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.

Wasatch County Sheriff Department

The Big Hollow Fire which started on Friday evening is now put out.

The Big Hollow fire was located about a half mile southeast of the Big Hollow Shooting Range just south of the town of Daniel in Wasatch County. The fire started Friday night and burned a total of 77 acres but did not really spread beyond the first night. Mike Eriksson a spokesperson for the state Division of Forestry, Fire and State lands says they got lucky with some cool nights and had access to resources they needed.

Heber Valley Parkway Planning Study Report

Elected officials in Wasatch County will participate in a special interlocal meeting on Wednesday. The one item on the agenda is related to the Heber Valley Parkway bypass project.

No action will take place at the Wednesday work meeting. Instead elected officials, staff and residents of Wasatch County, Heber, Midway and other municipalities in the county will hear a report about the proposed road that will bypass traffic to the west side of Heber known as the Heber Valley Parkway project.

Park City Fire District

Two cleaning employees at Park City Mountain Resort’s Red Pine Lodge were transported to the University of Utah burn unit Monday morning, after a chemical cleaner spilled. 

Park City Fire District spokesperson Tricia Hurd Hazelrigg says the department responded to a call from the Red Pine Lodge at the Canyons Resort when an employee misused a container of drain cleaner in pellet form.

Summit County

The building permit has gone ahead for the Crandall family to build their Commons at Newpark project. County Development Director Pat Putt talked about the building on the last infill space in the Newpark area of Kimball Junction.

Putt recalled that the original, much-debated plan from the Crandalls, approved by County Council, was to have seven townhomes in a building west of the Newpark amphitheater.

Caroline Gleich

Wearing just a Speedo and goggles,  and maybe a cap, nose clip, and ear plugs, Park City resident Rob Lea is making his away across the English Channel and what could be history in the making…

It was just 50 days ago, when Rob Lea summited the world’s tallest mountain – Mount Everest. Since then, he’s put on 25 pounds, hoping it will insulate him as he swims the 21 plus miles, between England and France. The official rules don’t allow a swimmer to use a wetsuit.

Park City Leadership

In a couple of months, this year’s Park City Leadership Class, along with several other community members, will be heading to Crested Butte, Colorado. The area is long familiar to Leadership program founder Myles Rademan.

Before he came to Park City in the mid-1980’s, Rademan worked in Crested Butte for many years. In fact, it was there, in 1973, that he began the Road Tours—gathering together community members to see other Western towns with similar problems.

Summit County

Members of the Snyderville Planning Commission have a couple of meetings on their agenda this week, including a session with the county council.

The Snyderville Commisison, meeting on Tuesday, 4:30 pm at the Richins Services Building, only has one item.

County Development Director Pat Putt said they’re discussing how to tweak the planning code on appeals, whether they are made against staff decisions or the Planning Commisison’s. He said the idea is to give everybody a better idea of what to expect.


Park City has paid UDOT $1.6 million for an Environmental Assessment to study traffic concerns on SR 248. It’s taken place over the past 28 months and the agency is looking to receive public input on the draft proposal. The 30-day public comment period is ending Thursday at midnight.

Heber City

Heber City Planning commission will be discussing an annexation in a portion of town that could see some substantial projects coming through in the next few years.

The proposed Zeb annexation is located on the northwest side of Heber, just north of Midway lane on the western side of town. Heber City Planner Tony Kohler explained that the annexation was placed on hold after a few months of work.

Heber City

Heber City Council and the Heber Planning Commission are meeting in a special joint meeting Tuesday night. The meeting is concerning an annexation into the city.

Heber City Council and the Planning Commission meet Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Heber City offices on 75 North Main Street.

City Planner Tony Kohler says that the meeting is not an action meeting but a work meeting for the two entities.

Utah Highway Patrol

Traffic was backed up on Interstate 80 Sunday night following a truck crash with a Utah Highway Patrol vehicle. Three people, including a trooper, were treated or checked for injuries.

The Utah Highway Patrol reported that at about 7:30 pm a trooper was investigating a crash on westbound I-80, about a mile up from Lamb’s Canyon. The trooper’s vehicle was in the left-bound lane.

A truck carrying a trailer was headed in the same direction, and for an unknown reason, rolled over the UHP vehicle.

Christian Center Of Park City / CCPC Back to School Basics

There are about one in five children in Park City who are, by federal standards, considered low-income. The Christian Center of Park City has the Back to School Basics Fund Raiser under way to help children in need be prepared and excited for that first day of school.

Wasatch County Sheriff’s Department

Around 7:00 on Friday night, Wasatch County 9-1-1 dispatch began receiving calls about a fire near the Big Hollow Shooting Range.

Big Hollow is located southwest of the town of Daniel. At last report from officials the fire was at 100 acres and was five-percent contained. The fire is mostly on Division of Wildlife land with possibly an acre or two of private land being impacted.

Park City Leadership

The Leadership application process is done online through the City’s website. Anywhere from 75 to 120 people apply for the class, with 30 applicants accepted each year. Participants receive a scholarship to cover the cost of the program, with the exception of City Tour, which costs around $800 per person.


Earlier this year, the Park City Planning Commission voted to modify the McPolin Farm’s conditional use permit, to allow tours and educational community events in the farm house and barn. 

Park City Municipal bought the McPolin farmstead in 1990, as its first open space purchase, and in 2016, the property’s White Barn underwent some major structural upgrades. Now that the barn is safe to occupy, McPolin Farm Manager Minda Stockdale says it’s a great opportunity to explore Park City’s agricultural history.