Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Her 23 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.

Ways To Connect

9:50 PM Update

Police contacted KPCW to announce that Main Street and Park Avenue were now open. Swede Alley remains closed as a staging area for the moment.

9:30 PM

A bomb-sniffing dog is now on the scene at Treasure Mountain Inn, as the search continues for a possible bomb, as threatened by an unknown caller to the Park City Police Department earlier this evening. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher gets the latest from Sergeant Jay Randall from the Park City Police Department.

In today's Local News Hour, host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Alison Butz, director of the Historic Park City Alliance.  They discuss what could be a record season for Main Street businesses and what to do about the lack of parking as Main Street sees increasing growth.

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About 80 students from Summit County schools participated in the 9th annual Park Record Spelling Bee Tuesday - with the winner receiving an all-expense paid trip to the National Bee outside Washington DC. Leslie Thatcher has more.

Ideas to Impact

Apr 2, 2015

Ten Park City teachers last week showed off their ideas that have become reality due to the support of donors who have contributed to the Park City Education Foundation.  Leslie Thatcher has more.

During today's Local News Hour, Leslie Thatcher speaks with Summit County council member David Ure about the Wilderness proposal the council approved and that he helped formulate.  Not everyone supports the gondola connection between Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort and Leslie talks with three residents who submitted their concerns to the Park City planning commission. Finally, Evelyn Everton with the Utah Child Protection Registry warns parents about the risks of sharing too much information about their children online.

After a four-year lawsuit, the Lodges at Bear Hollow Condominium Association obtained a $1.8 million jury verdict against the developer of the project for shoddy workmanship. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

In today's Local News Hour podcast, Tom Kelly has a recap of last week's U-S National Championships, Park City Library director Adriane Juarez gives an update on the library remodel and expansion, City manager Diane Foster explains a possible council trip to British Columbia, Park City Municipal Economic director Jonathan Weidenhamer discusses development plans for the Brew Pub parking lot and Shannon Bahrke Happe has details on Saturday's Youth Sports  Alliance  Spring Vibe.

For those eating establishments that will be welcoming leashed pets to their outdoor dining areas, this summer, a permit will be necessary and those are now available at the Summit County Health Department. Leslie Thatcher has more.

There is more criticism being directed at the Mountain Accord process - this time from Pat Shea, Salt Lake attorney and former director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. In a recent op-ed written for the Salt Lake Tribune, Shea charges that the agenda behind the Accord, for some private and public interests, is to facilitate development on the Wasatch and transportation systems to help the tourism industry. Still, he told KPCW, his aim isn't to defeat the Accord, but set it in the right direction. Rick Brough has more.

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In today's Local news Hour podcast, permits to allow pooches on patios are now available.  Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Phil Bondarant with the Summit County Health Department. Summit County manager Tom Fisher comes in for his weekly update and discusses the $4.2million Qualified Energy Conservation Bond and Strategic Plan. Two more public meetings on the proposed Park City School District grade realignment plan are this week. PCSD officials Ember Conley and Todd Hauber detail the plan and finally Mummenschanz comes to the Eccles Center Saturday night.

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