Jessica Lowell

Reporter
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COVID-19 cases in Utah are spiking. Friday, Utah saw it’s highest number of new cases since the start of the pandemic.

Eddie Stenehjem is an infectious disease expert at Intermountain Healthcare. He said Utah’s current cases are rivaling the spike the state saw in July.  

But he said the spike was different earlier this summer. Now, the state’s increase in cases is predominantly driven by a younger age group. Stenehjem said most of the new cases arefrom 15-24 years old.

 

Park City Police Department

  There were five car break-ins reported in Downtown Park City earlier this week.

The breaks-in all happened on Tuesday night in the same geographic area, on Woodside and Empire Avenues.  

Phil Kirk with the Park City Police Department said all of the cars were left unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry.

Kirk said the sheriff’s office has seen a number of break-ins. And he said it’s possible it’s one or two people responsible for the crimes. He said there’s a chance they’ll continue until they are caught.  

Park City Police Department

  A bicyclist was hit by a truck in Park City earlier this week. The bicyclist was hit on Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Royal Street and Silver Lake Drive.

A truck driver from Coalville tried to turn left onto Silver Lake Drive. Phil Kirk with the Park City police department said the driver said he didn’t see the bicyclist. 

The driver had a suspended license so his truck was put out of service.

The Heber City Council voted to approve a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Mill Road and Center Street on Tuesday night. 

 

Heber City Police Chief Dave Booth said since the start of this year there have been four reported accidents at the intersection. He said the most recent accident happened in July when a car rolled over. During the city council meeting Tuesday night he said the intersection can get busy with all the traffic.

Beth Armstrong Chair of Public Art Advisory Board Agenda

One of the Olympic Art Sculptures in Park City might move onto private property.

 

The sculpture was commissioned in 2002 for the Olympics. It is currently located on public property in front of the former Maverick on Bonanza Drive. 

But on Monday, the Public Art Advisory Board voted to move the piece to private property owned by Mark Fischer, the principal property owner in the Bonanza Park area.  

Park City Police Department

  A bicyclist was hit by a car in Old Town this weekend. The cyclist went over the hood of a car after the car turned left at the intersection of Park Ave and 7th Street.

 

The accident happened on Sunday around 4 p.m. 

Phil Kirk with the Park City Police Department said it appears that the cyclist had the right of way. 

The driver of the car is from out of state. He said he didn’t see the cyclist. Kirk said it’s possible the driver was using his GPS and wasn’t focused on the road. 

Renai Bodley Miller

  Park City Police Department reported a car break in at the White Barn on Saturday night. Captain Phil Kirk with the Department said the break in happened on Saturday between 6 and 8:30 p.m. 

The victims were taking photos by the barn, and didn’t realize their car had been broken into. 

They believed that their car was locked. And it wasn’t until the victims got home that they realized they were missing a wallet and cash. 

Salt Lake City International Airport

  The Salt Lake City Airport is getting a makeover.  Tuesday is the grand opening of the first phase of renovations.

 

The Salt Lake City Airport started a $4 billion renovation in 2014.  Six years later, the first concourse and terminal will open. 

Bill Wyatt is the executive director of the airport. He said the facility was overdue for an update.

Hideout Town Council has sent an explanation for their annexation plans to the public. A press release sent out Friday from Hideout’s Town Council said the elected leaders believe the annexation is in the best interest of the town and its neighbors.  

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah photo D Ramey Logan From Wikimedia Commons

Alterra Mountain Company — the owner of Deer Valley Resorts — announced preliminary plans for the 2020-2021 ski season.  

Rusty Gregory -the CEO of Alterra- sent out a press release Monday morning. He said the resort’s priority is the health and safety of the guests, employees, and the local community.

He said to ensure safety the resort will limit visitation. They will try to mitigate overcrowding by prioritizing access for season pass holders. They will also limit the number of daily lift tickets.

 

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has not had any COVID-19 cases in their jail system. But Sheriff Justin Martinez said the department has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Martinez said they have a large staff, with over 100 employees, and when someone tests positive for COVID-19, it creates a big strain on the department.

 

Park City has selected four artists to create interactive backdrops, which will be revealed on Main Street later this month. It’s part of a social media challenge to win the We Love Cities competition, with the World Wildlife Fund. 

 

The competition is between sustainable cities worldwide as a way to raise awareness about the need for more eco-friendly practices in cities. 

 

 Governor Gary Herbert said Utah’s doing very well in comparison to other states, during a press conference Thursday. He said Utah’s average caseload is around 400 new cases daily, but he wants to get that average below 400. 

 

Herbert said Utah’s hospitalization rates are in “good shape.” About 50 percent of hospital beds are available to those in need. But he said they’re ready for anything. 

 

Christian Center of Park City

Residents facing evictions in Summit or Wasatch Counties can seek rent assistance from the Christian Center of Park City. The non-profit has spent almost $1 million on rent assistance since the start of the pandemic.

SUMMIT LAND CONSERVANCY

 

Summit Land Conservancy has about five weeks to raise nearly half a million dollars to purchase land near the Weber River. The conservancy has 106 acres of land under contract in Peoa, on Wooden Shoe Lane.

Cheryl Fox is the executive director of the organization. She said they hope to convert the land into a public access nature preserve, by adding trails and access to the river. 

“We think this is going to be sort of a lovely place if people want to go walk in the shade, look at the river, fish in the river” she said.