USFWS - Pacific Region

Is it a bird, a harbinger of the future of the American West, or both?  On September 22, 2015,  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the Greater Sage Grouse would NOT be put on the Endangered Species List.   It’s what conservatives had hoped for, so why is this announcement by the Obama Administration being criticized by Utah Congressman Rob Bishop?  KPCW’s Renai Bodley explains.

On today's program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Park City School Board members Tania Knauer and Julie Eihausen following Tuesday's night first public hearing on the $56 million bond. Park City Manager Diane Foster and Budget Manager Nate Rockwood review items on Thursday's city council meeting, including plans to add a line item to the budget for historic preservation.


Today The Mountain Life really is about lifestyle: hosts Lynn Ware Peek and Tim Henney speak with bestselling author of the book Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, about her new book, Big Magic:  Creative Living Beyond Fear

Then Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, one of the leaders of the Tiny House Movement, comes on and he’s on a mission: to scour the world over for the most creative, most awesome tiny structures in existence. He talks about his new book, Micro Shelters:  59 creative cabins, tiny houses, tree houses, and other small structures.

A panel of judges is scheduled to convene early next month at Summit County's Third District Court to hear from citizens who want to plead their case calling for a grand jury. Rick Brough has more.

After nearly nine months in office, Summit County Attorney Robert Hilder said he hasn't made any major changes. He tells KPCW he's enjoying the job and has inherited a capable staff from his predecessor. Rick Brough has more.

Rocky Mountain Power has provided funds to hire a project energy manager to help the Summit County school districts save energy.  Lynn Ware Peek has more. 

Park City Rowing Academy

The Wasatch Mountain Head Regatta takes place at Jordanelle Reservoir on Saturday.  If you’ve never seen the sport of competitive rowing, here’s your opportunity to watch the 5,000 meter course with dozens of teams competing from all over the West .  Lynn Ware Peek has more.

With no known anti-school bond organization,  the Park City School District's website only offers information in favor of the $56 million bond. District officials say it's too late to add anything that would try to defeat the bond. Leslie Thatcher has more.


This past summer was the warmest on record ,and 2015 is set to become the warmest year ever, surpassing the old record which was set just last year. Joining  hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson  to discuss the planets on-going fever, and what this past summer was like closer to home, is Brian McInerney, senior hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. In the second half of the show, Judy Dorsey, president of the Brendle Group, joined the show to discuss how businesses and municipalities incorporate concepts of sustainability into their daily practices.

On today's program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Interim Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson and Planning Tech Makena Hawley. Connie Nelson, the Executive Director of the Alf Engen Ski Museum introduces us to two of the four inductees in this year's class at the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame. Nell Larson, director of Swaner EcoCenter talks about some of the center's upcoming events and Nate Vineyard, President of Slow Food Park City has the rundown for this year's Food and Film Weekend.