ArchiveMarch 2015

Are Park City and Vail Equals?

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Have you seen the 1980’s movie Arthur starring Dudley Moore? It’s about a semi-lovable, rich drunk who is heir to a fortune. However, his father and grandmother decide that unless he marries a woman named Susan, who he doesn’t like, he will lose it all. While it’s not the greatest movie ever told, we’ve begun wondering if it’s perhaps a metaphor for Park City...

Mountain Accord’s agenda is to get taxpayers to fund tourism industry

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This weekend’s Salt Lake Tribune had an interesting Op-ed from Patrick Shea who is a Salt Lake City attorney and a former director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Mr Shea’s points are: We’ve inherited a great treasure, in the form of the Central Wasatch. Our ancestors and the people here before us “were not motivated solely by financial gain. Instead, particularly...

FEMA to Deny Funds to States Whose Governors Deny Climate Change

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We hope Utah isn’t counting on any disaster preparedness aid from FEMA. It appears the government agency is going to begin denying preparedness funds to states that have governors who deny the existence of global warming. According to Think Progress, Utah’s Governor Herbert fits into that category squarely. Funds like these typically trickle down into local agencies for use in all...

Another Reason to Start Schools Later… Safety

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We were out driving this morning at about 6:30, when we came upon a group of cars waiting to drop their kids off on the bus. As the bus approached from down the hill, all the kids started getting out of the cars and running across the road. This was before the bus had arrived and put out its stop sign. The issue is that at 6:30 it’s still very dark and it would be very easy for a car to not...

Has Running With ED’s Website Been Hacked?

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This morning we heard a radio promo for Running with ED, so we typed “running with ed” into Google. It brings up the normal google listing but when you click on it, it takes you to a Viagra site (kind of funny when you think about it…except the hacking part of course). Here is what it all looks like…   If you click on the first link… it takes you to: Oops…...

We Couldn’t Agree More With This Weekend’s Park Record Edtorial

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In Saturday’s Park Record, the Park Record Editorial Staff advocate forcing the Boyer Tech Park to keep it’s original mission: Bringing high paying tech jobs to Park City. It seems the development company behind the 1 million + square feet of allotted space in Kimball Junction want to relax the rules to allow other types of businesses be housed at “The Tech Park.” If...

8% of Summit County Mortgages Under Water

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A recent report by Zillow indicates 8% of Summit County homes with mortgages are financially under water. Under water means that the home is valued at less than the mortgage amount. This is low compared to the national average of 16.7%. So, from that perspective Summit County is looking good. That said, if we are depending on people moving here to spur growth, increase our government revenues...

What We Don’t Understand About Park City Municipal’s View on Transportation

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Last week, Park City’s transportation lead, Kent Cashel, met with the Park City School District’s Master Planning Committee. He gave a 15 minute talk on transportation. One of his key points was that if the school district decided to move Treasure Mountain off of Kearns it wouldn’t “solve” the transportation problem. He repeated this a few times. Sitting in the...

Citizen Rails Against PC CAPS Program

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In Tuesday’s Park City School Board meeting, a citizen who represents some members of the Park City High School PTO and Community Council spoke very critically about the school’s PC CAPS program. Her main issues were: Seems to be claims by parents and students that haven’t been followed up by the school district Enrollment is flat, yet additional funds are being poured into...

Question: How Do You Know If Our Weather Is Changing?

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We were having drinks last night with good friends and the topic of the “future of the Wasatch” came up. We made the comment that growth may be a moot point due to weather. We cited Utah Atmospheric Professor Jim Steenburgh and his opinion that warmer temperatures are on the way, cross country skiing is going to be tough around here, and Park City Mountains will still have snow…...

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