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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.


Traffic, an affordable housing shortage, crowding on trails—residents along the Wasatch Back have been feeling the effects of growth in different ways. The upcoming Project for Deeper Understanding aims to address how policymakers and stakeholders can collaborate to prepare and mitigate the impacts of growth as a region. 

Summit County Councilmember Glenn Wright guesses the regional population of the Wasatch Back will soon catch up to the metropolitan area on the Wasatch Front.

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After years in the making, the Woodside Park Phase I affordable housing development is ready for occupancy. Interested community members attended a recent open house for the project.

Mallory and Troy Dehm currently rent two basement rooms in a four-bedroom house in Prospector. Mallory says it’s too expensive for what their income allows, and they don’t really want roommates anymore.

“We love living in Park City, so we're interested in finding affordable housing in town, beause we moved here to be in Park City and not be in Heber,” Mallory said.

“Brittney Runs A Marathon”, a breakout Indie film of 2019, won the Audience Award in the US Dramatic competition at Sundance Film Festival.

I gave “Brittney Runs A Marathon” 5 stars in my Sundancer Newsletter review because it is my absolute favorite type of Sundance film; I laughed, teared up, flat-out cried, laughed some more and left smiling.

Heber Light & Power

Heber Light & Power is conducting a survey amongst their customers to look at where future energy should come from for the utility.

Every five years or so Heber Light and Power conducts an integrated resource plan to take a look at the company’s current power portfolio and look ahead to the future. General Manager Jason Norlen says part of that plan includes a survey of customers.

Wasatch School Board heard from around 25 members of the public on Thursday evening providing public comment on the $150 million school bond that will appear on Wasatch County resident ballots this November.

With more than 50 people in attendance at the September 19th meeting the school board heard input from the public for over two hours regarding the $150 million bond which will build a new high school on the northwest side of Heber and replace the current Midway Elementary school.

PCHS Dance Team Will Travel To Elite Dance Festival

Sep 20, 2019

The Park City High School Dance Team is going to attend a national dance festival in Pittsburg in February. They hope to raise enough to bring all 14 members.


They need to raise $1500 per person. Their fund-raising efforts include a big reach out to the community by offering dance clinics to younger students. Dance Team member and Park City High School Senior, Clara Bradford says it’s a great chance to perform in front of crowds, not to mention how fun it is for the parents of the younger dancers.

263 Homes Will Have Power Shut Off In Thayne's Canyon

Sep 20, 2019
Rocky Mountain Power

Two hundred and sixty-three customers in the Thaynes Canyon neighborhood will have power shut off on Wednesday beginning at 5 PM. It will be off for 12 full hours with the plan to have it back on by 5 AM on Thursday.

There are three urgent repairs that Rocky Mountain Power is planning for Wednesday. The Rocky Mountain Power Public Information Officer Tiffany Erickson says the neighborhood had an extended power outage a couple of weeks ago which was due to several problems with the equipment.


The Park City School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday focused master planning efforts which have been underway since last October. Consultants, NV5 and GSBS have compiled some 600 comments and a year’s worth of meeting data into three overarching recommendations.

Summit County

The Summit County Council Wednesday held their first discussion about a ban on single-use plastic bags.

States and communities across the country have instituted such bans. However, the county’s landfill superintendent also presented data to the Council that suggested the answer to the plastic issue isn’t simple.

Assistant County Manager Janna Young reported that just for the period of 2015 to 2016, 23 states looked at some 77 legislative proposals to ban plastic bags. A number of cities and mountain towns have banned the bags, often with fees charged for paper bags.

Heber Light & Power

Heber Light & Power customers may see a slight increase in their upcoming power bills. The power company says the increases are a result of increasing expenses and growth.

Heber Light and Power will have a 4% rate increase starting October 1st across all classes. General Manager Jason Norlen says that the average customers bill will go up a little over three dollars a month. Norlen says the key driver for the rate increase is growing costs.

Celebrate The Story Of A Farm

Sep 19, 2019
Summit Land Conservancy

The Osguthorpe family has been farming in Park City since 1945. The family along with many hundreds of donors were honored in a celebration held by the Summit Land Conservancy on Thursday to mark the agricultural conservation of the 160-acre farm on Old Ranch Road.


A request by Zermatt Resorts for $30,000 in a business grant was not voted on by Midway City Council at Tuesday’s council meeting. However, the request did jumpstart a conversation around how the city ought to spend transient room tax and transportation issues in the city.

Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson outlines the transportation issue Zermatt is asking the city help for in their $30,000 ask.

After an hour and a half of discussion and bargaining Midway City Council directed city staff to prepare an agreement with Watts Enterprises to amend the approved master plan for Remund Farms.

Mountain Mediation Center

Mountain Mediation Center, a nonprofit organization that provides conflict resolution to residents on the Wasatch Back, is expanding its services to include hosting a new community conversation series. 

Mountain Mediation Executive Director Gretchen Lee says the center’s work has mostly focused on resolving conflict, but now the center wants to work on stopping conflict before it happens.

Summit County

The Summit County Council Wednesday will discuss a possible ban on plastic bags—after hearing numerous requests from citizens to take up the topic.

The Council, meeting at the Coalville Courthouse, will discuss the ban at 3 p.m.