Local News

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.

Heber City

After two years of consideration, Heber City Council will be taking a vote on the Sorenson annexation nest Tuesday.

Summit County COVID-19 Antibody Testing Is Underway

May 12, 2020
Intermountain Healthcare

A COVID -19 anti-body testing trial is underway in select counties in Utah with Summit County participating in the program. Medical experts warn people not to use the results as a license to discontinue proper distancing and sanitization practices.

Park City performing Arts Institute

The Park City Performing Arts Institute announced the cancellation of the summer concert series. They’ve been working on the line up since January and will offer some other opportunities for the public to enjoy unique performances through other venues.

Wasatch County Fire

The hills near Interlaken are ablaze. Crews are battling the fourth fire in the area within a week.

UPDATE 4:15 pm - Officials are now reporting the Saddle Fire has grown to 100 acres in size.

Some good news is that the flames are moving away from the homes and other structures nearby in the Interlaken area. Still as a precaution several homes were evacuated in the area. 


Utah Symphony Utah Opera

One of Park City’s most popular summer events has been canceled. Deer Valley announced Tuesday there will be no summer concerts at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater for the 2020 Summer Season. The cancellation is due to concerns about COVID-19 and how large public gatherings could spread the disease.

Deer Valley President and COO Todd Shallan said it was a difficult decision, but “pausing these events this year is in the best interest of the health and safety of our community, our guests and our staff members.”

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher gives an update on the COVID-19 stabilization business openings throughout the county. He also has a preview of the County council agenda for Wednesday.

Park City Institute Executive Director Ari Ionnides talks with Carolyn about the decision to cancel the summer concert series but gives a preview of some virtual activities supporting performing arts through this COVID-19 social gathering limitations.

Utah Highway Patrol

A car traveling the wrong way on I-80 resulted in the death of a Park City man Saturday night.

The Christian Center of Park City had a soft opening last week at both locations in Park City and Heber.  

Today on the Local News Hour, Carolyn is joined by -Summit County Assessor Stephanie Larson. She talks about the extension given to businesses on their personal property tax payments. Filing still must happen by May 15 but payments can be postponed until August 15.

Cada Domingo - Rachelle Flinn

May 10, 2020

Rachelle Flinn, Physician's Assistant and Clinical Services Manager with The People's Health Clinic joins us with an update on  COVID-19. We discuss the latest news for Summit County, and what is known about the virus.

Rachelle Flinn, Enfermera Avanzada y Gerente de Servicios Clinicos con La Clinica de la Gente nos acompana de nuevo para actualizarnos del COVID-19. Discutimos las ultimas noticias en el condado de Summit, y lo que se sabe del virus. 

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Cada Domingo - Trudy Brereton & Juri Jenson

May 10, 2020

As the coutry continues to operate at a Moderate Risk level, many counties in the state continue with the plan for economic recovery by slowly opening back up. As always, it is important to continue to practice social distancing, good hygiene, and preventative measures during the COVID-19 crisis. Wasatch Latino Coalition members Trudy Brereton and Juri Jenson join us with an update on the spread of COVID-19.

Kimball Arts Center

Yet another traditional event this year is going virtual because of coronavirus-generated restrictions on mass gatherings.

The Kimball Arts Center’s Monster Draw Rally will be an online event on May 15th.

The Kimball’s Communications Director, Amy Roberts, said the Monster Draw Rally is something that’s been done nationwide for arts organizations and nonprofits.        

courtesy of Summit County

After a May 6th public hearing on a proposed new ‘Neighborhood Mixed Use Zone” in the Snyderville Basin, the Summit County Council did not come to a decision on the zone.

They voted to continue the public comment to a future date.

Afterward, Council Member Kim Carson talked to us about why the new zone is important to the Basin.

Carson said that the county staff has been re-working the Snyderville Basin General Plan for the past six years.  

Summit County

The Summit County Council on May 6th put on their hats as the Board of Equalization, which hears tax appeals.

They made decisions on two separate cases.    In one case, the appellant went away happy.  In the other, a group of lot owners received a denial.

The Council heard a request from six lot owners in Promontory asking to be taxed as primary residents (which under state law is a lower rate than second-home residential.)

Summit County Council 2019

The Summit County Council on Wednesday passed a Resolution aimed at helping businesses that are facing COVID-19—and their annual tax obligations.   

Businesses are still being asked to file their personal property taxes by May 15th.    However, the deadline for paying the tax bill has been extended until August 15th.

The Council’s Resolution also authorized the County Assessor to waive interest on the late payments—but only until the August deadline.