BYU bests UVU in game that was polar opposite of last year’s Crosstown Clash

It was a cruel twist of fate for UVU and sweet piece of revenge for BYU at the UCCU Center Wednesday night. BYU men’s basketball (5–2) team bested UVU 85–58 in a game of opposites to last year’s UCCU Crosstown Clash. Besides the obvious difference — that the Cougars won this year — the roles […]

10 highlights from a dark BYU football season

These are strange times for BYU football. For the first time since 2004, the Cougars will not play in a bowl game after enduring a historically bad season. BYU finished with a 4–9 record, tallying the highest number of losses in a single season since going 1-9 under Chick Atkinson in 1955. “I’ve said it […]

Roundtable: Direct message from the direct sales industry

Utah Valley is the direct sales’ global upline, and these 5 are putting work in network marketing. Werk! Jeanette Bennett, BusinessQ: In the past decade, what have been the biggest shifts in the direct sales industry? Jake Hadlock, Tavala: For Tavala, the biggest change has been the customer component. A lot of network marketing companies […]

Pleasant Grove offers course for fathers who want to be better dads

If you’re a dad looking to be an even better dad, there’s a class for you. This month, Pleasant Grove Recreation started offering a course called 24/7 Dad. It teaches the five characteristics of the 24/7 father: self-awareness, caring for self, fathering skills, parenting skills and relationship skills. “It’s a whole-man approach,” said Dalin Belt, […]

All is bright: Meet the man behind the brightest house on the block

Untangling a giant mess of Christmas lights doesn’t exactly foster the Christmas spirit. But for Michael Downey, it’s a labor of love. His display garners the admiration of light lovers near and far, with roughly 2,000 cars driving by his Lehi house each year. He uses more than 10,000 lights and synchronizes them with classic […]

Olive Garden opens at Canyon Creek in Spanish Fork

Just in time for the holidays, Olive Garden cut the ribbon to officially open its restaurant in Spanish Fork on Monday morning. “Thank you to everybody in Spanish Fork and everybody in the surrounding areas for welcoming us here to be part of the neighborhood,” said Darren Lindo, general manager at Olive Garden in Spanish Fork. […]

Thanksgiving Point’s Luminaria lights up year two

Thanksgiving Point’s Luminaria was the social media darling of last year, with its inaugural draw of a million light bulbs, 27 themed areas and nearly 60,000 attendees. Now for the second season, this Point of the Mountain holiday mecca has more Christmas tricks up its white-fir-lined sleeve. “Anywhere we could add lights, we added them […]

7 things to know about Woodland Hills

Sharon Aposhian Wright has traveled all over the world, but her favorite trip is a weekly jaunt to the Utah State Prison from her hometown of Woodland Hills. Award-winning quilter and mom to six (and grandmother to eight), Sharon and her husband, Dalton, had a strong inclination to serve. They have spent the past two […]

Get to the Point: Life surrounding Traverse Mountain

For decades, the Point of the Mountain has divided Utah Valley from Salt Lake Valley. However, the Point is now bringing people together from near and far. Utah Valley Magazine asked “pointed” questions to a resident, a business owner and a shopper who are in the fan club for what is now referred to as […]

Provo approves rental contract law in 5-2 vote

After a few months of discussion and taking public comment — much of which was against the proposal — the Provo council voted 5–2 to require landlords to have signed contracts with all adult tenants. Councilmen Dave Harding and David Sewell voted against the measure. The new law goes into effect Jan. 1. It will […]

A look back and forward at to our favorite Utah Valley dining reviews

By Mary Crafts-Homer I absolutely love writing restaurant reviews. They keep me connected to what’s new in the community, meeting new foodies, and always pushing Utah’s edgy new food scene. One of my favorite things is to meet the owner of a restaurant I’ve reviewed and have him or her tell me my review really […]

The Voice: Broadway tenor Dallyn Vail Bayles sets the stage for Christmas

The LDS Church’s production of Savior of the World is the gift that keeps on living for Dallyn Vail Bayles. In 2000, when he first heard that the new Conference Center in Salt Lake City would include a small theater, he felt a tug on his costumed soul. He knew this stage would help tell […]

UVU using ‘Toughest 24’ as launch pad for 2017–18 season

Tough is one way to put it. Some less optimistic critics would call it “nearly impossible,” but UVU men’s basketball coach Mark Pope is using a “tough” season-opener series as a road map for the rest of the 2017–18 season. UVU men’s basketball team is making history this weekend with what the team is calling […]

BYU uses full eligible roster in dominant win over Colorado College

BYU basketball easily dominated Colorado College in its 95–35 win Wednesday night at the Marriott Center. While the final exhibition game may not have been exciting to watch, BYU coach Dave Rose was grateful for the opportunity it provided him to play all 11 eligible and healthy members of his young basketball team. “At 4 […]

