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There’s been a surge of activism around mental health issues in the Park City community following the drug overdose deaths of two 8th Grade Boys. The school district, along with the city and county have combined efforts to address mental health, substance abuse and at risk youth. Carolyn Murray has more.

There are a couple of large capital projects on the horizon for the Park City School District.  A task force has been working on the High School Expansion for many months but there’s a looming issue with what to do about a new school to replace Treasure Mountain Junior High and how to handle the 5th to 8th grade realignment.  Carolyn Murray was at the school board meeting on Tuesday and has this:

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The Tour of Utah just announced the route for this year's race and Park City isn't on the list.  However, Heber City is. The Tour dates this year are July 31 - August 6.   The race will start in Logan, then head to Brigham City and Snowbasin for Stage 2.  Stage 3 will feature individual time trials in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  South Jordan will host Stage 4.  Stage 5 will be in Davis County, starting in Layton City and ending in Bountiful.  Stage 6 will be in Heber Valley at Soldier Hollow and end at Snowbird.  The final stage will be in Salt Lake City.

Park City High School Expansion Plans Progress

Jan 10, 2017

The High School Expansion subcommittee wants to hear what people have to say about the design plans to enlarge the high school to accommodate 9th grade. They have another presentation scheduled for Wednesday.  Carolyn Murray has more:

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The local organizer of the Women's March on Main says there could be "thousands" at the event which takes place Saturday, January 21, 2017.  That's also anticipated to be one of the busiest days of the Sundance Film Festival.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has the story:

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A group of Utah business leaders are considering an end-run around the Utah legislature, which isn't make state lawmakers very happy. Leslie Thatcher explains.

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Park City Council has a new way to get the public involved in city politics, but there may be a slight legal snag in their outreach project.   The issue involves how many council members participate.  If there are more than two members present, the gathering could violate Utah's Open Meetings Act.  That was the case January 3, 2017, at the "Apres With Council" meeting at Old Town Cellars, when all but one council member addressed the crowd.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has more:

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A young woman has surrendered to Park City Police after they released surveillance video of a hit-and-run accident involving an unmarked police car  in the front parking lot of the police station.  The crime occurred December 23, 2016.   Police posted the video on their Facebook page January 4, 2017.   Less than 24 hours later, the suspect turned herself in.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has the story: 

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The snow packed roads didn’t seem to deter some 15 enthusiastic citizens interested in learning how to lobby their state legislators.  On Wednesday night, the ACLU provided training for would be activists at a private home in Park City.  Carolyn Murray was at the training session and has this:

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Affordable housing in Park City is a top priority for city officials but they’re not alone in their quest to level the playing field when it comes to homeowners. Mountainlands Community Housing opened Richer Apartments and reintroduced the Discovery Project in Snyderville in 2016 bringing their total contribution to 201 homes in Summit County and 281 apartments in both Summit and Wasatch counties.

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