After operating Blue Iguana Mexican restaurant in Salt Lake City for over ten years, I opened Blue Iguana in Park City on January 22, 2010. I was told by many friends and local merchants to be aware of the spring and fall "mud seasons," periods of approximately two and a half months when tourism and my restaurant business would see a drastic decline. After the ski resorts closed in April, I experienced this down time and was barely able to keep open until the summer "patio" season kicked in. I have been holding my breath as to whether I can survive the fall "mud season" which apparently started after Labor Day (I have not seen much mud yet).
A few months ago, I discovered a Mountain Trails Foundation map of the trails in Summit County that rivals the maps of the ski resorts. I was surprised by the extensive system of biking, hiking and running trails that are mapped in green (easy), blue (intermediate) and black (expert). I discovered miles of safe, well-maintained trails that are available to use free of charge. And, when the tunnels under Kearns and Prospector are finished, the trail system will be totally awesome (better than Ketchum and Moab, in my opinion).
Most of my neighbors in Sandy have several kids and all have bikes. We are always trying to come up with a safe, healthy and inexpensive outdoor activity to share with our kids until the ski season and snow arrive. None of us knew of this trail system until I found the map. Weekend jaunts to these trails, along with shopping and dining in Park City (taking advantage of the great summer deals), is becoming the thing to do in my community.
I cannot afford a dead season after Labor Day and I want to encourage Park City to market this trail system to the many large families of Utah. Biking and dining in the fall color of Park City is affordable, safe, and provides great exercise, in clean air and beautiful surroundings, at a minimum cost.
Vote to protect open land
Vote "YES" on PROP 2! If I had to name just one thing that makes me glad to call the Snyderville Basin my home, it's our open spaces. On this subject, more is always better! With an insignificant increase to my property taxes, I support a difference-making $20 million bond dedicated to expanding and improving protected areas. As a community we benefit immeasurably from these recreational and wildlife habitat tracts of undeveloped land. Even if you're strongly pro-development, our open spaces are among the most significant factors that maintain the land values in and around Park City.
There's no downside to passing PROP 2.
Use issues to choose sheriff
Last week's revelation about candidate Dax Shane was over-hyped. This matter was handled by the SLCPD amicably and administratively almost a decade ago. Tell me, if you were sitting in a classroom taking a quiz with an instructor who was freely discussing the questions and answers with the students, would YOU think you were cheating to put down the answers that were being openly discussed? Of course not. Obviously Sheriff Edmunds didn't think this was a "big deal" when he later hired one of the other officers involved.
There are genuine issues at hand: tourists are receiving "thank you for visiting" experiences by getting tickets on the way out of town. That sure helps our economic growth! Citizens are developing an antipathy toward the police. It is my understanding that there is a point-reward system in place for evaluating police-officer performance that I, for one, would like to have explained and better understand. From what I know, the bonus for writing a ticket is 15 points while the bonus for assisting a citizen in distress is 1 point. I would like to return to the days when I could tell my kids that the police were there to serve and protect them, not someone they should fear or view with disdain. THESE are the issues that should be being discussed, exposed, and explored -- not whether or not the Salt Lake Police Department properly handled its classroom training many years ago.
I haven't yet made up my mind who I will vote for in this race, but I would really like to see the discussion and decision being made by all of us based on the real issues we face, not on some over-hyped crap from last decade.
Cycling clinic was the wheel deal
The Winter Sports School Cycling Clinic was a super success with participants taking away lots of beneficial cycling and nutrition information, physical assessments and performance testing results, bike fits and the chance to tell friends and neighbors that they had gone on a ride with Eric Heiden! Many thanks to the volunteers -- Tara Kulikov, Katie Knudson, a WSS senior, Stephanie Zrelak and the Park City Medical Center, the clinic participants, and the professional cycling staff that made it happen: Dr. Max Testa, Dr. Eric Heiden, Heiden Davidson Orthopedics, Dr. Marian Serra, Marlene Hatch, director of Physical Therapy for the medical center, Patrick Ramirez of Contender Bicycles, and Jake Messer of Cole Sport. Thank you very much!
