It took years to finally get the movie studio underway. Ground finally broke on the Raleigh studio site, amid the promise of additional jobs and diversifying the local economy. Not only was it going to house a movie studio but also include a teaching venue, with a local university training people in film-industry trades. “So you’re able to learn your trade, get trained in the business and go right down and work on a set or a movie, in an accounting office, production office, in animation or in editing.” This was going to be one of the best things that happened to the town in years. That town was
Park City, Utah Pontiac, Michigan.
As I drive up 224 toward town, just past Park City Nursery, I pass a plot of land with two old trees guarding a large piece of open space. I begin thinking about the drive. Sure, Kimball Junction is a mess, but once I get past that I feel like I’m in mountain town. There are big swaths of open space. There’s an old barn. There are condos that look like they should be in the mountains. There are homes tucked away. And there are businesses that like Trout Bum that both belong in a mountain town and look like they belong in a mountain town.
If you’ve ridden the trails recently, you may be surprised how dry they are. It’s been cool and relatively rainy, yet the mud-season it is not — by a long stretch. The winter started very dry and some dire warnings were issued by people throughout the county. Yet, snowpack levels finished the winter in the respectable 90% plus range. It was the best winter, as far a water, since 2010. Unfortunately that doesn’t appear to have helped much. A few years of drought and we are still behind. The National Weather Service predicts our drought will continue or intensify this summer.
Many of us remember last summer and the water restrictions placed upon our land. Although you may have water shares, that doesn’t seem to help much when there isn’t water. It’s supposed to rain on Friday. Please enjoy it. That moisture may come few and far between this summer.