Santa Clara Sun

September Issue

Volume 18, Issue 9

Message from Mayor Rosenberg

Councilwoman Mary Jo Hafen recently commented as she visited with some of our Santa Clara citizens, something came to her attention that surprised both of us. It seems that many of our residents are not aware of the impact they can have personally on the Santa Clara economy by a simple thing like SHOPPING in SANTA CLARA whenever possible. Since you may be one of those who has been unclear as to the importance of shopping locally, let me share a few thoughts for you to consider and remind your friends and neighbors. Fifty percent of every sales tax dollar collected at a Santa Clara business stays here to support things such as roads, public safety, fire protection, parks, and other city services. The other fifty percent is redistributed throughout the state based on population.

Money spent in Santa Clara supports local services in Santa Clara. A 2004 study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, approximately $68 remained in the community versus $43 for national chain stores and if you shop online virtually no money stays local. Studies have also shown that property values increase when the town has vibrant neighborhood shopping. This helps fund essential city services such as fire and police protection lessening the burden on property tax. Local businesses provide shopping convenience as well as jobs for our residents. Harmon’s is the largest employer of Santa Clara Residents. Local businesses are also more likely to donate to local causes and support community programs such as little league, scouting, school activities, Swiss Days, etc. Let’s help keep them in business and give other businesses the incentive to locate here. Doing so will help keep property taxes lower and improve the quality of services the city can provide.

On August 16th, the Washington County Commission decided to place the proposed quarter-cent local transportation option sales tax (one penny for every $4 dollars), on the November election ballot for voters to decide. The proposal will not apply to medical bills, food, utilities, mortgages, loan payments, fuel, or prescription drugs. The proposed local option is by law dedicated to fund much needed local transportation system maintenance and improvements. If voters in Washington County approve the proposal, the bill would allocate 40 percent of the funds collected to cities and towns and 60 percent to Washington County; with specific provisions to provide additional funding for SunTrans where the transit service exists. Gas tax revenues have not kept up with maintenance needs forcing local cities including Santa Clara to delay important road repairs or use general fund money to address the problems. That means less money is available for critical services like public safety and utilities.

It is estimated 40% of the new sales tax will be paid by visitors who live outside of Washington County. Neglecting our roads cost each of us much more in the long run. Ultimately, if not from the local option, localities will have to offset the rising transportation maintenance costs with other mechanisms such as raising property tax or street maintenance fees. These new funds cannot be allocated anywhere other than for transportation improvements by law. They can fund additional street pavement maintenance, and construction of sidewalk, trails and bike paths within the community. Choosing to maintain our roads today is the financially responsible and fiscally conservative approach for the community. Roads do not last forever, for every $1 we invest now in maintaining our road infrastructure, we save $6 in future road repair costs, and up to $25 in road reconstruction work. Voters get to decide what the next step is. Take the time to review the proposal and let your voice be heard in the November election.

On a lighter note, Swiss Days is rapidly approaching and should be a great time for everyone. I hope everyone en-joys the cooling temperatures and the wonderful fall season. It’s always my favorite time of year. Until next month, stay safe Santa Clara.
Mayor Rick Rosenberg,


Swiss Days will be here in just a few weeks! Mark your calendars for September 22—24. We hope you all will plan to attend this fun-filled annual event; there is always something fun for people of all ages! Traditional events include:

  • Community Dinner with Entertainment
  • Flipper Shoot
  • Mayor’s Walk
  • Opening Ceremonies introducing the Grand Marshal, Volunteer of the Year and Santa Clara Royalty
  • Quilt Displays, Bake Sale
  • Silent Auction
  • Golf Tournament Friday 8:00 a.m.
  • Arts, Crafts and Food Vendor Booths
  • Children’s Pioneer Hands On Activities
  • Free Entertainment, including Friday Night Concert by Eric Dodge at 8 p.m.cowboy
  • Swiss Miss/Mister Presentation
  • 5K Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast
  • Parade–best local parade!
  • Red Rocks Car Show
  • Bingo in the Town Hall Council Room
  • Art Displays
  • New vendor booth area on the lawn across from Town Hall
  • Children’s Games on the Drive in front of Town Hall

Look for the enclosed Schedule of Events for all the details or visit the city website for more information including entry forms and applications:, click on Swiss Days.
See you soon at Swiss Days!!!

