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.  

CDC

Friday’s Coffee with the Summit County Council included a discussion about COVID-19 testing and the projections of how and when life would return to normal in Summit County.

Summit County Public Health Director Dr. Rich Bullough said the data on testing accuracy shows there are about 30% that show  false-negatives on people who have later been confirmed to have  COVID-19. He says the inaccuracy of the tests are universal and it’s a concern that communities don’t have real data to model healthcare needs as the virus spreads.

Earl Foote- CEO Nexus IT Consultants

Everybody should be on the look out for bad actors using internet trickery to infiltrate your privacy, steal your identity and wreak havoc on your hard drive. The world of cybercrime is now, more than ever, a threat to anyone with a device in hand.

Nexus IT Consultants CEO Earl Foote says hackers are looking for ways to exploit the fear and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  He says they’re seeing an uptick in phishing campaigns.

Utah DWR

People are isolated, home from work and school and using the outdoors as an escape from the drudgery of the Stay-At-Home order. Utah’s wildlife is in a tenuous spot this time of the year and it’s important for people to stay away from wildlife management areas or face citations.

CDC

With COVID-19 Stay-at-Home orders in place in Summit and Wasatch Counties, increased screen times and the promised check from the federal government, it’s a time to be on the lookout for con artists.

Utah Department of Commerce Public Information Officer Brian Maxwell says scams are in abundance as the COVID-19 epidemic leaves people anxious and uncertain about the future. He says cyber criminals will use every opportunity to take advantage of a crisis by using the same old tricks but in a new way.

Park City Summit county Arts

The Park City and Summit County Arts Council organized a remote meeting with all area arts organizations to craft a platform to creatively address ways to make it through the fiscal challenges caused by the county-wide stay at home order.

PCCF

In response to the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on mountain resort communities, Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife Elena Amsterdam are donating $2.5 million to employees and the towns where Vail operates. The Park City Community Foundation will receive $200,000 which will provide emergency assistance to those most in need.

Summit County

The Summit County Sheriff’s Department handled a coronavirus cough assault case on Thursday.

Two workers were cited after an altercation at a construction work site in the Promontory area. Summit County Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright says there was an ongoing dispute between the two workers because one had a head cold and the other was criticizing him for coming to work.

"It sounds like his co-worker was basically bullying him or confronting him. He claims he was being bullied about coming to work while he was ill, and it sounds like it escalated.”

CDC

A stay-at-home order that takes effect Thursday  at midnight prohibits Summit County residents to leave their homes for non-essential reasons until May 1. The order is meant to stop the spread of COVID-19 and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.

Summit County Democrats

The campaign window for the four Summit County democratic candidates starts Wednesday and could end on April 2 with the county convention. In Tuesday’s caucus, 82 precinct delegates were elected and instead of a general election, they could decide who wins at the county convention.

Utah Avalanche Forecast Center

The avalanche warning for the Wasatch Mountains is rated as considerable which means avoid the back country unless your skills are top notch. A reminder to listeners that the closed resort terrain is considered back country because no avalanche control work is being done.

Carolyn Murray

Pet adoptions have dropped off since public health orders closed schools, businesses and events while trying to slow the community spread of the coronavirus. It’s caused a drastic drop in the number of pet adoptions from Nuzzles & Co and an increase in pet surrenders around the state.

While parents and kids are sequestered at home, Nuzzles &Co Executive Director Jaimie Usrey suggests it could be the perfect time to adopt a pet. While they’ve closed the adoption center at the Outlet Mall, they are running adoptions out of the Rescue Ranch in Peoa.

PCSD

Last week the Park City School District told teachers and administrators that if able they could do their jobs from home.  With schools being suspended earlier this month, this means school buildings would no longer be a place to gather until further notice.

Utah.gov

Governor Gary Herbert has ordered all public schools, K-12 to extend closure through Friday, May 1.Two weeks ago, Governor Herbert ordered schools closed to circumvent widespread infection of COVID-19. With the increasing spread throughout the state, he announced public schools and technical schools will stay closed through Friday, May 1. State Superintendent Syd Dickson says they will continue to evaluate the situation before deciding if they’ll remain closed through the school year.

CDC

As of Friday, Utah has 112 COVID-19 cases. No deaths have been reported. Wasatch County has six cases and summit County has 35.

In Friday’s State Health department briefing, Utah state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn reported the state has tested 2147 people so far. 621 were tested on Thursday. She says if people stay home when they’re sick and maintain the recommended 6-foot social distance, lives will be saved.

Friday marked a drastic increase in the number of lab-confirmed cases since Thursday. The number of tests taken also doubled.

Deer Valley Blog

The resort may be closed to skiers but there’s been a lot of activity at Deer Valley Resort including a snowmobile accident that resulted in injuries.

Deer Valley Senior Communications Manager Emily Summers says the snowmobile accident happened about 3 P.M on Tuesday. Two employees were hurt when the snowmobile they were on hit a tree. They were taken to the hospital, one by helicopter and one by ground ambulance. She could not provide further information.

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