Letters: Parkites should speak up about Salt Lake’s inland port
February 14, 2019
A port problem
So what is the Inland Port and why should we care? Well, I for one am really concerned and am hoping that Park City residents all get involved. I started to be concerned about shrinking levels of water in the Great Salt Lake over the last several years. The prison being built near the lake didn't seem right, then I heard about a meeting at Westminster College discussing a garbage dump on the promontory just 1,000 feet from the shores of the lake which might be approved for coal ash and other toxic substances. I joined Great Salt Lake Audubon and then learned about the port. The inland port will be a giant freight transport and storage facility, built mostly on undeveloped land adjacent to Salt Lake City's west side communities and the Great Salt Lake.
All ports of this type in the United States cause pollution. It surely will make our already very poor air quality in the Salt Lake Valley worse. It is certain to affect the migratory birds that depend on the lake. Did you know, for instance, that our lake hosts the largest nesting colony of American White pelicans in the western United States and that their numbers have already been dropping? They are only one of many bird species depending on the lake. Utah Physicians for Clean Air, The Center for Biologic Diversity and The League of Women Voters of Utah are all concerned, but we need more people to be involved. As the Great Salt Lake shrinks and more pollution is created, dust particles from both get into our air and will in the future affect the snow pack in our mountains. Please become educated, please get involved and visit coalitionforportreform.org to learn more.
Right of way refresher
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To the man in the orange jacket,
This past Thursday at Deer Valle Resort, I was participating in a ski instructors' exam when you struck me from behind. As my examiners later explained, you were following me downhill, matching my every turn. But because you are taller and heavier than I, you gained on me. At the last minute, rather than vary your line, you tried to squeeze between me and the examiners, who were standing on the side of the slope. As a result of your choice, you ran into me from behind and flattened me like the proverbial pancake.
You were apologetic and quickly accepted responsibility, while admitting the stupidity of your attempted maneuver. I am grateful that at a month shy of 69 years, I am as strong as I am. I was able to stand up and finish with little more than a very sore back and neck.
This incident is being shared to help spread the word to all skiers (and snowboarders). The person below you always has the right of way. YIELD to the downhill person.
Basin Recreation held its annual Silver Ski and Winter Sports Extravaganza on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Willow Creek Park. Thanks to all that came out and participated. We hope you tried something new!
Basin Recreation also wants to thank Storm Cycles for providing Fat Tire Demo bikes, White Pine Touring and Nordic Center for providing skis and demo bikes, the National Ability Center, the Park City Nordic ski team for helping with ski instruction and the Basin Recreation volunteers and park ambassadors. It is community partnerships such as these that help make our events successful. We hope to see you out using our trails and parks soon!
Snyderville Basin Recreation District recreation coordinator
Complain and compliment
On KPCW recently, I heard something about some online transit survey being conducted. I'm usually alert to these, and usually get around to completing them before they close. They're all important and the county and city transportation departments look at the results to see what we're thinking about our free fare transit and other more active modes of getting around. I urge everyone to please complete this survey by Feb. 19 when it closes. We complain, we compliment — let's do it in the form of data that can be analyzed by transportation decision-makers as they move us forward. Here's how:
Go to parkcity.org>Departments>Transportation Planning>Data Center>Quick Links>Park City's Free Fare Transit. Mid-page under "sit back and leave the driving to us" click to "complete survey about your recent use of transit." The questions relate specifically to our travel during the high-traffic times of Sundance and the World Championships. Keep in mind, compliments are as important as complaints in any data-collecting effort in order to keep it as "true" a representation of public opinion as possible.
I remain a steadfast supporter of our transportation options — not including single-vehicle occupancy, which we continue to overuse. Yes, it may be "easier" to get in your car, but with ever more traffic, it is arguably not much faster, or even as fast, as riding a bus, especially if your trip requires parking. Riding a bus to our ski resorts means you will not fight for a parking spot. Also, remember walking to a bus stop is a way of getting in a "hike" so your time to travel is well spent.
Our buses were full or over-filled during our recent events; since then, the buses I ride are missing something — riders. To all of us who are considering ways to ride the bus that will work for us — thank you. It's a great start. To all of us who ride the bus once in a while — even greater. To all of us who ride the bus a lot and urge others to — that is the greatest way to promote clean, efficient travel throughout our community. RideOnParkCity; Try Transit; GoParkCity.
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