What are now world-class ski runs used to be profitable mountainsides where 19th-century miners dug silver out of the dirt and mud. The materials left over from that mining and processing are called tailings, and a lot of them were dumped into Silver Creek — the stream that runs from the south side of Park City northeast to Wanship. The federal government has had plans to clean up the tailings and the poisonous chemicals that come with them. The plan has stalled, partly because United Park City Mines Co. hasn’t followed through on a 2014 agreement to scrub the biggest tailings site and owes the federal government for work that has been done, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court. The U.S. Department of Justice is asking a judge to order the mine company to pay what it owes and declare the company liable for future cleanup costs. A lawyer for United Park City Mines, Chris Hogle, said he was still reading the lawsuit and declined comment Tuesday. … [Read more...] about Century-old silver mines are long gone. But tainted tailings are still polluting Park City. Now the feds are suing to clean up the Superfund site.
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Updated 1:35 pm PST, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 In this Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 photo provided by the National Park Service. a rescued hiker is treated after being stuck in quicksand after getting stranded in a creek Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Zion National Park, Utah. The Zion Search and Rescue team took several hours, to locate the man who was stable but suffering from exposure, hypothermia, and extremity injuries. (National Park Service via AP) less In this Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 photo provided by the National Park Service. a rescued hiker is treated after being stuck in quicksand after getting stranded in a creek Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Zion National ... more Photo: AP Photo: AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 In this Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 photo provided by the … [Read more...] about Hiker stuck in quicksand at Utah park feared he would die
Park City • Colorado skier Sarah Mytych wanted to try the slopes in Utah and Canada. New Utahn Phillip Melfi wanted to get to know the state’s resorts better. Both bought a new Ikon Pass for this season, the first competitor to approach the breadth and depth of offerings of Vail Resorts' industry-changing Epic Pass. It launched 10 years ago, giving holders unlimited skiing across resorts within the Vail umbrella. Alterra Mountain’s Ikon Pass launched last spring at a number of resorts across the world, including three in Utah. Although it’s the new kid, the Ikon Pass has already made a splash, something officials from both resort groups say is good for skiers and the slopes they love across the world. “The Ikon Pass has been good for the industry as a whole and reinforces the notion that ‘If you ski, you should consider a season pass,’” said Johnna Muscente, director of communications for Vail Resorts Management Company. The … [Read more...] about How Ikon and Epic passes are changing the game for ski resorts in Utah and elsewhere
SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah company donated $100,000 on Thursday to keep three national parks open during the federal government shutdown. The money from Salt Lake City-based uniform and linen rental company Alsco will fund operations at Zion, Bryce and Arches national parks. It will pay for basic custodial and visitor center services at least through President's Day weekend on Feb. 18, as the parks' busy season begins. The bare-bones operations have been funded through nonprofit groups and local governments since the shutdown began Dec. 22. Alsco co-CEO Bob Steiner, a former state lawmaker, said those efforts inspired executives to help. "Visitors have planned their trips for months or years," he said. "We want them to remember the beautiful vistas, not piles of trash in the parks." The National Park Service has dipped into entrance fee income to pay for staffing, but that money only covers part of custodial services, said state tourism director Vicki Varela. "Let's just all … [Read more...] about Utah company donates $100k to fund parks during shutdown
By Sarah Chaney WSJ Sharon Nunn WSJ Fri., Jan. 18, 2019 SALT LAKE CITY—Davis Smith, co-founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear and apparel company, offers a glimpse of why Utah’s economy is booming. Mr. Smith said he considered launching the company in Seattle or the San Francisco Bay Area before deciding nearly five years ago to base it here, partly because of the quick access to top-notch ski resorts and bike trails, but mostly because of the young, growing and well-educated population. “There are 200,000 full-time students that live within a one-hour radius of our office here in Salt Lake,” said Mr. Smith, whose company employs 85 workers. “These are our customers. These are people that love the outdoors....This is a great talent pool to be hiring from as well.” Utah has had the fastest-growing labor force of any U.S. state since January 2010—a key ingredient for economic growth and one that provides an … [Read more...] about Utah Shows How Labor-Force Growth Fuels Economic Growth