Carolyn Murray

Reporter

KPCW reporter Carolyn Murray covers Summit and Wasatch County School Districts.  She also reports on wildlife and environmental stories, along with breaking news.  Carolyn has been in town since the mid ‘80s and raised two daughters in Park City. 

 Originally from the New York metro area, Carolyn came to Utah to attend college, earning degrees from the University of Utah in political science and French.  After college, Carolyn started her career in retail, moving to sales and business marketing and management.  Taking a hiatus to raise her girls, she pursued many volunteer endeavors in the schools and in the community.  She initiated the citizen-led, city-wide, $15 million walkability bond that passed in 2007.  The bond funded sidewalks and bike paths.  It also resulted in a tunnel under Kearns Boulevard near the school campus and one under Bonanza Drive, which connects the city’s Old Town district with the Prospector neighborhood and the Rail Trail. 

 A news junky for decades and years of civic engagement set in motion a passion for the community.  Since 2016, Carolyn has worked with the KPCW news team and readily offers that it’s the best professional experience of her life so far. 

 A hiking, biking and skiing enthusiast, she spends her free time in the mountains and deserts.  

Wasatch County School District

Beginning last week, all students in the Wasatch County School District can access school lunch and breakfasts for free. As of Monday, online students can also access free meals through a drive-up system offered at the high school.

On August 31, the US Department of Agriculture announced a plan to fund free lunches for any student through December 31, or until money runs out. To participate in the program, a school just needs to be a member of the National School Lunch Program.

South Summit High School Logo

South Summit School District updated KPCW with details on COVID-19 back to school protocols, master planning and their new High School Principal.

South Summit School District has been lucky according to Superintendent Shad Sorenson, who says the schedule they have devised gives them one day during the week to perform a deep clean while all students and teachers are working from home.

Wasatch County

The Wasatch County School District, under a Utah Public Records ruling, has until Thursday to release a wetlands draft study document to the Wasatch Taxpayers Association. But the school district says it intends to appeal the order.

Wasatch County Seal

The Wasatch County Council work session on Wednesday included a COVID-19 update. The county public health director had some words of caution about recent spikes statewide and the continuation of a high death rate in the county.

Park City Community Foundation

Early childhood education is considered a critical part of preparing children for success in school and in life. The Park City Community Foundation is hosting a zoom event on Tuesday to raise money to expand programs in the area.

PCSD

Since school started five weeks ago, the Park City School district has confirmed three positive cases of COVID-19. The school board meeting on Tuesday covered a variety of coronavirus related topics including a teacher’s request for clearer district communication.

Park City School District / PCSD

 

The Park City Board of Education unanimously agreed to move ahead with creating a building authority for the purpose of funding school facilities in the future. It’s one of multiple options the board is pursuing to build new and expanded schools in the Park City School District.

 

Park City Education Foundation

 

The Park City Education Foundation started their Beat the Call campaign on Monday. They have a unique opportunity to leverage their fundraising efforts this year.

 

Wasatch County

 

The Wasatch County council meets in regular session on Wednesday and will discuss a possible late rezone application for the Indian Ridges Project.

 

The Benlock Ranch is asking Wasatch County Council for a modification to street cross section requirements. They want the council to authorize a sidewalk on just one side of the street where the existing requirement is to have sidewalks on both sides. 

 

Midway City

 

Summit Land Conservancy is partnering with Wasatch area local governments and private landowners to preserve a 78-acre parcel called the Mountain Spa located in Midway. It’s a unique coalition of interests coming together to save open space that would otherwise be slated for homes and development. 

 

Today on the Local News Hour:

(05:00) - Utah Film Commission Director Virginia Pearce talks about five new productions coming to the state of Utah as well as the loss of the hit TV show Yellowstone.

(22:20) - Bill Wyatt, Executive Director of the Salt Lake City International Airport has details about the opening of the new airport after 4 years and $4 billion spent on the new facility.

Ken Lund on Flickr

On Wednesday, Wasatch County Council received an update on the UDOT study being done to determine future traffic solutions for Heber City’s Main Street.

Park City Police Department

 

The Park City Police Department will host a 9/ 11 memorial event to remind us of those first responders who died 19 years ago on the morning of September 11, 2001. But COVID-19 redefines all gatherings and this year, the remembrance will look different, but the community can still take part, if not from a distance. 

 

Park City Municipal Corporation

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a remarkable time for realtors and home sales. Local real estate agents sold more properties in the Wasatch Back year-to-date than they did all of last year.

 

Park City logo
Park City Municipal

  

Park City Planning Commissioners meet today to discuss changes to dark sky regulations address updates to the general Land Management Codes.

 

Planning Director Bruce Erickson says Park City’s Dark Skies regulations are as old as the 1980’s and planners want to approve the new guidelines which will dictate both commercial and residential lighting. He says they’ve combined other city’s codes with Utah’s regulations to come up with new lighting requirements. 

 

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