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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.

The new film, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” doesn’t get a thumbs down but it’s not the best outing for an indie director who was discovered at Sundance.

Well known independent film director and screenwriter, Richard Linklater, has returned to the big screen with the comedy drama, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”, based on the 2012 book of the same name by Maria Semple.

Summit County

The Summit County Council this week took a field trip up to the High Uintas neighborhoods, near Wyoming, to see some summer-residential development that is becoming an issue. Rick Brough has more from our recent conversation with Council member Doug Clyde.

The Council on Wednesday visited Uintalands, Manorlands and Wilderness Acres near the upper Mirror Lake Highway. Council Member Clyde noted those became summer-cabin areas before the county even had a planning code. They developed without paved roads or a water system.

A standout at Sundance 2019, "The Farewell" is a dramedy that’s based on an actual lie.

Family dynamics and the dichotomy of Asian-American culture are at the centerpiece of filmmaker Lulu Wang’s comedy/drama “The Farewell”. The film, which premiered this year at Sundance and was based on as Wang calls it “an actual lie” was really a true story that originally aired on This American Life.

Heber City Council’s meeting Tuesday included discussion around the update to the airport master plan. Council members considered names of those who would serve on committees to help guide the process.


After hosting eight town halls across the state to hear questions, concerns and comments from approximately 1,500 Utahns, the state’s Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force has moved into the next phase of its attempt to address a revenue imbalance between the education and general fund. 

New Leader Takes The Helm At Connect Summit County

Aug 22, 2019
Deanna Rhodes Exec. Dir. Connect Summit County / Connect Summit County

Connect Summit County is a grassroots community advocacy organization that helps people who are struggling with mental health challenges. New leadership has been named to take on fundraising challenges and strategic planning.

Deanna Rhodes has been hired as the Executive Director of Connect Summit County. She comes from a communications, marketing and fundraising job with the Park City Community Foundation. Her bio states she worked on branding and community outreach, and she had noted success in development and acquiring major donors for the foundation.

Park City Summit County Arts

Locals can experience two of the community’s favorite pastimes—exploring nature and appreciating art—at an event organized by the Park City Summit County Arts Council Saturday. 

Park City Summit County Arts Council Managing Director Jocelyn Scudder says she hopes this Saturday’s Art on the Trails strikes awe in participants.

KPCW Radio

15,000 Comcast customers in the Park City area have been impacted by internet, phone and TV service outages since midmorning Wednesday. 

Deneiva Knight, the director of external affairs for Comcast in Utah, says the outage occurred around 10 a.m. Wednesday, when a third-party construction truck hit a pole fiber line. Comcast has been working to repair the line since then.

Park City Rotary

Park City Rotary has given its Professional Citizen of the Year Award to Anita Lewis, who has been a familiar face at the Coalville Courthouse, and a source of institutional knowledge, for three decades.

Lewis, who retired from the county earlier this year, received nominations for the Rotary honor from 15 people, including many former elected county officials.

Christian Center of Park City

Park City Rotary has given its Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award to a couple—Lorraine Stuecken and her late husband Wally—for their contributions to countless non-profit organizations in town.

Lorraine and husband Wally, who passed away last February, received the Jack Green Volunteer Citizen of the Year honor.

Wasatch School District

The Wasatch County School Board passed a resolution in Tuesday’s special meeting calling a $150 million bond election for a new high school and to replace the current Midway Elementary school.

After addressing some concerns about the location of the proposed high school and comments from the board the resolution was passed unanimously in the Tuesday evening meeting. The resolution means Wasatch County residents will be voting on whether the $150 million bond passes this November.

KPCW Radio

Comcast customers in the Park City area seem to have been impacted by service outages since midmorning Wednesday. 

Pinebrook resident Larry Rose noticed his internet was down around 10 a.m. Wednesday. First, he called Comcast, who confirmed there was an outage and they had sent out service trucks to address it. Then, Rose posted on the neighborhood social media site Nextdoor to find out if any other residents in the area were without an internet connection.

“Basically, everybody who has responded is down, and so that would cover Pinebrook and Jeremy [Ranch],” Rose said.

David Hogg and Jacklyn Corin / Park City Performing Arts Institute

The Park City Performing Arts Institute announced a special event scheduled for September. Two survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting will be interviewed and take audience questions during the event.


The Park City Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a $5.2 million tax increase. The additional revenue will go toward district salary increases that were put in place two years ago, as part of the three-year contract negotiated in 2017.

The increase is less than what Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber thought it would be when he presented the budget to the board in May. The increase was expected to be closer to $5.6 million.


The Park City School District resumes the master planning efforts they started last fall. The Board recently presented the Park City Council with an update and they are planning a couple of town hall style meetings.

Park City Board of Education President Andrew Caplan says they’ve identified three big decisions the board is facing. One is whether to pursue universal Pre-K for every child. Research shows it is an important component for future academic success and the community, Caplan says has shown initial support.