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C-1 B-1 FIND TRANQUILITY AT A GALLERY EXHIBIT EDUCATION, A-7 THE NORTH SUMMIT CLASS OF 2017 PUTS ON A BRAVE FACE The PARKRECORD.COM/ PARKCITYSBEST COLUMNS, A-14 JAY MEEHAN RECALLS ADVENTURES Park Record. PARK CITY , | UTAH WWW.PARKRECORD.COM Wed/Thurs/Fri, May 24-26, 2017 Serving Summit County since 1880 A summer on slopes starts soon VOTE NOW! LACROSSE TEAM NETS ANOTHER TITLE Vol. 137 | No. 31 50¢ Footsteps from farm Ofﬁcial starts second bid for mayoral post PARK RECORD FILE PHOTO A golfer takes a swing at the Canyons Golf Course at Park City Mountain last summer. Canyons Golf is scheduled to open on Friday, along with the Park City Base Area, at the resort. Resort welcomes new additions, brings back popular activities By GRIFFIN ADAMS The Park Record With temperatures continuing to rise and the snow nearly melted, Park City Mountain is set to open for its summer season on Friday. The Park City Base Area, which includes popular activities such as the alpine slides and coaster, will be the ﬁrst of the resort’s two distinct base areas to open on Friday, while Canyons Village and the Park City Bike Park are set to open on June 16. However, Canyons Golf, which sits on the Canyons side, will also open this weekend. “Summer is such a fun time at Park City Mountain,” said Margo Van Ness, Park City Mountain’s Senior Manager of Communications. “As locals and visitors both know, summer in Utah is one of the most beautiful times of year and with a full roster of activities at Park City Mountain — including lift-served biking, hiking, golf, alpine coaster and slide and kids’ activities — we’re ready to bring on summer this Friday.” Opening day activities include miniature golf, the ZipRider, the Flying Eagle Zip Lines and hiking and mountain biking terrain. It will offer scenic life rides on the Crescent Lift (PayDay Lift will offer scenic rides when Crescent Lift is not operating), though the Town Lift will not open until June 16. A number of kids’ attractions will also open up on Friday, including a small kids’ zipline, kids’ tubing and a kids’ challenge course. The resort will also debut the new gem-panning activity for kids, a nod to the area’s rich mining heritage. “New this season, kids can be a Park City miner for the day and use our sluice and mining pans to discover and collect a wide variety of gems, crystals, minerals and fossils at the base of Park City Mountain,” Van Ness said. Some improvements the resort made for the summer include upgrades at Canyons Golf and the Grand Summit Hotel. Canyons Golf updated some of its holes, including an extension of Hole No. 11, an additional tee box at Hole No. 4 and renovated greens. The Grand Summit Hotel, scheduled to reopen in mid-summer, will undergo an extensive $15 million renovation, per Park City Mountain’s press release, and subsequent ﬂagging as a RockRePlease see Slopes, A-12 3 sections • 36 pages Classiﬁeds ........................... C-9 Columns .............................. A-14 Crossword ........................... C-4 Editorial............................... A-15 Education ............................ A-7 Events Calendar .................. C-6 Legals .................................. C-11 Letters to the Editor ............ A-15 Movies................................. C-4 Restaurant Guide................. A-10 Scene .................................. C-1 Scoreboard ......................... B-4 Sports .................................. B-1 Weather ............................... B-2 TANZI PROPST/PARK RECORD Chris Campbell, Chett Boxley and Annie Morgan, from left, pass the barn at the McPolin Farm on the fifth leg of the Running with Ed event Saturday morning. The three ran 4.41 miles from Canyons Village to Parley’s Park Elementary School. Running for Ed raises money for the Park City Education Foundation. Park City mayor will retire Jack Thomas ends months of speculation about campaign TANZI PROPST/PARK RECORD Andy Beerman, a member of the Park City Council, on Tuesday said he will campaign for the mayor’s office. It will be his second mayoral bid. Andy Beerman wants City Hall’s momentum to continue By JAY HAMBURGER The Park Record By JAY HAMBURGER The Park Record Mayor Jack Thomas said on Monday he would not seek re-election to a second term, ending months of speculation about his political plans and creating an opening in Park City’s top elected position as the ofﬁcial start of the campaign approaches. Thomas, who is 71 and lives in Park Meadows, won the mayor’s ofﬁce in 2013 after having served as a member of the Park City Planning Commission for approximately eight years. He is an architect. Thomas had provided few clues to his intentions in recent months, as chatter started about the possibility of others seeking the ofﬁce. Roger Armstrong, a Summit County Councilor, has indicated he would mount a mayoral bid. Armstrong was the ﬁrst to declare himself a candidate. Thomas ascended to the mayor’s ofﬁce after beating Andy Beerman, a member of the Park City Council, in the 2013 campaign. It was a tense if not bruising campaign to succeed Dana Williams, a three-term mayor who remained popular but opted against seeking a fourth term. “I hope whomever comes after me remembers that it’s not about them, it’s about Park City, it’s about all of us,” Thomas said. “And being mayor is relatively easy in terms of day to day. But being a leader is difﬁcult.” Thomas has guided Park City through a challenging three-plus years. He took ofﬁce amid the highproﬁle lawsuit that resulted in the sale of Park City Mountain Resort to Colorado-based Vail Resorts and played a key role in City Hall’s response to what was increasing acrimony in the community as the lawsuit continued and then settled. He was then a pivotal ﬁgure as Vail Resorts solidiﬁed its presence in Park City by combining PCMR and Canyons Resort into a single property. He also was crucial to the discussions regarding Vail Resorts’ pursuit of a federal trademark for the name ‘Park City’ as it applies to a mountain resort, applying pressure alongside community opposition before the ﬁrm abandoned the efforts. Thomas, meanwhile, led Park City as it pursued an agenda heavy on issues like housing, energy and combating trafﬁc. City Hall has notably been aggressive in its plans to develop work force or otherwise Andy Beerman, a Park City Councilor with credentials in business, government and environmental activism, on Tuesday began a campaign for the mayor’s ofﬁce, saying he intends to outline a platform centered on “restoring balance to our community.” It is Beerman’s second mayoral campaign after having lost the 2013 election to the current incumbent, Jack Thomas. Beerman, though, remains one of the most prominent ﬁgures in Park City politics, winning two City Council elections with broad support. The mayoral post is the top prize on the City Hall ballot in 2017. Thomas will not seek re-election. Another well-known political ﬁgure, Summit County Councilor Roger Armstrong, has started a mayoral campaign. If more than two people compete for the position, a primary will be held to reduce the ﬁeld to two for Election Day in November. Beerman said Park City is out of balance as a result of a hot post-recession economy putting stress on the community. Decisions need to be made based on the desires of Park City residents, he said. The Beerman platform will stress transportation, energy and housing, three current City Hall priorities. He also wants Park City to be a complete, diverse community. “I think it’s been building for two decades . . . the momentum that has carried us out of balance,” Beerman said. Beerman said he plans to tout what he sees as the importance of continuity at City Hall. He described that Please see Mayor, A-2 Please see Beerman, A-2 TANZI PROPST/PARK RECORD Mayor Jack Thomas said on Monday he will not seek re-election to a second term. He plans to work on housing, transportation and diversity efforts during his remaining months in office. Thomas guided Park City through a challenging three-plus years of growth and upheaval in the resort industry. Station signals conﬁdence as leader picked Renai Bodley, veteran broadcaster, assumes the GM post in June By NAN CHALAT NOAKER The Park Record Veteran news broadcaster Renai Bodley has been selected as KPCW’s new general manager. She will take the reins from retiring KPCW general manager Larry Warren on June 5. Bodley, who has been a KPCW news reporter for the past two years, also has 19 years of experience as a news director for Salt Lake City’s Fox 13 where she expanded the television station’s news programming from two to 10 hours a day. In making the announcement on Tuesday, KPCW Board chairman Bob Richer said the selection was made after a nationwide search that drew 30 ap- plicants. He acknowledged, though, the board suspected they already had the perfect candidate on staff. “We knew we had a gem right down the hall but we felt we owed it to our staff, our listeners and to our supporters to ﬁnd the absolutely best person for this job,” said Richer. First and foremost, Richer said, the board was looking for an exceptional broadcast journalist. But the right applicant also needed to ﬁt in with the community and be adept at administration and fundraising. After interviewing several talented candidates, Richer said the board unanimously agreed that Bodley ﬁt the bill. Bodley, whose Virginia-tinged voice is already familiar to KPCW listeners, told The Park Record on Tuesday, that although her responsibilities at the station will shift toward management and ﬁnancial sustainability, “Journalism is Please see Station, A-2 NAN CHALAT NOAKER/PARK RECORD Renai Bodley has been named as KPCW’s new general manager. She will be taking over from Larry Warren, who is retiring June 19. VISITOR GUIDE Paint the town during monthly Park City gallery stroll The Park City Gallery Association’s free monthly Park City Gallery Stroll will be held on Friday, May 26, from 6-9 p.m. The popular event features show openings, artist receptions and refreshments. Contact individual galleries for details regarding their monthly offerings. For information, visit www.parkcitygalleryassociation.org.