Renai Bodley Miller

General Manager

Renai Bodley Miller became General Manager of KPCW in June, 2017. Previously, she was a reporter at KPCW. Renai is a 25 year veteran of the television news business.  She was a news producer in Roanoke, VA, Richmond, VA, Miami, FL, and Washington, DC before moving to Utah in 1996 to be the Executive Producer at KSTU Fox 13.  In 1999, she was promoted to Vice President/News Director.  Under Renai’s tenure, Fox 13 expanded its news coverage from 2.5 hours to 10 hours of news a day.  She retired in July, 2015, to enjoy her new home in Park City; but she couldn’t stay out of a newsroom for long.  Less than a month later she signed on with KPCW as a reporter, and less than two years later she was promoted to General Manager when Larry Warren retired.

Renai is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Radio Television Digital News Association.  She grew up in Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in English Language and Literature. She was an inaugural fellow of the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism (1998) and has been invited back several times as a speaker and attendee.  Renai has a passion for politics and was a founding board member of the Utah Debate Commission.   She and her husband Mark consider Utah home, and enjoy playing the role of Park City tour guide for their out-of-state friends and family.

 

8:15pm Firefighters reached 80% containment of the fire by Wednesday evening. The size of the fire is unchanged at 541 acres. Crews reported rain that fell Tuesday night and scattered throughout Wednesday helped keep the fire from spreading, allowing crews to make immense progress establishing the containment line.

Great Basin Incident Management Team #4 told KPCW the unit will leave Thursday morning, and local agencies will assume command of the fire response once again.

6:55pm  The Summit County Sheriff's Office says the mandatory evacuation order has been lifted for ALL residents in Summit Park, Timberline and Upper Pinebrook as of 8pm Tuesday night.  And Fire Information Officer Jesse Bender says the Parleys Canyon Fire is now 40% contained.  No word yet on whether the fire grew Tuesday.  Bender says acreage will be assessed Wednesday morning.

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This morning, KPCW’s Renai Bodley Miller spoke with Sierra Hellstrom, Public Information Officer with the Northern Utah Interagency Type 3 Team, about the challenges firefighters face Sunday with the Parleys Canyon Fire, and why, even though conditions seem much better, Summit Park and Pinebrook residents remain under a mandatory evacuation order.

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8:40 pm: According to Utah Fire Info, the fire was 10% contained after a day spent battling. An infrared flight was requested for overnight to map today's new acreage. Summit County Sheriff's officials expected a more detailed update mid-morning Monday. More than 6,000 residents are still unable to return to their homes as  firefighters are dropping water and spreading fire retardant chemicals by air. 

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Park City Fire District Chief Paul Hewitt passed away Friday from injuries suffered in an accident during a family vacation. He was 58 years old. 

 

According to a statement from the fire district, Hewitt passed away at a hospital in Eugene, Oregon, Friday afternoon. He was being treated for injuries suffered on Monday in an off-road vehicle accident while on vacation with his family.

 

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Just one day after making the Top 16 of American Idol, Park City resident Wyatt Pike dropped out of the competition.

Idol host Ryan Seacrest made the announcement at the beginning of Monday night's show on ABC.  "I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing in the competition.  He had to drop out.  But we wish him the very best."  

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It was a nail-biter evening for Wyatt Pike fans, but Sunday night on ABC's "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest announced Pike won enough votes to make it to the Top 16.

There were only two slots left when Pike's name was announced.  The 20 year-old Park City singer jumped up and minutes later sang his version of "Use Somebody" by the group Kings of Leon.

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On Tuesday,  January 19, 2021, Summit County will join counties across the nation in a moment of silence to honor Americans who have died from COVID-19.

At a meeting on January 13th, the Summit County Council passed a proclamation to memorialize the hundreds of Utahns and six Summit County residents who died from the virus. All residents of Summit County are encouraged to stand in tribute and honor those who have succumbed to COVID-19.  

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Gov. Gary Herbert announced Thursday morning that he is lifting the 10 p.m. “Last call for alcohol” regulation at Utah’s restaurants and bars, which he had instituted to help stem the spread of COVID-19 in the state. 

 

Gov. Herbert had reasoned that if people couldn’t order alcoholic drinks, they would be less inclined to gather for longer periods of time at bars.

 

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A man died in a gyrocopter crash in Heber City Wednesday afternoon. 

The crash happened around 2pm.  According to a spokesperson for the Utah Highway Patrol, the gyrocopter went down by the side of Highway 189 near 1200 South shortly after taking off from the Heber City airport.

The pilot was the only person in the aircraft. He died in the crash. The Utah Highway Patrol is not releasing his name until his family is notified.

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A small plane made an emergency landing on I-80 near Jeremy Ranch Saturday night.  No one was injured.

According to Agent Colton Freckleton with the Utah Department of Public Safety, the plane landed in the east bound lanes near mile marker 142 around 6:15pm. Two people were in the plane. They managed to push the aircraft to the shoulder of the road and out of traffic after landing on the highway.  

Today on Mountain Money, Roger and guest co-host Renai Bodley Miller, speak with Leslie Joesphs, Airline Reporter for CNBC, Jeff Jones, Summit County Economic Development Director, and Shelley Marshall, owner of Park City Desserts and Coffee. 

Town of Hideout

The Hideout Town Council will vote Wednesday night on whether to approve an annexation of 350 acre of Summit County. The property is owned by Mayflower Stichting in the Richardson Flat area. 

At a work session Tuesday night, council reviewed the details of a draft Master Development Agreement of the annexed property with developer Nate Brockbank. The development is now called Silver Meadows. 

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  A dump truck overturned on 224 Friday afternoon, about a half mile above the Montage, blocking traffic in both directions in Empire Pass. The road was closed for more than four hours, preventing Park City traffic from accessing Guardsman Pass, a popular fall drive, during that time. The road reopened around 7 o’clock Friday night.

 

Hideout's Town Council isn't done talking about annexing 655 acres in Summit County.

The council scheduled a meeting for Friday night of Labor Day weekend at 6:30pm.  On Thursday afternoon, a judge issued a preliminary injuction against Hideout's pre-annexation agreement with developers Josh Romney and Nate Brockbank.  Summit County had filed a lawsuit saying that agreement occured in violation of Utah's open meeting laws.  

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