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The Utah State Legislative Session comes to an end Friday and some local officials have raised concerns about the legislature’s willingness to take authority away from Utah cities, towns, and counties. 


In only 45 days, the Utah Legislature conducts the business of the state each year. Hundreds of bills are considered each session, causing a whirlwind of committee hearings, votes, amendments, and more votes before it’s all over.


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A now-defunct Medicaid expansion bill in the Utah State Legislature would have extended health care for pregnant and postpartum mothers living at or below 200% of the poverty index.


Republican Rep. Ray Ward of Bountiful sponsored House Bill 363 to protect pregnant and postpartum mothers from being kicked off Medicaid during pregnancy and for the first year after giving birth. He said concerns over the high rates of suicide in Utah informed his efforts to protect women when they are so vulnerable to suicide or drug addiction.


Summit County Sheriff's Office

Recent incidents reported by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office include frauds committed on citizens; a high-speed vehicle pursuit in the South Summit area; and a rash of burglaries reported in the Snyderville Basin.


The Sheriff’s Office reported they heard from a 22-year-old Oakley resident who said he was the victim of extortion. He said that on Feb. 9, he began communicating with a person he thought was a female on the messaging app Kik.


The Market at Park City

Local grocery The Market at Park City is planning to open a second store to serve customers living in the Jordanelle Reservoir area.


The store has been open at the original Snow Creek location in Park City since 2009. Owner Mike Holm said he's opening another store at the Brown's Canyon Junction with S.R. 248 between Park City and Hideout. They plan to open for business by March 2022. 


Summit County

The Park City Library has re-opened this week, but Summit County’s library system is not ready to do the same. 


County Manager Tom Fisher says that posture is necessary, due to the year-long pandemic. 


Fisher said on Tuesday that their situation, and that of their staff, is somewhat different from Park City.


Park City Library

Park City’s newest librarian, Daniel Thurston, will be bringing Spanish language services to the local library. KPCW’s Sean Higgins has a look at what Daniel will be offering to Park City’s Spanish speaking community.


Daniel Thurston’s first official day as Park City’s Spanish services librarian was January 4th, but he has been hard at work translating library information and programming out what he’ll be offering the city’s Spanish speakers in 2021.


Utah’s COVID-19 cases continue to decrease week over week.

The Utah Department of Health announced 611 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, which is about 200 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week.

During his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says new cases have been down everyday compared to the previous week. 

"Every day this week, our cases have been down over last week," Cox said. "We continue to see a 10-30% decrease almost every day, week over week."

Park City Municipal Government

If you’ve ever lost anything around town, there’s generally two places you check...KPCW’s Lost and Found or the Park City Police Department. At the end of this month, the police department will be disposing unclaimed property.




Once or twice a year, the police department donates or throws away all of the items they’ve accumulated. The department has a property and evidence room that can function as a lost and found but also houses things like police evidence as well as seized property.


There’s good news for those who have been waiting patiently for their COVID-19 vaccine. The Summit County Health Dept. is emailing out vaccination appointment invitations today to more than 6300 county residents who are 40 and older. 

Today on the Local News Hour:

(02:19) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Report

(14:28) - Summit County Council Member Glenn Wright recaps Wednesday's meeting.

(24:06) - KPCW Winter Pledge Drive welcomes Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt and from The Colony,  Walt Brett and Bronson Calder.

Park City Farmers Market

The Park City Farmers Market is looking to purchase land to make its permanent home.


The Park City Farmers Market has been a community staple for over 20 years. Each summer, the market provides locals and guests an opportunity to purchase organic, locally-grown produce at the base of Park City Mountain Resort.


Now, the market is searching for a permanent home.


Today on the Local News Hour:

(02:15) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report

(03:51) - KPCW Winter Pledge Drive welcomes Deer Valley Resort's Director of Marketing Coleen Reardon and Food and Beverage Director Jodie Rogers.

(28:06) - University of Utah Head Coach and Park City resident Justin Johnson talks about his ski career from athlete to coach.


Of the almost 760,000 COVID-19 doses administered throughout Utah, almost 13,000 were administered in Summit County and more than 8,400 were in Wasatch County.

There were more than 18,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered since Tuesday. Summit and Wasatch Counties are registering to vaccinate residents 65 or older and people with certain underlying medical conditions. 

Heber City Municipal

The North Village developments underway in Wasatch County, just north of Heber City’s limits, have captured the community's attention, with hundreds of people giving their input. At the same time, the Heber City Council is trying to define future zoning for the area.


On Tuesday, March 2, three councilors voted to postpone the approval of the zone changes until the next meeting on March 16.


Genius Sk8 and Snow

With the COVID-19 pandemic still forcing many events to be canceled this winter, one 11-year-old Parkite is hoping to get kids competing again, virtually. 


Steele Stark knew he wanted to turn his passion for skateboarding and snowboarding into a career at a young age. Now, he’s successfully put on several youth skate and snowboard events and is currently hosting a virtual competition this month. He’s also only 11.