Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Her 25 years at KPCW has 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.

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  On today’s program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Manager Tom Fisher about the proposed transportation and transit sales tax ballot proposals. Coalville Mayor Trevor Johnson talks about how Coalville is reacting to the proposed ballot proposals as well as the recently concluded fair. Treasure spokesman Pat Sweeney gives a perspective on how we got to today’s million square foot development proposal and Clarence Gilyard and Peter Sham talk about the Neil Simon Festival coming to the Egyptian Theater.

Local News Hour - August 15, 2015

Aug 15, 2016

  On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Planner Sean Lewis about tonight’s open house to learn more about the county’s Resource Management Plan. Recycle Utah Director Insa Riepen is in with a monthly update and talks about a renewed effort to ban single-use plastic bags. Park City Police Captain Rick Ryan has an update on the thefts of artwork taken during this year’s Arts Festival.

Kimball Art Center

Park City police are looking to recover stolen items during the Arts Festival this weekend.

The crimes occurred early Sunday morning in the 700 to 800 block of Lower Main Street sometime between 1 and 6 am. Several artist booths were burglarized and vandalized– estimated damages are about 20-thousand dollars. Two of the stolen items are hand carved wood chairs – a unique hand-made jacket was also taken.

courtesy of Recycle Utah

If something doesn't happen soon, Recycle Utah's future could be that of an education and advocacy organization - without a recycling center.  KPCW's Leslie Thatcher explains:

  On today’s program Charlie Sturgis has his weekly trails update, including the rerouting of Jenny’s on Monday. In his monthly update, “What’s That with Pat?” Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt discusses the Canyons Village Master Plan redo and what’s going on at the Skullcandy excavation site. Park City Council Member Andy Beerman updates us on last night’s meeting and announces that he and his wife and business partner are looking to sell their lodging business and shares in the TMI (Treasure Mountain Inn).

  On today’s program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Council Member Tal Adair about the new structure for Mountain Accord and the county’s new green building standards. Park City Planning Commission Chairman Adam Strachan distills the discussion held on Treasure at last night’s meeting.

  On today’s program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks to park city manager Diane Foster and Transit Dept. staff Destry Pollard about the proposed Short Term Transit plan that’s scheduled to be approved August 25th. Summit County Health Dept. Director Rich Bullough is in with a monthly update to remind parents about student vaccinations before school starts and a new program for seniors to prevent them from falling and Recycle Utah President Ari Ioanides expresses frustration in finding a location for a new recycling center – something he’s been working on for three years with no success.

  On today’s program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Manager Tom Fisher.  It’s Fair Week – he has a rundown - as well as a preview of Wednesday’s County Council meeting that starts at 4:15 p.m. at the County Courthouse in Coalville. Then, Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson details the latest staff report on the Treasure project. The Park City Planning Commission – meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Jim Santy Auditorium  will discuss the size and density of Treasure. Finally, Dondea Sherer-Lykes has details on tomorrow’s free Lunch and Learn about Backyard Beekeeping.

As you exit Interstate 80 and drive just less than a mile toward Park City, you'll find Bill White Farms -- a two acre farm that's beginning to thrive. In this second of two reports, Leslie Thatcher explains the food being grown there isn't about supplying Bill White's eight local eateries, it's about feeding the community.

Bill White Farms

Aug 8, 2016

Behind the six foot fenc a the corner of State Road 224 and Bear Hollow Drive, a bit of the Snyderville Basin's history is being re-created -- a two acre farm in the heart of Park City suburbia. In this first of two reports, Leslie Thatcher explains how Bill White Farms came to be...

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