Local News

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.

Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation

The Utah Olympic Park’s summer activities are open for the season.

Utah Olympic Park activity hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm through the end of summer. UOP Marketing manager Kole Nordmann says at the moment they have almost all their activities up and running.

Park City School District

Bright Futures is a local program that seeks to help first-generation-immigrant students to prepare for college, gain admission, and navigate the years they will spend on campus.

The program counsels’ students through the grades of high school. It is sending off its first graduating class.

The coordinator of the program, Rebecca Gonzales, said Bright Futures is organized and funded under the Park City Education Foundation. They began with their first group of students three years ago.

North Summit School District

As May comes to an end so does the school year. The first Wasatch Back school to send of their graduates is also the area’s smallest. North Summit High.

Graduation was held at the North Summit High School auditorium in Coalville on Monday May 20th. In all 73 students walked across the stage to receive their diploma’s. North Summit High Principal Wade Murdock didn’t have the exact numbers but guessed around 95% of the class graduated at Monday’s ceremony.

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The Park City Planning Commission will consider a plat amendment, the conditional use permit and the master planned development for the Woodside Park Phase II housing project Wednesday, amid public concern stemming, in part, from the City’s role as both developer and regulator. 

Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson says though the City is the applicant for the Woodside Park Phase II project, it’s been subject to the same processes and regulations that any private developer would be.


The weather isn’t being cooperative, but still, the upcoming Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off to summer—for the Snyderville Recreation District and many others.

District Director Brian Hanton discussed some of their summer plans, in addition to some long-range items.

Hanton noted that the splash pad at the Basin Fieldhouse will be open on Friday.

Summit County Republican Party

The Summit County Republican Party has elected a new chair. Jennifer McDonald says she wants to get the base excited—and even wants to get Republicans involved in the 2019 local city races, which are non-partisan.

McDonald has been in the Park City area for about 25 years, and currently lives in the Ranch Place neighborhood.

She said she’s working to get Republican candidates to throw their hats in the ring. It’s hard to get people to step up but they’re talking to some possible contenders.

Last week’s localized power outage meant the White electric express bus could only charge at the Kimball Junction Transit Center—not at the other end of its route at the Old Town hub. The City is looking to reduce carbon emissions by switching to an all-electric fleet. But what happens if the power goes out? 


This month The National Ability Center launches the final phase of its capital campaign to raise $15.5 million for a host of projects and improvements to the Quinn’s Junction facility. The NAC provides programming for more than 7200 people.

NAC Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Stickelman says every gift is meaningful, and the objective in this final push is to get as much community involvement as possible. They want to attract 1500 donors.

Heber City

Heber City Council meets Tuesday evening to discuss amongst other items, growth north of town just of highway 40.

Heber City Council members meet in council chambers at the Heber City Tabernacle located at 75 North main Street.

Council begins their work with a 4:30 pm work meeting. Items on the work meeting agenda include discussions around the 2019-2020 FY budget, a proposed development near 2200 South Highway 40, and consideration of designating a land use authority.

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The filing window for Park City Council races open in just two weeks. So Park City is hosting a workshop Tuesday to prepare any residents who are interested in running for office.

There are three seats open on the City Council this year. Two of the incumbents there—Nan Worell and Becca Gerber—have indicated they are running for re-election. The third, Lynn Ware Peek, has said she won’t seek another four years on Council.

One challenger, local businessman Max Doilney has thrown his hat in the ring.

Summit County Democratic Party

The Summit County Democratic Party recently elected a new chairwoman and delegates nominated a replacement for County Assessor

At their convention held earlier in May, the county Democrats elected Meredith Reed to succeed Cheryl Butler as chairwoman of the party.

Reed is an Air Force veteran, Park City realtor and KPCW DJ. She was also the campaign manager last year for Eileen Gallagher, who ran to represent Utah’s Senate District 26, which ranges from Vernal to a substantial portion of Summit County.

State Track and Field took place over the weekend at BYU’s facilities. All high schools in the Wasatch Back participated with the standout being the North Summit High School Girls’ team who won their 4th state championship in a row.

North Summit Girls’ team won the Utah 2A state track and field title due to a lot of depth. The braves won three individual titles, junior Audri Richins took first place in the 100-meter hurdles and first in the 300-meter hurdles, while fellow junior Teesha Richins placed first in the high jump.

Park City High School Student Wins Innovator Award

May 17, 2019
Nicholas Markels

 A 17-year-old Park City High School PC Caps student won the Edison Award last month for his bio-degradable multi-function plastic spoon, fork, knife utensil.

Park City High School Senior, Nicholas Markels says it was a surprise to learn his invention, called the sporknife, won the Edison Award grand prize for innovation and design. He submitted 3-D images, engineering designs and a photograph of the prototype he had built.

Park City High School’s Girl’s Golf team placed second at the state tournament this week.

After 36 holes at the East Bay golf course in Provo on Wednesday and Thursday the lady miners were rewarded for their efforts with a second-place trophy.

The miners finished the tournament shooting 675 as a team. They were 13 strokes behind 1st place Ridgline High School.

Friday Film Review - "Amazing Grace"

May 17, 2019

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin is the subject of the new music documentary that almost never made it to the big screen.

In 1972, as a young star on the rise, Aretha Franklin set out to make a bold musical statement. Returning to her Gospel roots, she traveled to the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles, for two nights that made music history.