Emily Means

Reporter
KPCW Radio

After changes in ownership, staff layoffs and steady declines in revenue, the Salt Lake Tribune is pursuing nonprofit status to breathe new life into the 148-year-old newspaper. 

Salt Lake Tribune editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce says she and publisher Paul Huntsman started looking at a nonprofit model for the paper a year ago. There are two parts to the process. First, the creation of the Utah Journalism Foundation endowment, which will act as an umbrella organization to fund journalism projects. Napier-Pearce says other papers have set up this sort of funding source.  

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The Park City Council received an update from the Central Wasatch Commission Wednesday, as councilmembers decide whether to continue contributing funding to the organization. 

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Demolition on the Spiro Water Treatment Plant will soon begin, so Park City can move forward with construction of the 3Kings Water Treatment Facility. The project has already begun to impact the Park City Golf Course. 

Along with shutting down the driving range, likely until the mid-June, Park City Manager Diane Foster says Hole 11 will also be affected.

“Hole 11 is going to become a par 3, just for the purposes of construction staging during 2020 through 2022," Foster said. "Then it will go back to, I believe it's a par 4, so that is going to be an impact.” 

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The next Fiscal Year 2020 budget presentation to the Park City Council includes a reorganization of the Public Works and Transportation departments. 

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The Park City Council will hear a staff analysis on the successes and items to be improved upon from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Wednesday. 

Park City Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen considers this year’s Sundance Festival a huge success. Diersen says part of that is due to the Sundance Institute’s role in forwarding the City’s transportation goals.

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The Park City High School Class of 2019 graduation kicks off the season this Friday, followed by the Park City Trails Series 5K and the National Ability Center Barn Party, both Saturday, June 1 at Quinn’s Junction.

Park City Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen says while there aren’t many new events peppering the summer calendar, special events staff rearranged events to even out the schedule.

Have a hankering to get out and fish? You might want to take advantage of Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 8. 

Beginners especially might consider participating in Free Fishing Day, which allows anyone to fish at any public body of water in Utah without a license.

Randy Oplinger from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says this time of year, both warmwater and coldwater fish are active and willing to bite.

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The Park City Planning Commission approved the master planned development and conditional use permit, as well as forwarding a positive recommendation to the City Council on a plat amendment, for the Woodside Park Phase II housing development Wednesday. 

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Park City residents showed up at Wednesday’s Park City Planning Commission meeting to make their thoughts heard—on the record—on the Woodside Park Phase II housing development. The Commission received mixed comments. 

Doug Lee lives on Empire Ave., and the home that his family has owned for 40 years directly abuts the project. Lee says he’s supportive of the City’s goals to provide affordable housing, but he and his attorney assert that the project doesn’t comply with the land management code regarding setbacks, parking, historic preservation and open space.

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced a partnership with security manufacturer Liberty Defense to begin beta testing new imaging technology in Utah. The scanners could be used at sports stadiums, schools and large events, like the ones Park City hosts. 

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At a recent Park City Council meeting, Sustainability staff presented the first of three in-depth reports on Park City Municipal’s carbon footprint. The City’s carbon emissions goal is to be net-zero by 2022, and the Sustainability team’s analysis shows total municipal emissions increased from 2017 to 2018. The first update focused on energy impacts from the town’s water system. 

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After almost two years and nearly $18 million, The Summit Land Conservancy officially closed on a permanent conservation easement for the 158-acre Osguthorpe Farm on Old Ranch Road. 

The project was funded by an $8.8 million federal grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Services; $4.5 million from individual donors; $3.9 million from the Osguthorpe family; and $500,000 from Summit County. Summit Land Conservancy completed its fundraising in March.

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Park City Municipal hosted a community housing open house Monday, where residents could ask City staff questions and provide feedback on the Woodside Park Phase II housing development. 

Park City Community Development Director Anne Laurent says the questions and comments she heard from community members ran the gamut from design details to opposition to the project.

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The Park City Planning Commission will consider a plat amendment, the conditional use permit and the master planned development for the Woodside Park Phase II housing project Wednesday, amid public concern stemming, in part, from the City’s role as both developer and regulator. 

Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson says though the City is the applicant for the Woodside Park Phase II project, it’s been subject to the same processes and regulations that any private developer would be.

Last week’s localized power outage meant the White electric express bus could only charge at the Kimball Junction Transit Center—not at the other end of its route at the Old Town hub. The City is looking to reduce carbon emissions by switching to an all-electric fleet. But what happens if the power goes out? 

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