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 Park City Municipal Housing Specialist Rhoda Stauffer and Park City Board of Realtors Legislative Committee Chair Melissa Band about the panel discussion on Friday – housing on Summit County: Past, Present and Future. Park City schools open this week and Superintendent Ember Conley says they’re ready and Director of the Basin Recreation Brian Hanton and Bob Radke are in with a monthly update.

Local News Hour - August 19, 2016

Aug 19, 2016

  On today’s program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Charlie Sturgis with Mountain Trails Foundation about the closure of Jenny’s as the EPA goes in to clean up tens of thousands of cubic yards of mining waste. Larry White ,the CEO of TCFC, has details about a public open house on Tuesday as the company readies a revised masterplan for the 3.8 million square feet of development still to do at the base of Canyons Village and mid-mountain. Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis has updates on a number of development projects, including the new military hotel and Mayflower master plan.

  On today’s program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Council Member Kim Carson about the proposed ballot and transportation measures. Swaner EcoCenter Director Nell Larson has a preview of some upcoming events and Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District Director Mike Luers reports that due to a cooperative effort of water users in the Snyderville Basin, thousands of fish were saved last month.

THINC - the group opposed to the Treasure Hill development is getting serious - as the Park City Planning Commission continues its review of the development's application. Leslie Thatcher has this update.

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For the last 30 years, the idea of developing the Treasure Hill master plan has languished as Park City's real estate market has ebbed and flowed. Today, the aging property owners are committed to seeing the process through and then, will likely sell it. Leslie Thatcher has more.

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  On today’s program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks to the founder of THINC – Treasure Hill Impact Neighborhood Coalition – Brian van Hecke about his group’s opposition efforts to the proposed development. Summit County Clerk Kent Jones explains why long-time voters in Summit County are being told their voter registration information isn’t complete and Cati Snarr, the new director of the Ballet West Academy in Park City has details on tomorrow’s grand opening.

  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.

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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: