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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.

National Ability Center's Director of Development Carey Cusimano shares details on the 17th annual Red, White & Snow.

This three-day event, which features vintners and top chefs from across the nation, raises funds in support of the organization's adaptive recreation programs for people of all abilities.

    

Another Wasatch County COVID-19 death was reported by the Utah Department of Health on Friday.

 

Friday’s Wasatch County death was reported to be a man over the age of 85 who was a long-term care facility resident at the time of his death. To date, Wasatch County has recorded 19 deaths since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Summit County has recorded eight deaths.

 

Mayor Beerman talks about topics including affordable housing and Planning Commission vacancies.

   

Heber City Council member Ryan Stack talks about measurements the city is taking in regard to the 2021 senate bill allowing for electronic billboards throughout the state.

Today on the Local News Hour

(02:54) - Utah Avalanche Forcast Center Report

(08:40) - Ryan Stack, Heber City Council member, talks about the 2021 senate bill allowing for electronic billboards throughout the state.  

(22:29) - Park City Mayor Andy Beerman recaps Thursday's special council meeting.

(40:32) - National Ability Center's Director of Development Carey Cusimano provides a rundown of events for their 17th Annual Red, White & Snow.

KPCW

The union representing Park City Mountain Resort’s ski patrol held a second educational rally Thursday, in conjunction with a negotiating session with PCMR over a new contract.

 

Thursday’s rally was the second of the year by the union after an initial educational rally on January 16th in front of PCMR. Thursday’s rally was on Main Street.

 

The resort’s patrollers have been working without a contract in place since January 1st after negotiations with the resort broke down last December.

 

KPCW News

A Summit County Representative’s bill banning transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams in schools is making its way through the legislature.

 

The bill passed it’s first hurdle Thursday in a House Education Committee meeting with a vote of 8-6.

Republican Rep. Kera Birkeland is sponsoring the bill. During the committee meeting, she said the purpose of her bill is to preserve a women’s space in sports earned through the civil rights movement. 

Summit County

The Summit County Council had a fairly short list of items on Wednesday.   But they did take an important step forward in regional planning with their neighboring county to the south.

The Council held a joint electronic meeting with the Wasatch County Council and approved a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on transit.

Council Member Doug Clyde said it’s the start of talks between both groups on items that affect them.       

Slamdance

The Slamdance Film Festival, opening today (which opened Feb. 12th) is showing films online, rather than at the Treaasure Mountain Inn at the top of Main Street.

But the Festival’s co-creator and Director, Peter Baxter, says they have thousands of passholders ready for the event.

The 26th Slamdance Festival is featuring 25 feature films and 107 shorts.

Baxter told KPCW that even before the pandemic erupted last year, they were thinking of an online component for the event, in order to attract a wider, worldwide audience.      

Wasatch Taxpayer Association

The Heber City Planning Commission wants to hear from the public whether to include a parcel of land in Wasatch County in the city's annexation map. The country long ago approved the land for resort development on the southwest corner of US 40 and River Road.

Soldier Hollow Biathlon Team

Two local athletes will represent Park City at the Junior World Biathlon Championships in Austria later this month. They both Nordic ski with the Park City Ski and Snowboard Team and train for shooting with the Soldier Hollow Ski Club.

Soldier Hollow Senior Sport Manager and Biathlon Coach Zachary Hall said the biathlon program has been around for four years. Because of COVID transmission problems, the biathlon trials were canceled so they had to use more discretionary qualifiers.

Soldier Hollow Ski Team

 Two local athletes will represent Park City at the Junior World Biathlon Championships in Austria later this month. They both Nordic ski with the Park City Ski and Snowboard Team and train for shooting with the Soldier Hollow Ski Club.Soldier Hollow Senior Sport Manager and Biathlon Coach Zachary Hall said the biathlon program has been around for four years. Because of COVID transmission problems, the biathlon trials were canceled so they had to use more discretionary qualifiers.

Summit County Council Member Doug Clyde gives the rundown of discussions from Wednesday's meeting.

Topics include transit, county involvement in avalanche safety, and the Whileaway Ranch appeal. 

  

Youth Sports Alliance Executive Director Emily Fisher gives an overview on the organization's youth winter programming.

Utah Education Association (UEA) President Heidi Matthews has a midseason update on issues being considered by the state legislature.

In the update, Matthews shares that more than $400 million has been alloted to the base budget.

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