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.  

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Park City High School

Masks will not be required in schools when classes begin later this month as Utah schools and the state board of education are banned from requiring them for in-person learning or gathering on school campuses under state law passed in May.

 

Local schools still plan to contact trace and test to stay, if necessary. 

 

Summit County

Affordable housing, townhomes, and apartments are often unwelcome additions for neighbors concerned with impacts on property values.

Dejan Eskic is a senior research fellow at the Kem C. Gardner Institute at the University of Utah. His research explores the effects newly built apartment buildings in Salt Lake County have on property values nearby.

KPCW

Heber City Council has made it easier for residents to use accessory units for short-term and long-term rentals when they voted in last night’s (Tuesday)City Council.

Utah.gov

The Utah Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety issued a warning late last week alerting people to a cyber phishing scam.

KPCW News

For years, the Church of Dirt on Empire Pass has been an ad-hoc spot for couples to tie the knot. The betrothed would reserve a date by writing their names in a book at the site, then leaving natural markers of wood or stone with their wedding date written down. 

 

But not anymore.

 

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Park City High School

The Park City Board of Education is moving closer to a decision on seeking a possible $129 million school bond for voters to approve or reject on Nov. 2. The board plans to vote on it at its Tuesday, Aug. 17 meeting.

 

Utah law requires bond referendum decisions to be made 75 days before election day. This year that deadline is Aug.19, so the Park City School District must decide it’s going to seek a bond, and finalize an amount and ballot language, by then. 

 

KPCW

On Monday, the Utah Department of Health reported that it discovered an error in interpreting vaccine data from several federal agencies, revealing that state vaccination rates are not quite as high as previously reported. 

 

The agency had said 70.2% of Utah adults have received at least one vaccine dose, but the actual number is 67.07%.

 

Waterford Upstart

Being prepared for kindergarten lays a critical foundation for future success as children make their way through the school years.

 

The Waterford Upstart program teaches preschool-age children basic school readiness skills in reading, math, and science. It’s not affiliated with the private school in Sandy – this Waterford program is free and open to everyone, and even provides computers and internet access for families who need it. 

 

Sean Higgins

During last year’s Covid-driven shutdown, restaurant owners and workers pivoted to take-out business models. As social distancing and mask restrictions lifted, they adapted by restricting dining-in capacity, though that meant reduced sales.

Chick's Café has been on Heber City's Main Street for 85 years and is owned and operated by the Wright family. Shelly Wright said they have been fortunate with maintaining loyalty from their staff. She attributes it to paying her employees first with Payment Protection Plan federal funds, known as PPP.

Dana Perry

  

Park City's traffic calming project, called People-First Streets, allows residents to create ways to slow cars so pedestrians and bikers can safely navigate neighborhoods. 

 

Late in June, about a dozen volunteers painted bright graphic designs on streets flanking crosswalks on Sidewinder Drive and Gold Dust Lane in Prospector. They also placed buckets of flowers inside stacks of tires painted white.

 

Park City Police

A 21-year-old Park City man led officers on a high-speed chase through the Thaynes Canyon neighborhood on Sunday, July 4.

 

Carolyn Murray

Park City residents can take traffic woes into their own hands this summer, using creativity, bold color, and temporary barricades to narrow streets, slow cars and improve safety for bikers and pedestrians.  

 

The people using the neighborhood streets are the inspiration behind The People First Streets program. Park City Municipal's Active Transportation Planner Austin Taylor said it took about a month to finalize and initiate the first project. 

 

Michelle Deininger

 

The Park City Board of Education held a special work meeting Tuesday to discuss incorporating green building initiatives into the $150 million master plan facilities expansions planned for six schools.

Park City School Board members explored the costs of green building practices when implementing the school facilities expansions in the Master Plan. The goal is to expand six Park City schools by 2024.

 

Utah policy does not allow U.S.-born children whose parents are of mixed status to apply for federal childcare subsidies — which is potentially risking millions in federal dollars allocated to the state for childcare subsidies for low-income children.   

 

Eighteen thousand Utah children qualify for federal financial childcare assistance. According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, the state distributes nearly $100 million in federal childcare subsidies to eligible families each year. 

 

Hideout Town Council

The town of Hideout has four council seats open during this election season — councilor Carol Haselton currently occupies one of them and is running for another two-year term.

 

Haselton moved in a little more than two years ago. She was a member of the town planning commission for a short time before being appointed to the town council in the spring of 2020.

 

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