Letters to the Editor, May 11-13, 2016
May 10, 2016
Teachers feel very appreciated, thanks
On behalf of the Ecker Hill Middle School staff, I would like to thank our AMAZING PTO for an incredible Teacher Appreciation Week. To begin with, as one teacher stated, walking into our staff room Monday, May 2, was like walking into a Pinterest picture. Our staff room was decorated with bright and cheery decorations — which the PTO is letting us keep! That set the positive and upbeat tone for the rest of the week. We were treated to breakfast, a coffee cart, tapas, waffles, Cinco de Mayo lunch (provided by our incredible Latino parents — gracias!!!) and treats beyond compare.
This is always a challenging time of year. Teachers rush to finish up with core elements of their curriculum, finish final projects, SAGE testing and end-of-year activities. It can leave one feeling a bit rundown. Thanks to Jen Minson, Tara Stocker and ALL the parents (you know who you are!!) who volunteered, brought in goodies, provided gift cards. Finally, we’d like to thank Claudia McMullin from Hugo Coffee, Smith’s and Align Spa and Carmela Foote who helped organize the food from our wonderful Latino families.
Your hard work was noticed and so appreciated by all of us at Ecker. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Annie Wallace, Teacher
Ecker Hill Middle School
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Park City may not survive the ski industry
Park City’s ski area depends on our local climate creating weather patterns that depend on plant-animal exchange of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Plants remove CO2 from the waste that animals create. CO2 is a potent greenhouse gas. Animals depend on plants for oxygen and temperature regulation. What many people may not realize is that plants depend on animals, especially on herding animals to spread seeds and keep the ground from drying out by trampling down grasses, which help to feed small animals, such as bugs that decay forest litter, and birds.
Without herding animals, forests dry out and turn to desert, and the local climate heats up and forest fires become more likely.
When I first moved to Park City, herds of sheep, as well as elk and deer, populated our mountain canyons. Today, ski areas and expensive lodges and homes have encroached into the last remaining untouched elk and deer habitat protecting our mountain biodiversity.
This last winter, according to local nonprofit Save People Save Wildlife, over 200 herding animals were hit crossing local highways. To save local forests and climate we must act now. In other locations, beautiful animal bridges, unseen from the road, provide safe crossings for people and animals (See Google and Youtube).
Which is more costly — to build animal bridges over I80, I40, and 224 or, alternatively, to fight local forest wild fires, and to lose tourism when the local climate changes due to the death of local herding animals?
Due to complaints, the Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is killing or relocating our local herding animals. Vail, Deer Valley, PCMC, The Chamber of Commerce, and Summit County must act to build animal bridges and fencing to save our economy.
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Bike swap will help kids become Young Riders
Thank you, thank you, thank you. This past Mother’s Day weekend was the Annual Young Riders Bike Swap — and what a great weekend it was. This important fundraiser is such a success because of our community. It is shared by many and I would like to thank all of you, but it would take this entire paper to list the names of all those who went above and beyond.
Special thanks to our amazing volunteers, Young Rider Board Members for spending Mother’s Day working hard, and most of all, the people who brought their bikes in for us to sell. I am in awe of your generosity.
Young Riders is a non-profit program built on the belief that by working together — with our community — we can come closer to our shared goal of helping kids broaden their horizons, enjoy the outdoors, meet others kids with like interests, teach good trail manners and become great outdoor ambassadors, all from the seat of a bike.
Again, Thank you for helping our young people to become Young Riders.
President, Young Riders
Recycle Utah thanks community for supporting Water Festival
There were fire trucks. There were buckets of soil. There were mounds of plastic bags. There were avalanche dogs, and there were macro-invertebrates.
What is the common link among all of these things? Water.
At Recycle Utah’s annual Water Festival on April 28, over 560 Summit County 4th graders learned how water is not only a necessity for the human body, but that it flows through and maintains nearly every other facet of our lives, the lives of wildlife, fuels agriculture, and modern industry.
Recycle Utah staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors are thrilled to work amongst a community that is so clearly committed to the education of our young people, and to environmental stewardship. At the Water Festival, education of young minds, conservation, and community meet each other for a busy, one-day exploration of water, and how we can conserve it.
A very special thank you to Vail Resorts for the Epic Promise grant, through which Recycle Utah’s educational programming, including the Water Festival, is funded. Christine Grenney, a local Realtor, donated funds needed to bus students from Jeremy Ranch Elementary School to the Water Festival. 25 Vail employees guided students to and from 20-minute sessions given by over 20 presenters.
Recycle Utah could not do all that we do without this community support. Together, we are giving Summit County children the foundational building blocks to lead sustainable lives.
Wishing you a healthy planet,