Vail, not PCMR, understands true value of our land

Like everyone else with a personal or financial stake in the wellbeing of Park City, we believe a constructive and realistic resolution of the situation involving our ski terrain can and must be found.

In a recent public letter, PCMR CEO John Cumming claimed that PCMR offered to purchase our ski terrain property for an amount far greater than its market value and also offered to lease such property for rental value far in excess of market rent. He says he is still willing to purchase or lease the property at those levels.

But then in the same letter he criticizes Vail for paying Talisker a 'huge premium' and too high a 'price' in our lease with them. This contradiction is striking, and what should be clear to everyone is that Mr. Cumming was not willing to pay a fair rental value for the terrain. We have secured in Vail the leading ski resort operator in the world for our property and its positive impact at Canyons can already be seen.

Vail understands the true value of this terrain. We think the Park City community can agree that a landlord cannot be required to lease to someone who refused to pay fair value and who, in light of years of resulting litigation, they don't want as a tenant.

As we've said before, we will not be selling this terrain to PCMR and if the Court rules that PCMR's lease has expired, we will not be re-leasing this terrain to it either. We think it's time for PCMR to begin discussing solutions that accept this reality.

Brian Cejka

Chief Operating Officer, CFC Finance Co. LLC

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Arts Council and Park Record make a good team

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Park City Summit County Arts Council, thank you for selecting the Arts Council to be featured recently as your non-profit of the month. We appreciate the exposure it gave to the Arts Council, and for the check you presented to us.

We also want to thank Lacy Brundy for working with us on this program. She was professional and courteous throughout and we appreciated her help and support.

Your program to focus on and provide financial support to nonprofit organizations each month demonstrates your understanding and appreciation of the work that nonprofits do in Summit County, and we thank you for that recognition.

Kathy Hunter

Executive Director, Park City Summit County Arts Council

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival was a success

Editor:

On behalf of the Summit Land Conservancy, I'd like to express our many thanks to our community for helping make our 6th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival our most successful ever. We were pleased to see so many familiar faces and were honored to welcome new friends.

We would also like to thank our community partners for their support. Park City Medical Center's top sponsorship made it possible for us to screen the Wild & Scenic program this year. We also appreciate Prudential Utah Real Estate's sponsorship and continued support.

Thanks to Mountain American Credit Union and Zoom for their sponsorships and to the many local companies for generously donating wonderful door prize items for our audience.

Finally, we give special thanks to Barbara Bannon who so expertly guided our program selection. Her film background served as an invaluable contribution to the curation process. The work of these and other volunteers allowed us to bring a fantastic array of beautiful, inspirational, funny, thought-provoking and challenging films to an audience who feels the same passion we do for saving local open space.

Hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival allows the Summit Land Conservancy to reach a like-minded audience that may be interested in joining us. Essential to our work, members help spread the word about the importance of local land conservation, monitor our conserved properties through our "Adopt an Easement" program, join our 1% for Open Space or Monthly Member programs and volunteer at special events. We save land, thanks to their support.

Cheryl Fox

Summit Land Conservancy