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.  

Kimball Arts Center

The Kimball Arts Center is moving to a new space in the area known as The Yard on Kearn’s Boulevard.

PCSD

The Park City School Board is faced with a wide range of opinions about how to safely conduct class during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Midway

Rocky Mountain Power, Heber Light and Power and Midway City have reached a settlement to install new above ground power lines in Midway. The resolution was presented to the public in last week’s council meeting.

Department of Workforce Services

Utah’s need for more childcare access was studied by the Department of Workforce Services earlier this year. The report shows more than 154,000 children aged six and under live in families that need childcare, but there is a 65 percent gap between the need and the capacity available.

Heber City

Heber City Council discussed updating their Old Town water and sewar lines in Tuesday’s meeting. Also, they had a preliminary conversation about using impact fees to increase the level of service for parks and trails.

Heber City North Village Overlay Map

Heber City Council and planning staff have considered proposed North Village overlay zone changes for a year and some members of the city council are still not ready to pull the trigger and approve the code.

KPCW reports that a couple of the council members want more details. The plan has again been sent back to staff for clarity.

Midway

Three Wasatch High School students have been working on architectural plans to redesign the Midway City Community Center. The current building used to be an LDS church ward house and does not match the Swiss motif seen throughout town.

Wasatch High School Center for Advanced Professional Studies students Mary Cernyar, Alison Besendorfer and Skylar Rybarczyk have devoted the past several months to a school project which gives back to the community, offers real life work experience for the students and gives them credit toward high school graduation.

NSSD

The North Summit School District announced a decision to move to virtual learning beginning Tuesday with plans to return to classes on Monday, November 30.

The North Summit School District in Coalville has almost 1100 students in four schools. While Superintendent Jerre Holmes says they have not reached the threshold of 15 cases per building, they’re concerned about the rapid rise in transmission. This comes after 11 CODIV-19 cases were reported over the past week.

Soldier Hollow

Soldier Hollow opens December 18 for the season with a handful of new recreation options. Due to continued concerns with Covid-19 transmission, there are a few changes to consider for those who want to recreate this winter at Soldier Hollow.

Early Bird Season passes are on sale for $100.00 through the end of November. Yearly passes will cost seniors $75.00 and $50.00 for youth under age 18. Soldier Hollow General Manager Luke Bodensteiner says they’re offering some additional services and access this year.

SSSD

The South Summit School Board has hired an Interim Superintendent who will step in for departing Superintendent Shad Sorenson who plans to leave at the end of December.

The school board voted unanimously to hire Dr. Steve Hirase as the Interim Superintendent. He will take over the leadership of the South Summit School district beginning the first of the year. Superintendent Shad Sorenson submitted his resignation to the Board of Education in October. He served as the Superintendent since 2014 and now plans to take a position with another school district.

Utah Highway Patrol

A Cottonwood Heights man was arrested on Tuesday night while driving 135 miles per hour on I-80 near Coalville.

Utah Highway Patrol Information Officer Nick Street says the State Bureau of Investigation is considering felony charges in the case involving the 36-year-year old Wasatch Front man. He allegedly was on his way to Missouri to kill former United States Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. She served as a Missouri senator from 2007 to 2019.

Midway

  

Midway City is joining the Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact. This decision along with several others as part of their most recent council meeting.

Utah’s business, faith, civic and, government leaders along with communities throughout the state make up the Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact. Last week Midway City Council members voted unanimously to join the coalition. Strategies include better building codes, improving air quality, energy efficiency, developing transit systems including active transportation and immediately addressing greenhouse gas emissions.

PCEF

 

Last week, the Park City Education Foundation raised $200,000 during this year’s Live PC Give PC day of giving. They simultaneously launched a new educators wellness program in response to a year of great stress and challenge.

Park City Education Foundation Executive Director Abby McNulty says teachers continue to deal with extraordinary challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. They surveyed teachers and have a task force in place to work on rolling out support initiatives in all seven Park City schools.

United Way Salt Lake City

A Park City School District Administrator has recently received the Change Maker Award by the United Way of Salt Lake City.

On most school mornings, McPolin Elementary Principal Bob Edmiston can be found directing traffic, greeting students and, ensuring their safety as they file into school.

The Park City Education Foundation Executive Director Abby McNulty offered comments to accompany the video shared on the United Way virtual ceremony which recognized Edmiston as a Changemaker.

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