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Around Utah

Sarah Cutler

January 1, 2013

Park City - FOODIESPECS.COM launched its services to Los Angeles area restaurants and nationwide through its website, www.foodiespecs.com. FoodieSpecs starter kits include stylish unisex, individually wrapped reading glasses, providing a unique service for customers who “forget their specs.”

Park City - CROCKER VENTURES provided a lead investment of $2 million in a board-approved $4 million series A funding round to ISCHOOL CAMPUS. iSchool Campus enhances K–12 student engagement and learning by providing a complete “Smart School” system that integrates one-to-one mobile devices, such as the iPad, and a variety of other technology-based teaching tools across an entire school.

Park City - SKULLCANDY, INC. unveiled the Navigator headphone from its in-house product development team—a streamlined, compact on-ear sibling to the brand’s iconic over-ear Aviator headphone.

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St. George - STRIKE AXE, INC. entered into an asset purchase agreement with MEGA-PRO, INC. as part of its strategy to become a leader in the nutritional enhancement and supplements industry.

St. George - DIXIE STATE COLLEGE partnered with SORENSON ADVERTISING to establish a new institutional identity as it works to attain university status. Dixie State involved the community in the renaming by asking for ideas and insight.

St. George - TRI-FIT THERAPY opened an office in the Red Cliffs Professional Park. NAI UTAH SOUTHERN REGION helped to secure the office space at 321 N. Mall Drive, Building H, Ste. H-101. 

St. George - COME ON DOWN FURNITURE CONSIGNMENT recently opened in St. George. It is located in the Rio Plaza at 558 E. Riverside Dr.

St. George - STGEORGEMASSAGE.COM opened a new location at 3143 S. 840 East in St. George.  The new location features additional therapy rooms, high-end finishes and fixtures with a convenient location.

St. George - HENRY WALKER HOMES acquired Twin Creeks at Stonebridge, an 82-lot residential subdivision in St George. The 25-acre property, located off Dixie Drive, features lots from 9,000 to more than 18,000 square feet with mountain views and panorama lots of Sunbrook Golf Course.

Ephraim - MOUNTAIN AMERICA CREDIT UNION opened its first branch in Sanpete County at 620 N. Main in Ephraim. The new branch is Mountain America’s 75th.

Hurricane - WILLOWIND RV PARK was recently acquired by an investment group based in Nevada.

Heaton Ranch Receives 2012 Leopold Conservation Award
Alton - SAND COUNTY FOUNDATION, the UTAH FARM BUREAU FEDERATION, the UTAH CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION, TROUT UNLIMITED and WESTERN AGCREDIT named the HEATON RANCH as the recipient of the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award.

“The Heatons have made conservation a family tradition,” says Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation president. “Through adaptive management techniques, innovation and outreach, the Heaton family are going a long way to ensure that the agricultural operation and its natural resources will not only endure, but thrive for future generations.”

The Leopold Conservation Award, named in honor of world-renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, is comprised of $10,000 and a Leopold crystal. The award is presented annually in eight states to private landowners who practice responsible land stewardship and management.

The ranch’s 140,000-plus private and federal acres support abundant wildlife populations—including sage grouse and a premier trophy mule deer herd—and 1,250 head of cattle. Each fall, the ranchers trail cattle 100 miles to the south and graze on winter forage on the Arizona Strip, the area of land north of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon in Arizona.

“These cattle pay for all the conservation work we do. Conservation is a top priority for us, and we recognize that’s what’s kept us in business today,” says Karl Heaton. “They’d like to put summer homes out here, but we’re maintaining open spaces. We’re an agriculture ranch and that’s how we want to keep it.”

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