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    What's Happening Within the Town of Park City?

    Battle for Park City's Centennial boarding house


    Posted: 12:19 PM- PARK CITY - Saving the historic district of this one-time mining boom town is an on-going battle and the frontline today is the 106-year-old Centennial boarding house,
    The building, now rotting at the top of Main Street at 176 Main, was condemned several weeks ago. The question now is will it be saved? Or will go the way of a dozen other historic structures over the past quarter century and be razed?
    A study commissioned by the Park City Council last year found that since 1979, 31 buildings in the historic district had been de-listed from the National Historic Registry. Of that number, 13 were demolished.
    A spokeswoman for the current owner of the building, Mountain Seas Development, refused to comment on the company's plans for the historic boarding house.
    But by Park City law, the company has 60 days from the time of condemnation - which was Feb. 21 - to file a plan to save the structure, said Ron Ivie, Park City's chief building official.

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    "Mountain Center" for Rossignol parent corp.

    Quiksilver is creating a "Mountain Center" in Park City, consolidating the North American headquarters of its Rossignol, Dynastar, Roxy, Lange, Gnu and Lib Technology brands.........under construction in Kimball Junction.

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    Brewer Debuts First Organic Beer

    Jenny Talley, brewmaster at Squatters, (Paul Fraughton/The Salt Lake Tribune )

    After years of teasing Utahns with such titillating beer labels as Chasing Tail and Captain Bastard, Squatters is going natural.
    Now on tap is Squatters Organic Amber Ale, the state's first and only certified organic beer.
    The ale is brewed from organic pale and caramel malted barley and aromatic hops. The taste, says brewmaster Jenny Talley, is a caramel-like maltiness with a hint of sweetness.
    Organic certification requires high levels of cleanliness and sanitation that already were in place, said Talley. But it also requires strict segregation of ingredients "from grain to glass." The barley is grown from organic seeds, using natural methods of pest control such as lady bugs and composting rather than chemical fertilizers. At the brewery, organic ingredients are stored separately and tanks must be scrupulously cleaned.
    The step to organic was logical, given the earth-friendly philosophy of Salt Lake Brewing Co., which operates three restaurants in Utah: Squatters Pub Brewery at 147 W. Broadway St., Squatters Airport Pub at Salt Lake City International Airport and Squatters Roadhouse Grill in Park City.
    At the restaurants, bread is cooked with spent grain from the brewing process. All paper products have recycled content, light bulbs are energy efficient, napkins are cloth and a portion of the power is wind generated.

    The pubs also serve locally grown and organic food.

    Talley's own personality leans toward what she calls "inner hippie." The company's flagship beer, Full Suspension Pale Ale, is her recipe and makes up half of all sales. The name also was hers - she had just gotten her first mountain bike.
    She also put together the recipe for Chasing Tail Golden Ale. Its name comes from a habit of her Golden Lab that chased its own tail. Talley says founding partners Jeff Polychronis and Peter Cole had reservations about the name - until she reminded them about the full-busted Provo Girl label image. She, too, created the slogan for Chasing Tail: "Please don't make me beg. It's not just for men anymore."
    This summer, Talley's organic beer will be available in bottles and draft, in time for barbecues. The ale, she says, will pair well with grilled meats, fillets and burgers.
    Talley, the daughter of a sportswriter, moved from Southern California to Utah in 1988 to attend the University of Utah. It was here that she was introduced to home brewing. By 1991 she had settled on becoming a brewer's apprentice at Squatters. But it took three months to convince the owners to hire her. Typically, an apprentice does the heavy lifting and Talley is a slight woman.
    "I proved them wrong," she says."Brewing is in my bones and in my spirit."
    A look at her footwear proves the point. Talley walks in worn, oversized, yellow rubber boots as if they are sneakers. A Squatters hat adorns her head and her T-shirt announces the name of her new, organic ale.
    She also collects winners' medals. Among them is Squatters India Pale Ale, which won a gold medal at the 2006 World Beer Cup, and Provo Girl Pilsner, which took the gold at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival.
    Squatters received organic certification from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in August. Like other brews, it was test marketed at its restaurants.
    Organic certification of food and drink is up 40 percent over the past two years, even though the transition from conventional processes to organic standards can be costly, said Seth Winterton, deputy director of the department's Division of Marketing and Development. Eighty-five companies have received certification, but so far, Squatters is the only applicant for organic beer.
    Joe Lambert, operating partner of Salt Lake Brewing Co., says the firm's brewing production was up 18 percent for 2006 from the previous year and he expects this year's growth to be from 5 percent to 10 percent higher. Those numbers mirror growth in the craft-brew market nationwide.
    "People want quality, premium products," he added, "so they're willing to pay more."

