Briefs for May 26-29, 2007
USSA names new vice president
Calum Clark, who has worked as a senior World Cup event manager for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) since 2004, has been named as USSA’s new vice president, events, according to USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt.
Clark will be responsible for management of around 20 major international events in the USA including World Cups, U.S. Championships, Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix and other Continental Cup-level competitions, overseeing around a $5-million budget.
Clark came to USSA in 2004 after working in a variety of events-related positions including both the 2000 Sydney and 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games. He has a strong background in sport, competing as an alpine athlete, as a coach and as executive director of a regional ski association in his native Australia. During the 2002 Olympics he worked as a senior venue manager at Snowbasin, working with alpine downhill and super G events.
"This is an amazing opportunity for me professionally and a great honor to be able to represent USSA and the great athletes in our program," said Clark. "Partnership is a key element of our event success, and USSA has some outstanding event partners. I’m looking forward to growing these relationships to take our events to the next level."
Clark will start his new position in June. He and wife Maikella have a young son, Finley, and will live in Park City. He replaces longtime Vice President Annette Royle, who is leaving USSA in June to become president of the Utah chapter of a national charitable organization.
Democratic Party invites
Republicans to help ease pump pain
Wayne Holland, chair of the Utah Democratic Party, last Thursday, called on Utah Republicans Chris Cannon and Rob Bishop to help ease the pain at the pump for Utah’s families. Wednesday, in the House of Representatives, Democrats led the charge to pass the Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act of 2007 by a mostly party line vote of 284-141, defying a veto threat from President Bush. The bill would protect Americans from being gouged at the pump and set America on a path toward lower gas prices by imposing tough new measures to investigate and punish those who are artificially inflating the price of gasoline. The Bush Administration’s veto threat and the fact that most Republicans, including Cannon and Bishop, voted against the bill shows that the Republican Party remains beholden to Big Oil.
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Leaders in Park City and Summit County this week approved identical resolutions essentially opposing a Utah Department of Transportation concept for a major redo of the S.R. 248 entryway.