Letters to the Editor, May 6-8, 2015
May 5, 2015
Car donation will be life-changing
I needed to write to celebrate what I consider to be another example of what makes the Park City community a place of pride for all of us. For a while now one of the kindest people I have met started the process of donating a car to be awarded to a most deserving high school student. Why? For the simple fact that she could, and she knew there was a need. Thanks to the help of our one and only Tommy Tanzer and his "Back to Our Roots" organization, all the nitty-gritty details were completed and in place last week.
And so recently, Sheila Kirst, the community member, donated a car to Naomi Vazquez, a junior at PCHS. And so what does this kindness mean to Naomi — only her whole future. Naomi has been making time to work on top of all of other responsibilities in an effort to save enough money to continue her education after graduation next year. However, one of the barriers is having a car that will allow her to be able to live at home and afford school. And now, the hard earned money that Naomi has been saving for a car will be used to help pay for tuition. It doesn’t get better than that!
Thank you Mrs. Sheila Kirst. Thank you Tommy Tanzer. Thank you Park City for being a community that cares.
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Grateful for food pantry support
I think most people are surprised to learn of how many children and families are hungry in Park City and greater Summit County. When I tell them that we distributed over 1,106,000 meals last year through our Food Pantry, which equates to around $1,684,000 worth of food given out, they are shocked. Statewide, the statistics are even more daunting.
According to the Utah Food Bank, our State partner, 1 in 5 Utah kids are unsure where their next meal is coming from and 16 percent of Utah’s population are food insecure. At CCPC, every day we seek to meet people at their point of need. Our Food Pantry is one of our many programs that truly meets people at a critical need. Not only do we depend on an array of incredible volunteers who give of their time and energy at our Pantry, we have some fabulous community partners (individuals, local grocery stores, foundations and corporations) who financially support our Pantry. That is the only way we can continue running our Food Pantry and serving so many people.
One of the key supporters of our Food Pantry is Vail Resorts and we want to thank them for their generous support. Annually, through their EpicPromise program, Vail Resorts has given more than $7 million to over 250 non-profits. We are both grateful and impressed with their willingness to support not only feeding the hungry, but also support the work of so many other fantastic non-profits in our community.
Rob Harter, Executive Director
Christian Center of Park City
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Make way for ducklings
Thank you drivers of big and small vehicles who slowed or stopped on State Road 224 at 11:45 a.m. Friday, May 1 for a mother duck and her long trail of ducklings crossing all the lanes. It is wonderful to see an appreciation for local wildlife and our beloved Park City. Slowing down traffic and yielding to others can be good thing!
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Thanks to a Good Samaritan for the help
I want to thank the hiker, with his cute cattle dog, who helped me bandage my leg when I fell off my bike while riding the 7-24 trail on April 29. In addition, I am deeply grateful to Mike from Jeremy Ranch for stopping his car when he saw me hobbling down the street. He then gave me a ride home, saving me time by not having to wait for the bus.
My 14 stitches will serve as a reminder to pay attention when I am on the trail.
Good Karma to you both and thank you for showing what a wonderful friendly town we live in.
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There is a better option for trailhead parking lot
Park City must conserve citizens’ tax monies by expanding the existing parking lot at Basin Rec’s Bike Park near Trailside School rather than building a NEW 10-car lot at the Gillmor Open Space Trailhead 2/10 mile further down Silver Summit Parkway.
In a letter explaining why parking at the bike park for trailhead use isn’t feasible, Stuart Johnson, Project Coordinator PCMC Trails and Open Space, stated, "Basin Rec says this facility (the bike park) is nearing capacity."
Scrap the proposal to build trailhead parking, two toilets, and a kiosk at the entrance to the former Gillmor, now city-owned property. Does it make sense aesthetically and financially to build the proposed 10-space lot a short distance away PLUS enlarge the bike park lot to serve Park City’s exploding population?
We do not need two lots if expansion of an existing one serves both purposes.
Many of the neighbors and trail users in this area favor restricting traffic on the open space to reduce stress on the large numbers of elk and deer here, particularly during migration and while foraging through deep snow for food. Creating a parking lot, toilets, and cross-country ski trails on this critical range is not conducive to stewardship of our wildlife.
