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.  

PCSD

The Park City Board of Education approved a change to the bell schedule for Treasure Mountain Junior High and Park City High School to give more time to adequately help those students learning from home. It will take effect at the start of the new marking period which is Oct 19.

Half of the Park City High School student body is learning from home due to quarantine or having chosen the remote learning option offered by the district. With COVID-19 impacts on in school attendance, teachers are managing both modes of learning and it is taking a toll.

CDC

The Park City School District Board of Education met in a special session on Tuesday. The Superintendent provided them with an update on anticipated changes to quarantine guidelines for students.

Park City School District Superintendent Jill Gildea told the board to expect quarantine guideline changes for students exposed to COVID-19. There is a proposal to reduce the quarantine time from 14 days to 7 days, which would hinge on negative test results.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 05:42) Summit County Council Member Roger Armstrong recaps Wednesday's meeting.

( 20:27) Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis gives a recap of the County Council Agenda.

( 38:36) Youth Sports Alliance Executive Director Emily Fisher has an update on youth sports.

Ballotpedia

 

Voters will decide on a constitutional amendment which would change the way education is funded in Utah. Since the 1940’s, K through 12 education has been the recipient of revenues from state income taxes. In the mid 90’s higher education was added on to that income tax earmark.

Wasatch High School

Wasatch High School is moving to an online learning model school wide beginning on Monday. Concerns about a spike in positive COVID-19 cases in the community has prompted the move.

School District Communications Director Kirsta Albert sent the notice to parents in the school district explaining that the move to 100% online learning for the high school would last through Friday, October 24. The normally scheduled Fall Break for students is Oct 14 through October 19.

PCSD

 

The American Federation of Teachers Utah Chapter Labor Union wants the Park City School District Board of Education to designate one day during the school week to on-line learning only. The school board is holding a special meeting Tuesday to consider an early release one day a week but does not plan to close to in school learning for a full day at this time.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 21:35) Wasatch Crest substance abuse recovery center CEO Jim Huffman.

( 36:24) Executive Director of Christian Center of Park City Rob Harter has an update on the services the organization offers.

Wasatch County

Representatives from Midway, Heber and Wasatch County participated in an interlocal meeting to receive updates on about a dozen agenda topics that impact the Heber Valley and surrounding areas.

The 230-mile Wasatch Loop Trail, when complete, will circumnavigate the Wasatch Mountain Range from Ogden to Provo. The $15 million Provo River Parkway section is a part of the trails project. Wasatch County Council Member Kendall Crittenden says the section of trail along the Provo River in Wasatch County is coming close to design completion.

Park City Community Foundation

During this global pandemic, early childhood care and education options are less available and affordable than usual. The Park City Community Foundation held a Zoom meeting last week to kick off a $100,000 matching grant, fundraising effort. With that kickoff, they discussed local and regional community efforts to address the challenges.

University of Utah Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

A recent report from the economic policy institute at the University of Utah shows that in 2019 visitors spent more than $10 billion in the tourism sector.

KPCW brings this review of the data for Wasatch and Summit Counties along with some projections for the post COVID-19 economic future.

Wasatch County Emergency Management Photo

The Wasatch County Council is holding an interlocal meeting on Wednesday evening beginning at 6:30 P.M.to provide updates on many high-profile issues facing the county. The meeting is available to the public through a webinar link.

Jeremy Bown is the project manager with UDOT and will give an update on the Heber Parkway Environmental Study which will define if US 40 through-traffic should be routed off Heber’s Main street.

Park City Community Foundation

Summit County is contributing $1 million to the Park City Community Foundation to distribute to non-profits for COVID-19 relief.

KPCW has the details along with several other community foundation initiatives on the calendar in the upcoming weeks.

CDC

Utah reported another record high number of new COVID-19 cases Thursday. 1,198 cases were reported. Schools along the Wasatch back continue to use state and county health protocols to keep students and staff safe, but with recent increases statewide, they’re now closely monitoring student cases. 

The Park City School District adopted a COVID case count dashboard which is on their website, pcschools.us. Their case count jumped from three posted on Wednesday to seven cases as of Thursday morning.

Heber City Planning

The Heber City Planning Commission met on Tuesday passing on positive recommendations on the development known as the  Springs at Coyote Ridge, the North Village Overlay zone and voting in favor of the changes to code guidelines for Owner Occupied Accessory Units.

Wasatch County School District

Beginning last week, all students in the Wasatch County School District can access school lunch and breakfasts for free. As of Monday, online students can also access free meals through a drive-up system offered at the high school.

On August 31, the US Department of Agriculture announced a plan to fund free lunches for any student through December 31, or until money runs out. To participate in the program, a school just needs to be a member of the National School Lunch Program.

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