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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.  


Singer, actress and violinist Lucia Micarelli returns to St. Regis Big Stars Bright Night concert series for the fourth time with Cellist Joshua Roman. Melissa Allison has more:


Park City will be buzzing this weekend with its long-standing August tradition, the Kimball Arts Festival.

Park City Special Events Manager, Jenny Diersen, is urging everyone to walk, bike or use public transit to get around.

But she also had details on parking in the Main Street area—and some notes on non-Arts events this weekend.

As of Friday, parking spaces are closed for Main Street, Heber Avenue, Swede Alley and the parking areas along Swede. Diersen, though, had these details on the parking garage.


Park City staff presented council with their bond resolution recommendation for the purchase of Treasure Hill and an easement for the SNOW Ranch Pastures at Thursday’s meeting. The public showed up to give their input about it. Melissa Allison has more:

On today's show Charlie Sturgis has today’s Mountain Trails report. Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt has an update on development projects throughout the county. Park City Mayor Andy Beerman recaps last night's city council meeting. Utah Olympic Park Marketing Manager Kole Nordman has details on Saturday's Psicobloc climbing competition and the Founder of Giving Artfully Kids Sitinee Sheffert talks about her and her family’s temporary move to Park City for a 5-month experiment of where to live.



The Park City Council will get the mid-season report for the Park Silly Sunday Market at Thursday’s meeting. Staff reports that the event is meeting all of the requirements in the first of their three-year contract – despite of their double-digit growth. Melissa Allison has more:

Wasatch School District is focused on improving the mental wellbeing of their students. In addition to the safety upgrades at each of the schools, Wasatch School District this year has also added a school resource officer at every school.

Wasatch School Wellness Director Ben Springer says the addition of school psychologists to Wasatch School District is another important step in improving the mental wellbeing of Wasatch County students.

Summit County Council members noted on Wednesday that, while the Tollgate Canyon Fire was bad news--it could have been worse.

They said the fire is a reminder that the county, and local neighborhoods, need to prepare for fires in areas that are more heavily populated and that are heavily forested.

County Council members, and County Manager Tom Fisher said that this week's fire-- and the Rockport fire of 2013-- were in sagebrush. Chris Robinson said it's only a matter of time before they have a catastrophe that poses a substantial threat to property and possibly even lives.

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong who has a recap of Wednesday's meeting. Wasatch School District Wellness Director Ben Springer and District Spokesperson Kirsta Albert talk about the mental health initiatives under way in the Wasatch school district. Violinist Lucia Micarelli has details about her show this Sunday at City Park - part of the Big Stars Bright Night Concert Series and Park City. And final guest Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen talks about how to plan for this weekend's Arts Festival impacts.

Melissa Allison

The Park City Council hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and ice cream social to commemorate the completion of the Creekside Water Treatment Plant. Melissa Allison has more: