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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.

Summit County Sheriff's Department

The practice of “swatting”—making fraudulent 911 calls to police can be annoying at best and dangerous at worst.

As we’ve reported, officers from Park City and Summit County responded earlier this summer to a bogus report of a homicide.

Still, Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez says they have to take all calls seriously, until they can develop further information to determine if a call is fake.

Sheriff Martinez noted that they had a “swat” call last year from White Pine Canyon.

He said the phony calls can bring up a lot of resources.

Pure Midway

Nonprofit Pure Midway works to preserve the rural character of Midway and the North Fields. The organization is launching an annual event known as Volksmarch.

Pure Midway’s Volksmarch event is meant to celebrate Midway’s heritage and help preserve its rural character. Board Member Kris Ward explains what a Volksmarch is.


The Park City School District welcomes a new member to the Chief Operations Officer position on their executive administrative team. The job description includes responsibility for buildings and grounds, security, transportation and food services.

KPCW has the overview of specific security projects completed this summer and the security priorities for the coming school year.

Rob Lea Instagram

After climbing Mount Everest and swimming the English Channel, Parkite Rob Lea is setting off on the third and final stage of his World Triathlon. He will be bicycling across the United States.

Lea has had a busy year, ascending the world’s tallest mountain, swimming the Channel and putting up with jellyfish stings and the effects of saltwater, and even finding the time to recently marry his fiancé Caroline Gleich, who accompanied him on his first two ventures.

Speaking last week with KPCW he said he’s seen changes in his weight.

Leslie Thatcher

Travelers westbound on I-80 between Kimball Junction and Salt Lake City had very long delays on Tuesday night beginning around 6 PM. If you are planning to travel west to the Salt Lake Valley, UDOT has authorized closing two of the three westbound lanes beginning at 8PM on Wednesday and Thursday.

City staff will present a one-year program to test the use of class one e-bikes on all Round Valley trails. Class one e-bikes are pedal-assist only—they don’t have a throttle and max out at 20 miles per hour. Park City Assistant City Manager Matt Dias says Round Valley will be a good place to try the program.


Friends of the Park City Library

Cooking, history, young adult, nonfiction, fiction in hardcover and paperback—Friends of the Library Co-Presidents Marlene Peacock and Jean Daly bet book lovers will find something they want to read at the book sale.


The sale begins Saturday, and Peacock says members get a preview before the sale opens to the rest of the public.

Park City Rotary

Park City is prepping for a community celebration that honors the towns past this coming Monday. Here’s a preview of Miners' Day, sponsored by the rotary club.

Monday September 2nd is Miners' Day in Park City. Rotary Club member Sally Elliot explains the Park City tradition of celebrating Miners' Union Day on what is otherwise known as Labor Day, dates back to the creation of the American Federation of Mine Workers. Park City miners joined the union in the 1890’s. The first Miners' Day parade in Park City was 124 years ago in 1896.

It’s normal for county governments to be notified when their local cities change annexation declaration areas.

As we’ve reported, though, Summit County is facing a new wrinkle with the news that the town of Hideout, located in Wasatch County, wants to expand its annexation zone into Summit County.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher and the Summit County Council have sent letters to Hideout, asking the town not to extend its annexation area into Summit land.

Two weeks after the Park City Council primary election, officials have the final vote count for seven candidates vying for three seats on the Park City Council. 

University of Utah

BYU/Utah Fans Should Plan for Hour-long Delays on I-15 Thursday Evening.

Gameday traffic, commuters, and road construction expected to create major delays; consider using UTA FrontRunner and Utah Valley Express to get to the stadium   

 SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 28, 2019) – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers to plan ahead for delays of up to an hour on southbound I-15 when traveling to the BYU versus Utah football game in Provo Thursday night. If possible, fans should consider leaving earlier in the afternoon to avoid the evening commute.

The Kohler Dairy Farm is located on the northeastern end of Midway. Wasatch Back residents may be familiar with the Kohler family store Heber Valley Artisan Cheese. Now the dairy farm is partnering with Utah Open Lands to preserve 100 acres of their farm from development.

Carolyn Murray / Newcomers Club

The Park City Newcomers Club was formed in 1995 to help welcome and matriculate new arrivals in town. But, oddly, many of the people who joined back then, are still part of the 350-member club. Their yearly luncheon is a big thank you to the members and the keynote speaker is a well-known restaurateur.

Wasatch School District

The Midway Elementary School was built in 1975 to accommodate 300 students. If the $150 million school bond passes in November, The Wasatch School District plans to replace the school.  The bond referendum was approved last week by the school board.The Wasatch County School Board approved the $150 million bond referendum to build a second Wasatch High School and a replacement elementary school in Midway.

Town of Hideout

The Hideout Town Council approved its annexation policy plan Thursday, after a false start and multiple meetings with neighboring governments. 

Hideout Mayor Phil Rubin says the reason the 11-year-old town is updating its annexation policy plan is because it needs a seat at the table, as the area around the Jordanelle Reservoir develops.