Development director, Winter Sports School
Stop harassing Summit Water
Thank you, Jeremy Ranch homeowners. Three hundred and twenty-six signatures were given to the County Council last Wednesday night telling them we want the harassment of Summit Water to stop.
We were told they were in negotiations with Summit. What does that mean? I do not believe that Summit Water will drop their antitrust suit because over the years the county has tried to "run them out of business." And, if proven in court that their (county officials') past actions have been wrong, then they will no longer be able to go after our water company!
They told us that "this Council" had done nothing against Summit Water and I reminded them about their appeal filed against Summit Water on October 29, 2009, which kept the legal action of taxation going a case they have lost. They didn't comment! Then I asked them about David Brickey's threat that if they (county officials) do lose this case again that they would assess the water shareholders for the back taxes they tried to get, which amounts to over $600,000. The chairman told me Mr. Brickey would address that after I spoke. He did not!
In April I asked them to stop the harassment, but in the last five months they have not dropped that appeal. So, as far as I am concerned, all the promises in the world last night might not mean anything. Promises need to be backed up by actions, so let's see what they do now.
The county has continually tried to make Summit Water look like the "bad guy" because of the antitrust suit, but Summit Water is only protecting itself from a county that has refused to let it go. Sooo, folks, who really is holding the grudge?
Open house for open space
Over the years, I've seen that land-use zoning can change with the political winds. But when we purchase open space, it stays open space forever. Studies have shown that homes near protected open space and trails have higher values. To buy these lands, we need to raise funds through open-space bonds. Vote for the Open Space and Trails Bond November 2. It's an investment in our future.
Questions? Come to an Open House for Open Space at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 18, at Trailside Elementary School or visit www.yes4openspace.com
Vote to keep RAP tax going
I am writing today to encourage all Summit County residents to register and vote on November 2 and to vote "yes" on Proposition #1. This proposition asks voters whether or not to reauthorize the RAP (Recreation, Arts and Park) tax program.
RAP Tax allows the county to collect one additional penny on every ten dollars spent within Summit County. These tax monies are then granted to Summit County nonprofit applicants, with 55% of the collected dollars going to cultural organizations and 45% going to recreational facilities within the county.
Many of us choose to live in Summit County because of the exceptional quality of life we enjoy here. RAP has played a significant role in maintaining and enhancing that quality of life at an almost negligible cost to residents.
The RAP tax has supported the Kimball Art Center in providing free year-round exhibitions, art talks, gallery tours and art education outreach to teachers and students in our community. Other programs and projects that are directly benefited from RAP are our trails, the Deer Valley Music Festival, the Egyptian Theatre productions, student outreach and Park City Performing Arts Foundation programs at the Eccles Center and the Park City History Museum, just to name a few.
We are fortunate to have a wide variety of activities, programs and projects at our fingertips, all supported by the RAP tax. Your vote "Yes" will renew the tax and help maintain the benefits we all enjoy as Summit County residents.
McPolin traffic is very safe
My name is Zoe Hopper and I am in third grade at McPolin Elementary. I want to tell the community that my principal, Bob Edmunston, goes out every day and controls traffic at the school. We have 2 paths to school and both are very safe.
Some kids ride bikes and scooters because it saves energy. We even have a special day when we ask everyone to ride bikes to save even more energy.
I disagree with the letter that says that McPolin is not safe. I think it is very safe.
Let's have a debate, not a stump speech
Congratulations to these amazing students (from Park City High School) for creating this symposium (on Oct. 7 for Summit County treasurer and sheriff candidates). What a great place for the students and others to hear about the different candidates and their qualifications. I read with dismay, however, the comments from Ms. Kirklen in the article.
This was a student-oriented event. Her comments were that it was handled "unprofessionally." How professional should it have been from a student group? Why is she complaining about how many people attended or the lack of press? What really put Ms. Kirklen over the edge? Was it actually having her comments heard by Henry Glasheen, her opponent, or was it that her lack of experience for this position would be obvious in a debate format? If she wants to represent the county, she should be willing to meet under any circumstances and to any number of people.
In the words of JFK, "Without debate no Republic can survive." These students should have been given the opportunity to hear a debate, not a campaign speech. They should see the give and take from both sides so that opposing views can be discussed.
