Kyle Myrick, Hurricane Theatrical Co. Director, Honored by St. George Area Chamber of Commerce

Kyle Myrick, Hurricane City Theatrical Co. Director, has been named one of 30 local professionals who will be honored at the 30 in Their Thirties event at the Dixie Convention Center on Nov. 4th. This event honors dynamic young professionals who are taking their business or organization in Southern Utah to new levels.

“We are thrilled to recognize these professionals who are climbing the corporate ladder, launching businesses, and leaving their mark on their industry,” said Don Willie, SGACC President and CEO. “While young in age, each recipient has achieved tremendous success and has shown commitment to their community.”

Theatre directors oversee many aspects of staging shows, from casting to costumes to performances.  Kyle not only does that, but also designs and builds sets and lighting and also runs the sound and music for every single show!  He surrounds himself with capable and talented people to help pull off amazing musical theatrical shows – and they do it every time!

Kyle also teaches Theatre and produces show with the youth in the Washington County School District.  He is a very busy man, but seems to manage it all with ease.

Congratulations to Kyle!  This is a well-deserved honor and it is Hurricane’s good fortune to have him as Director of the Hurricane Theatrical Co. and part of the Hurricane City Recreation Department.


Hurricane Valley Chamber Members Honor SERVPRO of St. George

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that SERVPRO of St. George was voted as the HVCC October Business of the Month.

SERVPRO of St. George specializes in restoring property following water, fire, mold, storm, and crime scene damages, as well as commercial cleaning.  Their cleaning services include carpet, tile, air duct, furniture, and deodorization using SERVPRO products direct from their on-staff chemists.  They don’t just complete the services; they go beyond to satisfy their customers and make sure the job is done right!

Known for their superior service and attention to detail, the company is locally owned and operated and serves all of southern Utah.  They are proud sponsors of many major southern Utah events and are actively involved in local charities and civic organizations.

DeWynn Nelson, SERVPRO Sales and Marketing Manager, has over 25 years in the customer service and sales business.  Somewhat of a celebrity, DeWynn is seen cruising southern Utah in the unmistakable neon green SERVPRO car.  DeWynn is active in southern Utah organizations such as the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce and Sun Shiner’s group, the St. George and Hurricane Valley BNI groups, and the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce, where he served as president for two years.  He is a natural born leader, entertaining emcee, and tireless worker.  He has served SERVPRO and the community well.

SERVPRO of St. George will be honored at the HVCC luncheon on Oct. 21st, 2021, at the Hurricane City Community/Recreation Center, located at 63 S. 100 W. in Hurricane.  Networking begins at 11:30 am with lunch, announcements, and guest speakers beginning at 12:00 noon.  HVCC members and business owners and/or representatives are invited to attend.  RSVP required two days prior by calling (435) 635-3042 or email

Full-Time Job Opportunity at Cherry Creek Media

Cherry Creek Media in St. George currently has an opening for a Business Manager position.  This is a full-time position managing the accounting and administrative functions of 7 radio stations.  Responsibilities include general accounting, billing, payroll, forecasting, budgeting and supervision of general office operations.  If you or someone you know is deadline driven, high energy, and has the desire to work in a fun, fast paced environment, then apply today! To apply please email your resume to James English, VP Market Manager/GM at
Cherry Creek Media is an equal opportunity employer.

Joe and Connie Zdunich Honored at Hurricane Valley Chamber Luncheon

When it comes to unconditional love and unlimited community service, Joe and Connie Zdunich wrote the book.

Joe is a retired military man, Utah Highway Patrolman, and LDS Bishop.  In all of his chosen careers, his focus has always been on serving others.  As Bishop, he spent countless hours making certain the needs of his ward members were met.  Bishop Joe was never too busy to spend time with or listen to the youth – he was their hero.  They knew for a certainty that he would not judge them, but only offer unconditional love and support to them and his entire ward family.

Wherever you find Joe, you’ll also find Connie.

Connie Zdunich worked in healthcare in Northern Utah until moving to St. George where she worked as the Community Outreach Director for Spilsbury Mortuary before retiring just a few months ago.  She has served as a hospice volunteer for Southern Utah Home Care & Hospice, Encompass Home Health & Hospice, and Zion’s Way Hospice.  She served on the executive board for Memory Matters and on the steering committee for the annual Alzheimer’s Walk.  As a board member for the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce, she chaired many Chamber events.  Always a champion for those who might be struggling, Connie organized Chamber food drives and solicited supplies for hygiene kits for the Hurricane Food Pantry and the Dove Center, a  shelter for victims of domestic violence.  All this while also serving as an LDS Stake Relief Society President.  She has spent several weeks this summer in Seattle, helping her sister care for her terminally ill husband.  Joe has always been at her side, helping with each and every project Connie was involved with.

Connie is an educator, instructor, and published author.  She and Joe owned and operated a catering business while raising their 7 daughters.  Even with their busy schedules and community commitments, their girls and their families always came first.

Joe and Connie have spent a lifetime helping others and will continue to step forward to assist whenever they see a need.  The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize them for the many years of service they have offered and continue to offer, and for the shining example they set for all of us.




Mad Moose Rentals Voted July 2021 Business of the Month

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Mad Moose Rentals has been voted the HVCC July 2021 Business of the Month.

Mad Moose Rentals has earned a glowing reputation as a one stop shop for all your outdoor adventure needs and is a generous supporter of Hurricane Valley organizations and events, being heavily involved in the SHOP LOCAL movement.  The business is credited with contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to the local economy.

Rated #1 Tours in Southern Utah, Mad Moose Rentals specializes in corporate tours and rentals.  With over 350 seats available and a wide variety of activity choices and locations, they have enough equipment and vehicle options for any size group.

Mad Moose owner, Spencer Finch, had a dream of an unforgettable ride and opened Mad Moose Rentals five years ago, currently employing 35 locals at four separate locations.  In addition to the Mad Moose Store, he has partnered with Sand Hollow Resort, Quail Creek State Park, and Zion Helicopter to offer outdoor enthusiasts everything they need to explore and experience Southern Utah.

Spencer and his staff have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of that “Unforgettable Ride.”  Each team member has a deep love and respect for the unique environment in which they work.  They want each and every person to experience the immense joy in exploring nature, and the thrill of the ride.  From the beautiful red sand dunes and breathtaking rock formations to the warm turquoise waters, they want their guests to see it all!

Mad Moose Rentals will be honored at the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting on Thursday, July 15th, held at the Hurricane Community Center, 63 S. 100 W. in Hurricane, Utah.  RSVP required.  Visit to register for the luncheon by Tuesday, July 13th.

Lt. Col. Jerome Gourley, U.S. Army Ret., Honored at Hurricane Valley Chamber Luncheon

Karen Straw, Patient Relations Coordinator at Summit Home Health & Hospice, paid tribute to Jerome Gourley at the HVCC luncheon meeting held on June 17, 2021.  Ms. Straw introduced Gourley by saying, “He has a tender heart, as most of us do, for our veterans.”

Lt. Col. Jerome Gourley, U.S. Army Ret., is the Hospice Chaplain for Summit Home Health and Hospice and also a Gold Star father.

On Feb. 22, 2006, his son, 38-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Gregson Gourley, was killed in Hawijah, Iraq about 150 miles north of Baghdad when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee during patrol operations.

“The death of a son is one of the hardest things to endure,” Gourley said.  To him, it seems like yesterday that his wife called and asked him to come home from a doctor’s appointment.  “When I got there the chaplain brought the bad news, not only to our family, but three others,” he said.

Also killed in the roadside bombing was Sgt. Rickey Jones, Pfc. Christopher Marion and Pfc. Allan Morr.

Gourley went on to say, “That was a tough day.  It’s still emotional to think about it.”

To honor veterans who are on hospice service with Summit Home Health and Hospice, Gourley established a military tribute for dying veterans BEFORE they pass.  The tribute provides a way for families of veterans to celebrate together prior to the death of their loved one.

“The honorary tribute has provided many wonderful experiences and memories for family members.  Each tribute is unique to that person and family and is a wonderful way to honor their service,” added Ms. Straw.

If you’re a veteran, be proud of your service and your legacy.  And if you know a vet, take a moment to say thanks for their sacrifice.  As Americans we all owe a debt to the military veterans who have made it possible for our way of life to endure.  And to Jerome Gourley, a heartfelt thank you for your service to our veterans and our country.

Hurricane Mayor John Bramall Honored at Hurricane Valley Chamber Luncheon

There are busy people and then there are non-stop, beyond busy people.  Mayor John Bramall, a beyond busy person, recently received the HVCC Random Recognition Award – an award reserved for the most dedicated members of the community.

Born in Payson, Utah, and raised in Provo, John excelled in sports and other interests.  He graduated from Brigham Young University, Cum Laude, in Therapeutic Recreation with an emphasis in Long-Term Care Administration and a minor in Gerontology.

Besides working as a rehabilitation and long-term care administrator, John has worked as a car mechanic, construction worker, and firefighter.  An owner of rehabilitation and long-term care facilities in Utah, he also owns a cattle business, hay farm, and local movie theater.  Oh, and did we mention he is currently serving his second term as mayor of Hurricane City?

John Bramall is no stranger to community service.  Prior to serving as mayor, he served on the Hurricane City Planning Commission and the Hurricane City Council.

When elected mayor, he set many goals – one being to bring a much-need hospital to Hurricane.  After years of strategizing and negotiating with hospital officials, he and Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital administration will break ground on June 16th for the new Intermountain Hurricane campus Emergency Room Facility – a starting point for a full-service hospital.

Some of Mayor Bramall’s accomplishments include improvements to Hurricane City infrastructure along with his work with state officials on the newly completed SR 7 Southern Parkway as well as SR 9 improvements.  Through his efforts and under his tenure as mayor, Hurricane City went from 3 to 16 city parks, including Grandpa’s Pond, Dixie Springs Park, and the Hurricane Dog Park, to name a few.  He helped negotiate the development of the Hurricane Industrial Park, including the expansion of Orgill, Litehouse Foods, and more.  He worked with UDOT to install new stop lights on SR 9 and is currently working with developers to insure well thought out, responsible growth.  He never complains about his time spent in meetings, at speaking engagements or community events.  He is a man of the people – a committed, dedicated, public servant.

Mayor Bramall and his wife have 6 children and 15 grandchildren.  Besides being a devoted husband, father, and grandpa, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking.

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce thanks Mayor Bramall for his selfless service on behalf of the citizens and businesses of Hurricane and acknowledges his many accomplishments and sacrifices, all done for the good of the community.

Color Country Automotive + RV Honored as June 2021 Business of the Month

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Color Country Automotive + RV has been voted June’s Business of the Month.  They were also recognized as Business of the Month in April of 2019 – a testament to their quality repair and superior customer service.

This family-owned business is one of the leading auto shops in Hurricane, Utah.  Owners Dwaine and Joe Holland take great pride in providing the highest quality auto repairs for almost all makes and models of vehicles.  Color Country Automotive offers used car sales and tires from a variety of top brands, all at great savings.  The business has recently expanded to include RV sales, consignments, and repairs.

Customer Comments:
“How can I give 10 stars?  They are timely and efficient.  As a realtor I have referred them to all my buyers new to the area and have them listed on my Preferred Vendors list.  They have been my personal mechanics for several years.  Just turned 361,000 miles on my 2004 Titan!”

“All I can say is awesome!  These folks let you know exactly what is going on and how to properly fix it.  They will discuss options with you and do not mess around.  They talk plain and give examples.  They are top notch.”

Color Country Automotive + RV is located at 1551 West State Street in Hurricane, Utah.  Call (435) 414-9640 to schedule automotive repairs.  Color Country Automotive owners, Dwaine and Joe Holland will be honored at the HVCC luncheon meeting on June 17th, 2021.

Hurricane Valley Fire District Honored as May 2021 Business of the Month

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to honor the Hurricane Valley Fire District as the May 2021 Business of the Month.

The men and women of Hurricane Valley Fire SSD are committed to providing the highest level of public safety protection and response to Eastern Washington County and the Southwest Region of Utah through participating in the Region IV All Hazards Team.

These dedicated men and women protect lives, property, and the environment through fire suppression, emergency medical and transportation services, disaster services, hazardous materials response, technical rescue, EOD team participation, SWAT medic response, fire prevention services and public education.

The Hurricane Valley Fire District covers 563 square miles in Washington County including the areas of Babylon Mills Recreation Area, Blacks Canyon, Copper Hills, Coral Canyon, Cottonwood Wash, Dixie Springs, Gooseberry Mesa Recreation Trail, Grafton, Harrisburg Junction, Hurricane City, Hurricane Hill, Iron Bridge, Kolob Reservoir, LaVerkin, Leeds, Mayflower, Parunuweap Canyon, Pine Valley Oak Grove Recreational Area, Quail Creek State Park, Riverwood, Red Cliffs, Rockville, Sand Mountain Recreation Area, Springdale, Sunset View, Toquerville, Virgin, Warner Valley, Washington City and Washington County Regional Sports Park.

The Hurricane Valley Fire District was formed on December 18th, 2007 and on July 1, 2010 the Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department, LaVerkin City Fire Department, Leeds Area Fire & Rescue, Virgin Fire Department and Toquerville Fire Department joined the district.  Rockville/Springdale Fire Protection District merged into the district in 2019.

The staff making up the Hurricane Valley Fire District are some of the most dedicated, selfless people of our community.  We express our sincere appreciation to them for their willingness to serve and often risk their lives for the people and visitors’ of Southern Utah.

Donna MacBean Honored at Hurricane Valley Chamber Luncheon

Donna MacBean of Santa Clara, Utah, was honored as a dedicated and tireless southern Utah citizen and volunteer at the recently held Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting.

Donna was nominated and voted a member of the HVCC Board of Directors for 2021 – 2023.  She is a firecracker of energy, never missing an opportunity to serve on HVCC committees or at sponsored events.

Donna is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Neighborhood Connection, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing weekend meals for school aged children in need.  She supports and volunteers for the Dixie Ladies of Elks Lodge, Dixie Sunrise Rotary Club, St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, the Love Like Joe Foundation, the SGACC Sunshiner’s group and the Utah Food Bank.  She participates in fund raising efforts for the Dove Center, BACA, Big Brothers and Big Sisters Clubs, and Southern Utah Girls on the Run, just to name a few.

Donna has owned and operated many successful businesses and is a dedicated humanitarian. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Citizens Award for Outstanding and Meritorious Service to Humanity and the recent recipient of the St. George Area Chamber Elements Award which honors women who are the area movers and shakers, working to change the world.

Donna doesn’t walk when she can run and she never waivers when she recognizes a need.

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to honor her with their Random Recognition Award for her willingness to serve the people and organizations in Hurricane Valley and southern Utah.


Kathy Tolleson Honored by Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce

Kathy Tolleson, District Manager of AGC of Utah, was honored by the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce as an outstanding member of the Hurricane Valley and Southern Utah communities at the recently held State of the City luncheon meeting held at Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, Utah.

As District Manager of AGC of Utah, Kathy excels as an ambassador for the company, supporting an astonishing number of Southern Utah events and organizations and all of the Hurricane Valley Chamber events and activities.  Blessed with an abundance of energy and a remarkable memory, she remembers faces and names and is always willing to help whenever or wherever needed.  Kathy is a capable, energetic advocate for AGC and has been instrumental in organizing educational classes and seminars for area builders and contractors.

“People will forget what you did.  People will forget what you said.  But they will never forget how you made them feel”.  Author Unknown

Kathy Tolleson is one of those people who uplifts, encourages, and makes people feel good about what they do and who they are.

Scholzen Products Company Honored as April 2021 Business of the Month

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Scholzen Products Company has been nominated and voted by their peers to receive the honor of HVCC April Business of the Month.

Scholzen Products Co. has come a long way since Henry Scholzen started it as a produce company in 1928. Today the business is still a family owned and operated company supplying Southern Utah and the surrounding area with waterworks, pipe, plumbing supplies, steel, sprinklers, fencing, welding, roofing and much more. Covering most of Central and Southern Utah, Southern Nevada, and Northern Arizona their team of over 70 experts work eagerly to meet the needs of their customers. They provide daily delivery service to their local customers and service weekly routes for the surrounding areas. They take great pride in providing their customers with the best products and customer service available anywhere.

Scholzen Products Co. is a generous supporter of Hurricane Valley and Southern Utah organizations and events. They provide good paying jobs to area residents and have a reputation as being a great place to work where employees feel valued and appreciated.

The HVCC will honor Scholzen Products Co. at the upcoming April luncheon meeting on Thursday, April 15th beginning with networking at 11:30 am. RSVP required by Tuesday, April 13th. Call (435) 635-3402 or email: to reserve your spot.

TIM MCGRAW Tribute Concert – July 24, 2021

The Washington County Legacy Park is the place you’ll want to be to celebrate America’s Birthday! The TIM MCGRAW Tribute Concert is sure to entertain country music fans of all ages. Legacy Park is located at 5500 W 700 S in Hurricane, Utah.
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The Haven at Sky Mountain Named March Business of the Month

Members of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce voted to honor The Haven at Sky Mountain as the March Business of the Month.

The Haven at Sky Mountain is an exquisitely appointed independent and assisted living and memory care campus nestled in the heart of beautiful southern Utah. As a locally owned and operated independent and assisted living facility providing 24-hour support, they pride themselves on the professionally trained staff focused on exceptional quality of life and hospitality to their resident ‘family’ members.

The good people at The Haven know that life should be full of laughter, love, and living well. That’s why they’re dedicated to providing independent seniors a supportive range of trusted services including social activities, engaging activities, exciting day trips, day-to-day personal care and hygiene assistance, flexible dining, physical therapy, innovative memory care and the personal attention they need to truly feel at home.

The Haven at Sky Mountain was also honored previously as the December 2019 Business of the Month. The care they provide is second to none. Call 435-674-7883 to schedule a luncheon tour of the campus. They will show you the facility and answer questions to help you make an informed decision concerning living arrangements for yourself and/or your loved ones.

The Haven at Sky Mountain is located at 2192 West 100 North, Hurricane, Utah.

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Installs Board Members & Honors the Hurricane Valley Business Community & Students

At their recently held Awards and Installation Banquet, the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce installed 2021 Board of Directors and honored Hurricane Valley businesses, business people, and students who excelled in 2020. The banquet was held at the beautiful Sand Hollow Resort Clubhouse, located in Hurricane, Utah. Guest speaker Drew Durrant of Rattin’ D Playhouse inspired and entertained an audience of HVCC members and honorees.

Retiring after three years of dedicated service: Kim Mensch of American National Insurance, Sharon Shores of Sharon Shores, Certified Emotion & Body Code Practitioner and Life Coach, Chris Gifford, Director of DSU Hurricane & Kanab Education Centers. Welcomed to the Board were Rosie Sevier of Root for Kids, Donna MacBean of Neighborhood Connection, and Ashley Moser of the B.A.S.H. (The Beach at Sand Hollow). Continuing their service on the board: President Nic Lauritzen, Ike Turner, DeWynn Nelson, Bryce King, Damon Atkinson, Orion Parker, Kris Smedley, Andy Palmer, Paul Zolman, Suzanne Leonelli.

Honored as the 2020 Hurricane High School Student of the Year was Adriana Villarreal, the 2020 DSU Student of the Year was Jaycee Robinson, and the 2020 Educator of the Year was LaVerkin Elementary School Principal, Steven Leavenworth. Also honored was Kris Smedley, Manager of Davis Food & Drug, as the 2020 Businessperson of the Year with Chris Gifford of DSU Hurricane & Kanab Education Centers, as the recipient of the Community Service Award. Las Lupitas Mexican Restaurant was honored as the 2020 Small Business of Year with Davis Food & Drug as the 2020 Business of the Year. Award recipients were nominated and voted on by members of the Hurricane Valley Chamber.

The banquet would not have been possible were it not for the generous support of Platinum Sponsors AGC, Color Country Automotive, DSU Hurricane Education Center, Davis Food & Drug, ERA Brokers Consolidated, the Hurricane City Recreation Department and The Haven at Sky Mountain as well as Gold Sponsors, The B.A.S.H., Spilsbury Mortuary, State Bank of Southern Utah and TDS.

With the onset of COVID-19, 2020 will be a year we’ll never forget, however, the Hurricane Valley business community and members of the Hurricane Valley Chamber are survivors. They have adapted and learned how to function under the most difficult of circumstances. With continued precautions and vaccines becoming available, the HVCC is confident that 2021 will be a year of new beginnings and opportunities.

Rattlin’ D Playhouse honored as HVCC February 2021 Business of the Month

Members of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce voted to honor Rattlin’ D Playhouse as the February 2021 Business of the Month. If you haven’t experienced a Rattlin’ D Playhouse prime rib dinner show, you’re missing a real treat!

Drew & Julie Durrant owned and operated Mack’s Inn Playhouse from May 2008 until September 2012. With the Durrants at the helm Mack’s Inn Playhouse became a destination for family friendly musical spoofs for the Greater Yellowstone Area. They would perform 70 shows each summer and squeeze them all in between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

In the summer of 2012, long-time friends and patrons, Rob and Sherri Dias, approached the Durrants about working with the students at Diamond Ranch Academy and opening a new dinner theater in Southern Utah. Rattlin’ D Playhouse was born. Now all they needed was a stage. November 2013, the Playhouse found a temporary home in the Hurricane Community Center and “My Big Fat Southern Utah Christmas” opened November 29th, 2013. Since then, the Playhouse has produced over 15 musical spoofs. In March 2014, the Playhouse moved into its permanent home located on the beautiful campus of Diamond Ranch Academy in Hurricane, Utah.

Rattlin’ D Playhouse produces 2 productions each year; a musical spoof for Christmas and a laugh out loud variety show in February. The Playhouse is unique in that a portion of the profits are placed in a “Young Performing Artist” scholarship fund for current and former students at Diamond Ranch Academy.

One of the comments: “Rattlin’ D Playhouse is a great supporter of local events and youth related activities. They are a great asset to our city and the entire Washington County area. We are fortunate to have their caliber of entertainment in Hurricane Valley and blessed to have them living and working here amongst us.

Get your tickets now for “My Funny Valentine” with performances starting Thursday, February 4th. Tickets are on sale now at:

Hurricane City Leisure & Recreation Dept. Honored as December Business of the Month

Members of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce voted to recognize the Hurricane City Leisure and Recreation Dept. as the December 2020 Business of the Month.

Lead by Director Bryce King, the dedicated staff at Hurricane Leisure and Recreation work non-stop to provide instruction and activities for the residents and visitors of Hurricane Valley. King and his crew have the enormous responsibility of organizing and implementing activities and events that are of interest to a wide range of groups. Under his capable leadership, the department offers youth and adult sports, group fitness programs, swimming lessons and competitions, special events, races, pageants, and festivals, as well as theatrical productions. Hurricane City is known nation-wide for their ATV, motorcycle and bike rallies held annually, assisted by King and his team.

Nomination comments include: “My children participate in various Recreation Department leagues including volleyball, tumbling, and gymnastics. I think that the Recreation Dept. is well-organized and major effort has been made to make the activities family-friendly and affordable.”

The Hurricane Leisure and Recreation Dept. will be honored at the HVCC Christmas luncheon on Dec. 17th. The luncheon is held at the Hurricane Community Center, 63 S. 100 W., Hurricane, beginning with networking at 11:30 am and lunch and entertainment at 12:00 noon. Cost of lunch is $12.00 per person. Seating is limited. An RSVP is required by Tuesday, Dec. 15th. Call (435) 635-3402 or email:

Hurricane City Police Department Honored as HVCC November Business of the Month

The Hurricane City Police Department is made up of 29 full-time officers consisting of the Police Chief, Patrol Division, and Investigations Division. Additional assignments include School Resource officers, Traffic Enforcement Officer, 2 K9 Officers and Washington County Drug Task Force Officer. The officers patrol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Hurricane Police Department patrol area is roughly 55 square miles and includes residential, commercial, industrial, recreational, open space and farmland.

The department works hard to make sure their officers are trained and have the equipment necessary to do the job. This ensures both the officer’s safety and the safety of the citizens they faithfully serve. The department has established monthly in-house training for all officers to ensure that a basic standard of competence is met. The officers are trained in de-escalation of situations, CIT, communication, Utah State Law, gang identification, first aid and CPR, DUI enforcement and drug identification. Officers have current certifications in firearms, taser, OC (pepper-spray), radar and intoxilyzer.

The Hurricane City Police Department encourages community involvement. The officers conduct tours of their building for community and school groups, Coffee with a Cop, assist with Bike Rodeos and Hurricane Heroes; as well as provide traffic control and law enforecement support for the many events that occur in the City.

The department recently implemented a Back to School shopping program to provide school clothes and supplies for school aged children in need. They participate in the Shop with a Cop Christmas project, escorting area children to local stores to shop for themselves and their family during the Christmas holidays, and organize, assist, or participate in a multitude of other community programs and events.

Hurricane City law enforcement officers encounter dangerous situations daily, yet continue to serve, determined to keep the community safe and protected. As first responders, they experience horrific scenes and heart pounding situations, which undoubtedly cause them many sleepless nights. The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce and an entire community is forever indebted to this valiant group of people and are honored to pay tribute to the entire department as the November Business of the Month.

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Brad and Diane Holt Honored as Hurricane Valley Heroes

“Tan” was an amazing influence in the lives of many. He was a great son, brother, uncle, friend, and role model. When Tanner passed away in a tragic accident, his parent, Brad and Diane Holt, founders of Tan’s Treats, were devastated and determined to live a life like their son had lived.

When Tanner was in elementary school his Mom noticed that he was coming home from school starving. When she approached him about it, she learned that he had been giving his lunch to a boy in his class that did not have lunch. For the rest of the school year, Tanner took two lunches to school, one for himself and one for his friend. What better way to continue Tanner’s legacy than to make sure that all children have the food that they need every day. The goal was to provide food on weekends and holiday breaks, when school lunch programs did not provide meals. The Holt’s started “Tan’s Treats” so they could keep on giving the way that Tanner would have.

Tan’s Treats is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of children in the community. They have one main purpose, and that is to provide weekend meals for children in need.

Every year Tan’s Treats delivers over 260,000 meals to children facing food insecurity at 13 schools throughout Washington County. Due to their selfless service and dedication to their cause, the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce proudly honors Tan’s Treats founders Brad and Diane Holt as Hurricane Valley Heroes.

Organize a food drive, donate food, or make a monetary donation. For more information visit:

Coral Cliffs Cinema 8 in Hurricane, Utah Honored as Business of the Month

Coral Cliffs Cinema 8 in Hurricane, Utah, was voted by Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce members to be honored as the October 2020 Business of the Month.

Coral Cliffs Cinema 8 opened doors to serve the Hurricane Valley on December 4, 2020. Locally owned and operated, the theater is completely independent. Coral Cliffs offers movies appropriate for all age groups, at reasonable rates.

Move theaters nationwide were hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Many theaters have permanently closed their doors. Coral Cliffs Cinema 8 owner and administrative team worked together to develop innovative ways to keep the business open and viable. The decision was made to offer curb side concession sales to a hungry public craving movie theater popcorn and treats. As restrictions were gradually lifted the theater took great care to sanitize everything from the concession area to seating following each showing and to close every other theater aisle to ensure social distancing guideline were met. Delightful, old movies were shown at discounted rates, making it possible for couples and families to escape the confines of their home in search of relief from the dreaded “Cabin Fever”.

Coral Cliffs Cinema 8 movie patrons enjoy the best in comfort and sensory experiences. The projection and sound systems are designed and fitted to their projection booth featuring Barco Digital 2 K projectors and Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound along with Dolby Digital 3-D featured on two of the 8 screens. Also featured is the SLS sound system in theater #1.

Stand out features also include combination Box Office and Concession Cashier stations that eliminate the need for patrons to stand in several lines. The theater is always kept immaculately clean and presentable. Through the years, the theater has been the first employment experience for hundreds of teens and continues to offer locals great jobs and opportunities.

Coral Cliffs Cinema is located at 835 West State Street in Hurricane, Utah. To check movie listings and show times please visit:

Root for Kids Honored as a Hurricane Valley Hero

Root for Kids (previously known as The Learning Center for Families) is a non-profit organization located in Southern Utah that provides services for children and families in need of extra support. Led by CEO Suzanne Leonelli, the organization helps families create a nurturing environment for optimal growth and development for each child.

Since 1993, Root for Kids has served over 16,000 families through Early Head Start, Early Intervention and Parents as Teachers home visiting programs in Washington County, Utah, and the Arizona Strip. All services are based on eligibility and are provided at no cost to families.

The early years of life have a profound impact on a child’s future. When loved, nourished, and cared for in safe and stimulating environments, children develop the skills they need to embrace opportunity and bounce back from adversity.

Root for Kids offers free programs to ensure the success of the youngest, most vulnerable members of our community. Services include weekly or bi-weekly home visits, health and developmental assessments and screenings, therapy and learning programs for infants and toddlers with special needs, infant and toddler mental health services, and health and mental health screenings for pregnant women.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in home visits were temporarily discontinued. Suzanne and her team quickly stepped forward to open a day care center for first responders’ children, at no charge.

Root for Kids offers hope and assistance to overwhelmed parents and their challenged children. The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor them as Hurricane Valley Heroes.

Hurricane Valley Chamber Honors Rich Tabish as a Hurricane Valley Hero

Rich Tabish is the owner of the Stage Coach Grille, an upscale restaurant located in LaVerkin, Utah. A savvy businessman, Rich brought a much needed and appreciated restaurant to the area, providing not only great food, but good jobs as well.

When COVID-19 hit, Rich wanted to recognize the many first responders who, in his eyes, were heroes. Using social media outlets, Rich requested nominations for people who were risking their own health and possibly lives to make certain patients were cared for, people were kept safe, and necessities met.

His list of heroes included doctors, nurses, pharmacists, people in law enforcement, fire fighters, EMT’s, grocery store clerks and employees, truck drivers, delivery people, school teachers, and anyone who was working to keep people well and trying to maintain some form of normality.

The nominations started arriving and, as promised, Rich provided delicious meals to deserving heroes. Not only that, he also provided lunch to LaVerkin City employees and other groups and organizations whom we may never hear about.

Rich was the first in the Hurricane Valley area to step forward to show his gratitude and appreciation to those dedicated people who believe they are “just doing their job”. For that reason, Rich Tabish is a Hurricane Valley Hero.

Jody Rich Honored as Hurricane Valley Hero

Jody Rich has an enduring moto: “Life is not about you. It’s what you do for others.”

Jody loves people and is happiest when serving them in some capacity.

Jody has been a positive influence at Hurricane High School for over 25 years – first as a counselor, then assistant principal, and then 6 years as the popular, atypical, much loved principal, leaving the position to serve the people of Tonga.

The COVID-19 outbreak cut his missionary experience to Tonga short. Sadly, he was forced to return home before he felt his service there was complete.

When the doors opened at Hurricane High School for the 2020 fall school year, Jody rejoined the staff as a counselor, advising and loving the students, pouring himself into the job.

In his years as principal and assistant principal at the high school, Jody attended many school events around the region and state, traveling far from home, happily sacrificing his time. He supported as many students as he possibly could, scheduling time to attend both large and small events. Orchestra events and competitions, water polo games, drill team competitions, track meets, Senior Sneak trips, and scholarship recognitions – all these and more, plus major public events were all part of his self-imposed responsibility.

Jody is the kind of man who enthusiastically greets his students with hugs and words of encouragement. Many parents credit him with helping their struggling child graduate high school. Students openly wept when he announced his retirement. His return to the school was a celebrated event.

Jody radiates love and compassion and has dedicated his life to helping others see their value, recognize their worth, and learn to love themselves.

Jody Rich is forever, a Hurricane Valley Hero.

Washington County Fair Honored as HVCC September 2020 Business of the Month

Planning and organizing a county fair is a huge undertaking. Planning a fair during a national pandemic when an entire nation is shut down seems impossible, but Washington County Fair Director, Susi Lafaele and the fair committee were able to pull it off, seemingly without a hitch.

The COVID-19 restrictions in Washington County were eased just enough in July to allow the fair to occur on August 4th through the 8th. The fair committee was mindful of health and safety concerns and made every effort to take necessary precautions to insure a safe, educational, and fun event for fair goers. Sanitation and handwashing stations were located throughout Legacy Park. Entrances were all one-way and seniors were given dedicated hours to attend the fair. People feeling poorly were advised to stay home.

The fair began with the traditional parade. Prizes were awarded for best seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as best crafts, quilts, and literary arts. 4-H members showed the livestock they had raised and pampered over the year and folks watched in amusement as contestants participated in the Sheep Shearing contest. Judging the baby contest was probably the most difficult, as there are lots of really cute kids in Washington County. Competitive cooks entered the home-made Salsa and Kid’s Cooking contests and cowboy and cowgirls aged 5 – 17 participated in the Jr. Rodeo. Everyone loves county fair food and this year was no exception. The carnival is always a big draw as is the final event – the Demolition Derby. The Washington County Fair ended with a firework display and a relieved committee.

Susi Lafaele and her team are to be commended for another outstanding county fair experience. With all the uncertainty surrounding the event, and last-minute changes and adjustment requirements, it seems they really did do the impossible. It is appropriate that an appreciative HVCC membership voted to honor the Washington County Fair and its committee as the September 2020 Business of the Month.

David Howard Honored as Hurricane Valley Hero

David Howard is a Heart Disease Hero. Diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis and a dilated ascending aorta, he endured open heart surgery in 2015. The illness was a complete surprise to this man who assumed his shortness of breath was due to self diagnosed asthma.

A dedicated athlete, he has given others with a similar diagnosis hope and support through his Ceased2Murmur YouTube channel. His video of waking up after open heart surgery has had over one million views and has been helpful to those who must also experience open heart surgery. The video is a great example of strength and determination and shows others that major medical issues need not hold you back. His candid, informational dialogue encourages others to live life to the fullest and never give up.

In addition to a multitude of sports he excels in, David is an avid scuba diver and enjoys spending his spare time diving for lost items in area lakes and reservoirs. He has found eye glasses, sun glasses, telephones, a gun, and a multitude of other items that were thought to be lost forever in a watery grave. He cleans and repairs his new found treasures and uses social media to locate their owners, returning them typically good as new.

David is an upbeat, funny, selfless person who chooses to dedicate his life to helping others who are experiencing overwhelming, serious health issues. A humble man, he credits his wife with helping him maintain an optimistic attitude and joy for life.

David Howard is an example of strength and courage, devoted to helping people look forward with optimism as they encounter an unknown future. The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce honors him for his dedication to a cause that will serve so many. He is, without a doubt, a Hurricane Valley Hero.

