Barbara Thatcher August 18, 1932 – June 29, 2020 Our sunshine dimmed the day Barbara Thatcher, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother of Fullerton, CA passed away June 29, 2020. Barbara was born August 18, 1932 in Minneapolis, MN. She relocated to California the summer before her senior year of high school and earned her AA degree in nursing. She married the love of her life, William (Bill) Thatcher in 1952 after meeting on a blind date. Barbara supported Bill while he finished his degree at UCLA working as a telephone operator where she learned to play bridge from co-workers – a game she enjoyed for life. Her energy was unending. She volunteered her time and talents with countless organizations. She loved using her hands in creative ways; gardening, building a vacation home, refinishing and reupholstering old furniture. She was happiest at her sewing machine.Barbara loved to laugh and was a generous hostess. She talked to everyone, made friends easily, and kept those friends for life. Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Bill, and son, Jon William. She is survived by five children; Liz Comstock (Tom), Leslie Thatcher (Dar Hendrickson), Allyson Duvall (John), Amy Cooke (Greg), Peter Thatcher (Jin); nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and her sister, Joan Campbell. In lieu of flowers, please consider planting a rosebush or other flowering plant in her memory or donating to the charity of your choice.
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Park City within weeks plans to file paperwork to develop arts district
City Hall within weeks intends to file an application involving the development of an arts and culture district along Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard, a move that has been anticipated for three years but one that will be made amid the economic uncertainty wrought by the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Mayor Andy Beerman and the Park City Council at a meeting on Thursday discussed the plans for the district and were presented a tentative timeline by staffers. The timeline calls for the application to be submitted to the Park City Planning Department sometime in July. The submittal will trigger a process before the Planning Commission that will likely be closely watched across the community as City Hall itself seeks one of its largest development approvals in a high-profile location.
The staffers also anticipate asking the elected officials to consider a contract for design work shortly, in July or August. A contract for demolition work could be brought to the City Council to consider in September followed by the start of the demolition in November. The timeline also highlights a November expectation for the City Council to consider awarding a construction contract.
The work would start in April with footings, the foundation and the construction of a garage. The vertical construction would start in June of 2022 with an opening of the arts and culture district in November of 2023, under the timeline shown on Thursday.
The mayor and City Council were not scheduled to make important decisions at the meeting on Thursday, but it was one of the most detailed updates from staffers regarding the project since the havoc caused by the coronavirus. City Hall’s budgeting in the spring and early summer was the most difficult since the depths of the recession a decade ago while the two not-for-profits that are partnering with City Hall — the Kimball Art Center and the Sundance Institute — are struggling financially and recently announced layoffs.
Staffers, though, have countered that the timing could be advantageous to the project. There could be benefits from financing rates that are historically low and there is the potential for reduced costs of construction, they outlined in the presentation. They also indicated there could be a benefit to the area economy on a short-term basis as well as a long-term one.
The development is projected to cost nearly $70 million, a sum that does not include the $19.5 million acquisition of the land. There was limited discussion about the numbers on Thursday, with City Councilor Steve Joyce inquiring about the possibility of pursuing the development in stages as the funds are raised.
The elected officials also briefly discussed what they see as the importance of pedestrian routes. Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard — two of the busiest roads in the city — would border the development, meaning that City Hall and the design team are expected to attempt to craft a project that would not generate a significant amount of traffic in a location that already suffers backups. Tim Henney, a city councilor, talked about a connection crossing Bonanza Drive while others spoke of the importance of the pedestrian routes.
The district would feature buildings housing the Kimball Art Center and the Utah headquarters of the Sundance Institute as the anchors. City Hall would sell land to the two organizations for them to develop themselves. It would also have workforce or otherwise affordable housing and businesses that align with the arts and culture nature of the district.
Leaders see the district as something that will boost the community’s standing as a destination for arts and culture and further diversify the Park City economy, which currently relies heavily on the ski industry.
