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. 

Melissa Allison

Several local organizations secured contracts through Rocky Mountain Power to deliver renewable energy from a new solar project here in Utah.

The 80-megawatt Elektron Solar project in Tooele County is slated to be online by 2023 and provide renewable energy to six customers in Utah, including four right here in the Wasatch Back.

Summit County, Park City Municipal, Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley Resort all secured contracts through Rocky Mountain Power, along with Salt Lake City and Utah Valley University. 

At last week’s Historic Park City Alliance business community meeting, several topics were discussed -- including changes to winter parking, the status of 2021 events, and an update to the city’s winter sales tax outlook.

Paid parking in Old Town Park City is set to resume on December 18th. 

Paid parking has been suspended since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that is scheduled to change in the coming weeks with several areas, including the China Bridge parking garage, to begin charging for parking this winter.

Sean Higgins

Park City Mountain Resort COO Mike Goar says when it comes to the resort’s new reservation system for skiing and riding in the age of COVID-19, some patience will be required. Despite some early season frustrations, he anticipates there will be plenty of opportunities to get out for some turns this winter.

The Utah Department of Health reported nearly 3,400 additional COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 14 new deaths, including one from Wasatch County.

3,395 was the number of new COVID-19 infections reported by the Utah Department of Health on Saturday, and 14 new deaths brings the total to 787 since the pandemic began.

Among Saturday’s reported deaths was a Wasatch County man between the ages of 65 and 84 who was in a long-term care facility at the time of his death. To date, Wasatch County has recorded 12 COVID-19 deaths. Summit County has seen three.

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Aayush Srivastava

The Park City City Council formally adopted new regulations regarding electric vehicle infrastructure at their meeting this week. The city believes transportation powered by renewable energy is the way of the future.

At Thursday’s city council meeting, Park City took one step closer to achieving its lofty sustainability goals.

Council voted unanimously to adopt new requirements for electric vehicle infrastructure. The changes now require dedicated parking, infrastructure, and charging stations to support electric vehicles in new development and redevelopment projects.

Sean Higgins

Park City Mountain Resort opened for the winter on Friday. KPCW’s Sean Higgins was there to get a taste of the action.

The first skiers and riders of the 2020-21 winter finally loaded onto chairlifts at Park City Mountain Resort on Friday, kicking off a winter that is sure to be unlike any other.

COVID-19 cut last season short in March and anxiety slowly built throughout the summer and fall as people wondered what this season would look like -- or even if there would be a season at all.

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Park City Municipal awarded over $2 million in state and federal grant money to in-need local small businesses and nonprofits on Friday. For full disclosure, KPCW was also a recipient of a grant.

When it was all said and done, 157 local small businesses and nonprofit organizations received $2.2 million dollars in state and federal CARES grant money. The funding was secured by the city in October and local organizations had to show unmet financial hardships due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

PEG Companies/HKS

The development of the Park City Mountain Resort base area continued to take shape at this week’s Park City Planning Commission meeting. Building heights, setbacks, and how closely the original 1998 master plan needs to be followed were the hot topics. 

Just how much does a 22-year-old master plan govern a new project at the same site?

That was the question posed to the Park City Planning Commission this week as they continued to revise the plans proposed by PEG Companies to fully develop the base area of Park City Mountain resort.

Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)

A handful of cars were towed on Guardsman Pass during last weekend’s snow storm after snow plows were blocked from accessing the road. KPCW’s Sean Higgins reports on the importance of proper winter trail access parking.

Trail access issues in Park City are not a new topic. An explosion in the popularity of trails in and around Park City in recent years has led to a number of problems like crowded trailheads, trespassing, and increased noise and parking problems.

Park City Professional Ski Patrol Association

Park City Mountain Resort and the ski patrol union have reached an agreement to extend their current contract ahead of the opening day of the 2020-21 season.

With the opening day at Park City Mountain Resort fast approaching, the union representing the resort’s ski patrollers was eager to have an employment contract in place before the first guests of the 2020-21 season were loaded onto the chairlifts on November 20th.

The Utah Department of Health reported over 5,000 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, but said the number is artificially high after a technical glitch caused an incomplete reporting of cases on Friday.

 

The Health Department said Saturday’s case count of 5,352 is approximately 1,300 higher than it should be. A technical problem with their data system early Friday morning caused it to malfunction, resulting in an incomplete case count of 2,150.

 

Lynn Ware Peek

Park City City Council voted to approve a new housing resolution at their meeting on Thursday. The move is aimed at making affordable housing in Park City more accessible. In particular, for seniors and members of the community with disabilities.

 

Thursday’s marathon city council meeting culminated in councilmembers voting unanimously to repeal Park City’s old housing resolution and replace it with a new one that better reflects the community’s future goals for Park City detailed in the “Vision 2020” initiative.

 

The Utah Department of Health says “significant technical difficulties” caused an artificially low number of COVID-19 cases to be reported on Friday.

 

After Thursday’s staggering COVID-19 case numbers climbed to just under 4,000, Utahns were eager to see the needle move in the opposite direction on Friday.

 

The Utah Department of Health only reported 2,150 cases on Friday but added that “significant technical difficulties” with their data system caused the system to malfunction early this morning. 

Utah Film Commission

The developer of the Quinn’s Junction area that includes the Park City Film Studios has submitted an application to the city to amend their 2012 development agreement. The city council said at Thursday night’s meeting the applicant better have a good reason to request the change.  

 

The property south of Kearns Blvd. at Quinn’s Junction was already the subject of a hard-fought approval process nearly a decade ago when the original development agreement was approved in 2012.

 

Park City Municipal Corporation

The Park City Planning Commission did not send a recommendation to the city council for proposed dark sky ordinances. The commission wanted to see more on public safety and business exemptions.

 

Although they were scheduled to forward a possible recommendation to the city council on Wednesday, The Park City Planning Commission ultimately decided to continue their discussion of proposed dark sky ordinances over concerns for public safety.

 

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