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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 Sheriff's Department

Among some of the notable incidents reported from the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, deputies are reporting that some car vandals are aiming at a new target.    

The Sheriff’s office reported that during two separate incidents in recent weeks, catalytic converters have been  stolen off vehicles.

Summit County Sheriff's Department

The Summit County Sheriff’s Department reports an online threat was made against the head of Backcountry.com—amid the social-media controversy that lit up after news reports said the company was suing numerous small business owners that used the word “backcountry” in their brand.

As we have reported, a Coloado paper noted  that more than 12,000 Facebook users  had joined a boycott of “backcountry.com”.

Utah Open Lands

Dog waste management is a messy issue in Park City. It’s been a topic of rancor among residents without dogs and a learning curve for many who exercise them in the city’s open spaces.

Summit Land Conservancy / KPCW Radio

Dog waste management is a messy issue in Park City. It’s been a topic of rancor among residents without dogs and a learning curve for many who exercise them in the city’s open spaces.

About 20 recent high school graduates posed for a photo. The students are members of the Bright Futures program, the students are all of Latin decent
Park City School District

Park City Education Foundation serves the Park City Community through a variety of programs. One of their programs aimed to help low-income families get their kids to and through college.

PC Ed Foundation Executive Director Abby McNulty says Bright Futures is a mentorship program for first generation, low-income college going students, intended to help them get to and through college.

image of many tables holding jewelry as part of the fundraising event

Peace House’s annual Bling Fling is back again this week.

Peace House Board Member Julie Joyce says the Bling Fling is now in its sixth year.

“It’s been great to see it grow every year,” Joyce continued. “This is an opportunity for people to shop gently used accessories. Primarily jewelry, scarves, handbags, and belts, that have been very generously donated from the community. We’ll have them on sale at the Park City Community Church beginning Thursday November 14th at our preview party and then November 15th and 16th as well.”

Ski Utah

Utah’s ski season is hopefully beginning in just a few weeks.     And the man in charge of promoting “The Greatest Snow on Earth” says he’s optimistic.    

We talked to the CEO of  Ski Utah, Nathan Rafferty,  shortly after he delivered his report on the State of the Ski Season.

Rafferty said if the upcoming season has half the powder they saw in  2018-19 , he will be excited.

The only problem they had with last year, he said,  is that it had to follow the weak winter season of the year before that.      

Summit County Council 2019

Following a lengthy public hearing last week, about choosing a second access route to the Silver Creek neighborhood, Summit County Council Member Kim Carson says she and her colleagues and county staff will take several weeks to consider the input and the debate they heard.   KPCW talked to  Carson after the hearing on November 6th.

Kim Carson told us they’re busy right now with next year’s budget, so it will likely be a couple of months before they decide about  another access to Silver Creek

The Park City Community Foundation helped raise $2.4 Million in one day.

The $2,464,717 raised on Friday, November 8th came from 5,102 donors. Park City Foundation Community Impact Director Ollie Wilder said many of those donors gave to more than one nonprofit.

Deer Valley Resort

International students on J-1 visas fill one in six seasonal jobs in Summit County’s local service and hospitality industries. A task force is still working to fill the need for housing student workers this upcoming season.

Pete Stoughton, director of programming at the Christian Center of Park City, says the International Student Housing Task Force was born out of need.

Park City School District / PCSD

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office opened and closed an investigation Friday into allegations of vandalism at Park City Superintendent Jill Gildea’s house. Law enforcement determined no criminal activity occurred.

Artistic rendering of the entrance to the newly renovated hospital in Heber. Shown in the painting is the parking lot and entrance into the building
Intermountain Health Care

On Tuesday evening the Heber Valley Hospital will be holding an open house as they complete their second phase of their expansion project.

The hospital is most the way through a $41.3 million expansion project. Heber Valley Hospital Director of Communications Amy Tuddenham said since they weren’t constructing a new building the hospital had to expand and renovate while remaining in operation.

The proposed Wohali development—the largest project that Coalville City has ever seen—took another step toward approval.    The Coalville Planning Commission on November 4th sent a recommendation for the First Phase of the project onto City Council.

Wohali, which would be located on over 1500 acres west of Interstate 80, is planned as a rural resort and golf course.

It would include 570 residential units—ranging from single-family lots, to cabins and Estate and Ranch lots—and 130 nightly-rental  units.

Summit County

The Summit County Commission, meeting November 6th,  did not come to a decision about where to locate a connector road that would provide a second access to the Silver Creek area.

The Council, and their staff, will be considering the comments after a three-hour public hearing with sometimes-heated debate from  an audience of 70 to 80 people.

County officials said they’ve been  trying for the past 10 years to  figure out how to create a link from lower Silver Creek west to the Bitner frontage road.

Image of the home while it is on fire. Flames come out of the top of the home in contrast to the dark night that is set in
Wasatch County Fire

Fire crews were able to quickly put out a fire in Midway over the weekend.

The Midway home located near 650 North Center Street became fully engulfed in flames on Sunday evening. Wasatch County Fire District received word from a neighbor about the house fire on Midways Center street around 8:00 pm last night. When crews arrived shortly after they were able to knock the fire down and make entry into the unoccupied home. Fire District Public Information Officer Janet Carson says they are still investigating the cause of the fire.