Michelle Deininger

Managing Editor

Michelle, who joined KPCW in 2021, arrived in Utah in 2018 by way of Massachusetts, where the skiing was icy and the mosquitoes formidable. A former daily newspaper reporter and editor (at the Visalia Times-Delta in California) and columnist (at The Cohasset Mariner in MA), Michelle has been a newshound, writer and editor for decades. She holds a journalism degree from CSU Fresno and has worked as a journalist, freelance writer and web content creator, reporting extensively on education and youth along with plenty of general assignment and breaking news. 

The role of community journalism in educating and informing the citizenry and saving the world from disinformation keeps her up at night. Thinking about her next cooking project or camping expedition also keeps her up at night. The dog keeps her up at night too. She’s a night owl.  

On today's Local News Hour:

( 2:55)  Mountain Trails Foundation weekly report with Executive Director Lora Smith.

( 5:11) Rick Brough's report on the Public comment to the Summit County Council Wednesday which supported the proposed open space bond, for up to $50 million.

( 9:35) Judge Richard Mrazik discusses jury duty snafus

( 25:06) Park City Councilor Steve Joyce has a recap of Tuesday's retreat and last night's meeting.

Vail Resorts, owner of Park City Mountain, announced Thursday it plans to replace the Eagle Lift and Silverlode Lift for the 2022 – 2023 ski season.

The Eagle Lift is currently a triple chair at the base of the resort, next to the First Time Lift.  Vail plans to change it to a high-speed six-person chair lift with a new mid-station. Vail claims the new lift will significantly reduce crowding and wait times.

Photo credit Brasilia Medinat

Summit County Sheriff identified the two people in the car that crashed on US 40 after a high-speed chase yesterday morning. Daisha Reynolds, 19, of Salt Lake City, was ejected from the car when it rolled over and died at the scene.

The driver was Charles Caster, 22, also of Salt Lake City. He is in critical condition and was airlifted to a hospital after the crash. The incident is being investigated by the state Attorney General’s office, West Valley Police Department, Park City Police Department, and the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner.


Updated at 3:54 p.m.:

Pursuit of a stolen car resulted in the crash that killed one person and left another in critical condition Wednesday morning. The car had been stolen from a parking lot in Hideout.

An hour after the car was reported stolen, a Midway resident called the Wasatch County Sheriff to report someone trying to break into another vehicle. The caller said the person trying to break in got into a black car and left. That car matched the description of the stolen car.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 2:33) Carolyn Murray reports on school districts along the Wasatch Back have differing personnel policies for staff who are quarantining due to COVID-19.

( 5:48) Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Dana Jones has a monthly update.

( 20:51) Wasatch Community Foundation chair Tom Fowler and board member Jerry Pitts.

( 35:50) Teri Orr with a  preview of TedX Park City.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 2:50) Mountain Trails Foundation weekly trails report with Executive Director Lora Smith

( 7:08) High Valley Transit District Board Member Kim Carson has an update.

( 20:55) Retired army general, Parkite and author Jeff Schloesser discusses his new book, Marathon War: Leadership in Combat in Afghanistan.

( 36:14) Diego Zegarra Vice President of Equity Impact for Park City Community Foundation discussing climate fund grants and the applications process which is now open.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 3:37) Ben Lasseter reports  on nonprofit in the Heber Valley wanting families to come have a free meal and take one to go next Monday .

( 5:55) PC Municipal's Linda Jager, Alex Roy, and Andy Stevenson on the City's Fall Open House Projects

( 19:15) Park City Museum Education Director Diane Knispel talks about the upcoming Cemetery Tours on Saturday.

Summit County Sheriff's Office

Summit County Sheriff reported Tuesday that a 61-year-old Park City man came to the Sheriff’s office to confess that he had keyed several vehicles at the East Canyon Creek trailhead near Jeremy Ranch Elementary last Saturday. The man told deputies he was upset that mountain bikers were causing damage to trails and making a muddy mess.

Video reportedly taken with a Tesla’s camera and shared on social media over the weekend showed the keying happening. The video was posted with a call for help identifying the man shown.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 1:55) Summit County Health Dept educator Alyssa Mitchell talks about national suicide prevention month.

( 15:41) Meisha Ross from Autumn Aloft previews the annual hot air balloon exhibition.

( 29:11) Rick Brough's update on the Summit County Council  adoptation of a new policy on accessory buildings. 

( 33:33) The Friends of Summit County Search and Rescue presented a budget request to the Summit County Council at its meeting Wednesday as Sean Higgins Reports.

( 36:42 ) Ben Lasseter reports on Midway's Mountain Spa being conserved as open space.

( 39:02) Park City Education Foundation Ex. Director Abby McNulty has an update on programs offered by the foundation.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

A mountain lion that was frequenting a yard in the Deer Valley area was euthanized Tuesday night after homeowners called police.


A misdemeanor assault petition was filed Monday against a Treasure Mountain Junior High Student. The ninth-grader shown in a viral video of a student assault last week is facing a Class B misdemeanor stemming from that incident.

Tania Mashburn, public information officer for the Administrative Office of the courts, confirmed the petition and explained that in juvenile court, charges are called petitions.

She said penalties for such offenses vary.

Michelle Deininger

A team of county health inspectors spent August 11 visiting every single unit in the Elk Meadows complex – 106 apartments. 

Inspectors were looking for progress on a list of code violations identified last year, when the property owners applied for a business license and were denied.

Elk Meadows is the white two-story complex along Interstate 80 between Pinebrook and Kimball Junction. The apartments were built in 1993 and are classified as affordable housing. They’re owned by a Seattle-based multi-housing corporation called Security Properties.

KPCW / Recycle Utah


 Recycle Utah is holding a free composting workshop on Saturday.  According to the organization’s website, yard and food waste makes up approximately 30% of material sent to the landfills each year. Instead of throwing it away, you can turn those materials into nutrient-rich fertilizer by composting. The workshop is 10-11 am in the Recycle Utah center parking lot. 


The Utah Department of Health reported one Summit County death and one Wasatch County death due to COVID Friday. 

In Wasatch County, a man between the ages of 65-84 died. In Summit County, a woman in that same age range died. Both were hospitalized at the time of their death.

That brings the total number of COVID deaths since the pandemic began to 16 in Summit County and 23 in Wasatch County.

Wasatch County’s transmission level remains ranked as high by the state, while Summit County’s is still ranked as moderate.

David Winegar

With the Parleys Canyon Fire in a hard-to-reach area, a fire crew of 20 hiked in and camped overnight to save the time and work of hauling tools, gear and themselves up the mountainside Friday morning. 

By Friday afternoon, the fire was contained.

Mike Eriksson, area manager for the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, said assessing the fire had been impossible the past couple days due to the storms.