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Park City Municipal is hoping to finalize and accept a revised budget for fiscal year 2021 by mid-October. A steep decline is forecasted for the city’s sales tax revenue and travel visits but everything could change at a moment’s notice when it comes to COVID-19.


Worry about everything, panic about nothing was the mindset adopted by the Park City City Council during 2021 budget discussions at their meeting on Tuesday.


Wasatch County Health Department

Wasatch County reported 11 new cases, Wednesday, which is the highest number the county has seen since the beginning of June when they reported 12 new cases in one day. 

Chris Smoot is the epidemiologist at Wasatch County Health Department. He said there are multiple unknown factors at play with this new rise in cases. 


There are some hunts currently underway for upland game and waterfowl. But hunters are beginning to prepare for general season hunts for larger animals using firearms and not just a bow and arrow.


Faith Heaton Jolley is with Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources. She said even people who have been hunting their whole life should read state mandated guide books because they offer important information about laws including weapon types and how to tag animals. 

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Park City is five months into a 10-year vision for the future of the community called “Park City Vision 2020.” Despite COVID-19 throwing a monkey wrench into 2020, the city will still be driving ahead with their long-term plans.


The timing could not have been much worse. Three months into 2020 and the world turning upside down amid the COVID-19 pandemic is not an ideal time to be launching Park City’s new 10-year vision for the community.


Hideout, UT

Summit County is bringing the Town of Hideout back to court, saying that town officials are violating a court order. On Monday, Summit County filed a motion for an Order to Show Cause asking why the court shouldn’t find the Wasatch County town in contempt of court for continuing its efforts to annex property from another county.

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An ombudsman’s opinion on the proposed Wohali project in Coalville has come down in favor of the local opponents.

But the developers say there are mistakes underlying the ruling, and they’re asking for a reconsideration.

The Advisory Opinion, dated September 15th, notes that after the Wohali property west of I-80 was annexed by Coalville, the applicants proposed a golf resort community as a Zone Map Amendment and a Master Planned Development.

On today's Local News Hour:

(07:16) - Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District Director Mike Luers and long-time board member Jan Wilking have details on the opening of new treatment plant at Silver Creek.

(21:25) - Park City Council member Steve Joyce has a recap from yesterday's meeting.

(43:33) - Division of Wildlife Resources Communications Director Faith Heaton Jolley has details about the annual hunting season that opens this weekend.

Wasatch County School District

Beginning last week, all students in the Wasatch County School District can access school lunch and breakfasts for free. As of Monday, online students can also access free meals through a drive-up system offered at the high school.

On August 31, the US Department of Agriculture announced a plan to fund free lunches for any student through December 31, or until money runs out. To participate in the program, a school just needs to be a member of the National School Lunch Program.

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South Summit School District updated KPCW with details on COVID-19 back to school protocols, master planning and their new High School Principal.

South Summit School District has been lucky according to Superintendent Shad Sorenson, who says the schedule they have devised gives them one day during the week to perform a deep clean while all students and teachers are working from home.

  Last week Utah set new high records for COVID-19 cases. Tuesday,  Governor Gary Herbert announced new restrictions on certain areas in the state. 


The spike in cases is largely driven by Utah County and 15 to 24 year olds. But state officials say there is a significant case growth in most health districts and in all age groups in the past two weeks.   


  Businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Wasatch County can now apply for financial help.



The applications for The Wasatch County CARES Business Grant Program opened this week. 


The program will offer grants to businesses in the county that have reported at least a $5,000 financial loss or at least a 15% loss in profit from March 1 to May 31, 2020. Businesses that apply must already be open or have a reopening plan. 


Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District

A crowd gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate the completed upgrade of the Snyderville Water Reclamation District’s Silver Creek Treatment Plant.

As part of the ceremony, they honored a local who has served on the District Board for over four decades.

The upgrade for the Silver Creek Reclamation Facility has been a four-year effort.    Mike Luers, General Manager for the Snyderville District, said the project cost $49 million, it came in on schedule and under budget, and the plant kept operating, even while it was transitioning.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 08:10) South Summit School District Superintendent Shad Sorenson and new High School Principal Chris Jenson have an update on how the school year is progressing and how they handled  Homecoming during the pandemic.

( 21:27) Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson previews Wednesday’s Planning commission agenda, including another look at the parking plan for the development at the base of PCMR and the future of upper Marsac Ave.


Wasatch County Health Department issued an advisory about harmful bacteria in Deer Creek Reservoir.

Deer Creek is still open for recreation, but officials advise visitors to avoid swimming in areas of the water with algae.  

Dr. Kate Fickas, with the Utah Division of Water Quality, said parents should make sure to keep an eye out for harmful algal blooms. 

"We asked parents to keep their kids and dogs out {...} and making sure that they're washing their hands after swimming," Fickas said.

Wasatch County

The Wasatch County School District, under a Utah Public Records ruling, has until Thursday to release a wetlands draft study document to the Wasatch Taxpayers Association. But the school district says it intends to appeal the order.