Swiss Days Community Cowboy Dinner

The Swiss Days Community Cowboy Dinner will be held Thursday September 22nd from 5-7 p.m. around and under the Swiss Days tents on the east lawn. In keeping with “The Cowboy Way of Life” theme, we are planning a fun cowboy dinner serving hamburgers, hotdogs, beans, chips and a dessert. Dinner tickets are $6 and available at the City office in advance or can be purchased at the event. Come enjoy an evening out with family, friends and neighbors. Musical entertainment will be provided during the dinner by “Most Wanted”.

Other Thursday evening events include the Mayor’s Walk, Old Time Flipper Shoot, Historical Displays and Opening Ceremonies which include a Flag Ceremony, introduction of the Santa Clara City Royalty, Grand Marshal and Volunteer of the Year. Thursday events are just the beginning a fun-filled Swiss Days weekend—see you there!

Swiss Days 5K Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast

The annual Santa Clara Swiss Days 5K and Fun Run will be held Saturday Sept. 24th at 7:00 AM. The Swiss Days 5K continues to grow in popularity drawing about 600 + participants each year. The 5K volunteer staff does a great job planning and organizing this well-loved event. It is a “Fun Run” for participants of all ages, from beginner runners to those warming up for the marathon. 5K applications are available at, or at the Town Hall Office. Whether you walk or run you will have lots of fun at the Swiss Days 5K.

Don’t forget to come enjoy a great pancake breakfast after your 5K run is done. The mayor, council and staff will be serving breakfast from 7:30 –9:00 AM on Saturday Sept. 24th. The Swiss Days Pancake Breakfast is another favorite tradition including pancakes, eggs, sausage, and beverage for only $3 per plate. We invite all to come out and enjoy a yummy breakfast and stay for all the fun Saturday Swiss Days activities, events and entertainment. See full Schedule of Events enclosed.

Santa Clara City Seed Display

Santa Clara was represented by a beautiful and very detailed seed display at the county fair this year.

A big thank you to the Atkin Sisters, Ester West and Alice Steel for their time and talents in the creative depiction of the historic fruit stands and vegetable pedaling of Santa Clara.

Hopefully you were able to see it at the fair. We are also hoping you take some time during Swiss Days to admire the clever details in the artwork.
Thank you Alice and Ester. We really appreciate you hard work!!

Attention Cowboys Past and Present

Swiss Days is looking for pictures, stories, and information about your brand, and cattle herd. We are compiling a book, and are making displays. We would love to include everyone that has a herd!. Please bring your pictures and information to the Frei’s Fruit Stand at 2895 Santa Clara Drive. Questions? Please call Vicki Lasswell at 435-668-8119.

September Clean Up Dumpsters

Clean up dumpsters are scheduled for September 9th and 10th. There will be 3 dumpsters at the Little League Parking Lot and 1 at Town Hall. Please do not leave trash on the ground before the dumpsters arrive or after they have been removed. Dumpsters are not for disposal of paint, any chemical waste, batteries, tires, construction site waste, appliances or furniture. Republic Services can be called to arrange for large or bulky item pick up; call 628-2821. Removed vegetation like tree limbs or shrubs can be taken to the St. George Reuse Center for mulching. They are at 575 E Brigham Rd and their ph. # is 627-4028.
Yellow recycling binnies are still available at Gubler and Canyon View Parks and on Lava Flow Drive south of Santa Clara Drive.

September Santa Clara Parks Department News

The new bicycle lanes and the trail are completed along Highway 91 from the Jacob Hamblin home to Ivins City. Residents can now safely walk, run, or bike along highway 91 in Santa Clara from St. George to Ivins City without walking on the shoulder of the road. The Parks Department would like to thank our Mayor, City Council, and Public Works Director, Jack Taylor, for making Highway 91 safer for everyone.

A new US Military Veteran’s Tribute will be constructed at the entrance to the Santa Clara Cemetery to honor Santa Clara’s veterans. The Tribute is currently under design and we hope to have the graphic rendering of the future memorial available for public viewing soon. If you would like to donate or help, please contact the City Admin Office at 435-673-6712 or email

The City Parks Department would like to thank the County residents for passing the RAP tax. The City will be using a portion of the tax to con-struct a much needed restroom facility this fall at Canyon View Park. The new heated restroom facility will be open year round for you convenience.
The splash pad at Gubler Park has 2 water features that are not currently working due to broken pipes under the concrete. The repair will re-quire removal of some of the concrete water feature pad so the City decided to keep the splash open and complete the repairs during the cool season when the water feature is closed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Santa Clara City would like to thank the following young men for completing their Eagle Scout Projects. Preston Heaton painted the 600’ iron fence across from Jacob Hamblin Drive to improve the look of our City. Bridger Beuhner installed four benches at the new Gubler Park Pickle Ball courts. Albert Aguilar repaired the Jacob Hamblin Trail from Fort Clare to the Cemetery. Tyler Awerkamp constructed a paver stone pad at Little League Park between the North and South Fields. Spencer Nadauld installed a paver stone pad behind the South Field backstop near the third base dugout. Spencer’s and Tyler’s project at Little League Park will be enjoyed by families and baseball players for years. All these projects make Santa Clara a better place.

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

It doesn’t seem possible this is the newsletter for September. School is back in session and fall is just around the corner. As you begin your fall and holiday shop-ping please remember to SMILE for FIAS on Amazon. The quarterly checks in-crease each time and we appreciate your support.

Our “Wish for the Month” remains the same; Purina Kitten Chow, Purina Dog Chow, Friskies Canned Cat Food and scoopable litter. This program is a tremendous help in providing quality food for our homeless pets. Another way you can assist from the comfort of your home is to order the food and litter on and have it shipped directly to the shelter. Just remember to SMILE for FIAS if you decide to support us in this way. By ordering it on Amazon the home-less pets not only receive food and litter but a financial donation is also received from AmazonSmile.

FIAS is looking forward to Swiss Days. We will not have a booth this year; however we will have a table located in the City Hall. Please stop by and say hello. We are looking forward to seeing YOU. If you would like to help us with our table please use the contact information below. We would appreciate assistance with greeters. FIAS will have free information available and a free drawing.

FIAS still has spay/neuter vouchers available. We encourage you to take ad-vantage of the FIAS Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic. Spay/neuter not only helps reduce unwanted pets; it is a behavior and health benefit for your loved family pet. The shelter has been full for the entire year to this date, especially with cats and kittens. We need your help with the over population. If you would like more information please contact FIAS.

Advertising is critical to getting our homeless pets adopted. FIAS needs your help to spread the word. Please visit the Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter Facebook page and share it with your family and friends. The page is used to post information about all of the homeless pets in the shelter, special adoption events and other important information related to Santa Clara and Ivins “No Kill” Animal Shelter. We hope you will visit the page often and share it because we make our homeless pets available nationwide. also has a complete list of all pets in the shelter with a picture and information about the pet.

Volunteers are always needed. There are many ways to assist the homeless pets from the comfort of your home. FIAS will also be planning upcoming events and we will need volunteers to assist in several different ways. FIAS and the homeless pets appreciate our volunteers.
September will feature a nationwide adoption promotion sponsored by Best Friends in partnership with FIAS. The “MVP” Adoption Promotion will begin September 1st through 30th. Please watch for more information on Facebook, Petfind-er and flyers in the community. FIAS enjoys working with Best Friends on the national events.

CONTACT INFORMATION: FIAS 435-673-1718 or Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter Facebook &

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



Navy is a Blue Nose Pit Bull. He is 3 years old and weighs 90 pounds. Navy is a handsome guy and smart. He knows basic commands and loves to play ball. As you can see, he smiled for his shelter picture. Because of his breed, we may have a long wait in the shelter. Pit Bulls are great dogs and it is the humans who have given them a bad reputation. Please open your heart and home to Navy because he deserves a chance at a happily ever after tale of happiness and love.



Freckles is a handsome orange Tabby. He is approximately 4 years old and weighs 7 pounds. Freckles has a sweet personality and enjoys life. As you can tell from his picture he has a cute face. He would be a great family member or BFF for a single person. Sometimes older cats are overlooked in the shelter but they make great pets. Freckles is waiting on YOU to rescue him from the shelter. He will be your new BFF. For more information or to make arrangements to meet Navy or Freckles call Aggie at 435-669-7043 or Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter at 435-673-1718.

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.

Monthly Meeting Schedule


Mayor & City Council Contact Information:


Blue Stakes of Utah

Please call Blue Stakes at least 48 hours before you begin any significant digging project. This will allow time for all utility companies to be notified to come locate and mark the utility lines on your property before digging be-gins. Be safe, call Blue Stakes first at 800-662-4111.