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Letters to the Editor, Nov. 1-4, 2014

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Deer Valley helps to make fire district safer

Editor:

The Park City Fire Service District would like to thank Deer Valley Resort for their support of our recent driver training. We used their lower parking lots on several days during the past month to further train our drivers in fire engine driving. Deer Valley has supported this cause for years and thereby has increased the safety of our community. We appreciate the assistance of Carrie Budding, Cindy Skelton, Chuck English and the entire Deer Valley staff for allowing us to use their parking lots for our driver training.

Mark Hoffman, Driver Trainer

Park City Fire Service District

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Dist. 54 candidate is ‘Wright’ choice for public lands

Editor:

Public lands and open spaces make the West what it is. Yet the state of Utah thinks they can do a better job of managing those lands than the federal government. Gov. Herbert and the state of Utah want to spend an exorbitant amount of taxpayer dollars to fund litigation laying claim to 20 million acres of land that belongs to the American public, and was never theirs to begin with. In the Enabling Act that made Utah a state within the United States, they agreed to give up forever their claim to these federal lands. What would happen if Gov. Herbert and like-minded legislators succeeded? First, the state cannot afford to manage these lands. In 2014, $3.9 billion was appropriated for federal wildfire management alone. Second, instead of open spaces where we can hike, bike, camp, fish and hunt there would appear locked gates and no-trespassing signs as these public lands are made private. This would have a huge impact on our economically critical and sustainable Outdoor Industry. Glenn Wright is on the right side of the public lands issue and that is why I will be voting for him.

Marion Klaus

Park City

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Eihausen is an invaluable PCSD Asset

Editor:

I have served on many Park City School District Parent Teacher Organization Boards and education-related committees with Julie Eihausen. As a parent of four kids at three PCSD schools, I admire Julie’s fiery passion for improving educational offerings for all of our students.

Due to her vast volunteer experience, she understands the intricacies of how our schools work. Julie slices through red tape, identifies issues and opportunities, and implements positive solutions.

She solves challenging issues with hard work because she’s a devoted advocate for our district. She also uses her forward-thinking, dynamic attitude to inspire others.

Like other parents and teachers, I find our school district’s budget issues frustrating. Julie plans to review and revamp the budget. Using her 20+ years of accounting experience, she plans to determine how to balance our budget and ensure that funds spent will enhance education for the maximum number of students.

She also cares passionately about decreasing class sizes, which will maximize the learning experience. In high-level math classes and others focusing on in-depth studies, it’s essential that students have adequate access to teachers and time for questions. This isn’t possible when students are crammed into classes. Julie will create positive outcomes for our students.

Julie has a daughter at PCHS, which keeps her current on PCSD’s needs and wishes. Having knowledgeable parents of local students on the board adds insightful perspective and balance. I highly recommend Julie for the school board, and feel she’s an invaluable asset. Your vote for her will empower our district.

Kendeyl Johansen, PCSD volunteer

Park City

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Hilder would serve county with distinction

Editor:

On a daily basis the County Attorney makes decisions that affect the lives of residents of Summit County in both civil and criminal matters. Decisions made by the office of the County Attorney range broadly from land use and development issues to criminal prosecutions as well as the manner in which teenage offenders are prosecuted.

Rarely does a community have the opportunity to elect a distinguished jurist and lawyer such as Robert Hilder to this position. He served on the judiciary with distinction for 16 years and was recognized as Utah State Bar Judge of the Year in 2010. His recognized expertise in alternative dispute resolution is reason alone to support his candidacy. In addition his experience as manager of a substantial law firm gives him the experience to be our lead attorney in Summit County.

ant standard, Judge Robert Hilder has the credentials and the commitment to serve with distinction as our county attorney. He brings a lifetime of exercising good judgment in complex situations. We support his election enthusiastically.

Jill and Richard Sheinberg

Park City

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Brickey implements efficiency and innovation

Editor:

Over the last decade, as Summit County Attorney, David Brickey has established a virtually paperless office and has always stayed within his allotted budget. Indeed, the Attorney’s office is the most frugally run office in the Summit county government. All elected county officers are entitled to a chief deputy and the county attorney’s office is the only office that doesn’t incur the expense of having one.

