On today's Local News Hour:

( 07:06) Park City Deputy City Manager Sarah Pearce and Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen have details about the upcoming holiday weekend and the transportation, parking, and pedestrian plans being put into place.

( 20:15) Summit County Deputy Health Dept. Director Phil Bondurant and the CEO of the Park City Chamber Bureau Jennifer Wesselhoff have details on the Business testing program for COVID.

SNL regular Pete Davidson's first leading role is in a film that's close to his Staten Island roots and his life story. Linda Jager shares more in her review of "The King of Staten Island".

Pete Davidson is a complicated character, both onscreen and in real life. The 27-year old comedian/actor is known best as one of "Saturday Night Live"’s youngest cast members – he landed a spot on the show at age 20 and has been known to push the boundaries of comedy on the show and in his popular stand-up comedy specials.

Utah.gov

The 2021 Utah Legislature rings in the session on January 19. A preview shows lawmakers are prepared to come through with all the Amendment G election promises for education funding.

KPCW News

People looking to buy a bottle of wine or spirits in Old Town Park City will have to make a drive rather than walk to the Swede Alley Liquor Store.

The Swede Alley Liquor Store will be closed for at least a few weeks. This comes after staffing shortages in all State Liquor Stores. 

Tiffany Clason is the new director of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. She said it's not only that stores are understaffed, but also they have to manage the challenges that come with the pandemic.  

Park City Municipal

Park City’s newly tapped Planning Director, Gretchen Milliken, and her personal connections to the Kimball Arts Center have raised questions about transparency at city hall.

 

Gretchen Milliken was announced as Park City’s new Planning Director on January 5th. In the press release announcing her hire, the city did not mention that Milliken is married to Aldy Milliken, the executive director of the Kimball Arts Center.

 

Park City Fire Department

  The Park City Fire District has vaccinated Park City firefighters and Summit County EMTs.

More than 97% of Park City firefighters have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Ashley Lewis is the Administrative Battalion Chief for the district. He said everything with vaccine rollout came together quickly. 

  Utah has continued to ramp up COVID-19 testing without seeing a significant spike in cases.

The Utah Department of Health announced 2,742 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, which is over 1,800 less cases than the state saw at the same time last week.

The state saw an increase of 16,231 new tests administered. 

Summit County reported 55 new cases. Last Thursday Summit County set a new record of positive cases in a day with 76.

 

 

  

Summit County Health Department

The Coronakindness Facebook page asks for donations of books, puzzles, toys, and blocks for families with disabled or developmentally delayed children, birth to three years.

U.S. House of Representatives

The Wasatch Back’s two Congressmen, Representatives Blake Moore and John Curtis, both voted ‘no’ in Wednesday’s impeachment of President Donald Trump for inciting last week’s deadly riot in Washington DC.

 

Wednesday’s impeachment vote of the President was not split along party lines with 10 Republicans joining the Democrats and voting to impeach. Utah Congressmen Blake Moore and John Curtis were not among them.

 

John and Lynn are joined in this epsiode of Cool Science Radio by Annie Jacobsen who has written FIRST PLATOON: A Story of Modern War in the Age of Identity Dominance. Jacobsen writes about a platoon in Afghanistan that was unwittingly involved in a shadowy Defense Department program to capture biometrics—fingerprints, iris scans, facial images, and DNA—on 80 percent of Afghanistan’s entire population. This program, born of war, is coming home to America.

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