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The Park City Fourth of July parade Thursday featured nearly 60 floats—all Summit County or Park City locals—with born-and-bred Parkite and World War II veteran Carl Workman leading the “Hats Off to America”-themed parade as Grand Marshall. 

Imagine there's no--Fab Four. That's the premise of a new film that blends classic rock and the Twighlight Zone.

Have you noticed a trend in rock-genre movies lately? Starting with the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”, followed by the Elton John extravaganza – “Rocketman”, and now “Yesterday” – a romantic comedy/fantasy based on the Beatles songbook.

Mountain Trails Foundation

Between storms with winds as fast as 70 mph and a series of events there’s plenty for mountain bikers to be aware of ahead of a week of riding Wasatch Back trails.

Mountain Trails Foundation Executive Director Charlie Sturgis reports that a series of storms has put deadfall back on trails. Sturgis has some request for those who come across branches and debris blocking trails.

As we’ve reported, Park City parent Robert Ainsworth has filed a lawsuit, alleging that City Police and the Park City School District withheld information that could have saved his son from a fatal opioid overdose, nearly three years ago.

The 44-page suit was filed in U.S. District Court, charging the governmental defendants with civil rights violations.

Park City Beethoven Festival

The 37th annual Beethoven Music Festival is running now through August 16th. The first concert of Utah’s longest-running classical music festival is this Sunday July 7th at Temple Har Shalom.

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The Fourth of July Parade is a mainstay for the Park City community and the thousands of visitors who come to watch it. Sharon Owen, on the other hand, is a mainstay for the parade. 

Sharon Owen has been at the top of Main Street for the beginning of Park City’s July Fourth parade for 14 years. Owen lives in Charleston, in the Heber Valley, and she started guiding the parade at the suggestion of a friend.


After legislative leaders pulled the plug on a bill to address what they view as a tax revenue sourcing problem, the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force was formed this past legislative session to take the issue back to the drawing board. 

Summit Land Conservancy Summer Activities

Jul 4, 2019
Summit Land Conservancy / Summit Land Conservancy


Summit Land Conservancy has a few events happening this month and their big fundraiser out at the Blue Sky Ranch in August.

KPCW has an outline of activities and an update on potential future offices for the Conservancy.

The monthly Moonshine Adventure sponsored by Summit Land Conservancy and Mountain Trails Foundation happens on, July 16th. They have hiking, running or mountain biking options.

Safety Issues Hound Dogs During This Time Of Year

Jul 3, 2019
Carolyn Murray

This time of the year can be extremely difficult for pets.  Fireworks, bar-b-ques and warm temperatures present potential hazards for dogs.

KPCW’s Carolyn Murray visited the Nuzzles & Co Rescue Ranch in Browns Canyon to talk with staff about how to keep your dog safe during the summer celebrations.

Midway City

Midway City has been abuzz for the past nine months after a local company showed interest in buying and re-energizing the Homestead Resort. The sale of the property has stalled as of late. Now the potential buyer of the resort says that if the issue is not resolved soon it could mean the resort won’t sell.

US Forest Service

Hundreds of members of an environmental movement are gathering for a week in Wasatch County forests. The group will be gathering to spend time camping with likeminded individuals while also holding panels and workshops relating to topics from land defense, campaign strategy, and wilderness survival skills.

A few hundred members of the Earth First! movement are gathering together near Soapstone Mountain in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest about 20 miles East of Francis. The Earth First! Round River Rendezvous takes place for a week from July 3rd through July 10th.

Park City Municipal Corporation

When the Park City Council recently discussed the City’s selection process for affordable housing applicants, Mayor Andy Beerman commented that public support for the City’s housing efforts hinged on choosing a process that gives extra consideration to people based on their careers and how long they’ve worked in the area. 

Park City Community Foundation

The developer of the APEX project at Canyons Village, which is nearing completion, and the 152-unit Pendry Residences, which plans to break ground later this month, has stepped up to help fund the Early Childhood Initiative,  a project funded through the Park City Community Foundation. The program will help benefit the children of immigrants, the immigrants who he will eventually need to staff his development projects.

A Park City parent has filed a lawsuit against the city police department, and the Park City School District, saying they withheld information that could have saved his 13-year-old son from a fatal overdose on the opioid known as Pink in 2016.

The suit was filed by Robert Ainsworth over the death of his son Ryan.

The named defendants include Park City Police Lt. Darwin Little, the Principal of Treasure Mountain Junior High, Emily Sutherland, and a counselor there, Nicholai Jensen.

Heber City

Although there will not be a parade in Heber on the 4th of July, Heber residents are still celebrating Independence Day.

Heber City’s Old Fashion Fourth of July Celebration takes place at Main Street City Park located at 200 South Main Street.

From noon to 1:00 will be a free hotdog lunch.