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.

Midway

A developer in Midway was looking at changing the master plan for the Homestead Resort. Now that those plans have fallen through a different organization is looking to revitalize the resort.

At the Tuesday October 1st City Council meeting Midway City Council approved the transfer of Master Plan transfer of rights. Midway City Mayor Celeste Johnson explains what the transfer means.

Heber City

Heber City Council met Tuesday evening. Council discussion revolved around short-term rentals and tiny homes.

The council received a presentation from Heber business owner Heather Peet. Peet is asking the city to consider amending codes to allow for Tiny Homes on Wheels in Heber.

Midway City

Midway City Council received a report on the efforts from their Open Space Committee. The council also continued approval for a subdivision that would place just one house on seven acres.

The Midway open space committee brought four applications that have moved along the furthest to the Midway City Council at their Tuesday October 1st meeting.

Midway City

Midway City is moving forward on plans to connect trails within the town.

Midway City Mayor Celeste Johnson explains that developers in Midway have long had requirements to create trails while building out neighborhoods.

The six Heber City Council candidates sat down for a debate on Monday evening. The event was hosted by the Wasatch Taxpayers Association where candidates participated in three discussions each lasting about 20 minutes.

Vail Resort CEO says business is good and the next year is promising. The company released their 4th Quarter earnings last week.

Last week Vail released the earnings for the 4th quarter and the resort company’s entire fiscal year which ended on July 31st. Vail CEO Rob Katz reported the year was a success and the upcoming year is promising during a call with investors.

Katz spoke about the recent acquisition of Peak Resorts and the benefits of the Epic Pass in terms of mining data about their customers.

Heber City

Heber City Council meets Tuesday evening. Much of the council’s agenda revolves around housing issues in the city.

City Council meets in a work meeting starting at 4:00 pm on Tuesday. One early presentation revolves around Tiny Homes.

The small structures are between 150 and 400 square feet and built on wheels but could be placed in backyards.

Part of the council’s discussion will be defining the difference between an RV and a tiny home on wheels and understanding the potential benefits and drawbacks of allowing the structures in Heber City.

Midway City

Midway City Council meets Tuesday evening. Items on the agenda include discussions about a transfer of rights for the Homestead Master Plan, a rural preservation subdivision and an update from the Open Space Committee.

Midway City Planner Michael Henke says If city council votes in favor of the master plan transfer of rights the potential new owners of the Homestead Resort will be able to develop the property according to the 2007 approved master plan.

The Wasatch County Taxpayers Association is holding a debate for Heber City Council Candidates. The Monday night event will allow for a deeper dive into issues important to Heber City residents.

The debate is scheduled for 7:00 pm Monday September 30th at the Heber Public Safety Building at 301 S Main Street. Heber City Council Candidates Rachel Kahler, Mike Johnston, Ryan Stack, Perry Rose as well as incumbent council members Jeff Bradshaw and Ron Crittenden are all planning to attend the event.

Photo courtesy of Solitude Mountain Resort

Citing air quality and congestion Solitude Mountain Resort announced mid-September they will now charge for parking at their resort. The move is being praised by activists and watched carefully by the other resorts.

Parking costs will be tiered based on the number of occupants, those cars with two or less passengers will pay $20 per day, vehicles with three occupants pay $10, and vehicles with four or more people pay just $5 per day.

An organization has sprouted up in support of the $150 million Wasatch School District bond. They’re holding an open house on Monday. Citizens Building Education is advocating for the bond that will replace the Midway Elementary School and bring a new high school to the Heber Valley.

Citizens Building Education member Tom Stone explains why they created the organization.

A crowd of around 20 people attended the interested landowners meeting Wednesday evening. The meeting provided landowners in Wasatch County information about how they can preserve their land as open space in perpetuity through funding sources including the $10 million open space bond county residents passed in 2018.

Wasatch School District

With ballots being sent out in mid-October, Wasatch County residents are continuing to gather information on Wasatch School Districts proposed $150 million bond election.

Momentum Development Group

The Sorenson Development, located in the hills north of Heber City, is seeking annexation into the city. In order for the development to enter into city limits, they’ll have to continue negotiations with Heber City Council.

Heber City manager Matt Brower reports that the petition for annexation into Heber City by the landowners of the Sorenson Property is working its way through city council.

Heber City

Heber City will soon kick off its Airport Master Plan Update. The process will help the city and its residents plan the future of the airport.

Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter explains an airport master plan is somewhat like a business plan.

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