Kraig Powell

When Utah Representative Kraig Powell withdrew from his re-election campaign Wednesday night, his main challengers suddenly found themselves shifting gears.  Powell, a Republican,  says he will not endorse anyone vying for his seat.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has reaction from the candidates.

State Rep. Kraig Powell – one of two republicans in a primary for State house Seat 54 announced yesterday ( Wednesday) on Facebook that he is dropping out from the race. In a short statement, Powell  wrote, "To spare our wonderful community from the divisiveness of what could be a very contentious campaign, I have withdrawn from my House race," He went on to wish the remaining candidates the best of luck in the upcoming election.

The remaining candidates are republican newcomer Tim Quinn and the former chairman of the Wasatch County Democratic Party Rudy Kohler.

A Park City lawmaker's proposal to raise the tobacco age to 21 died in committee Monday, despite a Wasatch High School student's plea to lawmakers.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has the story.

A battle over a seven-foot, two-inch wall called the Zion Curtain took center stage at a Utah Senate Committee hearing Tuesday.  And what happened to it could portend an overhaul of Utah's liquor laws.  KPCW's Renai Bodley has more:


The Local News Hour is KPCW's flagship news program, hosted by News Director Leslie Thatcher.

With more than 100 charter schools in the state - with two of them here in Park City, State Representative Kraig Powell says he's tired of the fight for funding every year and has drafted a bill that would end the feuding between public schools and charger schools. Leslie Thatcher has more.

On today's program, Leslie Thatcher speaks with State Representative Kraig Powell about legislation he will introduce in the 2016 session. Coalville Mayor Trevor Johnson talks about the future of Coalville's City Park now that the fairgrounds could be moving to Hoytsville. Katie Wright the Director of the Park City Community Foundation introduces the Giving Guide and Park City Lacrosse Team Members have details about how to have your Christmas tree picked up and recycled while supporting local youth.

On today's program, Charlie Sturgis with Mountain Trails Foundation has this week's update. State Representative Kraig Powell talks about legislation he's proposing for the January session. Park City Institute Director Teri Orr talks about the line up for this winter's Main Stage at the Eccles Center that opens December 5th with a conversation with Edward Snowden. Park City Council  Member Tim Henney reviews some of the business at Thursday's council meeting, including a new ordinance regulating trash and recycling bins in Old Town.

On today's Local News Hour, host Leslie Thatcher speaks with State Representative Kraig Powell (R) about his efforts to amend Utah laws now that same-sex marriage is law of the land. Rena Jordan and Bob Radke with the Snyderville Basin Recreation District have an update on a possible new indoor field house, new trail builds underway and the plans for a 224 crossing. Jenny Mauer with the Park City Christian Center has details on the annual Back 2 Schools Basics event coming up next month. They're looking for money and volunteers.

Three races for the Utah Legislature affect Summit County. The campaign finance reports handed in by the candidates show some remarkable differences. Rick Brough has more.