Some Days It’s Just Plain Hard to be Mayor

Thanks to David and Tom Kirkham and their hospitality,
I had a fantastic day Monday.  
Not only did I get to ride in one of these cars around the track they actually let me take one for a spin.  Almost everyone that knows I drove one asks, “how fast did you go.”  Funny thing, I can’t tell you how fast I was going because I had my eyes on the track and nothing else.  I do know that when David was driving the car made it to over 120 mph faster than you can imagine.
Few people know that Provo is home to one of the finest car manufacturing companies in the world. 
For almost 15 years Kirkham Automotive  has been manufacturing the finest aluminum bodied roadsters in the world. They have an enviable reputation in the industry for stunning cars made with hand-crafted aluminum bodies with world-class engineering and manufacturing expertise
All of this attention to detail and improved materials and manufacturing adds up to a beautiful, strong, lightweight roadster. In fact, the majority of the cars are never painted. How many other manufacturers build custom aluminum bodies that are straight enough that they can be polished to a mirror finish and then left bare? None.
Their customers  own a Kirkham for its head-turning beauty and heart-stopping performance; but, the Kirkham ownership experience goes beyond just a car.  Their customers are like a second family to them and many life-long friendships have been made with their customers. They regularly sponsor track events, open houses, and other activities where owners can gather and learn to get the most out of their vehicles. Since Larry Miller built the Miller Motorsports Park race track near they have been hosting track days free of charge to owners of their cars.
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Provo People: Heather


Every now and then I’d like to highlight some of the amazing people that make Provo great. I love to hear what they love about our city.  Our first participant is Heather Mildenstein from the Coterie Blog. 


How long have you lived in Provo?
I moved to Provo in 2005, so I’ve been here for about five years. I was attending college out of state and came here “temporarily” with some roommates. After the semester was over and I was ready to move back, I was still dating this guy named Matt, and we decided to keep dating, and eventually got hitched! He’s a Provo native and was attending school here so we stayed. 

Favorites about Provo:
*The parks. There are very few places that have amazing, clean, beautifully well-keps parks like Provo does. 

*The people. I love the interesting and diverse people that Provo attracts. We’re lucky to live so close to the university and interact with the great people from all over that attend and work there. 
*The community. After we were married and I really partook of the sense of belonging to the city of provo, rather than the “temporary student” mode I was in, I realized there is a sense of belonging that is hard to see as a student. The community is so involved with it’s residents. There are always fun, interesting happenings downtown. People CARE about the city and make huge efforts to better it. It’s wonderful.


Place to eat: 

Nice date: Communal (hands down). 
Every day craving:Rancherito, formerly known as Betos. You know, green roof, across from DI. That’s the one. 

Place to shop: 
Flower Basket and Bijou Market (handmade fair that happens twice a year)

Place to think: 
Sundance. I make the drive up there usually once a week for various things. Last winter though my family and I went snowshoeing there for the first time. It was wonderful! So peaceful and quite. We are planning on doing it many more times this winter!

Place to play: 
As a family we love Vivian Park up Provo Canyon. Also, my son Cole loves biking to the new Joaquin Park in Provo. It’s close and has a great playground! 

Place to go on a date: 
Because we don’t have a lot of time for our dates with a child and all, our go-to date is usually Provo Town Center’s Cinemark Theaters. We love the stadium seating…oh, and the arm rests that can go up!
In the summer and fall we LOVE going on the full moon lift rides at Sundance. Super awesome! Super romantic!

 My favorite memory (memories) of Provo has to be visiting it when I was little. There was this nostalgia that was linked to Provo when I was little because Provo=Grandma and Grandpa C’s house. They lived in this amazing mid-century modern home in the Grandview neighborhood. It was just so magical and always a treat to visit. 

What makes Provo great?
I think what makes Provo great is the sense of belonging to a lovely community. Provo make everyone feel welcome, visitors and residence. Provo is great because the people make it great. It’s beautiful in and of itself, with the mountains, the river, etc. But I think regardless of that it’s the community and belonging that is wonderful. 

The header for this series was done by Ashley Christensen the amazing artist behind Ashmae

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The Road Less Traveled.

