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Park City golf chases its 12th straight state title after going undefeated in region play

Park City senior golfer Eli Kimche knew entering this season that if he and his teammates were to going win a 12th consecutive state championship, it was going to have to be a team effort, especially after the move up to Class 5A.

Unlike previous seasons when Park City was playing in Class 4A, and could literally cost to the state title as evidenced by last season’s 12-stroke victory in the state championship meet, the Miners jumped to Class 5A for this year, meaning a tougher level of competition.

“Our goal is to always win a state championship, doesn’t matter who we face or what division we play in,” said George Murphy, Park City golf coach. “What’s the point of not having that as an ultimate goal?” There are definite strong teams for us to compete against but we are used to really good competition. … We are looking forward to the challenge.”

Kimche was right about this season being a team effort, as the Miners went undefeated in Region 8 play to take home the league title.

“Experience has been a huge difference maker because some of the boys have been part of the program since they were freshmen,” Murphy said. “The bar has been set, so there was some pressure for them repeat and do what the teams before them had done. At the same time, it was really cool to see them to rise to the challenge because emotions can sometimes get the best of them so my job was to keep their confidence high, making sure they were taking it shot-by-shot.”

Senior Eli Kimche, who is seen lining up a shot at a recent Region 8 tournament earlier this month. took home the Region 8 individual championship by averaging a 71 over the regular season.
(Tanzi Propst/Park Record)

Five of the top six scorers in Region 8 came from Park City, including Kimche as the overall individual region champion and junior Wyatt Peterson finishing second. senior Ryan Wright, junior Tucker Lee and senior Charlie Dalton took fourth through sixth, proving the Miners’ depth.

“I just had to reset before I started to really grind away, went back out and shot a 69 and then a 70,” Wright said. “The goal for me is to go under par each time and stepping away actually helped me a lot. … Now I feel like we are starting to come together with all of us playing well and winning.”

Kimche finished the regular season by averaging a 71 with Peterson posting a 72.5 scoring average. The other three boys all averaged below a 76.4.

For Peterson, he credits part of the team’s success to its members having played in competitive tournaments in the offseason.

“Those tournaments (AGA) are just so competitive with so many good players, so it’s great to get that experience in,” Peterson said. “It’s also a lot different when you travel to a tournament. … It’s a completely different feel so you have to make sure your game travels with you and ultimately that helps us here because we will know what it’s like and what we have to do to play well on the road.”

Park City easily could’ve had six of the top seven players if not for a loophole, according to Murphy, that didn’t allow senior Jackson Holman to post his scores. Holman, who missed a region tournament because he was out of state for another golf tournament, posted a 72.8 scoring average over six Utah tournaments, which would’ve placed him in a tie for third overall.

With Region 8 play officially behind them now, the Miners have a week to prepare for the state tournament, a two-day affair that will begin on Monday, Sept. 30 at Wasatch Mountain Golf Course.

“We don’t really worry about these other teams who we know are really good, because we know we are really good also,” Kimche said. “I would say we (Skyline and Park City) are the top two teams in the state overall. It’s funny because we don’t see each other at all but at the same time we know we are practicing for when we play each other. They’re doing their own thing and we are doing ours, so we’ll see them when we see them and go from there.”

Park City Museum docents speak for the dead during Glenwood Cemetery tours

The dead will speak Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Glenwood Cemetery.

Or, at least, Park City Museum docents will take on the personas of some of the people who are buried in the cemetery during two tours that day, according to Diane Knispel, the museum’s education director.

“All will be dressed in outfits of these historical figures and some docents will bring props based on that person’s life,” Knispel said.

The first tour will run from 10:45 a.m. to noon, and the second will run from 12:45 to 2 p.m.

The tour theme this year is “Law and Order in Park City,” so the docents’ stories will be about people who got into trouble, people who tried to prosecute the former and people who were able to get a law changed because of what happened to them, Knispel said.

Some of the historical characters represented this year will be Patrick “Patsy” Coughlin, Sheriff John Harrington, Alex Langdon, Michael Crowley and Mary Payne, she said.

“Patsy was the Park City strawberry thief who stole some strawberries from a peddler in 1895 and ended up in a shootout with the police,” she said.

Coughlin and his accomplice Fred George surrendered, but only after the shootout left two deputies dead. George was sentenced to life in the Utah state penitentiary, Coughlin was eventually executed by firing squad for the killings, according to Knispel.

Docents couldn’t talk about Coughlin without mentioning Harrington, the officer who brought Coughlin to justice, Knispel said.

“Sheriff John’s life took a turn because of his involvement with the strawberry theft,” she said. “Patsy was only 22, and people felt Sheriff John could have handled the case a little better.”

The other characters portrayed during the tour, while not involved in the strawberry case, are still subjects of interesting stories, Knispel said.

Langdon, a close friend of Silver King Coalition Mine Company founder Thomas Kearns, was killed during a bar fight in 1890. Crowley was one of the 35 miners killed in the Daly-West and Ontario mine explosions of 1902, and Payne was found guilty of vilating a milk ordinance by watering down and selling milk in 1911.

“We have some really good characters this year, and that’s why we come up with a theme,” Knispel said. “Themes give the tours a cohesive thread.”

The Park City Museum staff and volunteers research each historic figure, and the docents also add their own flair to these characters, Knispel said.

“We try to make sure the history is as accurate as it can be, and then we let the docents present the stories in a dramatic way so the people who go on the tour will learn about the Park City while being entertained,” she said.

One of the things that many people learn from the tours is how difficult life was back during the late 1800s and early 1900s, according to Knispel.

“While we all know people died, we sometimes forget that we didn’t have the medicine or technology that helped cure sick people and extend their lives like we can today,” she said. “If you got sick back then, there was a good chance you would die.”

While the tour’s featured characters are all colorful in their own way, hearing the stories in the Glenwood Cemetery setting adds more nuance because of its history, Knispel said.

The five-acre cemetery, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and currently registers approximately 900 graves, was set up through a number of fraternal orders, including Woodmen of the World, the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, she said.

“Many of the miners back then belonged to a number of these fraternal orders, and the cemetery was set up to make sure there was a place for them to be buried,” Knispel said. “The orders, in the event of a miner’s death, would make sure the funerals were paid for and that their families would have some insurance.”

Because of the sometimes disturbing nature of the stories, the Glenwood Cemetery tours are appropriate for ages 10 and older, Knispel said.

“We set the age limit because some of the stories are pretty intense, and we don’t want little children to have nightmares,” she said.

Knispel also encouraged participants to bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes.

“The cemetery is surrounded by a gravel path driveway, and the land can be a little bumpy, even though we do our best to clear out some of the grass by the tombstones,” she said.

Summit County’s Drug Court uses therapy and supervision to reduce recidivism. For one recent graduate, it was a life-changing experience.

500. 630. 190. 458.

When these numbers rang out in a 3rd District courtroom Monday, they weren’t the length of prison sentences, and were accompanied, perhaps unusually for the setting, by rounds of applause.

They represent the amount of time, in days, participants in Summit County’s Drug Court had remained sober, something Judge Patrick Corum asked each one he called up to address the court.

Corum called them each by their first name and asked the question after inquiring about particular details of their life — how the new job was going, whether they got their vacation time settled, if there was anything they’d like to get off their chest.

While the approach was typical of a Drug Court session, the emotion in the room ran high, Corum said, because Monday marked the graduation of one of the program’s participants.

Instead of an 84-month prison sentence, James Paul was looking at a fresh start.

Drug Court is an alternative justice program that gives non-violent offenders an option other than prison: Complete an 18-month, therapy-intensive outpatient drug-treatment program, achieve sobriety and maintain employment and housing. When those and other conditions are met, Summit County will dismiss or reduce the criminal charges.

Corum said the goal of the program is to reduce recidivism and help participants stay sober and achieve positive results. Participants must volunteer for the program, which starts with group and individual therapy sessions, intensive supervision and regular drug screenings. Corum said participants have frequent and meaningful contact with treatment providers, probation providers, the court and attorneys. At the beginning, when the adjustment is at its most intense, the contact is almost constant.

And while that all sounds well and good, the judge said the data backs up the theory.

“The bottom line is — it works,” Corum said.

On Monday, Paul became the latest person to complete the journey when Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson requested the court reduce the charges against him and terminate his probation.

Paul said it took him more than two years to reach that point, transforming him physically and mentally to such an extent that he considers himself a different person than he was when he was incarcerated around his 28th birthday. He is now 31.

“This opportunity saved my life,” Paul told the court. “I promise you it will not be squandered.”

The program

Summit County’s Drug Court has roots that date back to 2006 but was officially taken over by the Sheriff’s Office in 2011. Since 2016, it’s doubled in size, now counting about 20 active participants.

Paul is the 27th graduate since 2011 and the 11th this year alone.

The program is managed by a collaborative team that includes Judge Corum, prosecutors, defense attorneys, peer support, a behavioral-health treatment team and members of the Sheriff’s Office and Park City Police Department.

Summit County Sheriff’s detectives Felicia Sotelo and Andy Crnich, who also oversee a similar probation program, said they’re in constant contact with participants and get to know their families and home lives.

