Wasatch County

Celeste Johnson-Midway

Based on November’s election, it appears the community of Midway wants a change in direction. Celeste Johnson unseated Midway’s incumbent mayor with 57 percent of the vote. She’s ready to get to work on changes right off the bat.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The Utah Moose Plan was set to expire this month so a review and update was brought to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The revisions have been approved and specifically address some of the declining moose populations around the state.   


The Wasatch Back Narcotics Enforcement Team received an anonymous tip about gambling machines operating in Heber Businesses.  The police investigation shows that Latino businesses were targeted by individuals offering owners 30 percent of revenues generated by the machines.  The Heber City Police Department, in conjunction with an undercover joint task force, has shut down two gambling operations in Heber.  No arrests have been made.  Carolyn Murray has this report:

Residents Of The Heber Valley Oppose New Power Project

Dec 11, 2017

A group of Wasatch County residents, calling themselves, VOLT, wants to put a stop to a project to install high voltage power lines through Wasatch County. The group claims the agreement was made without public input. Carolyn Murray has this: 

Midway Hosts Annual Creche Exhibit

Nov 30, 2017

For 20 years, the town of Midway has held a Creche Exhibit that shows private collections from residents.  It’s an event that inspires thousands to visit Town Hall during the 4 day showcase. This year, a private collection will be displayed in conjunction with the annual Midway event. Carolyn Murray has this:

Mayor's Race Decided by a Coin Toss

Nov 28, 2017
Deer Creek State Park

 The small town of Charleston in Wasatch County knows first-hand what it means to say every vote counts.  Small town activism had some record setting voter participation this year.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Tuesday night Wasatch County voters elected two female mayors, and helped replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz with another Republican.  Kelleen Potter was elected Heber City mayor, defeating incumbent Alan McDonald.  And Celeste Johnson was elected mayor of Midway, defeating incumbent Colleen Bonner.   

In Heber City's city council race, Heidi Franco won re-election.  Wayne Hardman also won. 

In the Third District Congressional race, John Curtis, Provo's mayor, soundly defeated democrat Kathie Allen.

Kelleen Potter

Kelleen Potter defeated incumbent Alan McDonald in Heber City's race for mayor Tuesday night.  Potter won with 1,437 votes to McDonald's 1,015.   Potter is a former high school teacher who also served as the State Elections Director under Governor Mike Leavitt.   She was elected to Heber's City Council in 2013.   Prior to serving as mayor, McDonald served a full term on Heber's City Council.  

Moose in Iron Canyon -Dave Cushing

Seeing Moose in this part of the Wasatch Back is common.  Spotting moose on the trails is one thing but in Park City, they’re often seen wandering up Swede Alley or grazing in the round-about on Deer Valley Drive.  Some of Utah’s wildlife experts are keeping watch on the moose that inhabit the region from Parley’s Canyon to Duchesne.  

The Extell Development Company out of New York City has closed on the 23-hundred acre mountain parcel of Mayflower – paving the way for an expansion of the Deer Valley Resort. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.