One more Utah COVID-19 death was reported by the Utah Department of Health on Saturday and the Wasatch Back remained stable in their numbers of new cases.


Saturday’s lone death was identified as a Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized at the time of her death. To date, 2,203 Utahns have died of COVID-19.


Summit and Wasatch Counties both recorded four new cases on Saturday, continuing a single-digit streak that extends back to the middle of April.


Park City Municipal

City Council in Park City reviewed a number of new construction scenarios for the proposed arts and culture district. If adopted by the council, initial costs could drop by upwards of $30 million.


To say there was sticker shock at the all-in price of over $107 million for the proposed arts and culture district in Park City is an understatement.


Mountain Trails Foundation

Charlie Sturgis is retiring in June after 11 years of leading the local nonprofit Mountain Trails Foundation, and he thinks the transition to the leadership of longtime Mountain Trails staffer Lora Smith will be a smooth one.


"I mean if it had been someone, an outsider, they would have also probably had to move on from their other job, things like that,” Sturgis said. “So, one of the benefits certainly with Laura as a person who's been almost nine years staffer at Mountain Trails, the handoff is going to be a lot simpler."


Park City Municipal

Park City was one of 11 communities designated a “Healthy Utah Community” at the 2021 Utah League of Cities and Towns midyear conference.


The Healthy Utah Community designation program was established in 2020 by Get Healthy Utah and the Utah League of Cities and Towns. 


PC Tots

PC Tots, a local, nonprofit childcare center, has announced that its campaign to fund tuition for two families has been kick-started by $10,000 in matching grants from several individuals in Park City.


The funds were contributed by a few Park City residents. PC Tots Business and Development Manager Katie Madsen said the campaign to raise $30,000 to enroll and provide scholarships to two new children from low-income families had been underway since April 1.


Wasatch County School District

Saturday, May 1 is the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month, but Wasatch School District is focusing on issues surrounding emotional wellness year-round.


The Utah Department of Health announced five more COVID-19 deaths Friday, while Summit and Wasatch Counties continued their streak of single digit numbers of new cases.


Friday’s five deaths were identified as three women and two men all over the age of 65. The Health Department said two of the deaths occurred before April 1st. None of Friday's deaths were from either Summit or Wasatch Counties.

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman told KPCW Friday morning that he intends to run for a second term as the city’s highest elected official.


Beerman had previously only indicated that he was “strongly leaning toward” seeking a second term as Mayor, but told KPCW he now intends to run for reelection.


On today's Local News Hour:

(02:58) - Leslie Thatcher reports on this weekend’s Young Riders Bike Swap in Park City.

(06:55) - Parent, Author and Activist Pete Earley will be presenting a session on Navigating the Healthcare System for Loved Ones with Mental Illness on May 4th. 

(22:21) - Park City Mayor Andy Beerman has a recap of last night's meeting.

(36: 16) - Carolyn Murray reports on UDOT seeking public input for the Heber bypass project.

(39:25) - Charlie Sturgis, outgoing Executive Director of Mountain Trails Foundation and Laura Smith, incoming Executive Director of Mountain Trails Foundation. 

(49:33) - Sean Higgins reports on how Park City Municipal and Summit County are open to extending part-time remote work post-pandemic.

Picabo Street Academy

U.S. Alpine ski racer Sam DuPratt is taking on the role of ambassador of the Picabo Street Academy ski school in Park City. 


He’s accepting the position while recovering from a severe accident in December, where he broke both of his legs while training for a World Cup downhill race in Val Gardena, Italy. 


Young Riders

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing problems in the global supply chain, finding a new bike to buy hasn’t been easy. 


The next best thing for both buyers and sellers may be this weekend’s Young Riders Bike Swap in Park City. 


The swap, held by a nonprofit that aims to get more youth into biking, is taking gear until 7 p.m. Thursday and from 2 through 8 p.m. Friday behind the Utah Film Studios at 4001 Kearns Blvd. 


New COVID-19 cases were down week over week Thursday but not by much.

The Utah Department of Health announced 463 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, which is about 10 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. 

The state’s 7-day rolling average has continued to decline. The average is now 380 cases per day, down from last week’s average of 386. During his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said the state has been at a plateau for a few weeks. 

Snyderville Basin Planning Commission

  The Snyderville Basin will soon see the return of a popular latino market as well as a new church with walk-up food service.





The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission approved two new latino owned businesses in the area. 

The first is Anaya’s Market, which used to be located in Park City. The popular grocery store moved out of its Bonanza Drive location to make way for the Arts and Culture District. 

On today's Local News Hour:

(02:15) - Sean Higgins previews tonight's Park City Council meeting.

(06:15) - Summit County Council Member Doug Clyde with a recap of yesterday's meeting.

(25:07) - General Manager of the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District, Mike Luers, has information on a number of upcoming wastewater projects.

(33:33) - Trails & Open Space Program Manager for Park City, Heinrich Deters, has an update on the latest with the walkability bonding funds - the Trailhead to Transit plans and upcoming Young Riders bike swap.

(46:44) - Jessica Lowell reports on the Synderville Basin planning commission approving two Latino owned businesses.

(49:30) - Sean Higgins reports on Park City Mountain Resort announcing their summer operation plans.

The Utah Department of Transportation wants feedback from the Heber Valley’s residents, officials and businesses on the potential for a highway bypass around Heber City.


The second round of input will be used in UDOT’s environmental impact study for the project later this spring.