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Hard news covering local government: Park City, Summit County and Wasatch County - city and county councils, planning boards, water entities and issues specific the Wasatch Back.

Utah Division Of Forestry Fire State Lands

The Dollar Ridge Fire has burned 52,000 acres in Wasatch and Duchesne counties. Some rainfall Sunday helped decrease the fire, it also gave fire fighters an opportunity to suppress the fire. Containment of the fire has jumped to 35%.

Crews focused on the area north of highway 40. The highway is now open although U-DOT asks that drivers slow down, to 35 mph near milepost 50 and keep traffic flowing.

Heber Light and Power

The Heber Light and Power Board will take a trip to Corvallis, Oregon to learn about a small nuclear power plant currently under construction and to consider investment opportunities including buying future energy.  They continue negotiations with Rocky Mountain Power to find alternatives to installing giant power transmission lines through the heart of the Heber Valley. Carolyn Murray has this update:

Midway Almost Certain To Put Open Space Out To Voters

Jul 6, 2018
MIdway City

Midway City is close to issuing a bond referendum for open space conservation.  If the City Council approves of the initiative, it will be on November’s ballot. Midway also faces the pending loss of a City Resort Tax amounting to $1.2 million in revenues.  Carolyn Murray has this:


The Park City Council approved a Request for Proposal this spring to check the 120-plus miles of water pipes in Park City. The study discovered about 110 gallons of water is being lost -- per minute. City staff will be going back before council to get approval for a system that will detect future leaks around year round. Melissa Allison has more:

Park City Yoga Studio

After owning, operating and teaching yoga  for the last 15 years, at Park City Yoga Studio, Lisa Needham is moving on to pursue her other passions -- singing and performing. She has sold the studio to Park City resident Robin Marrouche. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Since leaving the Kimball, Robin Marrouche has gone on to run the Susan Schwarz gallery on Main St. She’s also looking forward to owning and operating the yoga studio with her sister in law Nadime Moukarem.

Utah Fishing Info . Com Viviane Park-Lower Provo

A 50-year old Florida man drowned in a kayaking accident on the Provo River in Wasatch County on Tuesday, July 3rd.  He missed the take out area and was trapped under water further down river after capsizing.  Carolyn Murray has this:


The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Department has been enforcing the parking regulations on the Guardsman’s Pass Road near the Brighton Estates neighborhood. They have been towing vehicles regularly and will continue to enforce the parking restrictions.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Wasatch County Sheriff’s Deputy, Jared Rigby says there have been safety concerns that people are parking on the side of the Guardsman’s Road.  It causes a narrowing of the roadway so other cars cannot get through.

Leslie Thatcher

As the winds shifted Thursday, smoke from the Dollar Ridge Fire blew into Summit County – and the P-M 2-point-5 levels jumped sky high into the unhealthy category. While the numbers have dropped into good or moderate - they continue to fluctuate and caught the attention of the Summit County Health Dept. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Summit County Environmental Health Director Phil Bondurant says the smoky skies came on quickly.

The Coalville City Council is inviting public input, at its meeting next week, on a proposal to set up a one percent Transient Room Tax.

    The Transient Room Tax will be discussed at the Council’s meeting on Monday, at 6:00 pm, at Coalville City Hall.

City Council Member Tyler Rowser said the tax would apply to about half-a-dozen establishments, including the Best Western, the Moore Motel, and some campgrounds.

Rowser said the tax is worth considering as another source of revenue.


The lawsuit in Third District Court has been filed by county resident Kevin Kane, who is naming the city and up to five John Does.

The suit says that in mid-January, before the 2017 Sundance Festival, Kane was working on the east side of the PC Marc Building, on his hands and knees digging into the snow, when chunks of ice and snow dislodged and fell from the roof on top of him.

The filing says Kane suffered a traumatic brain injury, and lacerations to the back of his head and neck, right hand and wrist.