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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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Blissful ironies

April 18, 2017 — How 'bout that bunch down at the Salt Lake Tribune pulling off a Pulitzer Prize so soon after rising from the ashes? How sweet it is! To be sure, it's a flaw in my character that has had my liquor cabinet doors flung open and […]

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A tale of two winters

April 14, 2017 — It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. It's hard for me to remember a winter as two-faced as this. At the ski resorts, it was a season of euphoria with day after day of great powder skiing. The quality of […]

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All the news that makes us fit

April 14, 2017 — It is lonely work. Most of the time it is simply sharing information others might not have. Sometimes it might be bolder-stating/creating an opinion, clearly marked as such, and urging some action. The writing comes only after hours, sometimes days or weeks, even months, of […]

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Tribal elders

April 11, 2017 — Even prior to meeting Rich Martinez, I held a well-seasoned familiarity with characters of western mining towns and the keepers of their flames. If they happened to be associated with saloons, my interest, of course, only piqued. The northern Idaho non-ferrous mining and smelting community […]

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Adult ADH… Oh, look, something shiny

April 11, 2017 — Over Christmas I helped my mom organize my parents' storage/sentimental area that is also their cellar/tornado shelter. Among the collection of flashlights, first-aid kits, bottled water, old luggage, rarely used golf clubs and my mom's emergency backup stash of wine, we also found three baby […]

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Time to recycle the garbage fee

April 7, 2017 — News broke this week that about 5,000 scofflaws in Summit County have not paid their new $36 annual garbage pickup fee. The bill was sent to every property with a dwelling on it. I got billed for my house, but didn't get billed for the […]

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How we unknowingly make history

April 7, 2017 — The other day my friend, who is also a music agent I have worked with for years, was so at a loss for words in our text conversation he sent back a string of emojis. There was a thumbs up, followed by a checkered flag, […]

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All groan up

April 4, 2017 — There's a set of commercials I frequently see that make me chuckle. In one spot, a married couple has just moved into their new home and the husband is constantly sweeping imaginary dirt off the floor, touching his wife's forehead to see if she feels […]

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Into the abyss

April 4, 2017 — "Horse feathers!" — Detective Lieutenant Dundee in Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon" It's thick and gooey and sticks to most everything with which it comes into contact. And that pertains to all of its manifestations: as actual excrement from the equines whose paddocks and pastures […]

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Workforce housing

March 31, 2017 — Over the last few weeks, the problems of workforce housing have hit the front page. The Canyons Village Management Association — the real estate development arm at the Canyons and not part of Vail Resorts — proposes building all its mandated employee housing at once. […]

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Whistling toward fairness

March 31, 2017 — My friend, who is rather new to Park City — he has lived here about 12 years, said to me with great concern that when I write about how things used to be here, I sound like I am fighting progress. I sound old fashioned. […]

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Tumbleweed connection

March 28, 2017 — "The impeded stream is the one that sings." — Wendell Berry Notions like Wendell's came to me more often back when spending time tossing hand-tied flies into moving water occupied more of my time than it does these days. Having now become part of the […]

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Construction and community

March 28, 2017 — Last week, a colleague of mine I hadn't seen in a while asked me to join him for lunch. He had a meeting in Park City and wanted to catch up afterwards. "Sure!" I responded, followed by some restaurant options. A few days later, we […]

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