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Ex-Mossad chief plans visit

The former head of Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, is scheduled to visit the Spotted Frog Bookstore in May.

Efraim Halevy’s appearance at the Redstone bookseller is scheduled at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.

He recently published his memoirs. He is the head of the Center for Strategic Policy Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was Israel’s ambassador to the European Union before leading Mossad.

In an announcement of the appearance, Temple Har Shalom wrote in its newsletter that Halevy will discuss Mossad’s communications with the CIA before the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, will assess the threat of weapons of mass destruction and his "misgivings" about the commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks.

In 2004, he published his memoirs, "Man in the Shadows: Inside the Middle East crisis with a man who led the Mossad."

In a publicity release describing the book, the publisher said Halevy addresses the CIA’s "increasing visibility" in the Middle East, his opinion of George Tenet, the former director of the CIA, and the differing policies of Israeli leaders.

Karen Dallett, the Spotted Frog owner, said Halevy plans to speak for between 30 and 45 minutes, take questions and sign copies of his book.

Park City Heights

The developers of the proposed Park City Heights project plan to hold an open house on Monday.

The open house is scheduled in the meeting room at the Park City Ice Arena, off S.R. 248 east of Prospector.

Members of the Park City Council and the Planning Commission may attend the meeting.

The developers want City Hall to annex 258 acres of land and allow 131 single-family homes. The land is located east of Prospector and much of it borders U.S. 40.

Park City Heights is among the largest developments now under consideration at City Hall but there has been little interest from regular Parkites. The developers and the government have not engaged in detailed discussions about the project.

Annexations require a recommendation by the Planning Commission. The City Council then considers the recommendation but makes its own decision.

Developments like Empire Pass and Deer Crest in Deer Valley were the result of annexations.

The government normally tries to negotiate public benefits like open space and trails during annexation talks.

Cities frequently desire the property tax revenues that an annexation brings and the developer usually sees an annexation as a means to receive municipal services.

See America Week

The Park City Council, bowing to the tourism industry that dominates the city’s economy, recently proclaimed that May 13 through May 21 will be ‘See America Week’ in Park City.

The proclamation asks "all citizens to recognize and support the travel and tourism industry; our travelers and tourists, those who work in and service the hospitality industry, and our beautiful town and county."

The proclamation outlines what the local government sees as the importance of tourism, saying that the industry provides jobs for more than 7,117 people in Summit County and represents more than 43 percent of the county’s jobs. It says that tourism is a "clean" industry that also supports other industries like construction.

Tourists spend more than $460 million in Summit County each year, providing more than $13.8 million in sales, hotel and restaurant taxes, the proclamation said.

It touts the area’s three mountain resorts, the Utah Olympic Park, Main Street, the free bus system and "a mountain range of other attractions, adventures, events, and dining/entertainment experiences."

The proclamation said, "the travel and tourism industry is a powerful engine of economic growth in Park City, Summit County, the state of Utah and the nation."

Studies have detailed the importance of tourism to Park City’s economy and officials have for decades tried to attract people to the community.

Wintertime tourism is especially strong and officials have in more recent years tried to boost the number of summertime visitors with a variety of sporting and cultural events.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger

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