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Park City Institute

The Park City Performing Arts Institute unveiled their upcoming season on Thursday night. Well known celebrities, intellects, artists and entertainers and some less known are in the line up. This year they’re doing a few shows in October just to whet the appetite for performing arts enthusiasts who are waiting for the season to begin in November. Carolyn Murray has this:

Early Utah Territorial Leaders Were All Democrats

Sep 28, 2018

The Utah History Lecture Series opens on Friday at 4 PM with a lecture about Utah’s early territorial government. The speaker promises some curious details about how long it took Utah to become a state and how the early settlers in Utah were all Democrats. Carolyn Murray has this:


Moab City Government

The Moab City Council has joined the small list of two Utah cities that has an ordinance that bans the use of plastic bags. Unlike Park City’s ban, it is city-wide. It takes effect beginning January 1. Park City banned plastic bags in May of 2017 for use in larger box stores but did not include smaller businesses in the ordinance.  Carolyn Murray has this:


The Park City Council is scheduled to consider some changes to special events. All in the name of creating better balance, more predictability and better event management of special events. Melissa Allison has more:

Park Silly Market

The Park Silly Market concluded its 12th season this past weekend. The organizers are happy to report their numbers are up, and this summer represented the first year in a three-year contract with Park City Municipal.

KPCW talked to Park Silly’s Executive Director Kate McChesney and Operations Director Michelle McDonald, who said their overall attendance was up 8%.

The market saw 193,000 people over 14 Sundays—an average of about 14,000.

They reported some other good numbers, including the number of attendees using alternate transit.

Park City Municipal

October 1st through the 7th is Utah’s Climate Week. Park City is kicking off the week a little early but has plenty of activities planned throughout the week.

Dumpster days will run now through Saturday at Recycle Utah. This week, the last Friday gallery stroll will feature galleries displaying environmental art to kick off climate week. On Saturday Recycle Utah will also be leading Clean Up Day at three locations. Volunteers can meet at City park Bandstand, the Winter Sports School or Park City High School from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to help cleanup.

PC Reads

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and the nonprofit, PC Reads continues its work to educate, advocate and support struggling readers and their teachers. PC Reads is bringing a renown dyslexia program developer and speaker to help kick off the month of events. Carolyn Murray has this.

Alissa Aten is one of the founders of PC Reads. She said the school district has introduced a new phonics program that helps dyslexic kids learn to read.

A former nurse with the Park City School District, Nicole Kennedy, scored a victory Wednesday in her lawsuit against the District.

In oral arguments, the District asked for the suit to be thrown out on Summary Judgment. Third District Court Judge Richard Mrasik denied that for three of the major claims from Kennedy. He did throw out two other claims.

Forest Service

Officials are now calling the Murdock and Slate fires both burning northeast of Kamas the Mirror Lake Complex.

The Mirror Lake Complex grew by 634 acres to the east on Wednesday. Officials report that the fire is moving gradually in a north and eastward direction. The Murdock and Slate fires were both caused by lightning and have burned a combined 2,310 acres.

Thanks to the efforts of the more 200 personnel on hand containment of the complex is now at 19%. Crews are being aided by five helicopters and five fire engines.

Food Trucks Allowed In Park City

Sep 26, 2018

Although they’ve been outlawed till now, Park City will soon allow food trucks within city limits. Melissa Allison tells us why: