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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.

The U.S. Forest Service has updates on the two fires Northeast of Kamas. The Cobblerest Fire is located along the north side of Mirror Lake Highway and was reported Saturday morning and has burned about 100 acres between the highway and Alexander Lake. The fire is at 25% containment. Over 80 personnel are working on that blaze, the cause of that fire is not yet known.

  The Park City housing market is still lively, but perhaps there are some changes occurring, as the season changes. That's the word from the President of the Park City Board of Realtors.

In his regular report to KPCW, Todd Anderson said that sellers are making some decisions as the summer blends into fall.

Basin Rec

Snyderville Basin Recreation has their annual golf tournament fundraiser coming up this month. Basin Rec director Brian Hanton introduces the event.

Park City Municipal Corporation

Park City Municipal and Wasatch County plan to authorize a Memorandum of Understanding which will allow for the Park City Police and Emergency Services to respond to calls on the City owned Bonanza Flat property off SR 224 /Guardsman’s Pass Road. Wasatch County officials plan to sign it this week. Carolyn Murray has this:

Wasatch Sheriff’s Deputy, Jared Rigby says the Memorandum of Understanding between the County and City enforcement services will run through the end of this year.

Utah Debate Commission

  With the election season in full swing, the Utah Debate Commission is scheduled to host several candidate debates--including some that will be carried live by KPCW.

The executive director of the Debate Commission, Nena Slighting, said the group was formed about five years ago, motivated in part by Utah's poor turnout of voters.

Lisa Powell

 The summer weather may be drawing to a close, but after a hot, dry season with wildfires plaguing the Wasatch Back, Utah and the western U.S.; Summit County officials are still trying to warn homeowners to guard against fires.

In a brief county council discussion last week, council member Doug Clyde talked about the regulations for Wildland Urban Interface areas (often called "WUI" for short.)


Park City’s last community visioning project was done in 2009. Now almost 10 years later, the city is preparing a request for proposals for someone to oversee the 2020 visioning to help set the community’s priorities for the next decade and beyond. Melissa Allison has more:


The Park City School District’s newly established master planning committee met for the 1st time last week. Committee members will meet regularly for the next eight months to identify the district’s educational direction. Based on suggestions from the community, a 15-person steering committee will bring options to an executive board who will then make final recommendations to the school board. Carolyn Murray has this:  


Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber sits on the Executive Committee. He describes the master planning process as layered.  

Basin Rec is in the process of facilitating a facility demands study. Director Brian Hanton outlines some of the questions they hope to answer.

Summit County

  The Snyderville Planning Commission will host public hearings in the near future on a proposal to regulate accessory buildings and structures.

The chair of the Planning Commission says at this point, she still needs more information about the idea.

The planning commission got an introduction to the proposal during a work session last week. The planning staff said the idea was prompted by public comment.

Planning Commission chairwoman Bea Peck said she still has a basic question: Where's the harm in accessory buildings?