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. 

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Park City is five months into a 10-year vision for the future of the community called “Park City Vision 2020.” Despite COVID-19 throwing a monkey wrench into 2020, the city will still be driving ahead with their long-term plans.

 

The timing could not have been much worse. Three months into 2020 and the world turning upside down amid the COVID-19 pandemic is not an ideal time to be launching Park City’s new 10-year vision for the community.

 

Park City Fire District

Park City firefighters responded to a small wildfire above Park City on Saturday morning.

 

The fire was in the Empire Pass area just above the Empire Canyon Lodge at Deer Valley. Firefighters say the blaze was a campfire that got out of hand.

 

Crews responded quickly on Saturday morning and were able to extinguish the flames before they grew too large. 

 

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Governor Gary Herbert renewed Utah’s COVID-19 State of Emergency on Saturday.

 

Utah’s previous emergency declaration was set to expire on Saturday and the new order extends the State of Emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic through October 20th.

 

The Utah Legislature can extend the order past October 20th or Herbert can end the order early if it is determined emergency conditions no longer exist.

 

With less than 50 days until the election on November 3rd, community advocacy organization Action Utah hopes to better educate voters as they cast their ballots this election season. 

 

Voting can at times be both straight-forward and confusing. Sometimes, voting is harder than just filling in the box next to your favorite candidate when complex ballot questions are also up for a vote.

 

That’s where Action Utah wants to help.

 

Utah passed another grim milestone on Friday, surpassing 1,000 positive COVID-19 cases in a day for the first time since the pandemic began in March.

 

A mere 24 hours after breaking the state’s previous record for positive COVID-19 cases in one day with 911 on Thursday, the Utah Department of Health announced the state recorded 1,117 positive cases on Friday.

 

Triple Crown Sports

Possible contract extensions to the annual Triple Crown softball tournament in Park City were up for discussion at the Park City City Council Meeting on Thursday. The tournament wants to stay in Park City through 2032, but the city council will need to be convinced that it’s a good idea.

 

The 2020 edition of the Triple Crown softball tournament fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic in July along with a host of other well-known summer events in Park City.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

( 06:21) Action Utah Executive Director Andrea Himoff has details on a number of virtual events they're hosting this fall to inform voters on ballot and other political issues.

( 17:50) Park City Councilmember Tim Henney has a recap of last night's meeting.

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With 911 new COVID-19 cases reported in Utah on Thursday, Governor Gary Herbert said new health mandates are “on the table” going forward in order to stop the spike in infections.

 

It’s been a rough week in Utah for new COVID-19 cases with the state’s seven day rolling average now at 661 new cases per day. Last week’s rolling average was only 381 cases per day.

 

Triple Crown Sports

The Triple Crown softball tournament was cancelled this July due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the organizers were none too pleased about it. Despite the rocky summer, the tournament could return to Park City for the next 12 years.

 

With complications from the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on events throughout the summer, a number of mainstays on Park City’s summer schedule were cancelled.

 

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The defendants in Summit County’s lawsuit against the developers hoping to build in Richardson Flat accepted the terms of the county’s preliminary injunction on Tuesday.

 

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With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing and likely to last into 2021, the health of local Park City businesses is a topic on a lot of peoples’ minds. Recent economic data suggests that even though business is still down compared to 2019, numbers have been slowly improving as a whole.

 

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Vail Corp CEO Rob Katz took some time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the company’s winter reservation system. Even though you will have to reserve your days at Park City Mountain Resort this winter, you still might get to ski as much as you want.

 

U.S. Forest Service

The East Fork Fire in the Uinta Mountains continues to burn. The U.S. Forest Service is now reporting the blaze is 15% contained.

 

The U.S. Forest Service reported as of Sept. 12th the fire has burned nearly 47,000 acres in the Uinta Mountains. High winds earlier in the week led to increased fire activity and saw the fire grow and combine with the nearby Phinney Lake Fire.

 

Summit County Health Director Dr. Rich Bullough told KPCW the county has been on the right track lately when it comes to managing the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite some encouraging progress, a COVID cure is likely still months away.

 

Bullough said although an irresponsible party last month in Park City was partly responsible for a worrisome spike in COVID-19 cases in Summit County, county health officials have not seen any additional cases attached to the event.

 

The new General Manager of Woodward Park City told KPCW all about what the  the rest of the summer has in store and teased at what things might look like heading into winter.

 

Chris Gunnarson was brought on as General Manager at Woodward Park City earlier in September and has been busy getting the facility ready for the winter season. With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, running a facility that utilizes things like foam pits presents a unique challenge.

 

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