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. 

Park City Summit County Arts Council

To honor local veterans and veterans around the country this Veteran’s Day, Park City Municipal partnered with the Arts Council and the National Ability Center for a literary and visual art project called ‘Stories of Service.’ 

 

The city hosted a virtual roundtable on Wednesday morning where members of the local veteran community had the opportunity to share their experiences of serving and how those experiences still influence them today.

 

photo looking up Park City's Main Street. businesses on either side with cars moving down a two lane road
KPCW

The Park City Planning Commission has two major topics on their agenda for their Wednesday night meeting. Changes to the city’s building code to incentivize more affordable housing development and a recommendation to city council for a dark sky ordinance are both up for discussion.

 

Park City Municipal

Park City Municipal announced a number of changes to city services on Tuesday after Governor Gary Herbert’s executive order regarding the statewide response to COVID-19.

 

The changes announced by city hall are in response to Governor Herbert’s November 8th executive order to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Summit County

A wildfire in Weber Canyon has been contained.

 

Fire crews responded to a wildfire in Weber Canyon just east of Oakley at 10:45pm Friday night. Fire officials say the blaze was caused by a downed power line. As of Saturday morning, the fire has been suppressed.

 

Updated vote totals from Summit and Wasatch County saw Democrat Meaghan Miller inch closer to Republican Mike Kohler in the race for Utah House District 54. Miller still trails Kohler by about 1,800 votes.

 

Democrat Meaghan Miller gained just under 400 votes in the race for Utah House District 54 against Republican Mike Kohler as Summit County released their first batch of results since returning from a COVID-19 quarantine earlier this week. Miller still trails Kohler by 1,849 votes.

 

KPCW's Consolidated coverage of Coronavirus - COVID-19 for Summit County and Wasatch County Utah with rendering of virus from the CDC
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Utah had another troubling day on Saturday for positive COVID-19 tests with 2,956 cases reported.

 

Saturday’s numbers reflect little change from Friday’s record setting day of COVID-19 cases. Friday’s record of 2,987 cases was just 31 more than Saturday’s count of 2,956.

 

Summit County’s numbers dipped slightly with the county reporting 26 new cases on Saturday, while Wasatch County set a new record of 35 new cases.

 

Park City Community Foundation

KPCW would like to thank everyone for donating to KPCW yesterday for Live PC Give PC.

KPCW won our leaderboard and raised close to $90,000 from more than 400 donors.

Overall, the Park City Community Foundation raised almost $3.5 million from 6,043 donors for over 130 local nonprofit organizations. They officially surpassed their donor goal by 543 people and raised over $1 million more than they did this time last year. It was a great day for our community!

Park City Mountain Resort / Park City Mountain Powder

Vail Corporation opened their online reservations system on Friday. Epic Pass owners will have to reserve ski days this winter at all of Vail’s resorts, including Park City Mountain Resort.

 

I got in line at about 11:00 Friday morning to make a reservation to ski this winter on the Epic Pass website. There were over 128,000 people in front of me. Three hours later, I was in and ready to reserve a ski day.

 

KPCW's Consolidated coverage of Coronavirus - COVID-19 for Summit County and Wasatch County Utah with rendering of virus from the CDC
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Utah reported its worst day yet during the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday. Summit Country shattered its record of cases in a day as well.

 

2,987 new cases, 395 hospitalizations, and 17 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported by the Utah Department of Health on Friday, marking the state’s darkest day since the pandemic began in March.

 

Park City Chamber/Bureau

A new company called “Pacaso” has come to town and offers a streamlined service to co-own a house in Park City. The company is currently offering two Park City properties on their website. Is home co-ownership really that new a concept or have we just not noticed before?

 

Second-home owners in Park City are nothing new. Drive through a number of neighborhoods in town and you’re likely to see several that sit vacant for large parts of the year.

 

Park City Municipal

The proposed Park City Arts and Culture District is slowly taking shape. The district was the topic of this week’s Park City Summit County Arts Council meeting where city staff took questions about the vision for the project, as well as where the money to build it is coming from.

 

Thursday’s meeting of the Park City Summit County Arts Council saw presentations from industry experts on similar projects around the country and what Park City could implement here.

 

Solid results in the hotly-contested Utah House District 54 race between Democrat Meaghan Miller and Republican Mike Kohler are on hold for the time being as the Summit County Clerk’s office is under quarantine until at least Friday. A clear picture in that race is days -- possibly weeks -- away, even with Kohler currently enjoying an unofficial lead of over 2,000 votes.

 

Utah’s House District 54 was decided by a razor-slim 162 votes in 2018 when Republican Tim Quinn defeated Democratic challenger Meaghan Miller.

 

Utah Amber Alert

 

An Amber Alert issued for a grey 2008 Acura TL, Ski Utah license plate G565BU along with a 10-month-old infant has been canceled. Authorities say the girl was found safe and suspects are in custody.

 

The Ogden Police Department says the car was stolen from West Patterson Street in Ogden at 10:45 this morning with 10-month-old Amila Spratley-Apke inside.

 

The Utah Department of Public Safety tweeted just before 1pm that the alert had been canceled.

Mark Maziarz / photoshelter.com

The application period for Park City’s $2.2 million in state and federal CARES Act funding ends next week. Over 40 local organizations have applied for grants, but only two have been from Park City’s nonprofit community.

 

With less than one week to go until the application window closes on November 9th, local businesses and nonprofits are being encouraged by city government to apply for their share of state and federal CARES Act money. 

 

KPCW's Consolidated coverage of Coronavirus - COVID-19 for Summit County and Wasatch County Utah with rendering of virus from the CDC
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Wasatch County had a record-breaking day of COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, reporting 30 new infections.

 

Wasatch County’s report of 30 cases is two higher than the previous record of 28 from October 29th.

 

Wasatch County has set three records for cases in a day since October 25th and the county’s seven-day average of positive laboratory tests is currently at 20.6%, 1.5% higher than the statewide average of 19.1%

 

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