Hurricane City Police Department Honored as Hurricane Valley Heroes

No one should dispute the fact that anyone serving in law enforcement is a hero. The job has become especially dangerous at this time of social and racial unrest. Police departments, nationwide, have come under extreme scrutiny, harsh judgement, and attack.

At a recent luncheon, Hurricane City Police Chief Lynn Excell told a group of Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce members and guests, “There is nothing a good cop hates more than a bad cop.” Thankfully, the Hurricane City Police Department is staffed with good cops – incredibly good cops – dedicated to serving a diverse and growing community without prejudice.

Covering 51.2 square miles, Hurricane is listed as the 3rd largest area city in Utah; dwarfed only by Salt Lake City and St. George. Hurricane’s population is over 18,000 people, swelling by an estimated 2,000 during the winter months. Chief Excell leads a group of 30 officers, 3 animal control officers, and 4 civilian staff, (a relatively small department to cover such a large area and population) all charged with keeping Hurricane residents safe and their property protected.

Few people are willing to put their lives on the line, every day, to protect people they may not even know, or to be chastised and ridiculed for upholding the law. Yet, the officers of the Hurricane City Police Department do just that. Such acts of tolerance, restraint, and bravery are difficult to understand or comprehend. That is why we honor the Hurricane City Police Department and all area law enforcement personnel as Hurricane Valley Heroes.

Hurricane’s Domino’s Pizza Honored as a Hurricane Valley Hero

Hurricane’s Domino’s Pizza is committed to serving the community – not just in times of crisis, but year around. Be it providing pizza for community events or supporting area organizations, they are always willing to contribute.

When the COVID-19 pandemic raised it’s ugly head in Southern Utah, Area Supervisor, Randall Snow along with General Manager, Jennifer Pearsun wanted to help.

They understood that those on the front lines of the pandemic were being stretched to their limits working long, tiring hours in dangerous conditions. With the blessing of Franchise Owner, Randy Snow, they decided the best way they could help would be to provide meals to those brave souls who courageously ran towards the danger, instead of away.

Although faced with restrictive obstacles of their own, they rushed to donate hundreds of pizza’s and bread sticks to the entire staff at Dixie Regional Hospital, Hurricane City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, fire departments and ambulance crews, as well as local grocery store employees. They vowed to continue making donations as long as there was a need. Understanding that the COVID-19 outbreak could also impact their own staff, without fanfare, they gave each employee $100, in addition to their regular paycheck.

For years, the good people at Hurricane’s Domino’s Pizza have never overlooked an opportunity to contribute in some way. Because of their unwavering commitment and willingness to serve, the business and it’s officers have earned the right to be honored as Hurricane Valley Heroes.

David Stirland Honored as Hurricane Valley Hero

Facing seemingly unsurmountable obstacles, David Stirland, President of the Washington County School Board, along with members of the board undertook the overwhelming responsibility of establishing emergency programs and guidelines and providing tools for Washington County educators, faced with teaching students Kindergarten – 12th grade, outside of the traditional classroom. COVID-19 restrictions included closing schools until the danger of contracting or spreading the virus passes. It was up to David and his board to come up with a solution in an impossibly short period of time. They accomplished the task and within a couple of weeks children were being taught by video in their homes. Students who did not have access to computers were loaned tablets to complete their assignments. School lunches were delivered at bus stops to students who might otherwise go hungry. Teachers were authorized to use their creativity to keep students engaged in their education.

High School graduation ceremonies posed another problem. Under David’s leadership, graduating students were individually scheduled and videoed walking across their high school auditorium stage to receive their diploma. Valedictorians spoke and gifted students shared their musical talents. The videos were viewed online on graduation day. Every effort was made to make the event as memorable as possible. The District ordered and paid for signs announcing, “A 2020 Graduate Lives Here”. The signs were posted at every Washington County graduating student’s home.

For years, David lead a team of volunteers who organized fund raising events to support a Hurricane High School graduation party. Traditionally, the school auditorium was elaborately decorated, and the night was filled with games, entertainment, and lots of food – keeping graduates safe in a supervised environment. Sadly, the celebration had to be cancelled this year.

David has volunteered his voice, wit, and talent as the Hurricane High School sports announcer for a number of years. His commentary has entertained thousands of Hurricane High football fans. He has served as the Hurricane Peach Days Director for over 19 years as well as volunteered for his church and on a number of city committees and at numerous events.

David Stirland never forgets a name or a face. He is a pharmacist, a husband, father, and friend to all. No one disputes the fact that he is also a Hurricane Valley Hero.

Chris Gifford, Hurricane Valley Hero

At the onset of the Coronavirus and in response to Governor Gary Herbert’s Stay Safe, Stay Home directive, Chris Gifford opened his first ever Facebook account to summon the help of volunteers willing to support the Washington County COVID-19 Urgent Help initiative. An army of volunteers responded to his call to duty, stepping forward to support his efforts to provide relief to people impacted by the disease. Under Chris’ guidance and direction, he and his volunteer group shopped for groceries, medications, and other supplies and delivered them to at-risk individuals and families, quarantined in their homes. Chris personally purchased and donated diapers, formula, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, groceries, and other essentials and ran errands for total strangers, risking his own health, asking nothing in return. Chris donated hundreds of hours working at COVID-19 testing stations, once again risking his own personal health to test potentially diseased victims. He committed himself to continue serving in that capacity until the need for testing stations has passed.

Chris is the Campus Director of the DSU Hurricane Education Center and DSU Kanab Center. He is described as a problem solver who quickly assesses dilemmas and implements workable solutions through innovation and collaboration. He is a dynamic and experienced people focused individual with excellent teaching and interpersonal communication skills.

Through Chris’ swift action and impressive organizational skills, hundreds of people impacted by the disease were able to feed their families, calm their children’s fears, and continue living as normally as possible. Those fortunate people witnessed first hand the commitment and unconditional love one human being can have for another. Chris is an example to us all. He is a man who will undoubtedly be revered for his selfless contribution in a difficult time.

Chris Gifford is, most definitely, a Hurricane Valley Hero.

Charlie Twiss, Hurricane Valley Hero

Charlie Twiss of Hurricane, Utah, is a retired educator, having taught Washington County student’s grade 3rd – 6th for over 12 years, and a lifetime volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.

As a third-grade teacher at Hurricane Elementary School, Charlie was the recipient of the prestigious Huntsman Award for Excellence in 1999. Awarded annually to 10 extraordinary Utah educators, he was noted as fair, consistent and attentive, particularly with struggling students. As the school’s technology specialist, he donated hundreds of hours to upgrade and install computer equipment and train teachers to use the technology in their classrooms.

Principal Daniel B. Spendlove once said of Charlie, “Perhaps the most impressive thing about Charlie is the quiet, confident and dedicated way that he gives so freely of himself without feeling that he is doing anything out of the ordinary. He is truly an example to all of a genuine person who just plain lives a life of service without concern for personal gain or recognition.”

Chrlie has spent his entire adult life serving as a scout leader in the Boy Scouts of America organization. His former Scouts credit him with teaching them to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime and instilled in them the desire to become responsible, participating citizens and leaders. He is credited with teaching young men everything from knot tying to cooking a Dutch over feast. Charlie continues to support the scouting program, meeting and instructing youth of the community almost weekly.

An entire community owes Charlie Twiss a debt of gratitude for his commitment and dedication on behalf of hundreds of young people in Hurricane Valley. He is truly a humble, inspirational, Hurricane Valley Hero.

Cassie Hughes, a Hurricane Valley Hero

Cassie Hughes of Hurricane, Utah, and manager of FiiZ Drinks, (a popular spot to pick up your favorite beverage) is described by her staff as the “MOM” of the business, treating each of them as if they were her own kids. Casssie is their cheerleader, encouraging and training them in their jobs – never criticizing, which is sometimes an anomaly in a boss or supervisor.

Her acts of service are never ending. She invited a lonely, struggling employee to join her and her family on a family vacation. A frightened employee with a flat tire called her at 11:00 p.m. She and her husband, Chad, soon arrived to change the tire and rescue a member of her FiiZ family. These are just a couple of the never-ending examples of charity Cassie shows to friends, co-workers, and total strangers alike.

A compassionate community supporter, she stops by with drinks for lunch workers as they deliver school lunches at various drop off points. She takes meals to tired truck drivers whenever she sees them parked for a brief rest. She is a strong supporter of the police department and those serving in law enforcement, always greeting them warmly and expressing her gratitude whenever they drop by FiiZ for a soda or treat.

Cassie Hughes is the type of individual who grasps every opportunity to show kindness and will never turn her back on someone in need. A staff member said of Cassie, “She is a genuinely good person.” Cassie exemplifies beautifully, the characteristics of a Hurricane Valley Hero.

Bryce King Honored as Hurricane Valley Hero

Bryce King never sleeps – or so it seems.

As Director of the Hurricane City Recreation Department, Bryce is on-call 365 days a year, 24/7, and he never complains. Under his direction, the recreation department organizes, directs, and implements activities for all age groups – from pickle ball, yoga, swim, dance, and exercise classes, to youth football, softball, soccer, karate, gymnastics, and 5K races, just to name a few. He directs the Hurricane City July 4th celebration, the August Back-to-School party and Business Expo, assists with the annual Peach Days celebration and organizes the Hurricane City Christmas Tree Festival – all this while serving on the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as many other city committees. His ideas and vision for city wide recreational activities seems to be unlimited. He implemented video game competitions and installed bike and scooter soft practice ramps for the youth. Since COVID-19 restrictions were issued, he organized scavenger hunts and other activities to help families recreate outdoors without endangering the health of their children or others.

Bryce often remarks that he could not do what he does without the sacrifice and support of his loving wife, Stacey, as well as the help and assistance of his dedicated staff.

Bryce King is a remarkable young man. Because of his unwavering commitment to the residents of Hurricane Valley, he is honored as a Hurricane Valley Hero.

Las Lupitas Mexican Grill Honored as August 2020 Business of the Month

Hurricane Valley residents have enjoyed exceptional Mexican food served at Las Lupitas for over 12 years. The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce members have voted to honor them as the August 2020 Business of the Month.

Las Lupitas Mexican Grill in Hurricane, Utah, is a local favorite. The restaurant was established in 2008 by an Argentinian family who loves Mexican food, the flavor, and especially the salsa. They are happy to announce they have moved to their new location at 460 W. State Street in Hurricane.

The family is always working to improve on their already delicious dishes and loves trying new recipes, but eagerly stress that their secret ingredients are their local customers, visitors, and the Southern Utah community. They have found a forever home in Hurricane.

Las Lupitas offers homemade meals in a family orientated atmosphere and work hard to make their customers feel at home, happy, and satisfied. Every menu item will please the most discriminating customer and their generous helpings will satisfy every appetite, but don’t leave the restaurant without trying their legendary fried ice cream.

The restaurant has successfully weathered the COVID-19 storm and is excited to welcome their loyal customers and visiting guests at their new location.

Las Lupitas Mexican Grill is happy to provide in-house dining as well as take out. Call (435) 635-0206.

Utah Food Bank Named HVCC July 2020 Business of the Month

Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce members voted to honor the Utah Food Bank Southern Distribution Center as the July 2020 Business of the Month.

Food and shelter are the most basic of human needs. For years, the Utah Food Bank has addressed those essential needs with a mostly volunteer army of Utah citizens.

Founded in 1904, Utah Food Bank has operated under various names but has always remained true to their mission of fighting hunger statewide. 417,000 Utahns, which equates to 1 in 7 Utahns, are at risk of missing a meal today. Even more alarming is that 1 in 5 Utah kids are unsure where their next meal is coming from.

As the nation navigates the challenges and restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the dedicated staff at the Utah Food Bank continue to do their part to insure that the help and services they provide are not interrupted, putting their own health at risk to serve and lift the burdens of thousands of people.

It takes a village to raise a child and sometimes a village to feed them as well.

The Utah Food Bank Southern Distribution Center will be honored at the HVCC luncheon meeting on Thursday, July 16th. The luncheon is held at the Hurricane Community Center, 63 S. 100 W., Hurricane and begins with networking at 11:30 am. Cost of the meal is $12.00 per person. HVCC members and interested business owners and/or representatives are invited to attend. RSVP required by Tuesday, July 14th. Call (435) 635-3402 or email

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah Accepting Applications for Housing

Why rent when you can own?

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah is accepting applications for a new home being constructed in Hurricane, Utah.

Habitat is an equal opportunity lender that makes homeownership affordable by providing 0% interest loans to qualified individuals and families that fall within the income bracket. Qualified applicants must show a need for affordable housing, the ability to repay the mortage, and a willingness to partner with Habitat.

Interested? Visit for an application or pick up an application in person at the Habitat ReStore located at 835 South Bluff Street in St. George, Utah or email:

Applications will be available on July 1st, 2020 and due no later than July 31st, 2020.

FREE Legal Workshop on Wills, Trusts, Probate, Incapacity Planning and More

Join Attorney Joseph Prete of Barney McKenna & Olmstead for an informative and important workshop on wills, trusts, probate, incapacity planning and more on the third Thursday of the month, held at the Hurricane Spilsbury Mortuary located at 25 North 2000 West in Hurricane, Utah. The workshop begins at 4:00 pm and is FREE to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP required at (435) 628-1711.

Upcoming workshops are scheduled for:
Thursday, July 16th
Thursday, August 20th
Thursday, September 17th
Thursday, October 15th

Don’t miss this opportunity to educate yourself on these important topics.

Two Businesses Honored as HVCC June 2020 Business of the Month

The votes are in and two deserving Hurricane Valley businesses tied for the honor of being recognized as the June 2020 Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Businesses of the Month.

Cherry Creek Media has been actively engaged in keeping customers and listeners updated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company gave away over $6,000 worth of advertising, awarding local businesses with free advertising on their seven local radio stations.

Weekly winners were announced and the company continues to offer discounted advertising slots in an effort to assist those businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also honored in June is Hurricane Family Pharmacy.

Cliff Holt, pharmacist and owner of Hurricane Family Pharmacy, handed out $100 in two-dollar bills to each of his 40 employees with the stipulation that they only spend it at locally owned businesses and franchises.

The rules were:
1. Employees had to spend the money within 30 days.
2. The money had to be spent at a locally owned Hurricane Valley business.
3. Employees had to spend the money as cash.
4. They had to give 10% to charity.

Since the program began, Holt said he has implemented different phases of the idea. The pharmacy keeps two-dollar bills in their cash register as part of one of the phases to give as change. They also did a giveaway where the first 1,000 customers to come in received a two-dollar bill.

Both businesses continue to implement programs and ideas to stimulate the staggering economy. Congratulations to both on being nominated and voted by their peers to be honored as the June 2020 Business of the Month.

KPI Concepts West Honored as May Business of the Month

Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce members voted to honor KPI Concepts West as the May 2020 Business of the Month. KPI Concepts manufactures belted and non-belted check stands, product displays, commercial cabinetry and custom builds as well.

KPI Concepts, Inc. was founded in 1984 by Craig Upton out of the garage of his Iowa home. He recalls sitting at his work bench, staring out the garage door, day dreaming about where the venture could go. Out of his garage, he built commercial cabinetry for malls, offices, banks, and other local businesses. Just two short years later, in 1986, he built a new 4,200 square foot workshop and hired his first employees.

From 1986 to 2006, he increased the size of the original building from 4,200 sq. feet to 42,000 sq. feet. Then in 2007, he purchased a second building that was 65,000 sq. feet. Four years later, he added a 35,000 sq. foot expansion.

In 2013, Upton purchased an 80,000 sq. foot facility in Hurricane, Utah. The Utah location enabled KPI Concepts to serve the Western United States and also provide strategic shipping advantages for National Retailers. Upton believes the work force in Utah to be very technically oriented, providing a way in which manufacturing and KPI can grow moving forward.

At a recent Hurricane city council meeting, KPI Concepts representative DeEtte Delaney proposed working with the city to provide desks for homeschooled children, inconvenienced by the COVID-19 pandemic. KPI proposed donating construction costs and help with distribution but needed assistance with funding for materials. Hurricane City Mayor John Bramall and Police Chief Lynn Excell proposed using Hurricane city discretionary funds to purchase supplies for the project. The city council voted unanimously in favor of providing financial assistance. KPI Concepts will start out with 300 desks and reassess the Washington County need following the initial distribution.

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is appreciative of the employment opportunities and contributions KPI Concepts makes to Hurricane Valley and will honor them at an upcoming HVCC luncheon meeting to be held at a later date.

Intermountain Hurricane Valley Clinic Honored as April’s Business of the Month

Members of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce nominated and voted to honor the Intermountain Hurricane Valley Clinic as the April 2020 Business of the Month.

The Hurricane Valley Clinic offers Family Medicine, InstaCare, Physical Therapy, Imaging, Digital Mammography, and Lab Services to Hurricane residents and neighboring communities. The clinic uses a team-based, personalized approach in delivering quality healthcare; coordinated by highly skilled, caring providers from the Intermountain Medical Group.

The recent COVID-19 Pandemic has presented extremely difficult challenges – especially for those working in the medical field. The dedicated team at the Hurricane Valley Clinic is doing everything possible to keep the community, their patients, and each other safe to minimize the effects of the outbreak – risking their own health to serve Hurricane Valley residents. It is appropriate and timely that the entire staff at Intermountain Hurricane Valley Clinic be recognized. Members of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors express their gratitude and appreciation to them for their unwavering service and courageous efforts.

The Intermountain Hurricane Valley Clinic is a strong supporter of local activities, events and organizations, as well as the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce. They will be honored at the next HVCC luncheon meeting, hopefully to be held in May 2020.

Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Announces Event Cancellations

A message from HVCC President, Nicholas Lauritzen:

I would like to make this message short and invite you to carry on with your lives today.

In light of Utah’s Governor Gary R. Herbert’s announcement regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease), the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors made the decision to suspend ALL Chamber events, including the upcoming luncheon and new member orientation scheduled for March 19th, beginning today, March 13, 2020 through March 31, 2020. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of our local health department, local stakeholders and the state’s Coronavirus Task Force to ensure we are supporting the state-wide efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

There will be an impact on Hurricane Valley in the next 6 – 8 months. Whether that impact is negative or positive is up to “US” as community leaders, retailers, and businesses. As the economy continues to feel the aftermath of this virus and as tourism slows, we advise you to be wise with your business transactions, minimize unnecessary business expenditures, keep your employees working, and keep using our local businesses. If we do these things, we will come out of this further ahead than those who panic and shut everything down.

Be creative in your marketing. Be kind. Be giving. Be meek. Be understanding. Show compassion and keep finding ways to keep our local businesses thriving.

We encourage businesses of all sizes to simply post and communicate vital information, updates, and reminders at work.

Thank you for your understanding. We love you. We pray for you. We want to see you succeed.

Nicholas Lauritzen
Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Younique Foundation Invites You to Get Involved

Did you know? 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before age 18.

Survivors often experience the traumatic effects of abuse into adulthood. These effects may include:

But there’s hope. The Younique Foundation offers resources at no cost that inspire hope and healing.

You can help. Use your megaphone, contribute financially, and volunteer to assist in their mission to inspire hope and healing in women who were sexually abused as children, to empower parents and caregivers in defending the innocence of children, and to make it safe to openly discuss sexual abuse.

In particular, here are some ways you can help:

Make an Introduction: Introduce the Younique Foundation to someone you know who wants to get involved. They are delighted to meet with everyone interested in becoming a part of their Foundation family.

Connect The Younique Foundation to Businesses: Recommend transactional companies (including web-based) that might be interested in participating in a “donate at check out” or round-up campaign. The Foundation will work hard to win their trust and create a partnership.

Share the Hope: Invite people you know to donate, volunteer, wear your support, and share educational resources with those in their circle. The dedicated people at The Younique Foundation are there to help however they can!

To Get Involved:
Contact Dianna Newton Andersen
Philanthropy Outreach Coordinator
The Younique Foundation
Office: (385) 205-6902
Mobile: (801) 318-7894

Main Street Café Honored as March 2020 Business of the Month

Congratulations to brothers Enrique and Miguel Tinoco, owners of Hurricane’s Main Street Café, for being voted as the HVCC March 2020 Business of the Month.

In an ongoing effort to recognize outstanding and exceptional member businesses, the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce invites it’s members to nominate and vote for fellow Chamber members who serve as an example of business excellence. Main Street Café was voted, overwhelming, to receive the March award.

When Enrique and Miguel Tinoco were 15 and 17 years old respectively, their plan was to move to California, work two years, save money, and return to their beloved Mexico. Back in Mexico, they planned to get a good education and follow their dreams. The brothers advanced from dishwashers and bus boys to cooks in great California restaurants. Believing their opportunities in the United States were far greater than in Mexico, they stayed, working in California restaurants – and a great immigrant success story began.

By the time he was 20 years old, Enrique had advanced to managing an Italian restaurant in Long Beach. The restaurant owner saw the talent in the young man and sent him to visit and learn from other notable Italian chefs. Eleven years cooking and learning from the best Italian chefs in California built Enrique’s confidence. His experience earned him a job offer he almost accepted as a chef at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. However, a Nevada friend convinced him that a chef with his talent should open and benefit from his own restaurant, so Enrique, Miguel and their families left California for an adventure in Las Vegas. Working side by side, they opened Tinoco Bistro in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1998. For 17 years their business grew, requiring them to relocate three times for larger spaces to accommodate their growing clientele.

Over the years they found the Las Vegas market to be consistently too busy. The brothers yearned for a calmer atmosphere where they could work and live and take an occasional day off. In February 2016 they found that place in Hurricane, Utah. Main Street Café was perfect, and again both families relocated to open up their new shop.

Jointly owned by the Tinoco brothers, they share cooking responsibilities, their specialty dishes being pasta and seafood, but their customer favorites are the outdoor-cooked mouth-watering barbequed burgers.

Main Street Café was honored as Small Business of the Year in 2017 so it’s no surprise that they were also voted as March 2020 Business of the Month.

If you haven’t tried the food at Main Street Café, you’re missing a real treat. The food is delicious, the servings are generous, and the staff is friendly and accommodating. It’s a fun atmosphere. The café is a favorite with the locals and visitor’s and tourists enjoy not only the food, but the quaint setting as well. Stop by at 138 North Main in Hurricane, Utah for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They are closed on Sunday.

Main Street Café owners, Enrique and Miguel Tinoco, will be honored at the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce March luncheon meeting on Thursday, March 19th. The luncheon is held at the Hurricane Community Center, located at 63 South 100 West in Hurricane, Utah. The cost for lunch is $12.00 per person. Business owners and representatives are invited to attend, but an RSVP is required no later than Tuesday, March 17th. Visit to register.

State Road 9 Public Hearing

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has completed a Draft State Environmental Study (SES) for proposed improvements to the State Route 9 (SR-9) in Washington County, Utah between I-15 and the future Southern Parkway connection (approximately 2800 West).

Based on travel demand for the current year and the year 2050, all existing intersections will fail during the weekday PM peak period, and four of the seven intersections will be near or at failing conditions during the AM peak period in 2050.

