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  An attorney for Anthony McClanahan, a former NFL football player charged with killing his wife in Park City last year, has given notice that he will claim "diminished mental capacity" for his client.

Given that, Third District Court Judge Patrick Corum on Monday ordered a medical examination for the defendant.

McClanahan, who played for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990's was present for the short hearing. The 47-year-old defendant was transported from the Salt Lake jail where he is confined on another charge and spoke only when giving short answers to the judge.


Utah State University History Professor Norm Jones is slated to visit Park City Saturday to deliver a lecture on a topic he said the public has asked for - “What Is An Educated Person In The 21st Century?” Melissa Allison has more:

Summit County

The sales tax in Summit County went up by another quarter of one percent today (Monday), pushing the rate in Park City to the highest rate in the state. Carolyn Murray has this:


The new sales tax rate in Park City is now 8.7%. In the unincorporated areas of Summit County, the rate is 6.8%. In the Snyderville Basin the sales tax is up to 7.1%.

Vail Resorts has submitted its financial report for the fourth quarter of 2018, and the fiscal year ending on July 31st of 2018. The results reflect last year’s poor winter at the Western ski resorts, but also some incremental improvements after the acquisition of Stowe, Vermont.

The net income attributed to Vail Resorts was a little under $380 million for the fiscal year. That’s an increase of 80.4 percent over the previous year.

U.S. Forest Service

The Mirror Lake Complex comprised of the Slate and Murdock fires have burned a combined 5,500 acres. Although containment is at just 11 percent. Resources at the Mirror Lake complex are being decreased. Public Information Officer Robyn Broyles explains why.

“There is forecasted to be two to three inches of rain over our fire area coming in this week." Broyles said, "We anticipate that rain doing some significant work on our fire to keep it in place. We don’t expect the fire to grow anymore.”

Broyles explains the weekend activity of the two fires.

Utah State Tax Commission

A federal court complaint filed against the Utah State Tax Commission by Union Pacific will decrease revenues for many taxing entities throughout the state—including in Summit County. That’s the word in a news release from the state last week.

KPCW contacted Summit County Auditor Michael Howard, who said that under the judge’s order in the case, they won’t be able to collect, roughly $210,000 this year from Union Pacific. The amount is spread over several taxing entities.

USFWS - Pacific Region

The Summit County Council have a couple of items on their plate, related to the National Forest in the High Uintas.

The county council is still considering a request from the Governor's office to endorse a Utah-specific plan to manage forest areas in the state. Council Chairwoman Kim Carson said they're still concerned about language that might have them supporting more development in the forest.

Carson and the county staff met last week with the governor's Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office (PLIPCO)

Melissa Allison

It’s another sign of the fall, or what you might call the shoulder season. Park City Municipal will start new parking rates, as of Monday, for Main Street, Swede Alley and the China Bridge parking garage.

The seasonal rates begin Monday, October 1st and run until December 14th.

From Park City’s Transit Team, Robbie Smooth and the city’s Public Works Director, Blake Fonnesbeck, had details.


The water line on Heber Ave. between Park Ave. and Main St., broke right in front of the Kimball Garage just before noon on Thursday. The city lost 2,000 gallons of water per minute and officials are enacting an emergency contract to get it fixed, once and for all. Melissa Allison has more:


The clock is running out for the remaining five residents at the Prospector Condos. Park City purchased the 23 affordable housing units in May and put those residents on notice - they would need to be out by October 31. Melissa Allison brings us the latest: