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Utah courts began sending people jury questionnaires by email during the pandemic as a public health measure. In Summit County, the shift to email court notices to potential jurors has yielded very little participation, which is a problem as courts seek to schedule backlogged jury trials. 

Third district Court Judge Richard Mrazik knows that people may not enjoy receiving a notice to answer questions on a survey that could result in being called to jury duty.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 2:55)  Mountain Trails Foundation weekly report with Executive Director Lora Smith.

( 5:11) Rick Brough's report on the Public comment to the Summit County Council Wednesday which supported the proposed open space bond, for up to $50 million.

( 9:35) Judge Richard Mrazik discusses jury duty snafus

( 25:06) Park City Councilor Steve Joyce has a recap of Tuesday's retreat and last night's meeting.

PCSD

The Park City School District Board is scrambling Thursday to respond to a problem during Tuesday’s bond hearing. The doors were locked, so people interested in attending were not able to enter the building.

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A man died while hunting Wednesday night near Strawberry Reservoir.

 

The hunter who died was in his 50s. According to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s office, he and his family were hunting near the Aspen Grove campground, which is just south of Strawberry Reservoir.

Emergency responders found him unresponsive around 8:30 p.m. and couldn’t resuscitate him. It was in a rugged, remote area, and a helicopter flew his body away. Sheriff’s deputies, Wasatch County EMS, Search and Rescue, and a Life Flight unit responded.

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese

Business representatives in the Heber Valley will meet to talk about ideas and issues in the local economy Monday.

All local businesses are invited to the Monday morning business forum. It’s at the Wasatch County Senior Citizen Center at 465 East 1200 South. It’s also open to the public.

Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce Director Dallin Koecher says his office organized the event to get feedback directly from businesses.

Heber City

At an interlocal meeting with Heber City and Wasatch County Wednesday, local officials discussed the Heber Valley Airport.

 

  

Heber Airport Manager Travis Biggs gave an update to Heber City, Wasatch County and Daniel Town, as well as to members of the public. He touched on points the city will focus on as it tweaks the master plan for years to come.

Public comment to the Summit County Council Wednesday supported the proposed open space bond, for up to $50 million, that will appear on November’s ballot.

At the same time, speakers from the Kamas area asked the council for reassurances that spending from the bond won’t be siphoned off mostly to the west side of the county.    

To comply with an official state timeline, the council held a public hearing for the proposal, the first county-wide open space bond it has put forward.   

Vail Resorts, owner of Park City Mountain, announced Thursday it plans to replace the Eagle Lift and Silverlode Lift for the 2022 – 2023 ski season.

The Eagle Lift is currently a triple chair at the base of the resort, next to the First Time Lift.  Vail plans to change it to a high-speed six-person chair lift with a new mid-station. Vail claims the new lift will significantly reduce crowding and wait times.

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Utah Congressman Blake Moore introduced legislation aimed at addressing staffing shortages at the Forest Service and mitigating wildfire risk Wednesday.

 

Moore represents Utah’s 1st Congressional District and Summit County in the House of Representatives and announced the legislation late Wednesday.

 

Michelle Deininger

Summit County has issued a new public health order that sets a threshold for requiring face coverings at all public and private middle schools and junior highs in the county.

 

The standard for a mask mandate expands to higher grade levels what the county has already ordered for elementary schools.

 

Photo credit Brasilia Medinat

Summit County Sheriff identified the two people in the car that crashed on US 40 after a high-speed chase yesterday morning. Daisha Reynolds, 19, of Salt Lake City, was ejected from the car when it rolled over and died at the scene.

The driver was Charles Caster, 22, also of Salt Lake City. He is in critical condition and was airlifted to a hospital after the crash. The incident is being investigated by the state Attorney General’s office, West Valley Police Department, Park City Police Department, and the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 3:12) Carolyn Murray's update on Park City's neighborhood traffic management program, the People First Streets Project.

(7:08) Summit County is providing a $100 vaccination bonus to its staff as Rick Brough reports.

( 9:43) Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson recaps Wednesday's meeting.

( 23:05 ) Jordan Moon on running across America

Ben Lasseter/KPCW Peace House Executive Director Kendra Wyckoff speaks to Heber City Manager Matt Brower (left), Councilman Ryan Stack and the rest of the Heber City Council about domestic violence in the area.

At Tuesday’s Heber City council meeting, negotiations on a sewer contract ended, guaranteeing service to a large swath of Wasatch County. The council also dedicated October to raising awareness about domestic violence and restricted industrial developments.

 

  

The Twin Creeks Special Service District serves the water-related needs of about 4,000 people in eastern Wasatch County. At the Heber City council meeting Tuesday, it agreed to connect to Heber City sewer lines that flow to a sewer plant.

Carolyn Murray KPCW

  

Park City's neighborhood traffic management programs include the People First Streets Project, which uses inexpensive, temporary solutions like colorful paint to slow down traffic  and increase pedestrian safety.

Data shows the People First Streets project in Prospector has reduced vehicle speeds by one mile per hour since it began in June.

UDOT

Updated at 3:54 p.m.:

Pursuit of a stolen car resulted in the crash that killed one person and left another in critical condition Wednesday morning. The car had been stolen from a parking lot in Hideout.

An hour after the car was reported stolen, a Midway resident called the Wasatch County Sheriff to report someone trying to break into another vehicle. The caller said the person trying to break in got into a black car and left. That car matched the description of the stolen car.

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