A plea for mutually beneficial negotiations

Editor:

Since Park City is my favorite place on this earth, I am understandably concerned about the uncertainty generated by the Vail/PCMR controversy. Recent court decisions seem to confirm that Vail does indeed have the right to Lease almost all of the PCMR skiable terrain from Talisker. But without an agreement on control of the base land and facilities, along with the attendant water rights, which are controlled by the Cumming Family, the 3,000+ acres that we all love to ski, will lie unused-- as well as much of the commercial, lodging , and restaurant facilities in the town of Park City.

It is obviously in the best interests of the town, the state, and the ski industry that the largest ski resort in Utah continue to operate as a world class ski resort and draw winter sports enthusiasts from around the world. Common sense requires that a deal be struck that is fair to both Vail and the Cumming family.

The Cummings have made PCMR the wonderful and well-run resort it is today and been strong supporters of the town of Park City. Vail is a world-class resort operator and I am sure they would like to be perceived in Park City as one who has negotiated an honorable deal with one of the most respected families in the community. Let's hope that both parties can soon come to an agreement that will both benefit their companies as well as the Park City Community.


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Dick Marriott, Chairman of Host Hotels and Resorts

Park City and Potomac, Maryland

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Julie Nirula for School Board

Editor:

After attending the candidate forum for the school board candidates, I support Julie Nirula for school board.

Ms. Nirula was humble and sincere. She is someone who will listen and be open-minded about the issues facing our school district. Ms. Nirula's mission was clear: She wants to foster more collaboration and communication on the board, and among all stakeholders in the PCSD. Ms. Nirula has worked as a teacher, so she not only would bring that perspective to the board's discussions, but she will seek more input from teachers as she addresses issues.

As a parent of a child in the dual language immersion program, I was impressed that Ms. Nirula was the only candidate who unequivocally supported the DLI program when I asked. I was also impressed that she explained why she was supportive of other programs in the district.

Overall, I think Julie Nirula is the best candidate for the job because of her experience as an educator and her belief that every child deserves the best possible education. Ms. Nirula is without an agenda. She may not be the most aggressive and outspoken candidate but I do think she is the most thoughtful candidate. I truly believe she will listen to opinions of everyone - parents, teachers, and staff - and will carefully consider and deliberate each and every decision. I want someone on the school board who will listen and advocate for our kids.

Please join me in supporting Julie Nirula for School Board and please remember to vote on June 24.

Farrah L. Spencer

Park City

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Julie Eihausen is an invaluable asset

Editor:

Julie Eihausen and I have served on many Park City School District Parent Teacher Organization Boards and other education-related committees. As a parent with four kids in the district, at three schools; I appreciate Julie's fiery passion for improving educational offerings for all of our students.

Because of her vast volunteer experience, she knows the intricacies of how our schools work. Julie quickly slices through red tape, identifies issues and opportunities, and implements positive solutions.

Julie is a hard-worker and devoted advocate for our district. She has a can-do, dynamic attitude that inspires others.

Like many other parents, I find our school district's budget issues frustrating. Julie has prioritized a review and revamp of the budget. She is an accomplished accountant, with 20+ years of experience. She plans to determine how to balance our budget and ensure that funds spent will positively impact the greatest number of students.

She also feels passionately about decreasing class sizes, so that our kids have the best learning environment possible.  In classes, such as high-level math, it's essential that students have adequate access to teachers and time for questions. This is impossible when more and more students are crammed into classes.

Julie is an expert at making great things happen for our students. She has the track record to prove it.

Also, Julie has a daughter at PCHS, and this keeps her current on our district's needs and wishes. Having parents of Park City students on the board adds invaluable perspective and balance. I highly recommend Julie for the school board, and feel she's an invaluable asset. Your vote for her will empower our district.

Kendeyl Johansen, PCSD volunteer

Park City

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Thanks for support and don't forget to share the road

Editor:

On behalf of Cole Sport I would like to thank everyone who helped make the 9th annual "Share the Road Ride" a great success. This was the most well attended ride yet with over 100 cyclists showing up to support the sharing of our roads in Summit County and beyond. This would not be possible without the full support of Pete Barquin, the Park City Police, the Summit County Sheriff's Department, Park City Municipal, Mountain Trails Foundation and the entire community. Thanks for your support.

Scott Dudevoir

Cole Sport