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.  

On today's Local News Hour, KPCW’s legislative reporter, Emily Means talks about the last two weeks of the 2019 session. The bill to ban cities banning single use plastic bags is back again this year. HB 259  is a bi-partisan bill that would eliminate straight party voting. Forty-three states have eliminated straight-ticket voting.Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez talks about the multi-state crime spree which included a bank robbery at Kimball Junction on Friday.

Thursday evening, after closing the road, the Utah Department of Transportation set off an avalanche on SR 189 through Provo Canyon.  Road Crews plan to work (ed) through the night on Thursday and a Utah Highway Patrol spokesperson said they may continue to work on it through the day on Friday. (today) Carolyn Murray has this report:

Park City School District Director of Technology and Assessment, Drew Fink,  talks about last year’s state SAGE testing results and the new testing contract Utah has in store beginning this year. Kelly Gallow from the Summit County Health Department says Radon Gas can be found in 1 of 3 Utah homes and it is responsible for the most lung cancer deaths for non-smokers in the state. January is Radon Gas Awareness month and every household should be tested. Cheryl Fox, Executive Director for the Summit Land Conservancy talks about the Nordic ski event at the Osguthorpe Farm on Saturday.

Summit County Council Member, Glenn Wright talks about the recent Council Meeting. Dusty Morgan is with the Utah State University Summit County Extension. She talks about the upcoming Summit and Wsatch County Master Gardening Certification Program beginning on February 7th . Peter Baxter is the Co-Founder and Director of Slam Dance. He talks about their early days , their mission to support emerging film makers and some highlight films to expect at the festival beginning Jan 25th. Emily Fisher and Jana Dalton with the Youth Sports Alliance  talk about Get Out and Play.

Park City Council Member, Tim Henney talks with KPCW about Tuesday’s council meeting. Summit County Health Department Health Promotion Director, Shelley Worley and Health Educator SaRene Brooks talk about Diabetes Awareness and their prevention program. Skip Taylor has helped manage and promote the band, Canned Heat for more than 50 years. He talks about their performances this coming weekend at the Egyptian Theater.  

On today's show David Rosenbloom, an Attorney specializing in DUI cases talks about the new .05 BAC law that took effect on Dec 30th. Then Summit County Economic Development Director Jeff Jones talks about the economic report presented to the Governor’s office and the upcoming 2019 goals that include transportation, workforce housing, environmental stewardship and mental wellness. And final guest Communications Director for the US Ski and Snowboard Team Tom Webb talks about Mikaela Shiffrin winning her 51st World Cup event.

Local News Hour - December 17, 2018

Dec 17, 2018

Park City Day School Head of School, Ian Crossland talks about their efforts to become accredited as  International Baccalaureate School. They begin teacher training in the lower school right away and plan to spend the next two years working toward the goal. They’ll follow with the upper school next year as they work toward full accreditation for grades K-8. James Nieheus, artist and map maker talks about his 30-year career of creating ski area maps for most of the resorts in North America.

Heber City Mayor, Kelleen Potter has the latest update on the Rocky Mountain Power Project which would install high power transmission lines through the Heber Valley. She talks about the work underway on the Heber By-pass along with Christmas Holiday activities happening in Heber City. Park City Council Person, Becca Gerber says Thursdays Council Meeting made her proud to be from Park City as they received updates from the Lucky Ones Coffee Shop and public input supporting moving up the City’s Net Zero goals.

Summit County Council member Kim Carson has an update on Wednesday’s council meeting. Utah House Representative, Tim Quinn talks about the Medical Marijuana compromise bill the legislature will consider on Monday in the special session. Captain Phil Kirk from the Park City Police Department talks about the Shop With A Cop event coming up on Saturday.

Nonbinding Opinion Question 1 which was the 10 cents per gallon gas tax increase for education, failed. It was an advisory bill that would have supported funding for roads allowing other transportation dollars to be diverted for education funding.

Question 1 was voted down 66 to 44 percent. The nonbinding opinion question was an advisory bill written to gauge voter interest. The initiative would have required Utah legislatures to pass another bill to support the tax increase.

Utah’s population is growing as is the economy. People are moving in, jobs are plentiful, and the legislature passed a tax increase last year that will help equalize school funding and help pay for the student growth throughout the state.

Executive Director of Park City Mountain Trails Foundation, Charlie Sturgis gives an update on conditions and asks mountain bikers to exercise good judgement and sty off of muddy trails. Director of the Park City Ski and Snowboard Team, John Kanarowski talks about the information event for parents on Wednesday and the upcoming Annual Ski Swap the first weekend in November. Kim Carson talks about the UDOT decision to turn a chain up area near the Silver Creek Woodside Homes neighborhood into a full-time, overnight big rig parking area.

Summit County Environmental Health Director, Phil Bondurant talks to Carolyn bout the $120,000-dollar EPA grant they received to reduce wood smoke emissions in the county.  Park City School District Board of Education candidate, Kara Henrickson talks about her background and her reasons for running for the open school board seat. We have a sneak peek at the upcoming debate on Proposition 4 with two representatives from either side of the gerrymandering citizen’s initiative.

Park City Board of Education Vice President, JJ Ehlers talks with Carolyn about the drop in Student Enrollment and other topics discussed at the school board meeting on Tuesday. Park City School Board Candidate, Vicky Fitlow is running for the district 4 seat which is currently held by JJ Ehlers. She outlines her reasons for running and what she hopes to contribute to the school board, if elected. Carolyn Rose is the Summit County Nursing Director and talks about the importance of getting a flu shot, if not for yourself, then do it for those who have compromised immune systems.

Summit County Fire Warden, Bryce Boyer talks about the three major fires this summer, their causes, damage and strategies used to combat them. Carolyn Wawra, Executive Director of Recycle Utah gives a run down on changes to plastic collection, an update on the final dumpster days of the year and a recap on the Hazardous Waste collection held the beginning of the month. UDOT Public Information Officer, John Gleason talks about the Truck chain-up lot near the US 40 and I-80 interchange.