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.  

Heber City

The Heber City Council heard from Utah State Rep. Mike Kohler at its Tuesday regular meeting.

 

Kohler represents District 54, which comprises Wasatch County and the Park City area, on Capitol Hill. He told the Heber councilors that the state anticipates receiving nearly $1.5 billion in American Rescue Act funds. 

 

He thinks the process for determining which projects or programs get the money will be extensive.

 

Heber City

If you’re interested in running for municipal office in Utah, the filing window is June 1 to June 7. 

 

In November, Heber City and Midway will hold mayoral elections. Both have two open council seats. Six other Wasatch County towns are holding local elections.

 

Park City School District

It's graduation season which means the area high schools are planning processions and ceremonies honoring the accomplishments of Wasatch Back high school seniors.

 

This year high school seniors throughout the Wasatch Back will gather to celebrate the auspicious transition from high school to adulthood. It's not a complete return to normal, though, as COVID-19 restrictions dictate social distancing and mask-wearing.

 

Wasatch County School District

The Wasatch County Council meets on Wednesday at 3 P.M. They’ll discuss the potential for a new recreation, arts and parks (RAP) tax and an ordinance establishing a department to serve as a liaison between the county and the Military Installation Defense Authority, the body in charge of the Mayflower Resort development.

 

Five people showed up at the Summit County Health Center in Kamas on Saturday to protest COVID-19 vaccinations and discourage patients from following through with their appointments.

 

Summit County Sheriff's Lt. Andrew Wright said a Summit County Health Department employee notified the office of the protest.

 

Park City Community Foundation

Jewish Family Service and the Park City Community Foundation are working together to distribute $250,000 to those living in Summit County who were not eligible for CARES Act funding or unemployment insurance but have faced financial strain due to COVID-19-related loss of work.

 

The Park City Community Foundation is consulting counselors and social workers to identify people impacted by COVID-19 related layoffs but has not been eligible to receive federal CARES Act funds while Jewish Family Service will manage the distribution of the funds.

Mountain Trails Foundation

Charlie Sturgis is retiring in June after 11 years of leading the local nonprofit Mountain Trails Foundation, and he thinks the transition to the leadership of longtime Mountain Trails staffer Lora Smith will be a smooth one.

 

"I mean if it had been someone, an outsider, they would have also probably had to move on from their other job, things like that,” Sturgis said. “So, one of the benefits certainly with Laura as a person who's been almost nine years staffer at Mountain Trails, the handoff is going to be a lot simpler."

 

PC Tots

PC Tots, a local, nonprofit childcare center, has announced that its campaign to fund tuition for two families has been kick-started by $10,000 in matching grants from several individuals in Park City.

 

The funds were contributed by a few Park City residents. PC Tots Business and Development Manager Katie Madsen said the campaign to raise $30,000 to enroll and provide scholarships to two new children from low-income families had been underway since April 1.

 

Wasatch County School District

Saturday, May 1 is the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month, but Wasatch School District is focusing on issues surrounding emotional wellness year-round.

 

Picabo Street Academy

U.S. Alpine ski racer Sam DuPratt is taking on the role of ambassador of the Picabo Street Academy ski school in Park City. 

 

He’s accepting the position while recovering from a severe accident in December, where he broke both of his legs while training for a World Cup downhill race in Val Gardena, Italy. 

 

The Utah Department of Transportation wants feedback from the Heber Valley’s residents, officials and businesses on the potential for a highway bypass around Heber City.

 

The second round of input will be used in UDOT’s environmental impact study for the project later this spring.

 

Park City Chamber/Bureau

The Park City real estate market is on fire. 

 

Sales exploded with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, making 2020 the best year on record even as the economy as a whole entered a sharp downturn.

 

Park City Board of REALTORS President Mark Jacobsen told KPCW that the 2020 trends are continuing this year. 

 

Inventory is shallow, with just 100 homes for sale. Usually, about 500 listings are available this time of the year.

 

Park City Board of Realtors

The Park City Board of REALTORS celebrated a handful of its members last week during at its annual awards event, which was held virtually.

 

Board of REALTORS Executive Director Jamie Johnson said realtors working in the Wasatch Back provide service above and beyond contributions to the real estate industry. The Awards Committee gave the meritorious service award to Nancy Ernie from Berkshire Hathaway.

 

Park City School District

Two financing options were presented to the Park City Board of Education at its April 20 meeting to pay for the cost of implementing the $154 million master plan.

 

The school district has hired Stifel, an investment banking firm, to advise on the financial aspect of the plan. Stifel representative Matt Dugdale presented the board with details on cost options should the school board go with a general obligation bond or a lease revenue bond. 

 

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