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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.

Although performances at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Amphitheater has been cancelled for the summer, the Utah Symphony is still planning on a jam-packed slate next year, they’re also providing music online in the interim. 

Utah Department of Health

Sunday's COVID-19 update from the Utah Department of Health shows one more person in Summit County has been diagnosed with the disease, and two more cases have been confirmed in Wasatch County.

That brings Summit County's cases to 401 and Wasatch County's to 202. Each county had one more person hospitalized since Saturday, bringing the numbers to 36 hospitalizations for Summit County and ten hospitalizations in Wasatch County.

Utah Department of Health

Summit and Wasatch counties have reached new COVID-19 milestones according to new numbers released Saturday by the Utah Department of Health.

Summit County has 400 confirmed cases of the disease, up four from 396 Friday. Wasatch County has 200 confirmed cases, also up four from 196 Friday.

One more person has been hospitalized in Summit County, bringing the number to 35 overall who have been in the hospital since the pandemic began, while Wasatch County’s number of hospitalizations remained at nine.

Utah’s Primary Election day is coming up on June 30th, with a number of tweaks and changes.  

In particular, there will be no in-person voting.   Ballots are going to be mailed in or dropped off.

Summit County Clerk Kent Jones said the primary voting is almost entirely concerned with contests within the Republican or Democratic Parties.   The only exception is a non-partisan primary race for the South Summit School Board.

Summit County Fair

After a meeting on May 10th, the Summit County Fair Board has formulated a plan to scale back this year’s Fair, due to the impacts of COVID-19.   

In a press release, the Fair Board said that after much debate, they decided the changes had to be made in the interest of protecting the health of participants, the staff and vendors.

County Manager Tom Fisher gave a brief report to the County Council on Wednesday.  He said it’s been an interesting and tough year for the Fair Board.         

Park City

Park City Police Chief Wade Carpenter has tested positive for COVID-19.

Utah Department of Health

Utah Department of Health released new numbers Friday afternoon about COVID-19 in the state.

Eight more people have been diagnosed as COVID-19 positive in Wasatch County since Thursday, bringing their number of confirmed cases to 196. Nine people are currently hospitalized in Wasatch County.

Summit County has three more cases since Thursday, bringing their total number to 396 cases. 34 people are hospitalized in Summit County. There are 6,913 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide, up 164 since Thursday.

Wasatch County

A Resort on the south side of Jordanelle featuring RV sites, glamping and cabins took one step closer to approval on Thursday. 


The Park City Council approved the 2020 budget revisions last night (Thursday) in the council meeting. The provisional 2021 budget was discussed including details of the cuts planned to adjust for an $8.6 million anticipated revenue shortfall. Public input is being taken on the 2021 budget planning.

Heber City

Heber City Council will be voting on and likely approving a petition known as the Sorenson annexation at their Tuesday meeting. The agreement will double the size of Heber.


Summit County Council talked trash at their meeting Wednesday.

The county’s waste collection contract is up for bid.  Currently the county collects trash for 19,000 customers. And the costs appear to be going up, according to county council chair, Doug Clyde. But there could be some cost savings, according to Clyde, especially if the county stopped collecting the trash for multi-family units, which are four-plexes or larger.   

Utah Department of Health

When the rest of Utah eases into a yellow, or “low risk” level for COVID-19, Summit and Wasatch Counties remain at an orange, or “moderate risk” level. Health officials say that’s because of the high rate of the disease per capita in those counties.

But Summit County did make some changes. Thursday night, Summit County Council passed a new health order which clarified what the orange level means. It goes into effect Saturday and will last at least one week.

Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter  (9:41)to talk about the Sorenson Annexation Heber City council will vote next Tuesday. Park City Councilmember Max Doilney (22:24) has a recap of last night's meeting and Park City Fire District Battalion Chief  Mike Owens (39:10) talks about the Blue Ribbon commission and upcoming wild fire season.

Summit County

The roundabout project at the Jeremy and Pinebrook exits off Interstate 80 will be finished before the first day of summer. In the meantime, some of the traffic patterns will be changing again as the contractor puts the final finishes on the project.

The contractor estimates his crew will be out of there by June 18th. Still Summit County Public Works Director Derrick Radke says there will a few things to clean up after that. In the meantime, the good news is that they’re still within budget, even though the project was delayed due to a number of setbacks.

Summit County

When the rest of Utah eases into a yellow, or “low risk”  level for COVID-19 on Saturday, Summit and Wasatch Counties remain at an orange, or “moderate risk” level.  Health officials say that’s because of the high rate of the disease per capita in those counties.

Last night, Summit County Council passed a new health order which clarified what the orange level means.  The purpose of the 16-page order is to ease some of the protocols businesses have to follow to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.