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When Utah Representative Kraig Powell withdrew from his re-election campaign Wednesday night, his main challengers suddenly found themselves shifting gears.  Powell, a Republican,  says he will not endorse anyone vying for his seat.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has reaction from the candidates.


 Wasatch County Democrats have two candidates running for the four open County Council seats.  The chairwoman of the party says it's hard to recruit people to run for office, calling it an "uphill battle".  KPCW's Renai Bodley has more:  

The controversial Treasure Mountain Project is back on Park City's Planning Commission agenda after a nearly six year hiatus.   Pat Sweeney, one of the three brothers who own half the development, says the project hit every target Park City Council set for the development, and "not just the target, but the bullseye."   He says the project will be 150,000 sq ft of development above ground on a five million sq ft property, so there will be plenty of "honest to goodness" open space on the land above Old Town.

State Rep. Kraig Powell – one of two republicans in a primary for State house Seat 54 announced yesterday ( Wednesday) on Facebook that he is dropping out from the race. In a short statement, Powell  wrote, "To spare our wonderful community from the divisiveness of what could be a very contentious campaign, I have withdrawn from my House race," He went on to wish the remaining candidates the best of luck in the upcoming election.

The remaining candidates are republican newcomer Tim Quinn and the former chairman of the Wasatch County Democratic Party Rudy Kohler.


The Summit County Democratic Party met Saturday and delegates decided they will not have a primary for the one inner-party contest they were considering.  They chose Doug Clyde to run for County Council Seat B, giving him 66 percent of the vote over the other contender, Sean Wharton.  KPCW's Rick Brough has more:

The Snyderville Planning Commission Tuesday night didn't come to a decision about a request for vested rights on three lots in lower Silver Creek.   Commission Chair Bea Peck said it was difficult deciding what was basically a quasi-legal question, since the background facts go back over fifty years.  KPCW's Rick Brough has more:

Courtesy Wasatch County Republican Party

Thursday night was a big night for Wasatch County Republicans.   All three contested county council races will go to a primary election in June.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has more:

Park City Fire District

The Coalition Lodge caught fire Thursday evening, and the investigation revealed faulty construction.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has more:

Park City Mountain Resort COO Bill Rock says the wrong information was on the resort's website.  The price of a day pass next season will not be as high as previously posted.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has more:

The Summit County Health Department is putting some bite in its bark when it comes to dogs at restaurant patios.   KPCW's Renai Bodley has the story:

Here is a link to the Summit County Health Department webpage that lists the "pooch-friendly" restaurants.