Santa Clara Sun

May 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 Mayor’s Message

Every April when possible, my brother and I make a pilgrimage 90 miles deep into the Lake Powell-Glen Can-yon Recreation Area by boat to camp and spend a week fishing and swapping stories. My Dad started the tradition many years ago when we were both teenagers and we have passed it on to our kids. It’s time we treasure, where many wonderful memories have been made and maybe a few legends were born.

We have to pack in all of our water, food, ice, fuel, a generator, camping supplies, tents, and a portable toilet, leaving a little room for fishing tackle. It takes a full day to make the journey up the lake and set up camp, if you are lucky the wind won’t be blowing and you might even get some fishing in that evening. If you plan it right, you can get a good steak cooked before dark and settle into a safe, comfortable bed for the night dreaming about the big one you’ll chase the next day. We spend the next few days exploring the canyons and bays, living large in a very remote and wild place. Defining what “life is good” is all about.

Operating a City takes many of the same skills and tools needed to make great memories in our neighbor-hoods. We need to provide a clean, safe and reliable water system. If you have ever hauled water for your family, you will understand it when I say it’s pretty cheap and easy in our homes. A couple of dollars for a 1,000 gallons of water at pressure at your tap, wow. Power at the switch on demand, no going out and starting or refueling a generator at night for pennies a kilowatt hour, too easy. A sewer connection and working toilet, no outhouse or cat-hole in the desert, nice. Paved streets, police & fire protection, parks, storm drains, trails, public gathering places, all available upon demand, we are really spoiled. If you don’t believe me shut off your water or power connection for a day, see what impact it has on your quality of life.

Delivering quality community services takes careful planning and implementation. These services don’t just happen by themselves. Past generations of city leaders and citizens labored to fund and construct the services many of us take for granted today. Today’s City Staff works hard to maintain the high level of service today’s residents have come to expect. There are always improvements that need be made, expansion of water, power, sewer, public safety, streets and drainage system services. Cities or communities can not take these things for granted. If they do things will deteriorate and the public will suffer. We need to make sure what happened in Flint, Michigan or in Cape Town, South Africa never happens here. Infrastructure is every bit as critical to successful civilization as education.

As much fun as it is to go deep into the wilderness on occasion, I would not want to have to do it everyday. I appreciate past city leaders who put in the hard work so my family can live in Santa Clara and enjoy the bounties of their work. I support the continued maintenance and expansion of those services when needed. I thank the dedicated public servants who work hard to provide these services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to all of the residents of this community. This is something I will always be passionate about. Maybe not as passionate as going fishing but’s it pretty close.

Enjoy the mild temperatures while they last and remember to stay safe Santa Clara.

Mayor Rick Rosenberg


The City of Santa Clara is pleased to announce the new royalty for the years 2018-2019!

Miss Santa Clara: Aleah Horton, daughter of Brian & Heather Horton

1st Attendant: Ambrie White, daughter of Steve & Tammi Hansen and Bryan & KK White

2nd Attendant: Raegan Gines, daughter of Scott & Jill Gines

Thank you for all that came out to support these beautiful women on Saturday night. We would also like to thank our going royalty; Elle Habibian, Morgan Radley, Lexie Edwards and Alyssa Ferguson for all their hard work and dedication to the city of Santa Clara!

Special thanks to pageant coordinator Monica Bracken and her daughters Kaitlin and Gracie for all their time, talents, and guidance as they worked with the contestants to provide a wonderful experience for these special young ladies and a lovely evening for all that attended the pageant.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook at Santa Clara City Royalty.

May Events & Updates

    The 2018 Spring Burn Window is open thru May 30. Always call Burn Control at 627-4949 the day you plan to burn. There is also a link for Burn Control on the city website at Click on the Public Safety drop down bar and select Fire Dept. and then Burn Window, you will then see a link for a Burn Permit. Burn days depend on weather conditions & clearing index. Fires must be attended to until completely extinguished. Make sure you have a hose or other extinguishing equipment at the burn site. Burn-ing must take place during day-light hours only.
    Clean up dumpsters will be available June 8 and 9 to aid in residential clean up; there will be 3 dumpsters at the Little League Parking Lot and 1 at Town Hall. As always we ask that no trash is left on the ground before dumpsters arrive or after they have been removed. If you have large items that need disposed of please call Republic Services at 628-2821 to schedule a special pick up. These dumpsters are not for disposal of any hazardous waste or chemicals, paint, pesticides, batteries or tires and not for construction site waste. Reminder and more information in the June newsletter.
    Free water system checks will be available by the Washington County Water Conservancy District between May 15-Sep 30. The water check gives you a customized irrigation schedule, identifies your soil type, and suggests ways to efficiently water your landscape. The program helps you to have an attractive landscape while saving water, that’s good for our water supply and your water bill! To request a free water check please call 673-3617. Visit the WCWCD website for more information:
    If you have a Spring yard project that requires any significant digging you will want to be sure to call Blue Stakes of Utah at least 48 business hours before you begin digging. This will allow time for utility providers to be notified to come locate and mark the utility lines on your property before digging begins. Be safe, call Blue Stakes first at 811 or 800-662-4111. And good luck tackling those yard projects!
    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. 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.
    The Spring cemetery clean up will begin Monday May 7th. All flowers, decorations, shepherds hooks, and other ornaments need to be removed from the cemetery before May 7. Remaining flowers and decorations will be re-moved by city personnel, with the exception of fresh burials. Flowers and decorations can be returned to the cemetery on Friday May 11th. The spring clean up ensures the cemetery will be clean and beautiful for May Mother’s Day and Memorial Day remembrances.
    Springtime in Santa Clara is the perfect time to walk, shop and dine at home in Santa Clara. Our local merchants look forward to welcoming you to their shops and restaurants. They offer many goods and services including furniture, home & yard décor, fabrics & quilting classes, yarns & knitting classes, pet care & supplies, unique gift items, baked goods, delicious eateries and much more. Don’t forget Frei’s Fruit market opens Memorial weekend.

    Santa Clara businesses provide many other services including our beautiful Harmons store, east entrance convenience stores, dental care, eye care, pharmacy services, auto repair, auto sales, yoga, salon services, barbershop, banking and more. Supporting our hometown businesses is important to our local economy and helps our local businesses grow and thrive.

    Monday Evening: 5:30-7:30 PM

    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 1:00—4:00 PM

    By appointment call: 435.897.5297 & leave a message or call

    Sherri at 435.632.7040 or Vicki at 435.668.8119

    The museum located in the Town Hall basement.

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Santa Clara Swiss Days 2018

Mark your calendars to save the dates for Santa Clara Swiss Days September 20-22. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Traditions”. Help celebrate not only the traditions of Santa Clara’s Swiss heritage, but also the traditions of all those who now call Santa Clara home. Our community is becoming more diverse and this will be a great time to learn about and share traditions both old and new. You can share your family traditions by participating in the displays to be set up in the Town Hall Banquet Room. More Swiss Days display information coming soon.

Of course some traditions remain the same including the Thursday Opening Ceremony and Community Dinner, followed by a full schedule of events on Friday and Saturday including the Swiss Miss/Mister presentation, Pioneer Hands-On activities, Friday night concert, 5K race, pancake breakfast, best area parade, arts, crafts & food vendors, games for all ages, continuous entertainment , heritage displays and more!

There are also great sponsorship opportunities available for businesses that can help gain exposure for your business while supporting the event.
See for information, forms & applications.


The Canyon View Park playground has been a family favorite for over 20 years, but unfortunately we recently had to remove the upper slide and staircase due to unsafe cracks. The playground is safe but is lacking several original features. Replacement parts are no longer available so the City plans to replace the play-ground using RAPP Tax Revenue. If you are interested in participating in the playground design and selection, please contact Sherrelle Pontarelli, Parks Administrative Assistant, or 435-672-6712 extension 219.

The long awaited Gubler Park west parking lot pavement and striping is complete so you can now enter the west side of Gubler Park from Tuscany Drive or Jacob Drives. The Jacob Drive entrance is a ONE WAY Street that can only be entered from Jacob Drive. Just a friendly reminder, that the parking lot maximum speed is 10MPH. The Police will be monitoring traffic in the parking lot to educate drivers on speed and the ONE-WAY entrance.

Santa Clara has a new trail at the Cemetery entrance of the Jacob Hamblin Trail. The Santa Clara 16th Ward provided 50 volunteers of all ages to construct a new section of the Jacob Hamblin Trail from the Cemetery to the existing trail where it turns downhill to the Fort Clare Monument. The new trail replaces a dangerous section of old trail that was washed out by water erosion.


The annual “Birds and Botany” event will take place on Saturday May 5 at the Santa Clara Arboretum entrance at approximately 1600 Lava Cove Drive from 11 am – 2 pm in the cactus garden. Follow the trail signs to find botanist Lee Hughes who will be sharing information on the native plants and their uses by ancient peoples and pioneers of this area.

Also, Lael Christensen will have his hunting hawk ”Ella” there to demonstrate her skills and offer information about birds.
There will be a children’s activity table and each child will re-ceive a feather.

This is a free event and the public is welcome.




SHELTER CONTACT INFORMATION: Shelter Manager Bailee Sleppy: 435-628-1049

Hello from Ivins-Santa Clara Animal Control. Reminder to keep pets on a leash when out walking. Our local natives (snakes) are out and active. If you run across any snakes, please call animal control and we will safely remove them from the area. If your animal is to struck by a venomous snake please call your local vet immediately. If you wish to see what snakes we have in the are you may research at
Facts about snakes;

  • A snake can strike between about one third and one half the snake’s length.
  •  Snakes smell with their tongue.
  •  Snakes respond to movement not sound.
  • We have at least 4 types of venomous snakes in Southern Utah.

INKAS gives a big thank you to all who stopped by our booth at Kayenta’s Street Painting Festival. It is always so rewarding to hear stories of successful adop-tions and to experience the personal and financial generosity of so many.

Another big thank you goes to Bailee Sleppy, Ivins Animal Shelter Manager and Santa Clara-Ivins Animal Control Officer. Since taking on the position INKAS has enjoyed developing an active and supportive relationship with Bailee. Bailee is bringing many new ideas to the Shelter. During May and June improvements will be made to the floors and dog yards. Because of this INKAS is rescheduling the Low-cost Microchip Clinic from May to Sept. 15. At that time you will have the opportunity to check out the improvements as well as have your dog chipped.

Our Fall yard sale will be held in October. The success of this event depends upon your generosity. If you have any items you would like to donate please call Sara Dupre at 206-724-5902 or Connie Butterfield at 435-817-1616.

Ivins animal Shelter and Adoption Center
Phone: 435-628-1049
474 North 200 West, Ivins
Hours: Monday –Saturday 8:00 am-3:00 pm

Stacey, Shelter Manager: 435-628-1049
INKAS Contact Information:
Connie Butterfield – 435-817-1616 Follow us on Facebook

Santa Clara City Local Business Highlights

AKA Embroidery by Angie Langston at 229-9653
A-Team Computer Services by Gary Allred at 435-313-0705
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
Classy Lawn & Yard Care by Shane Waegerle at 862-7762
Clover Patch Quilt Shop by Jill Muhlestein at 435-986-9070
Choppers Yard Care by Brandon Pectol at 862-2089
Class Act Consignments by Jackie Zapf at 435-218-3835
Colour Salon & Boutique by Heather Bangerter at 801-602-6715
Cut & Dried Home Hair Salon by Madelyn Derrick at 652-8491
Dazzle Jewelry Creations by Jane Garassino at 707-486-1754
DCW Enterprises Home Smart agent Chris Warhurst at 435-313-5623
Delyn Norling Manual Therapist at 668-7384
Desert Edge Childcare LLC by A. Talbot at 429-9963
Desert Edge Montessori by A. Talbot at 272-3711
Desert Grill (at Lightfoots) by Janet Medina at 435-359-3796
Dharma Wheels Cyclery & Dental Office 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 435-229-7725
Fisher Lawn & Yard Care by Bart Fisher at 862-7457
Fusion Specialty Pharmacy by Koby Taylor R. Ph., Pharm D. at 435-703-9680
Garden Sprout by Lance Allred at 673-3839
Harmons Grocery Store 3520 Pioneer Parkway at 435-773-6200                                                Janet Morgan, Realtor by Janet Morgan at 435-669-6471

Kaili’s Restaurant by Herb & Wendy Basso at 435-216-9828
Kiwi Plumbing & Heating by Michael Puriri at 435-256-0114
Landscape Maintenance by Belmont Gardening at 628-2013
Lark’s Nest Baking by Lark Taylor at 669-5304
Learning Time for Little Minds Preschool by MaryAnn Bryner at 313-8182
Lightfoots Chevron , CBR Enterprises by Brad & Cindy Pollman 216-2789
Little Patch of Heaven Montessori Preschool by Janae Huntington at 632-9372
Los Alazanes Mexican Restaurant by Efrain Gomez at 435-673-3386
Maya’s Luxury Nail Salon at 435-256-5638
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
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
Shining Star Preschool by Trudy Carlson at 669-6461
Smarty Pants Preschool by Doree Sargent at 674-2305
Strain Landscaping by Craig Strain at 668-9150
Super Star Preschool by Debra Gourley at 656-1647
The DOG HAUS dog grooming by Leslie Stock at 928-846-1184
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
The Knitting Post (knitting/yarn store) by Barbie Williams at 435-610-1488
Uncle & Auntie’s Gift Shop Vicki Lasswell 634-9416
Vamp Body Art, LLC by Adam at 435-531-2159
Wilde Electric, Inc. by Terry Wilde at 632-7297
Yoga Etc Yoga & Acupuncture by Kathleen Dietz at 707-326-4818

  • Phone 673-6712, Fax 628-7338
  • Phone 656-4690 X 213, Fax 879-5298
  • 656-4690 X 219 & 221, Fax 879-5298
  • Phone 656-4690 X 215 & 216, Fax 879-5298
  • 652-1122 or 673-6712 X 240 & 241
  • 634-5730 (for any non-emergency call) EMERGENCY CALL: 911
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • 8:00AM—5:00PM
  • 8:00AM—5:00PM
  • 8:00AM—5:00PM
  • 8:00AM—5:00PM
  • 8 AM—1 PM

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