Since taking office, David has dramatically reduced civil litigation by 74 percent. When he started as County Attorney, there were 34 lawsuits involving Summit County; currently there are only nine. Before David took office, there were typically more than 20 lawsuits pending a year. His strong leadership and ongoing, insightful legal counsel to various County departments can be credited for this reduction in lawsuits.

In addition to these efficiencies, Brickey has innovated a new role for victim advocates, instituted a 24-hour on-call prosecutor for all law enforcement, and Chi-Chi, the first Chihuahua in the U.S. to be certified as a court assistance dog.

David Brickey’s resulting success is the result of his sensitive, creative and tireless full-time commitment to the position of county attorney. Re-elect Brickey for county attorney!

Mary Jo Chambers

Park City

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Bold idea: Make S.R. 224 one way in and S.R. 248 one way out

Editor:

There has been one constant problem in Park City: automobile and truck congestion. Thanks to developers who care nothing about a "unique Park City", who feel that bigger is better and the hometown bunch who only think about dollars, you have a situation similar to "Houston, we have a problem."

What can Park City do to once-and-for-all fix the mess? Let us start at I-80 east bound. Exit onto State Road 224 (proposed one way) and then to S. R. 248 (proposed one way) to US 40 and back to I-80 to S.R. 224 (one way). I realize this might be a hard sell but start by thinking with the Nike slogan: "Just do it."

I feel that Tom Clyde and Jack Karmel would be your best leaders. Time it. A big circle route vs. traffic jams. I’ll bet that the circle route is faster. I know that this is a big and crazy idea but think big. The cure is something bigger than more and wider roads.

Art Mindheim,

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (formerly of Heber)

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Eihausen’s experience is exemplary

Editor:

The Park City School Board elections a few days away, and with the many financial, educational, and social challenges our district faces, it is imperative that we elect the right people who will make the tough decisions necessary to keep our school district the best in Utah as well as the top of the nation.

One such individual is Julie Eihausen. I have had the honor to work with Julie on the TMIS and PCHS PTSO boards and have the utmost respect for her dedication to the school and her genuine care for the well being of the students. I have always been amazed at her energy, her knowledge, her generosity, and her willingness to speak out for what she feels is the right thing to do for the students.

Julie has served in numerous capacities and held several offices, at the PTSO level, District Community Council, Utah State School Community Council, and multiple committees. She has a very strong financial background, as she has served as Treasurer for many boards and is also the bookkeeper for her husband’s electrical contracting business. This talent will serve our district well as we continue to face budget deficits which will require responsible planning and difficult choices. She understands the delicate balancing of staffing, class sizes, and special projects with the other expenditures necessary to provide our students with a quality education.

Because of these, and many other factors, I strongly endorse Julie Eihausen for the District 5 School Board.

Sue Ann Kern

Park City

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Former deputy: Hendricksen would fix problems in Sheriff’s Office

Editor:

This letter was drafted after the article posted on Sept. 16 in The Park Record, "Accusations lobbed at sheriff’s candidate." These accusations were thrown towards Kris Hendricksen who is currently running for Summit County Sheriff.

I was hired with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office in 2004, under Sheriff Edmunds. While employed at the sheriff’s office, I was assigned to Kris Hendricksen’s patrol crew, Kris being my sergeant. During my time on Kris’s crew, I recall a major incident that I was the primary officer on. The call was a female that had been held hostage by firearm, by her estranged husband, over the course of 24 hours. Upon being dispatched and arriving on scene, I was confronted with the armed suspect who pointed his firearm at me in an attempt to "suicide by cop." I consider this a major incident in which an officer involved shooting almost occurred and an armed suspect almost lost his life. As for my sergeant, Kris Hendricksen, he was on scene within minutes along with other responding deputies, taking the suspect safely into custody. Kris responded to the scene, took command, and assisted me in the transport of the suspect to the hospital for evaluation before booking him into jail. Kris also counseled me, making sure this incident did not have a lasting impact on me.

