Ben Lasseter

Reporter

Ben Lasseter reports for KPCW in Wasatch County. Before moving to Heber City, Ben worked in Manti as a general assignment newspaper reporter and editor.

Before Utah, he reported for Alabama Public Radio as a student at the University of Alabama, near his hometown of Birmingham. He graduated with a degree in news media.

When Ben isn’t talking about what's happening in the local mountains, he might be taking photographs, skiing or camping in them. If at first you don't hear a southern accent, wait until you hear him talk sports.

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Representatives of the primary mental health clinic in Wasatch County said their office is understaffed and has a 12-month waitlist. 

 

  

 

  

A therapist and administrator at Wasatch Behavioral Health told the Wasatch County Council he and his colleagues are struggling to keep up with a recent spike in demand. It’s one of the only mental health resources available in Wasatch County, assisting people with an array of conditions, ranging from mental and emotional struggles to psychological crisis.

Caring Community Coalition

A nonprofit in the Heber Valley wants families to come have a free meal and take one to go to start the next week.

 

The Caring Community Coalition is observing National Family Meals Month by hosting its annual Family Dinner in the Park Monday.

It’s a drive-through event this year and will be held at Southfield Park, at 415 Southfield Road. It’s happening from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Autumn Aloft

After missing two years in a row, a two-day event in Park City is back to send hot air balloons into the sky this weekend.

 Autumn Aloft is happening this Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m., weather permitting. It’s the first time in three years after one event was lost to the pandemic, and the other because of bad weather conditions.

The balloons will launch from Park City's North 40 Fields at 2530 Kearns Boulevard. If the weather is good, meaning low winds and no precipitation, they could be in the air through 9 a.m.

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The Park City Institute announced a fresh season of music, dance and other performers coming to the Eccles Main Stage starting in early October.

At its season reveal event at the O.P. Rockwell hall Tuesday, Park City Institute President Ari Ioannides announced the season lineup coming to the Eccles Center Main Stage. That includes four bands, two dance performances, comedians, authors and a space photographer, among others.

Heber City

Heber City residents will stop receiving irrigation water around the end of the month.

 

  

Heber City Public Works director Matthew Kennard told KPCW that the decision to cut off water was made by the Central Utah Project, the company that controls water flow to Heber City.

Irrigation water is used for lawns and pastures.

Sunday, September 26 is the final day water will be available for flood irrigation. That’s the type of watering in large fields with water flowing down trenches to reach crops.

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Watering during a summer of drought went “better than expected” in Midway, but the city still needs to place new limits on residential watering.

Irrigation-water users in Midway see a drop off every September in what’s called “delivery,” which is water sent to homes and farms for irrigation. What’s still available for use will flow at lower pressure starting Wednesday. 

Mountain Trails Foundation

In a yearly tradition that falls somewhere between a bike race, fundraiser and party, the 2021 Tour des Suds had a strong showing Sunday.

 

  

As usual, all 400 spots in the Tour des Suds filled up for Sunday’s race in and around Park City.

Bikers in costume pedaled through seven miles of roads and trails, gaining 2,700 feet of elevation. After the climb, riders celebrated with “suds,” aka beer.

For some, it was a race, while for others, it was a “party on bikes.”

North Summit Fire District

Early Sunday afternoon, two people went to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries after a crash in Echo Canyon on Interstate 80.

They were driving westbound around 1:00 when their car flipped near mile marker 170. No other cars were involved, and Utah Highway Patrol didn’t report a cause or details about the victims.

Utah Highway Patrol, Park City and North Summit Fire, and a Summit County Sheriff’s deputy responded. Both patients went to the University of Utah hospital, one by helicopter. 

Youth Sports Alliance

The Jan's Winter Welcome will hold its annual fundraiser to support youth winter sports in Park City next month. The Youth Sports Alliance says while the virtual fundraiser was successful last year, organizers hope to hold this year’s event in person.

The Jan's Winter Welcome fundraises for more than 2,800 kids every year. It’s happening this year on Saturday, October 23.

The kids are participants in competitive sports and after-school programs through the Youth Sports Alliance, such as Get Out & Play and ACTiV8.

Heber City

At its Tuesday meeting, Heber City approved a new city engineer and a new contract for its city manager of three years.

  Heber City manager Matt Brower started working for the city in 2018, early in Mayor Potter’s current term. She says she appreciates the expertise he’s brought to the table.

Pure Midway

The tradition-heavy city of Midway is hopping at this time of year. Last weekend, officials estimate at least 100,000 people came to town for Swiss Days and the sheepdog contest. The weekend of September 18, the city hosts another European-themed gathering. 

Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson doesn’t know yet if this year’s Swiss Days broke previous attendance records.

But she says she’s pretty sure the turnout was impressive, and vendors reported strong sales.

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Heber City Council has approved a new subdivision.

The council approved the first phase of the Kimball Villas Tuesday, paving the way for 64 units of moderate density housing. A future phase of the project could add an assisted living facility to the 16-acre development. 

Located at the intersection of 650 West and South Field Road, phase one makes up most of the residential portion of the proposal. It includes 36 residential units in 4-plexes and three twin-home buildings with six living units total.

Midway City

A Park City nonprofit signed a deal to conserve a Midway hot springs property.

At the request of Midway City and with broad support in other local governments, the Summit Land Conservancy purchased 40 acres of the Mountain Spa property.

The 40 acres make up about half of Mountain Spa’s 78 total acres. They’re situated adjacent to River Road and Burgi Lane.

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When a water line on Boot Hill broke above the Snow Creek Plaza shopping center, a one-million-gallon tank drained into the parking lot and dangerously close to shops.

The flow cascaded powerfully down Boot Hill past Zions Bank into the shopping center. It rushed past stores and restaurants at and below Twisted Fern, pooling into parking lot rows and submerging some cars as much as halfway. The lion’s share of it ended up forming a small lake in between The Market grocery store and the state liquor outlet.

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Heber City Council has a packed agenda for its meeting tonight. Topics for discussion include new development and bolstering infrastructure to accommodate growth. 

The council is scheduled to vote on a new 16-acre subdivision west of Rocky Mountain Elementary School, surrounding a church at 650 South. The Kimball Villas would bring 64 units of moderate-density housing and an assisted living facility with 68 rooms.

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