Sean Higgins

Reporter & Weekend Edition Host

Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW.  Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020.  As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.

Sean is a University of Vermont graduate, where he earned his degree in Political Science and was also a member of the Catamounts' National Championship winning NCAA ski team. When he's not in the KPCW news room, you can probably find him on his skis, his bike, or standing in his favorite trout stream (just don't ask him where that is, because he'll never tell you). He is a Salt Lake City resident. 

KPCW

The Utah State Legislative Session comes to an end Friday and some local officials have raised concerns about the legislature’s willingness to take authority away from Utah cities, towns, and counties. 

 

In only 45 days, the Utah Legislature conducts the business of the state each year. Hundreds of bills are considered each session, causing a whirlwind of committee hearings, votes, amendments, and more votes before it’s all over.

 

Park City Library

Park City’s newest librarian, Daniel Thurston, will be bringing Spanish language services to the local library. KPCW’s Sean Higgins has a look at what Daniel will be offering to Park City’s Spanish speaking community.

 

Daniel Thurston’s first official day as Park City’s Spanish services librarian was January 4th, but he has been hard at work translating library information and programming out what he’ll be offering the city’s Spanish speakers in 2021.

 

Park City Farmers Market

The Park City Farmers Market is looking to purchase land to make its permanent home.

 

The Park City Farmers Market has been a community staple for over 20 years. Each summer, the market provides locals and guests an opportunity to purchase organic, locally-grown produce at the base of Park City Mountain Resort.

 

Now, the market is searching for a permanent home.

 

Genius Sk8 and Snow

With the COVID-19 pandemic still forcing many events to be canceled this winter, one 11-year-old Parkite is hoping to get kids competing again, virtually. 

 

Steele Stark knew he wanted to turn his passion for skateboarding and snowboarding into a career at a young age. Now, he’s successfully put on several youth skate and snowboard events and is currently hosting a virtual competition this month. He’s also only 11.

 

Park City Municipal

With the COVID-19 pandemic looking to be nearing its end, city government in Park City is beginning to shift its focus to something that was put on the back burner one year ago: Vision 2020 and the community’s priorities over the next 10 years. KPCW’s Sean Higgins sat in on Tuesday’s virtual coffee with council and has this:

 

With the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us, city hall is now looking to jumpstart the Vision 2020 program and refocus on community priorities like transportation, the environment, and social equity.

 

Sean Higgins

Official sales tax numbers for December were released by the Utah State Tax Commission. In Park City, sales tax revenue was down 9% from December 2019.

 

December’s sales tax report was not quite as exciting as November’s, where Park City outperformed non-pandemic years by over $300,000, but was still better than staff at city hall was expecting.

 

22 COVID-19 deaths were reported by the Utah Department of Health on Saturday.

 

Saturday’s report brings the statewide death toll from the disease to 1,929. None of Saturday’s deaths were from either Summit or Wasatch Counties.

 

Park City Library

The Park City Library has announced they will be reopening for in-person services starting on Monday, March 1st.

 

It will be nearly a year -- 352 days, in fact -- since the Park City Library first shut its doors at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Utah. The library was open for limited services like curbside book delivery over the summer, but shut back down again as the pandemic ramped up last fall. 

 

Park City Municipal

The Park City City Council decided to move forward with a public hearing on the future arts and culture district at their meeting Thursday night.

 

After months of discussion on just what the project will look like and how the city plans to pay for it, the Park City City Council says they’re ready to present the arts and culture district to the community and decided to plan for a public hearing on the topic.

 

No date has been set yet, but city hall says it will likely take place sometime in the coming weeks.

The Utah Department of Health reported 17 new COVID-19 deaths across the state on Friday. Despite the higher number of deaths, average case numbers across the state, including those in Summit and Wasatch Counties continued to decline.

 

Friday’s 17 deaths brings the statewide death toll from COVID-19 to 1,907 since the start of the pandemic last march. All of Friday’s deaths were individuals over the age of 45 and none were from either Summit or Wasatch Counties.

 

Governor Spencer Cox announced Thursday new vaccine eligibility for Utahns over the age of 16 with certain comorbidities, effective immediately. 

 

Initially expected on March 1st, individuals 16 and older with comorbidities like cancer and chronic heart disease are now immediately eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. A full list of eligible comorbidities can be found here.

 

Park City Municipal

The arts and culture district will once again be a central topic at this week’s meeting of the Park City City Council. The council will be taking a deep dive into the financial model for the project and explore different ways to pay for its increasing costs.

 

If there’s one aspect of the arts and culture district project that has been particularly troubling for people following its progress, it’s just how much the project is expected to cost.

 

Park City Municipal Corporation

Tuesday night’s virtual State of Park City address by Mayor Andy Beerman offered a “journey through time,” connecting the city’s modern problems like traffic and housing affordability with lessons learned -- or not learned -- in the past.

 

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman characterized 2020 as a year of ‘big little things’ on Tuesday night, where although many of the city’s larger goals for the year were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, small incremental progress on a number of key city priorities were made.

 

Widespread internet outages in the Wasatch Back on Monday night into Tuesday occurred after utility cable was damaged by Utah Department of Transportation crews in the Salt Lake Valley.

 

Construction crews working on I-15 along the Wasatch Front near Draper damaged utility lines on Monday, disrupting internet service for AT&T and Centurylink customers. Customers of Wicked Fast internet in Park City were also affected.

 

Park City Fire District

Park City fire crews responded to a fire on Homestake Road Tuesday Morning.

 

According to the Park City Fire District, emergency crews were called to a multi-family structure fire on Homestake Road just after 8am Tuesday morning.

 

Several fire engines, an ambulance, and the Park City Police Department were all at the scene. According to the fire district, the building was evacuated and the fire was quickly contained.

 

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