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. 

Monika Guendner / KPCW

 

Park City has canceled the traditional Fourth of July parade on Main Street due to health restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. KPCW’s Sean Higgins has more:

 

Jenny Diersen is Park City’s Economic Development Program Manager. She said the decision to cancel the parade came down to worries over people crowded on sidewalks.

Wasatch County

 

Wednesday’s Wasatch County Council meeting provided a COVID-19 update as well as discussion about who can and can’t build wells on their property. KPCW’s Sean Higgins has more:

 

Right now in Wasatch County, only properties that are five acres or larger can have their own well. Smaller properties and subdivisions must be connected to a central water system. The proposed amendment would lower the well threshold to four acres.

 

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

 

Utah Governor Gary Herbert revealed his latest plan for economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. KPCW’s Sean Higgins has more on Herbert’s “Utah Leads Together" plan.

 

Herbert’s plan details ways to get people back to work over the next 100, 250, and 500 days. Herbert acknowledged that the economic downturn has hurt many Utah families but said he believes the damage is not as bad as it could have been.

Basin Recreation

 

Summit County officials hosted a webinar on Tuesday evening to discuss the future of trail access in the Snyderville Basin. Access to Summit County’s extensive trail system has been a touchy subject for many locals with increased use causing congestion and other issues on the trails.

 

Park City Farmers Market

 

The Park City Farmers Market opens for business on Wednesday at the Silver King Lot in Park City. The weekly market will open an hour early for seniors at 11am and the general public will be able to shop from 12pm-5pm every Wednesday until the market closes in October.

 

Sean Higgins

 Park City had its first car-free Sunday on Main Street June 14. KPCW was on the ground to check everything out.

 

 

It was definitely not business as usual on Park City’s Main Street on Sunday with no cars, people in facemasks, and social distancing measures in place. Hundreds of people roamed the street throughout the day while groups of bikers maneuvered between them. 

 

Park City Community Foundation

KPCW has been taking a look at diversity in winter sports this week. In part two of this series, we'll learn about two Park City organizations hoping to make a difference.

 

Diego Zegarra is the Community Impact Director for the Park City Community Foundation and has dedicated much of his professional life towards the advancement of social equity in the Beehive State.

 

SilverStar Mountain Resort

 

With the national conversation hyper-focused on race in America over the past few weeks, the conversation about the ski industry’s role in bringing about real, measurable change has also begun. Although steps are being taken by major players in the industry, many say there is still a lot of work to be done.

 

In an email sent out to Vail Corp employees on June 2, CEO Robert Katz addressed the issue head-on, stating that they are, bluntly, “part of the problem.”

 

KPCW

As summer arrives and more people take to the trails around Park City, trail etiquette has become a hot topic for locals. Summit County officials are looking for your input on the best way to manage our open spaces.

 

 

Park City’s trail system is a well-known destination for outdoor enthusiasts nationwide. Every year, thousands of hikers and bikers utilize the trails in and around Park City. Unfortunately, their popularity has also led to friction with local property owners.

Renai Bodley Miller

 

CDC guidelines were updated last month to clarify the ways the COVID-19 virus is believed to be spread. Even though the virus spreads easiest through person-to-person contact, Summit County officials say people should still be mindful of their contact with hard surfaces.

 

Pool Photos Daily COVID Briefing

 

 

After Utah’s move to a yellow, low-risk level last month, the state has experienced a concerning spike in COVID-19 cases in the weeks since. With record numbers of new cases reported last weekend, Summit County officials are worried about this new trend.

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough agrees in the general assumption that the surge in Utah’s positive COVID-19 cases is directly related to Governor Herbert’s decision to ease state-wide restrictions in May.

A picture of Park City Main Street, with empty streets, sidewalks and buildings
Cheryl Soshnik

After a special session on May 28, the Park City Council voted to close Main Street to vehicle traffic on Sundays, beginning June 14.

 

The new event, which will be called “Park City Dine and Stroll,” will provide social distancing opportunities for businesses, as well as residents and visitors looking to walk along Main Street during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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