November 28, 2011

Petroglyph Park, Anasazi Art

 

Bloomington Petroglyph ParkAt the Bloomington Petrogliph Park you can park your car right in front of the rocks, walk 20 feet and see amazing ancient petroglyphs up close.  Located only minutes away from downtown St. George, Utah.  So close you can actually touch them.  However, please don’t come in contact with the ancient petroglyphs as human skin oil will degrade the old Indian art.

In the middle of a 0.5 acre lot, a huge boulder appears to have been split in two.  In the middle are really cool images carved into the rock by Anasazi Indians that were most likely the ancestors of the current Navajo tribe in Utah.  In fact, the park is right on Navajo Drive in Bloomington. Bloomington Indian Rock Art

Apparently the boulder and ancient art was discovered during the development of the St. George neighborhood.  The building lot was either purchased or donated to the state of Utah, who turned it into a mini-State park.

Old Indian Trail Map in St. GeorgeThe carved images left behind on the rocks most likely either tell a story, or leave trail directions.  You can recognize some images as humans, horses, and perhaps deer.

Bloomington Petroglyph Park is located on the northeast corner of Geronimo Road and Navajo Drive in the St. George Bloomington neighborhood.  GPS Directions to the park from are below. 

Site Name: Bloomington Petroglyph Park
Country: United States Region: The Southwest Type: Rock Art
Nearest Town: St. George, UT
GPS directions Latitude: 37.052830N  Longitude: 113.6154W

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November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Best Western Coral Hills!

Happy Thanksgiving from Best Western Coral Hills

 
 

May you enjoy this wonderful holiday season!

If you are traveling, may you do so safely.

Thank you for your patronage.

Thank you, to all those searving overseas away from family and friends.

Our best wishes to you and yours from all of us at Best Western Coral Hills.

 

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November 17, 2011

St. George, Utah Weather and Surrounding Areas

Dont worry about this St. George Utah hotel running out of weather…we have more than enough weather to go around!  In fact, Southern Utah is the number one exporter of weather for the western states region.  Click the applicable line for the weather information you want.

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St. George average, annual temperatures, rainfall, and snowfall 

Current St. George Weather

10 Day St. George Weather

Webcam at Vernon Worthen Park 4 blocks from Best Western Coral Hills

Webcam at Snow Canyon Softball Complex 4 miles from Best Western Coral Hills

Webcam at New St. George Airport 12 miles away 

Weather for Surrounding Areas

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November 15, 2011

Don’t Waste Dixie! – Recycling Program

Welcome to Washington County in Southern Utah!

Recycling Binnies in St George, Utah

Recycling Binnies in St George, Utah

Recycling Program of Washington County

We live in a most remarkable and beautiful part of the world and we are striving to keep it that way for generations to come. 

The WCSW Recycling Program (Washington County Solid Waste) is the 1st county wide recycling program in the history of southern Utah. This program will provide public drop off locations, approximately 40 sites, within Washington County where residents can drop off their paper, plastic, metal, and glass. Operational costs for this program are covered by residents’ trash removal fees. In turn, 100% of the commodity money will be given back to the cities and towns that make up Washington County for community projects.

Springdale, the town at the southern border of Zion National Park, is part of Washington County.  Please take advantage of this program prior to entering the park.

Recycling “Binnies” are located across the street from the Best Western Coral Hills behind the Washington County Building.

November 15th is America Recycles Day!  Celebrate by reducing your trash, a little effort DOES make A BIG difference.

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November 14, 2011

Red Rock Film Festival – Second Section Dec 2011

Red Rock Film Festival, St. George, Utah

Red Rock Film Festival, St. George, Utah

The Red Rock Film Festival is a gathering for cinematic art in Zion Canyon of Southern Utah, USA. It is retreat for independent premieres, films, and panels that both enlighten the senses and empower the mind. All genres are considered with a sense of well-being.  In December 2011 see Festival Favorites from the 5th Annual Red Rock Film Festival during the second section of the festival in St. George, Utah.

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November 11, 2011

Veterans Day Activities in St. George, Utah

Veteran’s Day

Thank you Veterans 

Words fail and seem so inadequate, but sometimes they are all we have to express our thanks to so many.  Thank you veterans of all generations for the service and sacrifice you and loved ones have rendered.  Thank you.

May those now serving soon return home in peace and safety.

 

Veteran’s Day Activities in St. George, Utah

Parade

9 am

Tabernacle, 3rd East to 2nd West, St. George, Only one block from Best Western Coral Hills

 Veteran’s Day Tribute

10:45 am

St. George Historic Tabernacle, only two blocks from Best Western Coral Hills

 Valiant Vanguard Veteran’s Day Concert

7:30 pm

The Southwest Symphony and Barbershop Harmony Society

 Cox Performing Arts Center at Dixie State College

 $12 Seniors – $15 others

Veterans Honor Park Dedication

9:40 am

A choir from Snow Canyon High School will be providing prelude music at 9:40 a.m. as people gather for the 10 a.m. commencement of the dedication ceremony. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders motorcycle group will ride into the park, officially opening the event.

Tom Cover, the chairman of the committee that oversaw the creation and fundraising for the Veterans Honor Park, will give a short speech, followed by special guest speaker Mayor Dan McArthur.

After the Mayor, the colors will be posted and the Nation Anthem will be sung.

At 11 a.m. seven flags will be raised on 35-foot-high poles, starting from right to left. The flags of each US military branch – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corp, Merchant Marines and Navy – will be flown. In the center of the flags will be the American Flag, with the iconic black-and-white Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag raised under it.

Songs of each branch of the armed forces will then be sung, and a prayer will conclude the dedication

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November 10, 2011

St. George Turkey Trot Triatholon

St George, Utah Turkey Trot Triathalon

St George, Utah Turkey Trot Triathalon

 
 
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November 9, 2011

St. George Temple, Christmas Lighting Ceremony

St. George Temple Lighting Ceremony

Thousands of lights will be turned on to signal the beginning of the Christmas season.  They will be viewable until after Christmas.

5:30 PM until 7:00 PM

Friday, November 25th, 2011.

Free

490 South 300 East, St. George, Utah

From I-15 take Exit 6 to Main Street and proceed North on Main-turn right on 400 S to Temple grounds.

From Best Western Coral Hills: exit the back of the property. turn right on 200 East, continue straight for four blocks to Temple Grounds.

The Best Western Coral Hills is the closest hotel to the St. George, LDS Temple.

  • (435) 673-5181
  • LDS Church
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November 7, 2011

The History of Veterans Day, November 11th

History of Veterans Day

History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. However, most Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day, reports the Department of Veterans Affairs.

What’s more, some Americans don’t know why we commemorate our Veterans on Nov.11. It’s imperative that all Americans know the history of Veterans Day so that we can honor our former servicemembers properly.

A Brief History of Veterans Day


Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’” As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.

Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.

The management and staff of the  Best Western Coral Hills, a St. George, Utah hotel, salute the dedication, and sacrifice of  those serving in uniform and of their families. 

May they all come safely home soon.

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November 5, 2011

Remember to VOTE!

The second Tuesday of every November is your opportunity to VOTE.

One Vote DOES Make a Difference!

If you’ve ever wondered if your vote really does matter, check out these facts from some extremely close elections.

1800 – ONE VOTE in the electoral college made Thomas Jefferson President over Aaron Burr.

1845 – ONE VOTE brought Texas into the Union.

1846 – ONE VOTE decided on war with Mexixo. Its victory brought Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and California into the union.

1847 – ONE VOTE elected Whig candidate George G. Dunn over Democratic candidate David M. Dobson for the U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana.

1948 – 87 VOTES elected Lyndon B. Johnson to the Senate.

1867 – ONE VOTE decided on the purchase of Alaskan territory.

1868 – ONE VOTE prevented President Andrew Johnson from being impeached.

1955 – ONE VOTE elected the mayor of Huron, Ohio.

1916 – ONE VOTE in each California precinct re-elected Woodrow Wilson to the Presidency over Charles E. Hughes.

1920- ONE VOTE gave women the right to vote when Harry Burn cast the deciding vote in the Tennessee State Legislature, making Tennessee the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment and finally ending the 72 year struggle for woman’s suffrage.1960 – ONE VOTE per precinct made John F. Kennedy the President over contender Richard Nixon.

1962 – ONE VOTE per precinct determined the winners for Governor in the states of Maine, Rhode Island, and North Dakota.

1977 – ONE VOTE determined in a recount, decided that Robert Emond won the seat for Vermont State Representative over Sydney Nixon.

1984 – ONE VOTE elected a Monroe County, Florida commissioner.

1999 – ONE VOTE per precinct elected Leslie Byrne to the Virginia Senate.

2000 – 237 VOTES in Florida resulted in the election of George W. Bush to the Presidency.

2002 – 5 VOTES elected Dan Sparks to the Minnesota State Senate.

2004 – 129 VOTES declared Christine Gregoire the Governor of Washington in a third and final hand recount.

Make your vote count!

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