Weekend best bets: Jump into June with 5 Utah Valley events

Summer is finally here and there is no turning back. We’ve tackled spring’s rain (and snow) showers, but now we are ready for nothing but fun in the sun. Utah Valley pulls out all the stops to create a fun summer full of events — whether its a musical performance, sporting event or a random affair — […]

Why Trader Joe’s chose Orem for its Utah Valley location opening in 2018

It’s official: Trader Joe’s will open at University Place in Orem in early 2018. The city announced the news late Wednesday. And the reason the grocer — known for low prices and harder-to-find items — is coming to Orem? Social media, online requests and the competition between Orem and Provo over who could land the […]

2017 Fab 40: Mindy Gleason

Age: 32 City: Orem Casting call Children with disabilities now play alongside peers at the All-Together Playground in Orem thanks to Mindy’s idea. This mother of two wanted a play place for her 8-year-old who is in a wheelchair due to spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress. Mindy worked with Katrina Bleyl, another mother to […]

Going up: 5 reasons 2016 was a good year for Utah Valley

It’s no secret that Utah Valley is growing by leaps and bounds, and 2016 didn’t disappoint. The LDS Church opened a new temple, cities built new parks, developers announced the reinvention of existing shopping areas and UTA is working on a new transportation option for Provo and Orem. Provo City Center Temple In December 2010, […]

Phantom dumper seeping funds from Orem with illegal dumping

Orem‘s phantom dumper is still hard at work. The city got a break the week of Thanksgiving. But on Tuesday, the dumper was back at it — dumping some kind of natural, fibrous waste down one of the city’s manholes. The dumping has been happening for months, and the city’s gotten a lot of tips […]

Orem invites community to vote on best Movember mustache

They let their lip hair grow all November — and longer for some — for a chance to win Orem’s Movember competition. Now it’s the community’s turn to vote on the best mustaches in the city. There are two categories to vote on: “Orem’s Best Moustache” and “Orem’s Most Uncomfortable Moustache.” There are 14 contestants […]

Lip hair, I care: Orem raising awareness for men’s health in ‘Movember’

You might have noticed some men growing out their facial hair this month. But it’s not because they’re lazy or want to keep their faces warm — they’re trying to raise awareness of men’s physical and mental health issues. Orem has jumped on the cause, too, and is having a contest for the best mustache […]

Quick response of MVHS staff and police helped protect students in MVHS stabbing

OREM, UT – At 7:47 a.m. Tuesday, a 16-year-old Mountain View High School student stabbed five of his fellow students as they were preparing for their P.E. class. Just six minutes later at 7:53 p.m., Orem police had the suspect in custody. “When you think about that kind of response time, that’s amazing,” said Chief of […]

Orem Police unsure if five MVHS stabbing victims will survive

Five teens are hospitalized following a stabbing at Mountain View High School early Tuesday morning. Roughly before 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, the a 16-year-old male stabbed five victims, all male, in the gym area at MVHS, according to Lt. Craig Martinez of the Orem Police Department. The suspect was taken into custody. “He was taken into […]

It’s getting spooky: Halloween happenings around Utah Valley

On Friday night, Lehi’s Legacy Center will be full of adults and kids decked out in their Halloween costumes. They’ll be playing games, collecting candy around the movie-themed track, getting a little scared in the family-friendly spook alley, and having all kinds of Halloween fun. The Legacy Center — Lehi’s recreation center, 123 N. Center […]

20 pictures that show how the All-Together Playground includes everyone

Children laughed and screamed as they ran around from one piece of equipment to the next, unable to quench their curiosity and sense of adventure. “Does anyone else want to play?” one child would ask, making the purpose of the new playground obvious — inclusion. These are the new sights and sounds Orem residents should get […]

Orem ranked No. 2 best city for trick-or-treating in 2016

With almost perfect temperatures, lots of kids and low crime rates, Orem is ranked as the No. 2 spot in the country for trick-or-treating this year. “I think Orem’s a great place to trick-or-treat,” said Pete Wolfley, an Orem spokesman. “Parents can count on safe streets that are well-lit, the weather in October is generally […]

Orem seeking manhole grease dumper

For the last few months, every Thursday someone is dumping huge amounts of grease and fat down a manhole in Orem. The gunk ends up at the city’s water reclamation plant, where it damages equipment. “About once a week, a huge wave of oil and gunk and goo, essentially stuff that shouldn’t be in the […]

University Place plans free week of events for The Orchards opening

Indoor and outdoor play areas for kids, green space, choreographed water fountains, pavilions, seating — these are all part of the large new park, called The Orchard, opening Oct. 3 at University Place. The park borders the exterior of the H&M store on the north side of the mall building. The park opens on Oct. […]

