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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued a call for a special session of the State Legislature Thursday, to amend Utah’s medical cannabis law. 

The special session is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 16. In a press release from the governor’s office, Gov. Gary Herbert says taking the state-run, central fill pharmacy out of the equation will help ensure patients have access to medical cannabis by March 2020, the deadline set during a December 2018 special session when the legislature overrode the Proposition 2 medical cannabis ballot initiative.

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Members of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, local government officials and Olympians celebrated the grand opening of the Residences at Utah Olympic Park Thursday, a new affordable housing facility for athletes and staff. 

Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation CEO Colin Hilton says, after a year of construction, he picked up the certificate of occupancy for the Residences at Utah Olympic Park at 5:05 p.m. last Friday. The building is already in use.


The Utah Legislature called a special session last December to replace the voter-approved medical marijuana law with new legislation. Now, there could be additional changes in yet another special session for lawmakers. 

Connecting Wasatch

The transit study to look at a possible bus line inside and connecting outside Wasatch County is underway. The study is starting with an online survey for residents to fill out.

Earlier this year seven local government agencies including Wasatch County, Midway, Heber, Park City and the Utah Transit Authority agreed to enter into a study to look at public transit needs in Wasatch County. The Mountainland Association of Governments is the study manager. They’ve contracted with a team of consultants to conduct the study.


A staff member at Treasure Mountain Junior High School discovered a note early this morning (Thursday morning) which stated there was a bomb in the library. A video from an earlier time period showed a girl with the note in her hand but according to police, it’s unclear if the student knew what the note said or if she is responsible for writing it and placing it in the library.

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With the Park City Senior Center slated to close when construction on the Woodside Park Phase II affordable housing development begins, local seniors might be thinking ahead to what’s next for them and their place in the community. A survey aims to figure out just that.

Briana Sisofo, a graduate student in gerontology at the University of Utah, says the Park City Senior Center survey starts with an easy question.



Now that Park City School District’s new Chief Academic Officer Amy Hunt is in place, she’s focused on learning about the school district and formulating goals for the upcoming school year.

Superintendent Jill Gildea says Chief Academic Officer Amy Hunt is uniquely qualified to improve instruction and student learning in the Park City School District. As we’ve reported, Hunt comes from a varied background in laboratory research, math and science teaching and organizational management. 



The Park City School District has created a new Chief Academic Officer position which is part of the executive administrative team. The role is responsible for curriculum and academic success of the nearly 4800 students in the school district.

The new Chief Academic Officer Dr. Amy Hunt comes from a varied background starting out as a biologist working in a clinical laboratory. Later, in pursuit of her love of teaching, she went into a middle school environment where she taught math and science in San Diego.



Park City residents have reported two incidents of mountain lion sightings in the city in the past several days. The calls came from different neighborhoods.

On August 29 a man walking his dog near Wyatt Earp drive in the Prospector neighborhood told police he saw what he described as a young mountain lion. It was about 9:20 PM when police responded to the call. They did a search of the area but could not locate the animal.


The film is a documentary that follows John and Molly Chester’s journey from city living in Los Angeles to starting and caring for the 200-acre Apricot Lane Farms 40 miles north of the city. The Chesters’ approach to the farm centers around balancing the local ecosystem and respecting the farm’s animals and land. Park City Film Executive Director Katy Wang says the film looks at the environment through a hopeful lens.


Two members of the Park City Fired Department are part of a Utah task force that has been deployed to the East Coast to help victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Captain McKay Wadley and Engineer Chad Kramer were deployed Tuesday night by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to Charlotte, North Carolina. Park City Fire District spokesperson Tricia Hurd Hazelrigg says they’re in a hotel waiting for the storm to impact the area.

Park City Songwriter Festival

Park City’s first music festival hits Main Street in September, with a focus on songwriters and a Nashville sound. 

The Park City Songwriter Festival is Sept. 13 and 14, featuring performances, songwriting workshops and more than 50 artists at five different venues.

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Heber City Council approved a grant agreement to fund the Airport Master Plan update at Tuesday’s city council.


Park City School District has staffed up the wellness program with counselors, interventionists and therapists to address the mental health needs of children in a wholistic way.


The Park City Learning Academy is making changes this year which school district leadership hopes will create a more wholistic program for high school students who need more assistance than what the standard classroom offers.

Traditionally, the Park City Learning Center, now Learning Academy would enroll students who were dealing with chronic absenteeism or in need of support to make up credits. Associate Superintendent of Wellness Ben Belnap has an example of the changes this year.