In addition, all intersections and driveways along SR-9 are at-grade, resulting in safety risks for the traveling public. The primary goals of the project include:
Accommodate 2050 travel demand for local traffic on SR-9;
Accommodate 2050 travel demand for through traffic on SR-9; and
Decrease safety risk at at-grade intersections on a high speed corridor.

Secondary goals of the project include:
Safely accommodate active transportation for both pedestrians and bicyclists;
Accommodate future transit; and
Minimize impacts and cost.

The hearing will include information on the project goals and objectives, alternatives considered, and the identification of the Preferred Alternative and associated impacts. The hearing is open to the public. Project team members will be present to answer questions.

SR-9 Public Hearing
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hurricane Community Center
Desert View Room
63 South 100 West
Hurricane, Utah

No formal presentation will be given. Please arrive anytime during the two-hour timeframe to view project materials and speak with a project team member. Doors will open promptly at 5:00 p.m.

The official public comment period will begin on the date of publication of the Draft SES, February 11, 2020 and will end at midnight MST on March 12, 2020. Comments made during the Draft SES public review period will be considered as UDOT prepares the Final SES.

All comments received will be documented in the project record. Comments may be submitted the following ways:
Written comments at the public hearing or through the project website or Postal Mail:
SR-9 Project Team
H.W. Lochner
3995 S. 700 W.
Suite 450
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

A court reporter will be available at the public hearing to transcribe verbal comments.

The SR-9 project team is also available to answer your questions relating to the environmental document or the Public Hearing via the project hotline, at 435-627-2076.

The meeting will be accessible according to the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). In compliance with the ADA, individuals needing special accommodations (including auxiliary communicative aids and language translation services) during this meeting should notify the project team at 435-627-2076, or, at least three days in advance of the meeting.

A copy of the draft SES can be found at the following locations:
Hurricane City Hall, 147 N. 870 W, Hurricane, Utah
Washington City Hall, 111 N 100 E. Washington, Utah
Washington County Office, 197 E. Tabernacle St., St. George, Utah
UDOT Region Four, 210 W. 800 S. Richfield, Utah
UDOT, 5340 W. 200 S., Hurricane, Utah
UDOT Headquarters, 4501 S. Constitution Blvd. Taylorsville, Utah
Lochner, 3995 S. 700 E., Suite 450, Salt Lake City, Utah

WANTED: Articles for the 2021 HVCC Visitors’ Guide

Feature your articles in the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce 2021 Visitors’ Guide. Articles will be accepted until May 31, 2020.

Articles need to be informative and contain non-commercial, non self-promoting, non-partisan, non-sectarian points of view and specifically focused to Hurricane Valley, which includes Hurricane, LaVerkin, Toquerville and Leeds, Utah.

Articles are intended to be informative and of value to the local community and Hurricane Valley visitors.

The editors of the Hurricane Valley Chamber Visitors’ Guide reserve the right to edit and/or shorten the articles as needed in order to accommodate the appropriate space in the Guide.

For examples of articles, please see the current Hurricane Valley Visitors’ Guide at book2019-upload.

The theme for the 2021 Guide is: Pathways and Gateways – Chosen because Hurricane Valley is considered the Gateway to the Parks and we have many kinds of trails!

Ideas for articles:
Biking Trails, Hiking Trails, ATV Trails, ADA Friendly Trails, Historical Trails, Pet Friendly Trails, RV Friendly Trails, Walking Trails. Trailblazers to Hurricane Valley (history), FDR work camp groups, who built the trails in Zion Park, camping and other trails. Health and wellness articles will also be considered.

Other ideas include but are limited to:
Golfing, Water Sports, Star Gazing, Museum Adventures and other activities and adventures available in Hurricane Valley.

Submit articles to: with subject line: Article for Visitors’ Guide.

Complete your submission with your name, mailing address and phone number.

Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Photo Contest

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce invites you to enter their photo contest for photographs to be featured in their 2021 HVCC Visitor’s Guide, calendar and post cards.

Photos Wanted: Hurricane Valley event photos, action shots, seasonal shots, and/or photos depicting life in Hurricane Valley. Areas considered Hurricane Valley includes Hurricane, LaVerkin, Toquerville and Leeds, Utah.

Photos must be high resolution. Guide to photos and photo resolution requirements for printing are available at:

For a list of contest rules and entry forms contact the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce office at:

The HVCC looks forward with great expectation to an array of exciting photographs from all you photo buffs out there and are counting on your expertise to push the 2021 Visitors’ Guide over the top.

Keep on Clicking!


Rooster Run Café located in Hurricane, Utah is OPENING SOON and is now accepting applications for cooks and dishwashers. This is a fast paced diner style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Rooster Run Café is a family style restaurant with home-style cooking, amazing burgers, milkshakes, and awesome desserts. Rooster Run offers competitive pay, flexible work schedules, and a rewarding work environment. We look forward to meeting you!

Dishwashers $10 – $12 per hour
Cooks $10 – $15 per hour

Contact information: or call (707) 495-3629

SKRE Extreme Mountain Hunting Gear Honored as HVCC February Business of the Month

Congratulations to SKRE Extreme Mountain Hunting Gear, recently nominated and voted to be recognized as the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce February Business of the Month. This recognition is awarded to HVCC business members who have contributed extensive time, energy and resources to the Hurricane Valley and Southern Utah region.

SKRE Extreme Mountain Hunting Gear offers a wide range of hunting apparel designed to excel in extreme hunting environments throughout the world. From base layers to outer-layers, rain gear, or accessories, SKRE has their customer covered.

Headquartered in Hurricane, Utah, SKRE is a nationally and internationally know company and recently opened a retail store at 268 West State Street in Hurricane.

SKRE will be honored at the upcoming HVCC luncheon meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20th at the Hurricane Community Center, located at 63 South 100 West in Hurricane, Utah. Guest speaker for the event is Dianne Newton Andersen, Philanthropy Outreach Coordinator for the Younique Foundation. HVCC members and interested business representatives are invited to attend. Registration is required by Tuesday, Feb. 18th. Access to register.

Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Honors Community Award Recipients

The beautiful Sand Hollow Resort was the setting for the annual Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Installation & Community Awards Banquet held on Wednesday, Jan. 15th, 2020.

DeWynn Nelson, HVCC 2018 and 2019 President and Mayor John Bramall presented community awards to 2019 Business of the Year, Buck’s Ace Hardware; 2019 Small Business of the Year, Lonny Boy’s BBQ; 2019 Business Person of the Year, Ashley Moser; 2019 Community Service Award, Bryce King; 2019 Educator of the Year, Michele Poast; 2019 Hurricane High School Student of the Year, Porter Dansie and DSU Hurricane Education Center 2019 Student of the Year, Kristen Poston.

Guest speaker for the event was Rand H. Packer, author, educator and lecturer. Mr. Packer’s book “A Lion and a Lamb” was the inspiration for the movie “The Fighting Preacher”. The audience was captivated by his remarks and clips of the film.

Also honored for their years of service were retiring HVCC Board Members, Connie Zdunich and April Chesley. Serving as President for 2020 is Nic Lauritzen, President Elect, Ike Turner, Past President, DeWynn Nelson, Treasurer, Sharon Shores and board members Damon Atkinson, Chris Gifford, Paul Zolman, Orion Parker, Kris Smedley, Kim Mensch, Bryce King, and new board members Andy Palmer and Suzanne Leonelli. All were installed and issued the Oath of Office by Mayor Bramall. Outgoing 2018 & 2019 HVCC President DeWynn Nelson presented the ceremonial gavel to 2020 President, Nic Lauritzen.

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce extends their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Platinum and Gold Sponsors of the gala event.

PLATINUM SPONSORS: Davis Farmers Market, ERA Real Estate, DSU Hurricane Education Center, Intermountain Healthcare, Hurricane City and Hurricane Recreation Dept., Prado Real Estate and Walmart Distribution.

GOLD SPONSORS: AGC of Utah, Ballard Storages, Color Country Automotive, Spilsbury Mortuary, State Bank of Southern Utah and TDS.

A special thanks is extended to:
The Clubhouse at Sand Hollow Resort – Adam Jasperson, Chef Dan Hardy and staff, and Carrie Bunker, Sand Hollow Resort Event Coordinator.
Hurricane High School String Ensemble – Debbie Thornton & Darin Thomas
Lonny Boy’s BBQ – Lon & Jean Allen (Gift Cards for string ensemble members)
Stage Coach Grille – Rich Tabish (Gift Cards for retiring HVCC Board Members)
Sand Hollow Resort – Golf Pass for outgoing HVCC president
Hurricane City Police Department Color Guard – Officers Ken Thompson, Omar Torres, Bill Phillips & Melvin Barlow
Andrea Stratton Photography
Bryce King & Riley Dutton – programs and outdoor lighting
Kim Mensch – HVCC Event Organizer & Coordinator
Connie Zdunich & April Chesley – Event Assistants
Annette Martin – HVCC Volunteer
Lana Hone – HVCC Office Manager

Volunteer Opportunity for BAM (Because Animals Matter)

Bam is accepting applications for Thrift Store Manager. This is a non-paid, part-time (20-30 hours per week) volunteer position.

The Thrift Store Manager provides supervision, oversight and management of BAM’s Hurricane, Utah based thrift store, BAM’s Orphaned Objects.

The store generates revenue to support BAM’s programs and services. The manager oversees volunteers, sales, merchandise donations, promotion of the store in the community and internal fiscal controls.

Please text or phone Beth Lock at (435) 619-9444 or Becky Timmons at (435) 272-2990.

The Haven at Sky Mountain honored as December Business of the Month

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that The Haven at Sky Mountain Assisted Living and Memory Care has been recognized as the December 2019 Business of the Month.

This honor is awarded to Hurricane Valley businesses that have had a positive impact on the community by providing exception customer service, products, and extensive community support.

The Haven at Sky Mountain is an exquisitely appointed independent and assisted living and memory care campus nestled in the heart of beautiful southern Utah. As a locally owned and operated independent and assisted living facility providing 24-hour support in Utah, they pride themselves on the professionally trained staff focused on exceptional quality of life and hospitality to their resident “family” members.

The good people at The Haven know that life should be full of laughter, love and living well. That’s why they’re dedicated to providing independent seniors a supportive range of trusted services including social activities, engaging activities, exciting day trips, day-to-day personal care and hygiene assistance, flexible dining, physical therapy, innovative memory care and the personal attention they need to truly feel at home.

The Haven at Sky Mountain is a strong supporter of Hurricane Valley activities and events as well as the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce. The care they provide is second to none. Stop by and see this beautiful facility for yourself. CEO Andy Palmer or Admissions Director Nina Heck will guide you on a tour and answer all your questions.

The Haven at Sky Mountain is located at 2192 West 100 North in Hurricane, Utah. Call (435) 674-7883 for more information.

Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Honors American Veteran’s

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce honored 58 local American Veterans at their luncheon meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20th, held at The Haven at Sky Mountain.

The Haven at Sky Mountain generously provided the food and venue for the occasion. The Haven’s Chef Kay Syddall and his capable staff prepared and served a lunch comparable to that of a fine dining restaurant.

Posting the colors was Commander Jerry Curtis, with Steve Bird and Bob Wood of the Sterling Russell American Legion Post 100.

Hurricane’s Nielsen RV donated a beautifully hand carved wooden flag to be displayed in The Haven’s foyer. New HVCC members were introduced and America First Credit Union, Hurricane branch, was honored as the November Business of the Month.

Guest speaker was Vietnam Veteran and American patriot, Doug Hunt. Hunt spoke of his military experience and educated the audience about POW’s (Prisoners of War), the duties and responsibilities of the military, and the proper way to display and honor the American flag.

The luncheon concluded by thanking each Veteran for their service and sacrifice and presenting them with a commemorative coin donated by the Hurricane Rotary Club.

