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C-1 B-1 PRESERVE SATURDAY FOR A NATURE WALK EDUCATION, A-9 Got an opinion? Send your letters to the editor of The Park Record: firstname.lastname@example.org COLUMNS, A-16 JAY MEEHAN GIVES A HIGH FIVE TO LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS SOUTH SUMMIT NEEDS MORE CLASSROOMS, BUT WHERE? The Send us letters PARK CITY SKI SEASON LIFTED BY SNOW Park Record. park city , utah | www.parkrecord.com Wed/Thurs/Fri, April 19-21, 2017 Serving Summit County since 1880 Vol. 137 | No. 21 50¢ United for fun COURTESY OF VAIL RESORTS Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, donated $250,000 to the Park City Community Foundation to help the organization’s efforts to provide mental health services for students throughout Summit County. Katie Wright, executive director of the foundation, says the money is critical to get the program off the ground. COURTESY OF MARCH FOR SCIENCE, PARK CITY The March for Science is scheduled in Park City on Saturday. Organizers anticipate between 500 and 700 people will participate. March is part of equation Ski exec, wife help children Event in support of science is scheduled in Park City The $250,000 donation from Katz family put toward wellness By JAY HAMBURGER The Park Record A march is part of the equation in Park City on Saturday. Park City plans to mark Earth Day with a March for Science, a gathering meant to show support for ensuring public-policy decisions are based on scientific evidence. There will also be speeches by experts in a variety of fields during the event in Park City. The local March for Science is part of a nationwide movement planned on Saturday. The march is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Brew Pub lot toward the southern end of Main Street. The marchers plan to descend Main Street to the walkway between Main Street and Swede Alley where the Franz the Bear statue is located. They will then move up Swede Alley to the Brew Pub lot, where a stage will be placed for a rally. The march itself is expected to last 20 minutes and will be followed by speakers. The event moves to the Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with remarks by more speakers. Josh Hobson, the lead organizer for the March for Science in Park City, said in an interview he moved to Utah for its natural beauty and is worried about its future. “As a citizen, I’m concerned with our environment,” Hobson said. The March for Science is not designed to be political in nature. The environment and related issues, though, are oftentimes highly partisan as Democrats are seen as being more protective of the environment than Republicans. Hobson said he attempted to design the event to be a “nonpartisan celebration of science.” He acknowledged, though, the lineup of speakers is weighted toward figures who see climate change as something that is occurring. Hobson, as an example, said coal producers hold political sway with President Trump and Gary Herbert, the Republican governor of Utah. “Instead of investing in cleaner, renewable, we’re still stuck on coal,” he said, contending that Utah political leaders favor energy production over the environment. Hobson acknowledged some state political leaders, such By BUBBA BROWN The Park Record In the months since the overdose deaths of two 13-year-old boys that shook the Park City community, organizations in the area have begun teaming up to provide better mental health and substance abuse services to Summit County residents. Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts, is getting behind the effort in a big way. Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, recently donated $250,000 to the Park City Community Foundation, which plans to use the money to start a Communities That Care program locally. Communities That Care is a model that has been used around the country to provide mental wellness services for children and to help prevent risky behavior before it starts. It is at least the second large donation Katz and Amsterdam have made in Summit County within the last year. In October, they gave $250,000 to PC Tots, a Park City organization that provides affordable childcare for working parents. Katz was unavailable for comment. Katie Wright, executive director of the Park City Community Foundation, said the money will be instrumental in getting the Communities That Care program off the ground. “The goal is a really long-term program that serves the entire county,” she said. “To get something like that up and going -- prevention programs, potentially treatment programs -- is a big undertaking. To get that seed funding that will put us in position to put this work together and continue it year after year is really critical.” The Communities That Care program is part of a larger mental wellness initiative led by the foundation, the Summit County Health Department and a handful of other groups in town. Ollie Wilder, the foundation’s programs director, said some offerings could be rolled out as Please see Ski exec, A-2 3 sections • 38 pages Classifieds............................ C-8 Columns............................... A-16 Crossword............................ C-4 Editorial................................ A-17 Education............................. A-9 Events Calendar................... C-6 Legals................................... C-11 Letters to the Editor............. A-17 Movies................................. C-4 Restaurant Guide.................. A-15 Scene ................................... C-1 Scoreboard .......................... B-5 Sports................................... B-1 Weather................................ B-2 TANZI PROPST/PARK RECORD Louie Cohen, dressed as a flight attendant for United Airlines, skis across the water during the 21st annual pond-skimming competition at Park City Mountain Resort on Saturday. Cohen received perfect scores from most of the judges. The end-of-season event was cut short, though, after a crashing skier tore the tarp at the bottom of the artificial pond. The tear started to drain the pond. Ticks infect area moose Excessive grooming meant to shed parasites leaves fur looking sickly, expert says By ANGELIQUE MCNAUGHTON The Park Record Since their migration into Northern Utah in the early 1900s, moose have become an iconic image for communities along the central Wasatch Mountains. But a moose sighting on Main Street in Park City last week revealed a grim fact about the area’s most beloved species: they are beginning to show signs of excessive grooming to shed winter ticks. The two moose in Park City garnered significant attention from the community during their mid-day stroll, but not because of their presence. The animals’ dark brown fur appeared scraggly and bare, displaying hairless or white patches, causing concern for many residents and wildlife advocates. “Those moose are showing signs of excessive Please see Ticks, A-2 Please see March, A-2 Mountain lion seen in Park City, causing stir The predator eludes searchers combing Old Town hillside By JAY HAMBURGER The Park Record A mountain lion moved through the southern reaches of Old Town last week, prompting state wildlife officers to conduct an unsuccessful search for the predator in an attempt to relocate the animal out of a populated area. The sightings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, followed by a highly visible tracking operation by the state Division of Wildlife Resources on Saturday, caused a stir in Old Town during what seemed to be an otherwise lazy weekend at the end of the ski season. The tracking, employing three Division of Wildlife Resources hound dogs, was centered along Daly Avenue. Park City Police Department and Division of Wildlife Resources vehicles were parked on the street. The officers and the dogs could occasionally be heard on the street below a hillside on the east side of the street where the search was centered. The search was conducted just above a row of houses. There were several people watching from the street as the officers and dogs moved across the hillside. Brent Kasza, a Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officer who responded, said one of the earlier sightings was reported by a construction crew. He said the searchers on Saturday found numerous tracks of dogs but did not find fresh tracks left by a mountain lion. The authorities canvassed the hillside from Daly Avenue to Marsac Avenue, working their way approximately one quarter of a mile southward from a location that is approximately on the 100 block of Daly Avenue. The Police Department said one of the sightings, on Saturday, was reported approximately 90 feet in back of a residence on the 100 block of Daly Avenue. The mountain lion ran toward the trees east of the street, the police said. Kasza said the division will continue to monitor the area of the sightings for at least a few weeks. “Right now, we can’t find it. We would have loved to have located that cat today,” he said. He said wildlife officers do not intend to kill the mountain lion if it is found since there have been no reports of the animal acting in an aggressive manner toward people or pets. If it is found, the division would first attempt to chase it out of the area with dogs, he said. The second option would be tranquilizing and relocating the mountain lion, Kasza said. Kasza said the Park City area is normal habitat for mountain lions. The Police Department occasion- VISITOR GUIDE Beat the tortoise, and the hare, to a seat at the DeJoria Center JAY HAMBURGER/PARK RECORD State wildlife officers used dogs to search for a mountain lion on a hillside above Daly Avenue midday on Saturday after reports of sightings for several days. The animal eluded capture. A wildlife official who responded, Brent Kasza, says he hopes the mountain lion moved to higher elevations. ally receives reports of sightings, including on the edge of neighborhoods and sometimes on or close to residential streets. The Police Department number is 615-5500. “This is not an irregular thing,” Kasza said, adding, “I don’t want anyone to panic.” In an interview on Monday, Kasza said there had Please see Mountain lion, A-2 The Missoula Children’s Theatre will present “The Tortoise Versus the Hare” at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the DeJoria Center, 970 N. S.R. 32, in Kamas. Tickets are $3 at the door. For information, visit www.dejoriacenter.com.