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Bear Getting Comfortable In Summit Park Neighborhood

Jun 26, 2019
Karen Madigen

The Division of Wildlife Resources has decided to relocate a young bear that’s been marauding in Summit Park for the last week. KPCW has some details on the sightings and the next steps to transport the animal away from humans.

Karen Madigen is a resident of Summit Park and she’s captured video of several night-time visits onto her property.  Her ring camera shows the bear walking the perimeter of her home.

Fish for Garbage

A Nonprofit is hosting an inaugural garbage cleanup of a popular lake in Wasatch County this Saturday.

Fish for Garbage has been cleaning up the lower Prover River for about five years. This Saturday they’ll be cleaning up Strawberry Reservoir for the first time. Fish for Garbage Secretary Lexi Grimes explains why they’re cleaning up Strawberry.

Utah Department of Transportation

The official public hearing for the Utah Department of Transportation SR 248 environmental assessment happens Wednesday. It’s a chance for Park City community members to learn more about what’s in the assessment and to make their voices heard.

Acoustic duo Hot Tuna will be on the Egyptian Stage for three days this week.

The Thursday-Saturday performances is the Americana band’s second visit to the Egyptian Theatre.

Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna says he and Jack Casady have played music with each other since they were teens.

Summit County Sheriff's Department

The Summit County Sheriff’s department is asking citizens to educate themselves, to guard against the persistent problem of vehicle burglaries in the Basin.

Sheriff Justin Martinez noted they are even talking about the problem with Salt Lake news media.

The vehicle burglaries have been plaguing local trailheads in particular. Sheriff Martinez said it’s a shame that thieves are preying on people who are hiking or biking on the Basin trail system.

Utah Department Of Public Safety

A new Utah state law allows so-called “lane filtering” for motorcycles—that is, it allows cyclists to travel between lanes of cars.

However, Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez said there’s still a learning curve underway for the new ordinance.

Sheriff Justin Martinez said that personally, he has mixed feelings about the law, which has been in effect for about a month.

Heber Half

The Heber Marathon Half-Run for Autism is set for this weekend June 29th.

An organizer for the event, Aleena Nelson, said it’s the second annual event, being held to benefit the Kids on the Move Autism Center in Orem.

Summit County

A cabin in the High Uintas near Kamas was destroyed early Sunday morning.

Summit County reported that personnel from South Summit Fire District responded to a cabin fire at about 3:30 am that morning. The cabin was on Hoyt Peak, in the woods about halfway between Highway 150 to the south, and Weber Canyon to the north.

No one was home at the time of the blaze. After burning down the structure, the first spread to some nearby trees and brush. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Summit Land Conservancy


Summit Land Conservancy is working on three properties in Eastern Summit county that, once under an easement will preserve a total of about 4500 acres of open space. To access some of the conservation funding they will need county support for the endeavor.

Summit Land Conservancy Conservation Director, Kate Sattelmeier says they’re seeking funding through both federal and state governments to place the three properties into an agricultural conservation easement.


The Mountain road connecting Eastern Summit County to Wyoming is now open.

After a lengthy and prolific snow season UDOT announced the opening of Mirror Lake Highway Monday afternoon.

State Route 150 connects Kamas to Evanston over the Uinta Mountains.

The June 24th open was more than a month after last years May 21st open date.

Brady Flygare

Eight Heber residents are running for three city council seats opening up in 2020. A Primary on August 13th will narrow the eight candidates down to six before the municipal general election November 5th.

Heber City Council candidate Brady Flygare grew up in Orem Utah, but he spent plenty of his childhood in the valley as his grandfather grew up in Heber. Flygare moved to Heber about two years ago with his wife and four children. He says his work as the director of operations for a nonprofit senior living company qualifies him for the council.

National Ability Center

The National Ability Center has launched its Adaptive Mountain Bike Rides for Friends and Family.

The program kicked off with an event last weekend. Director Steph Meyers said the next event is on July 17th.

Park City Municipal

The Park City Council on Thursday gave the City housing staff guidance on how applicants for affordable and attainable housing units should be selected for City-owned developments. 

Greg Martin/IOC

On Monday afternoon the International Olympic Committee announced the host city for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. Find out what the committee highlighted and what that could mean for a future Salt Lake City Olympic bid.

“The members of the International Olympic Committee have elected the host city of the Olympic Winter Games 2026,” IOC President Thomas Bach said while opening an envelope Monday afternoon in Switzerland. “The host is Milano-Cortina.”

The northern Italy region was awarded the 2026 games over a bid from Stockholm-Are by a vote of 47 to 34.

Wildlife Bridge Exceptional Success

Jun 24, 2019
Carolyn Murray

Video of a variety of animals using the wildlife bridge on I-80 at Parley’s Summit is getting lots of attention on social media. Most officials from UDOT and the DWR thought it would take several years for wildlife to adapt to using the bridge to migrate through that portion of the Wasatch Mountains. The organization Save people, Save Wildlife petitioned UDOT to build the bridge due to the frequent auto wildlife collisions occurring on that section of I-80.