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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.


Sundance Institute


The Sundance Institute has announced it is cutting 24 positions in Los Angeles, New York, and Park City. Some staff will move to reduced schedules with greatly reduced seasonal staff budgets. 


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 doesn’t plan to issue a mandate to wear masks in public, but the county health department indicated at a Wednesday meeting that it is watching the data and keeping its options open.


As of Thursday, Wasatch County has reported 414 cases, 20 hospitalizations and 3 deaths due to COVID-19, according to the Utah Department of Health.


Park City

Summertime means road work and Park City Public Works has paving projects across town scheduled to start next week.


Beginning Monday, July 6, the parking lot at the PC MARC will be shut down while repaving occurs. Public Works Manager Troy Daley says it should take a couple of days to do the work and he encourages residents to avoid driving to the center to use it for several days.


Nine-year-old Stratton Wright – who spent Wednesday night alone in the Uinta National Wilderness, was found safe this Thursday morning and has been reunited with his family. 


Wright, of Idaho, was hiking Wednesday evening with his family when he became separated from them about 8 p.m. The Summit County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call at about 9:45 p.m. Crews searched throughout the night both on the ground and in the air.


Walker Mortuary

Former Summit County Commissioner Sheldon Richins passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020. 

The lifelong Henefer resident was a Summit County Commissioner from 1989 through 2000. 


Flags at Summit County buildings, including the Richins Services Building at Kimball Junction named after him, have been lowered to half-mast in his honor this week. 


According to his obituary, Richins worked as an educator in the North Summit School District for 20 years. 


Summit County

The Summit County Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve amendments for the county’s mandatory mask order.

Among the changes to the order are a requirement for children ages 2 to 12 to wear face coverings and an appeal process for individuals and businesses who can't comply with the order as written or can mitigate virus spread without them. 

County Health Director Rich Bullough said the goal is to keep businesses open and let citizens carry on some semblance of normal life — albeit with a mask.


Today on the Local News Hour:

Happy 40th Birthday to KPCW!

(07:25) - Summit County Council Member Kim Carson has a recap of yesterday’s meeting.

(21:30) - President and CEO of Ski Utah Nathan Rafferty has details of the 2019-20 ski season – Utah’s 4th best ever despite the early closure due to the pandemic.

(31:40) - Blaire Feulner, founder of KPCW, talks about how the station started 40 years ago and KPCW General Manager Renai Miller talks about the future of the station.

**UPDATE  11am:  Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez says Stratton has been found safe and has been reunited with his father. 

Search and rescue workers are looking for a missing 9-year-old boy near the Henry's Fork area in Summit County Thursday.

Vail Resorts

Park City Mountain Resort’s parent company took a big step in its goal to reach 100% renewable electricity usage by 2030.  

Vail Resorts announced Wednesday morning that the Plum Creek Wind Project, based in Nebraska has gone online. Vail has agreed to purchase 310,000 megawatt hours of wind energy annually from the project, which will address more than 90% of the company's current electric usage in its North American resorts. 

Park City Municipal

Park City Municipal announced in a press release on Monday that a new Senior Center will be built at 1260 Park Avenue adjacent to the skate park and across from the library. The announcement has taken some members of the senior community by surprise.

An in-person drive through meeting is scheduled Thursday from 1-2 at the Park City Senior Center.

Virtual Zoom meetings are scheduled for Thursday (tomorrow 3-4 p.m.) and Tuesday, July 2 at 9 a.m.


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.

Park City Mountain Resort

Park City Mountain Resort is reopening for a summer season on Thursday, July 2 — about three and a half months after it closed down on March 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak.


The resort’s chief operating officer, Mike Goar, said it will be offering a resort experience—but also focusing on safety for their staff and guests.


Goar told KPCW that opening for the summer and preparing for the winter to come in the face of a pandemic is something he’s never experienced in his career.


Today on the Local News Hour: 

(08:35) - Steve Brosvik, the new CEO of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. Brosvik starts August 17th, 2020.

(20:05) - Cheryl Soshnik with Park City Senior Citizens respond to the project for a Senior Center proposed by the city on Monday. Read KPCW's coverage on the proposed Senior Center here.

(34:45) -  Summit Community Gardens Executive Director Sloane Johnson has an update on the gardens.