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.

The Wasatch County clerk released updated unofficial results from the June 30 primary election on Tuesday morning. With the additional votes, incumbent Kendall Crittenden won the Republican Primary for Wasatch County Council Heber South Seat over challenger Elizabeth Hokanson. 

 

Crittenden won 439 votes compared to Hokanson’s 412. No candidates in other parties have registered for the seat, meaning Crittenden will be unopposed on November’s ballot. 

 

KPCW's Consolidated coverage of Coronavirus - COVID-19 for Summit County and Wasatch County Utah with rendering of virus from the CDC
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

 

The Utah Department of Health reported the death of the fourth Wasatch County resident due to COVID-19 on Monday. 

The man was between the ages of 65 and 84 and was hospitalized at the time of death. 

Wasatch County Epidemiologist Chris Smoot read a statement shared by the county health department following the announcement. 

Midway City

  

Midway City Council meets Tuesday evening to discuss a variety of development projects in the city, including potentially updating the Homestead Master Plan.

 

Plans to revitalize the Homestead Resort in Midway have been a topic of conversation for the past year and a half. Now the owners of the resort are coming again to the City Council to ask for a master plan amendment. 

 

Heber City

The Heber City Council is meeting in its regular session Tuesday to discuss short term rentals, affordable housing and annexations.

 

The council has been discussing possible ordinances surrounding nightly rentals in the city for about a year. Currently, no ordinances exist regulating services such as Airbnb or VRBO in Heber City. After some citizens brought complaints to the mayor the city decided to consider an ordinance.  

 

Wasatch County

The Wasatch County Council continued work on allowing smaller properties to have culinary wells as well as updates to the watershed plan on Wednesday.

 

Currently, parcels in unincorporated Wasatch County must be at least five acres in size to have a culinary well placed on them, but the County Council is considering lowering that minimum to four acres. 

 

County planner Doug Smith says they've added language addressing a few perceived issues with the code change. 

courtesy of Summit County

Officials announced the first COVID-19 death in Summit County on Thursday. 

KPCW's Consolidated coverage of Coronavirus - COVID-19 for Summit County and Wasatch County Utah with rendering of virus from the CDC
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Wasatch County doesn’t plan to issue a mandate to wear masks in public, but the county health department indicated at a Wednesday meeting that it is watching the data and keeping its options open.

 

As of Thursday, Wasatch County has reported 414 cases, 20 hospitalizations and 3 deaths due to COVID-19, according to the Utah Department of Health.

 

Walker Mortuary

Former Summit County Commissioner Sheldon Richins passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020. 

The lifelong Henefer resident was a Summit County Commissioner from 1989 through 2000. 

 

Flags at Summit County buildings, including the Richins Services Building at Kimball Junction named after him, have been lowered to half-mast in his honor this week. 

 

According to his obituary, Richins worked as an educator in the North Summit School District for 20 years. 

 

Vail Resorts

Park City Mountain Resort’s parent company took a big step in its goal to reach 100% renewable electricity usage by 2030.  

Vail Resorts announced Wednesday morning that the Plum Creek Wind Project, based in Nebraska has gone online. Vail has agreed to purchase 310,000 megawatt hours of wind energy annually from the project, which will address more than 90% of the company's current electric usage in its North American resorts. 

Tuesday’s primary was an all-mail election, meaning no in person voting took place. Preliminary results are in from Wasatch County although there are still as many as 3,700 ballots that may be counted.

Wasatch County Council meets Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. to discuss the coronavirus, wells, and watershed plans.

 

The council will begin its meeting by receiving an update from the county health department on COVID-19. According to the department, Wasatch County has had 408 cases of the disease, of those cases 72 are active, 333 are recovered and three have passed away. The health department is distributing print materials and posters throughout the county encouraging residents to wear masks, practice social distancing and stay home when sick. 

Wasatch County

Mail-in ballots were already standard in Utah, but on Tuesday it will be the only option for voters participating in the state primary election, among a host of other changes prompted by COVID-19.

 

Registered Republicans and Democrats in Summit County and Republicans in Wasatch County have already received their ballots by mail. Democrats in Wasatch County have not received ballots as there are no contested races.

 

At their Tuesday evening meeting, the Heber City planning commission unanimously voted in favor of regulating lighted signage within the city.

The discussion came as a request from Heber City Council and focused on bringing the city into compliance with dark sky initiatives. The International Dark Sky Association has outlined light zones that range from a zero rating, which would represent wilderness, to a four, which would be equivalent to New York City.

City planner Jamie Baron recommended that the city aim for level one. 

Sixteen-year Wasatch County councilman Kendall Crittenden is defending the Heber South Seat against challenger Elizabeth Hokanson, a veteran of Heber City politics, in Tuesday’s Republican primary election.

 

With no Democrats running for the seat, the June 30 primary will effectively decide the race.

Crittenden pointed to major developments like the Wasatch County Event Complex and Red Ledges as ‘wins’ during his time on the council.

 

Heber City

Heber City Council met in a special meeting Wednesday evening to discuss zoning ordinances for developments seeking annexation into the north end of the city along US Highway 40.

The previously entitled Sorenson development will add 5,700 units to the north of current city development, between the Wasatch commons apartment complex and State Road 32, over 40 years.  

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