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Where else can you water ski and snow ski on the same day?

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More Fun in Provo

During my tour de fun to celebrate my birthday last week, The Peaks Arena gave me this shirt. I am now an honorary Zamboni driver and the oldest certified youth hockey player.

Speaking of fun, Beverly Pecoraro’s Utah Studies class at the Walden School of Liberal Arts in Provo came up with their own list of fun things to do in the Provo/Orem area:

Hiking–the Y/Timpanogos/Stewart Falls/Bridal Veil Falls/anywhere up Provo Canyon

Golf/mini golf

Stadium of Fire

Trafalga

Airsoft gun

Classic Skating

Nickelcade

Hockey at The Peaks Arena

Seven Peaks waterslides

Paintballing

Laser tag

Sundance–skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, film festival, trail running, art classes, jewelry making, twilight chairlift, movies and plays in the summer

Swimming at the Scera [and Veterans Memorial] pool

Kayaking/tubing/rafting down Provo River

Sledding/tubing at snowy locations

Velour/Muse–local music scene

EDP, The Loft, Sweets–dancing

Teen Center

Art gallery stroll

Color Me Mine

Versus Gaming Center

Boys and Girls Club

Shopping–malls, downtown stores

Provo skate park

BYU–art museum, sporting events, cultural events, guest speakers, Bean Museum, and other

Owlz Baseball

Provo’s Farmers Market

Fat Cats–bowling

Progressive power tumbling

Climbing outdoors and indoor (The Quarry)

Ice climbing

Downtown Provo–biking, shopping, dining

Freedom Festival

Scera Theater and Hale Center Theater [and Covey Center for the Arts]

Ice cream/forzen yogurt–an overabundance of choices

Boating/wakeboarding/waterskiing on Utah Lake

Geocaching

Provo River Trail–longboarding, rollerblading, biking, running, walking

Hang gliding

Hot air baloon ride

Camping

Provo Library

Walden School of Liberal Arts

Horseback riding

Dining out–tons of great local restaurants

Fishing

Hunting

Carnivals

Baseball

Football

Four wheeling

Provo Gun Club/Rangemasters

Archery

Conferences

Provo Rec Center

Parades

Parks–lots of parks all over Provo

Ropes course

Frisbee golf

Thank you, Ms. Pecoraro’s class, for that list!

And for more ideas, check out the list on cjan’es Guide to Provo.
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Fun in Provo

Busy day! I’m celebrating my 50th birthday with an action-packed schedule showing how fun it is to live in Provo. Here’s the line up:

6 a.m.: jog the Provo River trail

7 a.m.: wellness screening at UVRMC

8 a.m.: serving breakfast at Food and Care Coalition

9 a.m.: Freedom Festival Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

10:30 a.m.: hockey skills training at The Peaks Arena

Noon: speak to youth at HOBY conference in Aspen Grove and snow ski at Sundance

1:30 p.m.: bungee trampoline at Provo Towne Centre

2 p.m.: throw football passes with Cosmo at Lavell Edwards Stadium

3 p.m.: read to children at Provo City Library

4 p.m.: waterski at Utah Lake

5 p.m.: motorcycle ride up Provo Canyon

6:30 p.m.: recognize outstanding teachers at Provo School District Foundation’s Evening of Excellence

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Mayor Monday

Just before the interview started, a Fox Business reporter called Provo “the city that gave birth to the Osmonds,” and then they played some of Donny’s music. That made me smile. (I was trying to smile more. Can you tell?)
Here’s the clip:

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Fox Business Interview


Provo is in the national spotlight again. This time Fox Business is asking about Forbes.com ranking us number two for business and careers. So I’m returning to the KBYU studio for another live interview via satellite. I’ll be on at 12:20 p.m. today. I think all this media attention for the city is great.

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Before and After


This is the Provo Energy Smart House, located at 279 S. 600 W. It was built in the 1920’s and its recent rehabilitation included several energy efficient upgrades. A great way to celebrate Earth Day would be to come to its grand opening on Thursday, April 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be representatives from Provo City Power and Water, Questar Gas, and Central Utah Water Conservancy District with giveaways and tips to use in your own homes.

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Biting the Bullet

I knew going into it that the hardest part of the job would be balancing the budget. But as I’ve said before, I’m prepared to make difficult decisions if they’re the right decisions. Over the last several months we have been developing budget reduction strategies with the help of several groups of experts–a Citizens Advisory Committee, Employee Budget Teams, our Finance Division and a Budget Focus Committee. Last week we began implementing some of those strategies, including voluntary and involuntary reductions in force. Knowing how well our employees serve the public, it was difficult to let some go, especially considering the impact it will have on them and their families, but I believe it’s for the best. The Daily Herald said it well: “Painful though it was, the city did what it had to do. It’s just time to bite the bullet.” It’s a privilege to serve the people of Provo, even when it involves making difficult decisions like this.

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True Story!

Read about a Provo City employee who helped a young man recover his girlfriend’s keys from a 10 foot drain. Just click on the letter to the left.

You can read more true stories of outstanding work by Provo City employees in the Mayor’s Brag Book on the Provo City website.

You might call it “Chicken Soup for the Provo Soul.”

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Last week Mayor Washburn of Orem and I spoke to the Utah County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Did you know Mayor Washburn can speak Spanish? Here’s what we said.

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Raising Rates

As I said in this Daily Herald editorial, I’d prefer not to be known as the mayor who raised rates, but it’s the responsible thing to do. If you have any questions or comments about it, like why, when, how much, come to our public meeting Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Lakeview Elementary, 2899 West 1390 North, Provo, or visit www.provo.org.

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