Letters to the Editor, July 30-August 1, 2014
Park City needs 24-hour emergency care for pets
There are few things Park City doesn’t have nowadays, but one is emergency/after-hours pet care. It’s very difficult to have a sick pet and nowhere to take him outside normal business hours. Even though some websites claim to have "seven days a week" and "emergency" care, that’s not the case. Pioneer Day was a great example of services being unavailable. Emergencies are referred to Salt Lake City, which in a true emergency isn’t an option.
We have been fortunate to have had extraordinary care of our pets by now-retired Dr. Keith Lund. But now, in our last pet’s final hours, we are without resources or options. Somehow, our aging kitty doesn’t understand that she can only get help during "regular business hours." Neither can we.
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Response to Director of Park City Culinary Institute
As a resident of park city for eight years, I have found that two-for-one coupons come from restaurants that want to keep their doors open during slow times.
I disagree with you about many fine restaurants in Park City. The ones that are really fine are also extremely expensive. Most of the restaurants in our area are below average for the average diner who likes to go out a few times a week. People who live and visit in Park City are forced to accept sub-standard restaurants for a reasonably priced dining experience because of lack of competition. To have to drive down the mountain for a tasty meal is not practical most of the time and that is why most restaurants in Park City survive.
If you disagree with my assessment, you haven’t spoken with the residents of Park City that I know. Consistency and good meals are at a premium.
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Residents can learn lot at Police Academy
After completing the 11-week Park City Citizen Police Academy, I would offer two takeaways to my fellow Parkites: First, I have a new respect and appreciation for the hard work done by the Park City Police Department. I believe that their professionalism and dedication play a key role in making Park City such a great place to live. Secondly, I highly recommend that you sign-up for the 2015 program as soon as possible.
Officer Terry Knechtel runs the academy and does a fantastic job of taking class members through the ins and outs of law enforcement over the 11-week program. Each three-hour class is dedicated to improving citizens’ understanding of Park City law enforcement by way of guest presentations and Q&A. My favorite classes were Fire and Emergency Medical Services, SWAT operations, the Utah court system and Use of Force (a day on the range shooting PCPD firearms).
Bottom line: I found the program to be incredibly informative, eye-opening, and very fun. Also, the class is FREE!
See the PC website for more information: http://www.parkcity.org/index.aspx?page=899
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Park City rallies again to help a neighbor
Park City is such an amazing community. It never ceases to amaze us. Earlier this spring, our Keller Williams office embarked on a service project to help a beloved community member who is undergoing extensive chemotherapy create an oasis/patio below her deck. She wanted a nice cool place to relax after her chemo treatments.
Our team of volunteers were a bit stumped on a few aspects of the project, so we reached out to the friendly experts with Mountain Trails Foundation to see if they could assist us. While our request was certainly outside their normal course of business, when the MTF folks heard the "why" behind our project, they did everything they could to help. Deepest thanks to Tom Peek, Charlie Sturgis, Rick Fournier and Mike Baselayer for their incredible kindness, guidance and personal time. Due to their generosity, a very special lady is now enjoying her outdoor oasis during these Dog Days of summer.
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Where have all the trees gone?
Sometimes I view things a little differently. You may have noticed that in some of my previous notes.
Remember several years ago when Katie Wright, Trisha Worthington and the Park City Foundation ran Save Our Snow? It was a great program to alert us to the dangers of global warming to our Park City environment. They showed that the snow levels were going to rise up the mountains and we would receive snow less frequently.
When I was listening I wondered who really was going to be the beneficiary of a successful effort. Obviously people like me who love living in Park City would benefit. But who really benefits financially if we keep our greatest snow on earth?
Businesses that generate income from people who ski/board are some of the ones who benefit from this financial gain. Of course that means ski resorts, retailers that sell to skiers and boarders, restaurants who serve them, doctors and hospitals that put them back together, and through the taxes generated – Park City, Summit County, Utah, and the United States governments also benefit financially.
When you look at the ski slopes, and now the swath of land at Canyons Resort that has been stripped of trees, does it make you wonder if possibly we haven’t learned from the mining days? I understand the mining companies stripped the trees from the mountains, as we are today, in order to benefit their business.
It would be nice to see the leadership of the ski resorts demonstrate their community leadership in the effort to Save Our Snow by committing to replace trees they remove when developing new runs. It would be nice to see developers volunteer to replace trees they remove to build these nice homes and resorts. If they are not willing to do so voluntarily, it may be time for local governments to make the suggestion for them.
It has been demonstrated that trees remove carbon from the air and generate that nice oxygen we seem to love to breathe. Some trees actually clean our air.
Where may those new trees be planted? Look up into the local mountains. Round Valley both inside and out, along the highways, unused fields. These trees also provide homes for wildlife that we enjoy seeing. Plant a variety of trees so our springs, summers, and falls draw more tourists.