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Jeremy and Pinebrook roundabouts will be bad for bikes and kids

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Summit County’s LetsGoSummit flyers and website are gorgeous. Soothing green and blue fonts explain how the new Jeremy Ranch and Pinebrook roundabouts will “improve mobility and safety and protect the environment while enhancing the economic vitality of Summit County.” There’s even a cute graphic at the top with a bus, a traffic signal, and a bicycle. So it’s...

The REAL issue with standards-based grading at Park City schools

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Last week Park City School District (PCSD) put on the full-media-blitzkrieg regarding standards-based grading. They called it, “The Facts About Standards-Based Learning.” They wrote a letter to the Park Record on the subject. They published that letter on their website. They even texted every parent in the district with a link to that same letter. Here is a point-by-point paraphrasing of what...

Do you ever lose faith in the people of Park City?

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Reading the Park Record Police Blotter this week, the top entry was about four calls to the Police department about potholes. What? Who would call the police about potholes? My god. Maybe they just weren’t getting the response they hoped for from Public Works. Maybe they personally brought this up to City Manager, Diane Foster, and got no response. Then the only recourse they felt they had was to...

An update on Standards-based Grading at Park City Schools

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On Wednesday, the Park City School District School Board met and discussed Standards-based grading (SBG) with Traci Evans, Interim Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. After watching the hour-long session, I have a much clearer understanding of where we are with the new method of learning being implemented at Ecker Hill, Treasure Mountain, and soon other schools. Your view of the...

The Park City School District’s grand experiment continues

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Do you remember your high school grade point average? How about your college GPA? The concept of a GPA and an F to A grading-scale is what most of us grew up with and has been around over 70 years. There is even a saying about that, “A students work for the B students at companies founded by C students.” If you’ve always felt that the traditional grading of F to A isn’t...

Snowbasin is on Epic Pass Next Year

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Good news. Your Epic Pass will provide access to Snowbasin next year. Maybe that will reduce pressure on PCMR/Canyons… but I doubt it. It likely adds some folks north of Salt Lake who will pack parking lots in Park City more than ever. It looks like 7 days at Snowbasin for Epic Pass holders and 2 days for Epic Locals. Then pass holders get 50% off after their days have been exhausted. The...

Google Maps update makes riding Park City buses much easier

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Understanding which Park City bus to take can be confusing. For those who ride the same bus every day, it probably seems simple. However, for those of us taking different routes, once or twice a week, it can be hard. What do the bus colors mean? What is inbound versus outbound? How do I know when the next bus will come? What if I miss it? How will I get back from wherever I’m going...

The newest issue with Kilby Road

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Just when you thought it was safe to back in the water… new Kilby Road issues have surfaced. Since its inception, Kilby Road has been a problem. Kilby Road is the road that runs from Fresh Market, at the base of Pinebrook, to Walmart. The curves that were created to slow traffic cause traffic to go into the bike lane. That’s dangerous, and make people car sick, but it’s not a...

We’ll miss you Robert Redford

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Each year I tune into Sundance’s opening press conference. I love the Q&A with Robert Redford. He tells it like it is. This year Mr. Redford opened the festival by saying “This press conference has been going on for 34 years. Having done this for 34 years now, I think we are at a point where I can move on to a different place. I don’t think the festival needs a whole lot of...

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