Best Friends Animal Sanctuary


Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

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On Wednesday the 23rd of August we went and volunteered at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab.

There after a brief orientation we went up to Angel’s Rest where one of their pet cemetery is located.


Best Friends in Kanab has over 6,000 buried animals with named grave markers.

People who’s pets have been buried there leave pebbles on the grave stones signifying a visitation to the pets grave.

Sometimes they leave specific trinkets for deceased animals.

When we were there at Angel’s Rest we helped pick weeds around the graves and replace any pebbles or items that might have been pushed off of the markers by weather.

While we were still up at Angel’s Rest we went to see a tree that had been recently struck by lightning and paid a visited to the Labyrinth which was a formation of stones setup to create a maze.

We would’ve gone through the maze but it was time for lunch.

We decided to go back into Kanab to grab something to eat.

Once we were back from Kanab we went and watched an orientation video about the sanctuaries pigs, goats and horses.

We then traveled over to Piggy Paradise where we took a short break to pet the pigs.

After the break we were tasked with picking weeds along the path in front of the pigs enclosure.

After finishing that task it was time to travel over to the goat enclosure to meet the sanctuaries goats.

When we were done visiting with the goats it was time to leave for St. George.

One thing I learned on this trip was that the sanctuary has over 1,600 pet profiles on their website just for animals available for adoption at the Kanab Rescue.

Around 85 percent of the animals at the Kanab Rescue are currently available for adoption. – Windham, TFL student

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Solar Eclipse


The total solar eclipse of Monday, August 21, 2017, was the first seen in the continental United States in 38 years. While one might think that a partial eclipse, with perhaps 99 percent of the Sun covered, would be 99 percent as good, that just isn’t how light works. One hundredth, or even a thousandth, of the Sun’s light is still broad daylight – only by travelling to the path of totality can one see the Solar corona appear as the sky darkens and stars come out during the day.

Dylan and I were the only two students at Techie-for-Life to make the trip to see the total eclipse. As the Moon passes in front of the Sun, its shadow traces a path of totality on the Earth’s surface from west to east; this time the path made landfall in Oregon and traced its way through fourteen states until it again took to sea from the Atlantic coast of South Carolina. The two of us planned our trip to Rexburg, Idaho, taking the St. George Shuttles from St. George to the Salt Lake City Airport, and thence to the BYU Idaho campus in Rexburg. The trip northward was uneventful after our departure at 6:30 on Sunday morning. While newscasters had predicted huge crowds, traffic was not thick enough to cause any trouble.

We arrived at Rexburg late in the afternoon, and were taken in my relatives of a friend of Wesley’s, who were also hosting cousins from American Fork, Utah. After two meals and a night with this family, we headed over to the verdant and well-kept Temple grounds to see the eclipse itself. Many people had gathered at that spot; most, like ourselves, came only as spectators with no instruments beyond eclipse glasses and smartphone cameras, but some were equipped with professional-quality telescopes and cameras.

From first contact, when the Moon began to take a bite out of the Sun, until totality was about an hour. During this time, the sunlight grew weaker and the temperature dropped as the Sun shrank to a crescent, but with one’s eyes alone it was hard to tell that anything was amiss, for the Sun was still too bright to look at. With a few minutes to go until the moment of totality at 11:33, things began to speed up.

Sensing the dimness of evening, the Temple floodlights flashed to life. Crescents of sunlight sparkled like gems in the shadows of trees, and we could see darkness approaching on the horizon. With its last flash of light, the Sun disappeared beneath the shadow and the sky faded to a deep blue twilight. Bright stars were visible, and the Sun’s corona shown brilliantly over the illuminated Temple. Totality lasted a little longer than two minutes, for Rexburg was near the center of the path. The Sun’s return came with dawn on every horizon, as the edges of the shadow closed in on us until the Sun reemerged and the world was plunged back into day. The crescents one again glimmered in the shadows, until they two had vanished, and the only trace of the eclipse was the bitten shape of the Sun when viewed through shades, and the strangely weak feel of its light on one’s face. The Moon took another hour to completely uncover the Sun.

After this, we were back on the road. But unlike the drive northwards, this would be no smooth ride. While spectators had come to Idaho over the course of several days, once the eclipse was over it was just an ordinary Monday, and all rushed to return to work or school. The drive from Rexburg to Salt Lake, supposed to take four hours, instead lasted twelve. We arrived after midnight, rescheduling our connection to St. George for the coming morning. After spending the night in the baggage claim, we boarded the shuttle and returned to Saint George, arriving nearly three days after we had first taken to the road. Our final thoughts? Total worth it. —Wesley

Students at the Glitter Pit

Glitter Pit

Students at the Glitter PitOn Saturday, February 11th, Cam and the TFL students went to a little place in St. George called Glitter mountain to mine a mineral called selenite. Selenite is a cool rock that grows in thin, clear plates, turning almost glass like in clarity. When you break it, it flakes off into glittery pieces, hence the name “Glitter Mountain.” Eric tried to fly his new drone but it was so windy that it went the wrong direction and crashed. Luckily it was ok. We came home with some fabulous pieces of the clear rock and, happily for mister Eric, an un-destroyed drone.

— Lee


Exciting Things

Exciting things are happening at TFL!  Our partnership with Dixie State University is growing as we move forward in sponsoring a room at the new TIES community center opening in a few months just off of DSU campus.  We will host a space for neuro A-typicals interested in tech as well as support a “teamwork and communication” area.  The most brilliant tech minds fail without the ability to work with others.  There will be “kits” that groups can check out to learn how to work as a team, coordinate and move as one “group-unit”.  We will provide a familiar and safe space for those who have all different types of brains; those with more pronounced strengths and weaknesses.  We look forward to sharing more information as it progresses!  The Ties Center should be opening in the next few months.

— Jason

Workout Goals

We’ve recently put together a strength and fitness training program that incorporates swimming, cardio, and strength aspects of health. We set and track our goals, and have already noticed some great benefits. One of my favorite effects of the fitness program is seeing confidence grow in the students as they realize they are stronger than they think.

— Cam

Coding Class 1

We finished learning Django a framework for building web apps.  We were able to build a poll app where you can post questions with multiple choice answers and see the results.  This was a great experience to combine many of the things we have learned and also to introduce new topics such as databases, networking and common development paradigms such as MVC (Model View Controller).  We also just learned about AJAX for making network requests to get information from a server to display to the user.  We had a choice to use either a Pokemon API or a Star Wars API and they chose to use the Pokemon API so we could get a list of Pokemon and let you click each one to see more information about it. We will now be in the process of prepping for various certificate tests by reviewing things we learned and tying things together. We also have been assigning more difficult homework to challenge them and see where they need the most help.

— Kaden