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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.

Extell Development Company

The Military Installation Development Authority has taken what was originally planned to be a 400-room hotel for military personnel R&R and turned it into a 6,000-acre luxury mountain resort with ski-in-ski-out home sites and at least four high-end hotels.


Utah saw its lowest COVID-19 case count since the beginning of June.

The Utah Department of Health announced 221 new COVID-19 cases Monday, which is about 40 cases fewer than the state saw at the same time last week.

In the Wasatch Back, both Summit and Wasatch Counties saw slight increases in cases week over week. 

Summit County reported six new cases. In comparison, last Monday, Summit saw one. Wasatch County reported four new cases. Last Monday, the county saw two.  

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Cross Country Communications Manager Tom Horrocks provides an update on all the action this weekend. 


Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber talks about the special work session held last week to review a new demographic study, and next steps for master planning.

As trail use continues to increase, Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Dana Jones outlines the new short-term trail access plan to accommodate the rise in traffic. 

ABC/Christopher Willard

A Park City native got his golden ticket while auditioning for American Idol.

Wyatt Pike, who grew up in Park City, got exciting news during his appearance on American Idol Sunday night.

“You’re going to Hollywood," the judges exclaimed in unison.

Pike got three yeses from the famous judges of the show - Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie - after he performed his original song, “Best for You.”

Today on the Local News Hour:

(00:00) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center

(06:57) - Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber talks about the special work session held last week to review a new demographic study and the next steps for Master Planning.

(22:29) - U. S. Ski and Snowboard Update with Cross Country Communications Manager Tom Horrocks.

(33:34) - Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Dana Jones has a monthly update.

This story was last updated at 11:00 a.m., March, 15 2021.  


Four people were caught in an avalanche Sunday.

Utah and Salt Lake County Search and Rescue responded to an avalanche near Pfeifferhorn Peak on the south side of Little Cottonwood Canyon. 

Nikki Champion, a spokesperson for the Utah Avalanche Center, says they believe the individuals were partially buried in the slide, but information at this time is preliminary.  

She says it’s likely that there were some ankle or leg injuries.


The Utah legislature passed a bill that would end the statewide mask mandate by April 10.

During his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said he negotiated with lawmakers to try to account for the number of people who would be able to get vaccinated before the mask mandate ends. 

  Utah has surpassed one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in the state. 

There were 15,861 people vaccinated for COVID-19 since Saturday. Of the more than one million doses, almost 17,700 were administered in Summit County and around 10,500 were in Wasatch County.

While the state has reached this significant milestone, new cases have started to plateau. The Utah Department of Health announced 396 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, which is 16 fewer cases than the state saw at the same time last week. 


A bill banning transgender girls from playing on women’s sports teams in Utah was making headlines throughout the legislative session before it died in a Senate committee meeting.

Utah was one of many state this year to introduce legislation barring transgender atheletes from playing on schools sports teams. Summit County Rep. Kera Birkeland sponsored Utah’s bill. 

Utah Department of Wildlife Resources

The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources has warned the state’s anglers that whirling disease has been found in fish in a northeast Utah creek.


Jones Hole Creek is a small Utah fishery about 25 miles northeast of Vernal. The DWR announced on Friday that fish in the creek have tested positive for whirling disease, which is a parasitic disease that attacks the cartilage of fish’s head and spine.


Utah neared the one million dose mark for COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday and also saw a significant drop in statewide hospitalizations.


The numbers released by the Utah Department of Health on Saturday reported just over 993,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the state. Governor Spencer Cox also tweeted just after 8am that Utah had officially surpassed the one million mark in doses delivered to the state.


Park City Municipal

Thursday night’s city council meeting in Park City had two major topics: What this summer’s events calendar might look like and an update from the city’s housing department on the potential for future public-private development projects.


If there’s one thing everyone could agree on Thursday night, it’s that summer 2021 will not look like summer 2020.


Wasatch County

Wasatch County fared well in 2020 despite the closures and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. A recreation, arts, and parks (RAP) tax may be on the ballot in November.


As the counties and municipalities of the Wasatch Back see positive revenue numbers rolling in from the unprecedented 2020 year of the pandemic, many officials are pleasantly surprised by what they see. Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis said they projected up to 20% drops in sales tax revenues.