That’s especially true at the beginning, when they work with community resources like the Summit County Recovery Foundation and the Christian Center of Park City to take care of participants’ basic needs, like food, clothing, housing and employment.

The deputies don’t have regular days off and described the job as a 24-7 commitment with a lot of time spent texting participants and checking in.

But they said the job is rewarding, a different kind of law enforcement that allows them to see people through a challenging path.

Crnich said that getting to know participants makes it particularly rewarding when they witness people rebuild bridges they’d burned to their families, to society and to themselves.

The earliest part of the program is the most intense adjustment period for participants. They have to figure out logistics like finding employment that allows for the program’s time commitments and adjust to a completely new life filled with new people and absent the habits and routines they relied on for years.

At a time of heightened stress, participants can no longer turn to substances to blunt the pain.

“Overall, it’s a huge thing to change your life and walk away from what you’ve done for so many years,” Sotelo said.

Therapy is also most intense at the beginning, and it was important to the county that the care providers who service Drug Court remain the same even as the county transitions to a new behavioral-health program.

Tracy Altman, who is overseeing that transition as a senior Medicaid program manager with University of Utah Health Plans, was at Monday’s Drug Court. She said she was able to successfully bring aboard all the care providers who’ve previously provided services to participants through Valley Behavioral Health.

Corum said the program uses incentives and sanctions to guide participants’ behavior. He said supporting the class members doesn’t mean turning the other cheek all the time, and that sometimes punishments and sanctions are necessary. By and large, though, the people who are there want to be there, and he sees positive results.

One participant described the program as a full-time job, with Monday evenings in Drug Court, group therapy on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, life skill training on Friday mornings and 90 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in 90 days. That’s on top of a daily call to see whether he’d be drug tested, which participants pay for out of their own pocket. Under the county’s previous behavioral health care provider, that cost about $20 each time.

Monday marked a perfect week, Corum said, and praised participants for 100 percent attendance at classes and therapy sessions and not one missed or failed drug test.

“Being a judge in Drug Court has reaffirmed all these things I know to be true,” Corum said. “Some people, if you give them an opportunity, the right opportunity at the right time in their lives … they can be successful.”

The graduate

James Paul stood behind a lectern in the courtroom Monday, addressing Corum with about 25 people sitting behind him in the gallery. Some were fellow Drug Court participants, some supporters and some administrators of the program or other officials.

He read a letter he’d written about what he learned in Drug Court, chronicling some of his lowest points and the mental changes he’d undergone in the previous two years.

The stories he told about his addiction and where it left him contrasted starkly with his presence in court, speaking clearly and articulately, clean cut in a suit.

He told the court about lying in a parking lot in the second day of heroin withdrawal, watching people walk by and blaming them for not helping him.

He realized later, he said, the first step would be his and his alone to take.

“I wish heroin and every other substance was a person so they could see they didn’t have me,” Paul said.

He thanked those in the program who helped him, including therapists for listening, especially in the beginning when he said he basically shouted his feelings at them.

And he thanked Roy Parker, a member of the program’s peer support network who gave him honest advice about what it would take to beat his addiction.

To enter the program, Paul had written an 18-page letter to Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson asking her to give him a chance.

Olson kept the letter for more than two years and returned it Monday, congratulating Paul and telling him his is a story worth being a part of.

In the letter, Paul wrote things he wanted to achieve, Olson said.

“I wanted to point out you already have some of them,” she said. “Sobriety, love, respect, happiness. Congratulations to you and thank you for sharing this little piece of yourself.”

Later, after Paul had graduated, had his charges reduced and had been given a plaque and a standing ovation, there was cake in the lobby. Other participants milled around and chatted with one another and other guests.

Paul said it was a life-altering moment, one that made him proud but also a little nervous now that he would no longer have the regimented support of Drug Court.

Corum spoke to that concern in the courtroom, telling him everybody there would be there for him the day after graduation, just like they were the day before it. If he needed something, all he had to do was ask.

“Everybody in this courtroom is absolutely in your corner for all time,” the judge said.

Paul said he’s doing really well and loves his job managing a local restaurant. He said he was recently approved for a home loan and is saving money for a down payment. He’s ready to start something big in this next chapter of his life.

He’s contemplating how best to help others, maybe through a nonprofit that helps people battle addiction with exercise.

The last time he’d accomplished something as big as what he did Monday, he really couldn’t say.

“I took for so long, about time I gave back,” Paul said. “About time people benefited from something I did with my own hands.”

If you’re an employer interested in employing Drug Court participants, please call 435-615-3600.

