ArchiveMay 2015

What Mountain Accord has to do With California Pistachios

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One of the Mountain Accord tenants I am surprised no one is talking about relates to water. As part of the Mountain Accord, the ski resorts in the Cottonwood Canyons get more water for snowmaking. I’ve not seen documented how much extra water they are getting. I was recently reading about the California drought and how agriculture accounts for 80% of the state’s water usage but is...

Are Mountain Accord Phase 2 Ambiguities Big Trouble Waiting to Happen?

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The anonymous citizen who provided us with the Draft Mountain Accord document included a number of his/her concerns with the new agreement. I would summarize that person’s concerns in a few of statements: The tunnel between Big Cottonwood Canyon and Park City is still on the table. If “studies” done as part of the next phase of the Mountain Accord recommend a connection between...

Will the New Mountain Accord Agreement Force our Representatives to Support the New Agreement?

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Early Friday morning I received a copy of an outline of the newest Mountain Accord agreement.This document is likely the predecessor to the next Mountain Accord Blueprint and was what was being discussed at a Mountain Accord retreat yesterday. As previously mentioned, there are a number interesting aspects to the outline. One of the most interesting however is in Section 3. It says: “To...

Screw the Bus… Bikes Full Steam Ahead

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I was walking this morning with my 3 year old, 1 year old, and 15 year old dog on a paved trail near near Gorgoza. Suddenly, a pack of 10 child-bikers came racing down the path. I moved my crew off to the side because, well my 15 year old dog wasn’t exactly legal per Summit County Leash Laws, and it’s frankly the right thing to do. We then continued walking and then came 4 kids on...

Mountain Accord Phase 2

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Last night, thanks to an anonymous citizen, I received a copy of the Mountain Accord’s latest plan for the Wasatch. This is the plan that Mountain Accord executives are discussing today at a retreat. As you may be aware, Mountain Accord is a group comprised of 30 different players from across the Wasatch with the intent of … well … it depends on who you ask. Some would say the...

I’m Sick of the Arrogance About Park City’s Superiority Over Summit County with Regard to Development

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This morning, Park City City Council Member Tim Henney was on KPCW with Leslie Thatcher. In response to a question from Leslie Thatcher about the “Stoneridge parcel” which was purchased as open space by Park City. Ms Thatcher asked, “It’s still not annexed?” Mr Henney said “No, it’s not even in our annexation declaration boundary.” Annexation, in...

Beware the Economy

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I usually like to stick to local topics but I think this “global” topic is important. Things appear to have pretty much recovered from the 2008 economic downturn. Sundance Festival revenues are back up. Park City tax dollars are at all time highs. We now have the largest ski area in North America. What we haven’t had since 2009 is a recession. On average a recession happens...

Update on Our Local Real Estate Market

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I love when when KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher interviews Nancy Tallman, President of Park City Board of Realtors and Carol Agle, Chairperson of board’s statistic group. Last Friday’s interview didn’t disappoint. Here are some of the highlights provided by Ms Tallman and Ms Agle about the local real-estate market: Prices as a whole are stable. They said that they couldn’t...

New Voice at the Park Rag

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I wanted to introduce you to Julia, the newest contributor to the Park Rag. Julia is a student at Park City High School and has written her first article on the renovations to the Park City High School Library for PCCAPS. The Park Rag has had various contributors over the past few years, but Julia is the first student to write with us. I look forward to her unique perspective as we all work to...

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