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.

Today on the Local News Hour:

(02:09) - Nikki Champion has today’s Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report.

(07:03 ) - Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

(21:13) - Deer Valley Ski Patrol Director Chris Erkkila explains the resort's updated policy on uphill skiing.

( 38:12) - Recycle Utah director Carolyn Wawra has a monthly update.

After three seasons of the popular cable-TV series Yellowstone, production left Utah for Montana. However, a new bill could incentivize film studios to move to Utah. 

The move to Montana directly affected Summit and Wasatch Counties. 

In an interview with KPCW, Utah Film Commission Executive Director Virginia Pearce said both counties tend to see a similar amount of activity because of their proximity. 


The public-private partnership Test Utah is offering antigen testing this week in several locations throughout the Wasatch Back. Park City High School at 1750 Kearns Boulevard offers drive through Testing going on today (February 15) and tomorrow (February 16) from 12 to 7 p.m.

February Named Maternal Mental Health Month

Feb 15, 2021
Early Childhood Alliance

February is declared Maternal Mental Health Month. State legislators and Utah’s First Lady Abby Cox will hold a kick-off Zoom meeting on Wednesday at noon.


On Monday, the Summit County Health Department reported 13 new COVID-19 cases. Wasatch County posted nine.

In the monthly update, Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Dana Jones shares new programs available through Basin Recreation, including a free winter trail challenge.

Jones also speaks to the short-term trail access plan document, which is scheduled for release by the end of March.


Sundance Film Institute's CFO and Managing Director Betsy Wallace talks about the technological changes and challenges for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Wallace provides a recap on how it went overall and what they are planning for the future.

On the heels of announcing his retirement, two-time Olympic champion, Ted Ligety decided to end his ski racing career on Saturday. This is six days before he planned to compete in his final race, the giant slalom at the world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

Ligety is the most decorated U.S. male skier with seven Olympic or world itles.

US Ski and Snowboard Association Communications Manager Lara Carlton speaks to this and recaps all of the action on the Local News Hour

Today on the Local News Hour:

(02:47) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report

(05:34) - Sundance Film Festival CFO and Managing Director Betsy Wallace has a recap on how this year's festival went.

(23:33) - U. S. Ski and Snowboard Association Update with Communications Manager Lara Carlton.

(37:20) - Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Dana Jones has a monthly update.

With COVID-19 cases still trending downwards, the 7-day rolling average of new cases is around 950 per day, the lowest it’s been since September. 

The Utah Department of Health announced 710 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, which is about 200 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. 

There were 4,635 people tested for the first time, with 9,686 total tests administered. On average, about 6% of tests-over-tests are coming back positive statewide. 

Utah Education Association

With this year’s state legislative session about halfway over, Utah’s top education leader is cautiously optimistic about how funding next school year is looking so far.

The Utah Department of Health reported that statewide COVID-19 numbers continued to drop on Saturday. Summit County saw some numbers flatten and Wasatch County trends declined as well.


Saturday’s report by the Utah Department of Health showed statewide trends of declining COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continuing.


With 943 new cases statewide, the seven-day average for new cases has dropped below 1,000 to 987 for the first time since October 2nd of last year.


Courtesy of Bob Wick BLM-Grand Staircase Escalante / NRDC web site

When the Biden Administration took office last month, the President acted fast on climate and environmental issues, including ordering a review of the 2017 resizing of Utah’s Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. KPCW’s Sean Higgins has more on the process of adding and taking away protections for public lands.


Lynn Ware Peek

Affordable housing was the central topic of Thursday night’s special meeting of the Park City City Council. KPCW’s Sean Higgins has more on the discussion and where the council is headed on the issue going forward.


Housing affordability is a complex issue in Park City. It’s also not a new one. 



If Senate Bill 61 makes it into law, municipalities would be required to allow bill-board companies to transition existing displays to electronic sign faces. The legislation has elevated a social media conversation in Wasatch County and drawn the ire of members of the Heber City Council.