ArchiveMarch 2015

Park City School Superintendent Taking Over Grade Realignment Decision

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For the past few months, the Park City School District Master Planning Committee has been discussing the issue of realigning which grades are in what buildings. In yesterday’s Park City School District Master Planning Committee meeting, school superintendent Ember Conley announced that she had decided that the realignment was really an “academic” issue and she personally felt...

Your Vision of Riding Rail up Little Cottonwood Canyon is Likely Different From Reality

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We were driving up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird and we had forgotten just how steep that climb can be. This reminded us of a comment that Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong made during a meeting, upon his return from a Mountain Accord trip to Switzerland. He had commented that the pitch in the Cottonwood Canyon was likely too steep for light rail. Therefore COG Rack trains would...

Would You Ride Rail From Park City to Snowbird?

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We went skiing today at Snowbird, in Little Cottonwood Canyon. As we were driving down I-80, we commented that it may be nice to just hop on a train at PCMR and ride it over to Snowbird. Our friend said, “you mean drive through traffic into town, go to PCMR, find the parking lot full, then park in a satellite lot somewhere, find a bus stop, wait 20 minutes for the bus, drag all our gear on...

Should Park City Buses Cost Money to Ride?

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A Friend of the Park Rag had read a column in the Park Record about buses being free and “asked” us whether buses should actually cost something to ride in Park City. Her reasoning was: If we made revenue from the buses they could offer more amenities If we charged $1-$2 we may be able to have more frequent buses With more funding, they may be able to do more point to point solutions...

Park City School District Is Considering Revamping Their Approach to Public Comment

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Have a question for the Park City School Board and decided you’ll show up to a School Board meeting to ask your question? You better relish the story of the Battle of Marathon. That story highlights how the Greeks defeated the Persians in a city called Marathon and a runner ran 26 miles to Athens to deliver the news. However, instead of waiting hours for the runner to arrive, you’ll...

Changing Park City’s Idling Law is Worse than Worthlesss

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Currently cars in Park City can lawfully idle for 3 minutes. Park City officials are discussing reducing this limit to 60 seconds. On the surface that sounds great. However, there is a state law that requires three warnings to be given before ticketing for idling ordinances. The Park Record’s Jay Hamburger wrote a good article about this stating that Park City has never issued a ticket with...

Park Record Editorial on Mountain Accord Is Misguided

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In Saturday’s Park Record, the editorial staff say that “abandoning the Mountain Accord would be an unpardonable mistake.” So what they are saying is that our leaders could never be forgiven if they sit out the Mountain Accord. Those are strong words, so let’s see what their justification is: Our watersheds, moose, eagles, and playgrounds are endangered People have said...

Beneficiaries of tourism should step up and clearly define their financial commitments and solutions to our current challenges

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Below is an email from a concerned citizen: I would like to thank Mountain Accord for hosting an open house in Park City outlining their blueprint for Central Wasatch; though short on detail, especially the financial costs and who will pay for it. Lot to digest, let alone understand, in a short period. I can easily support more trail connections and land conservancy! This I do understand, as...

The Myth of Public Input

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Often times you’ll be in a city, county, or school district meeting and you’ll hear our leaders say “how important” it is to get public input. We most recently heard this in a School Board Master Planning Committee meeting. The Park City School District is likely proposing realigning grades, building a new Treasure Mountain School, and issuing a bond to pay for it. The...

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