Wasatch County

The real estate report for the second quarter of 2018 showed some strong indicators for single-family homes, for the Snyderville Basin, and for Wasatch County. 

The President of the Park City Board of Realtors, Todd Anderson, said that sales activity has been steady, despite a lack of inventory.

“Once again we’re still seeing prices rising. we’re still seeing the levels of sales rising at the same time and not so much that it’s pushing prices to unreasonable increases”

He said that the prices for single-family homes have increased by six percent, year after year.

Utah Division Of Forestry Fire State Lands

Wasatch County is recovering from the massive Dollar Ridge fire which began last month near the Strawberry Reservoir.

The county's Fire Chief, Ernie Giles, said in his 30 years on the job, it's the worst wildfire he's seen--maybe the worst in that county's history.

Giles told KPCW that the fire is designated as 100 percent contained, but it's still burning in some spots.

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.

 Decisions made by the Wasatch County Transient Tax Advisory Board have come under fire by a Heber Valley Business owner, Lynn David.  In a Salt Lake Tribune article, he claims the Board acted unethically in distributing grant money to several Heber Valley businesses.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Lynn David, owner of the Hiking Inn, applied for 3600 dollars through the Heber Valley Transient Room Tax grant program. He was awarded 500 dollars which he declined, calling it a pittance. David told KPCW he was not available for an interview until later this month due to travel. 

With the start of the academic year just around the corner Wasatch School District is shoring up some work to improve the wellness and safety of their students. 

Wasatch School District’s additional emphasis on school safety comes in part due to a community meeting held earlier this year. The meeting came in response to school shootings across the U.S. and a social media threat by a Wasatch High student. Wellness director Ben Springer says that the meeting resulted in some positive changes.

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.  

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.

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.

Wasatch County

Rocky Mountain Power Company and the municipal power company, Heber Light and Power, are evaluating the feasibility of burying new high power lines through the Heber Valley. The community has expressed opposition to the original plan which would run the 100 foot power poles through sensitive view corridors. Rocky Mountain Power would pay for the costs of installing above ground lines but the Heber Valley Community would have to pay for the difference in costs to bury them.   Carolyn Murray has this:

Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

The Dollar Ridge fire has been burning the entire month of July. The fire started near Strawberry Reservoir in Wasatch County and moved into Duchesne county causing evacuations in both counties.

Now the wildfire is nearly wrapped up. The fire is 93% contained and just over 300 personnel are working towards an estimated July 25th containment day.

Wasatch County has decreased their lone remaining evacuation zone to a pre-evacuation level. Duchesne County is also removing pre-evacuation status from several areas.