The two toilets, trailhead kiosk, and park spaces must be built and or expanded at the bike park lot anchored presently by two playgrounds, a dog park, skate park, basketball courts, soccer fields, Basin Rec offices, and two separate restrooms.
Park City’s goal is open space, NOT side-by-side parking lots.
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Reformed speeder says police made the right call
You are right Jeff, I don’t know your situation. I don’t know Bill’s situation. I agree with Michelle that we should all be considerate.
This is what worked for me after moving here from a residential speed limit of 55 — you read that right. I bought a house in a 25 mph neighborhood. I was a chronic speeder and I was pulled over by the police in my neighborhood. The officer was completely professional. He told me what I had done in a voice completely void of any patronizing tone. He did not lecture me, nor educate me beyond my infraction. I was ready for my ticket and he came back and gave me a warning ticket.
Everything the officer did is the reason I no longer speed. Speed limit infractions are the job of our excellent police force. They are the pros. Passive/aggressive moves like purposely attempting to slow down a speeder or getting angry and lecturing about neighborhood safety don’t work. Passive/aggressive is still aggressive. I agree with all that aggressive moves don’t belong in our community.
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Event helps dogs find new homes
This past weekend was a record-breaking and amazing event at the NKUT Super Adoption Friday and Saturday at the Utah Fairpark. Friends of Animals Utah, a member of the No-Kill Utah Initiative and Coalition, participated in this two day adoption event. Thanks to our community and people who sought to adopt, rather than buy their pets from commercial sources, Friends of Animals Utah found new, life-long homes for 31 dogs and 21 cats.
There were many wonderful happy endings — 52 to be exact — but we are so happy that our long-timer, Tuffy, found an experienced dog family to adopt him. He will be loved and cherished by a big family who adores him. We all got a little choked up when we watched him prance out with his new extended family. He looked so happy and proud to be with them.
Our mommy dogs, Annie and Smidgen, found loving homes. A family came in looking for a dog, after the mom had received her last chemotherapy treatment that morning. Her 12-year old daughter, who has suffered anxiety during her mom’s illness, was looking for her first dog. When the 12-year old girl walked by Annie’s kennel, she stopped and said, "of all the dogs, this is the one I want." Annie is a gentle soul, who raised her pups and survived being homeless in the Four Corners Area before being rescued by FOAU. She will be dearly loved by this family who certainly understands hardship, love and what it means to stick together.
Smidgen’s puppies were all adopted on Friday and on Saturday, it was Smidgen’s turn. A young couple fell in love with Smidgen and took her home. They sent pictures of Smidgen on the way home in the car, of Smidgen picking out her toys at Petsmart and a photo of Smidgen sleeping on her new comfy bed.
Our bonded-pair of Boxers, Missy and Sadie, went home on Saturday with a woman who loves Boxers and already has one boxer in her family. She was happy to add this pair to her family and they took to the leather couch right away.
Many of our adult cats found their forever families. Our long-time sweetheart, and volunteer favorite, Hogan, found a new home and a vivacious family of seven adopted Kitty as their first pet ever.
It was a wonderful two days. Thank you to our incredible and dedicated staff, who showed up early and stayed late, and who never sat down ever — during the entire two days. Thank you to those who came out and walked and watered dogs and played with cats. And, thank you to everyone for thinking adoption first.
President, Friends of Animals Utah
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On-site fields trips were valuable for students
The Ecker Hill CTE Department would like to thank the Park City Community for another amazing field trip for our 7th grade students. Students participated in tours at four locations to learn about careers in the Park City area. Special thanks to Deer Valley for presenting our students with the many occupations available at the resort as well as touring the Snow Park kitchens and enjoying a special treat. Thank you to the Park City Museum for teaching our students about historical careers. Thank you to the Summit County Justice Center for presenting valuable information about public safety and the court system. Finally, thank you to the Utah Olympic Park for teaching our students about marketing and allowing them to tour the museum. The generosity of these sponsors is appreciated and provided valuable information to our students.
Celeste Cohorn, Business
Jennifer Hales, Family and Consumer Sciences
Kellie Yates, Technology