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It’s been more than a year since the pandemic started, and almost all restrictions in Utah have been lifted, including limitations on gyms and events. But people are still looking to spend more time outdoors, which is driving bike sales off the charts. 

 

 

  

On today's Local News Hour:

(04:04) - Sean Higgins reports on Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough's retirement announcment.

(06:31) - Mountain Regional Water District General Manager Scott Morrison and Assistant GM Lisa Hoffman have an update on drought conditions and goal to reduce water consumption by 20%.

The Utah Department of Health announced Tuesday that the state has met the COVID-19 thresholds outlined in HB 294, or the pandemic “endgame” bill, passed by the state legislature in March.

 

As of Tuesday, all public health orders are terminated. The inability for local governments to enforce health orders caused friction between state and local lawmakers during the legislative session, but the bill passed with a veto-proof majority in the state legislature in March.

 

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough announced his retirement to the Summit County Board of Health Monday and will be officially stepping down in August.

 

Bullough has led the Summit County Health Department as Director since 2010 and told the board on Monday night that although he already had plans to retire -- twice -- prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, he could not in good conscience step away before guiding the county through the crisis.

 

Wasatch County School District

The Wasatch County Council meets on Wednesday at 3 P.M. They’ll discuss the potential for a new recreation, arts and parks (RAP) tax and an ordinance establishing a department to serve as a liaison between the county and the Military Installation Defense Authority, the body in charge of the Mayflower Resort development.

 

Five people showed up at the Summit County Health Center in Kamas on Saturday to protest COVID-19 vaccinations and discourage patients from following through with their appointments.

 

Summit County Sheriff's Lt. Andrew Wright said a Summit County Health Department employee notified the office of the protest.

 

The Utah Department of Health reported 13 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, but noted that the major of them happened over a month ago.

 

Of the 13 deaths, 10 were from before April 1. None of the deaths were Summit or Wasatch County residents. To date, 2,217 Utahns have died due to COVID-19, including 12 from Summit County and 21 from Wasatch County.

On This Green Earth, Recycle Utah Executive Director Carolyn Wawra comes on the show. 

Wawra gives us the lowdown regarding this year's Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day, which took place on April 24.

Each year, this event helps to ensure toxic waste items are disposed of properly. 

Summit County

  More than 200 avalanche fences are slated to go in above two homes in the Colony. Vail Resorts obtained permission to build the fences through a low impact permit that didn’t require the project to go through the public review process. 

The avalanche fencing was approved for a low impact permit about 10 months ago by the Summit County Community Development Deptartment. The paneled fences will be about 10-15 feet tall and wide and would act as a barrier to protect a driveway and two houses from avalanches. 

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