Coronavirus tracker: 591 total confirmed cases in Summit County
UPDATED Monday, July 13
Sources: Utah Department of Health and Summit County Health Department
Summit County numbers
Total known cases: 591 on July 13
Total hospitalizations: 49
Estimated recovered patients: 443 as of June 29
Total known cases: 30,030 on July 13
Total hospitalizations: 1,850
Reported people tested: 418,335
Estimated recovered patients: 17,728 as of July 12
More information about COVID-19
• Park Record coronavirus coverage: https://www.parkrecord.com/coronavirus/
• Community bulletin board with information about businesses in Park City: http://parkrecord.secondstreetapp.com/Community-Bulletin-Board/
• Summit County Health Department coronavirus website: https://summitcountyhealth.org/coronavirus
• Summit County community concerns line: 435-333-0050
• Utah coronavirus website: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/
• Utah coronavirus hotline: 1-800-456-7707
• Intermountain Healthcare testing resources (Hotline: 844-442-5224): https://intermountainhealthcare.org/covid19-coronavirus/get-testing/
Tom Clyde: Development daze
The big news in town is that Park City has decided to build a new Senior Center on the east side of Park Avenue, near the skateboard park. The City Council has been trying to pry the seniors out of the existing building on Woodside Avenue so they can build affordable housing there instead. The Senior Center occupies a relatively large parcel of land, and it would accommodate lots of apartments if only the old folks would move their canasta game somewhere else.
The seniors are having none of it. They have a lease on the building and have made it pretty clear they aren’t budging. Not even being right next to the skateboard park was enough to win them over.
The new building would be a temporary solution. The long game is to pawn the problem off on the county, and get the county to build a new senior center that serves all of the West Side of the county, somewhere at Kimball Junction. Until the plague passes, it kind of doesn’t matter, since nobody is going to the senior center in person these days. The smart money is on the seniors. They don’t have a whole lot else to do these days and seem to enjoy getting in the way of the young whippersnappers running things these days.
The Woodside apartment project is small fry compared to the proposed development at the Park City Mountain Resort parking lots. There has been development planned there from the very beginning, and the current approval is 30 years old. It’s the most desirable location in town, and the hardest to build on. The cost of replacing the surface parking with enclosed parking structures, above or below ground, is so high that the land itself has little value. For a long time, the question was how much the resort would have to pay somebody to take it off their hands, given the replacement parking obligation.
A new developer is involved now, and has proposed some changes to the old plan. The underground parking lands in several different locations, not interconnected, so day skiers will have to shop around to find a spot. Nothing is detailed enough to know if there will be signs that say which of the catacombs has available parking, or if it will be a random search method. There are 1,500 parking spaces, which sounds like a lot, but in the end won’t be enough. With the high cost of building them, we should assume parking won’t be free, so everybody will park at the grocery store instead.
There are a bunch of employee housing units included. I’m not sure that putting employee housing there makes as much sense as putting expensive hotel rooms there. The resort has a lot of land where they could put employee units, saving the “beachfront” location for guests. But the housing needs to be somewhere, and having it walkable helps with the overall traffic mess.
The project will be built in phases, with completion estimated in January of 2026 if there aren’t any economic disruptions, plagues or collapses in the travel industry. Nothing like that ever happens. There are only two roundabouts in the project. They could probably increase the odds of approval by adding some more. We do like our roundabouts in these parts.
The existing base at PCMR is really a mess. From the 1970s through the 1990s, development parcels were sold off without a cohesive plan. It’s not at all unusual to be putting my boots on in the parking lot and have somebody ask me “Where’s the mountain?” Big as the new project is, it is being built around the existing problems, which are owned by somebody else. The buildings that dump icicles on pedestrians who can’t figure out how to get to the ticket office will still be dumping icicles. Shadow Ridge will still be, um, “institutional” in appearance. There are no clear lines of sight from the roads or pathways that logically pull you to the base of the lifts. Dumpsters will still have to be rolled out to the street by hand because the building design didn’t plan for garbage trucks.
It would be hard for the new development to make it worse or less functional. There’s a lot of concern about the total density. I have my doubts that there is really demand for that many additional hotel rooms, and maybe some of the non-slopeside hotel properties won’t be able to compete. I hope the skier traffic doesn’t increase. Things feel pretty much at capacity now (though compared to Colorado, we’re still underused).
Anyway, as it winds through the process, I hope things don’t get too bogged down over the width of bus turnout lanes and overall density. I hope they really go to work on trying to get an appealing, functional base for the resort that ties all the separate pieces together. It’s hard without nuking what’s there now, but in a perfect world, that’s the starting point.
Tom Clyde practiced law in Park City for many years. He lives on a working ranch in Woodland and has been writing this column since 1986.
Writers on the range: We either lie about them or omit them
Finally, “Black Lives Matter” gains traction. Showing videos and telling stories that bring attention to the large numbers of deaths by police and the cases and deaths by COVID-19 among African Americans has led to this long-delayed confrontation with our prejudiced society. What we see with our own eyes can no longer be ignored, which makes this seem a historic moment that could bring about real change.
The press has gone some way towards reporting the heavy impact of the disease on the working poor. Solid reporting has brought out the disproportionate number of black and brown people working as house cleaners, health care aides, and in food processing plants, public transportation and other occupations that put them at greater risk of contagion. Poor neighborhoods, poor water and crowded living conditions have also been exposed as furthering the spread of the virus.
What may not have registered is that the worldwide epidemic has also hit American Indians particularly hard. With a population of just 173,667, the Navajo Nation had 7,549 confirmed cases and 363 deaths attributed to the virus as of July 1. That is more than 4,447 cases per 100,000 people — a higher per-capita rate than anywhere in the United States.
For comparison, New York is at 2,150 cases per 100,000 people. Put another way, at the Navajo Nation rate, my state of Oregon would have over 184,000 COVID cases and 8,970 deaths instead of 208 deaths. (Source: Worldometer). Yet the press has devoted little space to the virus having its way in Indian country.
The history of disease among tribes is in a word — terrible. Epidemic diseases killed more indigenous people in the Americas at the start of European colonialism than all the Indian wars. Measles, smallpox and tuberculosis devastated the misnamed Indians, from fishermen-borne diseases brought to tribes along the Atlantic coast in the 16th century to the near-extirpation of the Cayuse in the 1840s. These diseases, unfamiliar to the native Americans, continued to damage tribes through the twentieth century.
Charles Mann argues strongly in “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” that disease attacks on Indians had a genetic component, meaning that indigenous Americans were far more susceptible to viral diseases than white populations. And, according to Indian friends, there are strong tribal memories of the devastating 1918 flu. That generational memory has some living in fear today as COVID-19 marches across America.
Historian Alvin Josephy said that when we are not lying about American Indians our history we are omitting them. A recent instance of omission: Politico reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has turned down tribal epidemiologists’ requests for data about the virus that it’s making freely available to states.
For Euro-Americans, it’s been a harsh road traveled over and around American Indians. Most of it has had to do with land: They had it and white people wanted it. Disease killed off Squanto’s people, and when the Puritans arrived they were saved by caches of food remaining in what seemed like an empty landscape. Combat with superior numbers and firepower grabbed more land from native Americans. When war didn’t work, treaties — and a continued rewriting or abandoning them — snatched more land.
After disease and war and treaty making, there was government policy: the Indian Removal Act of 1830 sent tribes to “unsettled” lands across the Mississippi. The Dawes Allotment Act of 1887 tried to divide remaining Indian lands into parcels for individual Indians to farm, selling the “surplus” un-allotted lands to settlers. The Termination Act of 1953 tried finally to do away with all treaty and contractual relations and obligations with the federal government — freeing up more land to be purchased by Weyerhaeuser Timber and white farmers and ranchers.
There are complex histories of the relationships between today’s Latino and Indian, and among African Americans and American Indians. But what can always be said of native Americans, who remain invisible to many, is that they have defied deliberate attempts to eradicate them. Against all odds, against massive disease outbreaks and repeated injustices, they persevere.
Black lives matter, Indian lives matter, and COVID-19 is teaching us more about the history of both. Any true telling of today’s pandemic and past ones, of our country’s history and vision of our future, must include the original native Americans.
Rich Wandschneider is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a nonprofit dedicated to spurring lively discussion of the West. At the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Oregon, he is developing the Josephy Library.
