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.    

Utah’s COVID-19 cases continue to decrease week over week.

The Utah Department of Health announced 611 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, which is about 200 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week.

During his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says new cases have been down everyday compared to the previous week. 

"Every day this week, our cases have been down over last week," Cox said. "We continue to see a 10-30% decrease almost every day, week over week."

Park City Municipal Government

If you’ve ever lost anything around town, there’s generally two places you check...KPCW’s Lost and Found or the Park City Police Department. At the end of this month, the police department will be disposing unclaimed property.

 

 

  

Once or twice a year, the police department donates or throws away all of the items they’ve accumulated. The department has a property and evidence room that can function as a lost and found but also houses things like police evidence as well as seized property.

Of the almost 760,000 COVID-19 doses administered throughout Utah, almost 13,000 were administered in Summit County and more than 8,400 were in Wasatch County.

There were more than 18,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered since Tuesday. Summit and Wasatch Counties are registering to vaccinate residents 65 or older and people with certain underlying medical conditions. 

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When the Old Town liquor store temporarily closed mid-January due to staff shortages, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said it would be a minimum of three weeks before they reopened. 

However, after more than six weeks, the DABC director of communications Terry Wood said they still don’t have a set opening date. 

Summit County reported another COVID-19 death Tuesday, the second COVID-19 death in one week.

The Summit County man who died of COVID-19 was between 45-64 years-old, and was hospitalized at the time of his death. Summit County has now seen ten COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic. 

The Summit County resident was one of nine deaths reported by the Utah Department of Health. They noted two of the deaths were from before Feb. 9, but didn’t specify which two. To date, 1,949 Utahns have died due to COVID-19.

Summit County Health Department

Summit County residents will now have access to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the Park City Hospital in addition to the local health department.

 

 

With the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine officially online and an anticipated increase in shipments of both the Moderna and Pfiezer vaccines, the Utah Department of Health announced a partnership with the University of Utah Health, Intermountain Healthcare and Nomi Health. 

UTAH FILM COMMISSION

A bill that would raise the film tax incentives in Utah has been making its way through the legislature. Its impacts could directly affect Summit County.

The popular drama TV series Yellowstone moved production last September to Montana. The key driving factor was economic incentives offered by the state.

Utah saw its lowest COVID-19 daily case count in 6 months Monday.

 

The Utah Department of Health announced 257 new COVID-19 cases Monday, which is about 100 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week.

There were 3,133 people tested for the first time, with 6,517 total tests administered. On average about 5% of “tests over tests” are coming back positive, while the percent positivity for “people over people” is 11%. 

John Kleba

A Park City High School alum is making record times in U.S. speedskating.

Casey Dawson set an unofficial record at a time trial on Saturday. His time, just over 3.37, on men's 3000m speedskating, is almost a full second faster than the previous U.S. record set in 2005. 

Dawson graduated from Park City High School in 2019. Youth Sports Alliance Executive Director Emily Fisher said he got his start with their afterschool activities. 

Summit County reported another COVID-19 death Sunday.

The Summit County man who died of COVID-19 was between 45-64 years-old, and was not hospitalized at the time of his death. Summit County has now seen nine COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic. To date, 1,935 Utahns have died due to COVID-19.

The Utah Department of Health announced 465 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, which is about 250 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. 

Two bills regarding billboards and local regulations have failed the Senate Floor.

 

 

 

Under Senate Bill 61, billboard companies would’ve been able to transition existing displays to electronic sign faces regardless of local regulations. 

Here’s the bill’s sponsor Republican Sen. Scott Sandall:

Deseret Wellness

 Medical cannabis card holders near Park City will now have access to a local dispensary after the grand opening of the Wasatch Back’s only medical marijuana pharmacy.  

After overcoming a number of hurdles with construction and the pandemic, Deseret Wellness opened their doors on Kearns Boulevard to the public Thursday. 

Jeremy Sumerix, marketing president of the dispensary, said after their ribbon cutting event earlier this month, they saw their first customer Thursday morning. 

This story was last updated at 10:00 a.m., JFeb. 28th 2021.    

 

After a high speed chase on 248 Thursday, an individual was taken into custody.

The suspect, 36-year-old Jarred Pacheco of East Carbon, was trying to evade deputies who had a warrant for his arrest for car theft, according to Summit County Sheriff's Lieutenant Andrew Wright. 

Skijoring Utah

A smaller than normal crowd cheered on skiers making their way through an obstacle course … while gripping a rope attached to a horse. 

That may sound like an impossible task, but it’s a sport known as skijoring. 

 

Soldier Hollow has hosted a skijoring race every Febuary for the past 6 years. Last year, the event drew in over 3,000 guests, this year was smaller due to the pandemic. The race, which happened last Saturday hosted about 200 attendees and over 130 competitors. 

Of the nearly 650,000 COVID-19 doses administered throughout Utah, more than 9,500 were administered in Summit County and over 7,000 were in Wasatch County.

The Utah Department of Health announced 812 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, which is about 100 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. 

There were 7,631 people tested for the first time, with 19,389 total tests administered. The 7-day rolling average for “tests over tests” positivity is about 6%. 

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