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Jenny Knaak: Heartfelt homecomings

May 26, 2017 — I spend a lot of time at the airport. I'm not traveling myself, mind you … just standing in the baggage claim with a little sign. One of the functions of my job is to greet incoming performers when they land — I make sure […]

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Jay Meehan: Adventures with Chip

May 23, 2017 — Even among the highly idiosyncratic Sun Classic production geeks assembling at the Homestead Resort in Midway that long ago morning-in-question, Thomas Francis "Chip" Radaelli stood out. That much I remember. The name of the film being shot, however, is, at least for the moment, lost […]

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Amy Roberts: Bravo for bag ban

May 23, 2017 — I often write tucked away inconspicuously at a local coffee shop. I'm not sure why. I have an office both at home and work. But for some reason, the words for this column, freelance magazine articles, or a speech for my boss, all seem to […]

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A surprise visit from the Russian ambassador

May 19, 2017 — The Russian ambassador dropped by my house the other day. It was a real surprise, since we hardly know each other. He was very personable and brought my favorite doughnuts. He was full of good stories. Who knew that Stalin was such a comedian? We […]

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My heroes have always been journalists

May 19, 2017 — Here's the only thing I can think about this week: I am grateful to live in a country with a free press. I am grateful for brave journalists who pursue the truth for truth's sake. I am grateful the media has morphed, so even folks […]

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Jay Meehan: What, me worry?

May 16, 2017 — I knew better than to put away my mud boots and Sorrels. This is Utah and all remains in flux. Except, of course, the political climate. Anyway, in these humble digs, foul weather footwear enjoys a long-term lease agreement. Their sleep-wherever-they-fall attitude is part of […]

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Amy Roberts: The buzz about bees

May 16, 2017 — Several years ago I was dating a guy who was at my house one evening when his mother called. He had mentioned during the call he was with me, and his mom, whom I had not met yet, asked him, "What's Amy like?" He paused […]

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Mending fences and (mostly) dodging lightning

May 12, 2017 — I just finished up a week of mending fences, in the literal sense. This winter was brutal on the fences around the ranch. Trees blew over. Moose and elk walk through the fences like they aren't even there, snow plows, and just the weight of […]

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A healthy looking spring

May 12, 2017 — There is something about this vibrant spring, in this school year, that feels especially hard won. The fall saw us grieving from the drug deaths of two, young, barely teenage boys and it revealed a community in crisis. There were more than 13 reasons to […]

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Jay Meehan: Ghost dancing

May 9, 2017 — The shimmer arrived without preamble or incantation. It didn't announce itself and it wasn't summoned. Maybe sandals falling upon long-undisturbed Pinyon and Juniper needles set it in motion. Although perfectly still, it caressed all the senses. A feeling of being in the presence of "holiness," […]

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Amy Roberts: The traveling twos

May 9, 2017 — If you are a parent, there's a good chance I owe you an apology. For years, at least the last two decades really, I have passed judgment on you. I have rolled my eyes when your toddler was throwing things out of your grocery cart. […]

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Tom Clyde: Welcome to Greater Snyderville

May 5, 2017 — It is often said that there are lies, damn lies and statistics. And then there's the internet. A friend recently mentioned a statistic that she had come across online, and was puzzled by it. I had seen the same, or similar, one-paragraph news item somewhere […]

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Jay Meehan: Negative mass

May 2, 2017 — So I'm leaning in to give my quite challenged auditory cone a better shot at picking up the college physics instructor's end of our barroom conversation. Whatever topic is on the table with this guy, the rewards of participation are always off-scale. So you want […]

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Tom Clyde: The first 100 days

April 28, 2017 — We've reached the 100-day point in the Trump presidency. It's a completely arbitrary milestone. Franklin Roosevelt invented it in very different times. The country was on the brink of collapse. Everybody assumed he would crush Hoover in the 1932 election. He carried 42 of the […]

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Teri Orr: Curated collisions

April 28, 2017 — There is no time to process. For 10 days it all gets mushed up with when who said what about which earth-shattering new discovery or nuanced geo-political crisis. We hear between eight and 28 talks per day. With workshops and excursions and dinners and spontaneous […]

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Amy Roberts: In Dog I Trust

April 25, 2017 — It has been stated that only two things in life are certain: Death and taxes. Last week, I took care of both. Obviously not literally on the death part, though filing my taxes did nearly send me into cardiac arrest. Last week though, I took […]

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Jay Meehan: Wallflowers

April 25, 2017 — I figure there's only one way for Idiot Wind to pull this off. If he wants my cooperation in paying for his monumental wall down on the U.S. border with Mexico, he's going to have to make me a Mexican. And I don't mean an […]

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Up in smoke

April 21, 2017 — On the afternoon of Easter Sunday, a house near mine burned to the ground. I was sitting on the porch with some visiting family members, enjoying the sunny day, when we noticed a little plume of smoke. That's not unusual in my area. People gather […]

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Runoff isn’t just for snow

April 21, 2017 — Though I grew up outside of San Francisco — in the temperate climate of the Bay Area— I have lived in the mountains since I was 19. First, at Lake Tahoe for 10 years. And since 1979, I have lived just here, in Park City. […]

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Snow many mixed feelings

April 18, 2017 — In most parts of the country, the beginning of winter is met with dismal anticipation. The first snowfall feels like a punch in the gut. Doctors go on the news and talk about seasonal affective depression, a real disorder that is often treated with anti-depressants. […]

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