Women in Utah History

By Hailey Bennett Sundwall Girl power in Utah is not new — it’s in the Beehive’s DNA. Here are five snapshots of five fabulous players in Utah’s female history. Emmeline B. Wells February 29, 1828 – April 25, 1921 Journalist, leader, and women’s rights activist, Emmeline Wells used her pen as her sword and her […]

Angels Among Us: Ralph Clegg Devotes His Life To Keeping Utah County Healthy

Ralph Clegg knows and loves Utah Valley. He was raised on an orchard in the heart of Orem. He spent much of his time growing up outside, working in the fruit trees. Now, he lives in his parents’ old home, still enjoying Orem, even as the population has swelled and orchards have disappeared. Growing up, […]

Opportunity Knocking: Waving the Flag of Hope

One of Cathy Nixon’s life passions is helping create opportunities for others. She coached the UVU women’s basketball team for 24 seasons, leading the team from the junior college ranks to Division I and the WAC, mentoring her players along the way. Then in April 2019, Cathy became a senior associate athletic director for alumni […]

Queen of Confidence: Waving the Flag of Confidence Through Activism

For Sydney Glass, the easiest part about pageants is choosing a platform. At age 3, Sydney was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and 10 years later she started fundraising and raising awareness about T1D. She became an ambassador through the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and speaks at events and on social media. By the time […]

All Ears: Waving the Flag of Empathetic Listening

For the past five years, Katie Cheesman has had a front-row seat to the power of empathetic listening. In her nursing career, she switched to home health so she could have more time to listen to her patients tell life stories. She became especially fond of one patient and his wife. “They were the most […]

Raise Your Voice: Waving the Flag of Civility

Over the past few months, Nikki Walker has watched as civil injustice, racism and pandemic have created mounting tension and uncertainty. She’s also pondered on the word “civility,” deciding that civility is the answer to understanding others and solving problems. “Once people are civil, everything else can fall into place. The opposite of civility is […]

Making History: Waving the Flag of Courage

When Deidre Henderson finished her eighth session as a state senator representing Spanish Fork, she filed to run again for a third term. But within hours, Spencer and Abby Cox invited Deidre and her husband, Gabe, to visit them in Fairview — but they didn’t want the Hendersons to help them move pipe or take […]

UV Index: Pandemic Theater

By Hailey Bennett Sundwall In 2017, a driven 16-year-old actor had the idea to start a youth theater company and donate the proceeds to foundations in need. Three years later, Utah Valley Youth Players is still performing — and still donating. Proceeds from their productions have generously gone to Make-A-Wish Foundation, National Suicide Prevention, and […]

20 Q’s With Paige Osmond

Utah Valley Magazine turns 20 this year! We’re catching up with past cover stories and asking 20 questions.  What are main memories of playing Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 2012? I was the youngest person in the cast. In the show, I start out as a girl in the crowd and lights […]

Women in Business: Courtney Anderson, Spa Trouvé

Courtney Anderson has always been fiercely independent and a passionate entrepreneur. Even at 4 years old, she recognized her passion for the beauty industry as she assured her mom that she would be “Miss. America, of course!” With that passion, Courtney became Miss Alpine, an accomplished pianist, a graduate of BYU, wife to Nicholas Anderson, […]

August 2020 Must Dos

By Hailey Bennett Sundwall Virtual Art A La Carte Anytime, anywhere. Pajama date night is now acceptable at BYU’s Museum of Art as you virtually tour John Henri Moser’s “Painting Utah Modern” collection, as well as “A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists from the MOA collection.” moa.byu.edu/virtual-exhibitions-at-the-moa/ The Sound of ‘Music Man’ July 31- […]

20 Q’s with Marie Osmond

Utah Valley Magazine is turning 20 this year! We’re catching up with past cover stories and asking 20 questions. What do you want to say to the Marie Osmond who appeared on the cover of Utah Valley Mag in November 2004? I want to say, “You’ve come a long way, baby!” What do you remember […]

Life and Death Situations: Utah Valley Hospital

As a designated Level II trauma center, Utah Valley Hospital brings the highest quality care to the sickest of the patients. It might be a car crash. Or maybe an elderly neighbor who slipped and fell, hitting her head. In other, more dramatic situations that hit the news, it might be a gunshot wound, leaving […]

Making A Run For It: Best Runner’s Store, Runner’s Corner

  For Hawk and Cheryl Harper, owning Runner’s Corner has become a marathon of business ventures — with a nearly 30-year course filled with moments of trial followed by breakthrough, some heavy doses of endurance, and a whole lot of heart. In 1991, some runners from Sojourners Running Club banded together to open a small […]

5 Tips for Lawn Care from Stewarts Lawn

Make the grass greener on your side of the fence this summer with these five lawn care tips from Rick Stewart, owner of Stewarts Lawn, Tree & Pest Service. Fertilize On The Clock Create a fertilizer schedule with applications four to six weeks apart, and then stick to it. Lawns love consistency. Hit and miss […]

The Origins of the Orem All-Together Playground

By Chelsea Kern It all began with a Facebook post. In January 2016, Orem City announced it had grant money to use on their residents. Orem mothers Mindy Gleason and Katrina Bleyl each have a daughter who uses a wheelchair and saw a need not being met in the community: An outdoor park for all […]

Milking It: Best Ice Cream, BYU Creamery

BYU Creamery represents more than an affordable scoop. To current students, it might mean a first date and break from studying. To alumni it represents the time of life when they found themselves and their life-long favorite flavor. To community members, it’s the spot to celebrate or mourn after a basketball game. “It’s the place […]

6 Ways to Stay Slim Without a Gym

By Chelsea Kern Utah residents are pampered when it comes to physical activity options. Whether exploring the Wasatch Mountain Range or finding internal peace at a local yoga studio, we have plenty of calorie-crushing ideas to keep you sweating and feeling strong all summer long. Rock Climbing When the sun is out and you want […]

Best Of Utah Valley: Best Companies to Work For

In our 2020 Best Of Utah Valley contest, voters wrote in their favorite companies to call home. Discover why it pays to join these local crews. Young Living Essential Oils Wise Words “We’re so proud of our people and the culture they’ve helped create at Young Living. We love seeing their talent, innovation, diversity and […]

Delivering For Families: Best OB/GYN, Dr. Steven Nance and Dr. Jeff Nance

The Nance family has been watching family trees grow for three generations. “Every other field of medicine centers around illness. But with obstetrics, it’s unique. To deliver is one thing, but to know them and take care of them for an extended period of time is an incredible experience between the patient and the physician,” […]

Blush and Blow Dryers: Best Stylist, Leslie Lever

Sitting in Leslie Lever’s beauty chair is a catalyst for transformation. Beneath the physical metamorphosis, Leslie’s goal is to create more than a simple trim or highlight. “I enjoy being apart of the transformational process, but more importantly I enjoy helping a person feel better about themselves and more confident inside. Being a stylist isn’t […]

Ten Year Reunion: 2010 High Schoolers Where Are They Now?

By Chelsea Kern Ten years ago, our May 2010 edition of Utah Valley Magazine named 16 high schoolers who will change the world.  We’ve gathered eight of that featured group for a “10-year reunion.” See how they’ve changed the world in their first decade after graduating from their Utah Valley high schools. Kate Branagan Advice […]