Guest editorial: Big funding secured for trail to alleviate pressure on Mid Mountain

The 2019 trail maintenance and building season may have gotten off to a late start with a blustery May and snow not melting up high until well into July. But, with funding fully secured for an exciting new trail project, the Mountain Trails Foundation crew was anxious to get boots in the dirt at 9,000 feet elevation.

The 9000’ Trail, temporarily named and indicating its rough elevation, is a much-needed connector trail that will traverse the mountain between 8,900 feet and 9,500 feet elevation from Empire Pass to Scott’s Pass. The new trail, meant to disperse trail use, is roughly parallel to the classic Mid Mountain Trail, which sits at about 8,000 feet elevation. When complete, the five or so miles covered by the 9000’ Trail will connect several existing trails, including Fat Lip, Black Forest, Keystone, Dead Tree and Shadow Lake. The 9000’ Trail connects a web of trails, now accessible without having to lay foot or wheel on the over-used Mid Mountain trail.

Assessing the detrimental impacts that outdoor enthusiasts are having in upper Guardsman, especially in the Bonanza Flat area, Park City Municipal prioritized funding to help mitigate human impacts. Heinrich Deters, Park City Municipal’s trails and open space manager, says, “The 9000’ Trail is part of the Bonanza Flat planning. It creates additional trail options and connections in the area and disperses users to different trails and trailheads.” Deters further explains, “The City is excited about the 9000’ project as it will provide the opportunity of regional connections through Bonanza Flat, which include the WOW Trail and Wasatch Crest Trail.”

In an effort to direct trail-users to sanctioned, sustainable trails, the city strategically installed three new trailheads, each with designated parking and vault toilets, on Guardsman Road. New trail connections in the area, the 9000’ Trail among them, are part of the conservation/recreation master plan for the Guardsman area, designed to protect the environment and enhance recreational access in the area. The master plan is a collaborative effort between Park City Municipal, Mountain Trails Foundation and Utah Open Lands, the land trust responsible for Bonanza Flat.

Funding for the $158,000 projected cost of 9000’ Trail comes through grants obtained by the Mountain Trails Foundation from the Utah Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation ($79,000) and Utah State Parks Recreational Trails Program ($59,000). Park City Municipal also committed $20,000 to the project. As a nonprofit organization with a positive, long-standing reputation among stakeholders and landowners, Mountain Trails Foundation is in the unique position of being able to collaborate across property lines and fundraise for projects like this. The result is that the entire community benefits from a free, public, world-class trail system. Deer Valley Resorts, Park City Mountain/Vail Resorts and Park City Municipal all provided Landowner Approval for the 9000’ Trail. The city and Mountain Trails thank the landowners for their vision. Charlie Sturgis, Mountain Trails Foundation executive director, says, “Big-picture vision and long-time cooperation between landowners, resorts and the city have created a free, 400-mile trail system that is at the heart of Park City’s culture and economy.”

Phase one of the two-phase project has been completed and about two miles of trail are now accessible, starting from the Empire Pass trailhead. Rick Fournier, who heads the trail crew, speaks to the challenge of trail building in high-alpine terrain. “Phase one was fairly straight forward from a build standpoint, other than dealing with lingering snow at Empire Pass. Phase two will be more challenging and interesting, as it works its way through the talus fields and rock bands under Jupiter Peak before climbing up to Pioneer Ridge, crossing Dead Tree and descending into Scott’s Bowl.” Fournier is cautiously optimistic that the 9000’ Trail can be completed by October 2020.

For future updates and information about a ribbon-cutting ceremony in October 2020, visit the Mountain Trails website (www.MountainTrails.org).

Support groups covering topics like divorce and addiction set to start next week at Mountain Life Church

While autumn marks the end of summer, Mountain Life Church support-group leaders see the season as a good time for new beginnings.

On Sept. 23, the Silver Summit church will start two faith-based programs — Celebrate Recovery and DivorceCare — which will add to its ongoing Encouragement Through Cancer and Grief Support groups, said Laura Behnke, the church’s caregiving director.

Celebrate Recovery and DivorceCare will start at 6 p.m. and will be held every Monday. Grief Support, offered to those who have lost a loved one, meets at 1 p.m. every Tuesday, and Encouragement Through Cancer, which is for cancer survivors and those who have been diagnosed with cancer, meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Child care will be provided for Celebrate Recovery and DivorceCare. There is a $15 fee for the DivorceCare workbook, but scholarships are available, according to Behnke.

Although the programs are faith based, all are welcome to participate, she said.

“We want to provide safe, nonjudgmental places where people can be themselves,” she said. “Everyone in the room are on their own journeys, and we want them to know they are not alone.”

All the groups are also confidential, according to Behnke.

“We have people who come to these groups who are well known in the community, and we protect their anonymity,” Behnke said.

