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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.

Utah Open Lands-Bonanza Flat

Summer weekends on Guardsman Pass and Bonanza Flat are a busy time for people who want to enjoy the backcountry. It’s also a busy time for law enforcement as they try to manage the traffic and parking challenges on both sides of the pass. Dozens of parking tickets have been issued for parking violations during the first two weekends of September.

The Greater Salt Lake Unified Police wrote 19 citations for parking violations during the Labor Day weekend. The following weekend, they wrote 22.

A Francis resident who was arrested last December, after drunkenly spraying a residence with gunfire, narrowly missing two other occupants, has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

The sentence was handed down Monday in Third District Court to 57-year-old Randal Weed Dickinson.

Add another film to the rock idol genre with the new release of “Blinded by the Light”, a film that plays homage to The Boss through the eyes of a die-hard fan.

I’ve seen my fair share of rock-inspired films recently, including the biopics of Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Elton John in “Rocketman”, and the Beatles fan narrative “Yesterday”.

There’s no arguing that the list of rockers ripe for a film profile is long, and it’s not surprising that a film about an avid Bruce Springsteen fan has rounded out this year’s trend.

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Park City Municipal is reminding those who use their water service of an option that could save customers money. The Water department also did an upgrade this summer that should save the city around $100,000 a year.

Park City Water Resources Manager Jason Christensen reminds customers of Park City Water that they can receive alerts via email, text or automated phone call when a leak is detected at their homes.

Park City Leadership

Park City’s Road Tour has returned from Crested Butte, Colorado, and those who made the trip—local residents and members of the Park City Leadership class—are mulling over their impressions from the trip.

The tour included 30 members of the Leadership Class, led by program founder Myles Rademan.

One of the groups, rancher Gregg Simonds, said that while Crested Butte is also a mountain resort town, it also has some differences. A large percentage of the land there is owned by the government.

Midway City

The master plan for the 50-acre, 96-unit Remund Farms has already been approved by Midway City. Now Watts Enterprises are asking for a few changes to the master plan.

At the September 3rd Midway City Council meeting the changes to the master plan were presented in a public hearing. Proposed amendments included adjusting the pad dimensions of a single unit in the plan, another was to adjust the location of three units. Those two suggestions received less pushback from the council or public in attendance.

Summit County

The Summit County Council drew a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday as they looked at options for a road to connect the lower Silver Creek neighborhood to the Bitner frontage road.

In the end, the Council didn’t make a decision. A long line of speakers did not come to a consensus supporting either of two major options. Citizens threw out ideas for a third option or asked the county to go back to the drawing board.

The Council will take up the issue again in early November.

Mountain Town Music

A celebration of Michael Richards will be held at City Park Saturday, September 14 at 4 p.m. Anyone who knew Mike, or the RichPotts and Lamb families is welcome to attend. Mike collapsed last Saturday while working at the Mountain Town Music Family picnic and never regained consciousness. He was the youngest member of the organization and a key part of their operations.

Summit County

Members of the Summit County Council cast a split vote Wednesday, 3 to 2, and approved a height exception for an athletic facility seeking an Olympic-caliber-sized climbing wall. The decision came down in favor of the Mine Climbing Gym business, for a parcel near Quinn’s Junction.


One in six seasonal workers in the Park City area comes from out of the country. They’re part of the international work travel student program using a J1 visa. For years, this program has helped local businesses staff up for the busy winter season but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a place for them to live.

In this second installment in our series, KPCW reports on the challenges of housing the thousands of workers who show up each winter.


The Youth Sports Alliance is an organization that fosters the development of sports teams in Park City and Summit County. They’re kicking off this year’s after-school programs for first through ninth grades.

Park City Singers

It’s not too late to join the Park City Singers and be a part of their holiday concerts. 

The Park City Singers are looking for singers to join in their two holiday shows Dec. 8th and the 13th. Rehearsals started this week and will continue  up every Tuesday evening at 7 between now and then.

Group organizer Renee Hall asks that you come early next Tuesday to register at the Park City Community Church.

“You will want to bring $45 for the season’s membership and we will provide you with the music packets and CDs for learning the music,” Hall said.

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Park City continues its efforts to address traffic circulation and access in Old Town. The city council will hear an update on the plan Thursday. 

Since the Park City Council instructed city staff to move forward with measures to alleviate traffic congestion in Old Town, a few ideas and projects have risen to the top.

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The Park City Council will receive an update on the city’s special events process as well as a debrief of one of the city’s largest events this year, the FIS World Championship. 

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The Park City Planning Commission will receive an update on Park City’s Visioning 2020 process Wednesday, with another at Thursday’s city council meeting and a visioning workshop at Friday’s Coffee with Council event. 

Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson says it’s the planning department and planning commission's job to take the community’s vision and put it into policy.