Santa Clara Sun

April Issue

Volume 18, Issue 4

Message from Mayor Rosenberg

Santa Clara has a new Princess. Her name is Marlie Root and she was selected from a very talented and beautiful group of young ladies at the 2016 Princess Pageant held on March 5, 2016. She is the daughter of Brad & Michelle Root. Her first attendant is Abi Shakespeare, the daughter of Ben & Tawni Shakespeare, and her second attendant is Amanda Bradshaw, the daughter of Tom & Kirsten Bradshaw. I look forward to working with these young women at events throughout the year including the Washington County Fair and Swiss Days. Thanks also to our outgoing royalty, 2015 Princess Ashley Grant, Kiera Leavitt and Sara Sullivan. They did a great job representing the City throughout the past 12 months and we wish them the very best.

Construction on the Highway 91 road widening project west of the Jacob Hamblin home continues to move forward. Please be mindful of construction workers and slow down through the construction zone. Several roads have been selected for slurry seals and the projects are currently being bid. This is an important part of the street maintenance plan to extend the useful life of the pavement and base courses. New street pavement markings will also be installed where required. If you notice a problem with the streets like a pot-hole or sunken pavement please contact the City Public Services Department at (435) 656-4690 Ext. 213.

Speaking of transportation projects, the Washington County Commission is considering placing a local transportation sales tax initiative on the ballot for the November election to give voters an option to increase sale tax specifically to fund additional transportation maintenance of our existing highways and streets. This opportunity was provided by the state legislature last year. Like Santa Clara, most cities in Utah receive less than one-half the funds they need from the state gas tax. Well-maintained street infrastructure costs less in the long run. Every $1 invested in maintenance today can save $10 to $25 in reconstruction costs later, but due to a lack of funding the City currently postpones projects for years beyond when they’re warranted. In my opinion, this policy has to change and soon. A good transportation system affects our air quality, our economic prospects and our quality of life. Stay tuned for more information on this important opportunity.

The fire department has been very busy recently with two residential structure fires in as many days in March. Our fire department works extremely hard to protect residents and property. I ap-preciate their training and leadership under Chief Dan Nelson. Chief Nelson will be recognized by the American Red Cross at their annual Hero Recognition Event on April 7, 2016 for his community service and lifesaving efforts. Congratulations Dan, the community thanks you and every other member of the fire department for the very important work you do on our behalf.

The City website has been updated recently and it is easier for residents to stay informed about City department activities, upcoming events and scheduled public hearings with the planning commission and city council. Check it out here.

Enjoy these pleasant spring days and stay safe Santa Clara.

Mayor Rick Rosenberg

Inside this Issue:

  • Mayor’s Notes

  • Princess Pageant

  • Shop Santa Clara

  • Crack Sealing

  • May Cemetery Cleanup

  • Arbor Day April 23

  • Swiss Days 2016

  • School Registration

  • Blue Stakes

  • Business Highlights

  • Pet Corner

Help Santa Clara Elementary Win a Free Visit from Author Jan Brett

SC Elementary encourages you to visit this link to enter for a free Jan Brett visit to the elementary school. They are in 5th place so please vote!

2016 Santa Clara Princess Pageant Thank You

“Shining Bright” was the theme of the 2016 Princess Pageant held on March 5, and the contestants really did shine on this special night showcasing their talents, poise, intellect, and hard work in preparation for the pageant.

This year’s new princess is Marlie Root, daughter of Brad and Michelle Root. 1st attendant is Abi Shakespeare, daughter of Ben and Tawni Shakespeare and 2nd attendant is Amanda Bradshaw, daughter of Thomas and Kris-ten Bradshaw. For more about our new Santa Clara Royalty see the enclosed flyer.

Special thanks to the parents, families and friends who supported the contestants and extra special thanks to pageant committee members Lainee Frei, Brooke Ence, Camarlee Ence and all the assistants for their time and efforts to make the pageant a great experience for the contestants and a great evening for those who attended the pageant. Thanks to the judges, auditors, stage crew and Snow Canyon High School staff. And thanks to council woman Mary Jo Tode Hafen for her continued guidance and support and to all the City Council for their support as well.

Swiss Days 2016

Mark your calendars now to save the dates for Santa Clara Swiss Days 2016; Sept. 22—24. This years theme is “The Cowboy Way of Life” commemorating the history of our local ranchers and that little bit of cowboy spirit in us all! Once again Santa Clara Drive will be closed in front of Town Hall between Heights Drive and just past the west Town Hall entrance creating easier access and crossing on the drive at the event site and allowing for more fun activities on the street. If you would like to be part of the event through sponsorship, volunteerism, or as a vendor please contact the city for more information. See sponsor information and opportunities on the enclosed flyer.

