Sean Higgins

Freelance Reporter

Sean Higgins has joined the KPCW news team as a freelance news reporter.  Sean spent the last five years covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media and served as Senior Editor from May 2017 until January of this year.  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 NCAA ski team.  He is a Salt Lake City resident. 

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On Thursday evening, Park City’s City Council voted to approve the proposed Huntsman Estate subdivision in Deer Valley. The 15-lot parcel is located off Royal Street near the Stein Eriksen Residences.

 

Even though city council did approve the Huntsman Estate subdivision on Thursday, there was some strong dissent from some councilors and members of the community over maximum house sizes in Deer Valley.

 

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Park City Council was briefed on the progress of the proposed arts and culture district at Thursday’s council meeting. 

 

Although the project has been complicated due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the plan to begin demolition on the five-acre parcel of land at the corner of Kearns Boulevard and Bonanza Drive this November is still on schedule – for now. 

 

Deputy City Manager David Everitt says the onset of the pandemic did make the city reevaluate their plans, though.

 

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Park City’s Main Street was adorned with four murals over the Fourth of July weekend, including one with the words “Black Lives Matter.” By Wednesday morning, the Black Lives Matter mural had been vandalized. 

 

Utah Open Lands

Guardsman Pass will be closed to traffic starting on Thursday for repaving in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

 

The construction is part of a larger UDOT project to repave nine miles of S.R. 190 in Big Cottonwood Canyon. 

 

The project began in early July and is scheduled to continue into the fall. 

 

Guardsman Pass from the S.R. 190 entrance in Big Cottonwood to the winter gate will be closed on Thursday, July 9, Monday, July 13, and Tuesday, July 14. 

 

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On June 22, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation pausing many work visa programs until the end of 2020. The popular J-1 program is included in the order, which allows foreign students to work seasonally in the United States. Utah’s ski industry relies heavily on the program to fill many jobs during the winter months and is hoping to find a way around the restrictions before the start of ski season.

 

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With COVID-19 restrictions leading to the cancelation of Fourth of July celebrations across Utah, the Wasatch Back had to get creative. 

 

Despite the modifications to public firework displays, officials in Summit and Wasatch County say this year was no busier than years past when it came to responding to fire calls.

 

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Park City’s City Council canceled all city-sponsored Fourth of July events last week due to COVID-19 concerns. The council may also raise the safety requirements for other private events to come to town. One of those events, The Triple Crown softball tournament, isn’t happy about it.

 

Scheduled for July 13-18, the annual Triple Crown softball tournament usually brings around 7,000 people to Park City throughout the course of the tournament.

 

 

  

There’s a new tally in the Democratic race for Summit County Council. 

Malena Stevens widened her lead over Canice Harte to 1,437 votes in the race for Summit County Council on Thursday. Stevens led Harte in the Democratic primary by just under 1,000 votes after the first batch of results was released on Tuesday night.

 

After Thursday’s vote count, Stevens has 2,601 votes to Harte’s 1,164.

 

  

Tuesday’s Democratic primary to fill outgoing Summit County Councilwoman Kim Carson’s seat saw Malena Stevens take a healthy lead over Canice Harte after the first batch of votes were counted.

Although the results won’t become official until the week of July 20, Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner Malena Stevens’ lead is nearly 1,000 votes ahead of fellow Commissioner Canice Harte.

Friday, July 3 will mark the last day at work for one of Deer Valley’s original employees as John Guay will retire after nearly 40 years at the same resort. 

John Guay was hired by Deer Valley as a Ski School Supervisor before the iconic Utah resort’s inaugural season in 1981 and has served as Deer Valley Resort’s Director of Skier Services for the last 18 years, a position he took over just after the 2002 Olympics. He was a natural fit for the job -- he was there for Deer Valley’s first-ever opening day, all the way back in 1981.

  

July marks the fourth month of living with COVID-19 restrictions in Utah, and the upcoming school year is just around the corner.

After homeschooling and virtual classrooms became the new normal for families across the country this spring, students and teachers had to adapt quickly to a new set of challenges.

 

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The Sundance Institute announced on Monday that the 2021 edition of the Sundance Film Festival will go in a radically different direction as the components that make up Park City’s biggest winter event will disperse to at least 20 locations worldwide.

In a Monday message on the Sundance Institute’s website, new Sundance Film Festival Director Tabitha Jackson outlined what the future of the iconic festival could look like, which still includes Park City.

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Saturday marked the beginning of Summit County’s mandatory mask order, meaning that people may now get a ticket for not wearing face coverings in public places. The order is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 while allowing local businesses to remain open.

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough told KPCW that although numbers like hospitalizations and deaths in the county were good compared to other parts of the state, he was alarmed by several other trends that were heading in the wrong direction.

 

Summit County’s request for a mandatory mask order was approved by the county council on Friday. The order requires people in the county to wear a mask while indoors and at public gatherings.

 

Deer Valley Ski Resort

Ski Utah announced on Wednesday that despite losing the last couple months of winter to COVID-19, the 2019-20 ski season in Utah was still the fourth-best season on record for skier visits.

 

Skiing and snowboarding in Utah came to an abrupt end in mid-March when the first resorts in the state began closing due to COVID-19. Ski Utah CEO Nathan Rafferty says the early closures were devastating for the industry with over $232 million in lost revenue. 

 

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