While the other programs have their specialized focuses, Celebrate Recovery covers a lot of ground, she said.

“What I like about this group is that it’s a 12-step program that helps adults deal with addictions that go beyond just substance and alcohol abuse,” she said. “It also covers anger issues, anxiety, eating disorders and codependency. It covers our hurts, habits and hang ups.”

Volunteer Cathey Brown will lead the Celebrate Recovery sessions.

“I am in recovery myself since 1981, and my particular addictions were alcohol and prescription drugs,” she said. “I also went on to have an unhealthy work addiction as well.”

Brown, who has gone through Celebrate Recovery herself, will lead the group from that perspective.

“I’ve sought a lot of different avenues for my recovery, but what I like about Celebrate Recovery is that it is biblically based,” she said. “I was impressed at how spiritual each step was.”

Brown also emphasized that people in the group will work on each step at their own pace.

“You can go through all 12 steps, and then end up back at the first,” she said. “Sometimes you can stay at one step for a while before you can break through to ask for help and receive help.”

There is a stigma of asking for help, due to society’s perception of weakness, Brown said.

“We have all heard the phrase ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps,’” she said. “Those types of messages are woven into our culture and act as barriers that prevent us from becoming humble and saying we can’t do this on our own.”

In addition to helping people cope with addictions, divorce, cancer and grief, the groups are designed to educate participants about their situations, Brown said.

“This gives us a place to help people along their journey,” she said.

Mountain Life Church, 7375 N. Silver Creek Road, offers an array of support groups that help people cope with addictions, grief, divorce and cancer. For information and registration, visit mountainlife.org/care.

A decade in, officials say Park City Hospital has exceeded expectations

When it opened its doors as the first full-fledged medical center in the area, the Park City Hospital had a lot to live up to. As the facility celebrates its 10-year anniversary this fall, those involved with the hospital say it’s more than met the challenge.

“It’s exceeding people’s expectations from everything to how it feels and looks, to the delivery of health care,” said Becky Kearns, who was the inaugural chairperson on the hospital’s board of directors and served in that capacity until 2014.

Despite initial concerns from some residents about whether there was a need to bring a hospital to the area, Park City Hospital has grown at a much faster rate than most people anticipated. Lori Weston, the CEO and administrator of the hospital, said that expansion plans began almost immediately after opening, revealing how much demand there was.

“It was busy from the start, which was a sign of how the community really did need this hospital and the support that we got for it,” she said.

The north building expansion, which was completed in 2017, now houses several specialists in fields such as cardiology, dermatology and allergy and immunology. It also allowed for additional sports performance services and a more extensive Live Well Center, which helps community members lead healthy lifestyles in hopes of avoiding a costly health episode through services such as personal training and nutrition counseling.

The expansion also included the Blair Education Center, which Weston said is highly utilized by the community as conference space and has led to the hospital partnering with several organizations.

Since opening in September of 2009, the hospital has performed more than 45,000 surgical procedures and has had roughly 17,600 inpatient stays, according to statistics provided by the hospital. Due to an expanded facility and services, the hospital was also able to deliver almost 3,000 babies and had about 450,000 physical therapy visits.

While the 2017 expansion has equipped the hospital with a wider range of services, the need for further growth and additional physicians is frequently assessed. Weston said that the hospital’s governing board, which is made up of community members, helps decide what services are in need.

“We’ll look at market trends and the patients that are coming into the facility, and if we’re getting a higher number of patients for a certain speciality, we’ll start to evaluate if we need to bring those services on,” she said. The hospital is currently looking at adding pulmonary and neurology care.

For many patients, the growth of the hospital and its services has almost completely eliminated the need to travel to Salt Lake City for medical care. Dr. Kris Kemp, the medical director of the emergency department, said that despite being in a smaller hospital, the department is able to treat patients within minutes of their arrival. As of 2019, the emergency department had treated more than 102,500 patients, 90 percent of whom were managed completely within the hospital, meaning transportation to a larger hospital in Salt Lake is often unnecessary.

“Even if we have to transfer a patient to another hospital, we can make the process near seamless and faster than if they were to waste that time driving down on their own not knowing for sure if they are in need of those services,” he said.

Not having to make the trip down Parleys Canyon in the middle of a medical emergency is something many patients are grateful for, Weston said.

“I continually get feedback from people about how happy they are that they have a hospital here, especially those that have lived in the area longer than the hospital’s been here,” Weston said. “They appreciate having their services close to home.”

Not only is the hospital providing a variety of health care services to Park City’s community, but people in surrounding communities are also taking advantage. Dr. Vern Cooley, an orthopedic surgeon at the hospital, said his practice has grown immensely and that he sees patients from Salt Lake, Wyoming, and the Uintah Basin. Cooley believes that the continued growth and advancement of the hospital will allow his practice to recruit patients nationally.

To help make community members aware of everything the hospital has to offer, officials have been involved in several community outreach events, such as yoga classes at the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, which helped promote the preventative health care available at the Live Well Center. Administrators and physicians also meet with homeowners associations throughout town to highlight services.

On Sept. 12, the hospital was scheduled to celebrate its 10th anniversary with several activities open to community members, including an InBody scan that analyzes body composition and scans for high blood pressure and diabetes. The event was also intended to give people a chance to view an operating room and to showcase some of the services offered at the Live Well Center.

Cooley hopes that the hospital continues to be a source of pride for not only hospital staff but for community members.

“This is our life’s work — the hospital and the care here — and I hope people, moving forward, view it as a real neat thing and something that can stand for many years as a jewel in the community,” he said.

Prep Report: Miners Volleyball rolls over Payson, Provo

PARK CITY GIRLS SOCCER (6-5-1, 5-4-1 Region 8)

Results: Loss 2-1 (OT) to Provo on Tuesday, Sept. 17

Loss 4-1 to Maple Mountain on Thursday, Sept. 19

Upcoming: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. at Salem Hills

Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. vs. Payson

PARK CITY VOLLEYBALL (10-3, 4-1 Region 8)

Results: Won 3-0 over Payson on Tuesday, Sept. 17

Won 3-0 over Provo on Thursday, Sept. 19

Upcoming: Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6:15 p.m. at Springville

Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. vs. Wasatch

PARK CITY BOYS GOLF

Results: Won Region 8 Championships Park Meadows Golf Club, Park City, Utah

Eli Kimche named Individual Champion while Wyatt Peterson (2), Ryan Wright (4), Tucker Lee (5) and Charlie Dalton (6) all took home top overall honors

PARK CITY GIRLS TENNIS (7-0)

Results: Won 5-0 over Springville on Tuesday, Sept. 17

Won 4-1 over Maple Mountain on Thursday, Sept. 19

Upcoming: Thursday, Oct. 3 at Region Tournament — Provo High School

Friday, Oct. 3 at Region Tournament — Provo High School

PARK CITY CROSS COUNTRY

Upcoming: Saturday, Sept. 21 at Wasatch Rendezvous — Cottonwood Complex, Salt Lake City

Friday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. at Park City Invitational — Quinn’s Junction

SOUTH SUMMIT BOYS GOLF

Upcoming: Monday, Sept. 23 vs. Summit Academy — Glenmoor Golf Course, South Jordan, Utah

Tuesday, Sept. 24 — Region Championships — Soldier Hollow Golf Course, Midway, Utah

SOUTH SUMMIT GIRLS SOCCER (0-9-1, 0-5 Region 13)

Results: Lost 2-0 to Providence Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 17

Lost 11-0 to Morgan on Thursday, Sept. 19

Upcoming: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Judge Memorial

Thursday, Sept. 26 at TBD. vs. Summit Academy

SOUTH SUMMIT VOLLEYBALL (6-6, 1-0 Region 13)

Results: Won 3-1 over Judge Memorial on Tuesday, Sept. 17

Won 3-0 over Grantsville on Thursday, Sept. 19

Upcoming: Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. vs. Morgan

Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at Providence Hall

SOUTH SUMMIT CROSS COUNTRY

Upcoming: Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. — Open Region — Grantsville Reservoir

Friday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. at Park City Invitational — Quinn’s Junction

SOUTH SUMMIT GIRLS TENNIS

Upcoming: Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m. at APA

Thursday, Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m. vs. Grantsville

NORTH SUMMIT VOLLEYBALL (4-9, 2-0 Region 16)

Results: Won 3-0 over Altamont on Tuesday, Sept. 17

Won 3-2 over Gunnison Valley on Thursday, Sept. 19

Upcoming: Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. vs. Duchesne

Friday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. vs. Monticello

NORTH SUMMIT BOYS GOLF

Upcoming: Wednesday, Sept. 25 at TBD — 2A State Championships — Rose Park Golf Course, Salt Lake City

Thursday, Sept. 26 at TBD — 2A State Championships — Rose Park Golf Course, Salt Lake City

NORTH SUMMIT GIRLS SOCCER (0-6, 0-4 Region 16)

Results: Lost 7-3 to Waterford on Tuesday, Sept. 17

Upcoming: Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. at Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s

Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. at Utah Military Academy-Hillfield

NORTH SUMMIT CROSS COUNTRY

Upcoming: Saturday, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m. at Salt Lake Classic — Corner Canyon High School, Draper, Utah

Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. — North Region Race — Duchesne High School

Letters: If Park City wants to be logically consistent, it must oppose livestock grazing on McPolin Farm

Logical consistency

Editor:

The value of Park City Municipal’s renewable energy and carbon reduction programs is purely symbolic. Materially it won’t make a sand grain’s worth of difference to global carbon emissions, but in the climate change context it is, first, the moral thing to do, and second, might influence many other communities to do the same.

