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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.

Leslie Thatcher

Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson  joined three of his colleagues Jan. 22nd to choose a road alignment linking up lower Silver Creek to the Bitner Frontage Road.

Robinson said he was glad the decision was finally made, because the controversy has gone on way too long.

As we’ve reported, most of the County Council voted for the Church Street alignment, somewhat further up the hill from lower Silver Creek.    One dissenter, Council Member Doug Clyde, favored the Frontage Road alternative, which parallels Interstate 80.


Park City transit has made some changes to the bus schedules for Sundance. On Thursday it was the official opening of the tunnel under Kearns Boulevard by the high school. This prompted removing the crossing beacon which makes turning left out of the high school more difficult.

Park City Transit Manager Alfred Knotts says the bus from Richardson Flat will serve the Prospector area as opposed to going to the high school. He says it offers more opportunities to access other routes which were not available from the high school.

The Sundance Film Festival Marquee - Festival starts this week.
Kevin Kotzian

Gallery owner and artist Susan Swartz brings a social justice art exhibit to her Main Street gallery. The exhibit is in conjunction with the premier of a film about an art collector committed to social justice reform.

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The Park City Board of Adjustment voted to reverse a decision by the planning commission regarding Park City Municipal’s Woodside Park Phase II. 

The Park City Board of Adjustment met Tuesday to consider an appeal of the Woodside Park Phase II affordable housing project. The appeal is based on the planning commission’s approval of reduced setbacks. Under the land management code, the planning commission can reduce setbacks from the master planned development-required 25 feet to the underlying zone’s requirements, if it’s necessary to provide architectural interest. 

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At a recent Jordanelle Special Service District board meeting, members of the Wasatch County Council approved the creation of a new district. The new district will be aid in snowmaking processes for Mayflower Mountain Resort.

Heber City residents were introduced to the results of the Envision Heber 2050 process at an open house on Wednesday.

Brian King

The 2020  Utah Legislative session convenes on Monday and already lawmakers have opened more than 900 bill files in preparation for the 45 day session.

With 2020 being an election year – it should be interesting to see what issues Utah’s republican-dominated legislature decides to tackle this year.

The big topics tend to focus on education, transportation, clean air  and health care. This year, lawmakers will likely have to deal with the passage of their tax reform bill in last year’s special session as well as tinker with the medical cannabis law…


 Kids in Park City go to school even when traffic is snarled due to slick roads caused by winter weather. On Friday, a fast-moving snowstorm hit Park City and the surrounding area just in time for the morning commute.According to Park City School District Communications Director Melinda Colton school attendance on Friday was 58%. They don’t know how much was weather related. She says 42 % of students missed at least on class. It’s rare for the Park City School District to call a snow day. According to Colton there have been four in the last 23 years.

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Janis Byler, a Park City day care teacher, was hit by a car crossing State Route 224 Thursday morning.

Just after 6:30 a.m., a man driving a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban hit Byler as she was crossing S.R. 224, or Park Avenue, in front of Fresh Market. Utah Highway Patrol reports Byler was using the designated crosswalk there. A witness says the pedestrian warning lights were activated at the time she was hit. The driver told UHP he was unable to see her.


An elk was injured on SR 224 in the early hours of Thursday morning, the first day of the Sundance Film Festival. Sheriff’s reports indicate it happened near St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The vehicle left the scene and did not report the collision. The animal was hurt badly and was euthanized by a Utah Highway Patrol officer.

Summit County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Andrew Wright says the dispatch log shows reports of an injured elk on SR 224 near the catholic church trying to cross the highway.

A broken power pole in the Jeremy Ranch area caused disruption throughout the western end of the county for much of Thursday.

Summit County Sheriff’s office used a drone to rescue a stranded woman Wednesday.

Colorado Man Hit In PCMR Lot While Saving Parking Space

Jan 23, 2020


A Colorado man was hit by a car in the Park City Mountain Resort parking lot on Sunday. On Monday night five vehicles were burglarized overnight on the 2700 block of Upper Iron Horse Drive.

A person was trying to save a parking spot for his friend a little before noon on Sunday. A Heber woman says she tried to get him to move and he wouldn’t and so she proceeded into the parking space. According to Park City Police Captain Phil Kirk the man claimed he had some minor pain, but he refused medical services.


After preliminary counts showed the Utah tax reform referendum would be put to voters on the November ballot, the governor and state legislative leaders announced Thursday morning the tax bill will be fully repealed. 

State leaders announced in a press release Thursday that Senate Bill 2001, the tax bill the legislature passed in a December special session, will be fully repealed and ready for the governor’s signature by the end of next week.


The Westbound Jeremy Ranch I-80 exit ramp was closed Thursday morning due to a broken power pole.