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Maintenance Tips: Reasons Everyone Should Have Houseplants

Many people enjoy houseplants because they can liven up a room and add a splash of color. However, there are other beneficial reasons to having houseplants in and around your home.

Houseplants are excellent at removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air your breath, making the air safer. VOCs are found in many man made products, including carpet, rugs, and vinyl. Some studies have suggested that plants can eliminate up to 87% of the VOCs in a home. So in essence, if your home is carpeted, the more plants you have the less toxins you breath in.

Houseplants have also been known to improve health. Studies show that patients in hospital settings respond to plants with fewer requests for pain medicine, lower heart rates, less anxiety and even regulated blood pressure.

In the home itself, plants have been shown to reduce fatigue, stress, and dry throats. This is likely because plants release oxygen which we need to breathe. When we exhale, we release carbon dioxide, which plants can absorb during photosynthesis, and in turn release more oxygen. Although this is a very basic explanation of photosynthesis, it shows how this makes for the perfect combination of humans and plants in the same living environment.

So when you’re considering brightening up your home or investing in an expensive air purifier, remember there’s no better way to decorate and filter the air than with a houseplant. They are relatively inexpensive and can add beauty and help freshen the air in any room.

Self Storage Units Ready for Move-in September 1st!

Adventure storage has now expanded to include mini-storage!

Leases are now being filled so if you want a self-storage unit, come into the main office(upstairs in Parkway Plaza) and fill out paperwork to reserve your unit.  Units will be ready for move-in on September 1st.  We have a total of 59 units, which are filling quickly.

Don’t miss your chance to be able to store your things so close to home.  For more information call 619-6564 or stop in the main office to get your space today!


Maintenance Tips: The Benefits of Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats are a smart way to save money when it comes to your electric bills.

The Energy Star website ( says the typical home owner spends about $2,200 per year on energy costs.  About half of that money is used for heating during the winter and air conditioning in the summer. With a programmable thermostat, you can save close to $200 a year. While that may not seem like much initially, over 10 years that cans up to $2,000, more than offsetting the cost of a relatively inexpensive programmable thermostat which runs about $65 – $150.

These thermostats work by adjusting the temperature depending on several factors, such as the time of day and day of the week. For example, if you play golf every Thursday you can make sure you’re not using excess energy to cool your home when you’re not there. When you program the thermostat to regulate the temperature, it prevents you from having to remember to do it. If you’re out on the golf course and realize you forgot to shut the A/C off, it’s not likely you’re going to run home to do it.

If you’re plans change on any given day, it’s easy to override the system. When you want to go back to the preprogrammed settings, with most models, you can do with just the push of a button. For most people, installing the programmable thermostat is relatively easy, just being certain to shut off the power to the source before starting (as with any job dealing with electricity). If you’re not comfortable doing this, you can hire a handy man or electrician to do it. It only takes about  1/2 an hour so it shouldn’t be too cost Maintenance Tips; The Benefits of Programmable Thermostats. In the end, you’ll be saving yourself money either way.


SunRiver Reflections

  Reflections the gated community at SunRiver is getting close to selling out.

There has been a recent flurry of activity that has been centered on the gated community.  Buyers like the location, tucked back in the South West Corner of SunRiver. The views of the BLM Land and views to the North are almost gone. Residents like the privacy and extra security that a gate provides. Also residents enjoy the smaller community center that gets used frequently. If you have an interest in Reflections, don’t delay home sites are selling fast. The inventory at SunRiver is the low, if you have a home to sell, we need inventory of existing homes under $250,000 Call us at 435.688.1000

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Don’t Miss Your Chance To Buy At SunRiver

I had a interesting thought the other day, we have less than 300 home sites before SunRiver Classic is complete.

With approximately 1,900 homes complete, if every 6th person currently living in SunRiver wanted to buy a new home we would be sold out! Don’t worry there will be more SunRiver Communities, arguably they may not be as amazing.

When you look at the spectacular setting, 35,000 Sq Ft community center with 50 clubs and groups and an 18 hole championship golf course, it’s truly a one of a kind community. Call the sales team and ask about new lots coming North of the Mancaves, these home sites may be the best yet. 435-688-1000


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Maintenance Tips: Ventilation

Homes are now built very tightly in an effort to save on energy costs, but this new and improved tightness comes with a price.

While keeping your home’s heat or air conditioning inside helps with the energy bill, having the home built so tightly can also cause gasses and foul odors from escaping. Condensation can also build up, resulting in water droplets along the windows and allowing mold and mildew to start growing. Dangerous gasses such as radon and carbon monoxide can also accumulate, making inhabitants very ill, sometimes resulting in death.

