State of Utah Announces New COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines

October 15, 2020

On Tuesday October 13, Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced a new framework of public health guidelines and restrictions intended to curtail the spread of COVID-19. This new approach replaces the previous “color-coded” phased guidelines, and it applies restrictions on a county-by-county basis based upon new case rates, test positivity rates, and ICU utiliziation. The new restrictions went into effect today for individuals and will be in effect October 18th for businesses

Click here to visit the Utah Coronavirus Website, and click here to view the new guidelines, and click here to view the order that implements the new guidlines.

Public Meeting about the Alta Community Center Feasibility Study

October 8, 2020

Join the Town of Alta and Ennead Architects for a virtual public meeting on October 15th from 5:00-7:00 PM to learn about progress toward a vision, program, and preliminary design concepts for the future Town of Alta Community Center. The meeting will take place on the Zoom online meeting platform. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and answering your questions. We’ll be joined by Contour Group who will speak briefly summarizing their avalanche analysis.

For more information on the community center project, visit www.altacommunitycenter.com, and see below for information about how to participate in next weeks Zoom meeting.

Zoom information:
October 15, 2020 5:00 – 7:00 PM MST
https://zoom.us/j/96933169600?pwd=RitxWGNONE1PMnplc1N6Rk55RUttdz09

Meeting ID: 969 3316 9600 Passcode: 578745

2020 Census: Please Respond From Your Alta Address!

September 3, 2020

2020 Census: Please Respond From Your Alta Address!

The Town of Alta anticipates that due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on commercial operations in Alta earlier this year, many individuals who would have responded to the 2020 Census from their Alta addresses did not do so. This could lead to an undercout of Alta’s population, and this could have numerous detrimental impacts on our community.

The Town is requesting that anyone who would have been living in Alta on April 1st of 2020, had our ski season not been truncated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, respond to the Census from your Alta address. You should also respond as a resident at your Alta address if you usually spend more time in Alta during a calendar year than you spend in any other single place. If you’ve already responded to the Census, you can submit another response, and the Census Bureau may follow up to ask you to delete your previous response.

You can respond to the Census online here; make sure to obtain your Alta address prior to logging in: https://my2020census.gov/

Please contact Chris Cawley, Town of Alta Census Coordinator, if you have any questions, at cell phone number 603-731-8074.

Stage 1 Fire Restriction In Effect on Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

August 17, 2020

A Stage 1 Fire Restriction is in effect on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest until further notice. Under the restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campgrounds. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles, buildings, in developed campgrounds, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material. Using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed in areas that are clear of flammable materials. Further restrictions may be applied as conditions change.

04-19-458 Signed Stage 1 Fire Restricion Order
04-19-458 Fire Restriction Map
Fire Restrictions News Release

Unified Fire Authority “Chipper Day” Week of August 10th

August 6, 2020

The Unified Fire Authority (UFA) Wildland Fire Fuels Crew will be in Alta the week of August 10th to provide the services of a woodchipper to process piles of excess wildfire fuels collected from properties in Alta. Property owners must notify Chris Cawley at Ccawley@townofalta.com that they will have a pile for chipping, and the pile must be ready for chipping by 7 AM on Monday August 10th. Click here for a brochure from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands with instructions for how to build piles; please note that UFA’s chipper can process logs up to 15″ in diameter. Click here for a brochure from UFA with instructions for preparing your property for wildfires, and a QR code you can use to track hours you’ve spent mitigating fire hazard on your property; this can help the Town apply for hazard mitigation grant funding.

July 30, 2020

UDOT and other agencies will complete several construction projects on SR 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon between August and November 2020, including:

–High-T Interesctions in three locations near Alta and Snowbird
–Continued work to repair damage to the roadway resulting from historic mudslides in August 2019
–Construction of a merge lane from the mouth of the canyon east to the intersection with Wasatch Resort road
–Construction of a parking lot serving recreation visitors in the lower canyon in the “Grit Mill” area

For graphics depicting project areas and more information, visit the UDOT Cottonwoods website.

Salt Lake County Health Department Issues Special Order Requiring Face Coverings

June 26, 2020

On Friday, June 26th, the Salt Lake County Health Department issued a special order related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The order provides that any individual within Salt Lake County who is age two and over and able to medically or psychologically tolerate a face covering shall be required to wear a face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth in public areas where consistent social distancing of at least six feet is not possible, reasonable, or prudent. The order is effective as of June 26. Click here to read the order and click here for additional Salt Lake County and State of Utah Guidance.

Salt Lake County Small Business Impact Grant program

June 16, 2020

Salt Lake County is offering $40 million to businesses within the county that have not been able to access assistance from other COVID-19 related funding opportunities. This funding was provided to Salt Lake County by the Federal Government under the CARES Act. Key SBIG program eligibility requirements include:

• Businesses must have been operating prior to Jan. 1, 2020
• Businesses must have fewer than 100 employees
• Business must have been directly impacted due to the Public Health Orders; a list of industries eligible is available at slco.org/covid-19/economy/grants
• Businesses must not have already received financial aid through federal, state, or local COVID-19 programs funded through the CARES Act

For more information about the opportunity and to apply, visit https://slco.org/covid-19/economy/grants/