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Envision Heber Website

Heber Valley has a few events on Wednesday including a visit from Representative John Curtis and a presentation of the Envision Heber 2050 project.

Utah Congressman John Curtis will be visiting Heber City on Wednesday evening. The state’s third congressional district representative will hold his townhall meeting from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the Heber City Police Department located at 301 S Main Street. Curtis, who represents Wasatch County, will speak on current issues and take questions from the audience.

Christian Center of Park City

Housing options at a reasonable price can be difficult to find for anyone who works in the Park City area. For international workers, it can be nearly impossible. A new group is working to help students with J-1 visas find somewhere to live for the season.

Summit County Sheriff's Department

The Summit County Sheriff’s office says that a Promontory resident has died from an accidental fall. Additionally, a Coalville house fire last week is being investigated by the State Fire Marshall. 

Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright said On Saturday night, officers got a call from a house in Promontory a little after 10:00 p.m. The report said a 66-year-old resident and his wife were walking up the stairs in his home, when he lost his balance at the top and fell backwards. There wasn’t a railing, because the house is being remodeled and the stairs were partially dismantled.

Summit County Sheriff's Department

Summit County Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright said they got a call just after 6:00 pm Saturday, reporting that a nearly-two-year-old child had been struck near a residence on Upper Loop Road in Marion.

He said the child’s parents, from Provo, had been attending a family birthday party. The lieutenant said as the girl wandered out into the road, her mother was trying to retrieve her.

Wasatch School District

Ahead of approving a resolution for a $150 million bond to build a new high school and replace the Midway Elementary School. Wasatch County School Board heard a presentation regarding the site of the proposed new high school.

At their August 20th meeting the Wasatch School Board unanimously passed a resolution to bring the $150 million bond to election. This November, Wasatch County residents will be able to vote on the bond which would result in the creation of a new high school and replace the current Midway Elementary school.

KayCe Goodrich

Heber City’s Main Street was closed for much of Monday morning as the Utah County bomb squad investigated a suspicious package.

At about 9:50 AM local law enforcement received a 911 call reporting a suspicious package in front of the Zions Bank on Heber’s Main Street. Shortly after the call traffic was closed on Heber’s Main Street between Center Street and 100 North.

KayCe Goodrich works for American Family Insurance located on the upper level of the Bank Block building across the street from Zions Bank. She says the day started out normal but changed by mid-morning.  

Don't Freak Out: Words Of Wisdom For Parents

Aug 26, 2019
David Koslowski and Heidi Swapp / Light The Fight Podcast


Parents often fall into one of two parenting styles. There’s the fixer who is preempting and often preventing their children from difficulties or failure. The other is a more rigid style requiring obedience and conformity to a specific set of expectations.

Heidi Swapp is an entrepreneur, a podcast host, the mother of five children and a woman whose son, Cory took his own life at 16. She says on reflection of her parenting, she has learned a lot about how to communicate more effectively with her children.

Carolyn Murray / PCPD

Earlier this summer, the Park City Police Department and the Summit County Sheriff’s office responded to an emergency call claiming a woman had been murdered in her home. The caller gave a legitimate Prospector neighborhood home address to police—but the report was false.

The Historic Park City Alliance received an update on Park City Municipal’s recent efforts to address Old Town traffic and transportation. 

The Park City Council recently instructed city staff to move ahead on some recommended next steps for addressing traffic circulation and access in Old Town, including launching a comprehensive study of traffic patterns and drivers; adding wayfinding signage to keep commercial traffic out of residential neighborhoods; and designating zones for commercial vehicles to pick up and drop off passengers, in an effort to curb double-parking.


Wasatch County and Park City are continuing to work on relations in an unusual situation. That being that the city owns Bonanza Flat, a piece of property outside their boundaries in Wasatch County.

Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis says that the recent upgrades made to the road to guardsman pass were done as a necessity.

Wasatch High School Year Book / KPCW Radio

The Wasatch County School Board unanimously passed a resolution to place a $150 million bond on November’s ballot. The money would be used to build a second Wasatch High School and replace an aging elementary school in Midway.

Wasatch High School has a Freshman class of more than 600 students this year. Last year there were 2100 students enrolled in the high school. Early counts show this year, they’ll have about 2300. 

Wasatch County

As population continues to rise in the Heber Valley, Wasatch County is considering raising their tax rate in order to keep up with the growth.

Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis says that the county is considering a truth in taxation hearing. Davis says that if they were to try and raise the tax rates for the county it would be to help with county employee retention.

There are big leadership changes afoot at Vail Resorts. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher reports the changes include the departure of Park City Mountain Chief Operating Officer Bill Rock and the return of Mike Goar who managed Canyons Resort before it merged with Park City.

Wasatch School District

Location, location, location. The Wasatch County School Board answered questions regarding the location of the proposed new high school at their Tuesday special meeting where they passed the resolution for the $150 million bond.

On Tuesday evening the Wasatch School Board unanimously passed a resolution to bring the $150 million bond to election. This November, Wasatch County residents will be able to vote on the bond which would result in the creation of a new high school and replace the current Midway Elementary school.

Summit County Sheriff's Department

Among the incidents reported by the Summit County Sheriff’s office, a domestic violence call on Wednesday brought out a heavy response, and led to a very short lockdown notice given to schools in South Summit.

Sheriff’s Lieutenant Andrew Wright said they got a call at about 1:45 p.m. from Oakley.

The suspect was a 45-year-old husband whose whereabouts were unknown at first. Officers were told that he had threatened to shoot his wife, and possibly his children. Lt. Wright said the call brought out nine county deputies, a Highway Patrol officer and two Kamas police officers.