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As COVID-19 continues its surge in Utah this week with over 82% of statewide ICU beds in use, hospital workers are expressing frustration with low vaccination rates among the people getting sick.

 

The Utah Department of Health announced 728 new statewide COVID-19 infections Tuesday, bringing the state’s rolling seven-day average of new cases to 877 per day, its highest rate since February 15th.

 

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It’s been wet in the Wasatch Back this week, and rain is in the forecast for the next several days. Will the precipitation help get Utah out of its drought?

 

Utah is experiencing an unprecedented summer with 100% of the state now in either the “extreme” or “exceptional” drought categories. This week’s rain has been a welcome respite from recent heat waves that saw temperatures regularly creep above 100 degrees, but water levels and rainfall totals remain far below normal. 

 

Wasatch High School Brings Farm to Classroom

Jul 29, 2021
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Students at Wasatch High School are learning agriculture with a hands-on outdoor classroom program that just wrapped up its first full year. Some of them are using it to earn scholarships, too.

As part of agricultural science courses at Wasatch High School, classes are being held outside in farming facilities multiple times a week.

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The Utah Department of Transportation is conducting a public input period for future bike lanes, trails, multi-use paths, and sidewalks as part of its Active Transportation Plan. The SR 224, 248 and Highway 189 corridors will be part of that process.

 

The public comment period for UDOT’s Active Transportation Plan runs until August 28th and will specifically look at human-powered methods of getting around. Active transportation is considered any non-motorized method of travel, like walking or biking.

 

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Wasatch County has seen a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in July. The county’s current seven-day average for positive cases is over eight per day, up from two at the beginning of the month. The county’s relatively low vaccination rate is also causing concern among local health officials.

 

Businesses in Wasatch County will remember 2020 as a difficult year — Dallin Koecher, the director of the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce, says some are still playing catch-up. 

 

But he also said overall economic growth has been impressive following the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

According to Koecher, the local economy is still recovering from the lockdowns of April 2020 when many businesses had to shut their doors.

 

Heber City / Heber City Main Street Nostalgia

Heber City Council approved its plan for an 80-acre redevelopment project around Main Street at a council meeting last night.

The project area plan and budget approved on Tuesday will enable the city to divert tax revenues to projects within an 80-acre zone downtown.

Mayor Kelleen Potter said the decisions involved were, in part, a step toward fulfilling a larger plan to bolster tourism and the local economy over roughly the next 30 years, called “Envision Heber.”

Vaccination rates in Wasatch County have slowed since May, and officials hope those numbers will rise again as the back-to-school season approaches.

 

As of today, there are 74 known active COVID-19 cases in the county.

Spokesperson Chris Smoot of the county health department said while the vaccine campaign has done well, he hopes more progress will be made before school starts.

“It’s gone pretty well, but it has slowed down, for sure,” he said.

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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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New parking restrictions on Guardsman Pass went into effect this week. 

Drivers are no longer allowed to park on either side of the Guardsman Pass road. This is part of an initiative by Park City Municipal and Wasatch and Summit counties to manage overcrowding in the area.

Wasatch County placed signs along Guardsman Pass that say cars parked on either side of the road will be towed. This is a two-lane stretch of State Route 224 that runs from the Bonanza Flats trailhead to Big Cottonwood Road at the entrance of Brighton Resort.

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Open space committees representing Heber City and Wasatch County are negotiating to help Heber City purchase open land immediately north of the city. 

Heber City asked for $353,140 in bond funds from Wasatch County at a meeting Monday, which would contribute to a $1.5 million project that council members say would preserve open space and give public access to a 14-acre area.

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People from Heber City and surrounding areas came together last night for an auction to support a Heber City woman whose daughter died recently. 

 

  

Brooklyn Schneider was 12 when she had an accident that took her life on June 4. Her mother is Bridget Whiting.

Whiting’s friend, Nikole Webb, had an idea to help the mother who has been grieving.

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Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis has stepped down from his position as county manager to accept a new role as the county’s first MIDA Coordinator, overseeing the unelected body carrying out the development of Mayflower Mountain Resort.

 

Last week, the Wasatch County Council confirmed Davis as the new MIDA Coordinator and named former Assistant County Manager Dustin Grabau as its Interim County Manager. 

 

On today's Local news Hour:

( 03:13) Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis steps down to become MIDA Coordinator.  

( 07:34) Park City Board of Education member Wendy Crossland and Chief Operations Officer Mike Tanner update on building green.

( 25:15) Jocelyn and Chris Arndt who are performing at the Eccles Center July 17th.

( 31:35) Park City Rotary Club member Tom Kelly has details about this year's Miners' Day celebration.

( 37:44) Update on the agenda for tonights Synderville Planning Commission meeting  as Rick Brough reports.

( 40:45) Executive Director of Christian Center of Park City Rob Harter has an update on the services the organization offers.

( 47:26) Carolyn Murray reports on the three Park City residents being inducted to the Ski Hall of Fame. 


The Rodriguez-Irizarry family

The 7-year-old girl shot and killed at the Wasatch Commons Apartments Friday night was identified by her family as Zaydanielys "Zai" Rodriguez-Irizarry.

A family friend told KPCW that the family has lived in Utah for a year after moving from Puerto Rico. Zai lived with her father and two siblings, was active in school and sports, and was beloved around the apartment complex for her magnetic smile and personality.

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