That’s why Gregg Simond’s Sept. 16 op-ed misses the point. He is right that in a soil conservation context, livestock grazing can be beneficial but that is not the context at issue. In a climate change context, livestock produced for food is a major carbon problem. It is also true that the carbon emissions from McPolin livestock don’t make a sand grain’s worth of difference in global carbon accounting — but just like the city’s energy goals, they have symbolic value.

So if PCMC is going to be logically consistent in its battle against climate change, it has to oppose livestock grazing on city open space. Logical consistency, many would note, is not required in local government. Moreso, it is my understanding that agreements establishing McPolin Farm open space allow earlier owners to continue livestock grazing. However, agreements can always be renegotiated.

Tom Horton

Prospector


Hunger can take a hike

Editor:

Thank you to the many, many individuals who came out to support our Hike for Hunger last Saturday. It was the perfect day to enjoy hiking and biking, and join together as a community to help fight hunger. Hunger is often hidden around here in Park City, yet it is an all-too-common reality for far too many people here in Park City, Summit County and this entire region. So efforts like our Hike For Hunger hopefully raise greater awareness about this need right in our own community and what we are seeking to do about it through our food pantries and advocacy. On behalf of our entire staff at CCPC, we wanted to say THANK YOU!

Rob Harter

Christian Center of Park City executive director


Nann understands

Editor:

Nann Worel is my number one choice in this City Council election. Nann has served us for six years as a Planning Commissioner and four years as a Councilmember. I love her creative approach to funding open space, trails and affordable housing. I also adore her support for increased transit/remote parking options. Nann understands our difficulties with growth and she has an amazing capacity to help us change in a healthy way. As a former public official for 12 years, I understand, as she does, that if we don’t grow intelligently, we’ll be damned by greed and sprawl. She understand both the legal requirements and the community necessity for change and growth.

Above all, Nann understands that we must continue to be the caring, supportive community we inherited from many decades of mining history by welcoming all newcomers to enjoy this amazing mountain community for all its opportunities and complexities.

Your ballots will be mailed in October, but if you need to register to vote, or need more information, please contact the Summit County clerk: summitcounty.org/281/Voter-Registration-Elections. Please register and please vote.

Sally Elliott

Prospector


Vote for a vocal local

Editor:

Please vote for Ed Parigian for Park City Council.

I have known Ed Parigian since 2012. I have been impressed with his civic involvement from the start.

For the past 13 years, Ed has been acting on, supporting, representing and advancing local community goals and ideas by speaking out at City Council and Planning Commission meetings, and providing a local voice. He is our Vocal Local.

Ed is a leader. He provides solutions. He jumped right into being involved in our town by starting the recycling program in City Park when we had none. He spent two years leading the campaign to preserve our beloved library field in a permanent conservancy, which protects it as open space forever. And he advocates for local causes at every turn.

It seems Ed has always been rushing around to fulfill his many volunteer efforts .. .Mega-Genius, Egyptian Theatre, Eccles Theatre, DJ for many years at KPCW, and town meetings, among others over the years.

He will bring enthusiasm and creative ideas to support our local residents and enable our community’s priorities.

Sharon Christiansen

Park City

Jocelyn Scudder named Arts Council executive director

The Park City Summit County Arts Council’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Jocelyn Scudder Executive Director of the organization.

“Jocelyn is leading the Arts Council to new heights and the impact is felt county-wide,” said Amy Trombetti, the PCSCAC’s board chair. “Her visionary approach and strategic qualities have enhanced the programming for our creative communities and the general public, as well as her ability to build and strengthen relationships across industry sectors, are what our nonprofit needs. Plus the resoundingly positive response from those she serves and works with, made this an easy decision for the board. Simply put, she is making our community better every day.”

In the last year, Scudder has brought on and enhanced innovative programs like Art on the Trails in coordination with Basin Recreation; the creative makers showcase BrandedPC with a mix of local businesses; the Summit Arts Showcase in Kamas with professional and budding artists; and the community gatherings like the Monster Drawing Rally in partnership with the Kimball Arts Center, and the quarterly art sector convenings, an outcropping from the community initiative Project ABC: Arts, Beauty and Culture, to mention just a few.

