Summit County Health Department

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.

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Although more and more young people in our area use electronic cigarettes, the Summit County Health Department wants them to know that vaping is not a safe alternative to tobacco, as Rick Brough tells us:

The Sundance Film Festival is bigger than just Park City.  In addition to all of the permitting that must be approved by the municipality, the Summit County Health Department is also very invovled to protect the health of those attending the festival.  Leslie Thatcher explains:

Vail Resorts, Inc., announced last month that Chief Executive Officer Rob Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, have decided that the initial focus for their recently announced charitable fund will be on mental health issues in the Company’s local communities. Katz and Amsterdam created the new charitable fund in October 2017 with funding of approximately $58 million. Carolyn Murray has this :

Local News Hour December 27, 2017

Dec 27, 2017

On today’s program, Park City Mayor Jack Thomas has a look back at his four years as mayor. Outgoing Park City Board of Realtors President Sara Werberlow and President Elect Todd Anderson have a look back at 2017 and the year ahead. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Spokesman Tom Kelly has a team update and joining him are some of the athletes participating in this week’s Olympic Qualifiers at the UOP, Bryan Fletcher, Nina Lussi,  and Will Rhoads and Dr. Melissa Lopez-Larsen from Summit County Health Department  talks  about seasonal depression.

Safe Kids Day is coming up on Friday, May 19th.  The Summit County Health Department is hosting an afternoon of events to educate kids and parents on how to avoid preventable injury from accidents. Carolyn Murray has more:

Mental Health and Substance Abuse have been on Park City’s radar since last fall when two 8th graders from Treasure Mountain Junior High School overdosed on opiate drugs that came from internet sources in China. There’s a Free Seminar Friday where the public can learn about successful treatment programs and practices for those dealing with this illness.  Carolyn Murray has more: 

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Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s normal toddler behavior or whether your teenager is too withdrawn, or maybe your spouse seems especially down but you can’t tell for sure.  There’s a community education event on Wednesday at the Park City Library beginning at 5 pm that can help families address these kinds of issues.  Carolyn Murray has more:

There is a community forum Monday night at 6pm at the Park City Library to help parents who are struggling with how to talk to their kids about drug use and suicide prevention.   KPCW will air the forum live.

The Summit County Health Department posted a survey this week to gauge how it's doing with its mental health and substance abuse programs. Leslie Thatcher has more.

Link to the survey.

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