Heber City

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Heber’s new City Manager, Matt Brower, has been on the job since about mid-July. He’s arrived at a time when the city is dealing with phenomenal growth, a renowned airport, and efforts underway to address a state highway running through the town.

In his first interview with KPCW, Brower said he has Utah roots. He was born and raised in Salt Lake, and graduated from the University of Utah in the 90’s.

Heber City has hired a new manager to replace Mark Anderson who left the position following last year's election.

Heber City's new manager Mark Brower comes to the Heber Valley with 15 years of experience. His most recent position was as city manager of Lincoln City, CA with a population of nearly 50-thousand residents near the Sacramento area. Prior to that he has held leadership positions in Georgia, Florida and Santa Clara, Utah.

Heber By-Pass Project Study

  There’s a public meeting on Wednesday evening to present the findings of the Heber Valley By-Pass and the Main Street Corridor studies. The project teams are hosting the open house to share traffic and congestion projections for the next 20 plus years and they hope to have input from the public as they try to build a plan to address growth impacts in the Heber Valley.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Utah Department of Public Safety

A multi-vehicle crash on Highway 40 at mile marker 16, just north of Heber City, sent one man to the hospital in extremely critical condition and stopped traffic for a couple of hours Saturday afternoon.   The accident happened in the same area where 16 year-old Victor Benitez lost his life in a head-on collision five weeks earlier.  

Heber City Police Department

Heber City Police arrested a man after he stole a car while claiming to be an FBI agent. 

On Sunday afternoon 30-year-old Luke Menders approached another man at a 7-11 on Main street in Heber and asked for his keys. Heber City Police Detective Tammy Thacker explains Menders claim to the victim.

“He told the victim that he needed his car as part of an FBI operation.”

The man refused to give his keys to Menders, resulting in a confrontation.

Deer Creek DWR

The Wasatch County Council met last week on a couple of water issues along with a discussion about the Highway 40 corridor management plan. Planning efforts are underway to build a bypass route around Heber City and the County Council wanted to be sure Heber municipal is on board with the overall management plan.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Heber City Police Department

A Heber City man was arrested after an argument with his roommates led to the man pulling out a gun. 

Kyle Louis Salber was arguing with his roommates when he pulled out a .40 Caliber handgun. According to a Facebook post by the Heber City Police department, Salber was intoxicated and using the gun to get his roommates to do what he wanted.

Officer arrived on the scene where Salber was taken into custody without incident.

Heber City

Heber City officials, residents and business owners have talked for years about the need to divert traffic off US Highway 40 with a bypass road. The Heber Valley Chamber Bureau wants the state of Utah to deed a 6 mile stretch of the highway to Heber City in order to take through traffic around the downtown area. Carolyn Murray has this:  

The crash occurred on Friday afternoon, near 3000 North in Heber City on SR-40. An eastbound Toyota Highlander crossed over into westbound lanes and struck a Mazda 6 head on. The driver of the Mazda, 16-year-old Heber resident Victor Benitez was killed as a result of the crash.

The Utah Highway Patrol does not yet know why the Highlander moved over into the wrong lanes. The driver, 78-year-old Heber resident Susan Burton was life-flighted to the U of U medical center with life-threatening injuries.

The travel booking website Expedia.com has placed Heber on its list of the most beautiful towns in America. Rick Brough has more:

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