Jessica Lowell

Reporter

Jessica joins KPCW as a general assignment reporter and Sunday Weekend Edition host. A Florida native, she graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in English — concentrating in film studies — and journalism. Before moving to Utah, she spent time in Atlanta, GA.  

   She has interned with numerous NPR member stations around the country, working as a general assignment reporter, covering Utah’s legislative session and producing for a talk radio show.   

  In her spare time, she likes to watch movies and craft. While she's not great at knitting, she has created many unwearable sweaters.    

Heber City Police Department

A man has been charged with multiple sexual assault counts after targeting underage girls in Heber City.

 

 

  

21-year-old Joaquin Lopez was booked into Wasatch County Jail Tuesday. He was arrested after allegedly posing as a 16-year-old and sexually assaulting multiple 13 and 14-year-old girls. 

 

At least five young teenagers told police they engaged in sexual activity or were forced to engage in activity with Lopez.

Utah saw its lowest 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases since June on Thursday.  

The average is now 346 cases per day, down from last week’s average of 380. The last time the average was this low was June 14.

During his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said after the state saw a plateau in cases for weeks, numbers are finally starting to decline. 

If you saw a moving uniform line of stars in the sky last night ... you’re not crazy and they weren’t aliens.  

The string of lights spotted in the sky throughout Utah Wednesday night were Starlink Satellites. 

SpaceX launched 60 of the satellites into space Tuesday, according to a press release from the company owned by Elon Musk. 

Kamas City

With continued concern over Utah’s drought, Kamas City has started to implement water restrictions.

About a month ago, the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District had to reduce all of its irrigation contracts because of drought conditions in Utah. Kamas, which sources water from the district, was notified that this would affect the city.

  Utah’s COVID-19 cases have been down week over week for the last seven days.

The Utah Department of Health announced 480 new COVID-19 cases, which is about 40 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. The seven-day rolling average is 352, down around 30 from last week.

In the Wasatch Back, Summit County reported seven new cases. In comparison last Wednesday the county saw five. Wasatch County also reported seven new cases, which is the highest case count in Wasatch since April 15. 

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It’s been more than a year since the pandemic started, and almost all restrictions in Utah have been lifted, including limitations on gyms and events. But people are still looking to spend more time outdoors, which is driving bike sales off the charts. 

 

 

  

The Utah Department of Health reported 13 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, but noted that the major of them happened over a month ago.

 

Of the 13 deaths, 10 were from before April 1. None of the deaths were Summit or Wasatch County residents. To date, 2,217 Utahns have died due to COVID-19, including 12 from Summit County and 21 from Wasatch County.

Summit County

  More than 200 avalanche fences are slated to go in above two homes in the Colony. Vail Resorts obtained permission to build the fences through a low impact permit that didn’t require the project to go through the public review process. 

The avalanche fencing was approved for a low impact permit about 10 months ago by the Summit County Community Development Deptartment. The paneled fences will be about 10-15 feet tall and wide and would act as a barrier to protect a driveway and two houses from avalanches. 

New COVID-19 cases were down week over week Monday.

 

 

The Utah Department of Health announced 228 new COVID-19 cases Monday, which is around 20 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. The 7-day rolling average for new cases is 369cases per day, down from last week’s average of 389.

In the Wasatch Back, Summit County reported two new cases, the same as last week. Wasatch County reported three new cases, half as many as last Monday. 

Sunday’s COVID-19 case count was more or less the same as last week, but cases in the Wasatch Back increased.

 

The Utah Department of Health announced 279 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, which is 2 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. 

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COVID-19 vaccine supply has begun to outweigh the demand. That’s why Utah Governor Spencer Cox announced a new initiative to bring mobile vaccine clinics to community organizations. 

"And now we want to take this fight, we want to take it to the people, we want to make it as easy as possible, we want to take away any excuses for not being able to get the vaccine," Cox said.

New COVID-19 cases were down week over week Thursday but not by much.

The Utah Department of Health announced 463 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, which is about 10 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. 

The state’s 7-day rolling average has continued to decline. The average is now 380 cases per day, down from last week’s average of 386. During his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said the state has been at a plateau for a few weeks. 

Snyderville Basin Planning Commission

  The Snyderville Basin will soon see the return of a popular latino market as well as a new church with walk-up food service.

 

 

  

 

The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission approved two new latino owned businesses in the area. 

The first is Anaya’s Market, which used to be located in Park City. The popular grocery store moved out of its Bonanza Drive location to make way for the Arts and Culture District. 

  After four days of increases in COVID-19 cases week over week, Utah saw a decrease Wednesday.

The Utah Department of Health announced 518 new COVID-19 cases, which is about 70 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week.

In the Wasatch Back, Summit County reported five new cases. In comparison last Wednesday the county saw eight. Wasatch County reported four new cases - twice as many as last Wednesday. 

  For the fourth day in a row new COVID-19 cases were up week over week.

The Utah Department of Health announced 327 new COVID-19 cases, which is roughly 10 more cases than the state saw at the same time last week. The 7-day rolling average for new cases is 391 per day, up around 15 compared to last week. 

In the Wasatch Back, Summit County reported eight new cases, more than twice as many as last week, when the county reported three. Wasatch County reported two new cases - the same as last Tuesday.  

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