Carolyn Murray


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.  

Today on the Local News Hour:

(08:27) - Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson talks with Carolyn about the court ordered stay on a disputed case between the city of Midway and Rocky Mountain Power.

(20:20) - The Christian Center of Park City Executive Director Rob Harter discusses the services they offer for those individuals and families who are struggling to meet rent and utility payments during this time.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise and Thursday Governor Gary Herbert issued a mask mandate for all school districts in Utah but he still resists issuing a statewide mask order.

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The Park City Mountain Resort base area development is on the agenda once again with planners considering their request to approve the project under the 22-year old master plan development agreement.  The public and Park City planners toured the area Wednesday afternoon.


The development was granted approval in 1998. Twenty-two years down the road, present owner Vail Resorts is disentangling from the development by planning to sell the 10 acres of parking lot to PEG Companies, a real estate developer in Provo.  


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The public conversation on Park City’s proposal to build a new $2 million Senior Center on a green space parcel in City Park continued Tuesday. During the monthly Coffee with Council, city and county officials brought some added viewpoints along with a longer-range look into the growing senior population in Summit County. 


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This season’s edition of Park City Magazine is available. And, despite the limitations of COVID-19 social distancing, the publishers were able to deliver an edition that highlights local old-timers, new fresh faces, and things to do during the summertime in the Wasatch Back.


Park City Magazine Editor Jane Gendron admits the publication had to make some adjustments, but she says because so much focus in this summer/fall edition is on outdoor activities, they were able to keep much of their content as they had planned. 


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Park City officials held a virtual public input meeting, with 60 in attendance, to discuss the city’s proposal to build a new senior center on a parcel of land in City Park.


Another virtual meeting is planned for Tuesday at 9 a.m. as a "Coffee With The Council" stream on the city's Facebook page.


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The Sundance Institute has announced it is cutting 24 positions in Los Angeles, New York, and Park City. Some staff will move to reduced schedules with greatly reduced seasonal staff budgets. 


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Summertime means road work and Park City Public Works has paving projects across town scheduled to start next week.


Beginning Monday, July 6, the parking lot at the PC MARC will be shut down while repaving occurs. Public Works Manager Troy Daley says it should take a couple of days to do the work and he encourages residents to avoid driving to the center to use it for several days.


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Park City Municipal announced in a press release on Monday that a new Senior Center will be built at 1260 Park Avenue adjacent to the skate park and across from the library. The announcement has taken some members of the senior community by surprise.

An in-person drive through meeting is scheduled Thursday from 1-2 at the Park City Senior Center.

Virtual Zoom meetings are scheduled for Thursday (tomorrow 3-4 p.m.) and Tuesday, July 2 at 9 a.m.


  Mask-wearing, social distancing and strict hygiene measures are difficult enough with adults, but what happens when childcare operations are required to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols?


Creekside Kids Academy and Peek Program Executive Director Brandy Rasmussen says the big challenge with COVID-19 is keeping up with the changes in safety protocols. The mask order applies to children aged two and older, which she says is very difficult to enforce.


Today on the Local News Hour: 

(03:51) -  Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting.

(20:58) - Carol Loomis, founder and board chair of PC Tots and Brandi Rasmussen owner of Creekside Kids Academy talk about opening up childcare programs in the COVID-19 period.

Today on the Local News Hour:

( 00:01)  Kent Jones Summit County Clerk  talks about tomorrows primary elections. 

(  14:39)  Park City Mountain's Chief Operating Officer Mike Goar with updates about the reopening of the resort July 2nd.

( 29.24) Rich Bullough Director of Summit County Health Department updates us about the mandatory mask mandate issued by Goveneror Gary Herbert on Friday. 

  [This post as been updated with the correct audio.]



Developers for the 40-acre Huntsman property in Deer Valley hoped to get approval from City Council for their plan to subdivide the parcel into 15 lots with a common space area that includes the 22,000 square foot Huntsman home.

KPCW reports on the unusual tie breaking vote to continue the topic for discussion at the next council meeting.

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The Park City Council unanimously decided to cancel all events for the summer season. The council did not approve a 4th of July parade, fireworks or hosting the long running volleyball tournament in the park. The list of cancellations includes Triple Crown baseball and softball, Park City Soccer and Lacrosse tournaments along with Miners Day gatherings.

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  A 2020 Park City High School graduate is presenting her digital painting in an exhibit at the Springville Art Museum. 


The museum received more than 300 submissions from Utah students ranging from kindergartners to seniors in high school.

The project was inspired by the isolation and uncertainty many are experiencing because of COVID-19.