Located at 2192 West 100 North in Hurricane, Utah, The Haven at Sky Mountain is an exquisitely appointed independent and assisted living campus nestled in the heart of beautiful southern Utah. CEO Andy Palmer and Admissions and Marketing Director Nina Heck invites interested parties to call (435) 674-7883 to schedule a tour of the new facility. As one resident put it, “This place is better than home. The people here are wonderful, everything is clean and beautiful, the scenery is breath-taking and you can’t find a better meal anywhere!”

America First Credit Union – Hurricane Branch, Voted as November 2019 HVCC Business of the Month

For a second time, the Hurricane, Utah branch of the America First Credit Union has been voted as the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month. Nominated in May of 2018, America First was awarded the Business of the Month honor and again in November of 2019.

America First was established in 1952 as a credit union for grocery store workers. In the early 2000’s, they expanded their common bond charter and today offer banking solutions to individuals and small businesses in Southern California, Utah and Nevada. They have partnerships with over 100 companies to serve their employees and extended membership through other community groups. America First Credit Union is a full-service member-owned institution offering solutions for total financial wellness. Federally insured by NCUA and an Equal Opportunity Lender.

Congratulations to America First Credit Union Hurricane branch manager, Bree Johnson, along with her staff and area liaisons, Oscar Alba, Brad Buhanan and John Davis on receiving this prestigious award.

America First Credit Union will be honored at the upcoming HVCC luncheon meeting to be held at The Haven at Sky Mountain, 2192 West 100 North, Hurricane, Utah, beginning at 11:30 am. Guest speaker is Vietnam Veteran, Doug Hunt.

Seating in limited. RSVP REQUIRED by Nov. 18th. Call (435) 635-3402 or email: to reserve your spot.

Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards & Installation Banquet

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Community Awards & Installation Banquet on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.

The night will feature guest speaker Rand H. Packer, author of “A Lion and a Lamb”, the book developed into the movie “The Fighting Preacher”.

Hurricane Valley businesses and business people will be honored for their exceptional contribution to the community and HVCC Board Members will be installed.

A plated prime rib meal will be served.

Those wishing to become a sponsor for the event should contact the HVCC office at (435) 635-3402 or email:

Reservations for the event and non-refundable payments are due by Dec. 31st, 2019. Visit for more information and to register.

Dig Paddlesports Awarded Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce October Business of the Month

Congratulations to Dig Paddlesports on being awarded the HVCC October Business of the Month.

Dig Paddlesports is the exclusive provider of watersports equipment at Hurricane’s Quail Creek State Park with another location at Gunlock State Park.

Owner, Bill Ennis and Operations Manager, Michelle Ennis established their business in 2011, with the desire and intent of encouraging water sports and recreational activities amongst the red rock landscapes of Southern Utah. They offer rentals, lessons (including Paddle Board Yoga), sales and repairs for stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and other water sports equipment and are able to accommodate family reunions, corporate events, and other large groups.

Along with the demands of their growing business, Bill and Michelle support a number of non-profit organizations and are actively engaged in organizing and assisting with community events.

Some of the nominating statements included: “They are always looking for unique ways to keep our community active” and “This homegrown business has enhanced the quality of life in the community as well as being a great corporate citizen. Hat’s off to Bill and Michelle Ennis for their focus on water sports in the beauty of our own backyard.”

Dig Paddlesports will be honored at the HVCC luncheon to be held at the Sky Mountain Golf Course on Thursday, Oct. 17th at 11:00 am. Guest speaker is Bob Watkins, former FBI Special Agent, Missionary and Pro Golfer. Deadline to RSVP is October 10th. Reserve your spot at or visit to register.

For Dig Paddlesports rental information or to book an event visit:


Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to the ROCK BOWL at SAND HOLLOW for a night of great music by the Breakfast Club!

This is an outdoor, family friendly event and you’re invited. Sponsored by Sand Hollow Resort you’ll dance and enjoy great music under the stars.

WHERE: The Rock Bowl at Sand Hollow Resort – 5562 W. Clubhouse Drive, Hurricane, Utah

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Tickets are $10.00 each. BOGO with code: BASHTIX
Purchase your tickets at EVENTBRITE.COM

Meet the Hurricane City Council Candidates

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a “Meet the Hurricane City Council Candidates Night” on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Hurricane High School, located at 345 Tiger Blvd., Hurricane, Utah.

Questions for the candidates must be emailed prior to the event or written down and submitted before the meeting begins.

Email your questions to:

Huntsman World Senior Games – Volunteers Needed

DID YOU KNOW that the LARGEST annual multi-sport event in the world for people 50 and over takes place right here – in St. George, Utah?

That’s right, we’re celebrating:
33rd Year
80 Countries
11,000 + Athletes
32 Sports
Over 3000 Volunteers Needed

Become one of the world-class volunteers by going to and sign-up. It will be fun AND rewarding!

Questions?? Call Jeff at (435) 674-0550

Neighborhood Connection – Donations Needed

Neighborhood Connection helps children who receive free or reduced-cost meals at school by providing them with food to take home over the weekend. The children receive two breakfasts, two snacks, and two lunches to help ensure they have adequate nutrition – because no child should go hungry.

100 % of all donations stay in Washington County Utah to cover the cost of providing children in need with food on the weekends.

Sponsor a child for a school year: $200
Sponsor a child for a month: $20

Donations Needed:
Sliding Zip Lock gallon size bags
Individual serving microwaveable meals such as 7-8 oz. Mac N’ Cheese, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Chicken and Rice, etc.
Individual serving Applesauce, Fruit Cups, Pudding Cup, Juice Box or Pouch
Instant Oatmeal Packets
Individual size Peanut Butter Crackers or Cheese & Crackers
Granola Bars
Individual size Fruit Snacks
Cash donations are always appreciated.

Donations are being accepted at the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Office, located at 63 South 100 West, Hurricane, Utah. Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am to 1pm.

Dixie State University Hurricane Education Center Honored as the September 2019 Business of the Month

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Dixie State University Hurricane Education Center has been nominated and voted by HVCC members to be honored as the September 2019 Business of the Month.

DSU students become lifelong learners, committed to becoming influential individuals who contribute to the well-being of their community. DSU believes this starts with higher education. The campus in Hurricane, UT allows individuals in Southern Utah easier access to complete their higher education goals.

Offering certification programs such as Peace Officer Standards and Training, Certified Nursing Assistant, EMT, A-EMT and Paramedic, the center makes it possible for students to complete entire programs without leaving Hurricane Valley. DSU general education courses in fine arts, physical and life sciences, computer information systems, math, history, and political science are also available at the Hurricane Education Center.

Located walking distance from Hurricane High School, the center also offers concurrent enrollment options for high school students, helping students save time and money by offering courses that fulfill high school and college general requirements.

Under the dedicated leadership of DSU Hurricane Education Center Director, Chris Gifford, the center focuses on helping each and every student achieve their educational goals.

DSU is a generous contributor to countless events and activities in Hurricane Valley and Southern Utah as well as a strong supporter of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The DSU Hurricane Education Center will be honored at the HVCC luncheon meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 at the Hurricane Community Center, 63 South 100 West, Hurricane, Utah. The luncheon begins at 11:30 with a cost of $12.00 per person. RSVP required by Tuesday, Sept. 17th. Call (435) 635-3402, email:, or visit


Help protect and preserve our nation’s public lands. Become a Wildland Firefighter!

The Kaibab National Forest is seeking a small group of career-focused women to be on-call wildland firefighters for the 2020 fire season. These on-call positions will provide support to wildland fire operations over the summer and can help pave the way for future employment and career advancement with the Forest Service.

Approximately 20 applicants will be selected. Their first assignment will be to attend the Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp in September, which provides comprehensive firefighter training and orientation. Those who successfully complete the training will be prepared for the Work Capacity Test, which is also known as the pack test. Program graduates may meet the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Red Card Qualification Standards and be qualified to apply as wildland firefighters.

The Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp will be held Sept. 6-9 and Sept. 13-15 at the Jacob Lake Administrative Site just outside of Fredonia, Ariz. Attendance both weekends is required, and pre-work is listed below. The deadline for applications is Aug. 10, and selections will be made and applicants notified by Aug. 22.

Although the training focuses on women in wildland fire, all interested parties are encouraged and invited to attend. No previous experience is required. Additional information and the application are available on the Forest Service Southwestern Region website at For additional information, contact Peter Goetzinger at (928) 643-8101 or

Kaibab National Forest information is available through the following sources:

Kaibab National Forest Website:

Apply at:

Boot Camp: Sept 6th – 8th & Sept. 13th – 15th

Program Contact:
Peter Goetzinger
Kaibab NF
(928) 643-8101

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Neighborhood Connection Honored as HVCC July Business of the Month

Neighborhood Connection, a program organized by Santa Clara, Utah resident, Donna Grace MacBean, has been nominated and voted to receive the HVCC July 2019 Business of the Month Award.

Neighborhood Connection consists of a small group of volunteers with big goals! A non-profit organization, their mission is to provide qualifying Washington County elementary school children with food to take home over the weekend.

During the 2018-2019 school year, a Washington County elementary school reported 72% of their students qualified for free or reduced rate school lunch, with approximately 50 listed as homeless. Totally dependent upon monetary and food donations, Neighborhood Connection provided those students with two breakfast meals, two snacks, and two lunches following school on Friday – enough to get them through the weekend. Their goal is to be able to provide weekend meals for all Washington County children in need.

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize member businesses who work to make a difference in the Hurricane Valley. Recognizing the basic human need for food and shelter, Neighborhood Connection volunteers are working tirelessly to be able to provide a weekend meal for disadvantaged Washington County elementary school children. Neighborhood Connection is truly making a difference.

YOU CAN HELP! Neighborhood Connection accepts food and monetary donations.

Sponsor a child for a year: $200.00
Sponsor a child for a month: $20.00

Items Needed:
Sliding zip lock gallon size bags
Individual serving microwaveable meals. 7-8 oz. Mac N’ Cheese, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Chicken & Rice, etc.
Individual serving applesauce, fruit cups, squeeze fruit pouches
Pudding Cups (shelf stable)
Individual Peanut Butter Crackers/Cheese & Crackers
Granola Bars
Individual size Fruit Snacks
Please contact Donna MacBean at (435) 313-4725 to donate or volunteer.
Donations will also be accepted at the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce office: 63 South 100 West, Hurricane, Utah.

Neighborhood Connection will be honored at the HVCC luncheon meeting on Thursday, July 18th at the Hurricane Community Center, 63 S. 100 W. Hurricane, Utah. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch starting at 11:45 a.m. The guest speaker is martial arts instructor, John Goff. He will address personal safety and demonstrate simple self-defense techniques.

HVCC members, business professionals and representatives are invited to attend. Cost of lunch is $12.00 per person. RSVP required by Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Call (435) 635-3402 or visit to register for the event.

Now Open! My Place Hotel in Hurricane, Utah

My Place Hotels is thrilled to announce the opening of the brand’s newest location in Hurricane, marking the fourth location to open in the Beehive State! Located at 1167 West 80th Street, the three-story, 46-unit hotel marks America’s 49th My Place location across 22 states.

My Place Hotel-Hurricane, UT is located with close access to Quail Creek State Park and Gould Wash, offering guests access to the serene landscape of Utah. In addition to its close proximity to a plethora of stunning geographic landmarks such as Zion National Park less than 45 minutes away, the new location offers immediate access to a wide variety of retail and dining options to fit the changing needs of guests.

Hurricane’s newest hotel is locally owned and developed by Stepping Stones Development, who broke ground less than 10 months ago.

My Place EVP of Franchise Development Terry Kline finds it hard to believe that the brand is already celebrating the opening of Utah’s newest My Place hotel, offering a great deal of gratitude to the hard work of the brand’s dedicated partners and friends.

