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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ARUP Laboratories

ARUP Laboratories  reports it began COVID-19 antibody testing this week for the University of Utah and the Intermountain Healthcare system. But getting the test could take some time.


  The Utah Department of Health updated its newest COVID-19 numbers. There are 2,303 confirmed cases statewide, up 97 from Saturday.

Summit County has 304 cases, an increase of four from Saturday and 25 patients remain hospitalized.

Wasatch County has 103 confirmed cases, up five from Saturday. Five remain hosptialized. 

UDOH says 44,234 people have been tested to date.


Intermountain Healthcare has created two COVID-19 Response Teams that will deploy to New York City this week. This is in response to hundreds of Intermountain clinicians expressing interesting in helping states facing major surges in COVID-10 cases and experiencing severe staffing shortages.

Intermountain has partnered with two hospitals, both located in the New York City area.


The Utah Department of Health updated its newest COVID-19 numbers. There are 2,206 confirmed cases statewide, up 104 from Friday.

Summit County has 300 cases, an increase of four from Friday and 25 patients have been hospitalized.

Wasatch County has 98 confirmed cases, up two from Friday. Five have been hosptialized. Wasatch County reported its first death related to COVID-19 on Friday, a male in his 60s. 

UDOH says 42,546 people have been tested to date.

Deer Valley Resort

As the mountain resort industry remains at a standstill due to COVID-19, Alterra Mountain Company – the owner of Deer Valley Resort - has made adjustments to maintain its financial viability, resulting in the furlough of nearly 300 employees.

In a recent internal memo to all Alterra staff, CEO Rusty Gregory wrote that while the company is well capitalized and maintains a very high level of liquidity to help get through difficult times, this situation is unprecedented.

Park City Restaurant Association Ex. Director Ginger Wick announces that this summer’s Savor the Summit is cancelled. She also has an update on how Park City area restaurants are doing being able to offer only take out. Park City Council member Tim Henney with a recap from yesterday's meeting looking at the $4 million budget deficit and Cada Domingo Host Jorge Rodriguez talks about the COVID-19 coverage he is providing on Cada Domingo every Sunday night.

Summit County Council Member Doug Clyde has a recap of Wednesday’s meeting when the council took a hard look at how to make up an estimated $4-million budget shortfall. Newly hired Park City Municipal Deputy City Managers Sarah Pearce and David Everitt discuss their new roles and Youth Sports Alliance Executive Director Emily Fisher has an update on youth sports and how clubs are preparing for the known of whether summer camps will be held – which are a large part of their summer income.


Utah State Parks is implementing a new system to protect their staff and make sure those using the parks are authorized to be there.

A new pre-pay option allows visitors to pay their park day-use fee online prior to visiting a state park. Those purchasing a pre-paid day use pass online will also be asked to verify they are a resident of the county where the state park is located.


In addition to entertaining a 3 year old during the COVID-19 stay at home days, Park City’s Ted Ligety and his wife Mia, are preparing for the arrival of twins this summer.

Ligety says their fraternal twins are expected in July and it’s an interesting time to be pregnant during the days of the coronavirus.

Cindy Kaiser

Another event many were looking forward to this summer was cancelled Friday – The Tour of Utah.

With commitments to hold the 16th annual Tour of Utah coming up in the next two months, the organizer of the Tour, The Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment Group, decided it only made sense to pull the plug now.

John Kimball, the Tour’s Managing Director told KPCW it was a tough decision, but a smart one, given the uncertainly of the COVID-19 pandemic. He says there are a lot of people looking forward to getting back to a new normal this summer…

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough with an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and likely extension of the health orders, with some modifications. Olympic Gold Medalist and Co-Founder of Shred Ted Ligety has details about U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s efforts to collect goggles for a program known as Goggles for Doctors. He also reports that he and his wife Mia are expecting twins this summer. He is joined by US Ski and Snowboard Communications Manager Lara Carlton.

If you were confused about all of the dates coming out from Summit County's various health orders – the County Board of Health has simplified things. 

At its meeting Monday night, the Summit County Board of Health voted to align the expiration date of all three existing Health Orders related to COVID-19 with the expiration date of May 1st.

The Public Health Emergency Order signed on March 12th was also extended to May 1st. Aside from the expiration date, no other changes were made to any order.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. Cheryl Fox, Director of Summit Land Conservancy, has an update on their bi-annual breakfast fundraiser: BYOB (Bring Your Own Bacon). Everyone one is invited to attend from the comfort of their own home. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson has an update on how the city is working to get Planning Commission meetings set up remotely by the April 22nd meeting and Salt Lake Climbers Alliance Executive Director Julia Geisler talks

KPCW General Manager Renai Miller and Reporters David Boyle and Emily Means talk about how KPCW has had to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and instituted remote work spaces and limiting the number of staff and volunteers who typically access the KPCW studios. Park City Community Foundation Director Katie Wright has an update about the benefits nonprofit organizations can receive by applying for benefits from the stimulus bill.

Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt has the latest on development projects in the county and how the department is dealing with the COVID-19 restrictions. National Ability Center CEO Kevin Stickleman has an update about how the COVID-198 situation is impacting the NAC community and how they're responding with virtual events and providing lodging for medical professionals and Park City High School teachers Steve Cuttitta and Megan McKenna along with Wasatch High Teacher Carrie Bala talk about what it's like to teach from home since schools were closed three weeks ago.