Summit County

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Summit County’s schools are reopening this week, and everyone is hoping for the best, but reports of other school districts across the country that have opened for class – only to be closed to in-person teaching when the numbers of COVID-019 cases began to surge – are concerning. 


Summit County’s Health Director, Rich Bullough, says while precautions have been taken, it’s up to students and staff to be diligent about wearing masks and social distancing to ensure that at-school learning continues.


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Among the recent incidents reported by the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded when a fight broke out at a party over a hat; and a local resident and a finance company traded accusations.



New development proposals coming to the Summit County Community Development Department include some added residential at opposite ends of the Snyderville Basin. County Community Development Director Pat Putt says the department has received 20 recent new applications with a variety of building proposals. 



A decision on the Summit County lawsuit against the town of Hideout over the annexation of Richardson Flat will be handed down on Friday. Monday’s hearing in Utah’s 4th District Court lasted all day.


After a marathon hearing that lasted a full 12 hours, Judge Jeniffer A Brown told lawyers for Summit County and Hideout that she would not be able to render her decision until Friday, Aug.14th.


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The Summit County Council on Wednesday began to discuss the concept of a “Mobile Crisis Outreach Team for mental-health responses. County Council Member Kim Carson, also a member of the Health Board, says she’s incredibly excited about the “MCOT” program, done in conjunction with Wasatch County. 


Carson said that, although Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies have trained to deal with mental-health calls, this new team can take their response to another level.


Basin Rec

The Snyderville Recreation District has a new director, at least for the interim. And the District also has some new authority in overseeing trailheads in the Snyderville Basin.


The resignation of District Director Brian Hanton was announced in late July.


On Wednesday, the County Council voted to name Melissa O’Brien, a planning and legal affairs manager with the District, as the interim Director. 


A special session of the Utah State Legislature is set to convene later this month and a potential repeal of controversial House Bill 359 is on the agenda. House Bill 359 is the legislation that allowed the town of Hideout to begin annexing 655 acres of land, known as Richardson Flat, without the consent of Summit County. An attorney representing the developers who hope to build on the Richardson Flat land says he is confident the bill will not be repealed.

Information about COVID-19 continues to evolve and last week the Utah State Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn held a session responding to frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 continues to illicit ill-conceived notions about the seriousness of the virus on social media sites. For this reason, Governor Gary Herbert and State Epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn held a press release addressing frequently asked questions about the virus.




The Summit County and Utah state health departments reported encouraging news in a statement on Wednesday: there is statistically significant data showing that the rate of COVID-19 cases in the county has slowed down since it issued its mandatory mask order on June 26.


Health Director Rich Bullough told KPCW that at that time, with new cases increasing amid the onset of the July Fourth holiday, they felt the order was necessary.





The activists from the group Save People, Save Wildlife are reporting mixed results from their current projects. Rick Brough has the details.


KPCW spoke to Erin Ferguson, who represents the group, dedicated to preventing collisions between motorists and unwary animals attempting to cross our local highways.


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The final results for Summit County’s June 30 primary election were certified in the Canvass held before the County Council on Tuesday, with no major changes in the results of the election.


Perhaps the most interesting contest for county residents was the race for County Council Seat C, featuring two Democrats— the only two contenders to file for that position.


Utah Fire Info


Over the Independence Day holiday this year, fireworks were not a major worry. But in the three weeks since then, the Summit County area has dried out considerably. 


As Rick Brough reports, the Summit County Council took the cautious approach, and asked the State Forester to authorize a fireworks ban before Park City followed suit.


Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer said the ban took effect on July 20 and runs through Nov. 30.


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The Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported that a woman shopping at Walmart encountered hostility from another customer—and his shopping cart—over the issue of wearing a mask.


The Sheriff’s report said the incident occurred on Saturday, July 18, around 7 p.m.


The complainant, a 47-year-old woman from Taylorsville, told a deputy she entered the Walmart with her two children and a male companion. The woman said she wasn’t wearing a face mask because of a preexisting medical condition. 

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The Summit County Board of Health voted on Monday to amend the county’s mandatory mask order as it applies to young children after hearing an appeal from a coalition of local childcare facilities.


The health Bboard voted to deny, in part, the request from the sector representing childcare operations, which wanted an exemption from the mask order for children up to the age of 6.

They did agree, however, to guidelines in a draft order that the county thinks will likely be issued soon by Gov. Gary Herbert.

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Don’t include fireworks in your Pioneer Day plans this weekend.


The Utah State Forester has ordered a ban on discharging or using any fireworks for all unincorporated areas of Summit County, starting now through the end of November.


In a statement issued earlier today, State Forester Brian Cottam said he came to the decision, in consultation with county officials, due to the current and forecasted conditions, combined with extremely dry vegetation in northeastern Utah.