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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Anchoring 150,000 square-feet of new commercial development at Kimball Junction will be a Best Buy store with computers, electronics and DVDS.

"They signed a lease," Newpark partner Marc Wangsgard.

Nevada-based Territory Inc. is developing the retail center at Newpark that is situated near the edge of Swaner Nature Preserve. Eventually, a bowling alley could be built at Kimball Junction, officials at Newpark say.

Newpark is an 820,000-square-foot mixed-use development along Interstate 80 in western Summit County.

Public hazmat drop-off facility

In December, residents in Summit County will begin dumping household hazardous waste at Three Mile Canyon landfill near Rockport reservoir.

Officials at Summit County Public Works are constructing a ventilated, self-contained facility to store the material, Public Works Superintendent Mark Offret said.

Paints, stains, insecticides, herbicides and cleaners are among substances the county will begin accepting at the dump, Offret explained.

"We’ll have to pour a concrete pad to stabilize it," he said about the new facility.

Summit County, Park City Municipal and the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District will each pay about a third of the cost to install the roughly $30,000 drop-off facility, Offret said.

Residents dumping small amounts of hazardous material will not be charged to use the new facility, Offret said, adding that businesses must pay roughly $8 per pound.

"How are we training the landfill people to distinguish between commercial waste coming into the landfill and your average Joe household?" Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott asked.

Christmas tree permits

Families can have a unique recreational outing by cutting their own Christmas trees in national forests in Utah. Permit holders must adhere to the following guidelines:

— Trees must be cut close to the ground leaving the stump no higher than six inches.

— Make sure permits are attached to trees before leaving the cutting area

— Tree topping is not allowed

— No cutting within 200 feet of riparian areas, roads, campgrounds, picnic areas, administrative sites or areas with summer homes

Groups should be prepared for slick, snow-packed roads and have chains, four-wheel drive or a snowmobile available. Carry a cellular telephone, flashlight, shovel, first-aid kit, matches, a hatchet, ax or handsaw and rope to secure the tree. Bring additional warm clothing, gloves, boots, a container of hot liquid and food.

In the Wasatch-Cache National Forest east of Park City information about obtaining permits in the Evanston or Mountain View Ranger Districts is available at (801) 236-3400. Permits go on sale for $10 on Nov. 13 and are not available in Kamas.

For information about obtaining a permit in the Uinta National Forest near Heber call (801) 342-5100. The permits sell for $10.


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