Midway

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Watering during a summer of drought went “better than expected” in Midway, but the city still needs to place new limits on residential watering.

Irrigation-water users in Midway see a drop off every September in what’s called “delivery,” which is water sent to homes and farms for irrigation. What’s still available for use will flow at lower pressure starting Wednesday. 

Pure Midway

The tradition-heavy city of Midway is hopping at this time of year. Last weekend, officials estimate at least 100,000 people came to town for Swiss Days and the sheepdog contest. The weekend of September 18, the city hosts another European-themed gathering. 

Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson doesn’t know yet if this year’s Swiss Days broke previous attendance records.

But she says she’s pretty sure the turnout was impressive, and vendors reported strong sales.

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A Park City nonprofit signed a deal to conserve a Midway hot springs property.

At the request of Midway City and with broad support in other local governments, the Summit Land Conservancy purchased 40 acres of the Mountain Spa property.

The 40 acres make up about half of Mountain Spa’s 78 total acres. They’re situated adjacent to River Road and Burgi Lane.

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As droves of visitors come to downtown Midway for Swiss Days this weekend, there’s another popular event happening just down the road.

 

The Soldier Hollow Classic will bring the world’s top working sheepdogs, bird shows and a long list of other activities and vendors.

The sheepdog competition begins Friday at 8 a.m. at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center’s main competition field. The four-day event continues through Labor Day Monday.

The event features award-winning professionally trained sheepdogs showing the full range of their abilities.

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Midway in Wasatch County has implemented a moratorium on new developments.

 

  

 

  

Midway City Council voted in an August meeting not to approve any new projects larger than three lots for the next six months.

That will not impact projects already underway or in the approval process by August 17. 

According to Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson, it’s been a busy year for the city with developments, and this decision is meant to help manage the staff’s workload.

Midway Boosters

After being cancelled last year due to COVID-19, Swiss Days will be back in full swing the first weekend of September.

On Friday and Saturday, September 3 and 4, crowds in the thousands are expected to come to Midway from throughout Utah and beyond. An annual tradition since the 1940s, Swiss Days will offer an outdoor craft fair, 10k race, parade, live entertainment and food booths with traditional dishes made on site.

“The enthusiasm is just mounting, and people are very, very excited that it will be happening,” Midway Mayor Celeste Johnston says.

Storms with surging wind gusts and heavy rain hit Summit and Wasatch counties Saturday night. While the wind speeds and rain amounts were impressive, the reported impact was minimal.

The National Weather Service warned a storm Saturday would bring “very heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts.” It warned they could cause damage and floods, but the two counties’ sheriffs’ offices said they hadn’t gotten any such reports.

Homes in the Interlaken area of Midway lost power in Saturday’s storm. Heber Light & Power announced the outage was restored later in the evening.

Wasatch High School

Though he’s just starting his first year as principal of Wasatch High School, Justin Kelly will be a familiar face to many.

 

  

  Principal Kelly knows from once being a student there himself that the school, which serves 2,600 students, is a place filled with opportunities. 

He has a mantra for his administration’s approach to the student experience: “Harvard education, Army discipline and Disneyland fun.”

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A new bug is becoming pervasive in the Heber Valley, due to weather conditions this year.

 

  

  The elm seed bug is not harmful to people or homes, but people in the area say it is a growing nuisance this summer. The bugs are new to Utah, having first been detected here in 2014.

According to Dan Stead, who owns Nature’s Balance pest service in Midway, they are similar in resemblance to the box elder bug.

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Cities in the Heber Valley say thanks to residents helping to conserve during the drought, irrigation water deliveries could continue into the early fall.

This has prompted city officials to express optimism that irrigation could continue to flow through the summer.

Midway residents are facing water restrictions due to the current drought, effective today.

At a special meeting at town hall on Monday, Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson and Mike Kohler of the Midway Irrigation Company announced new rules for watering lawns.

The town has been divided into six zones and placed on a three-day weekly watering schedule.

Kohler said the plan, a joint effort by the city and irrigation company, is the best way to keep water running in town without it running dry.

Wasatch Mountain State Park

Utah Fire Info is reporting the wildfire near Wasatch Mountain State Park north of Midway has been contained to only 0.5 acres. Firefighters are now mopping up the area and evacuations have been lifted.

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In the midst of Utah’s worst drought in 30 years, the water master of the Midway Irrigation company expects water to farmers and ranchers will substantially decrease this summer and the state Division of Natural Resources is recommending that Summit County residents limit their watering to just twice a week. 

 

Both of them expect your grass to be brown by the end of the summer.

 

Marcy McCartney is the Manager of Water Conservation and Public Information for the Division of Natural Resources. 

 

Heber City

If you’re interested in running for municipal office in Utah, the filing window is June 1 to June 7. 

 

In November, Heber City and Midway will hold mayoral elections. Both have two open council seats. Six other Wasatch County towns are holding local elections.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:01) Jessica Lowell's update on Coalville's plan to deal with drought conditions in North Summit County.

( 02:52) Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson recaps some of the highlights from Tuesday's meeting.

( 18:05) PCSD Board of Education Member Andrew Caplan talks about creative options and ideas they are considering for financing the school district facilities expansions as defined by the Master Planning Process.

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