Michelle Deininger

Managing Editor

Michelle, who joined KPCW in 2021, arrived in Utah in 2018 by way of Massachusetts, where the skiing was icy and the mosquitoes formidable. A former daily newspaper reporter and editor (at the Visalia Times-Delta in California) and columnist (at The Cohasset Mariner in MA), Michelle has been a newshound, writer and editor for decades. She holds a journalism degree from CSU Fresno and has worked as a journalist, freelance writer and web content creator, reporting extensively on education and youth along with plenty of general assignment and breaking news. 

The role of community journalism in educating and informing the citizenry and saving the world from disinformation keeps her up at night. Thinking about her next cooking project or camping expedition also keeps her up at night. The dog keeps her up at night too. She’s a night owl.  

Associated Press

Should Park City host another Winter Olympic games?  Candidates for Park City Mayor tackled that question at a debate Monday, hosted by KPCW, the Park Record, the Park City Chamber, and The Park City Community Foundation.  

Current City Council member Nann Worel said she was not in Park City for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and she’s hearing from residents who WERE in town at the time, that they’re not eager for the games to return.

Utah Department of Health

Summit County has moved to a high level of transmission for COVID-19, and doctors say the numbers don't look as good as they did earlier in the week.

Just one week ago, Summit County moved to a moderate level of transmission, but by Friday it joined 25 other Utah counties at the high level. The three remaining counties, Rich, Daggett and Piute, have a low level of transmission.

Melani Glassman

During the COVID shutdown, Parkite Melani Glassman had time on her hands and was feeling useless. She heard about conditions on the Navajo reservation in southern Utah, and was horrified.

The health disparities she learned of – along with living conditions far different than most Americans enjoy – struck her.

Those problems are far from new – but she said the pandemic highlighted them.


Park City Police officers worked with Utah Highway Patrol to inspect large trucks this week, seeking to reduce traffic hazards created by faulty brakes and other violations.

Police and highway patrol spent four hours in the Deer Valley Snow Park Lodge parking lot Tuesday. They weren’t just waiting for trucks to happen by – spotters were stationed at typical thoroughfares used by trucks. Those officers pulled trucks over and escorted them to the inspection area.

Utah Fire Info

A small brush fire that started yesterday in Pinon Canyon, with smoke visible from Oakley, is still burning, but under control and not threatening any structures. 

As of midday Tuesday, two South Summit Fire Department crews were working on the fire in the right fork of Pinon Canyon above Oakley.

South Summit Fire commissioner Kent Leavitt said the fire has burned about two acres and did not grow much overnight. It’s considered under control, but Leavitt said helicopter assistance is coming later today.

Anchor Point Film

Female firefighters battle more than flames.

The documentary Anchor Point, which screens Thursday night at the Santy, is the work of local filmmaker Holly Tuckett. It shares stories of the sexism that women firefighters encounter in the field - and how some are fighting back and changing the culture.

After a 35-year career in firefighting, Kelly Martin retired from her role as chief of fire and aviation for Yosemite National Park and turned her attention to another fight – the fight for safety, respect, and equality for women working in the industry.

Thomas Purcell

One of the four candidates for city council in Park City has dropped out of the race,  just days before ballots are mailed to voters.

Thomas Purcell sent an email to Park City Recorder Michelle Kellogg Monday afternoon, saying he had to end his campaign. Purcell's email stated "ongoing issues with my health (back), and personal commitments will not allow me to be a competent candidate for office." Purcell added he looked forward to being involved in city poltics in the future.

On today's Local News Hour

( 2:47 ) Rick Brough's report on Park City resident and former City Council candidate Michael Franchek filing a federal lawsuit against Park City and four officers.

( 7:10) Following a year off, the annual Park City Ski Swap will be back with a room full of gear again early next month as Ben Lasseter reports.

( 9:58) Utah State University Extension horticulturist Megan Lewis.

( 20:34) Filmmaker Holly Tuckett talks about her new film "Anchor Point" being show on Thursday at the Santy Auditorium. She is joined by Kelly Martin, retired Chief of Fire and Aviation for Yosemite.

( 36:26) Executive Director of Christian Center of Park City Rob Harter has an update on the services the organization offers.

( 46:59) Google Maps will soon launch a new feature that shows the location of active wildfires as MWNB Madelyn Beck reports.

Associated Press

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises drivers planning travel to Salt Lake City International Airport this weekend that the ramp from westbound I-80 to the airport will be closed. The ramp is scheduled to close Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m., and is expected to reopen by Monday, Oct. 4, at 4 a.m.

During the closure, airport travelers will need to use alternate routes to access the airport, including I-215 and Bangerter Highway. The airport access from the northbound I-215 ramp to westbound I-80 will remain open.


Summit County reported a new COVID-19 death Thursday. A woman between 65-84 years old who was hospitalized at the time of her death has died of the virus. That brings the number of Summit County residents who have died of COVID to 18.

Tupelo Park City

The stoves will heat up again at the former Adolph’s Restaurant on Kearns Blvd.

Maggie Alvarez and Matt Harris, the duo behind RIME Seafood and Raw Bar at Deer Valley’s St. Regis and Afterword in Heber, announced Tuesday that they’ll take over that space and bring the city an updated and relocated version of Tupelo, their former Main Street fine dining restaurant.

The two weren’t immediately available to comment, but said in an announcement that they hope to open before the start of the winter season.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 3:50) High School Football update from Kyle Maguire for all the teams along the Wasatch back 

( 7:31) Nate Heggy of MWNB with a story about the new hunting laws that will drastically reduce the Wolf population in the Mountain West.

( 8:50) Ginger Wicks Executive Director of the Historic Park City Alliance talks about the summer business levels on Main St. Park City.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 2:55)  Mountain Trails Foundation weekly report with Executive Director Lora Smith.

( 5:11) Rick Brough's report on the Public comment to the Summit County Council Wednesday which supported the proposed open space bond, for up to $50 million.

( 9:35) Judge Richard Mrazik discusses jury duty snafus

( 25:06) Park City Councilor Steve Joyce has a recap of Tuesday's retreat and last night's meeting.

Vail Resorts, owner of Park City Mountain, announced Thursday it plans to replace the Eagle Lift and Silverlode Lift for the 2022 – 2023 ski season.

The Eagle Lift is currently a triple chair at the base of the resort, next to the First Time Lift.  Vail plans to change it to a high-speed six-person chair lift with a new mid-station. Vail claims the new lift will significantly reduce crowding and wait times.

Photo credit Brasilia Medinat

Summit County Sheriff identified the two people in the car that crashed on US 40 after a high-speed chase yesterday morning. Daisha Reynolds, 19, of Salt Lake City, was ejected from the car when it rolled over and died at the scene.

The driver was Charles Caster, 22, also of Salt Lake City. He is in critical condition and was airlifted to a hospital after the crash. The incident is being investigated by the state Attorney General’s office, West Valley Police Department, Park City Police Department, and the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner.