Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Her 26 years at KPCW has given her depth and insight, guiding her as she asks local leaders and citizens the questions on everyone’s minds during the live interviews of the Local News Hour.

As KPCW's News Director, she has the pulse of the community and an unmatched range of contacts that allows the station to cover everything going on in town, from increased school taxes and water rates to personal achievements and community-wide victories. When she's not sussing out the next story, you'll see her face at many Park City events, as well as on the ski hill and mountain trails.

In 2016, Leslie was honored as the Park City Rotary Club's Professional Citizen of the Year and served as Grand Marshall of the Miner Day parade.

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On today’s program, the former CEO of the National Ability Center Gail Barille and Interim CEO Kevin Stickleman talk about the change in leadership. Olympian and Founder of Picabo Street Academy, Picabo Street, discusses the program her academy offers for students needing a nontraditional education schedule. Summit County Health Dept.

On today’s program, Heber City Manager Matt Brower talks about his move to Utah to take the new Heber City Manager position. Assistant Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting. Park City High School Principal Roger Arbabi talks about priorities for the start of the school year and the outcomes of the team retreat he attended in Midway last week. And KPCW General Manager Renai Bodley invites the community to Friday's Back Alley Bash and has details about next week's summer pledge drive.

Local News Hour - August 14, 2018

Aug 15, 2018

On the Local News Hour, Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter talks about the HLP board meeting. Utah United Party Candidate Eric Eliason talks about his campaign and whether he will be included in the statewide debate October 17.  Summit County Fair Director Travis English with a recap of this year’s county fair and county historian Navee Vernon talks about the Ledges, Coalville’s little know historic site.

On today’s program, President of the Park City Board of Realtors Todd Anderson discusses the stats from the 2nd quarter of 2018.  Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber has details about tomorrow's Truth in Taxation hearing 6 pm. The Park City School Board is scheduled to increase taxes by $5.6 million -  more than 13% from last year’s budget.

The Sheffert family made the move to Park City last month – that’s not unusual – people move here all the time. For the Sheffert’s though, Park City is just one of three moves the family plans to make in the next year and a half in order to find the community they want to call home.  Leslie Thatcher has more.

Local News Hour - August 10, 2018

Aug 10, 2018

On today’s program, South Summit Superintendent of Schools Shad Sorenson and Business Administrator Kip Bigelow have details on next Tuesday’s Truth in Taxation hearing. Prospector Square Property Owners Association President Marlene O'Hara and new Executive Director Craig Dennis discuss the Prospector Square Improvements.

Heber City has hired a new manager to replace Mark Anderson who left the position following last year's election.

Heber City's new manager Mark Brower comes to the Heber Valley with 15 years of experience. His most recent position was as city manager of Lincoln City, CA with a population of nearly 50-thousand residents near the Sacramento area. Prior to that he has held leadership positions in Georgia, Florida and Santa Clara, Utah.

On today’s program, Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong has a recap of Wednesday's meeting. Park City Planning Commission Chair Melissa Band has an update about last night's meeting.

Sally Elliott

Local volunteers are having to spend time and money to remove garbage and graffiti from historic mine sites. 

Late last month, Sally Elliott the co-found of Friends of Ski Mining History joined a dozen others at the Alliance Mine building—located in Empire Canyon—at the very top of Daly Avenue, just past the water tower. In addition, Mountain Trails Foundation brought up a water truck and a high-pressure power washer to clean off the graffiti from the outside walls of the historic building. Elliot says they were surprised by the mess.

Local News Hour - August 8, 2018

Aug 8, 2018

 On today’s program, Wasatch Fire District Chief Ernie Giles and Fire Warden Troy Morgan have an update on the cost estimates for fighting the Dollar Ridge Fire that started in Wasatch County in early July. They also have details about the new methods the state legislature implemented to spread containment costs throughout the state. Park City Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen talks about the Tour of Utah impacts on Park City. Summit County Health Educator Katie Wilson and Park City Hospital spokeswoman Jenny Johnson have details about next week’s Farmers Market.