Court report: Week of July 6
According to the Summit County Attorney’s Office, the following cases were heard on Monday, July 6, in 3rd District Court at the Summit County Justice Center.
Thomas F. Covas, 73, of Heber City, entered into a six-month plea in abeyance to criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor. The court ordered the defendant to pay restitution in the amount of $1,252.22 and complete other standard terms and conditions.
Joseph W. Kaley, 33, of Lakewood, Colorado, entered into a 12-month plea in abeyance to criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor. The court ordered the defendant to pay restitution in the amount of $2,425 and complete other standard terms and conditions.
Esteban Dejesus Anica, 25, of Hideout, pleaded no contest to attempted computer fraud, a class A misdemeanor. The court placed the defendant on court probation for 12 months and ordered the defendant to complete standard terms and conditions. The court also imposed a suspended 364-day jail sentence.
Dakota Lynn Grimsled, 28, of Baraboo, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a third-degree felony. The court placed the defendant on court probation for six months and ordered the defendant to pay a $2,500 fine and complete other standard terms and conditions. The court also imposed a suspended sentence of zero to five years at the Utah State Prison.
John Oliver Midthun, 57, of Cottonwood Heights, pleaded guilty to two counts of lewdness involving a child, both class A misdemeanors. The court placed the defendant on supervised probation for 24 months and ordered the defendant to complete standard terms and conditions. The court also imposed a suspended 364-day jail sentence on each count. Those sentences would run concurrently.
Kimberly Pirani, 38, of Sandy, pleaded no contest to speeding, an infraction. The court ordered the defendant to pay a fine of $120.
Parkites live to tell of their battle with COVID-19
While many people in the United States debate the danger of the novel coronavirus, Parkites Kenneth and Beverly Hurwitz know it’s not to be taken lightly.
The retired medical doctors who are also husband and wife, respectively aged 70 and 72, were both diagnosed with COVID-19 in March. While Beverly’s symptoms didn’t require hospitalization, Kenneth found himself on death’s doorstep.
For three weeks he was in a coma while doctors worked around the clock to find a cure.
Kenneth says his condition was so severe that his brothers, best friends and Beverly agreed with doctors to issue a do-not-resuscitate order in case he died.
“He was not expected to survive,” Beverly said. “We all came to the agreement if his heart stopped at that point and if they did resuscitate him, he would have come back on a vegetative level. And we all agreed that wouldn’t be fair to Kenny. So I told them to put that DNR order. And even at that point I was anticipating for the doctors to ask me to pull the plug.”
But Kenneth did survive. And although he doesn’t remember too much of his ordeal, he knows how surprised he was to contract COVID-19, and is still taken aback at how serious his ordeal became.
Kenneth’s first symptoms manifested in March, the weekend the local ski resorts closed early due to the virus’ threat.
“We had been skiing every day up until then,” Kenneth said. “When they announced the resort would close, we decided to go for a walk instead.”
The Hurwitz’s joints began to ache upon returning home from the walk.
“I got more achy over the next two days and then developed a fever,” Kenneth said. “A few days after that, I began to cough. That was strange to me, because I was in great shape. If I wasn’t skiing, I was going to work out at PC MARC.”
Kenneth’s symptoms worsened, and he began using oxygen.
“Since I am a physician, I had some oxygen in the house, but it just wasn’t enough,” he said. “The oxygen level in my blood was too low.”
The illness manifested differently in Beverly.
“Kenny’s illness ended up being 95% respiratory and 5% gastro-intestinal,” she said. “I was 10% respiratory and 90% GI, meaning I had constant abdominal pain for three weeks and couldn’t eat anything without having to answer the call of nature.”
Kenneth’s symptoms, which eventually included lung and kidney failure, worsened over the next two weeks, so the couple called an ambulance to transport him to Park City Hospital on March 26.
“This was early on in the COVID pandemic, and since Kenny had a fever of 103 and I had one at 102, the EMTs didn’t want to touch us, and asked me to drive him to the hospital,” Beverly said. “At the time he was admitted to the hospital, the policy was no visitors. So when I dropped him off in the parking lot, I was fearful that I would never see him again.”
