Wasatch County

Heber, Midway and Wasatch County

Wasatch County Sheriff's Office

The bodies of a young couple were recovered from Strawberry Reservoir over the weekend.

26-year-old Chenoa Plank of Sugar House, and her boyfriend Benjamin Magalis, 24, of Minnesota were out fishing on Strawberry lake on Monday November 12th when their boat capsized.  According to Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, the couple fell into the water that was about 38 degrees Fahrenheit. The sheriff’s department said it appears that the couple drowned but the state medical examiner’s office had not yet officially determined the cause of death.

Utah Highway Patrol

A head-on crash Saturday night on Highway 40 seriously injured three motorists, and killed a dog.

The Utah Highway Patrol reported the crash occurred Saturday night at about 12:45 a.m. on the highway between Duchesne and Strawberry Reservoir.

A Nissan pickup truck occupied by two men was westbound. The report said that due to possible impairment from drugs or alcohol, the Nissan driver crossed the center median and collided head-on with a Subaru Outback, occupied by a female driver and her dog.

Salt Lake 2030 Facebook Page

And then there were two. The Reno-Tahoe area has dropped out of consideration for the 2030 US Olympic bid, leaving just Salt Lake City and Denver. The USOC came to Salt Lake this week to tour facilities and meet with government officials.

Members of the US Olympic Committee along with the organization’s CEO, spokesperson and head of international bids all toured sites as they considered Utah as the US nomination for the 2030 Winter Olympics. Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation Director Colin Hilton reports the tour went very well.

While Election Day happened over a week ago, results across the state and even in the Wasatch Back have remained too close to call.

Republican Tim Quinn and Democrat Meaghan Miller are separated by less than 400 votes in the Utah House 54 race, candidates and their supporters are encouraging voters to check the status of their ballots. Meanwhile statewide Proposition 4, which would create an independent re-districting commission to prevent gerrymandering is separated by less than one-half-of a percent.

Los Angeles County

18 firefighters from the Wasatch Back have joined with a group of over 70 firefighters from Utah to battle blazes in California.

The Woolsey Fire, located in Southern California has burned nearly 100,000 acres and is about one-third contained. The fire has also destroyed over 400 buildings in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt reports that the district sent three personnel with the Utah group. Utah firefighters left over the weekend and finished their first shift on Tuesday evening.

Bonanza Flat-Utah Open Lands Photo

At Thursday’s Park City Council meeting, the council hosted an audience of 25-30 property owners from Brighton Estates, the mountainside neighborhood near the city’s recently-acquired Bonanza Flat property.

Several speakers said they were frustrated and concerned that the city doesn’t listen to them and isn’t providing access to their homes that is both historic and legal.

In reply, city officials say they’re trying to be good neighbors, but they’re hearing conflicting voices from the neighborhood.

Meaghan Miller For House 54 Facebook page

Meaghan Miller was a long shot to win the Utah House District 54.  Although she she trails by 400 votes, Miller was pleased with the result.

Democrat Meaghan Miller was happy to win 48% of the vote in district 54. Miller explains why she thinks she was relatively successful.


Republican Ronald Winterton won the State Senate 26 seat. Previously held by Senator Kevin Van Tassell. KPCW Spoke with the newly elected state senator.

Uintah basin resident Ron Winterton comes to Utah’s State senate with years of experience in transportation and local government.

Utah House of Representatives

With a 400 vote win over Democrat Meaghan Miller, Republican Representative Tim Quinn will retain his seat in the Utah House of representatives.

Republican Tim Quinn represents State House district 54 which covers Summit and Wasatch County. Quinn spoke with KPCW the day after the election. He said the legislature will be busy making adjustments to the three propositions that Utah citizens passed.

Pure Midway

On Tuesday, residents of Midway passed a $5 million open space bond.

With a 54% to 45% vote Midway residents agreed to a $5 million open space bond. Pure Midway board member Kate Noble says that the conservation group is ecstatic about the news.