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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.


Park City’s resort economy relies on service workers who work in the hospitality industry. Immigrants, many undocumented, often make up that work force. Recently, national headlines have broadcast government plans to hold raids and round ups in some cities. KPCW brought an immigration lawyer on the Local News Hour to talk about undocumented immigrants and Customs Enforcement efforts.

Historic Park City Alliance President John Kenworthy invited Summit County Communities that Care Coordinator Mary Christa Smith to a recent HPCA meeting to talk about the importance of, well, talking—about mental health among Main Street employees. 

Flanagan’s owner John Kenworthy says until recently, the only way to address mental health issues in Summit County was by checking yourself into the jail. Now, the area has many support services, and Kenworthy says it’s time the community gets comfortable having a conversation about mental health.


Four arrests have been made in the jewelry store burglary that occurred in April in Park City. There are outstanding warrants for three other people. They’ve recovered about $30,000 in merchandise and have rewards posted for the remaining stolen property valued at $52,000.

The Park City Jeweler’s video shows a person breaking the Main Street display case and gathering up handfuls of jewelry in the early hours of April 27th. There are seven suspects from the Weber and Davis County areas.

Town of Hideout

The Town of Hideout, which borders the Jordanelle Reservoir in Wasatch County, is in the process of creating an annexation policy plan, to guide its growth for the next 20 years. 

Much like a municipality’s general plan, an annexation policy plan provides direction for a city or town’s long-term vision and is required by state statute. The plan anticipates growth and land-use needs, but it doesn’t mean a municipality will take action and annex the land at any point. Multiple municipalities can share the same areas within their annexation expansion areas.

Wasatch County Sheriff's Office

Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office continues their search for two men who went missing Thursday afternoon while fishing.

Around 2:30 on Thursday a DWR employee at Strawberry Reservoir noticed an unoccupied boat running in the lake coming to stop on the shore in the northeast portion of Strawberry.

Since that time Wasatch County Sheriff’s office has been busy searching for the two men, brothers aged 70 and 61 from Salem and Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Wasatch County Sheriff Jared Rigby says they’ve found shoes and a hat in that area.

The latest Spider-Man movie is being examined by a person who admits she’s mostly a stranger in the Marvel Universe.

Here I am, once again reviewing a movie in a genre I don’t know much about. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is the latest installment from Marvel Studios and I have only seen a few Avenger movies. But perhaps this makes me the perfect lab rat to test whether this movie is strong enough to stand on its own or if it’s full of weak storytelling that has to lean on the whole franchise for support.

Park City Municipal Corporation

The City selected Robb Woulfe to oversee aspects of the Arts and Culture District’s development, alongside the Kimball Art Center and Sundance Institute, the City’s partners on the project. Woulfe’s responsibilities include program design, governance, operations and more.

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman says Woulfe’s expertise in arts and culture will benefit Park City’s residents and visitors.

Perry Rose

Eight Heber residents are running for three city council seats opening up in 2020. A Primary on August 13th will narrow the eight candidates down to six before the municipal general election November 5th.

Heber City resident Perry Rose spent 20 years with the Heber Police Department before starting and running a private investigation security business that he sold after 10 years. Rose says being raised in Heber and working for the city government has helped qualify him to be on the council.

A new Spider-Man film is out, and though there have been a handful of films featuring the web-slinging superhero--even played by a few different actors--you don't need to have seen every one of them to understand the latest iteration. You may, however, have to have watched a dozen other Marvel films to know what's going on. Casual superhero movie watcher Wendy Gourley and Marvel Cinematic Universe enthusiast Emily Means discuss Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Carolyn Murray

 Thursday, the Park City Police Department and Utah Highway Patrol pulled over dozens of commercial vehicles for safety violations. Nearly 200 trucks have been taken out of service with restrictions placed on the driver and the vehicle until the infractions are reconciled.

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News of immigration and customs enforcement raids  spread nationwide last week. The media broadcast warnings in the lead up to the weekend while social media sites displayed photos of immigration vehicles parked in familiar areas around in Park City. The ICE operations were not scheduled to happen in Utah.

Summit County

It’s a busy time in the North Summit area right now. The annual Summit County Fair is just a couple of weeks away, and construction is beginning on a new park in Coalville.

The County Fair is scheduled for August 3rd through the 10th this year. Assistant County Manager Janna Young said one major change is a new Fair Manager. Tyler Orgill, a Coalville native, takes over the event after working for the past three years under recently departed Manager Travis English.

Young added that the Fair will also be partnering with the county’s Emergency Management Program.

Kohler Creamery

Wasatch Back residents can familiarize themselves with farm equipment this weekend. As a Heber Valley business is hosting an event called Touch a Tractor day.

The event takes this place this Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at Kohler Creamery located at 920 River Road in Midway.  

Heber Valley Artisan Cheese Communications Specialist Tamra Annett explains the dairy farm worked with four tractor dealers including Valley Kuboto and High Valley Rental in Heber to bring the machines to the farm.

KPCW Radio

Slip and slides, water balloons and popsicles fill kids’ summer days. But the Park City Library wants to encourage kids—and their parents—to keep up with reading and other school subjects during the summer with the Library’s “Summer Slide” event. 

The board of directors for Park City Ski and Snowboard has named Christie Hind as the organization’s new director – a position she has been serving in for the last several months.

Since being named as interim director for Park City Ski and Snowboard in April, Christie Hind has met with every sport director and head coach to learn about their unique programs, budgets and cultures. She says it was through that process, it occurred to her that it was a job that she wanted full time.