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Tom Clyde: The ancestral Tupperware

July 21, 2017 — It seemed so simple. My two sisters inherited the family home on the ranch. My brother and I had already built houses on the ranch before Dad died, so it was reasonable that the girls should have the family house. For about 25 years, they […]

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Teri Orr: I just couldn’t love this book more

July 21, 2017 — For me, summer reading is usually a mystery or two, a romance, a thriller, a bit of nonfiction that inspires. The advance copy I just read by the singer-songwriter, city planning geek Dar Williams has all those elements combined. The book won't be out until […]

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Jay Meehan: The vérité aesthetic

July 18, 2017 — "Nationalism is an infantile thing. It is the measles of mankind." — Albert Einstein Wow! For the life of me, I don't know how the rest of you do it. This past Sunday morning, I returned to a previously well-polished behavioral pattern and positioned myself […]

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Amy Roberts: In the heat of the moment

July 18, 2017 — When I first moved to Park City about 15 years ago, I remember looking at houses and finding it quite curious few had air conditioning. I briefly wondered if I'd mistaken the charming little town I'd soon call home for a third-world country. Having spent […]

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Tom Clyde: Rescued from the cultural wasteland

July 14, 2017 — One of the great joys of living here is knowing that, when you least expect it, local government will step in and provide a solution to a problem you didn't even know you had. Can't find a parking place? No worries, we'll provide you with […]

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Teri Orr: By and by Lord

July 14, 2017 — My co-worker and I were sitting in my office recently when a knock came on the frame of my open door. A tall man with a kind face suddenly filled the frame. I jumped up — we embraced — and I asked him what he […]

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Jay Meehan: Thermodynamics

July 11, 2017 — It was a week or so back and not quite as hot as it has become. But, still, from the horse corrals up in the northeast Heber foothills, the snow pack on "Timp" looked pretty much like it was well on its way out. The […]

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Amy Roberts: Exploration education

July 11, 2017 — When my niece was born nearly three years ago, I told my sister I would save for her college education. I pretended my intentions were noble. I often presented them in some form of "You're a single mom" or "I don't have kids of my […]

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Tom Clyde: Weird resort town economics

July 7, 2017 — We made it through the Fourth of July holiday without a trip to the emergency room, which, in my family, is saying something. We had a collection of kids, dogs, horses, ATVs and befuddled old folks playing with weed whackers, fireworks, flaming marshmallows, chainsaws and […]

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Teri Orr: Here’s to summer guests: being them, having them

July 7, 2017 — The barbeque — where the retired firemen set off the fire alarm from the smoke on the grill, where perfect plump chicken breasts and beautiful brats were turned out to the guests — was a start to the long, fake four-day weekend. I mean most […]

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Jay Meehan: Independent whims

July 3, 2017 — "There is no ballin' like pinballin'…" —Kranny and Kubee Let's see, now. I just want to get this right. If data from any source, foreign or domestic, disagrees with the momentary rapture of our president, it is either a lie, fake news, the product of […]

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Amy Roberts: Short on cash, long on sarcasm

July 3, 2017 — Like millions of other Americans, last week I found myself feeling genuine compassion for members of Congress. Believing we all have an obligation to help those less fortunate, I considered starting a Go Fund Me campaign for Jason Chaffetz. His recent suggestion, that members of […]

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Tom Clyde: Rocks in my pockets

June 30, 2017 — Summer is in full swing at the ranch, which means every day offers something new, exciting and completely unplanned. That ensures that everything that was routine, scheduled and planned is pretty much undone before breakfast. The river behaved in a gradual runoff, so I didn't […]

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Jenny Knaak: Missing Miss Bee

June 30, 2017 — You taught me how to make wrap bracelets, and you never talked down to me or treated me like I was dumb, even though there were decades separating us. You made me laugh with your surprising mix of sweetness and mischief. You always had a […]

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Jay Meehan: Backstage pass

June 27, 2017 — I could be wrong, but I don't really think all that much has changed. Internally, I mean. It would seem that those of us who arrived in Park City with left-leaning baggage from the '60s continue to pack similar carry-ons. And the same goes for […]

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Amy Roberts: Where there is smoke

June 27, 2017 — I've had the symptoms for a few weeks: watery, itchy eyes. A sore throat. A dry nose that seems to be on the verge of falling off from having been rubbed so often. It's not a cold or even the pollen in the air. It's […]

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Tom Clyde: The great lumber fraud

June 23, 2017 — Congratulations, you may already be a plaintiff. That's right, without ever talking to a lawyer, the odds are pretty good that you are a party to a lawsuit filed by some law firm you never heard of that is going to sue some corporation back […]

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Teri Orr: Savoring Park City

June 23, 2017 — The way I remember, it was first called something like A Taste of Park City. The brainchild of Tina Lewis who was working with the Chamber of Commerce. Since we were a town of around 2,000 people and no one came here in the summer, […]

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Jay Meehan: Bonanza Flat

June 20, 2017 — How about that deal Park City's current batch of elected officials, along with other open-space stakeholders in the area, ushered through to first acquire and thereby protect Bonanza Flat from unwanted development by the private sector. Pretty cool, eh? I haven't seen such a celebratory […]

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Amy Roberts: A staycation situation

June 20, 2017 — I have never really embraced the idea of a "staycation." The idea of dropping $500 to stay five miles from my house just never appealed to me. I have friends who swear by these getaways, but I always imagined them showing their coworkers photos and […]

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