Third District Court

Third District Court Judge Terry Christiansen, who served more than 23 years as assistant Summit County Attorney before stepping up to the bench, has announced he's retiring. He will hang up his robes as of October 1. Rick Brough has more.

Third District Court Judge Ryan Harris ordered both sides in Park City's ski resort fight to prepare briefs by Friday on how to calculate a financial bond for Park City Mountain Resort to pay. The bond payment could determine if PCMR will be open this winter.

The disagreement over the bond amount centers on what rent PCMR owes, culminated over the past few years,  to Talisker, the ski hill's current owner. Both sides have told a different story about the overdue rent in recent letters to Park City Municipal. Rick Brough has more.

Two weeks ago, Third District Court judge Ryan Harris ordered Park City Mountain resort and Vail Resorts into mediation to work out their differences with a deadline to have it resolved by August 15th. But given the secrecy of the negotiations, it'll be another month-and-a-half before the community finds out if they could do that. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has this update.

With just days before a crucial court hearing, the Park City Mountain Resort is arguing that if the Third District Court authorizes an eviction from the ski mountain they've been using, it will be an injustice not only to them, but to many third parties that depend on the resort for economic survival.

A former Park City Fire District Captain, convicted of embezzlement for falsifying his time-off records, was sentenced to three years of probation in Third District Court Monday. Fifty-year-old Randolph Scott was also sentenced to community service, a fine and restitution. Rick Brough has more.

As we've reported, in a major omnibus ruling issued Wednesday, Third District Judge Ryan Harris ruled on nine motions in the lease dispute between Park City Mountain Resort and Talisker/Vail.

On virtually all issues, Judge Harris ruled in favor of Talisker Land Holdings, Vail Resorts, and their affiliates. In his 82-page opinion, the Judge laid down the history of the dipute, and the reasoning behind his decisions. Rick Brough has more.

UPDATE 4:45PM

Vail Resorts Wednesday won its Third District Court lawsuit against Park City Mountain Resort, which contended that PCMR failed to renew its lease on ski lands at the resort.  The ruling on nine motions in the three-year old-case all favored Vail’s positions that PCMR’s lease is now expired.  Vail has already served an eviction notice to PCMR, which has ignored the eviction.

In the next couple of weeks, Third District Judge Ryan Harris is considering a large quantity of claims, allegations and legal arguments from both sides in the Park City Mountain Resort ski hill lawsuit.

In the past two weeks, the Judge heard oral arguments on three major disputes. Last week, the Mountain Resort - which had said it still has a valid lease of over 3,000 acres of its ski hill - said its lease was violated because the landlord, Talisker Land Holdings, in effect, sold the property to Vail Resorts. Rick Brough has more.

The Glenwood Cemetery Association was unsuccessful in a motion to Third District Court Thursday morning, which would have resolved a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against the Glenwood, involving a four-year-old boy who died when a headstone accidentally fell on him.

Attorneys for the Park City Mountain Resort went into Third District Thursday, asking Judge Ryan Harris to reconsider a major ruling against the Resort which he handed down a year and a half ago.
In the legal fight with its landlord, Talisker, the Mountain Resort argues that the lease on over 3,000 acres of its ski mountain is still valid.

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