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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Until March 28 Summit County will accept applications from organizations interested in being considered for Restaurant Tax grants in 2008.

The program distributes revenues generated from a one-percent tax levied on all restaurant sales in Summit County. The program began in 1992 when authorized by the Legislature and Summit County Commission.

Non-profit groups and governmental organizations designed to attract tourists are eligible to receive the funds, a press release from Summit County states.

Last year, the Restaurant Tax Advisory Committee awarded grants worth nearly $1.4 million.

Through its history, the tax has helped fund about 400 different projects, according to committee chairwoman Tonja Hanson.

Cultural, arts and history programs have received about 26 percent of the funds. Twenty-four percent has funded recreation and trails, and 50 percent went to tourism and convention promotions and facilities, according to Hanson.

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The application form includes a letter that details what kinds of projects and organizations are eligible to apply, instructions for how to submit applications and a description of criteria used by the committee. Forms are available at the Summit County Courthouse in Coalville, the Kamas County Services Building and Sheldon Richins Building at Kimball Junction. The application is also available at

Other committee members include Monty Coates, Eileen Dunn, Laura Murphy, Jan Wilking, Julie Wilson, Jeanne Lehan, Jerry Gilomen and Colleen Sargent.

Contact Anita Lewis at 615-3220 for more information.

Wal-Mart helps S. Summit fire

The Wal-Mart Community Grant Program awarded the South Summit Fire District $1,000 to help support communities where the company’s employees and customers live, said Scott Nagle, the department’s public information officer.

"Wal-Mart at Kimball Junction recognized our need for funding and was generous enough to grant our request," Nagle said while thanking the Wal-Mart Foundation in a press release. "The grant money will be used to purchase much needed wildland equipment for the upcoming wildland fire season."

Francis town Web site

Now government information in Francis is posted at

"Although it was a struggle to get, its need and usefulness is embraced by the town staff," Francis resident Kristi Major said. "It is a good thing and a step in the right direction."

The site currently contains mostly historical information about the South Summit town. But residents hope it will eventually have agendas, minutes and department reports.

Francis resident Kristi Major said amateur historians can provide content for the Web site by e-mailing Susan Moses at

"I believe we have a few historians in the valley that could contribute additional historical facts of great interest," Major said.

She credits Francis homeowners for pressuring officials to build the Web site.