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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.

PCSD Grade Alignment Decision Pushed To 2020

Jun 19, 2019

The Park City School Board decided to wait until January of 2020 to make a final decision on the grade alignment decision. They’ve narrowed options down from four to two. Another survey and at least two more focused task forces are being formulated.

A Utah County mother and her 17-year-old son are suing Soldier Hollow Charter School and its former principal. The suit is all related to the rape of the minor boy by the former administrator.


 The lawsuit filed in Third District court alleges that when the boy was 10 years old, he and a group of students were taken on a field trip to a bowling alley. While at the bowling alley, the Midway charter school’s principal Charles Weber raped the 5th grader in the bathroom. 

Summit County

Residents and businesses in the Kimball Junction area have participated in a planning process with county planning staff for the past couple of years. The Blue-Ribbon Commission has helped define the proposed changes to the existing 2014 Snyderville Basin General Plan. 

The Summit County Council will consider the changes in the June 19th meeting.


Tonight, kicks off the first of the Wednesday night mountain town community concert series at Deer Valley – but due to late snow melt and the recent rain – the venue had to be been moved. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher explains.

Despite efforts to remove the snow from the Deer Valley amphitheater, a wet spring means the Muddpuddle concert would literally be in a mud puddle and needed to be moved to the top parking lot.  Deer Valley Resort Spokeswoman Emily Summers says they gave it their best shot.

Courtesy Kimball Art Center and Mark Maziarz

For its 50th anniversary, the Kimball Arts Festival will “free the Fest” for Summit County residents. 

To celebrate half a century of the arts festival in Park City, Kimball Art Center Marketing Director Amy Roberts says the Center is excited to offer a special perk to locals.

Wasatch County

Wasatch County Council will hold a public hearing for preliminary approval of the Benloch Ranch master plan. One decision by the council regarding the master plan will greatly impact the number of structures in the 2,300-acre community located south of the Jordanelle Reservoir. 

Wasatch County Council will meet in council chambers at 6:00 pm Wednesday. Council meets at the County Administration Building located at 25 North Main in Heber City.

Representatives from the Benloch Ranch development will be requesting preliminary approval for their master plan.

Ed Parigian

After applying for a midterm opening on the Park City Council over a year and a half ago, 13-year-Park City resident Ed Parigian says he’s ready to throw his hat in the ring again, alongside six other candidates. 

Parigian lives on Norfolk Avenue. He moved to Park City after leaving a career with Nike to check some items off his bucket list, including living as a ski bum. Parigian is semi-retired, and he serves on the City’s Recreation Advisory Board. He says he’s running for City Council to help strengthen the community aspect of Park City.

Heber City

Heber City council meets in regular session tomorrow evening. Council will discuss a variety of items including a public hearing regarding the sale of cemetery surplus land.

Heber City Council meets in their regular meeting at 6:00 pm in council chambers at the Heber City building located on 75 North Main Street.

One item that will likely bring a lot of discussion is the public hearing regarding the sale of cemetery surplus land.

Midway City

Midway City Council meets tomorrows to discuss a variety of issues including final approval for a 50-lot subdivision. 

Midway City Council meets in regular session Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm at the Midway Community Center on Main Street.

Midway City Council agenda includes an update on a proposed plaza in Centennial Park, a possible granting of a permit for a preschool, and discussions around parking requirements for commercial and mixed-use developments. There also will be potential final approvals for some subdivisions in town.


An initiative has begun to register thousands more Utah women to vote in time for the 2020 presidential election. The non-partisan groups Voterise and the Utah League of Women Voters and others have joined forces to launch the program.

The 2020 Challenge is a woman to woman voter registration initiative. Voterise and the Utah League of Women Voters plan to recruit 1000 ambassadors to be trained in voter registration techniques.

Co-founder of Voterise, Elsa Garry says they want to generate 20,000 new women voters in the state.

Utah State Parks

A 25-year-old man who died while swimming at East Canyon State Park Sunday has been identified as Shervin Rayeneh, from North Salt Lake.

Lt. Eric Stucki with Utah State Parks says Rayeneh was boating with friends and family at the reservoir Sunday. Rayeneh jumped into the water with friends, and after some time, he began to struggle with swimming. Stucki says Rayeneh tried to return to the boat, went under the water and didn’t come back up.


After more than two years, the $1.6 million Utah Department of Transportation State Route 248 environmental study is finished. Now the public has 30 days to give input on the findings which include a preferred alternative to make the corridor a four-lane road from Richardson Flat to Park Avenue. The cost of the project is estimated at $60 million.

Utah Division Of Forestry Fire State Lands

Although it’s been a wet spring, summer heat could dry out plant growth propelled by the rain, providing fuel for wildfires. 

Summit County Emergency Manager Chris Crowley says everyone should be aware of the danger that wildland fires pose to Summit County.

“You can start a wildland fire from the simplest of mistakes," Crowley said. "For instance, the Brian Head fire was a guy burning off his weeds. That was a terrible fire.”

KPCW Radio

Emergency personnel and weather scientists are keenly aware of rising river levels and fast-flowing water, due to snowmelt and recent heavy rains. 

Summit County Emergency Manager Chris Crowley keeps tabs on local streams and rivers through the U.S. Geological Survey agency’s WaterWatch tool, a website that provides real-time flow information by comparing it to historical data. Based on that, Crowley says he’s keeping an eye on the Provo River near Woodland, where recent measurements have streamflow at much above normal.

Chadwick Fairbanks

The race for three open seats on the Park City Council has been set in motion, with seven candidates headed to a primary election in August. One of them is Chadwick Fairbanks III, a former congressional candidate.