John Chamberlain and I have been talking about a hike up Slate Canyon for too long.  Last Friday Sue and I  finally  got together with him for the long awaited hike.

John has been telling me about a little known trail that was created as part of FDR’s “New Deal.”  Despite his best efforts the trail has become overgrown and hard to follow. 

Most Slate Canyon hikers stay down in the bottom of the canyon along the dirt road.  This trail takes you high along the South side of the canyon.  The views are spectacular and each bend in the trail calls out for you to see what’s ahead.  We hiked for an hour and a half and then had to come back. 

If you’re interested in taking the hike you have two options.

1) Ask John to take you on a guided tour or

2) Follow my directions:  At the second parking lot head East and take the small trail that’s hard to find.  When the small trail takes a fork look for the two rocks John set on top of each other and take the other fork.  When you reach the fork that even John got mixed up at, take the left fork.

Don’t forget your water!

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BYU Homecoming

What’s better than a BYU Homecoming Parade?
A BYU football victory!!!!!!!!!
Go Cougars
I was asked several weeks ago to ride in the BYU Homecoming parade (I love parades).  
They told me I would need my own car which was perfect because Sue (wife) owns a convertible. 
The morning of the parade I woke up to wash the car for the parade and realized to my horror that I couldn’t take the car.  
Sue’s car is RED
I don’t know what I was thinking before but I knew I couldn’t drive a red car in the BYU parade.  
We went to plan B and it worked out great.
PS  Thanks to my two blog friends who gave my blog a shout out at the parade
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This Bud’s for You.

Recently while in DC I snapped this picture of the “Fire Pelosi” sign in front of the 
Republican National Head Quarters.  
When I looked  at the picture I found I had also captured an interesting delivery truck as well.  
How much of that large truck do you suppose was emptied at this stop?
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Rape Suspect Sketch

A woman was running along a dirt trail near 3400 N. 180 East in Provo around 3:15 p.m. Thursday. 
She reported that a male grabbed her, forced her to the ground and attempted to take her top off.  
The trail is known as Lover’s Lane
The man was described as a dirty, white man, around 5 feet 10 inches tall, in his mid 40’s, with a full beard about two inches long, a wrinkly face, and wearing a black fleece jacket. Anyone with information please call dispatchers at (801) 852-6210.
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Atchafalaya – A Final Goodbye

This was taken earlier today by Arnold Thiebaud with the Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau.
If you like this photo, view the full slideshow.
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Help Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Did you know that those who abuse prescription drugs often get them from other people’s medicine cabinets without them knowing?
Here are three ways to properly dispose of unused prescription drugs:
1.  Bring them to the Provo City Police Department, 48 S. 300 West.
2.  Take them to the Take Back Event this Saturday, October 9, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Provo Walgreens, 1315 N. State St.
3.  Go to to learn how to properly dispose of prescription drugs at home.
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But We Didn’t Inhale

Today during our Gang Task Force Steering Committee meeting we discussed spice.  Here are some facts about spice.

  • Spice is a new synthetic drug being smoked to produce a high similar to marijuana or hashish. 
  • Utah County recently passed an ordinance against smoking it but not the sale or possession of it.
  • Spice is being used as an alternative to marijuana by many who are unaware of the dangers.
  • It is becoming a problem in Provo’s schools.
  • The Provo Council is considering taking action.
  • The State Legislature will likely take action on it this session.
  • I will be cheering the council onward as they discuss banning this in Provo.

Now ready for this?  In the meeting I was told that it could be purchased in a  Provo store.  Some of us on the committee found that hard to believe so we got in our cars and drove over to the store, walked in, laid down our 6 bucks and bought an ounce of spice.

You can imagine the response back in the Mayor’s office when I walked in with my baggy of spice.

There it was in what looked to be candy jars.  
It was no different than buying bubble gum from a grocery store.
Pick your flavor
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La Jolla Groves

Sue and I found ourselves with a free evening so we headed over to the Shops at Riverwoods to try out 
La Jolla Groves. 
We both gave double thumbs up to the staff, the ambiance, the price and the fantastic food
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