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."

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Park City School District / PCSD

As taxing entities head into budget season, they’re facing a lot of uncertainty as the economic impacts of the coronavirus really aren’t known. That’s also the case for the Park City Board of Education – who is also currently in salary and benefit negotiations with their staff.

With two and a half months left of this fiscal year and 98% of the tax revenues collected so far, Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber says the district is in good shape.

This year’s One Book One Community choice has been announced - and features the memoir of a former Park City resident.

The 2020 One Book One Community read is Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country. It was written by Pam Houston and published in 2019. The One Book One Community program is a partnership with Park City and Summit County libraries, along with Dolly’s Bookstore and Utah Humanities. Park City Adult Services Librarian Kate Mapp says Houston’s newest book is very appropriate for today…

Republic Services Manager of Municipal Services and Government Affairs Reece DeMille has details about a $20 million assistance program. (7:30)

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman has a preview of this morning's Council Roundtable that starts at 9. (20:20) 

Park City Summit Arts Council Ex. Director Jocelyn Scudder has details on how the arts community is trying to keep us creatively active during of isolation. (36:37)

Summit County Council Member Glenn Wright has a recap from yesterday’s meeting dealing with more budget cuts. Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber talks about the district's budget as the state legislature contemplates reworking education funding and the owner of Park City Lodging and a member of the Park City Lodging Association Rhonda Sideris has an update on how hard hit the industry has been and what the plans are to begin to re-open nightly rentals.

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough has an update on COVID-19 testing and the planned reopening of  Summit County businesses. Park City Utilities Director Clint McAfee has details on the Three Kings Water Treatment plant  and how water rates will be impacted as a result of the $160 million bond authorization and the Director of Park City Follies Paul Tan has details about how to watch the 20th anniversary COVID-19 version of the Follies this Friday night online.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting, including an update on the stabilization task force and possible budget cuts. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson has details on Wednesday's Park City Planning Commission meeting. Recycle Utah director Carolyn Wawra has an update on how the center is working with limited hours and the 50th anniversary celebration of Earth Day.

Summit County

Summit County has officially “flattened the curve” in the infection rate of COVID-19. Now, officials say it’s time to start the conversation about how we ease back into economic and social activity without losing the progress we’ve made.

Kitchen Cutters

For those of you with long hair who can go for months without a haircut - well, carry on… this story isn't for you. However, with the hair salons and barber shops closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there are an increasing number of people who are starting to fill a bit, shaggy. There is hope, however, with a new YouTube channel designed to get you back looking as good as you can, for now…

UDOT Region 3 Communications Manager Geoff Dupaix has details about a number of UDOT road projects in Wasatch County. Park City Councilmember Steve Joyce has a recap of last night's meeting and Park City Leadership Founder Myles Rademan has details about the contributions made by Leadership alumni. He also serves on the county’s task force about how we move forward from here and talks about how our resort town has bounced back after other economic hardships.

Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson has a recap of Wednesday’s meeting, where the council cut $3 million from the budget and plan to cut another $2 million more soon. National Weather Service Senior Hydrologist Brian McInerney has a look at spring runoff and what’s ahead for him as he retires from the NWS at the end of the month and Park City Film Series Director Katy Wang has details on the virtual film programming they're offering while the Jim Santy Auditorium is shuttered.

The Utah Legislature is convening a special session this week to deal with some pressing issues regarding the impacts the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the state budget and education.

The Legislature will convene in its first-ever virtual session to reexamine the state budget and address issues to meet state needs arising from the COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Healthcare is prepared to take additional steps to address the expected increase in the number of COVID-19 patients over the coming weeks – even months. That plan was announced Tuesday. 

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough talks about what they’re watching for as the county begins to consider what businesses might be able to reopen.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting, including planning efforts for our community's recovery.  Park City High School English Language Teacher Melanie Moffat has details about a new website Parkcityroscks.org. It's a community building and social distancing activity for students in the Park City School District, funded with a grant from the Park City Education Foundation.

Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation CEO Colin Hilton talks about how the Olympic venues, as well as the teams that rely on these training venues, are dealing with the shut down due to COVID-19. Rob Harter, Executive Director of Christian Center of Park City has an update about the services his organization is offering during the COVID-19 crisis and Park City Education Foundation Ex. Director Abby McNulty talks about the Express Grant Fund and how it's benefitting students and teachers as schools are closed and learning is happening remotely.