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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.


Tom Chappell

Severe weather hit Summit County Sunday, taking out irrigation pumps, depositing debris in yards and filling garages with mud. 

Tom Chappell has lived in Wanship – along Hoytsville Road - for more than four decades. He says Sunday’s storm was the worst he’s ever seen. In just a few minutes, he says water rushing down from Bedford Canyon flooded the neighborhood.

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A federal appeals court has dealt a setback to a Utah death row inmate who saw his conviction overturned with a string of violence at a remote cabin located in Summit County. 

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that even if Von Lester Taylor did not fire the fatal shots in a 1990 triple shooting and kidnapping case, he cannot be considered innocent because Utah law makes accomplices as guilty as perpetrators.

Last March, a federal judge overturned the death sentence given to Taylor after he was convicted for murders that occurred 30 years ago.


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. 


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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.


Park City Fire District

Park City firefighters honored the family of their former Chief Paul Hewitt on Sunday after he passed away last week.

Hewitt was chief of the Park City Fire District of 10 years. He died at age 58 on Friday from injuries suffered in an accident while on vacation in Oregon with family.

His family drove home in an RV over the weekend. Park City firefighters met them at the base of Parley’s Canyon to escort them to their house with fire engines on Sunday.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 03:24) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 17:22) Heber City will redevelop areas of its downtown following a decision at the July 20 city council meeting as Ben Lasseter reports.

( 21:54) Park City Board of Realtors Ex. Director Jamie Johnson and Nate Johnson who recently presented a seminar on Smart Growth to members.

( 36:31) Myles Rademan on 2021 Leadership Park City Applications.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 02:49) Mountain Trails Foundations weekly report with Executive Director Lora Smith.

( 06:49 ) Summit County Historian Joe Frazier talks about the history of Pioneer Day in Summit County.

( 14:28) Rick Brough's story about the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame hosting a special ceremony next month.

( 19:03) Heber City Council approved its plan for an 80-acre redevelopment project around Main Street at a council meeting last night as Ben Lasseter reports.

( 21:27) Heber City Manager Matt Brower Recaps Tuesday's council meeting and the Heber CRA.

( 35:34) Carolyn Murray with an update on COVID-19 numbers in Utah.

( 39:12) Ari Ioannides PC Institute Executive Director joins to talk about Saturday's Justin Moore Concert at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts.

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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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While Summit County’s COVID-19 infection rates are faring better than in many other areas of Utah, the county health board still faces the problem of vaccine hesitancy, especially on the rural east side of the county.


The Summit County Health Board on Monday had a lengthy discussion about what’s causing that problem and how to deal with it.


Chairman Chris Cherniak said that on the east side, 70% of residents aged 12 and over have been vaccinated. But he said there are problems with pockets of the population.


The Gorgoza Water Company, which serves the Pinebrook area of Summit County, announced mandatory watering restrictions for its customers as of Monday, July 12.


Gorgoza joins other major water distributors in the Snyderville Basin that are limiting outdoor watering due to the drought.



Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough reported to the Health Board Monday that the county’s COVID-19 numbers are still in good shape though they’re inching up a little amid troubling signs that the pandemic isn’t over.


And given low vaccination numbers on the East Side, one board member is expecting that kids will be going back to school this fall wearing masks.


Health Board Member Doug Evans said he’s discouraged about the prospects for the coming school year, less than two months away.


Summit County returned to the moderate level of COVID-19 transmission last week.


Summit County lasted just over six weeks in Utah’s “low” COVID-19 transmission level before the county slipped back up to “moderate” last week. According to the county health department, the change is largely driven by rising infections among unvaccinated adults and children.


Dakota Pacific Real Estate

Applicants seeking to build the Dakota Pacific residential and commercial development on the west side of Kimball Junction returned to the Summit County Council Wednesday for a two-hour discussion about project details.


County Councilor Doug Clyde says the current proposal is an improvement, compared to the unsuitable Tech Park approval given to the site over a dozen years ago.



COVID-19 took the life of one more Summit County resident - one of seven deaths due to the coronavirus reported by the Utah Department of Health on Tuesday.

The Summit County man who died of COVID-19 was between 65 and 84 years-old and wasn’t hospitalized at the time of his death. The county has now seen 15 total COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic. 22 people have died due to the virus in Wasatch County.

To date, almost 2,400 Utahns have died due to COVID-19 and the state has administered nearly 2.9 million vaccines.