Sean Higgins

Following last week’s dump truck crash at the Marsac Avenue and Deer Valley Drive roundabout, Park City government is stepping up the enforcement of brake inspection rules on the road and exploring alternate routes into the city for truck drivers.

 

Park City Chamber/Bureau

The community group Future Park City hosted a city council candidate forum this week ahead of the August 10th primary.

 

There are eight candidates vying for two city council seats in Park City this year. That field will be reduced to four after a primary on August 10th. With so many names -- some well-known in the community, and others new -- Tuesday’s community candidate forum was a chance for the hopefuls to introduce themselves to the public in their own words.

 

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Park City High School

Masks will not be required in schools when classes begin later this month as Utah schools and the state board of education are banned from requiring them for in-person learning or gathering on school campuses under state law passed in May.

 

Local schools still plan to contact trace and test to stay, if necessary. 

 

Lana Wilson

COVID-19 hit Park City early in 2020 – right as 100,000 visitors were flying home from the Sundance Film Festival to points around the globe. In the weeks after the festival, Park City briefly had the highest per capita rate of COVID cases in the country.

Festival organizers are planning for a healthier outcome next time around. Festival Director Tabitha Jackson announced this week that vaccines will be required for everyone attending the 2022 festival in any capacity.

The next festival runs January 20-30, 2022.

KPCW News

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) on Tuesday released recommendations for K-12 schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Utah Department of Health recommends local health departments and schools use what it calls a layered prevention approach, including encouraging vaccination and mask-wearing.

According to Dr. Michelle Hofmann, deputy director of the state health department, doing so can help minimize the disruptions of COVID-19 on schools while maximizing opportunities for children to participate in in-person learning and extracurricular activities.

On today's Local News Hour: 

(03:56) - Sean Higgins reports on Frontline Caregivers Feeling “Frustrated and Overwhelmed” as COVID-19 Hospitalizations Surge.

(07:52) - Vice Presidents of Development for Extell Utah, Kurt Krieg and Brooke Hontz have an update on the Mayflower Mountain Resort construction.

(28:49) - Co-Founder of the Park City Chamber Music Society Leslie Harlow has details on the chamber music series at the Eccles Center starting Sunday.

(37:53) - Wanship Residents Cleaning Up After Weekend's Heavy Rain

(40:49) - Summit Community Garden Executive Director Sloane Johnson has a gardens update.


James Hoyt

The Summit County council meets Wednesday afternoon into the evening for a lengthy session tackling the Highland Flats housing development and a proposed ordinance to regulate private campgrounds.

Review of the proposed Highland Flats housing development is part of the council’s work session, which begins at 2:30.  Action items start at 4:30 p.m. and then the public hearing portion of the meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Crowds at popular outdoor spots around Summit and Wasatch counties have grown dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic, and the increased use is putting stress on the land and parking lots.

 

  

In the past year and a half, the outdoors has become unprecedentedly popular.

“During COVID, we saw statewide a 300% increase in recreational use,” said Wendy Fisher, Utah Open Lands executive director.

Her land trust works to preserve natural areas, including the Bonanza Flat Conservation Area.

Ellie Fischer

The Arts Festival runs this weekend from August 6th to 8th, and while it will be a little smaller than previous years - and no beer garden - organizers said it's got plenty to offer.

 

Kimball Art Center Executive Director Aldy Miliken and Events Manager Hilary Gilson shared details with KPCW about COVID-19 protocols, registration requirements.

 

As a COVID-19 precaution, they’ve reduced invited artists by 10%, reduced the number of food and drink vendors, and eliminated the beer garden at Miners Park.

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As COVID-19 continues its surge in Utah this week with over 82% of statewide ICU beds in use, hospital workers are expressing frustration with low vaccination rates among the people getting sick.

 

The Utah Department of Health announced 728 new statewide COVID-19 infections Tuesday, bringing the state’s rolling seven-day average of new cases to 877 per day, its highest rate since February 15th.

 

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