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. 

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Utah is officially gearing up for another Olympic bid. Soon after the 2002 Games ended, Utah has been exploring the possibility of hosting again and those plans are finally starting to come into focus. 

 

The Salt Lake City - Utah Committee for the Games held their first governing board meeting on Wednesday to establish core principles and standards in preparation for a future Olympic bid.

 

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 remains a 'moderate' transmission area according to the statewide COVID-19 Transmission Index.

 

The Utah Department of Health confirmed to KPCW late last week that Summit County was among a handful of Utah Counties expected to move to ‘high’ transmission areas this week after several days of concerning COVID-19 numbers.

 

Jen Silva

With winter right around the corner and COVID-19 as uncertain as ever, how is the local business community preparing for a winter tourist season unlike any they’ve ever seen before? Although projections are down, local businesses are hopeful for a pleasant surprise this winter. 

 

COVID-19 has been a real challenge for economies everywhere, but Park City’s tourism-focused economy has faced problems few other cities have.

 

Peterson and Cox Campaigns

The Democratic and Republican candidates for Utah Governor released a series of joint public service announcements on Tuesday to promote civility, acceptance of election results, and a peaceful transition of power ahead of election day on November 3rd.

 

It’s election season and we’ve all seen a lot of political ads. On TV, social media, radio, and billboards, candidates are eager to tell voters about their accomplishments and occasionally attack their opponents.

 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard

The Alpine World Cup kicked off its season over the weekend in Soelden, Austria and Park City-based U.S. Ski & Snowboard says despite the challenges of hosting competitions during a global pandemic, the Deer Valley Freestyle World Cup is still on the schedule.

 

Heber City

The Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact was signed by over 130 prominent political, business, and religious leaders earlier this month, including Park City Mayor Andy Beerman and Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter. KPCW spoke with both of them about the compact and what the Wasatch Back can do on this important issue:

 

The words “climate change” can provoke some polarizing reactions from people these days.

 

Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District

A sewer line repair project along Deer Valley Drive will begin on Monday and run through the middle of next week. 

 

Beginning 7am Monday, drivers should expect traffic barricades to be in place along Deer Valley Drive as construction begins on a sewer line repair project in downtown Park City.

 

The city says traffic will narrow into a slingle lane in each direction along the road but traffic control will be removed each evening, leaving all lanes on Deer Valley Drive open to traffic overnight.

 

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

The Utah Department of Health confirmed to KPCW on Friday that Summit County is expected to be designated as one of the state’s “high” COVID-19 transmission areas next week. The change comes as Utah’s current spike in cases continues.

 

Governor Gary Herbert announced the state’s new COVID-19 categories earlier this week with high, moderate, and low taking the place of the red, orange, yellow, and green classifications in place since the start of the pandemic in March.

 

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The Park City Planning Commission sent a positive recommendation to city council on Wednesday for future infrastructure requirements in order to further accommodate electric vehicles.

 

You’ve probably seen them pop up more and more over the past few years. Charging stations for electric cars are increasingly becoming the norm in many cities across the country and Park City is no different.

 

Park City Municipal

The Park City Senior Center has been granted 501(c)3 non-profit status. Park City Senior Citizens, Inc. now has the ability to apply for grants and fundraise for programs.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a rough time for everyone, but senior citizens have been hit especially hard. 

 

Not only are they the demographic most susceptible to serious complications from COVID-19, but the mental health of seniors is also a concern with many spending long stretches in isolation away from family and friends.

Triple Crown Sports

The Triple Crown softball tournament was granted a one-year extension to their contract by Park City’s City Council on Tuesday. Although the tournament will return in 2021, the future of the event in Park City is still up for debate.

 

Citing special circumstances related to COVID-19, Park City’s City Council voted to extend Triple Crown’s current contract with the city through November 2021.

 

Park City Chamber/Bureau

An attempted extortion was reported by a business on Park City’s Main Street on Tuesday.

 

The Historic Park City Alliance says a local business reported an individual entered their store on Monday, walked a few feet inside, and loudly claimed to not be able to shop there.

 

The individual later called the store and told the employee who answered the phone they would be posting negatively on social media about their experience and would also be using the employee’s name.

 

Park City Police Department

The upper stretch of SR 224 to Empire Pass has long been recognized as a risky road. With two commercial vehicle accidents this summer and Bonanza Flat only becoming more popular, a renewed effort to find a solution to traffic safety on the road is underway.

 

Hideout

The town of Hideout’s efforts to annex land in Summit County has caused rifts between the town, the county, and Park City. With time running out, Park City is urging Hideout to rethink their plans.

 

With the repeal of the state legislation that first allowed the annexation of hundreds of acres of land in the Richardson Flat area of Summit County officially becoming law on October 19th, the window for Hideout to complete the move is closing fast.

 

Park City School District / PCSD

The Park City School District launched a COVID-19 dashboard this week to provide daily information to students, teachers, and parents during the ongoing pandemic.

 

PCSD’s COVID-19 dashboard went live on Friday and will provide information on COVID-19 case numbers as well as COVID-19 related absences for each of the seven schools in the district.

 

Data is to be updated on a nightly basis and replaces a spreadsheet previously used by the district to provide information on COVID-19 in schools.

 

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