Kris always carried himself with professionalism and was never negative. He always brought a good feeling and atmosphere to the job. He assured me with his skills, knowledge, and 28 plus years in all areas of law enforcement that he always would have my back.

I’m friends with Kris Hendricksen and due to that fact I have had negative actions and comments thrown against me from the sheriff’s office during this election. I do not live in Summit County and am not in law enforcement anymore but for the ridicule, rumors, and negative actions towards me from the sheriff’s office shows me that politics can change people. On the other hand, I have had nothing but respect, friendship and admiration from Kris Hendricksen during this election and before this election process began. Politics will not change him and what he believes in. He believes in making the Summit County Sheriff’s Officer the best law enforcement agency in the nation and gaining back the public’s trust.

Bryan Cunningham

Salt Lake City

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Yost has right qualifications, skills for treasurer’s post

Editor:

I have known Amy Yost for the past eight years. Amy successfully runs her own mortgage business, as well as a life insurance and financial services business. She constantly deals with customer’s personal finances. When I worked as her administrative assistant, she gave me excellent personal as well as professional financial advice. During the time I worked with Amy I have known her to be honest, organized and possess the skills required for the county treasurer position. A good treasurer should: be capable of handling figures and cash; have an orderly mind and methodical way of thinking; have experience in dealing with large sums of money and budgets; have experience of financial control and budgeting; have an eye for detail; have a financial qualification or relevant experience; good communication and interpersonal skills; ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up; and show good time-keeping. I feel Amy possesses these skills and would be a great county treasurer.

Gina Singer

Kamas

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Yost deserves your vote for Treasurer

Editor:

I just wanted to take the opportunity to encourage all Summit County voters to participate in the upcoming election. Don’t miss the opportunity to get out and vote AMY YOST for Summit County treasurer. As a former city Treasurer and current Frances City Recorder I feel that it is important to have good open communication with the county and I feel that is something that has really been lacking.

I have known Amy for over 20 years and worked daily with her for five of those years. During that time I feel I was able to see daily examples of her honesty, integrity, commitment to doing the job right the first time, genuine concern for those she served, following the rules and never ever doing anything for a personal gain, she wanted to be fair with everyone in everything she did. Amy Yost is the best candidate for Summit County Treasurer!

Suzanne Gillett

Oakley

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Payne is clear choice for school board seat

Editor:

As a former Park City School District administrator and State of Alaska School Board member, the choice for District 5 is clear. Doug Payne is a professional, poised and level-headed individual. His positive attitude and serious demeanor will make him a solid addition to the board. As a Park City parent, I am confident Doug will put our students’ interests first. Vote for Doug Payne on Nov. 4th.

Phil Schneider

Park City

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Brickey’s professional track record offers evidence in favor of re-election

Editor:

There have been many letters written to The Park Record in support of Summit County Attorney Candidate David Brickey and his opponent Robert Hilder. First and foremost, I have been a Summit County resident for over 11 years. I have been a Summit County employee for approximately 9 years and in law enforcement for almost 30 years. I have been honored and fortunate to work for David Brickey. I have witnessed firsthand the professional progress and growth of the Summit County Attorney’s Office. I have observed David Brickey with victims, other lawyers, members of the community, and other employees of Summit County. I can attest to David’s compassion, willingness to listen, and his proactive approach to the many issues that face Summit County residents as well as the fact that David is a full time County Attorney. In a professional capacity, I have appeared in court in front of Mr. Hilder during his tenure as a judge. My experience was less than favorable. I can say with conviction that David has the skills, experience, and open-minded character his opponent lacks.

