Briefs Dec. 1-4, 2007 |

Briefs Dec. 1-4, 2007


PETCO photos with Santa to benefit homeless pets nationwide

Pets of all types can make their way to PETCO stores nationwide Dec. 8 to have their photo taken with Santa Claus. All participating customers will receive a commemorative photo and frame for $6.95 (while supplies last). Five dollars from each photo will be donated to benefit a local animal welfare organization that helps animals in need. The event is sponsored by Pet Promise. The PETCO at Kimball Junction in the Redstone shopping center will host photos for pets with Santa this Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to donations from Photos with Santa, PETCO’s annual Tree of Hope fundraiser is now underway to raise funds for animal welfare organizations nationwide. Last year’s fundraising campaign generated more than $2.7 million for pets in need. PETCO offers an exclusive selection of perfect holiday gifts for pets and their parents from fashionable apparel, carriers and collars to stockings, candy cane rawhide and holiday treats from the PETCO pet bar.

Visit PETCO’s Web site at for more information.

Winter trails activity begins with first Rail Trail groom

The Mountain Trails Foundation has begun grooming the Rail Trail.

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The trail is groomed from Bonanza to 248. Keegan Swensen skate skied the trail from his back yard to 248. This was the first officially reported Rail Trail skier.

Basin Recreation and Mountain Trails groom miles of trails in Park City and the Basin. Park City Municipal is contributing a new drag to the efforts and an anonymous donor is helping with Round Valley grooming efforts.

While winter used to provide some downtime, the groomers’ esponsibilities have grown as the trail system has grown. Last year, one groomer was able to connect McLeod Creek, Willow Creek and the East 224 Connector because he got a new piece of equipment. Described as a tiny little snow cat, the new machine can turn on a dime and maneuvers easily around corners.

The Mountain Trails Foundation encourages all cross-country skiers and sports enthusiasts to use the newly groomed trails for exercise and winter fun. For more information, visit

Parkite Greg Balch recognized as REI 2007 Wasatch Outdoor Volunteer Award

Mountain Trails Foundation in Park City wholeheartedly embraces the contributions of Greg Balch as REI’s 2007 Wasatch Outdoor Volunteer Award and we are honored to be included in this prestigious REI program.

Greg has been a long time board member of Mountain Trails Foundation (MTF) and continues to be the spark plug that energizes many of MTF’s successful programs. Greg has been the key player in the MTF "Adopt a Trail" program which now includes 13 local business and corporate sponsors for trail signage and trail maintenance. Balch also is spearheading the "Bike Rack Program" that is encouraging local businesses to partner with Mountain Trails Foundation and Utah Homes and Land to place art bike racks in strategic locations around Park City.

The successful Yes On Walkability Bond advertising and marketing campaign was structured and implimented by Greg as well as many, many National Trail Day events,Bike to Work Days, Walk to School Days and Ecker Hill International Baccaulareate programs. Their significant involvement in our trail family is clearly a reason to celebate Greg’s contributions.

Greg, his wife, Ann Acaya and daughter Kaila have been energetic and enthusiastic trail supporters for many years and this award is an appropriate recognition for such an active trail family. Volunteers like Greg and his family clearly exemplify the significant community passion and impact of so many of the membership based cherished Mountain Trails Foundation friends in Park City.