Wasatch County

Heber, Midway and Wasatch County


This week is a holiday for many who will enjoy time off, parades, celebrations and fireworks displays.  But it’s all hands on deck for the Wasatch Fire District.  They’ve got regulations in place and with the hot temperatures and high winds predicted for the next few days, they are on alert.  Carolyn Murray has this:

The crash occurred on Friday afternoon, near 3000 North in Heber City on SR-40. An eastbound Toyota Highlander crossed over into westbound lanes and struck a Mazda 6 head on. The driver of the Mazda, 16-year-old Heber resident Victor Benitez was killed as a result of the crash.

The Utah Highway Patrol does not yet know why the Highlander moved over into the wrong lanes. The driver, 78-year-old Heber resident Susan Burton was life-flighted to the U of U medical center with life-threatening injuries.

Voting in Primary Elections in Utah can be confusing unless you affiliate with either the Republican or Democratic Party.  The Vote by Mail system has proven to increase participation but there are still substantial numbers of registered voters who don’t cast a Primary Ballot due to the decisions made by the Republican State Party along with the County Clerks who decide which ballots are sent out.  Carolyn Murray has this:

The Federal Election Commission and the State of Utah Financial Disclosures have released campaign finances for the primary election.

Mitt Romney is running for the U.S. Senate seat left open by the retirement of Orrin Hatch. Romney has raised over $3.5 million, with $1 million transferred from his 2012 Presidential election bid. Romney has disbursed nearly $2 million during his campaign. John Cumming contributed over $8,000; Evrett and Cheryl Benton contributed over $16,000

New Director of Utah State Park Jeff Rasmussen comes into his new role with 25 years of experience. He’s been deputy director since 2012. He says his vision for State Parks is to continue to offer great services while keeping up with trends.

“People that we have working at our state parks know best what our customers are looking for because they’re with them every day,” Rasmussen said “they’re always coming up with new ideas 'hey we need to offer a floating water park at Jordanelle' it’s because of that creativity and dedication that we come up with these ideas”

Former presidential candidate and Utah Olympic Director, Mitt Romney is running in the Republican Primary race for the Senate seat which is opening due to the retirement of Orin Hatch. He’s facing off against Mike Kennedy a physician representing Utah House district 27 in Utah County. The Primary Election is June 26th and whoever wins will be the Republican nominee in the General Election.

Mitt Romney says he has spoken out against the current Trump Administration policy that separates children from their parents as they attempt to seek asylum at the US Border.         

Brent Kelly is being inducted to the Utah Cowboy Hall of Fame this July. On June 8 he was announcing the Utah High School State Rodeo Finals in Ogden as he’s done every year for 31 years. Brent’s son Jason announces rodeo with him and surprised his dad that evening.

Citizens of the Wasatch Back were able to see Five candidates running to represent District 26 in the Utah Senate participated in a forum in Heber on June 13th. The event was sponsored by the Park City Unit of the League of Women Voters of Salt Lake. KPCW’s David Boyle has more:

The Willow Creek Fire near Strawberry reservoir is 25% contained. David Boyle has more: