Here is an excerpt of Kyle's email request:
Did anyone see the comment by Bruce Grandin in the "Letters to the Editor" in the latest Ogden Valley News(paper)? He advocates reading a book that talks about the Snowbasin/2002 Olympics development. I think Bruce has an excellent point. Learn from what has happened (in Ogden Valley) in the past, take advantage of the lessons learned, and use the current "fight" to our advantage. I have not read the book but I personally know Bruce (and I suspect many of you do to). He is not an idiot (or a Zealot). He didn't come right out and say it but I'm thinking one of the points of the letter is something along the lines of instead of fighting and name calling (gee, heard this lately), talk, listen and understand each others needs (kinda like relationships eh?). Use cooperation (and mutual respect) to benefit everyone who lives here.
I'm heading to the Huntsville library to see of they have it. Thanks for the opinion Bruce.
Thanks for the input Kyle.
The following is a letter to the editor published in the December 1, 2009 issue of the Ogden Valley News.
Anyone who cares about Ogden Valley should read "Bargaining for Eden" by Stephen Trimble. It's a fantastic story on how Snowbasin was developed just in time for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
After 12 years of extreme opposition and controversy, the mountain was changed forever. The Olympics have come and gone. Skiing in Utah is no longer a secret and the Beehive state was left with the crown jewel of a ski resort. Earl Holding really did a nice job with the mountain and many people think of Snowbasin as a local treasure. Only time will tell if it is sustainable.
Now we have another battle going on with Powder Mountain. Were any lesson(s) learned from Snowbasin? Steve Trimble sums it up best in the final paragraph of his book.
"We call it a paradise, this land of ours. We call it home. Like our nation, the West is in the middle of its arc. We must remain both vigilant and tender if we wish to preserve its authenticity. We can do this. We are not yet too old, too greedy, or too cynical to take wise action together."
Wouldn't it be great if the owners of Powder Mountain, the Weber County Planning Commission, and the local community understood each other's needs and Ogden Valley ended up with another crown jewel?
Please read the book.
We also believe "Bargaining For Eden" is a fantastic read and tout it in our left column.
What say ye Ogden Valley?
It is your turn to opine.