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The sports beat

August 23, 2016 — As progeny of the quite singular and encyclopedic Bob Meehan, my siblings and I grew up not only sports junkies but also sportswriter junkies. Admittedly, we were, and remain, strung out. Being Irish Catholic and, go figure, Notre Dame fans, an introduction to New York […]

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How Park City High School’s early school times affects the youth

August 23, 2016 — My alarm clock goes off like a siren at 6 a.m. I drag myself out of bed, and get ready for school. The brisk air sweeps across my face as I wait for the bus under the pitch black sky. Before class begins, I stand […]

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Back to school

August 23, 2016 — I woke up Monday morning to the news summer break was officially over for a number of my friends and their children. There were the standard social media posts of children on a front porch, many holding signs announcing the grade they were about to […]

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Border security solved

August 19, 2016 — The presidential race just continues to amaze, for all the wrong reasons. Three hundred million of us, and we end up with a choice between Clinton and Trump, or a protest vote for a fringe candidate just so we can look ourselves in the mirror […]

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Scrapbook summer days

August 19, 2016 — You can try and design a trip with adventures for a teenager and think you know the outcomes but you can’t design serendipity and spontaneity. If you are very, very lucky they might pay you a visit. I had wanted to take my granddaughter on […]

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Bishop’s gambit declined

August 16, 2016 — In the wake of statewide polls showing a majority of Utahns favoring a National Monument designation for the Bears Ears region, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, to utilize parlance from the game of Chess, has recently “offered” a relatively late-in-the-match “gambit” in his ongoing war of […]

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The fine print

August 16, 2016 — Ask any of my exes and they’ll tell you — I’ve got a number of character flaws. I can be stubborn and impatient. I can be blunt to the point of insensitivity. And if I get angry, you’d rather be on a rickety raft in […]

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Signs of an early fall

August 12, 2016 — There are some strange things going on, and it feels like the season has turned early. The potgut squirrel population soared this summer. They were thick as flies. They always hibernate much earlier than makes sense. But that’s usually between the 15th and 20th of […]

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Who decides?

August 12, 2016 — “Is that land up there on Guardsman Pass really of any significance to the open space plan of Park City?” The sophisticated, very successful businessman, with local interests, who lives on the East Coast more days than most, asked me that over our business breakfast […]

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Battle of the sexes

August 9, 2016 — Like millions of other people around the globe, this weekend my TV was tuned to Olympic coverage. It was “edge of your seat” kind of programming — a legit mix of awe, suspense and crossed fingers. And so far, I think the media is winning […]

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The sweetness of summer

August 5, 2016 — It is the corn, the Bear Lake raspberries, the peaches, the anything on the barbecue. It is the perfume of the lavender blooming in the yard and the mint and oregano. It is the nights cooling down and mornings being crisp… for a minute. The […]

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Arresting the rot

August 5, 2016 — Over the summer, I’ve been picking away at an old barn on the ranch. It was the shed where the dairy cows lived. We went out of the dairy business in about 1960. It got used for some other things through the years, but really […]

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Altered states

August 2, 2016 — “Every passing hour brings the Solar System 43,000 miles closer to Globular Cluster M-13 in Hercules and still there remain misfits who insist there is no such thing as progress.” ~ Ransom K. Fern OK, so as near as I can tell, the plotline for […]

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Orderly conduct

August 2, 2016 — For the better half of my childhood I just plodded along in life assuming I was adopted. Partly this was because my older sister, Michele, used to tell my gullible 5-year-old self that my parents found me on a street corner. Even well into elementary […]

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The motorhome revolt

July 29, 2016 — Years ago, I used this space to propose a system of growth management that was both very effective and very economical. It was absolutely elegant in the way it could be adjusted almost instantly to respond to market conditions. The plan was to install an […]

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Cruz control

July 26, 2016 — Somebody check the temperature in Hell. I suspect it’s snowing there right now. I never dreamed there would come a time I would type these words: I applaud Ted Cruz. Granted, I still think the man is an arrogant jerk who, if elected, would probably […]

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Banjo therapy

July 26, 2016 — “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” -Pete Seeger The timing couldn’t be better. When you add the decibel level currently emanating from the mean streets of Philly to the cacophony of last week’s vitriol-rich televised verbal-MMA bout in Cleveland, you get the […]

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Free at last, free at last

July 22, 2016 — I normally take this week to educate new residents about our Pioneer Heritage. It is, of course, the 24th of July. The 24th falls on a Sunday this year, so it’s celebrated on either the 23rd or the 25th, just to add to the confusion. […]

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One at a time

July 22, 2016 — Some mornings now I wake up and I can’t breathe. When I am not sleeping in the night I listen to the BBC that becomes NPR around 5 a.m. It used to be the recitation of cricket scores in lilting accents could lull me back […]

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Grassroots upon the land

July 19, 2016 — “Treat the earth well: It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” –Native American proverb Figuratively, they took it to the […]

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