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Almost exactly two years ago, two 13-year-old boys, friends at Treasure Mountain Junior High, Grant Seaver and Ryan Ainsworth, died within days of each other after ingesting a synthetic opioid known as “pink”.

Now the parents of the two boys have filed lawsuits against each other.

Last spring, Grant Seaver’s parents filed a wrongful-death suit against the parents of four of their son’s friends, including the parents of Ryan Ainsworth, and claimed that the adults were guilty of negligent supervision.

Utah Division Of Forestry Fire State Lands

Parts of Summit and Wasatch Counties are filled with smoke originating from fires in southern Utah County.

The Pole Creek fire and Bald Mountain fires are near Mount Nebo and Spanish Fork Canyon and are heading towards a possible convergence. The combined flames have caused evacuations in Woodland Hills, Elk Ridge and Covered Bridge communities no structures have been lost as of this report.  

The fires have burned nearly 70,000 acres combined and have just two-percent containment.

The Park City Board of Education met Wednesday morning in the first of two team building meetings that are happening this week. The retreat will set the course for the current school year. With the new superintendent on board, it’s the first formal team building opportunity for the School District’s Executive Board. Carolyn Murray has this:

Summit County

Summit County is getting a lot of complaints about its reconstruction efforts on Kilby Road.

In a brief report Wednesday to the council, county manager Tom Fisher reviewed what they’re hearing, and why the county is undertaking the road renovations.

Fisher said that they are not tone-deaf to the complaints about the Kilby project, and he said the citizens are raising valid points.

The Youth Sports Alliance has hired a first ever Development Director who is on board and gearing up for their biggest fund raiser of the year. Registration for the Get Out and Play programs are open but filling quickly and there’s a new afterschool program in The South Summit School District this year. The fall scholarship application window is closed but more scholarship applications will be taken in the spring of next year. Carolyn Murray has this update:

Three suspects have been arrested after they were caught burglarizing a Summit Park home, and then were pursued by officers in the Salt Lake Valley.

According to Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright, they got a call Tuesday night, at about 6:45.

A neighbor to a residence on Matterhorn Drive said he noticed an unfamiliar vehicle at the address. Then he saw three men jumping out of the back balcony of the house. When he tried to ask the suspects what they were doing, they jumped into their vehicle and drove away.

Autumn Aloft - 2014

The annual Autumn Aloft event will bring nearly two dozen hot air balloons to Park City this weekend. 

The Autumn Aloft launch events will take place at the North 40 Fields on Saturday and Sunday morning, Misha Ross explains the day’s activities.


Park City has added details about the status of Assistant Attorney Polly Samuels McLean’s employment.  Melissa Allison has more:

PCSC Arts Council

The Park City Summit County Arts Council is encouraging residents to experience art in nature.

The Art on the Trails event happens this Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and takes place on McCloud Creek Trail. PCSC Director of Programs and Engagement Jocelyn Scudder explains the event.

Summit County

The recent City Tour to towns in Montana and Wyoming offered plenty of food for thought. Summit County Manager Tom Fisher offered a few examples in his regular report to KPCW.

Fisher said that after hearing from officials around Bozeman and Gallatin County, in Montana, they felt a little more grateful for the tax system in Utah.