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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Capital One Bank has filed a lawsuit against a former game show model that claims the Park City woman owes the bank $3,220.

The defendant, Holly Hallstrom, also agreed to pay nearly 25 percent interest on the balance of an account she opened in 2004, the lawsuit filed in Third District Court in the Snyderville Basin states.

Hallstrom reportedly worked on the Price is Right television program as a model for 19 years. She spoke to The Park Record in 2005 about a settlement she reached with former Price is Right host Bob Barker and his production company, TPIR, LLC.

"Just say millions ," Hallstrom told the newspaper describing damages she planned to receive in the case.

Park City Fire District suggests tax hike

Taxes for the Park City Fire District have already jumped significantly but firefighters want more money.

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Budget projections show a proposed 17 percent tax increase for property owners in 2008.

Homeowners in the Snyderville Basin and Park City would pay about $7.70 more per $100,000 of property value if officials approve the hike, according to the Park City Fire District.

Taxes cannot increase until fire officials conduct a truth-in-taxation hearing, which is scheduled at the fire station on Canyons Resort Drive Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Adopt a tiger salamander

Celebrating the holidays at the Swaner Nature Preserve means the adoption of creatures that live at the preserve in order to contribute to research, education projects and restoration at Swaner.

For $5,000 someone can adopt a sandhill crane. A red fox that lives in western Summit County can be adopted for $2,500.

A thousand dollars buys a Columbia spotted frog and for $500 somebody can adopt a red-tailed hawk at Swaner. A tiger salamander is $250 and a donation of $100 buys a black-chinned hummingbird.

For $50 adopt a sandhill crane colt or adopt a yellow-bellied marmot for $25.

Each adoption includes a photograph of the animal, a fact sheet, a subscription to the Swaner Nature Preserve newsletter and a certificate that includes the recipient’s name.

The Swaner Nature Preserve was founded in 1993 and consists of more than 1,200 acres of critical habitat for plants and wildlife that is preserved for perpetuity.

"Give the gift of nature," Swaner Chief Executive Officer Colleen Reid Rush said.

Adoptions can be made online at or call (435) 649-1767 for more information.

State officials praise funding for water rights

Utah Department of Natural Resources officials praised a budget proposal from Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. that provides funds that could help resolve several water rights disputes in the state.

"Overall, we’re pleased," Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Mike Styler said. "The scarcity of water is driving up the price of water, which is putting extreme pressure on the water rights office."

Fire District coat drive

This holiday season firefighters encourage citizens to donate gently used winter wear, blankets and twin-sized comforters to the Peace House in Park City, a non-profit group that assists victims of domestic violence.

"Please join us in our efforts to help make the winter season warm and cozy for the women and children, who because of domestic violence, are unable to remain in the comfort of their home," a press release from the Park City Fire District states.

For information about where items should be donated contact Park City Fire District spokeswoman Tricia Hurd at (435) 940-2514.