Current building codes require crawl spaces and attic vents to minimize the accumulation of moisture. Ventilation of the attic occurs through the soffit, which is the underside of the overhangs, or on a gable end. During bad storms, rain or snow can often get into the attic through the vents. Although it would seem like a good idea to cover them to prevent this, you shouldn’t do it. What you should consider doing instead is covering the insulation in front of the vent to prevent moisture from getting on it. When the insulation is covered, any precipitation that may blow in will safely evaporate and will allow the proper amount of ventilation your home needs.

To maintain proper ventilation, you can also remember the following: never cover or interfere with any fresh air supply going to your furnace, get into the habit of running the hood fan while you are cooking, air out your house by opening windows during the warmer months, and remember to turn on bathroom fans when the shower is being used.

When your home is properly ventilated it helps to prevent excess moisture from building up on the inside of the windows. This can help to eliminate cleaning the windows frequently during times of high humidity in the home. Proper ventilation is also necessary to keep you and your family safe.


Real Estate is Booming in SunRiver

Home sales continue to be strong, even as the summer heats up.

As families relocate in the summer months with kids out of school, our buyers are able to sell there homes quickly and realize there dream of moving to SunRiver. The inventory of existing homes for sale in SunRiver is the lowest it’s been in years. This low inventory creates an opportunity to sell an existing SunRiver home, and buy a new one.

Call the sales team at 435.688.1000 and ask about special pricing for existing SunRiver Residents. Live Young!

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How to Respond to that IRS Notice

Tax season is over. Now comes the season for IRS notices — particularly a notice called a CP2000. If you’re the recipient of one or more of these letters, here’s what you need to know.

  • What the notice is. The IRS matches amounts you include on your tax return with information reports such as Forms W-2 and 1099, and sends you a notice when a discrepancy occurs. The process is called the “Automated Underreporter Program” and the multi-page notice you receive is generally a CP2000. The “CP” stands for computer paragraph. The “2000” means the notice is an information return program verification request. You can identify the notice by the number printed on the top right of each page.
  • What to do. The CP2000 is a proposed adjustment, not a bill. The IRS is asking you to explain the differences between the amounts reported on various information reports and what you put on your federal income tax return. These differences are provided in a summary area on the notice, and you generally have 30 days to let the IRS know if you agree or disagree with some or all of them. The CP2000 includes the forms you need for your response as well as an application for a payment plan.Keep in mind that the IRS shares information with state revenue agencies. You may need to correct or update your state income tax filings to reflect any changes.
  • When to expect a response. According to the Taxpayer Advocate office, IRS guidelines call for processing your answer within approximately 45 days. However, the Taxpayer Advocate notes the IRS receives more than ten million letters a year in response to notices and is often unable to reply within the 45-day time frame.

Please contact us whenever you receive an IRS notice. We’re here to help.

Dean Burdick is a licensed CPA and is a tax partner at HintonBurdick CPAs & Advisors. He can be reached at or at 435-628-3663. If there is a tax topic that you would like him to discuss, please let him know.


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Southern Utah Veterans Home Hosts Dedication of Freedom Eagle Monument

 The Southern Utah Veterans Home (SUVH) is pleased to announce a community dedication ceremony for the Freedom Eagle Monument on May 29, 2015.

The monument is a bronze statue created by local artist Edward E. Hlavka.  Mr. Hlavka is well known throughout Southern Utah and has been commissioned on such high profile pieces as “Ivin’s Now and Then” for Ivins City; “Of Earth & Sky” for Richard & Cynthia Hughes; “Five Running Stallions” Split Rock Company (located at the Ivins round-a-bout on Snow Canyon); “Mother Cougar and Cubs” also for Split Rock Company and many other nationally commissioned pieces.

In attendance will be Mayor Chris Hart of Ivins City; Artist, Edward Hlavka; and Major General Jefferson Burton.  Mayor Hart played a pivotal role in the Freedom Eagle Monument, “I had the opportunity to tour a veteran’s facility in Ogden during the early stages of development for the Southern Utah Veterans Home.  The facility I toured had a Clock Tower monument on site that was phenomenal.  The staff explained that the monument was a symbol of freedom for their veterans to enjoy.  That really resonated with me, and I wanted to bring the same type of inspiration to Ivins.”  During the development process Mayor Hart presented the concept to the design team, and the Freedom Eagle Monument idea quickly went from idea to project.

Mayor Hart reached out to Edward E. Hlavka, the same artist who created the magnificent “Five Running Stallions” piece seen on the Snow Canyon Parkway round-a-bout entering Ivins.  A creative genius known for capturing the essence of each piece, Hlavka accepted the project and “truly took it to heart” said Mayor Hart.

The Freedom Eagle Monument is a ten foot bronze statue of an eagle soaring gracefully in flight above a sandstone pillar rising almost twenty feet.  The Southern Utah Veterans Home nestled against the iconic Red Mountain will be the perfect nesting place for the inspirational eagle.  Once dedicated, the monument will be a symbol of the freedom that all Americans enjoy and a beacon of pride for the residents of Southern Utah Veterans Home who have fought and sacrificed greatly to protect.  “It is impossible to show the sheer magnitude of respect and appreciation we have for our veteran residents, but we do hope the Freedom Eagle Monument will become a constant reminder of how grateful we are for the service and dedication of our veterans.” said Jerry Olson, Administrator, Southern Utah Veterans Home.

Now, more than two years in the making, the eagle is complete.  The nearly $100,000 project was a fundraising labor of love for all involved.  Said Mayor Hart, “As the building was constructed, commemorative bricks were sold that will surround the base beneath the sculpture.  Some of those bricks are in recognition of the fallen; others honor those who’ve stood in support of a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine.”  Commemorative bricks make up just half of the donations required to fund the monument, the remaining $50,000 was made by two friends who are both local Ivins residents.  “It is exciting and heartwarming to be a part of the Freedom Eagle Monument, I am thankful to everyone who participated in bringing this project to life, and to the Southern Utah Veterans Home.”

Please join Mayor Hart, the staff and residents of Southern Utah Veterans Home, Artist, Edward Hlavka; and Major General Jefferson Burton at the Freedom Eagle Monument Dedication Ceremony.



  •  Date:  Friday, May 29, 2015
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Southern Utah Veterans Home; 160 N. 200 East, Ivins, UT 84738
  • Cost:  FREE to all; Open to the public


Flag Ceremony & Presentation of Colors

“America the Beautiful” Performed by the Olson Family

Invocation, led by Southern Utah Veterans Home resident, Mel Brewer

Introduction, Mayor Chris Hart, Ivins City

Guest Speaker – Dedicatory Remarks, Major General Jefferson Burton, Adjutant National Guard

“You Raise Me Up” Performed by Brodie Perry

Closing Remarks, Jerry Olson, Administrator – Southern Utah Veterans Home


*Light refreshments will be served.  Entertainment will immediately follow the ceremony.


About Edward E. Hlavka, Artist

A native of South Dakota, Edward Hlavka developed an early passion and natural ability for sculpture. As a teenager, he toured Italy and was influenced by the works of the Renaissance masters and later returned to study figurative sculpture in France.

Hlavka’s more notable works include a monument representing the Oneida Indian Nation for the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian, located in the Mall in Washington D.C., as well as Helen Keller, commissioned for the State of Alabama and unveiled in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C.

Edward is currently residing in Ivins Utah. One of Edward’s local works, “Five Running Stallions” can be viewed in the round-about on Snow Canyon Drive. 

Recent Awards include: 2013 – 2nd Place Sears Invitational Art Show, St. George, Utah; 2012 – 1st Place Judges Award, City of Green River Wyoming 24 Hr. Sculpting Contest; 2012 – 1st  Place Artists Award, City of Green River Wyoming 24 hour Sculpting Contest

Mr. Hlavka is a member of the Allied Artists of America and a professional member of the National Sculpture Society.

About Southern Utah Veterans Home

Our business puts people first and was founded on the principles that recognize the worth of every individual. Our success depends upon our ability to create and maintain a nurturing environment where individuality is promoted and dignity is preserved.

We provide patients the most affordable, high-quality services for all recognized Utah veterans, spouses and surviving spouses who require a skilled or long term nursing home as defined by the VA or Medicare and as certified by a physician.

Our admissions are overseen by a team process available 7 days a week that includes the Administrator, Director of Nursing, Medical Director, Admission’s Coordinator and other staff members needed to support a successful transition into the Southern Utah Veterans Home.

“We embrace a reverence for life and a heart for healing.”

55+ Veterans on Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!

It was great seeing so many residents at our Veterans Park honoring those who have died protecting the freedom we enjoy today. We are so lucky to live in this beautiful country. Hope you all had a great memorial day! And check out our facebook to see more photos of the event.