What a disappointment Corrie has shown herself to be, because she seems to be interested only in the numbers and the press, and not the people of Summit County. These students, even if they cannot vote this year, will be the constituents of the winners in both races for years to come. These students should be commended and not condemned for such a great undertaking.
A grandstand campaign stunt?
A number of malicious acts transpired in Hoytsville around New Year's Eve 2008: a neighbor was followed by a green laser (source unknown) as they drove home up a local canyon road; our cat was fatally shot; several snowshoe hares were shot and stuffed in a neighbor's mailbox; a dog was shot and the body was dumped in a ditch on the other side of the valley; a cow was shot; a package was stolen from a mailbox; another person's mail was removed and scattered; and trash cans were moved and vandalized. The sheriff's office was called on several occasions. We took pictures of our cat, submitted a report, talked to both animal control and a deputy, and were assured that these events would be looked into and that the sheriff's office would get back to us. We were never contacted, there was no evidence of increased police presence, and no indication that even the obvious suspects were even questioned.
It is interesting that during the recent highly publicized Canyon Creek drug bust, the media was invited to cover a heavily armed raid on an empty apartment just before the election. If armed conflict was suspected, justifying SERT presence, would the media have been invited? I sure hope not. This seems more like a taxpayer-funded grandstand campaign stunt. This decision likely came from the top. We all have our reasons for how we vote. I have strong reasons to vote against the incumbent.
Blaming LDS for gay suicide is absurd
This letter is in reference to Miriam Hyde's Letter to the Editor on Saturday, October 9, 2010.
On Monday, October 4, the LDS Church reiterated its stance on same-gender marriage, saying the church's doctrine on the importance of marriage and family and its implications for same-gender marriage are very clear and are based on principles of truth, respect and love for all of God's children. It also states "we have continually emphasized that there is no room in this discussion for hatred or mistreatment of anyone."
Where in this statement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does it state "to shun or act opposite of what they teach"? Because I am member of the LDS church and believe in the words of prophets and apostles, words of the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I believe that what they have spoken is true and comes from God and I cannot and do not want to go against what God has spoken.
Many of us "members" of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints may have family and/or friends that fit in the gay-lesbian title. Do we love them? Of course we do, absolutely we do, but we cannot excuse what a prophet of God has said about any kind of sin. Any kind. Since I am not perfect, I cannot excuse myself from the category of "sinner" either.
To blame a group, or religion, or organization for causing a suicide is ridiculous. Maybe guilt from their action is the cause. I don't know, I am not the analyst, but if these people that commit suicide think that their actions are good and right then why do they want to kill themselves? It is easy to say that a religion or organization or a group caused this awful thing to happen. Not once have I heard from a prophet or an apostle or a church leader to go and kill yourself if you are a sinner. I have heard that we all at times have need to repent, or change for the better.
Only living high-moral-based principles brings the greatest of happiness and joy and fighting against the God that I know will bring unhappiness, personal destruction and hatred.
I wish that we, members of the LDS church, were given the same tolerance and love that all the other people with their differing lifestyles are given. Who is spouting hatred, Miriam? Tell me.
Kudos to students for planning debate
I just thought that I would write a letter and thank the students of Park City High School who planned and put on the political debate. For those who could not attend, it was held at the Richins Building on Oct 7, 2010. The debate was between the candidates running for the Summit County sheriff, and the Summit County treasurer.
I have lived in Park City for 29 years, and graduated from Park City High School, and this is the first time that I can remember students organizing and putting on a political debate. It was very evident that these students spent a lot of time and energy researching the issues and planning this event. I applaud and respect these students for doing this, they did a great job.
As I was reading the article that The Park Record wrote about it, I was very shocked to read what candidate Kirklen thought about the event. She said, "I feel like the whole thing was handled unprofessionally." She also said that she was disappointed in the way that the forum was handled. I disagree with Ms. Kirklen about that. These students did a fantastic job. The debate may not have gone as smoothly as it could have, and there may not have been as many people there as expected. The important part is that questions were asked and answered about the issues facing the candidates.
