Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning.  Leslie has been at KPCW since 1990 and her years at KPCW have 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.

The Park City Board of Realtors also honored Leslie with its 2018 Community Service Award for "asking the questions on everyone's mind."

Ways to Connect

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:34) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 19:40)  HKS Archtects Emir Tursic & Tommy Zakrzewski talk about the architectural changes and sustainability details of the PCMR base project

( 36:13) Cheryl Fox - Director of Summit Land Conservancy with this months open space issues update.

Michael Steel

The Park City Rotary Club is hosting an open forum on its Facebook page Tuesday with Public Relations Specialist Michael Steel to discuss the future of the Republican party. 

It’s an open invitation by the Rotary Club for the public to tune into their Facebook page to watch the discussion with Steel Tuesday at 12:30 pm.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:27)Supervisor of the Utah Snow Survey Jordon Clayton discusses the latest dismal snowpack forecast and what it means for the upcoming summer water supply.

( 13:21) U. S. Ski and Snowboard Update with Marketing and Communications Director Andrew Gauthier.

( 34:34)  Park City Education Foundation Ex. Director Abby McNulty has an update on some of the organization’s ongoing programs.

Summit County Sheriff's Office

All week long, the forecasters at the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center cautioned you are stepping into a considerable hazard once you leave the boundaries of a patrolled ski area. Still, several human triggered avalanches were reported along the Park City ridgeline all week, ultimately ending in the death of a Clinton man.

The owners of the Colby School have put the property up for sale – after their development projects for the former school and prior to that, a bed and breakfast inn, were turned down the Summit County Council twice.

Summit County Sheriff's Office

The options  for the man sent to prison for shooting to death a  Park City bartender  nearly five years ago have ended. James Henfling who is serving a prison term of 16 years to life has unsuccessfully petitioned the state’s highest court for a new trial. 

The Utah Supreme Court has denied what’s called certiorari in the matter of State of Utah v. James Henfling.

On today's Local News Hour:

(06:13) - Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt has an update on development projects throughout the county. 

(23:35) - Park City Councilmember Nann Worel has a recap of last night's meeting.

(39:16) - Rob Bishop, 9-term congressman representing Utah's first district talks about his 18 years in Washington, accomplishments, things he wished ended differently and what he hopes to do in the future.

On today's Local News Hour:

(09:57) - Summit County Council Member Doug Clyde recaps Wednesday's meeting.

(27:33) - Lisa Yoder, departing Sustainability Coordinator and Emily Quinten, incoming Sustainability Coordinator for Summit County.

(38:44)- Terry Haven, Deputy Director with Voices For Utah children talks about Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids and Families COVID-19 Pandemic Pain report late last year.

On today's Local News Hour:

(04:50) - Heber City Council Memeber Heidi Franco talks about the public input given during yesterday's meeting regarding the North Village Overlay Zone.

(22:31) -  Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting.

(38:50) - Managing Director and CFO of Sundance Institute Betsy Wallace has details on this year's ticket sales and decision to keep the Ray Theater closed to in person screenings.

On today's Local News Hour:

(05:32) - Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

(24:12) - General Manager of Woodward Chris Gunnarson "Gunny" has details about the 2nd season.

(36:50) - Todd Hauber, PCSD Business Administrator talks about the legislatures initiative to give teacher bonuses for hardship service during COVID and the passge of Amendment G and how that will impact funding this year and in the future.

Blake Moore

Congressman Blake Moore has been sworn in as a Member of the 117th Congress to represent the First District of Utah in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Congressman Moore was joined by his wife, Jane, and his eldest son, Max, as he took the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol on Sunday.

In a prepared statement Moore said he’s grateful for the opportunity to represent Utah and he looks forward to quote, “championing aspirational, inclusive, and pro-growth ideals,” to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Park City Hospital

Just hours after the new year rang in, Summit County welcomed its first baby born at Park City Hospital.

Baby Girl Magnolia Mcgivney was born at 9:16 in the morning January 1st to her proud parents Lisa and Chris. She was delivered by Dr. Tania Bodnar, just three hours after the parents checked into the hospital. Dad Chris says it was a great experience compared to their first child – short and sweet.  He added everyone is healthy and happy.

Listen to report as it aired on KPCW 91.7

On today's Local News Hour:

( 04:45) Retired Summit County Human Resources Director Brian Bellamy talks about his last 25 years at the county. ( 18:53 ) U.S. Ski and Snowboard Update with Communications Manager Lara Carlton.  ( 35:01) Director and Therapist of Christian Center of Park City’s Counseling Center Leah Harter highlights some of the services the center offers and the increasing needs they’ve seen as a result of the pandemic.  

On today's Local News Hour:

(10:52) - Kim Carson, retiring Summit County Council Member, has her final interview as county council member. 

(25:18) - Summit County Health Deptartment Derek Moss from the Health Dept and People's Health Clinic Executive Director Beth Armstrong have details about the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Summit County. 

(39:10) - Edustaff Raymond Massey II, National Development Team Director, talks about the new staffing contract to provide substitute teachers for PCSD.


Don Sargent served as Summit County’s community development and planning director for more than five years. He now operates his own development consulting company and was hired by the city of Coalville this year to oversee the Wohali development application that was recently approved by the city council.