Harmons Now Open

We hope you have had a chance to visit and shop at the beautiful new Harmons store or plan to visit soon. Harmons is a great addition to our city offering all your grocery needs along with many specialty products and services, even a cooking school to enhance your culinary skills. Harmons is located at the corner of Pioneer Parkway and Rachel Drive (3520 Pioneer Parkway). We hope you will support this wonderful new store as well as all of our local merchants that are providing a great variety of goods and services right here in Santa Clara. Visit the shops and businesses at the east entrance of town and the specialty shops and eateries downtown. Shop and dine amid the charming, unique ambiance found right here at home. Let’s support all of our local merchants!

Crack Sealing Streets

The Public Works Department will be crack sealing city streets the next couple of months. To be effective it is necessary to blow debris away from the street before the crack sealing process is started. At the end of the work day the crew will come back and clean the debris away from the sidewalks and driveways. If you see Public Services doing sealing on your street please move your vehicles off the street to help expedite the crack sealing work. Thank you for your patience during these street repairs.

May Cemetery Spring Clean Up

The Spring cemetery clean up will begin Monday May 2nd. All flowers, decorations, shepherds hooks, and other ornaments should be removed from the cemetery before May 2nd. Remaining flowers and decorations will be removed by city personnel, with the exception of fresh burials. Flowers and decorations can be returned to the cemetery on Friday May 6th. The spring clean up ensures the cemetery will be clean and beautiful for May Mother’s Day and Memorial Day remembrances.

WCSW Hazardous Waste Collection Day

The Washington County Solid Waste District will hold a Household Hazardous Waste collection day at the County Landfill on April 30, 2016 from 8 am-1 pm. There is no cost to County residents dropping off household hazardous waste materials to the landfill on that collection day. (Please call about commercial charges; 673-2813). Materials accepted include aerosol cans, car batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, fuel, herbicides, pesticides, paint and paint supplies, medical waste, oil, and pro-pane. The Washington County Landfill is located at 330 North Landfill Road in Washington, UT. If you would like to be on an email list to be notified of the collection date please send an email to This is a great opportunity to clean out and get rid of those leftover, expired and no longer used chemical products at your home.

Short-Term Rentals

Short-term rentals are becoming increasingly popular. Short-term rentals are considered a rental that occurs between a property owner and a renter for 29 consecutive days or less.
There are only certain areas within the city that are zoned for the short term or nightly rentals. The two subdivision development areas in Santa Clara City that currently allow for these type of rentals are: Paradise Village at Zion and Lava Falls at Entrada. Short-term rental properties must be managed by a property manager with a Santa Clara City business license and a Utah Sales Tax License to report transient room tax for short term rentals. Any home that is in an R-1-10 residential zoned area, is NOT permitted to have a short-term type of rental at that property. As per Section 17.20.260(A), the Santa Clara City Code states that if a short term rental takes place outside of the currently allowed zoned areas, it could result in a $750 per day penalty as well as a Class B Misdemeanor $1000 fine.

If you have any questions, please call or visit the Building Department. We would be happy to help with further explanation of this ordinance.

Spring Burn Window

The 2016 Spring Burn Window is open through May 30. You must call Burn Control at 627-4949 the day you plan to burn. There is also a link for Burn Control on our City website at Click on the Public Safety drop down bar and select Fire Department and then Burn Window, then you will see the link for a Burn Permit. Permission to burn will depend on weather conditions and the clearing index. Fires must be attended until completely extinguished. Make sure you have a hose or other extinguishing equipment with you at the burn site. All burning must take place during daylight hours.

Lava Ridge Intermediate Registration

If you have a student that is currently not attending school in the Washington County School District and you plan to have a 6th or 7th grader attend Lava Ridge Intermediate School, please stop by the school office and pick up a registration packet. For questions please call the school at 435-652-4742 or stop by the school at 2425 Rachel Drive, Santa Clara, UT.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for Santa Clara and Arrowhead Elementary Schools will be held Wednesday March 30 and Wednesday April 6 from 9-11 AM and 1-3 PM both days. You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization records. You can bring your child with you if you would like. Chinese dual immersion classes are offered at both schools. For further information call Santa Clara Elementary at 628-2624 and Arrowhead Elementary at 674-2027.

Parks Update

Arbor Day 2016: The Santa Clara City Mayor and City Council have proclaimed April 23rd as the City’s Arbor Day. To celebrate the occasion, the Santa Clara Utah Heights LDS Stake will be planting trees and shrubs at Canyon View and Gubler Parks. Canyon View Park will receive 60 new trees and bushes along Can-yon View Drive from Spence Gunn Field to the Skate Park. At Gubler Park there will be 2 tree planting activities at the new Gubler Park expansion. Volunteers will plant approximately 70 riparian restoration trees along the upper bank of the stream and plant larger tree species along the border of the new park to provide cool summer shade. The one day of service will provide a lifelong benefit to our community like the London Planes planted by previous generations along Santa Clara Drive that we cherish. If you would like to volunteer, please call Tim Anderson at 435-705-0394.

