Around Utah

Devin Felix

June 6, 2013

Farmington - LAGOON debuted two new rides in its Kiddieland: Red Rock Rally, a Southern Utah-themed jeep ride with a whipping action, and Tipsey Tea Cup, a self-spinning ride.

Ogden - PETERSEN INC. was honored with Boeing’s Supplier of the Year award. The company was one of only 16 of Boeing’s 17,500 suppliers to earn the award.

Wasatch/Summit Area

Park City - MOUNTAIN AMERICA CREDIT UNION celebrated the opening of its new Kimball Junction branch. The branch is located at 1672 W. Newpark Boulevard.

Park City - RALLY INTERACTIVE was nominated for a 2013 Webby Award for its redesign and development of SNOWBIRD’s website.

Altamont - FALCON’S LEDGE, a fly fishing and wingshooting destination lodge, was named 2012 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year at the annual convention of Orvis endorsed lodge owners and operators.

Park City - PARK CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE data show that real estate sales in the Park City area for the 2012-13 ski season were up by more than 25 percent over the previous season.

Heber Valley Chamber Partners with Tourism Office

Heber Valley - The HEBER VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE recently changed its organizational structure and merged with the HEBER VALLEY TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT office.

The Heber Valley Chamber is the second-largest chamber in the state. The merger is a partnership between local business and government leaders intended to streamline business and economic development in one of the fastest-growing areas in the state.

Ryan Starks, the executive director of Heber Valley Tourism and Economic Development, will the lead the new chamber.

“I look forward to working with our strong business community and continuing to make the Heber Valley a premier place to live, work and play,” Starks says.

Monthly chamber luncheons will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Utah Valley University – Wasatch County location.  


Hurricane - WARNER TRUCK CENTERS began operating in the first phase of its new 32-acre truck center in the Gateway Commercial Center. The Freightliner dealership will occupy three buildings and use more than 35,000 square feet of space.

St. George - The U.S. Small Business Administration selected TOWN & COUNTRY BANK as the most active third-party 504 lender in the small lender category for 2012. 

St. George - BIKE FIX, a full-service bicycle store, opened a new hub at Dixie Commons. The store offers bicycle sales, repairs, fitting, and rider fitness testing and coaching services.

St. George - AAMCO TRANSMISSION began offering U-Haul truck rentals in addition to its auto repair services. The shop has a variety of moving and towing equipment available including vans, dollies and trailers.

St. George - WILSON ELECTRONICS received a Workplace Safety Award from the Utah Manufacturers Association and an Excellence in Marketing Award from the Competitive Carriers Association.

SUU Opens New Pre-Med Institute for International Students

Cedar City - Southern Utah University's new Betty McDonald Pre-Med Institute opened in late April and is set to receive its first students this fall semester.

The new pre-med program, designed to satisfy the need for more complete medical school preparation for SUU’s international students, is the first of its kind in the country.

The MPI is intended to enhance the traditional undergraduate pre-med experience by providing guidance and tutoring to SUU’s growing base of international students seeking medical degrees, engaging them in cultural immersion programs and helping to improve their communication skills and cultural acclimation.

“Many of our international students come to the U.S. with dreams to enter the health profession,” says MPI Director Johnny Oh. “But on top of the difficult course work, they’re confronted with learning a language at a collegiate level and adapting to a new culture. It can be very daunting.”

The new pre-med institute will provide access to personal tutors, help students properly compose their research writings and connect them with local physicians. MPI students will participate in interpersonal and leadership training, complete community service projects and take part in activities with the Harry Reid Outdoor Engagement Center.

The Pre-Med Institute is an exclusive program with acceptance requirements and a maximum capacity of 15 new students each year. In its first year, the program’s administrators hope to bring in new freshmen they can usher through the entirety of the four-year program.


America First Credit Union appointed DAVE STACEY as senior manager of treasury services, RABECCA JOHNSON as new manager of payment services and LLOYD BARNETT as the new manager of deposit products.

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