David IS a prosecutor. His involvement in the community speaks for itself. David has done an amazing job of operating a highly successful Children’s Justice Center, Camp Safety program, and Drug Court. David is extremely experienced at successfully prosecuting child abuse cases. He has the insight and knowledge necessary regarding the many intricacies and complexities of these types of cases. Mr. Hilder stated in a radio interview that he has been seen as "soft on crime." That is not a quality the residents of Summit County should even consider acceptable for a county attorney. Further, when asked at the debate what Mr. Hilder’s involvement in the community has been, he stated he remodeled his house. While this comment was apparently meant to be said in jest, it is obvious Mr. Hilder’s only community involvement is his lucrative private mediation practice.

David is open to hearing ideas and making things happen. I encourage voters to keep Summit County safe, progressive, and a model office by voting for David Brickey for Summit County Attorney.

Christina Sally

Park City

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Brickey sticks to the law, not politics

Editor:

I am writing in support of David Brickey’s campaign to be re-elected as the Summit County Attorney. I have worked with David for many years in a professional capacity and admire his work ethic and tenacity. I have witnessed firsthand David’s prosecutorial abilities. Having testified for the prosecution and screened many cases with David, I know that he has the skills necessary to lead the Summit County Attorney’s Office. He does not base his decision whether or not to file a case on personal, popular or public opinion, but by law. I admire David for not sacrificing right or wrong to public opinion. Please join me in supporting David Brickey for Summit County Attorney.

Alan L. Siddoway

Rockport

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Hilder has support from many local leaders

Editor:

If you have not voted early, on Election Day, you will see Robert Hilder running for County Attorney, and he is the right person for the job. Robert Hilder served on our 3rd Judicial District Court for many years, and was recognized with the "Judge of the Year award in 2010" no small award. He has thankfully agreed to run for office as County Attorney!

As a past County Planning Commissioner for 9 years, and chair, and still working on many issues that face our county, city and communities beyond, I and others who serve on boards and commissions support Robert Hilder, knowing that we need experience, dedication, service, sound decisions, along with good, strong legal advice from our county attorney in the years ahead. Robert Hilder has proven he can and will do all that. That is why I am voting for Robert Hilder for County Attorney. I hope you will join me and others in keeping our county strong by voting for Robert Hilder.

Donna VanBuren

Park City

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School board candidate has conflict of interest

Editor:

A conflict of interest occurs when there is a situation in which a person is in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in their official capacity. Recusing oneself from the process may avoid the conflict, but this solution leaves the constituents, (parents, students, and teachers that live in District 5), without a voice.

A valid concern exists regarding what actions Doug Payne might take, or be required to abstain from taking, should he serve on the Park City School District Board. A potential conflict of interest exists in that Mr. Payne’s spouse is a valued full-time math teacher for the School District (Treasure Mountain), and many of the discussions and decisions required by the Board impact District staff. Board members are expected to take part in discussions, provide objective insight, and represent their constituency, regarding such teacher impacted matters as: 1.Teacher compensation; 2.Teacher insurance/benefit packages; 3. Development of policies directly affecting teachers; 4. Early retirement incentives; 5. Adoption of teacher-implemented programs; and 6. Capital expenditures specific to a school site and/or department.

A Board Member may occasionally find him/herself in a situation that might merit the need to recuse him/herself from discussions and voting to avoid a conflict of interest. However, in Mr. Payne’s case, it appears that he would be obligated to disqualify himself from multiple critical discussions and decisions throughout his term. Such repeated recusal would result in the constituents of District 5 being frequently underrepresented. Ultimately the best decisions for the school community are made when all five board members participate in the discussion and decision-making process. Arguably the people that would suffer the most from being underrepresented are the teachers.

The other candidate for District 5, Julie Eihausen, does not suffer from this inherent conflict of interest. To the contrary, Ms. Eihausen would be an active and able Board member, capable of participating in all discussions and able to voice the will of her District’s constituents without restriction or reservation. District 5 constituents, which includes many District teachers, deserve a seat at the table. For this very important reason, and many others, please vote Eihausen for Education (District 5 School Board member).

Margaret Grosse Hyatt

Park City

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Congress needs Donna McAleer, a dedicated patriot

Editor,

I am writing to you to offer my support to Donna McAleer, candidate for Congress, First District of Utah.