“It feels like we were just in Utah celebrating the groundbreaking of My Place Hurricane as a part of our Summer 2018 cross-country tour. The excitement hasn’t stopped since then,” said Kline. “It’s times like these where we have the opportunity to recognize just how substantial the hard work and dedication of our partners and friends have been in helping us continue to expand the My Place product across the country. Congratulations My Place Hurricane!”

About My Place Hotels
All My Place Hotels locations offer modern amenities at an affordable price including nightly, weekly and monthly rate options. Each guest room features a My Kitchen, complete with a cook-top, a microwave and a full refrigerator. My Place Hotels offer pet friendly accommodations, including on-site laundry facilities, complimentary high-speed internet service and a 24-hour My Store, located in the hotel lobby and stocked with an array of supplies for the guests’ convenience.

My Place Hotels of America is a franchise company that focuses on providing a clean and comfortable facility, with modern amenities, and great customer service, all at an affordable price. The company is based out of Aberdeen, S.D., and offers franchisees a new construction brand, designed to ensure quality, consistency and the highest of standards for delivering marketplace value. The brand currently has 49 hotels open across 22 states with over 120 hotels in the pipeline. For more information on franchising with My Place Hotels, please visit or contact Terry Kline at (605) 725-5685.

To book your stay at My Place, please call the toll-free reservation line at: (855) 200-5685, or visit All guests are invited to Stay Rewarded, by enrolling at

Stage Coach Grille honored as June Business of the Month

The Stage Coach Grille located at 99 North Main Street in LaVerkin, Utah, has been voted HVCC June 2019 Business of the Month.

Owner Rich Tabish, purchased the Stage Coach Grille in the summer of 2018. The first time to walked in, he fell in love with the concept and woodwork. He said the service was great, the atmosphere comfortable and the food was awesome! The “Restaurant Guy” came alive in him.

As a long-time national restaurant operator for YUM Restaurants (30 plus years), retired, he decided to purchase the restaurant from its founders, George and Cindy Rodinos. “I think of them daily for the care and love they put into this place”.

The Stage Coach Grille serves the highest quality, made from scratch, menu items. Quality is never compromised. Rich is a strong believer in breaking away from the mundane, bean counting, portion control restaurants that have become the American standard. At the Stage Coach Grille, you’ll enjoy old fashioned, slowly cooked, fresh ingredients and you’ll never leave hungry!

The Stage Coach Grille serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Stop by, congratulate Rich, and try the food. You’ll be glad you did!

Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce June Luncheon Meeting

HVCC members and interested business people are invited to attend the June Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Hurricane Community Center, located at 63 South 100 West, Hurricane, Utah. Lunch will be provided by Lonny Boy’s BBQ.

Guest speaker is Kevin Lewis, Office of Sports and Outdoor Recreation Director. Kevin played the lead role in bringing several key events to Washington County.

Rich Tabish, owner of the Stage Coach Grille will be honored as June 2019 Business of the Month. The Stage Coach Grille is located on Main Street in LaVerkin, Utah. Open seven days a week from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’ll enjoy large portions, delicious made-from-scratch food, and friendly service in a beautifully adorned restaurant.

The luncheon meeting begins with networking at 11:30 am with lunch, announcements and speaker at 11:45 am. Cost is $12.00 per person. Prior registration is required by Tuesday, June 18th.

Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Steamroller Copies

Help celebrate the new building and location of Steamroller Copies at an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 16th at 3:00 pm.

The beautiful newly completed building is located at 46 South 1350 West, Suite #2, in Hurricane, Utah.

Steamroller Copies is a proud member of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce and is pleased to serve businesses and residents of Southern Utah.

Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Dig Paddlesports LLC.

Dig Paddlesports LLC. is Southern Utah’s first stand-up paddleboard and kayak rental shop and the exclusive provider of water sports equipment at Quail Creek and Gunlock State Parks. Dig Paddlesports offers rentals, lessons, sales and repairs, and serves all group sizes – big or small.

Join the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Dig Paddlesports, located at 472 N. 5300 W. in Hurricane, Utah, on Thursday, May 23rd at 4:00 pm.

Meet the owners and instructions and learn about these fun, fast growing water sports.

Grief Shared is Grief Diminished

You’re not alone. We respond to loss and grief in different ways. Join us on the second Tuesday monthly at 6:00 pm to learn ways to cope with the loss of a loved one.

When: Tonight – Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: Spilsbury Mortuary – 110 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah
Phone: 435-673-0911

Refreshments will be served.

Lonny Boy’s BBQ in Hurricane, Utah Honored as HVCC May 2019 Business of the Month

For the second time, Lonny Boy’s BBQ in Hurricane, Utah has been voted by HVCC members to be honored as the Business of the Month. This recognition is awarded to HVCC Business members who have contributed extensive time, energy and resources to the Hurricane Valley area and Southern Utah region.

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce strives to recognize and honor those businesses who truly make a difference in Hurricane Valley.  Lonny Boy’s BBQ and their amazing staff have consistently served delicious barbeque to Southern Utah residents and the many tourists who visit Hurricane Valley.  Recently awarded 2019 BEST OF STATE TEXAS BARBEQUE, they have donated and/or provided countless meals at numerous Southern Utah events such as the Huntsman World Senior Games, Washington County Fair and Hurricane Peach Days to name a few.

A strong supporter and past president of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce, owner Lon Allen has donated delicious meals at the annual HVCC Charity Golf Tournament for many years.  Lon and Jean Allen are actively involved in the community and Hurricane Valley.  Lon currently serves on the Hurricane Valley Tourism Coucil and is an active supporter of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Lonny Boy’s BBQ is located at 980 West State Street in Hurricane, Utah.  They will be honored at the upcoming HVCC luncheon meeting on Thursday, May 16th at the Hurricane Community Center, 63 S. 100 W.  Networking begins at 11:30 am with lunch, announcements and speaker at 11:45 am.  Guest speaker this month is Lura Kingsford, founder of Appreciation Mindset Training, a program designed to make supervisors’ jobs easier.

HVCC Members, business professionals and interested business people are invited to attend. Cost of lunch is $12.00 per person.  RSVP required by Tuesday, May 14th.  Register at or call (435) 635-3402.


Spilsbury Hurricane Valley Mortuary – Part-Time Position

Spilsbury Mortuary is seeking to hire a self-motivated, reliable person to fill a part-time position at their Hurricane Valley Mortuary office. Hours are Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The person will need to have wonderful customer service skills and be empathetic when they meet with clients. Please contact Aimee or Connie at (435) 673-2454 to set up an interview.

Color Country Automotive Honored as HVCC April Business of the Month

Congratulations to Color Country Automotive of Hurricane, Utah on being voted as the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce April 2019 Business of the Month. This recognition is awarded to HVCC business members who have contributed extensive time, energy and resources to the Hurricane Valley area and Southern Utah region.

Owned by Dwaine and Joe Holland, Color Country Automotive provides honest car repair and sales and is known for their friendly customer service. Two of the nominations read: “Color Country Automotive is involved in the community and sponsors or participates in many Hurricane Valley activities and events.” “They are the only one’s I trust my car with – you always know you’re getting a fair deal.”

Color Country Automotive will be honored at the HVCC luncheon on Thursday, April 18th at the Hurricane City Community Center, 63 S. 100 W., Hurricane, Utah, beginning with networking at 11:30 am. Cost for lunch is $12.00 per person. Luncheon speakers will be Hurricane Police Chief, Lynn L Excell, LaVerkin Police Chief, Ben Lee, and Washington County Undersheriff, James Standley. They will address crime and criminal activity happening in Hurricane Valley and suggest ways to protect yourself and your business.

HVCC members and business professionals are invited to attend. RSVP REQUIRED by Tuesday, April 16th. Register at

Ground Breaking Ceremony scheduled for Hurricane Heights Affordable Residential Development

Forte’ Development, LLC is proud to announce the Ground Breaking for one of their projects, Hurricane Heights Affordable Residential Project on April 17, 2019 at 12:00 noon. The development is located between 600-400 North and 700-500 West streets in Hurricane, Utah.

The project is comprised of 149 Town Home Units and 49 Single Family Residences and is intended to provide affordable housing for the residents of Hurricane, Utah. Both City Council and Planning Commission members stated a large gap in affordable housing exists for Hurricane area residents. They stated a need for affordable first-time buying opportunities for teachers, police officers and other professions in the area.

The location provides access to all of Hurricane including access within 1 block to three (3) schools and 3 blocks from Main Street. It also provides beautiful views of the mountains of Zion National Park and Sky Mountain. It will provide family-oriented amenities such as a full playground and Pickle Ball courts.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for The Haven at Sky Mountain Independent and Assisted Living Facility

The Haven at Sky Mountain is proudly locally owned and operated and is comprised of amazing individuals committed to providing extraordinary care and services. They understand the importance of giving back to the senior community for their hard work and sacrifice of making the nation great and are dedicated to returning the favor by providing a lifestyle that is incomparable by treating each resident and family member with kindness, dignity and respect. Their motto, “When you’re here, you’re home!”

Join the owners and staff of The Haven at Sky Mountain along with the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce and Hurricane City Council for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, April 18th at 4:00 pm.

Root for Kids Honored as Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month.

Root for Kids, formerly known as The Learning Center for Families, is a non-profit organization that provides family support services through a number of different programs. Root for Kids was nominated by HVCC members and voted to receive the March 2019 Business of the Month Award. This recognition is awarded to HVCC businesses and business people who have contributed extensive time, energy and resources to the Hurricane Valley area and Southern Utah region.

Under the capable leadership of CEO Suzanne Leonelli, Root for Kids continues to grow and has provided over 15,000 families in Washington County and the Arizona strip with the extra support they need. With the investment from the community and generous donors, Root for Kids was able to expand its services and help more families than ever before. They strive to ensure that every child in the community has the skills they need to excel in school and in life.

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce will honor Root for Kids at the upcoming HVCC luncheon meeting. Guest speakers at the luncheon will be Hurricane City Mayor John Bramall, LaVerkin City Mayor Richard Hirschi, and Toquerville City Mayor Lynn Chamberlain.

HVCC Members and interested business representatives are invited to attend the luncheon on Thursday, March 21st at the Hurricane Community Center, 63 South 100 West, Hurricane, Utah. Networking begins at 11:30 am with lunch and speakers at 12:00 noon. Cost is $12.00 per person.

RSVP required by Tuesday, March 19th. Call 435-635-3402 or email to reserve your spot.

Alexis Martin, Hurricane High School Student of the Year, Accepted at West Point

It’s not easy being accepted at West Point, United States Military Academy. Only 10% of applicants are accepted, with 22% being female. Yet, a beautiful, intelligent, athletic girl, from the small town of Hurricane, Utah, has accomplished that lofty goal.

Alexis Martin, a 2019 graduate of Hurricane High School, will attend Reception Day (R-Day) at West Point on July 1, 2019.

Part of her acceptance letter reads: On behalf of the President and the Secretary of the Army, I send you congratulations on your appointment to the United States Military Academy.
Your appointment to the Class of 2023 is an outstanding accomplishment. In gaining admission, you have demonstrated exceptional potential for future service to the US Army and the nation. West Point’s education and training programs will give you the opportunity to fully develop that potential.
The letter is signed by Darryl A. Williams, Lieutenant General, US Army

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce proudly awarded Alexis with the Student of the Year award along with a scholarship to aid in her education. HVCC Scholarships are awarded annually to Hurricane High School and Dixie State University outstanding students.

On behalf of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce, we congratulate Alexis on this major accomplishment and wish her much success and safe keeping as she accepts this coveted appointment.