In addition to the plantings, Santa Clara City and the Santa Clara Historical Society are sponsoring a DAY IN THE ARBORETUM: ‘BIRDS AND BOTANY’ from 11am to 2 pm. Lee Hughes, bota-nist, will be on hand to give information on native plants and their uses by the early native peoples and settlers. Lael Christensen will be there with his golden eagle. He will describe the behavior of eagles and hawks in the wild and preserves. Each child will receive an imitation eagle feather to take home. Please come to this great FREE family and individual activity.

Volunteers: At Little League Park, Jaden Bergen professionally installed a 330 square foot paver walkway in the dirt area behind the North Little League Dugout between the North and South fields to earn Eagle Scout. The new pavers look great and will be enjoyed by all Park Visitors. In Santa Clara Heights, Brendan Clarke carefully painted 13-foot sections of the curbs in front of 77 mailboxes to attain his Eagle Scout. It will keep the mailboxes free from parked cars. He did a great job in a very timely manner.

Local Business Highlights

 AKA Embroidery by Angie Langston at 229-9653
 Alternative Power Systems, Inc by Stewart Somerville at 435-691-2020
 Big West Cleaning and Restoration by Jason Lindsey at 435-632-9187
 Bliss Weddings & Rentals by Debbie at 435-632-1618
 Brooks Window Design by Benita Brooks at 628-2768
 Building Concepts of Southern Utah by Brent Andersen at 668-6300
 Campbell’s 24/7 Sewer & Drain Services by Tom Campbell at 414-5350
 Classy Lawn & Yard Care by Shane Waegerle at 862-7762
 Choppers Yard Care by Brandon Pectol at 862-2089
 Cut & Dried Home Hair Salon by Madelyn Derrick at 652-8491
 Desert Edge Montessori by Analee Talbot at 272-3711
 Dharma Wheels Cyclery by Jon Kolon at 435-615-6819
 Dominos Pizza Delivery & Take Out by Randy Snow at 688-8885
 Don’s Remodeling Handyman by Don Crothers at 688-2709
 Doug’s Master Auto Care by Douglas Lefler at 673-6622
 Dutchman’s/Cravings by Nick Frei at 628-8482
 Eagle Creek Landscapes by Darrin Heinz at 627-8058
 Entre, Inc. Garage Door Repair by Ed Gray at 680-6699
 Fire and Safety Distribution Co. by Kenneth Kvenvold at 435-272-7039
 Fisher Lawn & Yard Care by Bart Fisher at 862-7457
 Fusion Specialty Pharmacy by Travis Jackman R. Ph., Pharm. D. and
 Koby Taylor R. Ph., Pharm D. at 435-703-9680
 Garden Sprout by Lance Allred at 673-3839
 Ivory Pet Care by Mary Ellen Call at 668-2433
 Jon Kolon DDS – Dental Office – 435-615-6819
 Kaili’s Restaurant by Herb & Wendy Basso at 435-216-9828
 Kevin Lee Construction by Kevin Lee at 680-9858
 Kiwi Plumbing & Heating by Michael Puriri at 435-256-0114
 Landscape Maintenance by Belmont Gardening at 628-2013
 Lightfoots Chevron , CBR Enterprises by Brad & Cindy Pollman 216-2789

 Little Patch of Heaven Montessori Preschool by Janae Huntington at 632-9372
 Maids of Honor Cleaning Service by Kristine Romine at 862-8417
 Delyn Norling Manual Therapist at 668-7384
 Mobile Notary Service by Jeri Sue Stewart at 619-2262
 Moore N More Popcorn by Dianna Moore at 435-680-3820
 Mr. Honey Do Service by Marshall Dick at 669-0870
 Neilson Automotive by Bruce Neilson at 652-4401
 Ohana by Herb & Wendy Basso at 669-9059
 Pest Control by Viking Pest Control at 435-272-4129
 Photos by Richelle by Richelle Nelson at 632-5544
 Red River Health & Wellness Chiropractic at 435-767-9355
 Robert Austin Tile by Robert Austin at 435-272-4186
 Rose Restoration by Michael Rose at 673-8006
 RV/Business Storage by Bruce Belmont at 628-2013
 Santa Clara Mercantile by Nancy Scott at 801-631-0477
 Say it Your Way Custom Vinyl by Tara Howard at 435-632-7006
 Shining Star Preschool by Trudy Carlson at 669-6461
 Smarty Pants Preschool by Doree Sargent at 674-2305
 Stitch-n-Stuff Embroidery by Tim & Angie McArthur at 435-673-4654
 Strain Landscaping by Craig Strain at 668-9150
 Super Star Preschool by Debra Gourley at 656-1647
 The Clover Patch by Doug Clove at 986-9070
 The Old Bodega Furniture/ Accessories by Greg & Carol Smith at 673-0656
 The Granary at Santa Clara (restaurant) by Pat Johnson at 435-851-2031
 Uncle & Auntie’s Gift Shop Vicki Lasswell 634-9416
 V-Max Remodeling by Craig Mangus at 628-6000
 Wilde Electric, Inc. by Terry Wilde at 632-7297

