Kings Peak needs a friend like you

Editor:

With the snow beginning to melt and the warmer temperatures upon us, it's time to think spring. Friends of Kings Peak is once again participating in The Community Foundation of Utah's Love Utah Give Utah day of giving on March 20. Last year we had such a great response from our supporters and raised $600. This year, we are trying to fund a Utah Conservation Corp (UCC) work crew out of Logan to finally fix portions of the trail in upper Painter Basin. Three parties of hikers became lost in this area last summer, requiring a call out of Summit County Search and Rescue and a public safety helicopter. The UCC work crew will rebuild cairns marking the system trails and install a new signpost and bigger sign, which will be more easily seen by hikers in the area.

Friends of Kings Peak is so close to our goal of having a zero search and rescue summer in the Kings Peak area. Thanks, in part, to your support our wilderness intern program has cut rescue missions for thunderstorm and medical incidents to zero. Now we just have the poorly defined trail in upper Painter Basin keeping us from our goal.

This year, there are some changes to the donation site, loveutgiveut.razoo.com. You can now schedule your donation to happen on March 20, in advance. The minimum donation is only $10 and anything you give is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your continued support. Please be sure to keep an eye out for our schedule of summer events coming your way soon.

Karin Harmon, Executive Director

Friend of Kings Peak

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Well-trained PCMARC staffers save the day

Editor:

On March 10, at approximately 6 p.m., the Park City Fire District was dispatched on a reported full cardiac arrest of a 24-year-old male at the Municipal Athletic and Recreation Center. While en route, Summit Dispatch advised units that CPR was in progress. MARC employees quickly recognized the emergency, began CPR and retrieved an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). The AED patches were applied and one shock was administered prior to PCFD arrival. The initial patient contact from PCFD Paramedics found the patches were correctly applied and the shock had been correctly and effectively administered. Paramedics continued resuscitation efforts and successfully restored spontaneous cardiac activity to the patient.

The patient now expects a full recovery. This outcome would have, undoubtedly, been significantly different if not for the quick actions, knowledge, and training of the on-site personnel. Early defibrillation and effective CPR is critical to a positive outcome in this type of cardiac event. After the call, PCFD Paramedics were able to get the names of those involved in the incident. Tessa Dawson, Regan Rodgers, and Michael O'Keefe of the MARC are to be commended for their actions.

Bob Evans, Battalion Chief, Training

Park City Fire District

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Kimball Art center expansion is vital to community

Editor:

At Sundance Institute we believe that art has the power to connect communities and inspire deeper engagement. This is seen in the collaborative process of the Kimball Art Center adjusting its plan based on community feedback, and I applaud them for that.

The expansion plans for the Kimball Art Center will keep Park City competitive with other arts communities and further cement our status as an arts destination. As cultural tourism continues to grow through the efforts of the Sundance Film Festival and other outstanding local events and organizations it is important for us to invest and upgrade our venues in heart of our historic district to stay competitive. The renovation will offer a host of benefits to Park City, including more gathering and creative space for our community on a year-round basis, and it will provide large cultural events like the Festival with expanded space to program and engage with our attendees.

For these reasons and many others it's crucial for us to keep an open mind about the Kimball Art Center's plan and to consider how vital the building and its programs are to our community and to Main Street. Let's listen to what the Kimball Art Center needs from us so we can support their efforts.

Sarah Pearce,

Sundance Institute Co-Managing Director