Letters to the Editor
Randy Newman sings "I love L.A." but this week I remembered why I love Park City. In the early hours Tuesday, while a spectacular thunder and lightning show was taking place, I realized we’d probably have to cancel our outdoor concert at Deer Valley that night. We thought the storm would pass, until we looked at the weather service Web site predicting rain turning to hail and lightning that night.
At 11:30 a.m., we met with Deer Valley Resort about moving the show. Interrupting a construction meeting at the high school, I asked if we could use the Eccles Center that evening. There was no hot water, no heating or cooling and construction equipment was in the parking lot but yes, of course. We called City Hall to see if they could put up electronic signs and reroute traffic. We called our volunteers to help mark the theater to match seating at the outdoor venue. Chief building official, Ron Ivie, issued a temporary overflow permit. The Park City Coffee Roasters agreed to come up concessions. Deer Valley Catering delivered picnic baskets. The nine-foot piano arrived at Deer Valley only to be re-routed to Eccles. Jim Craig, our tech director was working on a new lighting plot and sound requirements inside. We contacted sponsors and radio stations and folks willing to dial on their cell phones to announce the change. And then we remembered to contact Mr. Newman to make certain his contract would allow him to make the move.
Randy Newman played his politically incorrect heart out and more than a thousand people shared a memorable and intimate evening that without the willingness of all involved could have been a financial and public relations disaster.
Lightning did strike at Deer Valley that night. The decision to move was the right one but in any other town I can’t imagine everyone working so hard to make it happen. Agents in New York are spreading the news about this one. And when Randy Newman sang his encore about "human kindness overflowing," I knew it rained down that very day.
Thank you Park City!
Park City Performing Arts Foundation
I see the Summit County Property Tax Assessor has caught bubblemania as well. In case no one has noticed, property values here for 10 years went up an average of five percent a year and then in the last two years many properties appeared to double or more in value. This is clearly a bubble and I think the jury is still out whether these prices will hold up.
Prudence would dictate that Summit County wait a while before they start raising property taxes or is the county appraiser the first high profile victim of bubblemania. All bubbles end the same and I fear this one will end badly as well. But is the county going to start refunding taxes when they find values sinking like tech stocks did in 2000? I doubt it.
Access to public lands
Heidi McIntosh of SUWA warns Utahns to prepare for "trench warfare" if they wish to maintain access to rural and backcountry roads. This unusually frank admission from an organization that in recent times has tried to stress its kinder and gentler side should be an eye opener for county and state officials who think accommodation and compromise is possible with these champions of the King’s Forest.
Her statements in the Aug. 17 Tribune story ("Environmentalists: Court rules issue is settled, suit is moot," http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_4194188), describing the demise of litigation that sought to undermine RS2477 travel rights, leave no doubt that SUWA is bent on wiping out access to our public lands. Lavishly funded by liberal European interests, they will not rest until 10 million acres of our precious BLM land is shut off from the people of Utah.
I’m curious why so few seem to be alarmed by this threat? Are the stunning public lands that make our state special of such little value that no one cares to fight for them? One thing is certain; when they are forever lost, there will much wailing and gnashing of teeth but of course, then it will be too late.
Rainer Huck, President
Utah Shared Access Alliance
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This edition’s letters to the editor touch on the elections, the upcoming Live PC Give PC, paid parking on Main Street and the Hideout annexation.