: By The Numbers

6,100 Base elevation of Sundance resort in feet   3 Average number of days below 0 degrees in Utah each year   500 Average annual snowfall for Utah in inches   24,185 Acres of skiable terrain in Utah   26,452 Number of vertical feet of skiable mountain slopes in Utah   13 Number of ski […]

Painting the Big Picture

Provo artist Michael Coleman travels the globe and tells his stories on canvas By Jeanette W. Bennett Michael Coleman sees more than the rest of us see. He senses the changing northern light in the two-story windows of his Provo art studio. He knows the two times of day when the sun brilliantly shines on […]

Marie and Friends

Utah Valley’s Most Famous Sister By Jeanette W. Bennett If you’ve tuned in to Marie Osmond’s afternoon radio show on B98.7, then you know Marie. Sure, you haven’t swapped recipes with her in person or watched her discipline one of her eight children. But you know the real 45-year-old. She is 100 percent herself on […]

Local Stats, By the numbers

2 Number of weeks it takes to put up Christmas decorations in University Mall   5,400 Number of parking spaces holiday shoppers can use at University Mall   110 Number of calories in a candy cane   96 Percent of 8-to-12-year-olds who included a big screen TV on their 1997 holiday wish list   4 […]

15 Minutes with Mitt Romney

Utah Valley Magazine Editor Jeanette Bennett met with Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Salt Lake City this summer. Here is a portion of their conversation about Provo, laughter, the Olympics and his new book, “Turnaround.” UV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say Provo? Mitt: The mayor. The people at Nu […]

By the numbers

112 Public schools in Utah County   850,000 Children homeschooled nationwide   76.6 million Number of U.S. residents enrolled in school (elementary to college)   $5.1 billion Money spent for back-to-school clothes in the United States   $3,200 BYU tuition for one year   6,240 Number of people employed by the Alpine School District, which is […]

Choose your own summer adventure

Ah, summer. You’re back, in all your sunshine-filled, blue-skied glory that slips us into dusky dreams of biking and camping, road trips and cruise ships. We plan and we save for these bound-to-be-unforgettable vacations. But sometimes our best-laid summer plans don’t come to life, leaving us with toxic pools of regret for wasting away the sunny days. Okay, okay, […]

By the Numbers

41 : Number of state parks in Utah   74 : Percent of increase of twin/triplet births in the United States over the past two decades   3 : Percent of births in the United States each year that are twins/triplets or more   516,740 : Number of identity theft and fraud reports the FTC received during 2003   […]

Local Stats: By the Numbers

By 1.5 Miles on the hike to reach Timpanogos Cave   1,065 Number of feet Timpanogos Cave sits above the canyon floor   1887 Year Martin Harris discovered Hansen Cave at Timpanogos Cave National Monument   30 million Number of years it took the formation to grow within the Wasatch Range caves   45 […]

Gary vs. Goliaths

County Commissioner Gary Herbert hopes to be the first governor from Utah County — but he faces well-known opponents By Jeanette W. Bennett The Gary Herbert family. Top row from left: son-in-law Ben Cahoon, daughter Heather Herbert, Gary, son-in-law Casey Child. Middle row from left: son Nathan Herbert, daughter Kimberli Cahoon, wife Jeanette, daughter Shannon […]

By the Numbers

32 tons … of trash get hauled out of LaVell Edwards Stadium after every BYU football game. The Stadium of Fire usually yields 20-25 tons of trash. 5-6 hours … is the time it takes to clean LaVell Edwards Stadium after a football game. 100-125 … people clean up the stadium after each football game. 40 … full-time staff members are responsible for […]

Celebrity Look-Alikes

You never know who is going to be impressed with the winners of our Celebrity Look-Alike Contest. A month ago our editor received a call from the producers at the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. As part of Leno’s opening dialogue, the show featured the winning photo from last September’s look-alike contest. Dave Adamson of Cedar Hills bears an uncanny resemblance […]

Studies Weekly: Elementary teacher turns entrepreneur

By Greg Bennett, In the early 1980s, Alpine Elementary teacher Paul Thompson recognized a need for Utah-specific social studies information in his classroom. He wanted up-to-date information that would allow his students to learn about current events affecting their lives, government leaders in office at that time and an up-to-date perspective on traditional Utah history. After a survey of his peers showed […]

Multicultural group ROCs the valley

Scholarships, friendships and performances keep these college dancers and musicians together Utah County is one of the whitest areas in the country with less than 10 percent of residents listed as minorities in the latest census. Much of the diversity that we do have can be attributed to current and former BYU and UVSC students, who […]

Wolf Electronix: Fastest growing Utah business

By Greg Bennett, Jack Trent, chief financial officer of Wolf Electronix, describes the group as the “Osmonds of electronics contract manufacturing.” While the other five principals chuckle at the comparison, there is a certain amount of family dynamics, balance, harmony and functionality to the way Wolf Electronix is run — much like a music group. […]

Mountain Retreat by the Lake

Owners of The Car Source head south to their new cabin at Scofield Reservoir for fun times together as a family. By Jeanette W. Bennett, When Kevin and Diane Pritchett starting planning their retreat, they knew they wanted it to be close by and comfortable. With the help of Linnea Bowles, interior designer with […]

What is your New Year’s resolution for 2003?

“It’s probably the same as every year — get in shape and stick to a workout routine. I usually start really well and then after six months, I stop. I need to keep it going on all year.” ANGELA LARSON, CHAMPAIGN, ILL., VISITING FAMILY IN PROVO “I want to cut down on my procrastination. If I do something right away 20 percent of […]

At the AMAs

Local company donates kits to music awards Eminem, Nelly, Nickelback and the Osbournes will be sharing the limelight at the 30th Annual American Music Awards with a small company from American Fork. The awards show, which is to be held Jan. 13, in Hollywood, Calif., features the largest names in music competing for awards ranging from Favorite Band, Duo or Group to Favorite New Artist. But no […]