Brian McInerney , Senior Hydrologist, Has a update on the winter snowfall and temperatures to date and how our snowpack is fairing.  Judging from the past few days, it should be fairing well. 

Celia Peterson with Park City Municipals’ Sustainability Department discusses My Sustainable Year programs and measures. 

Over the past 150-years, the Great Salt Lake has shrunk by nearly one-third.  This has exposed much more lake bed.  When big storms push through from the west the dust that gets picked up often ends up depositing on the snow pack along the Wasatch Range. As a result, a University of Utah study published last month concludes that dust from the lake can accelerate snow melt by as much as 25-percent.  Dr. Mckenzie Skiles is a co-author of the report and joins Chris and Nell to discuss the study. 

On today’s program, Summit County Manager Tom Fisher previews Wednesday's county council meeting. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson discusses tomorrow's Park City Planning Commission agenda which includes the plan moving forward  on the Flagstaff Mountain Development Agreement.

Dallas Graham, creator of "Red Fred Project," joins the show.

Sam Osselaer

With the heavy snowfall Monday and a winter storm warning in effect until Tuesday, 4am, Park City has announced a plan for clearing Park Avenue and Main Street.  The city is offering alternative overnight parking in the Mawhinney lot, across from the Park City library at 1200 Park Avenue, through midnight on Wednesday, January 23rd.  The city asks drivers to remove their cars from Park Avenue and Main Street and park in the Mawhinney lot so snow removal crews can work overnight through Wednesday evening.  

Utah League of Cities and Towns

There are nearly 250 cities and towns stretching across the state of Utah varying in size and structure. Although all unique, they are all also represented by an organization that seeks to represent their interests.

Rachel Otto is the director of government relations with the Utah League of Cities and Towns. She explains what the organization does.

Utah

 

With the partial government shutdown into the fourth week, the Utah Department of Workforce Services is juggling two important programs to help people get through the financial hardship. They include unemployment pay for eligible, furloughed workers and administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP. Carolyn Murray has this:

Utah Department of Workforce Services, Public Information Officer, Wendy Hyatt said about 200,000 people in Utah rely on the SNAP benefits for assistance. Well over a thousand live in Summit and Wasatch Counties.

KPCW Radio

 The Park City Traffic Control Center has been up and running since the end of December. How does it work, and will it make getting around town easier during peak traffic times? KPCW’s Emily Means has this. 

A wall of monitors shows video of a car backing into an intersection on state route 224, after turning into the wrong lane in the snow. On the next wall over, a “flow map” illustrates in red where traffic has slowed down on Interstate-80, interpreting information tracked by speed sensors along major highways.

 

historicparkcityutah.com

The Park City Council Tuesday postponed approving amendments to the design guidelines in the historic residential code, saying the public should understand what’s in them before the council signs off on them. KPCW’s Emily Means has more.

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