While Beverly wasn’t hospitalized because she didn’t show signs of respiratory distress, Kenneth checked in and greeted a nurse he knew.
“I don’t remember anything until I started to wake up 15 days later,” he said.
During that time doctors put Kenneth into a coma, intubated him and put him on a ventilator and then airlifted him to LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Beverly said.
“When you intubate a patient, you place a tube in the trachea, or airway, so oxygen can get into both lungs,” she said. “You intubate a person when they are incapable of oxygenating themself, and COVID, in some people, does lead to lung failure.”
Part of the intubation process calls for doctors to paralyze patients, according to Beverly.
“They do this so the patients don’t fight against having the tube placed down their mouths and throats, or down their noses and throats,” she said.
Once the tube is in place, machines push oxygen into the lungs, Beverly said.
“Ventilation is usually done with patients laying on their backs, but with this particular illness some patients do better when they are placed face down,” she said. “Of course, that is so psychologically intolerable, so the patients have to be unconscious and kept paralyzed so they don’t dislodge the tubes and IV lines, and other parts of the life-support systems that are keeping the tissues oxygenated.”
Kenneth was flown by helicopter to LDS Hospital, where doctors continued his treatment. Beverly believes the transfer helped her husband’s recovery.
“The LDS Hospital is also very sensitive to the neurologic compromise that is associated with prolonged unconsciousness and paralysis, and people can become cognitively and emotionally impaired by the experience,” she said. “So they try to keep people awake and mobile to the extent they can. And we think that very well may be part of why Kenny not only survived three weeks on the ventilator, but also came back neurologically intact.”
Beverly worried about that, because COVID-19 is also known to attack the brain.
“It’s a vicious virus and people are known to suffer delirium and have horrible dreams,” she said.
Kenneth still remembers the nightmares.
“Because I was restrained and my tube was in my throat and I couldn’t talk, lots of my dreams were about me frantically trying to get people’s attention,” he said. “They were disturbing and I remember them well to this day, although I haven’t had any additional dreams or other setbacks.”
Beverly also believes Kenneth’s recovery was helped by Actemra, a trade drug that treats rheumatoid arthritis.
“When Kenny was first admitted to the hospital, he was given hydroxychloroquine coupled with azithromycin, but it didn’t have any positive effect,” she said. “Since we have physician colleagues scattered around the country, we found that other ICU doctors were administering Actemra, because one of the theories of COVID virus is that it releases inflammatory proteins called cytokines that can destroy a lot of tissue, and eat up cartilage in the joints. So, the doctors thought the cytokine storm could be calmed with this drug that is an inhibitor.”
Kenneth’s symptoms began to stabilize after he was given the drug, Beverly said.
“At that time it was a big experiment and they had to approve the dosage through a committee,” she said. “But once he was given it, some of his serum markers for systemic inflammation began to drop considerably.”
In addition to Actemra, Kenneth was given an anti-coagulation treatment, because autopsies on COVID victims showed an abundance of blood clotting throughout their systems.
“When he was treated for clots the procedure was also experimental,” Beverly said. “Now it’s standard.”
Beverly felt both relief, and anxiety at Kenneth’s upswing.
“When he did turn the corner and it looked like he would survive, I was still terrified that he would be severely disabled,” she said. “That was, in some ways, as terrifying as the thought that he was never going to come home.”
Release and recovery
Kenneth was released on April 22 after 28 days in the hospital, and has since been able to get back to hiking and playing 18 holes of golf.
He celebrated his 70th birthday on May 25.
“At my party, I told everyone that this is my rebirth, my second birthday,” he said. “Not many people get a second chance, and I’m so grateful to be alive. I want to go on with the life I had before, but make it better.”
Beverly, who also has recovered from her bout with the coronavirus, says her husband’s recovery is nothing short of miraculous.
“Three months ago Kenny was on a ventilator and getting worse,” she said. “So for him to come back as himself is astounding, and I’m eternally grateful to all the people who gave us emotional support to get us through this.”
Since Kenneth’s recovery is so remarkable, the LDS Hospital has sent a research physician and research nurse to follow him.
“No one would have anticipated he would have gotten back to this level of physical activity as he has,” Beverly said.
