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 Department of Health

Summit County Council voted Thursday to join the rest of the state and go to the yellow risk level for COVID-19.

The decision takes effect Friday, just three weeks after the county lifted the Stay At Home Order put into place in March, which also ordered businesses, except essential ones, to close. 

When Summit County lifted that order on May first, people were allowed to move about the county and most businesses were allowed to reopen if they followed strict protocols to ensure the safety of employees and customers.

Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson (6:44) has an update of Wednesday’s meeting. Owen Ashton, President of NAMI's (National Association of Mental Illness) Board of Directors (23:44) talks about the free online support groups and mental health seminars happening as Mental Health Awareness month comes to an end. Local Author and Pediatrician Alison Delgado (31:47) has details about her new book, My Race for Life – the story of her recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury.

A Park City man was charged with attempted murder Thursday after threating to shoot and kill another man who had a child with his ex-wife. 

According to court documents, 42 year old Noe Rivera Zarate was charged with aggravated assault – a third degree felony for sticking a gun in the abdomen of the victim Hugo Leonardo and telling him he was going to die.

A number of people are planning a one-hour socially distant compliant event on Thursday to honor the hard work of our community’s first responders and essential employees.

Main St. Business Owner Linda Duggins and friends are planning to celebrate our first responders who haven’t stopped working during these last two months of the COVID-19 pandemic. An hour-long parade will take place on Thursday afternoon and they hope others will join in.

Midway City

A ruling by a state utility board would have put an end to Midway’s bid to place transmission lines underground.  That movement is still alive as City council voted to ask for a stay on the ruling Tuesday evening.  

Heber City

Heber City Council approved the annexation of the Sorenson Property, meaning the incoming 5,700-unit development built over the course of 40 years will officially be a part of the city.  

Jim Pankow

 A moose was rescued after a passerby discovered it in a building foundation hole in the Summit Park neighborhood on Tuesday.  First responders and DWR biologists, with the help of a Summit Park resident, were able to safely extract the moose from the hole, leaving the animal to rest under a tree nearby before wandering into another neighbor’s yard to continue foraging.

Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District

When you think of all of life’s essentials – water is likely at the top of the list… And when two positive cases of COVID-19 were reported at the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District, long-standing protocols were changed to protect the staff at the two treatment plants to ensure the rest of the staff could continue to do their jobs.

Park City School District Superintendent Jill Gildea and Business Administrator Todd Hauber (03:26) talk about next year’s  budget  and possible cuts  as well as the future of education in the district, given the lessons they’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Park City Manager Matt Dias (29:22) has a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting and Katy Wang (43:14)with Park City Film has details about the Virtual Film Series.

Mike Lennon-PCMC

The building maintenance team with Park City Municipal has installed hand sanitizers up and down Main Street. They’ve done other measures to deal with COVID-19 spread while still allowing the soft opening of businesses in town.

Wasatch High School Graduation occurs Wednesday night. The event which will include a live stream and fireworks at dark.

Snyderville Basin Recreation District

The Basin Recreation Field House opened last week after it was shuttered in mid-March to manage the COVID-19 spread.

Snyderville Basin Recreation District Director Brian Hanton says the soft opening of the Field House has included limits of 20 people working out on each floor at a time and limiting visits to a length of one hour.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher (04:54) discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. Recycle Utah director Carolyn Wawra (26:33) has an update on the center’s operations and Park City resident Linda Duggins (41:49) is organizing a Cowbells for Courage event to celebrate all those workers who are on the front lines in the COVID19 pandemic.   

Volt Citizens Group

70% of Midway residents polled wish to have new large transmission lines buried underground, and over half a million dollars have been raised to fund that effort. Despite that support, The lines could end up overhead due to high costs and a large power companies reported deadline.

Main Street Considers No-Car Sundays

May 18, 2020
Park City Municipal Corporation


In mid-March the COVID-19 pandemic hit area businesses abruptly with shut-downs ordered overnight. Now, with the lifting of some restrictions, the Historic Park City Alliance is exploring new business models to restore commerce and bring people back to shopping and dining in Park City’s historic district.