Emily Means

Reporter

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle. 

  Means has worked at many of Salt Lake City’s media organizations, starting her radio career as a board operator at KSL NewsRadio. She then balanced several news positions, working as producer of The Salt Lake Tribune’s web show, Trib Talk; associate producer for KRCL 90.9’s current affairs program, RadioActive; and a legislative intern for KCPW 88.3. 

  After accepting a full-time position at KCPW, Means created In The Hive, an award-winning, weekly current affairs program. She hosted and produced the program as a one-woman show for more than a year. At the same time, Means produced three other programs at KCPW: the political debate program Both Sides of the Aisle; the weekly news wrap-up Behind the Headlines; and Jazz Time with Steve Williams. 

  As KPCW’s Park City beat reporter, Means reports on the issues and affairs that drive Park City as well as providing coverage of the state legislature. She lives in Salt Lake City, listens to lots of podcasts and loves to try local restaurants, coffee shops and breweries. 

Summit County issued a public health order Sunday requiring the closure of restaurants, resorts, entertainment venues and other community gathering places, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Summit County Health Director Dr. Rich Bullough and Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson approved the order, effective Sunday, March 15 at 5 p.m.

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The Utah Legislature ended its 45-day general session at midnight Thursday. 

Heading into the 2020 general session near the end of January, the newly passed tax reform law loomed over legislators’ heads, as a citizen referendum gathered enough signatures to halt implementation of the law and put its fate to voters in November. Legislators repealed the tax law on the second day of the session.

With news of the two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Summit County, Park City Municipal Corporation has declared a local state of emergency, in solidarity with Summit County government. 

Park City Manager Matt Dias says declaring a state of emergency shows the city is taking the COVID-19 outbreak seriously. But doing so also gives the city access to additional powers and resources, if needed.

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The Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau issued a letter to its members addressing the impacts of COVID-19. 

On Wednesday afternoon, the Utah Department of Health and Summit County Health Department announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Summit County. Shortly before, the Park City Chamber/Bureau addressed its members with a letter from the county health department, encouraging business owners to take special precautions with the health of their employees over the next few months.

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In 1979, the Utah Legislature passed the Inherent Risk to Skiing Act. Republican Sen. Dan Hemmert wants to update that decades-old law with this year’s Senate Bill 228. Hemmert says anyone who skis assumes a risk.

“You are putting on pieces of wood and metal that have a plastic base,” Hemmert said. “You’re getting on snow, and you’re going downhill, and you can go fast, and there are trees and rocks and other people, and things can happen.”

With more than 100 nonprofit organizations in Park City, odds are some of them have raised money through a raffle or drawing. But in doing so, they’ve technically been skirting the law.

Republican Sen. Dan McCay’s Senate Bill 242, Charitable Drawing Amendments, clarifies that drawings for charitable fundraising purposes are not prohibited by the state’s gambling restrictions.

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The Utah Department of Health and Summit County Health Department announced Wednesday afternoon the state’s third confirmed case of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus had occurred in Summit County.

Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson says the Alice Claim subdivision has provided a decade of controversy. Now, the planning commission will look at a retaining wall along King Road that was constructed in the wrong location, so instead of the six-foot height it was approved for, the wall is now nine feet tall. Erickson says the commission will have a policy discussion about how to move forward.

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The Park City Hospital has implemented visitor restrictions for an undetermined length of time, to protect its staff and patients against COVID-19. 

Intermountain Healthcare began restricting visitors to its network of facilities Monday. The policy is based on guidelines from the Utah Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and includes restrictions to hospitals, outpatient clinics, InstaCares and physician offices.

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Members of the Park City Council attended a policy meeting with the Utah League of Cities and Towns Monday. 

The Utah League of Cities and Towns represents hundreds of municipalities at the Utah Legislature. In the league’s last policy meeting of the 2020 general session, staff presented on bills related to homeless services, gambling and education funding. But Park City Manager Matt Dias says there’s nothing that’s setting off alarm bells for the city.

The Utah House Health and Human Services Committee voted in support of a bill that bans abortion, should the landmark court decision legalizing abortion be overturned. 

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In her 2018 run for Utah House District 54, Meaghan Miller narrowly lost to Republican Rep. Tim Quinn by 162 votes. As a Democrat, Miller believes representation for the district, which encompasses Park City, Heber City and other portions of Wasatch and Summit Counties, is lacking.

“I still feel that our state legislature is a super majority that is interested more in themselves than they are in their constituents," Miller said. "The only way to change that is to get in.”

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UPDATE: House Bill 222 is scheduled for another hearing in the Senate Economic Development Committee on Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m.

A bill aimed to increase school breakfast access to 16,000 Utah students failed in a legislative committee Wednesday, after passing with bipartisan support from the full House. 

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The Park City and Summit County Councils met Wednesday for a long-anticipated discussion on the two parties’ goals for a transit system. 

At Tuesday’s State of Park City address, Park City Mayor Andy Beerman encouraged residents to support a zero-waste goal for the city. That’s something the city council will consider Thursday — what zero waste for Park City could look like. The city estimates 45% of in-town waste comes from residents.  Park City Manager Matt Dias says the city could have a huge impact and other communities in the United States divert almost 80% of waste from landfills.

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