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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Utah Avalanche Center

The high pressure is finally breaking down and snow showers are expected this weekend. While that’s good news for the ski resorts, the conditions in the backcountry will become dangerous – even deadly.

Since the first snow of the season has fallen,  there have been a lot of sunny days and a lot of clear, cold nights. What that’s done to the snowpack, according to Utah Avalanche Forecaster Trent Meisenheimer, is created the first condition for avalanche.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 03:02) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report  with Greg Gagne.

( 06:18) Heber City Council Member Ryan Stack has an update on the NVOZ – The North Village Overlay Zone - and the special meeting held on Wednesday. 

( 20:32)Park City Councilmember Steve Joyce has a recap of last night's meeting.

( 34:10) Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation CEO Colin Hilton has details on phase two of the UOP expansion and some UOP/OIympic happenings.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:24) Summit County Council Member Glenn Wright recaps Wednesday's meeting.

( 16:44) South Summit School District Superintendent Shad Sorenson is leaving the district to pursue a new opportunity. He is joined by the interim Superintendent Steven Hirase.

( 31:21) Youth Sports Alliance Programs Director Heather Sims has an update on youth sports.

On today's Local News Hour:

(08:51) - USA Nordic Executive Director Bill Demong has details on this weekend's FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Solider Hollow.

(22:08) -  Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting, including an update on the city’s financial situation.

(38:14) - Summit County Health Dept. Director Rich Bullough has the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 05:17) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

( 20:42) Park City Planner Rebecca Ward and Affordable Housing Manger Jason Glidden have a preview of Wednesday's Park City planning commission meeting.

( 33:58) Summit Land Conservancy Outreach and Education Director Caitlin Willard and Conservational Director and Counsel Kate Sattelmeier discuss open space issues.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 4:36) House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake City talks about COVID-19 mitigation efforts in Utah in the midst of increasing cases and previews the 2021 legislative session.

( 20:58) U.S. Ski and Snowboard Update with Communications Director Andrew Gauthier.

( 32:39)Executive Director of Christian Center of Park City Rob Harter has an update on the services the organization offers.

The Salt Lake City Olympic committee was formed earlier this year – and had met once in February just before the pandemic started. The team is back to business.

Swaner Preserve and Eco Center

In late September, a number of trees on the Swaner Preserve were cut down. These trees are part of the ongoing restoration at the preserve and serve as habitat for nesting birds, forage for elk and deer and also dampen sound and light pollution away from the Preserve.

The Swaner EcoCenter and Preserve have put the word out on their social media channels asking whoever might be responsible for the damage to step forward. Executive Director Nell Larsen says whoever cut the trees had to jump over a fence with the equipment to do so.

"Uncle Frank" premiered at Sundance 2020. This top notch cast tells a unique and emotional story you won't want to miss. Here's Barb Bretz with your Holiday Film Review.

Alan Ball, writer/director of "Uncle Frank," has received well-deserved acclaim for the Academy award winning American Beauty screenplay and TV series Six Feet Under and True Blood. Sundance audiences received this newest project with laughter, tears and standing ovation applause.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:31) Salt Lake City Olympic Committee Chair Cindy Crane talks about ramping up the planning for the 2030 or 2034 Winter Olympics in Utah.

( 19:07) Summit Council Member Kim Carson has a re-cap for this week's meeting.

( 35:26) Park City Historic Alliance Executive Director Alison Kuhlow with an update from last week's board meeting.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 03:38) Park City Mountain Resort Chief Operating Officer Mike Goar has details on how the opening weekend went and a look ahead at the season.

( 20:15) Outgoing Park City Board of Realtors President William Winstead and Incoming President Mark Jacobsen have a look at the first three quarters of 2020 and a look ahead at 2021.

( 35:23) Kimball Art Center Ex. Director Alday Miliken and Development Manager Jaimie Mitchell has details about the center's virtual fundraiser/auction. 

On today's Local News Hour:  

( 03:34) Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for today’s special county council meeting.

( 19:06) U.S. Ski and Snowboard Update with Lara Carlton.

( 35:59) Musicians Tanya Taylor and Diego Brazuca have details about their upcoming album DIVERSITY: A Holiday Celebration.

Park City Community Foundation

As the second employee hired to the Park City Community Foundation, Ex. Director Katie Wright says she’s ready to do something new and will spend the next several months moving that transition forward.

Katie Wright has been with the Park City Community Foundation since its inception 13 years ago. She has served half of that time as Executive Director.

She says it’s a job she loves and is now looking forward to doing something else to make a difference in the issues she’s most passionate about – justice, equity, and climate change.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:04) Charlie Sturgis with this weeks Mountain Trails Report.

( 02:44) Robert Schmidt from PEG Companies with an update on their plans for the base of Park City Mountain Resort.

( 18:43) Park City Mayor Andy Beerman has a recap of last night's meeting.

( 38:53) National Ability Center Development Director Carey Cusimano has details on those who were named Heroes as part of the NAC's Salute Your Hero event.

Tania Knauer

Per the agreement with Vail Resorts, the popular Rob’s trail in the Sun Peak neighborhood is closed and those who park at the trailhead will be cited. 

With the majority of Rob’s Trail located on property leased by Vail Resorts, the ski company closes the trail during the winter months due to safety concerns.