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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A now-defunct Medicaid expansion bill in the Utah State Legislature would have extended health care for pregnant and postpartum mothers living at or below 200% of the poverty index.

 

Republican Rep. Ray Ward of Bountiful sponsored House Bill 363 to protect pregnant and postpartum mothers from being kicked off Medicaid during pregnancy and for the first year after giving birth. He said concerns over the high rates of suicide in Utah informed his efforts to protect women when they are so vulnerable to suicide or drug addiction.

 

The Market at Park City

Local grocery The Market at Park City is planning to open a second store to serve customers living in the Jordanelle Reservoir area.

 

The store has been open at the original Snow Creek location in Park City since 2009. Owner Mike Holm said he's opening another store at the Brown's Canyon Junction with S.R. 248 between Park City and Hideout. They plan to open for business by March 2022. 

 

Heber City Municipal

The North Village developments underway in Wasatch County, just north of Heber City’s limits, have captured the community's attention, with hundreds of people giving their input. At the same time, the Heber City Council is trying to define future zoning for the area.

 

On Tuesday, March 2, three councilors voted to postpone the approval of the zone changes until the next meeting on March 16.

 

Google Maps

Coyote Lane will be closed for reconstruction through June while crews work to improve the road servicing the far northern part of Heber City. 

The construction will require detours for vehicles accessing the neighborhoods nearby. Trailhead parking will also be closed, requiring hikers and bikers to use different trailheads to access the Coyote trail system.

Traffic detours are located at 500 North off Main Street, 550 East and Valley Hills Boulevard.

Heber City

The North Village Development zoning conversation continues in Tuesday’s Heber City Council meeting. The council may be ready to adopt the NVOZ.

 

If the City Council adopts the North Village Overlay Zone ordinance, it will set the stage for a potential annexation of the area. Wasatch County granted density development rights 20 years ago, increasing the population in Wasatch County by as many as 30,000 people. If approved, the zone changes would guide the development if it’s annexed into city limits.

 

Wasatch County Search and Rescue

An operation that resulted in the rescue of two Uintah County men concluded early Monday morning after the pair's snow machines got stuck in a steep canyon near the Wasatch-Duchesne County line.

 

Wasatch County Search and Rescue Captain Cam Kohler said the 29 and 31-year-old men were snowmobiling in the Soapstone area of the Uinta Mountains.

 

Utah Department of Health

Depression, anxiety, and psychosis in mothers who have recently given birth can be debilitating and sometimes fatal, and that’s why Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has signed a resolution declaring February as Maternal Mental Health Month.

 

YWCA Public Policy Analyst Gabriel Archuletta co-hosted the press conference announcing the move along with Voices for Utah Children. They collaborated with the Maternal Mental Health Policy Committee. 

 

Utah State Legislature

State Sen. Ron Winterton, who represents Park City and Wasatch County in the Utah state Senate, provided KPCW with an update on the status of the legislation he’s sponsored in the ongoing 2021 General Session, which runs through March 5.

NVOZ Heber City

The North Village Overlay Zone discussion will appear once again on next month's Heber City Council agenda. Wasatch County granted approval decades ago for a resort center development on the southwest corner of U.S. 40 and River Road. The Council is concerned about the approved project and how it fits into the area's plans.

 

Heber City Council has discussed the North Village Overlay Zone, which includes the Resort Center development, for more than a year. They're working to clarify zoning codes and address future annexation plans.

Heber City

Heber City has received a positive recommendation from the Small Urban Committee to award $1.5 million to build a portion of the eastern bypass road. Thefinal approval would be in May.  The New London and Red Ledges developments will fund two additional segments of the bypass project.

 Deer Valley has never allowed uphill traffic or backcountry access within their resort boundaries. In response to issues they’ve had with backcountry skiers they’ve recently added language to clarify the prohibition on any uphill traffic inside the resort.Deer Valley Senior Communications Manager Emily Summers said in an email to KPCW it’s against the law for any skier to enter a closed area within the resort boundaries.

Wasatch Taxpayer Association

The Heber City Planning Commission wants to hear from the public whether to include a parcel of land in Wasatch County in the city's annexation map. The country long ago approved the land for resort development on the southwest corner of US 40 and River Road.

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The Summit County Sheriff's Office had a spate of calls last week from residents in Jeremy Ranch concerned about harassment and invasion of privacy due to drone activity. 

 

Last weekend, Jeremy Ranch resident Susan Haymaker and her husband went out for an evening walk. They found themselves dealing with a drone noisily flying very close by for about 10 minutes. 

 

Heber City

The Heber City Planning Commission is convening on Tuesday evening during their regular planning meeting on an amendment to the city's annexation policy. The meeting is being held virtually at 6 p.m. and the public can participate via Zoom.

 

Park City Education Foundation

The Park City School District is holding a preschool registration lottery for next school year. 

 

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