The Kanab Area Chamber of Commerce held its first meeting of the year January. 20, at Grandma Tina’s restaurant, highlighted by a presentation on the upcoming “Idea to Industry Competition,” sponsored by the Center for Education, Business and the Arts and a presentation on uranium mining.

Chamber President Kelly Stowell welcomed a packed house to the breakfast meeting by announcing the results of the recently held chamber election. Stowell, Executive Director of CEBA, again will serve as Chamber President, with Dan Church of State Bank of Southern Utah serving as Vice President; Michelle Day, of Southwest Applied Technology Center, taking on the role of Secretary. Betty Colston, of Colston Enterprises, is again taking the helm as Treasurer.

Stowell then made announcements and highlighted award winning film-maker Helen Whitney will be visiting Kanab on Wednesday, December 27, at 6 pm for a free sneak preview of her latest film entitled “Forgiveness” at the Crescent Moon Theater.

Kane County Clerk/Auditor Karla Johnson told the Chamber that there will be a February 12 Open House for the recently completed Emergency Services Training Facility, located adjacent to the Kanab City Airport. A ribbon cutting for the new facility will take place at noon, followed by a social gathering from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Johnson at 435-644-2458.

Newly-elected Kanab City council member Ed Meyer explained the upcoming “Idea to Industry Competition” offers cash awards to entrepreneurs who will compete with new business ideas that could be implemented locally within Kane County or along the Arizona Strip. Award winners, who will be announced at the Kane County Economic Development Summit on April 23-24, will receive two cash awards of $5,000. Two other $1,000 cash awards will go to high school student winners from any high school in Kane County or along the Arizona Strip. For more information on the “Idea to Industry Competition,” contact Stowell at 435-899-0443 or via an e-mail message to

The Chamber also heard an informative presentation on mining from Chamber member Don Pillmore, who represented his construction company Earth and Structure, as well as the mining company, Energy Fuels’ Inc. Pillmore’s presentation focused on Energy Fuels’ principal business activity, which is the development and extraction of uranium in Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Since July of 2007, Energy Fuels has aggressively pursued the licensing and construction of the Pinon Ridge uranium/vanadium mill, which would be the first facility of its kind to be built in the United States in more than 25 years, as well as the refurbishment of two formerly producing uranium/vanadium mines.

Southern Utah News readers interested in Chamber activities are encouraged to visit or contact Stowell at 435-899-0443 for more information.