Forget the New York Times. Alta's town newsletter best illustrates the adage "All the News That's Fit to Print."
When news happens at Alta - any news - it's a safe bet to fetch some ink in the town newsletter.An example from the monthly Marshal's Report:
- June 12, 1998 "Burnt toast sent the Alta Fire Department scrambling to the Superior Point Condominiums on a fire alarm."
- June 21, 1998 "The Marshal's Office investigated a burglar alarm at a residence on the by-pass road. The situation was code 4. (Cop talk for O.K.)"
- June 25, 1998 "A report of lost property was taken. If anyone finds a green REI ice axe, let us know."
And from the mayor's office:
- "The summer information booth is open and staffed seven days a week. . . . The road will open as soon as dust control treatment is done."
Each month, Alta residents and scores of other readers keep up on local happenings through the free town newsletter, a monthly mix of levity-tinged information.
"We wanted a report of our meetings, to keep people in town aware of things going on," said Alta Mayor Bill Levitt, who helped start the publication five years ago.
Assistant town administrator and newsletter editor Heidi Mosburg said the newsletter has been an effective, often humorous way to bring the town to its residents.
"The newsletter reaches out to people who can't attend town meetings or might not even know there is a meeting," she said.
Alta Marshal Jerry Larson said his monthly report educates, while showing the lighter side of law enforcement in the resort town.
Most issues offer anecdotes from the town's justice of the peace court.
Included in one recent newsletter was the case of a motorist cited with some type of lane-change violation on the canyon highway.
The defendant challenged the ticket, saying the road lines were too light to see. A court official stuck his head out the courtroom, eyed the fading line, agreed with the defendant and tossed out the ticket.