Donna has my support because I am tired of the same old rhetoric being touted by our incumbent politicians. Too many of our elected officials lack the understanding of words like "sacrifice," "public service" and "patriot." They take office and become coddled politicians who put their own careers and private agendas before the needs of our country.

Donna is a graduate of the West Point Military Academy and has served her country as an Officer in the United States Army. Donna has earned the right to be called a patriot and a public servant.

The simple fact is Donna has the education, experience and proven leadership ability to bring much needed change in Washington, DC and Utah. I am a Republican and I realize I must abandon party lines to do what is right for our nation by voting for Donna. I encourage Utahns to go to Donna’s website, DMcAleer.com and see what she stands for and how she intends to move our county forward.

Frank Smith, Retired, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Park City

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Re-elect Corrie Forsling treasurer

Editor:

I am writing to echo the many other letter writers that have vouched for Corrie Forsling’s professionalism, expertise, and transformative effect on the County Treasurer’s office. We are fortunate to have an officeholder that is well respected on both sides of the county, an active member of the Park City community, and an expert in her field. Corrie Forsling has introduced new service offerings to county taxpayers, and increased efficiencies with new technologies. She has been honored by the National Association of Counties for her Tax Notice email program, and elected by the Utah Association of County Treasurers to be their treasurer. She does it all with a positive, upbeat attitude and makes all visitors to her office feel welcome. Please join me in voting for Corrie Forsling; she is the right Treasurer for Summit County, and we are fortunate to have her.

Maura Hanrahan, MD

Park City

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Furburbia has lost a dedicated animal advocate

Editor:

As the former Friday morning volunteer crew at Furburbia for six years, we were saddened by the departure of Cathy Clark.

We do not know of any individual more dedicated, experienced in administering veterinary care, apart from our professional vets, and compassionate toward animals than Ms. Clark. Approximately 800 cats and years per year found homes. We commend all other volunteers, but her leadership was stellar. In times of desperation, she sheltered some poor creatures in her home or placed them in foster care for nurturing.

We thank you Cathy for your kindness and loyalty to our furry friends.

Mary Olszewski and Linda Richardson

Park City

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On Tuesday, cast a vote for open space, trails, safety

Editor:

I encourage all Snyderville Basin voters to join me at the polls with a YES vote for Proposition One. The defining character of our area is the stewardship protection of our open lands, our scenic vistas and our recreational opportunities for all levels and all ages.

By casting a vote for the Proposition One bond, you continue to ensure this unique and precious character. Since the last open space bond in 2008, large acreage and precious canyons have been preserved. Much of the preservation includes bond funds used in collaboration with Park City, Utah Open Lands, the Summit Land Conservancy and, most notably, with the landowners. More open space allows more trails. A great example is the new trail in Toll Canyon which will be primarily a hiking trail with some probable bike connections in the higher areas.

Safe crossings, like the tunnel at Kimball Junction, are in place and more will come with your vote. Increased recreational facilities benefit all residents from youth through adults to seniors. Also, please consider casting your vote for Chris Robinson for County Council. He has been a skillful and instrumental asset in open space acquisitions.

Kathy Mears

Park City

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Eihausen will work for Park City schools

Editor:

I appreciate that the Teachers’ Union would like a representative on the School Board; and in Doug Payne that is what they would get. At first thought, this might seem like a good idea, however, there are a several reasons it is not. School Board Members are charged with representing the taxpayers in their districts, not a special interest group. Teachers have representation at contract negotiations and on committees. Yes, their voices should be heard. For years, Julie Eihausen has been calling for representation from ALL stakeholders in decision making.

Mr. Payne has a conflict of interest in that his wife is a full-time teacher in the district. The School Board votes on compensation, budget and policy, all of which may directly impact him and his family. Julie Eihausen has no conflict of interest. She has been a full-time volunteer in our schools for many years without receiving any compensation.