“I am honored to have the confidence of the board and every one the Arts Council serves,” shared Scudder. “It is a real passion of mine to shine a light on and strengthen our creative sector as well as bring our communities together via our areas many arts and cultural offerings. I look forward to continuing our momentum and making Summit County a colorful place to live, work and visit.”

Scudder joined the Arts Council in 2017 as its community manager, and she held the role of director of programs and engagement before shortly thereafter being named managing director in October 2018 when she took over the day-to-day operations as the former executive director, Hadley Dynak moved out of state.

An East Coast native, Scudder worked for art galleries in Connecticut and New York City. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from St. Lawrence University, nestled in the Adirondack mountains.

She moved to Park City in 2013 to work for the Kimball Art Center in the education department.

In a few short years, she became the education department manager, programming KAC’s year-round classes and workshops.

About Park City Summit County Arts Council

Founded in 1986, the Park City Summit County Arts Council’s mission is to promote, support, and strengthen arts and culture and the larger creative sector. Over the past three decades, it has advocated and secured funding for arts and culture countywide. Having incubated numerous arts and culture organizations, it has built audiences for established and emerging artists. As an umbrella organization for arts and culture, it also promotes our world-class cultural destination to tourists. Most importantly, the Arts Council strives to connect the community to the creative sector through marketing, programming, and advocacy.

For information, visit pcscarts.org.

Miners thrash region rival Stansbury in 38-14 homecoming victory, remain undefeated

Entering the season, it was known around the state of Utah that the Park City football team was going to be able to score point.

With nearly its entire offensive line returning and a bevy of playmakers, the Miners were set on the offensive side of the ball. But questions remained about the Park City defense and whether the unit could hold up its end of the bargain.

Playing a tough schedule against bigger, physical and more athletic teams, the defense was going to have to match the offense if Park City was going to have a chance to achieve its goal of a state championship.

What happened over 48 minutes at Dozier Field on Friday night in a 38-14 thrashing of Region 10 rival Stansbury answered many of the remaining questions about the Miners defense — the group is dominant.

“The way were able to play tonight showed that we are legit,” senior linebacker Chase Johansen said. “The intensity that we bring to practice every day is our advantage and it’s helped fuel us for that what we did tonight.”

Led by an outstanding effort from Johansen and fellow linebackers Brady Baumann and Ray Rivera, Park City (6-0, 3-0 Region 10) smothered Stansbury (3-3, 2-1 Region 10) and its high-tempo offense, holding the Stallions, who have frustrated the Miners in previous seasons, to just two scores.

“Tonight was huge because we’ve been working to climb that hurdle for a while and finally beat these guys,” said Josh Montzingo, Park City’s coach. “It’s been a mental road block for us the past couple years so tonight was big. But now, in our minds, we are just 1-0 and have to get ready for next week.”

Stansbury came into the game averaging 34.6 points per game but was held largely in check as Park City was the faster and more physical team at the point of attack all night on defense.

Despite giving up an long touchdown drive early, the Miners kept the Stallions on their half of the field for much of the game. Stansbury’s final touchdown came late in the fourth quarter with the game already out of hand.

“All 11 people are playing as hard as they can because everyone has been stepping up this year for us,” Johansen said. “I definitely think we proved something tonight. That’s a very good offense but we did what we had to do and it worked out for us. The way we were able to play against them was big.”

The final score wasn’t indicative of how the Miners dominated the game from start to finish. Park City forced two fumbles and had two interceptions, one by Rivera and one by Mark McCurdy — bringing their season total to 18 forced turnovers in six games.

“The defense did great tonight,” Montzingo said. “… They showed what they’re capable of when they’re playing together and they’re tough to score against. Stansbury is a very good offense (and) they’ve got quite a few playmakers out there, but we gave them fits all night long. We made the plays we needed to make and that was the difference for us.”

Baumann, who was celebrating his 18th birthday, was everywhere for the defense. Constantly keeping contain against the explosive Stansbury players, Baumann would either force the ball carriers back inside, where they were met by Johansen, or track them down for a loss if they tried to go around him.

As a unit, Park City is now giving up just 14.5 points per game, more than five points fewer than last season. And many of the points the Miners have surrendered have been with the game’s outcome firmly determined and with substitutes playing.

Against Stansbury, Park City, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A per MaxPreps and No. 1 in RPI, may have announced itself as a true title contender. The Stallions were ranked No. 5 entering the game. Instead of having just the dominant offense, which is averaging 38.7 points per game, the Miners now have the defense to go along with it.

The Miners are fast and physical in all phases of the game and are proving it week in and week out.

“Tonight just confirmed what I already knew about my team,” Montzingo said. “I told them that they’re great, that I know it, and that I wanted them to go out and show everybody.”