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.  

Sundance Institute

  

The Sundance Institute has announced it is cutting 24 positions in Los Angeles, New York, and Park City. Some staff will move to reduced schedules with greatly reduced seasonal staff budgets. 

 

Park City

Summertime means road work and Park City Public Works has paving projects across town scheduled to start next week.

 

Beginning Monday, July 6, the parking lot at the PC MARC will be shut down while repaving occurs. Public Works Manager Troy Daley says it should take a couple of days to do the work and he encourages residents to avoid driving to the center to use it for several days.

 

Park City Municipal

Park City Municipal announced in a press release on Monday that a new Senior Center will be built at 1260 Park Avenue adjacent to the skate park and across from the library. The announcement has taken some members of the senior community by surprise.

An in-person drive through meeting is scheduled Thursday from 1-2 at the Park City Senior Center.

Virtual Zoom meetings are scheduled for Thursday (tomorrow 3-4 p.m.) and Tuesday, July 2 at 9 a.m.

 

  Mask-wearing, social distancing and strict hygiene measures are difficult enough with adults, but what happens when childcare operations are required to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols?

 

Creekside Kids Academy and Peek Program Executive Director Brandy Rasmussen says the big challenge with COVID-19 is keeping up with the changes in safety protocols. The mask order applies to children aged two and older, which she says is very difficult to enforce.

 

Today on the Local News Hour: 

(03:51) -  Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

(20:58) - Carol Loomis, founder and board chair of PC Tots and Brandi Rasmussen owner of Creekside Kids Academy talk about opening up childcare programs in the COVID-19 period.

Today on the Local News Hour:

( 00:01)  Kent Jones Summit County Clerk  talks about tomorrows primary elections. 

(  14:39)  Park City Mountain's Chief Operating Officer Mike Goar with updates about the reopening of the resort July 2nd.

( 29.24) Rich Bullough Director of Summit County Health Department updates us about the mandatory mask mandate issued by Goveneror Gary Herbert on Friday. 

  [This post as been updated with the correct audio.]

PCMC

 

Developers for the 40-acre Huntsman property in Deer Valley hoped to get approval from City Council for their plan to subdivide the parcel into 15 lots with a common space area that includes the 22,000 square foot Huntsman home.

KPCW reports on the unusual tie breaking vote to continue the topic for discussion at the next council meeting.

Park City Muncipal

 

The Park City Council unanimously decided to cancel all events for the summer season. The council did not approve a 4th of July parade, fireworks or hosting the long running volleyball tournament in the park. The list of cancellations includes Triple Crown baseball and softball, Park City Soccer and Lacrosse tournaments along with Miners Day gatherings.

Remy Eichner

  A 2020 Park City High School graduate is presenting her digital painting in an exhibit at the Springville Art Museum. 

 

The museum received more than 300 submissions from Utah students ranging from kindergartners to seniors in high school.

The project was inspired by the isolation and uncertainty many are experiencing because of COVID-19.

 

Utah State Board of Education

The Park City Board of Education abruptly terminated all salary negotiations earlier this month in anticipation of deep budget cuts to state education funding. However, the Utah legislature met in a special session last week and preserved a 1.8% increase to school funding.

PEG Companies

The Park City Planning Commission will take another look at the PEG development application at the base of Park City Mountain. The scope of the project is yet to be defined and the commission must determine if a new master plan approval is needed to proceed with construction.

Utah State Government

The Utah legislature met in special session last week passing dozens of bills, most related to budget cuts, in response to COVID-19 revenue shortfalls. Legislators elected to appropriate small increases in education and social services funding.

Park City High School

On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Obama era executive order known as DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It allows young people brought to the U.S. as minors, to remain under legal protection if they are working or in school. The ruling was a blow to the Trump administration which had challenged the legality of the 2012 order.

Park City

The Park City Police Department, like many law enforcement agencies around the country, is feeling the impacts of George Floyd’s death which resulted from an interaction with the Minneapolis Police force.

Chief Carpenter says the George Floyd episode is difficult and they and many other police forces are working to reestablish trust with their communities.

PCMC

Park City Council’s Friday roundtable discussion focused on COVID-19 impacts to early childhood daycare and learning. They also discussed the challenges for Pre-K through 12 education delivery since schools closed in mid-March.

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