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    Breeze Rental Shops acquired by Vail Resorts/Gart Joint Venture

    By Mike Gorrell
    The Salt Lake Tribune

    Four Breeze Ski Rental shops in Utah have been acquired by Specialty Sports Venture, a joint venture between Vail Resorts, Inc. and The Gart Cos. of Denver.
    The four Utah stores - two in Park City, one at The Canyons Resort outside of Park City, and the fourth at 2354 S. Foothill Dr. in Salt Lake City - were among 18 Breeze rental shops sold for $6.5 million by Intrawest ULC, which has interests in 11 North American resorts, owns the world's largest heli-skiing operations and also is involved in other resort properties. Intrawest was acquired last year by Fortress Investment Group LLC.
    "It takes a certain expertise to run these types of shops. SSV [Specialty Sports Venture] is well suited to doing this," said Intrawest spokesman Matt Sugar. "And this gives us an opportunity to focus on running our resorts and maximizing the guest experience. That's part of the reason for getting out of these [retail] ventures."
    Ken Gart, president of SSV, said the move into Utah is a particularly desirable aspect of the overall acquisition, which is consistent with company efforts to add stores specializing in ski and outdoor recreational equipment. "The stores in Utah represent our first venture into the Utah market and are appealing because of the state's broad range of outdoor recreation that attracts locals and visitors in both winter and summer," he added.


    The stores will continue to carry the Breeze name.

    The sale also involves six Breeze stores in Denver, four at Colorado resorts (Vail, Keystone, Aspen and Snowmass), two along Interstate 70 between Denver and the Colorado mountains and two in Squaw Valley, Calif. That makes SSV one of the leading ski rental and retail companies in the country with more than 145 shops in Colorado, Utah and California, said SSV spokeswoman Joan Christensen, a Salt Lake City native.
    Gart said SSV will invest an unspecified amount of capital into the Breeze properties to upgrade rental equipment, enhance service and increase the variety of brands and products available. "Merchandise selection will be regionally customized to reflect the different activities popular in Colorado, Utah and California," he said.
    In addition, Vail Resorts will acquire two licensed Starbucks coffee stores, one in the town of Dumont along I-70, the other at the base of Aspen Mountain.
    "The addition of Breeze stores and a Starbucks location along the I-70 corridor in Colorado, gateway to the state's most visited mountain resorts, is particularly attractive because of both the day- and destination-skier traffic," said Rob Katz, chief executive of Vail Resorts.
    SSV's holdings also include Colorado Ski & Golf, Bicycle Village, slopeside shops in Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Aspen, Telluride and other Colorado mountain communities, retail shops at Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe, Any Mountain shops in the Oakland Bay area and Ski & Snowboard Rentals @ Rentskis.com | Book, Reserve & Hire Ski/Snowboard Equipment Online, the equipment provider for travel Web sites such as Travelocity.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com and Ski.com.
    mikeg@sltrib.com

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    Arts Fest to Remain on Main

    Park City and event organizers to sign long-term contract






    By Amelia Nielson-Stowell
    Deseret Morning News
    Park City's mayor and City Council are backing a deal to ensure that the Kimball Arts Festival the city's biggest summer event remains on Main Street for as many as 10 more years.
    Michael Brandy, Deseret Morning News
    Crowds of people browse during the 2006 Park City Kimball Arts Festival. The festival is the city's largest event in the summer.

    "The Kimball Arts Festival is an iconic event in Park City," said Alison Butz, project manager in the city's special-events department. "We want it to stay where people identify it with today: Main Street."
    The festival has been a staple of Main Street summers for 37 years, and city officials are weeks away from signing a contract with the festival's organizers. In May, the City Council unanimously approved an agreement for the festival to remain on Main Street from 2007 to 2011, with an additional five-year option until 2016.
    Minor details remain to be negotiated before both parties sign the long-term contract, such as whether to extend the festival from its current two-day run to three days, making it a Friday, Saturday and Sunday event.
    Last year, there were rumblings that the festival might move to another location in the Park City area. But both the city and arts center voiced their determination Tuesday to keep the festival in Park City's center.
    With an attendance of 42,000 people during the 2006 festival, it is the city's largest event in the summer and the second-largest event for the entire year, behind the Sundance Film Festival.
    "We have built a very successful arts festival here in Park City," said Pam Crowe-Weisberg, executive director of the Kimball Arts Center. "It's historically been on Main Street, and that's where it should be."
    The festival is the primary fund-raiser for the nonprofit arts center, which uses the money to run its free gallery and host educational programs.
    Park City Mayor Dana Williams last year voiced his concern for using public tax dollars for a nonprofit group's fund-raiser when the city has limited funds for nonprofits.
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    However, Butz said there are no more concerns of that nature. The city now has long-term contracts for its three biggest events: Sundance, Kimball Arts Festival and the Triple Crown Girls Fast Pitch Softball tournament, also a summer event.
    The purpose of the contracts was "to make sure these events that are key to our economy, that they stay and the city stays as an active participant," Butz said.
    The Kimball Arts Festival contract calls for the city to provide in-kind services for the run of the festival, such as buses and extra policing.
    A University of Utah study showed that the 2006 festival generated $6.4 million for the local economy, Crowe-Weisberg said. The festival is increasing in attendance each year.
    This year's festival will be Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5, and admission costs $5 for one day and $8 for two days.

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    Wolf Mountain Sued for Breach of Contract

    By Christopher Smart
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    Article Last Updated: 07/26/2007 11:41:29 PM MDT

    A little-known, limited-liability corporation has sued Wolf Mountain - the entity that leases land to The Canyons ski resort - claiming that Wolf Mountain principal Kenny Griswold reneged on an agreement potentially worth hundreds of millions in development rights.
    Griswold denies the allegation, calling it a "silly nuisance."
    The action is the latest salvo in a tangle of events where The Canyons sued Wolf Mountain in 2006 to stop Griswold from claiming default on the lease. Wolf Mountain countersued. Earlier this month, The Canyons announced it was selling out to Toronto-based Talisker Corp. The new owner would assume all legal claims.
    Peninsula Advisors, a Delaware company headed up by Park City resident Mark Robbins, filed a lawsuit Monday in Utah's 3rd District Court demanding damages of up to $200 million. It states that Griswold entered into a contract agreement Oct. 31, 2006, to form a new company that would develop, market and sell land owned by Wolf Mountain within the boundaries of The Canyons ski area.
    According to the agreement, Griswold would receive $115 million and own a 20 percent interest in the new corporation to be called The Canyons-Real Estate, LLC. However, the suit claims Griswold breached the agreement by failing to appear at the July 2Â closing.
    "Since July 2, 2007, Wolf Mountain has refused to perform its obligations under the transfer agreement," the suit states. "The transfer agreement specifies that, among other remedies, in the event of a default by Wolf Mountain, Peninsula may bring an action for specific performance requiring Wolf Mountain to transfer the property to Peninsula."
    If the property is not transferred, Peninsula wants $200 million in damages, the suit states.
    In an interview Wednesday, Griswold said he has filed a countersuit in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County.
    Griswold said he was present at the scheduled closing date, but that Peninsula did not have the $115 million as promised.
    "Their allegations are categorically untrue," he said. "This is a nuisance. That agreement expired some time ago."
    csmart@sltrib.com

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