Thomas Cooke

Following months of controversy, the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission on Tuesday night unanimously granted a conditional use permit for the Colby Bed and Breakfast Inn.


Chairman Thomas Cooke said that a court ruling in April required the council to approve the inn. 


The owner of the property, Hoffvest, proposed a bed and breakfast with eight guest rooms, a caretaker unit and a kitchen.


On today's Local News Hour:

(03:14) - Sean Higgins reports on Park City Councilors Debate Scope of Housing as a Community Priority

(06:30) - Jessica Lowell reports on With Fewer Jobs In The Leisure and Hospitality Sector, Businesses Struggle With Staffing Shortages

(09:12) - Snyderville Basin Planning Commission chair Thomas Cooke has an update from last night’s meeting.

(16:56) - Carolyn Murray reports on Park City School Superintendent Says She's Perplexed by Enrollment Denials

(21:31) - Deputy Park City Manager David Everitt has a preview of this week's city council meeting.

(41:18) - Wasatch County Councilmember, Mark Nelson, talks about his vote against making Wasatch County a Second Amendment sanctuary county.

Snyderville Basin Planning Commission

The Summit County Council on Wednesday night will be holding a public hearing on proposed Code amendments governing accessory buildings, just a week after the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission recommended the changes.


The amendments to the code break up accessory buildings into two categories: minor accessory structures would be allowed up to 2,000 square feet, with another minor building on the parcel up to 400 square feet.


On today's Local News Hour:

( 00:02) Utah Avalanche Forecast Center report.

( 01:03) Summit County Council Member Doug Clyde recaps Wednesday's meeting.

( 14:32) Deer Valley eyes future snow park base improvements and possible Mayflower Cooperation as Sean Higgins reports.

(17:51) Snyderville Planning Commission Chairman Thomas Cooke has an update Tuesday's meeting.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 08:07) Snyderville Basin Planning Commission Vice Chair Thomas Cooke has a reap of last night’s meeting.

( 19:11) Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting.

( 33:05 ) U.S. Rep. for the 3rd Congressional District John Curtis and Volunteer Utah State Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby Tom Moyer talk about what to expect with a new administration led by President-Elect Joe Biden.


A letter sent to parents in the Park City School District has prompted some to cry foul for inappropriate endorsement of a school board election where three seats are on the ballot. While two of the seats are uncontested, a controversial campaign to unseat the existing board president has been lodged by a write in candidate.

Thomas Cooke

Three Park City Board of Education seats are up for election – only one of them - District 2 - has a race – but only because Thomas Cooke filed in time  as a write in candidate. He is challenging the board's current President, Andrew Caplan. Both candidates talked to KPCW's Leslie Thatcher this  week during the Local News Hour.

Here is Thomas Cooke's interview:

PCSD-Master Plan

The Park City School District Future of Education master plan outlines three major initiatives which could cost taxpayers up to $200 million.

KPCW has this update outlining where the candidates stand on the future of education plan.

The Park City School Board recently voted unanimously to create a building authority which would enable them to fund capital projects through other means besides a school bond.



The Park City Rotary Club hosted a Park City Board of Education pre-election-day forum on Tuesday. Three seats are open, with only one being contested.

The candidate forum kicked off with a discussion about communication. The Park City School District no longer has a Communication Director with Superintendent Jill Gildea repurposing the funds for that position and picking up that role.

Today on the Local News Hour

(09:52) Summit County Council Member Roger Armstrong with an update from Wednesday's meeting.

(24:37) Assistant Park City Manager Dave Everitt has an update on the Arts and Culture District.

(40:49) Vice Chairman of the Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner, Thomas Cooke has an update from Tuesday’s meeting discussing the propposed Colby School Bed and Breakfast.

Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioners Canice Hart and Thomas Cooke discuss the affordable housing challenges in Summit County. Wasatch County Children’s Justice Center Laurie Winn talks about the Christmas Festival and ginger bread house auction coming up this week. Lara Carlton, Communications Manager with US Ski and snowboard gives a run-down of the weekend’s events with stand-out performances in Women’s Alpine and Women’s Cross Country.The Park City Singers 24th annual Christmas concert is coming up Sunday, December 8 and Friday, December 13.

On today’s program, Snyderville Planning Commissioner Thomas Cooke has details about Tuesday’s discussion on a new mixed-use zone. Summit County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Director Aaron Newman has details about the new contract the county signed with University of Utah to provide mental health services to county residents.

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Snyderville Planning Commissioner Thomas Cooke who has an update from last night’s discussion on food trucks. Park City Manager Diane Foster and Planner Hannah Tyler have a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting. Summit County Health Dept. Educator Alyssa Mitchell talks about staying safe in the heat. Singer Songwriter Grace Potter talks about her upcoming performance on Friday at City Park - part of the Big Stars Bright Nights Concert Series.

This morning, Evelyn Lees has today’s Utah Avalanche forecast; Summit County Council member Kim Carson recaps Wednesday's meeting; Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner Thomas Cooke reviews that body's meeting on Tuesday; and Egyptian Theater executive director Randy Barton details the newly acquired space below the Parkite to be used for YouthTheater, with a black box theater space and space for events.

Local News Hour - September 28,2017

Sep 28, 2017

On today’s program, Deer Valley President and General Manager Bob Wheaton has details on being named the #1 resort in North American by readers of SKI Magazine, the sale of the resort and the latest on the expansion plans. Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner Thomas Cooke discusses some of the items from Tuesday night’s meeting, including the Newpark Condos next to the public.