Summit County



There’s a new tally in the Democratic race for Summit County Council. 

Malena Stevens widened her lead over Canice Harte to 1,437 votes in the race for Summit County Council on Thursday. Stevens led Harte in the Democratic primary by just under 1,000 votes after the first batch of results was released on Tuesday night.


After Thursday’s vote count, Stevens has 2,601 votes to Harte’s 1,164.


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Officials announced the first COVID-19 death in Summit County on Thursday. 

Walker Mortuary

Former Summit County Commissioner Sheldon Richins passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020. 

The lifelong Henefer resident was a Summit County Commissioner from 1989 through 2000. 


Flags at Summit County buildings, including the Richins Services Building at Kimball Junction named after him, have been lowered to half-mast in his honor this week. 


According to his obituary, Richins worked as an educator in the North Summit School District for 20 years. 


Malena Stevens

While the results are not official yet, it appears Malena Stevens has an insurmountable lead over Canice Harte in the race for Summit County Council.

Stevens and Harte, who serve together on the Snyderville Planning Commission, competed in the Democratic primary to fill the Council seat being vacated by Kim Carson.

In Tuesday’s unofficial results, Stevens received 1821 votes—nearly 1000 votes ahead of Harte, who received 831.

No Republican contender has filed to run for Carson’s seat. So barring a write-in, Stevens has been elected to the Summit County Council.


July marks the fourth month of living with COVID-19 restrictions in Utah, and the upcoming school year is just around the corner.

After homeschooling and virtual classrooms became the new normal for families across the country this spring, students and teachers had to adapt quickly to a new set of challenges.


Wasatch County

Mail-in ballots were already standard in Utah, but on Tuesday it will be the only option for voters participating in the state primary election, among a host of other changes prompted by COVID-19.


Registered Republicans and Democrats in Summit County and Republicans in Wasatch County have already received their ballots by mail. Democrats in Wasatch County have not received ballots as there are no contested races.


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Saturday marked the beginning of Summit County’s mandatory mask order, meaning that people may now get a ticket for not wearing face coverings in public places. The order is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 while allowing local businesses to remain open.

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough told KPCW that although numbers like hospitalizations and deaths in the county were good compared to other parts of the state, he was alarmed by several other trends that were heading in the wrong direction.

Today on the Local News Hour:

( 00:01)  Kent Jones Summit County Clerk  talks about tomorrows primary elections. 

(  14:39)  Park City Mountain's Chief Operating Officer Mike Goar with updates about the reopening of the resort July 2nd.

( 29.24) Rich Bullough Director of Summit County Health Department updates us about the mandatory mask mandate issued by Goveneror Gary Herbert on Friday. 

  [This post as been updated with the correct audio.]


Summit County’s request for a mandatory mask order was approved by the county council on Friday. The order requires people in the county to wear a mask while indoors and at public gatherings.


Utah Department of Health

Utah has set another high bar for COVID-19 cases. There are 676 new cases of the coronavirus in Utah Friday, according to the state health department.  That brings the total number of positive cases in Utah to 20,050 since the pandemic began in March.

More than 317,000 tests have been administered. The rate of positives is at 6.3%. 31 more people are in the hospital due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 174.

Park City Muncipal


The Park City Council unanimously decided to cancel all events for the summer season. The council did not approve a 4th of July parade, fireworks or hosting the long running volleyball tournament in the park. The list of cancellations includes Triple Crown baseball and softball, Park City Soccer and Lacrosse tournaments along with Miners Day gatherings.

Pool Photos Daily COVID Briefing

Thursday night Utah Governor Gary Herbert approved Summit County’s request to make wearing face masks mandatory in public. County Manager Tom Fisher tells KPCW the county received verbal confirmation from Herbert's office and written approval will come Friday.

Summit County requested the authority to issue a mandatory mask order from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s administration on Thursday, citing a nine-day increase in positive cases in the county and a transmission rate nearly twice that of the state’s goal.


Pool Photos Daily COVID Briefing

Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order on Wednesday requiring masks at all state-run facilities while resisting calls for a statewide mask order.

Expressing concern about the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Utah, Herbert said most of the state will remain at the yellow - or low risk - level for at least another two weeks and masks must be worn at all state buildings. 


Deseret News, Press Pool


Utah has seen a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases since the state began reopening. The increase in cases has state and local officials looking at possible changes to health and safety guidelines to help stem the spread of the virus.

In a June 19 memo to state and local health officials, state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn warned that if current daily infection rates continue across the state, conventional ICU capacity at many hospitals will be overwhelmed by early July.