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Hard news covering local government: Park City, Summit County and Wasatch County - city and county councils, planning boards, water entities and issues specific the Wasatch Back.

Summit County

The Summit County Council, meeting in a special meeting on Nov. 23rd, looked at the goals they will have next year in several departments—including transit, historical preservation, and servicing neighborhoods near their boundary with Wasatch County.   

Intermountain Healthcare

Intensive Care Units in Utah are already at the threshold for capacity. And with the Thanksgiving holiday, healthcare providers are preparing for another surge in cases.

Eddie Stenehjem is an infectious disease expert at Intermountain Healthcare. During a press conference he said Thanksgiving could be a possible super spreader holiday.

“We absolutely worry that Thanksgiving will lead to increase community transmission, which will further our hospitalizations and that increased community transmission will continue through the Christmas holiday,” Stenehjem said.

Melissa Allison

Several local organizations secured contracts through Rocky Mountain Power to deliver renewable energy from a new solar project here in Utah.

The 80-megawatt Elektron Solar project in Tooele County is slated to be online by 2023 and provide renewable energy to six customers in Utah, including four right here in the Wasatch Back.

Summit County, Park City Municipal, Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley Resort all secured contracts through Rocky Mountain Power, along with Salt Lake City and Utah Valley University. 

Utah Department of Health reported 1,781 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The 7-day rolling average of new cases in the state is now 3,113 per day.

UDOH reported 26 new deaths — there have been 834 COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic. One of the deaths was a Summit County woman between the ages of 65-84 years old. She was a resident at a long-term care facility. 

Since the start of the pandemic, Summit County has seen five COVID-19 related deaths and Wasatch County has reported 13.

The Salt Lake City Olympic committee was formed earlier this year – and had met once in February just before the pandemic started. The team is back to business.

At last week’s Historic Park City Alliance business community meeting, several topics were discussed -- including changes to winter parking, the status of 2021 events, and an update to the city’s winter sales tax outlook.

Paid parking in Old Town Park City is set to resume on December 18th. 

Paid parking has been suspended since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that is scheduled to change in the coming weeks with several areas, including the China Bridge parking garage, to begin charging for parking this winter.

Swaner Preserve and Eco Center

In late September, a number of trees on the Swaner Preserve were cut down. These trees are part of the ongoing restoration at the preserve and serve as habitat for nesting birds, forage for elk and deer and also dampen sound and light pollution away from the Preserve.

The Swaner EcoCenter and Preserve have put the word out on their social media channels asking whoever might be responsible for the damage to step forward. Executive Director Nell Larsen says whoever cut the trees had to jump over a fence with the equipment to do so.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:31) Salt Lake City Olympic Committee Chair Cindy Crane talks about ramping up the planning for the 2030 or 2034 Winter Olympics in Utah.

( 19:07) Summit Council Member Kim Carson has a re-cap for this week's meeting.

( 35:26) Park City Historic Alliance Executive Director Alison Kuhlow with an update from last week's board meeting.

Kimball Arts Center

The Kimball Arts Center is moving to a new space in the area known as The Yard on Kearn’s Boulevard.


Utah Republican Senator Ron Winterton spoke out against COVID-19 restrictions on businesses during a Health and Human Services Interim Committee meeting last week.

“The government's telling us how to live, and in my country, they say that's Hitler country because that's what Hitler did in his regime is how he controlled the people,” Winterton said. “And so we definitely don't want to go down that route.”

In an interview with KPCW he expanded on his original statement.

Sean Higgins

Park City Mountain Resort COO Mike Goar says when it comes to the resort’s new reservation system for skiing and riding in the age of COVID-19, some patience will be required. Despite some early season frustrations, he anticipates there will be plenty of opportunities to get out for some turns this winter.

Utah’s Health Department reported 2,701 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday.

Utah’s Department of Health reported 11 new deaths — there have been 808 COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic. One of the deaths was a Wasatch County man between the ages of 45-64 years old. He was hospitalized when he died. 

Since the start of the pandemic, Summit County has seen four COVID-19 related deaths and Wasatch County has reported 13.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is now 3,284 per day. This time last week the state’s 7-day average was 3,057.


The Park City School Board is faced with a wide range of opinions about how to safely conduct class during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 03:38) Park City Mountain Resort Chief Operating Officer Mike Goar has details on how the opening weekend went and a look ahead at the season.

( 20:15) Outgoing Park City Board of Realtors President William Winstead and Incoming President Mark Jacobsen have a look at the first three quarters of 2020 and a look ahead at 2021.

( 35:23) Kimball Art Center Ex. Director Alday Miliken and Development Manager Jaimie Mitchell has details about the center's virtual fundraiser/auction. 


Rocky Mountain Power, Heber Light and Power and Midway City have reached a settlement to install new above ground power lines in Midway. The resolution was presented to the public in last week’s council meeting.