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Hard news covering local government: Park City, Summit County and Wasatch County - city and county councils, planning boards, water entities and issues specific the Wasatch Back.

Park City School District

It’s just around the corner, Wednesday August 23rd is the start of school in the Park City District. That first day of school will be a first for many students at new schools but will also be a first school day for Park City High School’s new principal Roger Arbabi. 

Principal Roger Arbabi moved to Park City with his family in July. His contract began on August 1st and he says he’s been impressed by what he’s seen so far from Park City High School.

South Summit School District

The South Summit School District has seen a 15 percent increase in student enrollment in the last decade. While the board of education approved a 2.7 percent tax increase at its meeting Tuesday, that was to pay for increased teacher salaries in order to remain competitive to hire and retain teachers. District officials expect more tax increases in the future to build new facilities for the growing population. Melissa Allison has more:

The Park City Council approved a $25,000 grant to the SCPW during their budget discussions for the 2019 fiscal year. Part of that money has gone toward creating the SCPW Challenge Website to help residents lower their energy consumption. Melissa Allison has more:


The Park City Planning Commission is slated to talk about proposed changes to their code for recreational vehicles, gravel and parking. Before they do, city staff wanted to know what  public what they thought and held an open house recently to get that feedback. Melissa Allison has more:

The Mobile Recreation Trailer Gets Funded After All

Aug 15, 2018
The Park City Recreation Department

The Park City Council decided to fund only the top three winners of their Innovation Challenge in March during their annual retreat. The recreation department’s idea fell just short of winning but after the fiscal year was over – the recreation manager found out they had just enough money left over to fund the Mobile Recreation Trailer and city council gave them the green light. Two months later and the trailer is already delivering smiles to the young and older Parkites. Melissa Allison has more:

Heber City / Heber City Main Street Nostalgia

Heber City and the Utah Department of Transportation continue work on the Main Street and By-Pass studies. A public input session was held last week with another one planned for the Fall. December is the deadline to complete the studies. Then it goes on to the 2019 State Legislature where Heber officials hope to get approval for next steps. Carolyn Murray has the details. 


Heber Mayor Kelleen Potter says Heber City and Wasatch County have worked for about 10 years acquiring the land to build the by-pass around Heber’s Main Street. 

Park City Municipal

You may have noticed there are cows roaming the pastures and creeks near the McPolin Farm. They're part of an environmental project, according to Summit Land Conservancy director Cheryl Fox.

During her regular visit to KPCW, Fox said her group has joined a project to improve biodiversity and the watershed on the farm.

Utah Firefighter Dies Fighting California Blaze

Aug 14, 2018
Salt Lake City Emergency Management

On Monday Draper Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Burchett was injured while fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire in California. He died Monday night from his injuries. He had a 20-year career with the Unified Fire Authority before joining the Draper Fire Department in May. He volunteered earlier in August to help with the California fire.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Moe Hickey

Last September the Trump administration announced a phasing out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program known as DACA.  He gave Congress six months to pass a Dream Act which would provide citizenship to Dreamers under DACA. A group of concerned Summit County Residents raised thousands of dollars last spring to help pay for renewal costs of those already under DACA status.  Once again, they’re raising funds to help pay the 495-dollar renewal fee. Carolyn Murray has this: 


The Park City Transit Department is getting a major overhaul and at Thursday’s meeting Transit and Public Works Director Blake Fonnesbeck told council they’re still training the staff, but the public should notice a difference by late fall. Melissa Allison has more: