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. 

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

Summit County reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. 

 

Summit County announced 35 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, the highest single-day count since the start of the pandemic and the first time the county reported more than 30 cases in a day. Summit County reported 30 cases on Friday.

 

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A recent article in Vogue mentions Park City as a top-trending Airbnb destination. KPCW spoke with the Park City Chamber Bureau to find out what this could mean for a winter season in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Lynn Ware Peek

The Park City Planning Commission and City Council both reviewed ways to encourage more affordable housing construction in Park City at their respective meetings this week. Those incentives range from reducing building requirements for developers to a future demolition tax for old buildings that get torn down.

 

The people of Park City have heard a lot about Vision 2020 -- it’s the city’s new 10-year plan for the community that’s being used as a guide for city government’s future decision making.

 

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 passed another grim milestone for COVID-19 cases on Friday, recording over 2,000 cases in a day for the first time. Summit and Wasatch County both reported recode case counts as well.

 

Utah’s fight against COVID-19 seems to be getting harder by the day as the spike in cases the state has been experiencing since early September has shown no signs of slowing down.

 

PEG Development

The developers of the proposed base area of Park City Mountain Resort say they are aiming for the construction to be at least 15% more sustainable than current building code requires.

 

Park City’s sustainability goals are lofty. City operations are aiming to be run on 100% renewable energy by 2022 as well as becoming net-zero with their carbon emissions. The city is also currently working towards zero waste city wide, as well as the entire community being run on renewable energy by 2030.

 

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 continued its upward trend in COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with the Department of Health reporting over 1,800 new cases. KPCW has more on that including the latest numbers from Summit and Wasatch County.

 

The Utah Department of Health reported 1,837 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, increasing the state’s seven-day rolling average of positive cases to 1,578 per day.

 

The state’s rolling 7-day average for positive laboratory tests is 18.1%.

 

Isolated power outages have been reported in the Silver Summit area.

 

Rocky Mountain Power says about 20 power outages have been reported in the Silver Summit area north of Interstate 80. 

 

The reports all came in just after 3pm, crews have been notified, and the cause of the outages is currently under investigation.

 

According to Rocky Mountain Power, power is anticipated to be resored before 8:30 tonight.

PEG Development

Discussion around the planned development of the base area at Park City Mountain Resort continues between the PEG developers and the Park City Planning Commission at tonight’s meeting. Looking at more public-private partnerships with affordable housing is also on the agenda.

 

For the last couple of years, Park City has been looking at ways to better incentivize the construction of affordable housing. 

 

Trip Advisor

The Park City City Council will be presented with a preliminary study on the feasibility of a potential future gondola network running through the city this week. At an estimated price tag of over $64 million, city officials say it’s possible, but would take years to implement.

 

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 Governor Gary Herbert addressed Utah’s Latinx community today on Tuesday to give an update on the state’s COVID-19 response and the new statewide health guidance levels.

 

According to the most recent data, the Latinx community makes up just over 14% of Utah’s population but currently accounts for 28.5% of total COVID-19 cases. Pacific Islanders have been the hardest hit demographic, making up 1.6% of the population and 3.3% of positive cases.

 

Bureau of Land Management

A Wyoming court recently struck down a rule preventing oil and gas companies from deliberately venting or burning off excess natural gas. KPCW looks at what that means for the environment and what the future of that rule might look like.

 

It’s called “venting and flaring” and it’s the practice energy companies use to burn off excess natural gas or release it into the atmosphere during the extraction of oil.

 

Youth Sports Alliance

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted almost everything so far in 2020, and the annual Jan’s Winter Welcome fundraiser is no different.

 

Traditionally put on each fall by the Youth Sports Alliance, the black-tie Winter Welcome is one of the hottest nonprofit fundraising tickets in town. In fact, the fundraiser is now in its 40th year raising money for local winter sports athletes. 

 

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At Friday morning’s Park City Council special meeting, the council and city staff discussed a new federal CARES Act grant program for local small businesses. The city has recently received $2.2 million dollars of State and Federal CARES Act assistance.

 

The application process for the Park City CARES Grant Program is tight. Applications for grants open on Monday October 26th and close on November 9th, with checks distributed on November 20th.

 

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 recorded another record number of COVID-19 cases Friday, one day after 21 counties in the state were designated as ‘high’ transmission areas. 

 

“Now is not the time to let down your guard,” Governor Gary Herbert said in an email on Friday. A record 1,960 new COVID-19 cases were announced by the Utah Department of Health. 

 

KPCW

Car-Free Sunday this weekend has been canceled, along with the Halloween festivities on Main Street.

 

The Historic Park City Alliance announced on Thursday the cancellation of this weekend’s Car-Free Sunday on Main Street due to expected bad weather, as well as two Halloween events.

 

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