On many issues, due to conflict of interest, Mr. Payne will need to recuse himself, leaving his constituents without representation. Julie Eihausen can provide insight and vote on all matters. While Mr. Payne can offer insight from the view of a teacher and administrator, our District Office is full of former teachers and administrators, including the superintendent, who are very involved in decision making. These former teachers and administrators are the ones who make the recommendations to the School Board. Julie Eihausen, as a community volunteer working at various levels in our schools from elementary to high school, offers insight from parents, students, taxpayers, teachers and staff.

An understanding of school financial reports and a track record of effective budget oversight is needed. Julie Eihausen has a proven track record of successful budgeting and accounting for both private and school related programs. She has attended school board budget meetings for many years and understands school fund accounting. These are just a few of the reasons Julie Eihausen is the best choice for Park City School Board of Education.

Jodi Derber

PCHS Parent and SCC member

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Another local deputy supports Justin Martinez for Sheriff

Editor:

I am a life-long resident, graduate (PCHS), and employee in Summit County. I am proud to be a Parkite who knows, lives, and understands the Summit County culture. I am also proud to endorse Justin Martinez as the next sheriff. He also knows, lives, and understands the culture. Being raised in the community and having an opportunity to serve in the community allows me to have a fair and sound judgment of what type of leader our community needs, and the type of leader I wish to work for. Justin emulates all of the great qualities of a leader.

Justin and I have worked in the Sheriff’s Office together for the past several years. During that time, I have seen Justin work along side, train, promote, and lead his peers. More importantly, I have seen Justin become greatly involved with the community. He truly cares about all the citizens in Summit County and understands the uniqueness that the county offers. Justin keeps himself busy volunteering on community boards, skiing, hiking and biking the county trails and mountains, and serving as the model law enforcement officer for the entire county.

I believe Summit County deserves a leader like Justin who truly cares about the diversity it has. Justin is compassionate, proactive, progressive, and has the skills and education to lead a complex organization such as the Sheriff’s Office. Please join me in supporting and voting for Justin Martinez. Justin will be the "people’s sheriff" and will serve his community well.

Jon "Bubba" Evans

Park City

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Keep Corrie Forsling in the Treasurer’s Office

Editor:

In the election next week, I will be voting for Corrie Forsling for County Treasurer. When it comes to many of the local races, I am a believer that party affiliation is not the most important factor, but rather it should come down to which candidate is most qualified for the job. In weighing the qualifications of the two candidates in this race, there really is no comparison. Corrie holds not only a bachelors degree, but also a Masters of Business Administration from Penn State University and has four years hands-on experience as County Treasurer. Her opponent in this race, Amy Yost, has no college degree and would like us to believe that her experience in the mortgage and securities industries qualifies her for this position. After reading an excellent article at http://www.parkrag.com/county-treasurer-need-college-education, where the author asks this very question, I too have reached the obvious conclusion that Corrie is not only the best qualified, but also the only qualified person running for County Treasurer this year. Please join me in voting for her.

Dave Wilcox

Park City

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Basin residents have an opportunity to preserve best aspects of community

Editor:

The world is full of average places; fortunately, the Park City area is not one of them. For most of us, our community provides the best of all worlds — living in a charming resort town, close to a big city and an international airport; being served by great institutions and community groups; and having a plethora of recreational opportunities. The one value that unites us all is the desire to preserve the beauty of the natural environment!

During the past 10 years, the Snyderville Basin Recreation District, in collaboration with Park City and other entities, has preserved over 4,000 acres, including portions of Round Valley, Quarry Mountain, the Nadine Gilmore parcel adjacent to Trailside, the PRI parcel below Olympic Park, the Hi Ute Ranch, the Rasmussen Draw east of Jeremy, and Toll Canyon.

Next Tuesday, we, the residents in the unincorporated areas of the Basin, have the opportunity to vote for a bond to provide funding to purchase more prized open space parcels and build trails and other recreational facilities. Please consider adding your vote to help keep this place special. Vote "YES" for open space, trails, and safety! Vote YES for Proposition One.

Max Greenhalgh

Park City


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