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With the dry fall weather and lingering warm days and nights, there are a number of ski resorts postponing openings.  Ski Utah’s President, Nathan Rafferty is hoping the predicted drop in temperatures will set snow making in motion for Utah’s ski resorts this week.  Carolyn Murray has more

PC Rotary Club Kicks Off the Giving Tree Auction

Nov 17, 2016
Cathy King - photo by Ben Pieper

Park City’s Giving Tree Festival is kicking off its second annual event Friday with a different format, and its all about raising money for local nonprofits. KPCW’s Melissa Allison brings us the story.

Park City Mountain has moved its opening day from this Friday, November 18, to November 26, 2016.  The full statement from the resort is below:


Park City Mountain Announces Update to the Start of the 2016-17 Season

PARK CITY, Utah. — Nov. 14, 2016 — Park City Mountain announced today that its opening day, originally planned for Friday, Nov. 18, will be rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 26.

City Council Talks Awards, Reports, and Olympians

Nov 14, 2016

The Park City council met on Thursday with a laundry list of items that included awards, reports and grants. KPCW’s Melissa brings us the story.

One of Park City's Own Brings His Company Home

Nov 14, 2016

The Park City Council awarded a business grant to one of Park City’s sons that will span three years. KPCW’s Melissa Allison brings us the details.

How was voter turnout in Utah this election year?  Utah's director of elections says it may top out at 80%.  In Summit County it was 85%, while Wasatch County saw 75% turnout.   But how elections officials base those percentages tells a different story.  Compared to the rest of the nation, Utah is the third-lowest state in terms of voter turnout with only 49% of the eligible voting population casting a ballot.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has more.

Click here for the U.S. Election Project website.

Using alcohol is sometimes considered a right of passage with teenagers but Steven Wright, representing Parents Empowered, says it has irreversible, adverse effects on children’s brains. Parents who want to know more about this research should attend the Lunch and Learn sponsored by Valley Behavioral Health, scheduled for November 16 at the School District Offices.    KPCW’s Carolyn Murray has more.  

Three Park City School Board seats were up for re-election this season. District two and three will be vacated by Tania Knauer and Nancy Garrison. However, Phil Kaplan, ultimately ran unopposed when his opponent dropped out of the race last month. Carolyn Murray has more on school board election results. 

On our last "Utah Politics Now" broadcast for 2016, co-hosts Leslie Thatcher and Renai Bodley talk to Mark Thomas, Utah Elections Director, about voter turnout.  Then a panel of political analysts breaks down Election 2016:  Morgan Lyon Cotti, Program Manager, Hinckley Institute of Politics, Carol McNamara, Director, Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics, and Bryan Schott, Managing Editor of UtahPolicy.com.  

Summit County Needs More Mental Health Professionals

Nov 9, 2016

A new nonprofit called Connect Summit County is looking to bridge the gap between people who need mental health support and programs that provide it by creating the first ever provider directory on it's new website. KPCW's Melissa Allison has more.