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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 Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands

The Saddle Fire has burned 683 acres and is up to 70% contained.

Park City Education Foundation


COVID-19 restrictions have shut down many events along the Wasatch Back. The Park City Education Foundation’s popular – and most significant fundraiser – Running with Ed - was also cancelled this year.

However, as KPCW reports -- two Park City School District teachers aren’t letting that get in the way of logging their own miles for education.

Summit County Council Chairman Doug Clyde has a re-cap of Wednesday's meeting, including a decision to stay at the Orange/Stabilization Level through May. Summit County Public Works Director Derrick Radke talks about finishing the Jeremy Ranch/Pinebrook roundabout project and the Interim President and CEO for Utah Symphony and Opera Patricia Richards talks about the postponement of the Deer Valley Music Festival this summer.

courtesy of Summit County

The Summit County Council is scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon to consider approving an updated Health Order that will recommend staying in the Orange “Moderate-Risk” phase.

This comes while county officials know Governor Gary Herbert is issuing a new Health Order Friday, but they don’t know what the Governor will recommend.

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough reported to the County Council Wednesday that they are in alignment with Governor Herbert’s “Utah Leads Together” 2.0 program.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher gave us a status update Tuesday on the businesses that are partly re-opening after the coronavirus lockdown.    He said that it’s “so far, so good.”  

On May 1st, the county approved a revised Health Order that allowed businesses to move to an Orange, or Stabilization phase.

Fisher said one sector that received a lot of attention included salons and restaurants, with the county doing hundreds of inspections.        

PC MARC-Park City Municipal

After six weeks of inactivity, Park City’s athletic facility, The MARC, re-opened on Monday. 

The hours for the MARC are Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The facility’s Recreation Coordinator, Cole Johnston, said they have to operate within the group-size limit of 20 people.       

Wasatch County Fire

The Saddle Fire located to the north of Midway and Interlaken has burned 646 acres but is 40% contained. 


Heber City

With Heber’s general plan updated, the city is now looking at the details of what implementation will look like.

Park City

Thursday, the Park City Council will be asked to authorize the revised 2020 budget which cuts $4 million in projects, in response to the COVID-19 shut down. The 2021 provisional budget will be discussed along with staff recommendation to consolidate water bonds.

Park City Manager Matt Dias says as soon as the first Summit County COVID-19 case was diagnosed in mid-March, he put in place recession measures for city operations. They were able to close the $4 million deficit for 2020.

Summit County Public Health Director Rich Bullough has an update on how things are progressing with businesses and organizations opening and what some of the concerns he has for these next few weeks of COVID-19 contagion.

Park City Manager Matt Dias has  remarks on the modified opening and a preview of the budget discussions scheduled for the city council meeting on Thursday.

Summit County Clerk Kent Jones talks with Carolyn about the Primary Election happening on January 25 and how you can make sure to receive a ballot to vote in that election.

Tim Henney

The Summit County Council will resume discussion and public input in the near future on a proposed Neighborhood Mixed Use Zone.

But during their first meeting on the new zone, on May 6th, they had a lively discussion with Park City’s Tim Henney.    Henney argued the new zone could open the door to an attempt at a large project, in an area near Quinn’s Junction that is meant for little or no development.   Henney alleged county staff are encouraging this new project. 

Summit County’s “Coffee With Council” on Monday was, as usual, dominated by discussion about the COVID-19 crisis.

County officials answered questions about what facilities are operating and which are not; the future of winter events; and the ultimate goal for dealing with the coronavirus.

Attendees to the electronic meeting Monday heard Health Director Rich Bullough say that their coronavirus stats are, at the moment “incredibly favorable”.


Memorial Day is about two weeks away.    Park City High School’s National Honor Society won’t be able to stage their traditional 5K Memorial Run.

The Society, like many other groups this year, have figured out a way to take the event online.

Caroline Waldman, from the Honor Society, said the event began in 2009, to remember five graduates of Park City High who died within seven months of each other.

Summit Community Gardens

Warm weather is bringing a new season of activities at the Summit County Community Gardens.     The organizers will also be adapting their programs to the Covid season.

The Community Gardens, off Highway 224 and Old Ranch Road by Matt Knoop Park, will have its opening week on May 18th to the 22nd.  With the slogan, “Gather, Learn, Grow” programmers aim to teach locals how to begin and maintain a garden at this altitude.

Mitchel Burns

  Fire officials reported last night that the Saddle Fire located in the hills to the North of Midway had reached 200 acres and was 0% contained.