Letters to the Editor, June 25-27, 2014
Local trees have been neglected
To quote Dr. Seuss……."I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues"……
Park City is beautiful. But not primarily for the homes or the mountains. Park City is beautiful because of the trees on the mountains and around the homes. This is especially true of evergreens. They provide shade, privacy and a sound barrier during all seasons.
When trees first sprout, grow and thrive in nature it is because seeds have fallen into a favorable environment of elevation, sun, water availability and other factors suitable to that particular type of tree. However, when we plant trees it is often in an environment where the tree would not naturally grow. Micro environments such as rocky mounds in the sun, close proximity to sidewalks, streets, parking lots and vulnerability to the drying effects of winter sun are common areas for us to plant.
Planting evergreens in these "unnatural" areas can produce beautiful trees, however then they require "unnatural" care. In Park City that usually means supplemental watering.
Within a half hour bicycle ride of my home in Park Meadows I can observe 20 or more mature evergreens stressed, dying or dead because of neglect. Some of these stressed and dying trees can be saved with a thorough soaking of water over a period of 4 to 8 hours once or twice this summer.
The primary problem is not the fact that we live in a high desert, or that we are in the third year of a severe drought. Also, it is not because we do not have the water. We have the water. Look at our green lawns, golf fairways and greens with bordering ponds. The primary problem is we plant trees in places that require more care than in the natural state…..and then neglect to give them that care.
It isn’t necessary to be an arborist to recognize when our trees are stressed and need water. Trees speak clearly in their own "tongues" if owners closely observe them over a period of time. One of the most valuable early signs of a tree that is severely stressed and needs supplemental water is browning of needles, especially on the side exposed to the Winter (southern) sun. Trees showing those signs will die within one to two years if the drought continues and it gets no supplemental water.
In nature trees sprout, grow, mature and die. That isn’t sad, it’s nature. What is sad is when trees in our valley die because of neglect.
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Community activist retires from outreach program
In 1996 Park City experienced a cultural shift. The dot-com times were upon us, there were not a lot of people who wanted to exchange service industry work for a lift ticket. Our community experienced an influx of people from Mexico and the police received complaints. As an advocate I had made the most wonderful family…our Mexican Immigrants. That was close to 20 years ago. Everyone rose to the occasion. Connexion Amiga was a truly wonderful group of interested people, who loved to get together. We organized fiestas, shared cultural and language classes. We had a very good time. There were a ton of questions that Rod Ludlow and I were faced with regarding the interaction between a new immigrant community and law enforcement. I just sort of picked it up and ran with it. We had the "Park Host" program, we had outreach, ….we developed a relationship with law enforcement and our Mexican community. I am retiring at this point, the Park City Police Department says they have a "diversity" program. But they do not have a program to support this outreach. I would ask them for a better definition of the program they have listed on their website.
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Savor the Summit is a chance to fundraise
Congratulations to the Park City Area Restaurant Association for serving up another fine edition of Savor the Summit. I was on Main Street this year observing the event and it really has become a marquee celebration of Park City’s culinary prowess. While a good time was being had by all, I might suggest the PCARA is missing an opportunity to feature a deserving local non-profit each year. In 2015 how about raising funds for the Christian Center’s food pantry, for example, by adding a token sum ($5?) to each ticket. I think most diners would welcome the opportunity to do good while eating well. I know I would.
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Too many are ignoring stop signs
Every morning, on my way to work, I must traverse the highly dangerous intersection between the Jeremy Store and the Park n Ride. I am one of those strange people that actually stops at stop signs you know stop signs: those big red signs that read ‘STOP.’
It is frightening to me how many people do not stop at this stop sign, or many of the stop signs in Park City. One time, I stopped and began to go at the proper time, after letting the person who had the right of way go. Another car, who had pulled up after me, and did not in fact stop, honked at me as I passed in front of them and proceeded to give me the finger. Excuse me for obeying the law, kind sir. Next time, I’ll be sure to let you just roll on through a stop sign even though I had properly signaled, waited, and then gone when it was my turn.
Parkites, you should be worried when an 18 year-old girl is complaining about people not complying with laws. You should be worried when someone as young as I am is afraid to drive to work because of the people driving only five minutes away from my home.
Going through a stop sign takes about 10 seconds, mostly less time than this, so I’m not entirely sure what the hurry is. I understand how much of a hurry you’re in. I understand that your time is much more valuable than my own believe me. However, if your hurry is causing me to be fearful for my safety, please leave one minute earlier in the morning. I want to be able to drive to work, the market, and hey, even cross the street without being fearful of you hitting me because the stop sign is slowing your whole day down by 10 seconds.
The last I checked, it wasn’t called a pause sign, or a roll-right-through sign. It’s not even called a completely ignore-all-traffic-laws so-you-can-get-to-work-faster sign.
Last I checked, it’s called a stop sign. And it’s called that for a reason.
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PCTV’s Summer Reading Challenge
With the end of school and the start of summer, it is time again for Park City Television’s 16th Annual "Summer Fun Reading Challenge" for ALL Summit County school age kids (K-12). We challenge the youth to read 10 books or 1000 pages during the summer. As most successful community events, Park City Television’s 16th Annual "Summer Fun Reading Challenge" is again being backed by generous sponsors. Last year we awarded prizes worth more than $40,000 to over 400 readers. Each reader received a certificate of achievement and a valuable packet of prizes.
Park City Television’s reading challenge forms are available on our website at ParkCity.tv or they can be picked up at PCTV’s studio or at the front desk of either Silver Mountain Sports Club. You can also simply write your books down on a sheet of paper and mail it to us along with name, phone number, address, school name and grade. We encourage all the youth of Summit County to set the goal this summer to successfully complete Park City Television’s 16th Annual "Summer Fun Reading Challenge". We also invite any young person to call the station at (435) 649-0045 and arrange to appear LIVE on the "Mountain Morning Show" to discuss a book they have read.
Summit County is full of terrific young people and all of us at Park City Television are proud to host this reading program for them. With the continued support of our sponsors, teachers, schools, library, and parents, we know that this year’s challenge will have more readers than ever.
Stanton D. Jones
Park City Television
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Park City student hand overseas for a cause
I am a 16-year-old student at Park City High School. I have chosen to volunteer overseas this summer with a program helping animals, people, and the environment. To pay for my trip, I am having a yard sale this Saturday, June 28 at 1920 Cooke Drive (across from the high school). You can support me by coming to the yard sale, donating items to the yard sale, or by visiting my Indiegogo project: "A chance to Heal the Planet." Anything is greatly appreciated.