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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.

Sam Osselaer

With the heavy snowfall Monday and a winter storm warning in effect until Tuesday, 4am, Park City has announced a plan for clearing Park Avenue and Main Street.  The city is offering alternative overnight parking in the Mawhinney lot, across from the Park City library at 1200 Park Avenue, through midnight on Wednesday, January 23rd.  The city asks drivers to remove their cars from Park Avenue and Main Street and park in the Mawhinney lot so snow removal crews can work overnight through Wednesday evening.  

Utah League of Cities and Towns

There are nearly 250 cities and towns stretching across the state of Utah varying in size and structure. Although all unique, they are all also represented by an organization that seeks to represent their interests.

Rachel Otto is the director of government relations with the Utah League of Cities and Towns. She explains what the organization does.



With the partial government shutdown into the fourth week, the Utah Department of Workforce Services is juggling two important programs to help people get through the financial hardship. They include unemployment pay for eligible, furloughed workers and administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP. Carolyn Murray has this:

Utah Department of Workforce Services, Public Information Officer, Wendy Hyatt said about 200,000 people in Utah rely on the SNAP benefits for assistance. Well over a thousand live in Summit and Wasatch Counties.

KPCW Radio

 The Park City Traffic Control Center has been up and running since the end of December. How does it work, and will it make getting around town easier during peak traffic times? KPCW’s Emily Means has this. 

A wall of monitors shows video of a car backing into an intersection on state route 224, after turning into the wrong lane in the snow. On the next wall over, a “flow map” illustrates in red where traffic has slowed down on Interstate-80, interpreting information tracked by speed sensors along major highways.



The Park City Council Tuesday postponed approving amendments to the design guidelines in the historic residential code, saying the public should understand what’s in them before the council signs off on them. KPCW’s Emily Means has more.

Steve Winter

The Park City Institute has back to back speakers Friday and Saturday. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more about the two, very different evenings.

Tonight, Institute Director Teri Orr says that Pulitzer prize winning journalist Jodi Kantor will sit down in an interview format and talk about the myriad of topics she’s written about.

Former Utah Transit Authority CEO and President Jerry Benson has been brought on as a consultant for the Park City transit system. KPCW’s Emily Means has more.

Transportation Planning Manager Alfred Knotts introduced Benson at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Knotts said Benson will provide the city with “industry standard review” and will advise on items such as customer service and community involvement.

Salt Lake County Jail

Three additional men have been arrested in connection to the Fashion Place Mall shooting that took place on Sunday. The additional arrests mean four of the five gang members arrested have ties to Summit and Wasatch Counties.

18-year-old Steven Perez-Hernandez, 20-year-old Arian Huerta and Flaviano Aguilar, also 20, have been booked into Salt Lake County Jail in connection to the gang-related shooting that took place outside of Fashion Place Mall in Murray.

Mountain Accord

With a new Congress in place, the Central Wasatch Commission will pursue legislation to get a federal designation for the mountain are overlooking the Salt Lake Valley.

KPCW got an update from Chris Robinson, the Summit County representative on the commission.

Robinson said it is a high priority for the group to get approval for a Central Wasatch Conservation and Recreation Area.

Park City Education Foundation

In 1986, the Park City Education Foundation was formed as a way to funnel privately raised funds to Park City teachers for needs that were otherwise unfunded. Since then more than $10.5 million has been raised – about $75,000 of that from this year. 32 years later, the teacher grants are still being funded. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.