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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.

Park City Municipal

Thursday night’s Park City City Council meeting will cover a variety of issues, from the 2021 special events schedule to adjustments to the city budget.


It has been nearly an entire year since Summit County went into lockdown and many of Park City’s most iconic events like the annual Fourth of July parade fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.


State of Utah

Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) has unveiled a new tool to tackle the challenges of finding high-quality childcare: The Care About Childcare website, a resource that allows parents and guardians to make informed decisions by identifying providers that fit their needs.


Users can select among many variables, including proximity to work and home, hours of availability, or program offerings.


The Snyderville Planning Commission on Tuesday night voted to grant a conditional use permit for a group home in Highland Estates intended to help teenage girls facing mental health and emotional issues in their lives.


The commission hammered out the decision at the last minute, given that the applicant was up against a deadline of her own.


MIke Kohler

Republican state representative Mike Kohler, who represents Wasatch County and the municipal area of Park City as part of House District 54, gave a recap of this year’s legislative session.


In Kohler’s first general session as a state representative after being elected to the House of Representatives last November, one of his signature pieces of legislation, HB390, was passed and now waits to be signed into law by Governor Spencer Cox.


  After an increase in new COVID-19 cases week over week for the last two days, Utah finally saw a decrease in new cases Wednesday.

Utah saw 658 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, which is about 70 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week.

In the Wasatch Back, Summit County reported 18 new cases, which is the highest case count the county has seen in more than two weeks - and is up from last Wednesday’s count of 10. 

Ronald Winerton

The Utah Legislative Session finished business on Friday. With over 1,000 bills filed during the session, legislators were able to pass around 500 new laws all while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.



Summit and Wasatch County Sen. Ron Winterton said all-in-all the session finished without a hitch.



The Old Town Park City Liquor Store - located on Swede Alley - has set a reopening date of Monday, March 22, after temporarily closing in mid-January.  

The store temporarily closed at the beginning of this year due to staffing shortages at all the Park City shops. Terry Wood, director of communication and public information for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said they were finally able to fill a key position. 

Today on the Local News Hour:

(01:57) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report 

(07:03) - Wasatch County Representative Mike Kohler recaps the Legislative Session.

(23:33) -  Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of this week's city council meeting.

(37:49) - Summit County Health Department monthly update with Health Deptartment Director Rich Bullough. 


ABC/Christopher Willard

A 20-year-old Parkite will make his appearance on American Idol Sunday.

Wyatt Pike began his audition process back in November. After a number of zoom calls with producers, he was asked to fly out to Ojai, California to audition for the judges. 

Pike has been doing gigs around Park City for years and released his debut album in 2020. He is a current student at Berklee College of Music in Boston. 

Image of the entrance into Park City High School
Park City High School

During public hearings before the Snyderville Planning Commission, speakers have, on occasion, asked planners to consider how a proposed development will impact the local schools.


However, County Development Director Pat Putt reminds the public that, legally, the county can’t do that.


During his regular visit to KPCW, Putt said the planners are restricted by the Legislature.


BRASS Foundation

The Bryce and Ronnie Athlete Snow Safety Foundation is putting on a pair of free virtual mid-season avalanche clinics later this month.


The foundation, also known as BRASS for short, will be hosting two free virtual avalanche courses from 5:00-6:30pm on March 16th and 24th.


Summit County

County Development Director Pat Putt says that in the not-too-distant future, the county will return to live meetings with the County Council and their Planning Commissions.


But after the past year of meeting virtually over Zoom, it’s likely that public meetings will change for the better.


It may be hard to believe that there were some silver linings in the past year of the pandemic. But Putt said there could be one, due to the changes they had to make with public meetings.



It was just more than a year ago was when Utah’s first COVID-19 patient was diagnosed. Two weeks later, Park City made headlines when the first case of community spread of the virus was reported in the city.


As the first anniversary of COVID-19’s appearance in Utah and the Wasatch Back hits, there has been lots of time for reflection since the strange new virus was reported spreading in China.


Utah Department of Health reported 13 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday; one of the deaths was a child between the ages of 1-14 years old.


The Utah Department of Health reported that a Salt Lake County boy under the age of 14 died from COVID-19. He was hospitalized at the time of his death. 

The report said the department can’t release any more information on the death due to medical privacy laws but reminded the public to be "vigilant about public health precautions."


Today on the Local News Hour

(02:22) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report

(06:13) -Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

(24:29) -Wasatch Back Sen. Ron Winterton Has a Recap of The Legislative Session.

(40:21) -Huntsman Cancer Institute Event Coordinator Kristen VanLeeuwen has details about this year's Pink Park City fundraiser.