Pet Corner

Things are blooming, the weather is great and the shelter is full! It is a beautiful time of year in Southern Utah but unfortunately it is also the time of year we see a tremendous increase in the number of unwanted dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. Please remember spay/neuter not only helps with the unwanted pet population; it is a health benefit to your pet. For more information or to request a voucher for the FIAS Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic please use the contact information below.

Our “Wish for the Month” is Purina Kitten & Puppy Chow, scoopable litter and foster homes. This program has assisted FIAS with providing quality food for our homeless pets. If you do not want to make a commitment to adopt a pet our foster program is a great opportunity for short term care of a homeless pet. FIAS will provide food, litter and medical for animals in our foster program. It is a fantastic way to get a pet out of the shelter while we are search for a forever home for your special foster pet. We count on community support from Ivins, Santa Clara and our supporters from across the nation; we couldn’t do what we do without you.

FIAS has a new supply of emergency medical cards for your window as well as emergency preparedness books. If you do not have a card or book please stop by the Ivins Animal Shelter & Adoption Center and pick up a free packet.

In celebration of FIAS’ 10th anniversary April will feature a drawing for all adopters. There will be a drawing for cat adoptions and dog adoptions. Please visit the shelter, check out all of the pets searching for a forever home and take home a new BFF. All of the homeless pets in the shelter deserve a second chance at a happily ever after tale of love and happiness.

As you do your spring and summer shopping please remember to “Smile” for FIAS. The AmazonSmile program assists FIAS at no additional expense to you. Please bookmark it on your computer using the information below.

A reminder, the warmer weather is coming. It is that time of year when your pet cannot be left outdoors without ample shade and water. Also, pets cannot be left in locked cars. We know they love to go for rides but please keep them safe during our hot weather.

FIAS is available to assist with questions or problems related to your pet(s). Please use the information below to contact FIAS directly. We work closely with Best Friends and if we cannot be of assistance we will find someone who will be able to assist you. Pets are part of the family and FIAS is committed to assist our friends and neighbors.

Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter Facebook or

Where to Meet the Pets

Ivins animal Shelter and Adoption Center
474 North 200 West, Ivins. 435-628-1049.

New Hours:
Monday & Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM



Pebbles & Annie

Pebbles, a Pointer mix, is a sweet girl, approximately 3 years old weighing 50 pounds. She would like to find a forever home with an active family that likes the outdoors. Pebbles is an inside dog but would love to have a fenced yard where she can play safely. She is out of the puppy stage of her life and ready to me YOUR NEW BFF. Pebbles has been with us since November so please open your heart and home to her. Call Aggie at 435-669-7043 or Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter at 435-673-1718 for more information or to make arrangements to meet Pebbles.

Annie is a beautiful girl with a sweet personality to match her sweet face. Annie is approximately 3 years old and would make a great addition to a family, a couple or a single person. While all of the cats in the shelter are loved and cared for, Annie is very anxious to find her new forever home. Please call Aggie at 435-669-6074 or Friends of Ivins Animal at 435-673-1718. Annie and her friends are waiting for YOU to give them their new home.

Monthly Meeting Schedule

– 2ND & 4TH WEDNESDAYS @ 5:00 P.M.


– 2ND TUESDAY @ 6:00 P.M.

– 4TH TUESDAY @ 4:00 P.M.


H.E.A.T. Program

The Home Energy Assistance Target Program accepts applications to assist eligible households in need of help paying their home heating bills. This federally funded program is administered by the State of Utah. Payment amounts are based on income, energy use, and at-risk groups in the household. The application period begins Nov.1, 2015 and goes through Sept. 30, 2016, or until funds are exhausted. Each household can receive H.E.A.T. assistance once during this period. Residents who wish to apply for assistance should call 435- 652-9643 to schedule an appointment. The H.E.A.T. office is located at 168 N. 100 E. Ste. 255, St. George, UT 84770.

Samuel R. Knight History Museum

Come see the expanded Samuel R. Knight Santa Clara History Museum located in the Town Hall basement and learn about Santa Clara’s history. The museum hours are Tuesdays 1—4 pm and Saturdays 11am—2 pm. Call 435-879-5297 or email for information or if you would like to volunteer at the mu-seum or schedule a special group or family reservation.