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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.


For the last year and a half, Park City planners have been working on defining what constitutes an RV – a recreational vehicle, along with other related issues like parking.  The planning staff has been scheduled to present their recommendations to the planning commission a few times but once again, the discussion has been continued. Melissa Allison tells us why:


The Park City Police Department has been participating in a nationwide initiative called Below 100 for about four years. The goal is to get the number of police officers who lose their lives in the line of duty below 100. Melissa Allison has more:

On Tuesday, a dump truck filled with gravel lost its brakes on Marsac Avenue as it was coming down Ontario Canyon south of Park City. It was by all measures a harrowing event that resulted in limited injuries to the truck driver and the driver of the Dodge Pickup truck that was hit. We have reported on the accident and a video of the racing truck can be seen on KPCW.org. Park City Municipal has safety systems in place that help prevent this sort of accident from happening more frequently. Carolyn Murray has this:

Summit County

The topics for the Summit County Council during Wednesday’s regular meeting include trash, taxes and sage grouse.

First off on the council’s agenda, they will take a field trip to the Three Mile Canyon landfill early in the afternoon. County Manager Tom Fisher said that changes at the dump are a big part of the Solid Waste Master Plan.


A Park City resident and Paralympian, Danelle Umsted, is making history on "Dancing With the Stars" this week, becoming its first visually-impaired contestant.

And locals are encouraged to support her with their votes.

We talked to Rob Umsted, Danelle's husband and her guide on the slopes. He said the show has considered her in past years, and finally invited her about a month ago.

He said it will be an interesting challenge both for Danelle and her dance partner, Artem Chigvintsev.

The Guardsman’s Pass road also called 224 will close to all vehicle traffic beginning September 27 at 8 am. Wasatch County has hired a road contractor to lay asphalt from the top of the pass to the “Y” intersection with Pine Canyon Road. The paving project is a first for this steep mountain pass. Carolyn Murray has this: 

A gravel truck coming down Marsac Avenue lost control of its brakes and crashed at the Deer Valley Roundabout.

Uber Driver Brian Owens was driving down Marsac Avenue Tuesday morning after dropping off a passenger at Montage Deer Valley. He passed a gravel truck on the right side of the road, not unusual for Marsac Ave. Moments later Owens realized the truck behind him was blowing smoke and had lost its brakes.


Three Park City Seniors have achieved recognition as Merit Scholarship Semi Finalists. The recognition is for High School Juniors performing in the top 1 Percent in the state on the PSAT. Carolyn Murray has this:

Wasatch County Planning Department

The Sky Ridge residential development on the north arm of the Jordanelle Reservoir has been approved by the Wasatch County Council. They’ll begin work in the spring of 2019. However, starting the project is contingent on the having the Jordanelle Parkway operational and the managers of that project have had delays. Carolyn Murray has this:


The Wasatch County Council approved the 678-acre Sky Ridge Master Plan last week which includes overall preliminary approval and density approval of 503 ERU’s or Equivalent Residential Units.

Park City Municipal

A growing sport in the Wasatch Back is asking Summit County and Snyderville Basin Recreation for more space to play.

Pickleball is growing immensely in popularity across the U.S. and in Summit County. Local pickleball athlete Eric Wheeler explains the sport.