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Are You Fired Up Over Accusations Against Claudia McMullin’s Coffee Business? Not Me.

I like to get fired up. Give me a juicy story about an elected official exploiting the very power they have been given, and it’s like Christmas morning. According to KPCW, Summit County resident Chris Hague recently made allegations that McMullin’s Hugo Coffee business wasn’t paying fair rent, that McMullin didn’t disclose her ownership of the business in a 2013 conflict of interest filing, that her signage is illegal, and she just overall abused her power. I should be giddy with excitement over this story — but I’m not.


Summit County Should Provide a Year of Credit Monitoring to those Impacted by the Fair’s Credit Card Breach

According to Summit County officials,  “Summit County recently learned that a third party vendor may have experienced a credit and debit card breach affecting individuals and/or parties that purchased tickets to the Summit County Fair Rodeo and Demolition Derby. We can confirm that 951 transactions may have been affected and have knowledge that other counties utilizing this vendor are experiencing a similar breach.”

Summit County is experiencing what many retailers like Target, TJ Maxx, and Sears have experienced.  The world of credit cards is becoming harder and harder to secure.  In this case, it appears as if it was not Summit County’s fault directly, as it was a third-party vendor that was hacked.  However, it is the County’s problem.  In the County’s statement about the crime, they urge people who may have purchased fair or rodeo tickets to contact their bank and the sheriff.  That’s not good enough.

The County, instead of placing the burden solely on attendees, should offer a free year of credit card monitoring to these 954 individuals.  Also, as many of our residents attending the fair may not be as technically savvy as others, there should be a dedicated contact person at the County that can be reached via phone to assist persons in need of help or direction.

Unlike Target, there were not millions of people hacked, but 950+ people is a significant number for our County.

Serenity Now

If you live anywhere around Park City, you are used to summer road construction. However, you’ve probably never seen anything like what’s going to happen this summer in Summit County. A few years of down revenues and a couple years of delays due to tax petitions has led to extreme pent up demand for road repairs. Add to that capital improvements like new roundabouts and the Utah Department of Transportation taking I-80 down to one lane for repairs on the way to Wanship, and it will take all of our collective patience to make it through the next few months.

2005 Called and Wants Its Real Estate Bubble Back

The wife exclaimed, “we can’t just find a house. We looked at a house that went on the market yesterday and by 3PM it had two offers. It just forces you to move so fast.”

Similar stories can be heard around Park City every day, it seems. It’s almost like 2005 called and wants its real-estate bubble back. No… that’s exactly what it’s like. Postcards from real-estate agents are flying into mailboxes across the area.


Your County Did a Good Job Tonight

While you were having dinner, a fierce battle was being fought. On one side stood D.R. Horton, the largest home builder in the United States. On the other side stood four members of your County Council. At stake was a project called the Discovery Core, a proposed housing development above the Weilenmann school. D.R. Horton, the developer, has wanted to build over a hundred units of housing in the area for over 3 years. However, this development required roads to be steeper than the County (and national standards) view as safe and houses that are too close to the road.


Saving Your Life but Killing Your Fun

The only funny thing about the South Summit Aquatic Center is that there is nothing funny about the South Summit Aquatic Center.

My two year old son turned away from my wife, who was still in the water, and dashed for the other side of the pool. Seeing water, and not understanding the consequences, he dove in. My wife, two seconds behind him, jumped in and grabbed him. To the lifeguard’s credit, she had seen the impending disaster before my wife and was ready to rescue the toddler. My wife waived her off and said everything was OK. The lifeguard responded with a glare and a shake of her head. Once the lifeguard retreated to her station, I thanked her for being so observant. After saying it again, she responded with a condescending “yeah”.


History says the movie studio will fail

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.


Highway 224 Interrupted

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.