New business Snuck Farm announces first annual heirloom plant sale

[pullquote] If you go When: Saturday, May 9 from Where: 504 W. 1100 North in Pleasant Grove, Utah What: Plant sale including heirloom tomatoes and peppers. Site: [/pullquote] SPONSORED STORY It’s the time of year to prep and plant your garden in order to yield delicious produce in the fall — and a new […]

UV crime: Bomb threat in Provo, baby killer sentenced

Arson arrest A man has been charged with arson in a 2013 fire that caused $500,000 in damage to former Payson mayor Gordon Taylor’s house. A judge issued an arrest warrant for Shawn M. Balzly, 44, on Wednesday. Balzly faces charges of aggravated arson and obstructing justice, and the court notes the case involves domestic […]

UV crime: Stolen cars with police chase, murder/suicide

Sex assault trial postponed A judge on Monday postponed the trial for Jayson Johnson, who’s charged with the 2014 sexual assault of a girl who was on her way to Cherry Hill Elementary School in Orem. The trial was set to being on Tuesday, but after hearing arguments in the case on Monday the judge […]

LDS family shares infertility struggles, joy after birth of quadruplets

To say that Pleasant Grove’s Tyson and Ashley Gardner’s lives have changed since Dec. 28, 2014 would be an understatement. Now their days consist mainly of visits to the hospital to see their newborn quadruplets in the NICU. Between visits, Ashley pumps and Tyson sends updates to the “Gardner Quad Squad’s” nearly 400,000 Facebook fans. They’re also filming a TLC […]

UV crime: Stolen police truck, high-speed chases

Police chase Utah County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Springville man Thursday afternoon after a high-speed chase through Springville, Spanish Fork and Mapleton. Just after 4 p.m., an officer stopped 53-year-old Kevin Val Christensen in Springville because he knew the man had a suspended driver’s license. Christensen got agitated about the stop and took off, and […]

Made in UV: Sunglasses, suits and more

These seven items were made in Utah Valley’s own backyard. With a wide range of talent, there is no need to shop anywhere else. Brand of Brothers Whether you prefer to protect your eyes from the best snow on earth or a tropical beach, three brothers combine shade with style. Justin, Sean and Jared Bingham founded […]

UV crime: Murder conviction, trailer park meth

Hearing set in dead babies case A judge on Monday set a preliminary hearing for Megan Huntsman, a former Pleasant Grove resident accused of giving birth to six babies and then killing them and hiding their bodies in her garage. The hearing, in which a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence for the case […]

SPONSORED: 6 one-of-a-kind things you’ll see at Evermore Park’s Pumpkin Fest

Skeletons, witches and zombies — you’ve seen it all before — which is where Evermore’s Pumpkin Fest comes in. Just in time to save Halloween enthusiasts from another year of monotony, Evermore Park has created a new twist on classic Halloween activities to give patrons a first glimpse of the fantasy adventure park and all […]

UV crime: Car burglars caught on camera, arrest in bank robbery

Bank robbery arrest A man found acting erratically near the Interstate 15 exit in Pleasant Grove on Thursday was stopped by police, pepper sprayed and then arrested in connection with a bank robbery in Orem last week. Brian Traynor, 49, reportedly had thousands of dollars with him at the time of his arrest. He’s suspected […]

UV crime: Police shooting, child abuse

Police shooting in Saratoga Springs A man who police say was wielding a Samurai sword near Saratoga Springs businesses was shot and killed by police Wednesday morning. Twenty-two-year-old Darrien Nathaniel Hunt was shot in the area of Crossroads Boulevard and Redwood Road around 9:40 a.m. after someone spotted him with the sword and called police. […]

UV crime: Child abuse in PG, fake name fiasco in Orem

Child abuse arrest Pleasant Grove police arrested a man on Tuesday on charges that he abused his 5-month-old daughter. Hansel Arturo Del-Castillo reportedly told police he got angry when his 5-month-old daughter wouldn’t stop crying. The girl’s mother, who wasn’t home when the injuries happened, took the baby to American Fork Hospital; the infant was […]

