David Boyle

Reporter

KPCW reporter David Boyle covers all things in the Heber Valley as well as sports and breaking news.

Although this is ‘technically’ David’s first full-time job he joins the news team with plenty of experience working at his hometown newspaper the San Juan Record along with internships at KUER, KSL and BYU Radio as well as a degree in News Media from BYU.

Originally from Monticello, Utah, David also has deep ties to the Heber Valley. His grandfather Bob Clyde was a sheep rancher in the valley and also represented the county in the Utah State Legislature for 16 years.

If he’s not in the KPCW bullpen you can find David hiking with his wife Emily, skiing, watching NBA basketball or re-runs of Seinfeld and The Office.

Wasatch County

The Wasatch County Council approved the June 30 primary election results at their meeting on Wednesday along with resolving ongoing discussions about culinary well policy and GRAMA requests. 

 

Clerk Auditor Cal Griffiths reported a strong turnout in the Republican primary at 66%.

 

Mitchel Burns

A wildfire in Wasatch County has caused a few preliminary evacuations near the town of Daniel.

North Summit Fire District

The Utah Division of Natural Resources is investigating the cause of eight fires in Coalville at the beginning of the week.

 

The North Summit Fire District reported that on Monday and Tuesday, there were eight brush fires inside Coalville city limits, all within 24 hours of each other. Firefighters were able to put the fires out before extensive damage occurred.

 

All eight blazes are under investigation for arson.

 

Heber City

The Heber City Planning Commission granted final plat approval for the Turner Mill mixed-use project at its Tuesday evening meeting. 

 

The 35-acre project is located on the south end of town at 1550 South Highway 40, mostly behind the K&T Silver Eagle gas station. The proposed mixed-use project would consist of 50 townhomes, 34 motor court homes, and 32 cottage lots.  

 

Wasatch County

The Wasatch County Council meets in regular session Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.

 

At the meeting, the council will receive their weekly update from the county health department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

As of Tuesday morning, Wasatch County had 77 active cases, 383 recovered cases and four deaths connected to COVID-19.

 

An ordinance that would lower the minimum size of a property that can have a well in the county will also be considered. 

Midway City

Last Tuesday the Midway City Council heard a brief conversation regarding a request to make some upgrades and changes to the Homestead Resort.

 

Plans to revitalize the Homestead Resort in Midway have been a topic of conversation for the past year and a half. Last year, a local company’s plans to purchase and revitalize the resort stalled when the company and one of the property owners within the resort were unable to resolve a title issue. 

 

Midway City

Midway and Rocky Mountain Power’s dispute regarding the timing and cost of a power project that will cover about a mile of the city is now being reviewed by an appellate court.

Rocky Mountain Power will be constructing new transmission lines to carry power through the southern portion of Midway to the Midway Substation connecting to the Jordanelle Dam Substation. The project has been approved but the question of whether the power lines go high overhead or are buried underground is yet to be answered.

 

Wasatch County

Last week, the Wasatch County Council decided to create a committee to further explore an ordinance that would make the county into a “Second Amendment sanctuary county.”

 

Councilor Kendall Crittenden brought the item to the county agenda. Crittenden spoke about recent events in the country, saying he’s concerned there’s a movement to take away First and Second Amendment rights as well as others. 

 

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects individuals' rights to keep and bear arms.

After a Black Lives Matter mural on Main Street was vandalized, Park City officials held a discussion about race as part of their Friday Roundtable.

 

Park City’s Main Street was adorned with four murals commissioned by Park City Municipal and Summit County Arts Council over the Fourth of July weekend, including one with the words “Black Lives Matter.” By Wednesday morning, it had been vandalized. 

 

Friday morning the city held an online conversation with the artists to discuss the murals.  

Utah Open Lands

Wasatch County Council voted Wednesday evening to approve issuing two million dollars to the preservation of a 100-acre dairy farm in the valley.

Heber City

Heber City Market on Main is making its first appearance for the season Thursday evening.

Wasatch County Search and Rescue

A 71-year-old man drowned at Deer Creek Reservoir on Wednesday. He’s the second person to drown at the popular Wasatch County recreation area in two weeks.

Heber City

Plans to limit full home, short-term rentals in Heber’s downtown area were scrapped by its city council on Tuesday.

 

Heber City Council has been discussing possible ordinances surrounding nightly rentals like Airbnb and VRBO in the city for about a year. The council last night agreed that owner occupied rentals should be allowed in all parts of the city, however.

 

Heber City Municipal

The Heber City Council rejected the planned North Village Resort’s request to annex into the city at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

 

The North Village Crossing Annexation is almost 140 acres located at the southeast and southwest corners of River Road and US 40. The developers signed a 25-year development agreement with Wasatch County in 2013, the plan will result in several hundred nightly rental units, and nearly half a million square feet of retail, including a gas station and a water park. 

 

Wasatch County

During its regular Wednesday meeting the Wasatch County Council will receive their weekly update from the county health department regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The council will also discuss and decide on whether to move forward with an ordinance declaring Wasatch County a Second Amendment “sanctuary county” and updating the fee schedule for open records requests to the county.   

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