Olympic gold medallist Picabo Street invites the public to join her on Jan. 22 at the Park City Mountain Resort for a day of skiing, snowboarding, racing, food and fun to support the National Children’s Alliance and Children’s Advocacy Centers. The amateur ski race and tented buffet luncheon and auction are to raise awareness and support for victims of child abuse. To find out more information on sponsoring a team or joining the event, please contact picaboskichallengeor (866) 849-5913. Spectators welcome. Racquetball The South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center (SSAFC) is offering racquetball instruction designed to fit skill levels of youth ages 8-18 years old as well as adults. The class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 26 Feb. 21 on the SSAFC racquetball courts. Beginners, ages 8-11, will meet from 3:30 4:15 p.m. Intermediate level, ages 12-15, will meet from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Advanced, ages 16 and up, will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost is $15. Participants will need protective eyewear. Racquets will be available for participants use if they do not have one. Registration is Jan. 9-21. Registration forms can be picked up at the front desk of the SSAFC. Space is limited. Coed soccer Park City Recreation’s Adult Coed Indoor Soccer League will begin Jan. 31. Games will be played on Tuesday nights in the Racquet Club gym, using all four walls and indoor soccer rules. Cost is $150 per team, and the deadline is Jan. 25. For details and to register, call the Racquet Club at 615-5401, or visit http://www.parkcityrecreation.org . UTAH LACROSSE ASSOCIATION NAMES PAUL LARKIN AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Larkin succeeds Soni Taylor as leader of fast-growing statewide sport association SANDY, UTAH January 6, 2006 The Utah Lacrosse Association has named Paul Larkin of Holladay as its new Executive Director. He follows Soni Taylor, who successfully managed the organization through a multi-year period of 20 percent annual growth. Larkin played the sport on the Olympus High School boy’s club team and at Utah State University, where he was president of the men’s Lacrosse team. He has a degree in Business Information Systems, and varied experience in the business world. His technical skills will help the ULA improve its communication and online registration processes, and his organizational abilities will help strengthen the association’s volunteer base. He started on Dec. 27th. Soni Taylor who served as the organization’s first executive director for three years – will stay on for a one-month transition period before leaving to pursue Lacrosse-related business activities. "As the first full-time, paid US Lacrosse chapter executive director in the country, Soni is a true pioneer, well regarded by the national organization in Baltimore," said Michael O’Malley, ULA board president. "In her time with the ULA, she pushed us forward on many fronts, including driving broad-based expansion in our youth leagues and improving the ULA’s financial reserves and service delivery in a period of high growth. We’re looking forward to Paul helping to push our organization further." The Utah Lacrosse Association is a regional chapter of US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. Lacrosse is a high-speed, high-scoring sport played by male and female Utahns from Kindergarten to post-collegiate age groups. More than 34 boy’s high school teams and 18 girl’s high school teams competed in the spring 2005 season. Lacrosse is considered the fastest-growing team sport in the country. More information is available at http://www.utahlax.org and http://www.uslacrosse.org. ### Contact Michael O’Malley at (801) 652-5578. Beginning Monday, December 12, 2005, KTMP 1340 AM Radio will broadcast live ski reports from Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and The Canyons. Tune in at 7:45am Monday Friday to hear these reports. KTMP is your hometown classic country radio station located at 260 North Main Street in Heber City. For more information call (435) 657-1340. Bottom of Form
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After 2 avalanche deaths in as many years, the backcountry gate leading to Dutch Draw gets attention
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