Letters to the Editor, May 20-23, 2017
Submissions from Park Record readers
May 19, 2017
Help put Bonanza Flat fundraising over the finish line
With under a month left to raise the money needed to save Bonanza Flat, fundraising is still going strong. At this point, the coalition of nonprofits, Park City, Summit County, Wasatch County and others have raised about $35.5 million. The widespread community support for this cause is awe-inspiring, but we're still about $2.5 million away from our goal of $38 million.
Support for Bonanza has come from preschoolers and middle schoolers, from artists and athletes, from our largest businesses and our smallest businesses. As we get close to the finish line, a number of events and opportunities provide ways for people to bring that line a little closer.
The Park City Leadership Class 23 has $40,000 worth of auction items for sale at http://www.biddingforgood/savebonanzaflat The auction is live now, but closes on May 26. ALL proceeds go toward Bonanza. Artists Hal Prewitt, Prewitt Gallery at 570 Main Street, and Gincy Plummer, Facebook.com/GincyCarringtonPlummerArtist, are both offering you the chance to buy art and save Bonanza Flat at the same time.
The Craft Coalition, which is a group of local breweries, distilleries, and wine makers, continue to raise funds as we raise our glasses! Uinta's "Bonanza Beer" is on tap at Flannigan's, the No Name, and the Boneyard.
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For the final push, the Summit Land Conservancy's Board is offering an $11,500 matching grant for donations to Bonanza at http://www.wesaveland.org, designate Bonanza Flat. Thank you!
Cheryl Fox, Executive Director
Summit Land Conservancy
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Resident says Park City needs to do some spring cleaning
Do you remember Woodsy Owl? I’ve noticed — and I'm sure you have as well — an excessive amount of trash/litter along our trails, in our streams, around our neighborhoods, and beside our streets and walkways.
As a frequent traveler, I am confident we live in one of the best spots in the country. But we need to work hard to keep it this way. I challenge everyone to do their bit to help out. Every individual can help by taking along a garbage bag on your next hike. Or simply follow the National Park Junior Park Ranger guideline: pick up 5-10 pieces of trash every time you go out. Every merchant and resident can help by storing their trash properly and making the effort to clean their properties. Every employer can help by sponsoring a cleanup day or adopting a highway.
Who’s with me? Not sure who is going to pick up after us, and it isn’t going away by itself. So Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute. Make Woodsy proud!
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What happened to Park City’s Spring Cleanup?
An annual “rite of passage” in our town — the spring thaw reveals an abundance of trash around our town.
Recycle Utah organizes their annual spring clean up. The event proceeds like a fine tuned watch. Trash is recovered before obscured again by summer vegetation. Town looks much better!
This year, Saturday 5/13 there was a problem with the “fine tuning.”. Perhaps it was transitional issues associated with the new administration at Recycle Utah? I don’t know.
But I do know that despite the confusion 12 enthusiastic people attended the event this past Saturday. The City provided staff, bags and orange vests and we did our best to help clean up this special town of ours. Such a good feeling to give some love back to Park City.
Perhaps going forward the town’s Sustainability Department and Recycle Utah can help coordinate cleanup events including the PCHS Environmental Sciences Department?
Our appreciation and thanks to those who participated and we look forward to future cleanup events. We can all make a difference to improve the quality of our town’s environment and aesthetics.
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FORK in the Road Fundraiser was a delicious success
On behalf of EATS (Eat Awesome Things at School) Park City, I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for all the people who helped make our third annual FORK in the Road fundraiser a tremendous success! A huge thank you to Vail for awarding EATS the EPICPromise grant which enabled us to host this event. It was held on May 13th at the Legacy Lodge where Executive Chef Alex Malmborg and his team created masterpieces at six gourmet food stations that were enjoyed by over 200 supporters.
A grateful nod to the local celebrity chefs who braved the stage for 50 Shades of Gourmet, an in-home dinner auction, and to Nicholas and Co. for providing the food for those lucky winners. Thank you to the UPS store for their generous support and delivery in printing professionally under short timelines. The local restaurants and businesses who donated auction items were in the hundreds — which highlights the overwhelming community support for our programs. And, to our extraordinary event planner, Shannon Buist, and our team of volunteers — thank you for all your hard work and dedication to making everything perfect.
The proceeds from the evening will enhance and expand the EATS nutrition education programs and our efforts for advocating for healthier school food. It will help EATS move from a grass-roots start-up which began four years ago into a thriving, sustainable organization. We will continue to expand cooking classes, school gardens and taste tests with the goal of impacting every Park City student.
Executive Director, EATS Park City
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Kids need to speak out on open lands like Bears Ears
The Department of the Interior recently did three extraordinary things. First, they placed under “review” the proposed Bears Ears National Monument along with 27 other land and marine-based National Monuments. Depending on public sentiment, these monuments could be modified in size or repealed in their entirety. An unprecedented act no previous administration has ever before attempted.
Second, the DOI launched the public comment period for this review on May 11th. In a bit of administrative trickery, comments on Bears Ears have to be submitted by May 26, while the comment period for the other 27 is open until July 10.
You can submit your comments to both by going to http://www.regulations.gov and enter into the search bar “doi 2017 0002.” Click on “Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996.” Read the docket material and then submit your comments and opinion.
Finally, and most important, there is no minimum age as to who can submit comments (confirmed by DOI staff). Anyone under age 18 with an email account can submit one. Teachers, please let your students know of the opportunity being offered to them to participate in this important and historical event.
The DOI prefers individual, self-styled comments, not form letters. They can be as lengthy as you like, but make sure the first sentence summarizes your position clearly. While you’re at it, cut and paste that comment into an email and send it to your U.S. congressman and senators. Make them aware of your position as well.
It’s up to all of us to speak out on this unprecedented action. When it comes to Bears Ears and the 27 other National Monuments at risk, the influence and the power of the collective can make a difference.
Christopher Cherniak, P.E., Environmental Engineer