Summit County

Oakley City

One of Summit County’s major events every summer is the Oakley Rodeo. The 83rd annual edition is running this year from the 4th until Saturday the 7th. Oakley Mayor Wade Woolstenhulme said all the dates are sold out for one of the most renowned rodeos in the country.

Mayor Woolstenhulme said that at this point, they have plans for a professional firework show every night of the rodeo

   Park City council honored Hugh Daniels last week, as he retired after 11 years as the city’s emergency manager.

Daniels, also a former City Council Member, says he ran an operation that basically had the slogan “Plan for the Best, Expect the Worst.”

In an interview last week with KPCW, Daniels recalled that he came to Park City in 1983, opening the first full-time bed and breakfast in town, the Old Miners Lodge.

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Summit County’s recorder has resigned. That means there could be a contest for an elected county position on this November’s ballot.

This year, two Summit County council members and four elected department heads, filed for re-election.   

The candidates drew no opposition, so there’s no contest for those positions this November.

But now County Recorder Mary Ann Trussell has resigned, as of July 1st.

Last week, the County Council passed a Resolution honoring her for her service.

Summit County Sheriff Deputies are seeking a hit-and-run driver who drove through a construction zone last week and knocked down a worker.

An incident report said officers responded to a call on Thursday, the 28th, shortly before 4:00 pm to the Blackstone Drive area, located between White Pine Canyon Road and the Canyons Resort.

Witnesses said the driver of a newer-model black Range Rover became upset driving through the construction, and made threats. The man knocked down a worker who was standing next to his vehicle, and fled.

Voting in Primary Elections in Utah can be confusing unless you affiliate with either the Republican or Democratic Party.  The Vote by Mail system has proven to increase participation but there are still substantial numbers of registered voters who don’t cast a Primary Ballot due to the decisions made by the Republican State Party along with the County Clerks who decide which ballots are sent out.  Carolyn Murray has this:

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The new 400 space parking lot at Ecker Hill is making good progress while improvements to the interstate exits leading to that lot won’t get started in earnest till next year. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Summit County Public Works Director Derek Radke has worked for more than a decade to get the improvements done at the Pinebrook and Jeremy Ranch exits off Interstate 80. Meanwhile the Kilby Road improvements have been on the to-do list for less than a year.

Courtesy of Utah Open Lands

Utah Open Lands aims to raise $6 million by this December to preserve the 19-acre Snow Ranch Pastures in the Thaynes area of Park City.

Open Lands director Wendy Fisher told KPCW that if it happens, it will be thanks to local citizens, the area’s business community, and the long-time ranching family that owns the property. 

The pastures property, which is within city limits, has one-third-acre zoning, which could potentially mean up to 57 units. The value of the land is set at $17 million.

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The Summit County council  Wednesday approved a Resolution  stating that their preferred option for an improvement along the Highway 224 corridor; would be Bus Rapid Transit lanes on both sides of the highway.

The vote just moves a study of 224 to the next step.

One council member, Roger Armstrong, said he’d like to take a step back, and see how they can make the bus system more efficient, and more accessible to riders.

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The Summit County Council Wednesday voted to approve this year’s recommendations for Restaurant Tax funding. In the end, they decided not to reconsider a couple of applications that got zero funding—one of those being Park City Municipal’s request for Fourth of July activities.

The Citizens Advisory Committee for Restaurant Tax had turned down Park City, which had asked for $185,000 over two years for the Fourth of July—and also the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History which asked for $85,000 to stabilize the Thaynes Conveyor.

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      The Summit County Council Wednesday voted to implement two new transit tax levies.    They also acknowledged that for them—and just about everybody else in the county—deciding for or against has been a quandary.  

After a prolonged discussion, the county council voted for the so-called “Fourth Quarter’ tax—amounting to .25 percent, and the “Fifth Quarter” of .2 percent.