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. 

Hideout Utah

The offer to sell the Outlaw Golf Club at Hideout Canyon to the Hideout homeowners association has been retracted by Mustang Development.

 

Members of the homeowners association confirmed to KPCW the offer was withdrawn by Mustang Development late Wednesday. The HOA previously had until Thursday to vote on the offer.

 

Hideout Town

Hideout homeowners have to decide whether to purchase a golf course in their community. If they don’t, the current owner says he will sell to someone else.

 

The Outlaw Golf Club at Hideout Canyon is a 9-hole golf course on roughly 60 acres of land on the northwest shore of the Jordanelle Reservoir.

 

According to documents obtained by KPCW, the golf course’s owner, Mustang Development, offered to sell the course to the town for $9.5 million, saying that is much less than the market value of $13.5 million.

Park City Professional Ski Patrol Association

The union representing the ski patrollers at Park City Mountain Resort and resort representatives will continue negotiations this month after their contract expired on May 1st.

 

After an unprecedented winter for the ski industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the ski patrollers at PCMR and resort representatives were also locked in negotiations to update their employment contract. Even though PCMR’s season ended in mid-April, those negotiations are set to extend at least until later in May.

 

Park City Municipal

The Park City LGBTQIA+ community task force is starting to take shape. Members of the new group spoke with KPCW about what the future might hold and why the group is important for the greater Park City community.

 

In an effort to further Park City’s social equity goals and give the greater LGBTQIA+ community in Park City a seat at the table of local government, the community task force was formed in early February.

The Utah Department of Health announced Tuesday that the state has met the COVID-19 thresholds outlined in HB 294, or the pandemic “endgame” bill, passed by the state legislature in March.

 

As of Tuesday, all public health orders are terminated. The inability for local governments to enforce health orders caused friction between state and local lawmakers during the legislative session, but the bill passed with a veto-proof majority in the state legislature in March.

 

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough announced his retirement to the Summit County Board of Health Monday and will be officially stepping down in August.

 

Bullough has led the Summit County Health Department as Director since 2010 and told the board on Monday night that although he already had plans to retire -- twice -- prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, he could not in good conscience step away before guiding the county through the crisis.

 

Park City Council has indicated they are not in favor of holding a parade the weekend of July 4th, but are open to a Friday parade on July 2nd. 

 

One more Utah COVID-19 death was reported by the Utah Department of Health on Saturday and the Wasatch Back remained stable in their numbers of new cases.

 

Saturday’s lone death was identified as a Salt Lake County woman between the ages of 45 and 64 who was hospitalized at the time of her death. To date, 2,203 Utahns have died of COVID-19.

 

Summit and Wasatch Counties both recorded four new cases on Saturday, continuing a single-digit streak that extends back to the middle of April.

 

Park City Municipal

City Council in Park City reviewed a number of new construction scenarios for the proposed arts and culture district. If adopted by the council, initial costs could drop by upwards of $30 million.

 

To say there was sticker shock at the all-in price of over $107 million for the proposed arts and culture district in Park City is an understatement.

 

The Utah Department of Health announced five more COVID-19 deaths Friday, while Summit and Wasatch Counties continued their streak of single digit numbers of new cases.

 

Friday’s five deaths were identified as three women and two men all over the age of 65. The Health Department said two of the deaths occurred before April 1st. None of Friday's deaths were from either Summit or Wasatch Counties.

 

andybeerman.com

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman told KPCW Friday morning that he intends to run for a second term as the city’s highest elected official.

 

Beerman had previously only indicated that he was “strongly leaning toward” seeking a second term as Mayor, but told KPCW he now intends to run for reelection.

 

Park City Municipal

Both Park City Municipal and Summit County officials have indicated they are open to the idea of extending at least a part-time remote work model after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

 

Despite all of the bad things that came from the COVID-19 pandemic, there were a few silver linings.

 

Monika Guendner / KPCW

City council in Park City will return to regular session on Thursday with a packed agenda.

 

Thursday’s meeting will be held electronically over Zoom and Facebook Live.

 

Council will kick off the meeting with a work session starting at 3:30. First on the agenda is the Fourth of July festivities in Park City and what they may or may not look like.

 

KPCW

Park City Mountain announced their summer operating dates Wednesday. The mountain is scheduled to open back up at the end of May.

 

Just as one season ends, another is set to begin with PCMR scheduled to open for summer operations on May 28th.

 

Summer favorites like the Adventure Park will return to offer activities like the mountain coaster, alpine slide, and mini golf.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

(03:23) - Jessica Lowell reports on Mountain Resort Short-Term Bookings Fared Better Than Expected During Pandemic Winter Season

(05:48) -  Chairman of the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission Ryan Dickey with an update on last night's meeting.

(20:18) - Carolyn Murray reports on the Park City Board of Realtors annual awards after a record breaking year.  (23:50) - Park City Manager Matt Dias & Deputy City Manager David Everitt have a preview of this week's city council meeting.  (41:24) - Jessica Lowell reports on the 2020 Census results and the reveal that Utah is the fastest growing state in the nation.

(42:44) - Local pro skiier Colby Stevenson recaps this past ski season.


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