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.

Park City Newcomers is providing an opportunity for members of the community to learn about local nonprofits this Wednesday.

Carol Levine with the Park City Newcomers Club explains why the non-profit fair is returning.

“The newcomers did this fair three years ago, so we felt that it was time to do another one. It’s a very interesting process because Park City has so many non-profits that it’s difficult to choose. We tried to get newer ones that have not been out there but then we also took the old Christian Center, Peace House and all that.”

Utah State Board of Education

Wasatch School District was recognized at the Utah State Board of Education meeting last week.

The Wasatch County School District had an 11% gain in literacy proficiency according to assessments from the state. Superintendent Paul Sweat explained to the state board that after careful planning the district implemented several tools to increase literacy, including additional training for teachers.

A weekend power outage affected 1,600 people in Park City this past weekend. While many were concerned about homes and businesses the outage also affected local parking.

This weekend as power went out the arms on the China Bridge garage went up. Johnny Wasden with Park City Parking explains why.

“They’re designed to basically go up so that no one gets trapped in there. Not requiring payment or anything like that just because it’s no one’s fault. We just want to be able to get people out of there in the event of a power failure.”

Summit County

The recurring debate about Recreation Facilities and Accessory Buildings in the Silver Creek neighborhood, is coming back to the Snyderville Planning Commission, as they look at a proposed soccer arena in their regular meeting set for Tuesday.

The Snyderville Commission meets on Tuesday, October 9th, 4:30 at the Sheldon Richins Building.

Park City Municipal

The annual Community Leadership Award, presented by the Park City Leadership Program, is going to local attorney, and former chairman of the Park City Planning Commission, Adam Strachan.

This is the 16th year for the award, which is given to individuals who make good things happen through sustained involvement, tireless commitment and insightful leadership.

In the press statement for the award, Leadership founder Myles Rademan noted that Adam’s family moved to Park City in the late 1980’s.

Kimball Arts Center

The Kimball Art Center’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Amy Roberts says the event is a family friendly celebration of art and autumn. The event runs from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, among other things the event will feature ceramic demonstrations.

Kamas Will Have New Public Art By Utah Sculptor

Oct 5, 2018
Summit County Day Christensen

The South Summit County Services Building in Kamas will have a new public art installation soon. The Summit County Art Advisory Board has selected a Utah artist to build the sculpture after receiving nearly two dozen applicants. Carolyn Murray has this:

The building was finished in April and the sculpture went out for an RFP (request for proposal) in early spring. She is the Summit County Arts Council Director Jocelyn Scudder said the title of the exhibit is Yambow. Yambow means “valley of the herbs” and is the name the Ute Indians gave the Kamas Valley.

Kilby Road Update

Oct 5, 2018

Rainfall is replacing sunny weather, but Summit County is continuing the renovation projects on Kilby Road.

KPCW spoke to project manager John Angell, who said the county made progress Wednesday paving the widened bike lanes on Kilby.

“luckily yesterday it didn’t rain like they were planning. So, we got most of the bike asphalt widening done. Tomorrow we’ll probably come through and have a little bit of flagging going on while we shoulder that so there’s not a lip where the asphalt is at.”

Angell said at the moment, traffic delays are minimal.

Tom Kelly

The Artique gallery in Kamas is opening a new exhibit. Local artist Tom Kelly’s showing is called Backroads Americana, he will be there with his work tonight at an artist reception from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Tom Kelly has long been a photographer although his return to the medium has him thinking about it more as an art form than before.

US Forest Service

The Bureau of Land Management has announced that, due to reduced fire danger, it is rescinding its fire restrictions in 11 counties in northern Utah, including Summit and Wasatch Counties.

The order took effect as of Thursday. It will lift the prohibitions on campfires outside of established fire pits, smoking over dry vegetation, and cutting or welding of metal on public land.

The year-round restrictions are still in effect, such as the use of fireworks, or tracer and incendiary ammunition.