The Hurwitz’s also want to use Kenneth’s experience as a cautionary tale for the community.
“I never suspected that I would come down with COVID, because I was very healthy,” he said. “The only risk factor was my age.”
“This virus is indiscriminate of who it will infect,” Beverly said. “Why did Kenny wind up on death’s doorstep and I wasn’t? I don’t know. He was the picture of health. I, on the other hand, have hypertension and fight with my weight. So we would encourage people to wear masks, social distance and wash their hands and practice good personal hygiene. Because if Kenny got it, then you can get it.”
Letters: Park City must pull together for senior citizens
Pull together for seniors
As someone who has been closely following the public discussion concerning the future of our Senior Center, I am pleased to see the mayor and City Council have recently moved in a more positive and constructive direction. Hopefully we can build on this progress as we join together to create a facility that is commensurate with the value and appreciation we have for our senior community.
I was a young reporter in 1978 when the original center opened on Woodside Avenue. I can recall interviewing Nan McPolin to learn how thrilled she was to have a place where she and so many of her friends and contemporaries could get together, have lunch, play cards and enjoy each other’s company. A few years later when my parents retired to Park City they would frequently stop in to play bridge and make new friends.
If we as a community can raise over $100 million for open space, it would seem we can find a way to support our seniors with a first-class and permanent center.
As our parents and grandparents encouraged us, “if there is a will, there is a way.”
Let’s pull together, and honor the living history of Park City.
Keep politics off Main Street
My wife and I were very dismayed and disappointed to learn of the painting of “Black Lives Matter” on Main Street. Yes, hopefully all Americans agree with that very important sentiment — so our reaction has nothing to do with that important cause! Rather, we feel very strongly that our local town’s Main Street is not the place for communicating views on any social commentary or political issues. Period!
The beauty of America is that people are free to express their own opinions. The Park Record and various social media platforms serve as much more appropriate places for personal opinions. The mayor and the City Council allowing the painting of these slogans on our own Main Street crosses the line, big time! Main Street belongs to each of us. By inference, covering it with social messaging suggests that the Park City community as a whole is 100% aligned to that view (or that the government is somehow dictating that everyone should be so aligned — which is not for the government to mandate).
More importantly, this action begs the bigger question as to, prospectively, which social views and commentary should be given a “painted voice” platform on our special mountain town’s only little Main Street? If we do in fact believe in freedom of speech, does this set a precedent for Main Street becoming a mural of diverse social and political views? Where does it stop, and critically who is to decide which views can be displayed, and which cannot? Park City government, in allowing this action, has stepped onto a very slippery slope!
My wife and I are not alone among locals in this feeling of disappointment over this decision. Many neighbors and friends have said that they were equally surprised and disappointed. In fact, it might even cause some “backlash” in people spending less or not visiting Old Town until the situation is rectified — an unintended consequence which would impact merchants or restaurants along our city’s main drag as they struggle to recover from the impact of this poor judgment.
We as Park City can do better in deciding where and how to best convey our passionate views, whatever they might be.
Mountain town high
Park City has the opportunity to be a progressive and forward-thinking community on marijuana. Park City has always been ahead of the Utah state agenda. Park City needs to work with the state to establish a pilot program for medical marijuana which bridges medicine and business.
Marijuana is a remarkable addition to our health care system. The benefits of marijuana include nervous system stabilizing, pain relief, emotional relaxation, mental creativity, appetite and rest benefits. If a doctor introduced a prescription that could provide all of the aforementioned traits in one pill than our entire community would all be popping the pill.
Many American communities have endorsed and established marijuana as an essential need for people. Times are changing and marijuana is not the dangerous psychedelic monster drug that it was misclassified as in the past. Marijuana is an herbal all-natural health treatment that can be consumed in a myriad of forms. It doesn’t necessarily have to be smoked and carcinogens can be removed from use.
Park City will be better off with marijuana laws and regulations that are more similar to Colorado. Tax revenues from a new business stream will be able to add to schools and public facilities. Crime rates in other American cities that have adopted marijuana have not gone up. Park City has the opportunity to be on the frontier of marijuana access, legislation and regulation.