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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 has received a couple of formal challenges to its recent Stay At Home order.    One appeal was heard by the Board of Health on Monday.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher told us that the Health Board heard an appeal from the Four Seasons transportation firm, which wanted to start third-person deliveries.    However, that appeal was rejected by the Board.

Fisher said another appeal came from the Board of Realtors, which wants to continue the marketing of homes.    He said the Health Department worked out a resolution with the realtors.        

Summit County has been sued by the owner of a Coalville mink farm, who says his operation was damaged by construction activities on the neighboring County Fairgrounds.   

The lawsuit in Third District Court has been filed by Glen Black, the owner of the G & G Black Ranch.

He is asking for damages of $60,000.  The suit says he filed  suit after sending a Notice of Claim to the county and waiting the proper amount of time under Utah law.

Summit County Democrats

Despite COVID event cancellations, it’s election season and politics takes no vacation.  The Summit County Democrats will hold a virtual county convention with delegates making their selections on Thursday. As we’ve reported, the Wasatch and Summit County Republican parties, along with the Wasatch Democratic party cancelled county conventions this year and extended their 2018 delegates to serve another two years until 2022.

Utah's COVID Hot Spots Are Summit And Wasatch Counties

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Intermountain Healthcare has launched 20 COVID-19 curbside testing sites in Utah. One is in Park City and one is in Heber, which are the two biggest virus hotspots in the Utah. They’ve tested over 10,000 people since the middle of March.

IHC Urgent Care Medical Director Anthony Wallin, MD says the testing will help the state epidemiologist identify hotspots, which he says is critical to flattening the curve on the numbers of people who get the virus.

Vail Resorts is furloughing nearly all of their year-round hourly employees.  Salaried employees are getting at least a five percent pay cut. 

Park City Mountain Director of Communications Margo Van Ness says 391 employees at the resort will be furloughed for at least the next one to two months starting this Saturday, the result of cost-saving measures.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced Wednesday afternoon a moratorium on evictions for the next month, to help residential tenants who can’t pay rent due to the impacts of COVID-19. 

It’s the first of the month. For nearly one in three Utah households, rent is due.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported nearly 20,000 new claims for unemployment benefits from March 15 to March 21. The industry that saw the highest number of claims was food preparation and serving, with 37% of the claims.

The Utah Department of Health reported more than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday and seven related deaths. 

State epidemiologist Angela Dunn says Utah’s growth in COVID-19 cases does not appear to be exponential and over the past couple days has even flattened a bit. But looking at the past two weeks, Dunn says that doesn’t mean Utah is in the clear.


The Utah Department of Health released new numbers Wednesday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

There are 1,012 confirmed cases statewide, up 125 from Tuesday. Summit County has 204 cases, up from 181. Nine are visitors and 195 are residents. Wasatch County has 57 confirmed cases, up six from the day before. Fifty-six of those are residents and one is a visitor.

Snyderville Basin Recreation District

Snyderville Basin Recreation has closed down its four dog parks, and the trails could be next – if residents don’t practice the required social distancing – 6 feet away from the next person.

The closure of the four dog parks – Run A Muck, Willow Creek, Trailside, and The Woods at Parleys Lane - were closed on Monday. These are the latest in a series of closures by Basin Recreation… the  lap pool,  the playgrounds and park pavilions and the skate park. Basin Recreation District Director Brian Hanton says they’ve been considering closing the dog parks for a while now…

Wednesday is Census Day in Utah and if you haven’t been counted in the 2020 Census– it’s not too late, but time is running out.

Intermountain Heber Valley Hospital Administrator Si Hutt has details on drive up testing and hospital capacity. Third District Court Judge for Summit County Richard Mrazik talks about how the COVID-19 shutdowns are impacting the court calendar and Peace House Executive Director Kendra Wykoff talks about the increased needs at the Peace House and the uptick in domestic violence cases.


Utah High School Activities Association

The governing association of high school sports has suspended all sports through at least May 1st.

Askold Romanov

Construction of the tunnels underneath U.S. 40 near Mayflower begins Wednesday evening.



Wasatch County's 'Stay at Home' order goes into effect Wednesday morning. And the county's information hotline is getting lots of calls--mostly from businesses.

Utah DWR

People are isolated, home from work and school and using the outdoors as an escape from the drudgery of the Stay-At-Home order. Utah’s wildlife is in a tenuous spot this time of the year and it’s important for people to stay away from wildlife management areas or face citations.