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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.

The Utah Legislature’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force met recently for its second study session. This time, lawmakers focused on education funding. 

About 20 people gathered at Park City High School Tuesday evening for a public forum giving them opportunities to provide comment on proposed federal legislation. The Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Act, or NCRA, would add protections to parts of Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and the Monitors area in Summit County.

Park City Museum

Park City Museum and he Friends of the Ski Mountain Mining History are hosting a lecture titled Overhead Tramways in Park City. The guest lecturer is a native of Park City and has experience working on the old Park City Mountain Gondola.  It’s being held at the Education and Collection Center at 2079 Sidewinder on Wednesday at 5 PM.

Wasatch County

Wasatch County residents interested in preserving their land will soon be able to apply for part of the $10 million Open Space Bond passed last year.


Mountain ski towns are hiring their seasonal workforce this time of year. Some 5,000 seasonal employees will be hired in Summit County and as the fastest growing county in the state, Wasatch County isn’t far behind.

KPCW has the first in a series of reports about the challenges of housing the thousands of seasonal workers here in the Wasatch Back.

Central Wasatch Commission

The Central Wasatch Commission is hosting a public forum Tuesday evening at Park City High School. The commission is looking to protect parts of Big and Little Cottonwood canyons. They’re also looking to protect an area in Summit County.

The Central Wasatch Commission is hosting a public forum Tuesday evening at Park City High School. The commission is looking to protect parts of Big and Little Cottonwood canyons. They’re also looking to protect an area in Summit County.

Hideout Utah

The Town of Hideout and the Military Installation Development Authority or MIDA are considering a partnership that would place several portions of the town within MIDA’s project area.

Hideout recently updated their general plan, among priorities identified include connecting the community and building green space. MIDA’s goal for the project area is to increase recreational opportunities for military members and their families. Mayor Phil Rubin sees these two goals as aligned.


 In their monthly update, the Park City Education Foundation has details about the Elementary Visual Arts partnership, known as EVA, to bring arts education to the youngest learners in the district.According to Executive Director of the Park City Education Foundation, Abby McNulty, the Utah legislature cut funding for elementary art programs a long time ago.

A Wasatch County resident has been arrested and booked into Juvenile Detention after shots were fired at the state liquor store in Heber City Sunday night.

According to Heber City Police, the 16-year-old Wasatch County boy was booked into Juvenile Detention on multiple criminal charges. A press release from the police reports that Wasatch County Dispatch received an alarm call just after 6:30 Sunday evening at the Utah State Liquor Store, located on East Gateway Drive near the intersection of highways 189 and 40.

Hideout Utah


Located in Wasatch County on the North end of the Jordanelle, the town of Hideout is continuing to guide the town as they expect growth in the coming years.

Hideout Mayor Phil Rubin says that after a Truth in Taxation hearing the city property taxes were raised from 0.0004% to 0.0008% which will raise about $50,000 a year for the city.

Action Utah / Action Utah

On Thursday, Action Utah is holding a public forum for community members to meet their state legislators. The organization was created in 2016 to facilitate political and social dialogue with the hope of healing some of the divide created by the presidential election.

All five of Park City’s state legislators have agreed to join in the forum. Co-founder of Action Utah and Park City resident Andrea Himoff says after the 2016 election, she perceived that a lot of people wanted to get involved in issues that affect their lives.

Allowing e-bikes on natural trails in Park City seems to be a polarizing issue among trail users. The topic drew an hour of public comment at a recent Park City Council meeting, where the council decided to allow people 65 and older to use pedal-assist, class one e-bikes on any trail in Park City, joining people with mobility disabilities as the exception to the rule. For all other riders, e-bikes are only allowed on paved trails. One former bike shop owner shares his perspective.

KPCW Radio

The Residences at Utah Olympic Park feature short-term lodging for visiting athletes, long-term apartments for athletes and Utah Olympic Legacy staff, plus a breathtaking view of Park City from atop the mountain. The building also has a special detail as a nod to the accomplishments and life of a Park City Olympian.

Momentum Development Group

The Sorenson Annexation Petition is moving forward. At the September 3rd City Council Work meeting the petitioner answered questions from the council.

Mike Bradshaw the President of Momentum Development Group stood before the council on Tuesday and answered questions posed regarding the Master Development Agreement.

The proposed master plan would develop five village areas within the 8,288 acres that make up the property. In total 3,166 acres would be developed for over 5,500 residential units. The rest of the 5,122 acres would be left for open space.

The documentary “Maiden” premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival and was a 2019 Sundance Film Festival favorite in the SPOTLIGHT category.

This documentary was my absolute favorite of the entire Sundance Film Festival. It is a fantastic story so well told, well-filmed and well-edited that anyone viewing it regardless if they have an interest in yachting will be drawn into the competition the suspense the risk and the result.