Curtis headed to Congress, results in many other races uncertain

Though results won’t be final for weeks, Republican John Curtis is headed to Washington to replace Jason Chaffetz, who left office in June. As of Tuesday night, Curtis led Democrat Kathie Allen 57 percent to 27 percent. Allen conceded the Third Congressional District race not long after results started rolling in. However, the vote tallies […]

5 cues for working from home

Working from home isn’t always picture perfect. It all comes down to focus. Just ask Jessie Evans, an entrepreneur and mother of four young “assistants.” “I have entrepreneur blood running through me,” Evans says. “My dad was an entrepreneur, so I grew up with that. I just like building businesses and working for myself.” Evans […]

UVU President Matthew Holland leaving UVU to serve as LDS mission president

Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland will leave the university in June to serve as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, UVU announced Monday morning. Holland will continue to serve as UVU’s president through June 2018 before beginning his mission president duties in July. While the LDS Church announced […]

Kirby Heyborne’s career as audio book narrator flourishing

You’ve seen him on television in an array of national commercials for companies like AT&T, La Quinta, Target, Best Buy, Jack In the Box, Wendy’s, Honda, Volkswagen, Liberty Mutual, Verizon and CarMax, to name a few. You’ve seen him on the big screen in movies like “The Best Two Years,” “Saints and Soldiers” and “The […]

Utah County hometown stars shining bright for BYU football

Putting on a BYU football uniform feels special for Micah Hannemann beyond the reasons you might expect to hear from a college athlete. It isn’t just a chance for the senior safety to represent his school. For the lifelong Utah County resident, it also gives him a chance to represent his family, his community and […]

East Bay Golf Course could have med school as neighbor

If everything goes as planned, Provo could have a new medical school and an improved golf course in the next several years. Wasatch Educational is proposing to build the school on 24 acres on the northwest side of the East Bay Golf Course. It would take about 11 percent of the total golf course acreage, […]

Childs shows dominance and diversity in BYU basketball win over Westminster

Yoeli Childs is taking the responsibility of replacing former BYU center Eric Mika to heart. Childs earned a double-double — 25 points and 14 rebounds — in BYU basketball’s 76–62 win over Westminster Wednesday night. “I thought that was one of our really bright spots,” BYU coach Dave Rose said about Childs’ performance. “Our guys […]

UV To Do: Calendar of events for November 2017

The holiday season is just getting started. Take a glance ahead and mark your calendar for these Utah Valley events and traditions. Events Dias de los Muertos When: Nov. 11 from 3 p.m.–9 p.m. Where: Shops at Riverwoods Cost: FREE Site: Facebook Lighting of Riverwoods When: Nov. 17 from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Where: Shops at Riverwoods Cost: FREE Site: Eat Like […]

Nick Emery will play in exhibition games pending NCAA ruling on eligibility

BYU junior Nick Emery will continue to play in BYU basketball’s exhibition games until the NCAA makes a ruling on Emery’s eligibility, BYU coach Dave Rose said Tuesday evening. Last week, The Salt Lake Tribune broke the news that Emery was under investigation for allegedly accepting gifts from a BYU booster. Rose said he’d “love to […]

UVU soccer player returns to team after kicking cancer

UVU junior forward Austin Buxton headed the soccer ball off of a cross and into the open net to put the Wolverines up 2–0 and seal the victory over Houston Baptist on Oct. 19. The goal may seem like a routine soccer play, but it was Buxton’s first in nearly two years after redshirting the […]

New philanthropy-focused Halloween tradition takes hint from Elf on the Shelf

Mindy Haering was pregnant and excited for the arrival of her daughter, but that excitement turned to sadness when the Haerings lost their baby girl shortly before October in 2013. While dealing with the loss herself, she was also worried for her 4-year-old son, who had also been excited to have a baby sister. She […]

10 takeaways from 10th annual Women Tech Awards

Oracle CEO Safra Catz, Sen. Orrin Hatch and Women Tech Council Founder Cydni Tetro packed the house with attendees and quotables at today’s 10th annual Women Tech Awards held at the Grand America. Seventeen finalists and three student finalists were narrowed to seven award recipients, including Rachel Hofstetter of Provo’s Chatbooks, who was given the […]

Spanish Fork celebrates opening of first shops at Canyon Creek

Multiple businesses in Spanish Fork’s Canyon Creek development are officially open for business — and city officials are ecstatic. Ace Hardware, Famous Footwear, Petco, Maurices, TJ Maxx and Ulta have all opened their doors to customers. Downeast Home and Clothing will open on Friday, Nov. 3 with other businesses scheduled for opening later this year […]