Free Swap: Give away, find, connect with community

Have things sitting around your house that you don’t need? But you haven’t had time to haul them to the thrift store? Or does listing them in online classifieds seem overwhelming? Maybe you’d rather give them away for free, and at the same time pick up some things you need. Or do you have garden […]

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival changing location, dates

This year’s Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will be the last at Orem’s Mt. Timpanogos Park. After 27 years in the city, organizers announced this week that the festival will move to Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. The festival, founded by Karen Ashton, started as a fundraiser for a children’s wing at the Orem Library. For years it was […]

Construction starts Sunday for Orem’s all-abilities playground; volunteers still needed

Starting Sunday, Orem’s all-abilities playground will be coming together with the help of thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. For more than a year, Orem’s been planning and fundraising for the All-Together Playground at City Center Park, near the library. It will have features and equipment that give children of […]

Orem may have a site for its first dog park

  Orem’s got a location for a dog park, and it shouldn’t pose issues for neighbors or cause problems with water quality. The city council and mayor have both given the go-ahead for the location — at Mt. Timpanogos Park, aka the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival park. The city will hold an open house at the […]

40 under 40: The hue’s who of Utah Valley

By Briana Stewart Photos by Dave Blackhurst Color us impressed. These 40 youngsters are making their mark. They’re entrepreneurs, strategists, leaders and visionaries — and they’re a colorful bunch. To gain insight into what makes them work, we asked all 40 whiz kids to take The Color Code test, and then we photographed them on their scoring shade. Red, […]

40 under 40: Tom Clark

Social Dental, Orem AGE: 29 BORN: Portland, Ore. TITLE: Founder + CEO Tom Clark has good reason to smile. His marketing company, Social Dental, has raised $8.8 million in funding, is growing astronomically with clients across the country, and offers technology that is changing the way doctors interact with patients. The YELLOW Talking “There is […]

40 under 40: Olivia Vancott

KIAVAclothing, Orem AGE: 27 BORN: Orem TITLE: Founder + CEO Marathoner Olivia VanCott was running out of clothing options. So like any good entrepreneur, she designed her own. Four years later, she’s sold more than a $1 million worth of product, and her exercise clothing line includes distinctive, stylish sports bras, tank tops, workout pants […]

40 under 40: James Grierson

Bluehost.com, Orem AGE: 35 BORN: Oregon City, Ore. TITLE: CEO We could talk about James Grierson until we’re blue in the face. The Bluehost.com CEO — with his blue personality, of course — runs one of the world’s largest providers of cloud-based online solutions, employs more than 700 people, and has entrepreneurism running through his […]

40 under 40: Michelle Rasmussen

ThreeTwoSevenSix, Orem AGE: 37 BORN: Seattle TITLE: Founder Michelle Rasmussen is an expert at her craft. Most of her career has been spent dominating in marketing and product development for stationery, craft and DIY companies like QuicKutz, Silhouette, Lifestyle Crafts and now her current venture, ThreeTwoSevenSix. Prior to that, Rasmussen earned a PR degree from […]

40 under 40: Andy Baxter

Sustainable Energy Solutions, Orem AGE: 32 BORN: Provo TITLE: President Andy Baxter has a good energy about him. His company, Sustainable Energy Solutions, develops patented solutions to combat energy problems on a regional and global scale. Their flagship product, for instance, is a post-combustion technology that has the potential to reduce carbon emissions from fossil-fueled […]

40 under 40: Chad Ingram

Scout50.com, Orem + Yeah Media, Provo AGE: 28 BORN: Whittier, Calif. TITLE: Co-founder + CEO Chad Ingram was thisclose to becoming a lawyer. But when entrepreneurism called, he answered, and Ingram now runs two successful ventures. Scout50.com, in particular, is dominating the online marketing space and working with brands like Dunkin’ Donuts, UPS, Chevron and Dairy […]

40 under 40: Brenn Bybee

City of Orem, Orem AGE: 36 BORN: Provo TITLE: Assistant city manager Brenn Bybee is a city boy at heart. After earning his master of public administration degree, he went on to hold key roles in the city offices of both Lehi and Orem. With a love of community at his core, Bybee has been […]

40 under 40: Kyle A. Reyes, Ph.D.

UVU, Orem AGE: 37 BORN: Canoga Park, Calif. TITLE: Asst. professor + chief diversity officer Kyle Reyes is schooling it. With a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. under his belt, he is teaching, mentoring and influencing the next generation at UVU. After a five-year stint as assistant to Pres. Matthew Holland, Reyes is now an assistant […]

Memorial Day 2016: Ceremonies for vets, fun with history

Camp Floyd State Park does something a little different for Memorial Day weekend — it’s got a Civil War encampment. “It’s a family-friendly event,” said Chuck Mood, park ranger at Camp Floyd, at 18035 W. 1540 North in Fairfield. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, there will be period games to play, uniforms for […]