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Bluebird Bailout — Should Park City and Summit County Pay for PCMR’s Bond?

Park City officials Diane Foster and Jack Thomas were interviewed Friday on KPCW about the latest in PCMR vs Talisker. There was tough talk, including statements about the City having to take another look at projects like Woodward if PCMR isn’t open this year. Yet, there was hopeful optimism by Thomas that a solution could be found. The Parkrag fears that this solution will ultimately include Park City and Summit County contributing to the bond that keeps PCMR open in 2014.
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Two Fairs — Two Potential Credit Card Breaches

On Wednesday, Summit County announced that a third-party vendor may have had a credit card breach that impacted up to 951 credit card and debit card purchases at the Summit County Fair. This impact has reportedly led to multiple County residents receiving unauthorized charges up to $5000. The County has sent a letter to each person effected and posted information online. While the County hasn’t confirmed the vendor’s name, the Deseret News stated, “[The County Spokesperson] said it is believed a third-party vendor offering online sales of tickets to the rodeo and derby was compromised.”

While the ticket vendor has been removed from the summitcountyfair.org website, the Internet Wayback Archive indicates it was:

EZTicketLive.com

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Are You Fired Up Over Accusations Against Claudia McMullin’s Coffee Business? Not Me.

I like to get fired up. Give me a juicy story about an elected official exploiting the very power they have been given, and it’s like Christmas morning. According to KPCW, Summit County resident Chris Hague recently made allegations that McMullin’s Hugo Coffee business wasn’t paying fair rent, that McMullin didn’t disclose her ownership of the business in a 2013 conflict of interest filing, that her signage is illegal, and she just overall abused her power. I should be giddy with excitement over this story — but I’m not.

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Summit County Should Provide a Year of Credit Monitoring to those Impacted by the Fair’s Credit Card Breach

According to Summit County officials,  “Summit County recently learned that a third party vendor may have experienced a credit and debit card breach affecting individuals and/or parties that purchased tickets to the Summit County Fair Rodeo and Demolition Derby. We can confirm that 951 transactions may have been affected and have knowledge that other counties utilizing this vendor are experiencing a similar breach.”

Summit County is experiencing what many retailers like Target, TJ Maxx, and Sears have experienced.  The world of credit cards is becoming harder and harder to secure.  In this case, it appears as if it was not Summit County’s fault directly, as it was a third-party vendor that was hacked.  However, it is the County’s problem.  In the County’s statement about the crime, they urge people who may have purchased fair or rodeo tickets to contact their bank and the sheriff.  That’s not good enough.

The County, instead of placing the burden solely on attendees, should offer a free year of credit card monitoring to these 954 individuals.  Also, as many of our residents attending the fair may not be as technically savvy as others, there should be a dedicated contact person at the County that can be reached via phone to assist persons in need of help or direction.

Unlike Target, there were not millions of people hacked, but 950+ people is a significant number for our County.

Serenity Now

If you live anywhere around Park City, you are used to summer road construction. However, you’ve probably never seen anything like what’s going to happen this summer in Summit County. A few years of down revenues and a couple years of delays due to tax petitions has led to extreme pent up demand for road repairs. Add to that capital improvements like new roundabouts and the Utah Department of Transportation taking I-80 down to one lane for repairs on the way to Wanship, and it will take all of our collective patience to make it through the next few months.
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2005 Called and Wants Its Real Estate Bubble Back

The wife exclaimed, “we can’t just find a house. We looked at a house that went on the market yesterday and by 3PM it had two offers. It just forces you to move so fast.”

Similar stories can be heard around Park City every day, it seems. It’s almost like 2005 called and wants its real-estate bubble back. No… that’s exactly what it’s like. Postcards from real-estate agents are flying into mailboxes across the area.

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Your County Did a Good Job Tonight

While you were having dinner, a fierce battle was being fought. On one side stood D.R. Horton, the largest home builder in the United States. On the other side stood four members of your County Council. At stake was a project called the Discovery Core, a proposed housing development above the Weilenmann school. D.R. Horton, the developer, has wanted to build over a hundred units of housing in the area for over 3 years. However, this development required roads to be steeper than the County (and national standards) view as safe and houses that are too close to the road.

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