Cedar Hills chooses education over fines

Cedar Hills knows its residents are using millions more gallons of water each week watering their lawns than they should, but instead of instituting a mandatory watering schedule and fines, the city has embarked on an education campaign. “The city has concerns just because it puts a huge pressure on the city’s infrastructure and the […]

UV crime: Arrest in dog poisoning, new info in murder-suicide and babies’ deaths

Report released in murder-suicide Police released a report this week on the murder-suicide involving a Lindon police officer earlier this year. Joshua Boren killed his estranged wife, her mother and his two children — ages 5 and 7. The report reveals that he sexually abused his wife, and used his service weapon to kill his family at […]

UV Crime: Sex abuse trial for killer, nude fighter arrested

Sex abuse trial for former doc After many months of delays, the sex abuse trial against convicted killer and former Pleasant Grove doctor Martin MacNeill started and ended this week, with a jury finding him guilty of forcible sex abuse. On Thursday MacNeill was convicted of sexually assaulting his adult daughter in 2007, after his […]

Springville sticks with state option for ethics complaints

If there’s ever an ethics complaint against an appointed official — like the city administrator — or an elected officer — like the mayor — in Springville, a state commission will investigate and make recommendations for action. On Tuesday night, the Springville City Council talked about joining a local commission, with Spanish Fork, Payson and […]

Weekend best bets (May 16-18)

It’s the weekend at last. Don’t get caught stuck on the couch when there are so many activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five events sure to liven up your weekend: 1. Astrofest It’s in the stars for everyone this weekend at the BYU Department of Physics and Astronomy’s Astrofest. Shoot off rockets, gaze […]

UV crime: Bodies discovered in Pleasant Grove, check recycling in Orem

Gruesome discovery A former Pleasant Grove woman admitted to killing six of her newborn babies and putting those and a seventh stillborn baby into separate containers in the garage where she lived between 1996 and 2006, police say. The woman’s estranged husband found one body while cleaning out the garage on Saturday, then called police, […]

Weekend best bets (Feb. 7-9)

It’s the weekend at last. Don’t get caught stuck on the couch when there are so many activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five events sure to liven up your weekend: 1. Comcast’s Free Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony Party Join Olympic speed skating gold medalists Derek Parra and Chad Hedrick at the free Comcast Winter Olympic […]

Newsworthy bites from local companies

Cushman & Wakefield partnered with Hamilton Partners and Skidmore Owings & Merrill to design and build a new office space in downtown Salt Lake City. The building, 111 Main Office Tower, will be 24 stories tall, and will offer 440,000 rentable square feet and ground floor retail shopping.   Nu Skin was named No. 19 […]

Utah Valley high school boys looking to the next level

It’s really not fair to compare football players with other boys fall sports athletes and have them share the same space as next-level prospects. Those other sports don’t have a National Signing Day broadcast on major sports networks, tons of early commitments and a seemingly endless collection of full-ride scholarships. As I tackle the assignment […]

Outdoor movies

Pop the popcorn, grab a blanket and prepare for an evening under the stars watching family-friendly movies. All of these outdoor movies start at dusk, so be sure to get there before the sun goes down to claim your spot. Rock Canyon Park in Provo Cost: Free Aug. 5 – “Little Rascals” Aug. 12 – “Princess […]

Go with your Guthrie: Pleasant Grove feather royally happy to pitch for Kansas City

Jeremy Guthrie, now a 10-year Major League veteran, got his feet on the mound with a collegiate start at BYU (his most vivid memories involve The Creamery) before serving an LDS mission in Spain and transferring to Stanford. This 34-year-old father of three keeps in shape with the American Fork High School baseball team in […]

Loving a Lavish Landscape

Pleasant Grove family goes the whole 9 yards By Greg Bennett Photos courtesy of Decorative Landscaping John and Lori Durfee of Pleasant Grove have a beautiful house, situated in a nice community surrounded by almost a half acre of land. But for the first four years that the family lived there, the space was almost […]