May I suggest instead of telling these students that you are disappointed and that they handled things unprofessionally, you meet with these students and give them some constructive criticism and maybe suggest some things that they can do different next time. They are high school students that want to learn about the issues and at the same time help the public learn too. It doesn't have to be a negative experience for them, and make them feel like they wasted their time.
I think that Mr. Glasheen's comments were very appropriate. He said that they were supposed to sit next to each other during the debate, and because they were not, he invited Ms. Kirklen into the room when it was his turn to speak. In the end he said, "The kids did a really great job, they really did." That is what high school age kids look for, someone to tell them they did a great job, not someone to tell them that they are unprofessional.
Congrats to this group of students for organizing and putting on this event. Don't let the comments of one person get you down. Keep your heads up and continue to study the political issues of Summit County.
Men are also victims of domestic violence
October is Domestic Violence Awareness (DVAM) month. Across the nation the news wires are filled with information on benefit walk/runs such as "Walk a mile in her shoes," "Break the Cycle" bike rides and candlelight vigils all to honor and remember domestic violence murder victims and survivors. The focus and theme of these annual benefits is on ending men's violence against women. However, not all intimate partner violence (IPV) fits into this neat little package; some victims are male and some perpetrators are female.
IPV against men, especially against men by female intimate partners, has always been a hot-button issue. The mere mention of male victims in a gathering of traditional domestic violence advocates creates great controversy. While domestic violence advocates may know men are victims, they insist that their victims' service agencies (over 2,000 of them in the country) should focus exclusively on ending violence against women by men because women are the most injured and prevalent victims. As a result, serious outreach and services for the male victims of IPV are sorely lacking.
According to a Department of Justice study, men are victims of assault by their partners in approximately 36% of the reported cases in the U.S. each year. The disparity between the needs of those victims and the services available is large. The gap must be closed and that can only be done through education, services and advocacy.
The Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women (DAHMW) does just that. Now in its 10th year of specializing in outreach and services for male victims, DAHMW has worked hard to bring public awareness to this underserved group of victims and survivors. Much more outreach and services are needed.
IPV is not a gender issue; it is simply a human issue. DAHMW envisions a world where services are available to victims and survivors without prejudice.
You can find help at DAHMW, call 1-888-7HELPLINE (1-888-743-5754)
See our website for more information: www.dahmw.org . and us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter (links at our site).
Jan Brown and Heather Fortune
Glasheen is right person for the job
I read The Park Record article this week about the treasurers' debate in Park City last week. I have an interest in this race because I was the other Democratic candidate for Summit County treasurer with Corrie Kirklen. Her negative comments towards the Park City High School students tell you a lot about who she is as a candidate. The treasurer does three things, and Corrie only has experience with one of them. Unfortunately, the bookkeeping of tax receipts is mostly done by the chief deputy and deputy treasurer(s).
When I withdrew from the race, I took the time to get to know Mr. Glasheen and learned a lot about his experience and his interest in Summit County. Not only does he have a stellar résumé for the job, but he also participates in the community, sitting on the financial board of the National Ability Center and coaching the Park City lacrosse team. I have heard him speak, and had the opportunity to meet with him and learn about his qualifications for the job. I think we need someone with a positive attitude who can get along with people as we tackle the problems in our county government and I think Mr. Glasheen is the right person for the job.
A wonderful tribute to an amazing man
I have never felt so proud to live in Park City as I did Sunday, 10/10/10, sitting in the Eccles Center for the memorial service for Jim Santy.
Jim would have been very proud of his memorial today, from the Park City firemen in their dress uniforms to then seeing the "Park City High School" band -- which consisted of current students at PCHS and graduates, people of different ages, coming together from near and far.
Jim represented all that is GOOD about this place we are fortunate to call home! The memories that were shared made the audience both laugh and cry, and there was hardly a dry eye when his grandson, Adam, spoke and the screen came down for the slideshow of pictures of Jim's life. His wife, Carol, looked beautiful as she radiated the sparkle often seen in Jim's eyes. How lucky we are to have been blessed with knowing such an amazing man.
In the words of a Scottish poet, "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." Thanks, Jim, for living in all of our hearts.