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.  

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher has a preview of Wednesday's County Council meeting.  The Lincoln Station rezone proposal is up for a possible decision from Council.  It would allow for 78 units on a 4 acre parcel on Bitner Road.  Included in the project is small commercial space. Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis talks with KPCW about the Truth in Taxation hearing held last week by the Wasatch County Council to address the aging water lines coming from the Duchesne area. It represents a small tax increase to the residents of Wasatch County.

  Mountainlands Community Housing Trust Director Scott Loomis has an update on the affordable housing projects underway in Heber City, Silver Creek Village and Discovery. Mountainlands is also celebrating its 25th anniversary in September with a party on the Bob Wells Plaza in Old Town.

An early algae bloom at Rockport Reservoir caused the Summit County Health Department to issue a boating and bathing warning to recreationists.  As of this week, the warning has been lifted and the lake is now open for use.  Carolyn Murray has this:

  

The algal bloom came early this year whereas last year, Rockport had a later than normal bloom. Summit County Environmental Health Director, Phil Bondurant says the algal bloom is always unwelcome and is a big health issue.  It’s called Algal instead of Algea because it represents multiple species.

Voting in Primary Elections in Utah can be confusing unless you affiliate with either the Republican or Democratic Party.  The Vote by Mail system has proven to increase participation but there are still substantial numbers of registered voters who don’t cast a Primary Ballot due to the decisions made by the Republican State Party along with the County Clerks who decide which ballots are sent out.  Carolyn Murray has this:

  On today's Local News Hour guest host Carolyn Murray updates the mountain trail conditions with a call in interview from Laura of the Mountain Trails Foundation.  Republican Congressman John Curtis talks about his time in Washington D.C. representing the 3rd District.  He is running against Chris Herrod who is challenging him in the June 26th Republican Primary Election. Park City Mayor Andy Beerman gives an update on Thursday's City Council Meeting covering the issues of social equity, homelessness in Park City, transit programs and the Historic Preservation Awards.

Local News Hour - May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018

  Summit County Council member, Doug Clyde has an update on the council meeting which includes discussion on the new frontage road proposals for the Bitner access to Silver Creek. He gives a detailed explanation of the complicated state transit tax increase proposed by the state legislature last session.  Chris Herrod is one of two Primary Republican candidates for US House District 3 which is a seat currently held by John Curtis who won the special election in November.  He and Curtis are facing off in this Primary Election coming up on June 26th.

Park City Manager Diane Foster and Budget Operations and Strategic Planning Manager Jedd Briggs talk about the busy agenda City Council has for Thursday; budget, pest control and parking are just a few of the highlights. Craig Crowley, Summit County emergency manager, addresses wildfire risk, using emergency management systems, and putting in place family communications systems, which can be essential if a catastrophic event should occur.

  In today's KPCW Local News Hour, Carolyn Murray introduces the new Park City School District Superintendent, Jill Gildae.  She comes from the Greenwich Public School System in Connecticut where she has been the Superintendent for the past year.  Our second guest is Summit County Manager, Tom Fisher with a preview of Wednesday's County Council Meeting.  He covers agenda items that include a discussion on another transit sales tax that could be implemented by 2019.  The Director of the Kimball Arts Center, Jory Macomber and Park City Summit County Arts Council Community Manager, Jocelyn Scu

Jill Gildea

The Park City Board unanimously approved Dr. Jill Gildea to be the new Superintendent replacing Ember Conley who did not renew her contract with the school district in 2017.  Dr. Gildea most recently was head of the Greenwich Public School System in Connecticut.  Carolyn Murray has this: 

  The first guest on todays program is Heber Mayor Keleen Potter talking about the annexation, zoning and land use updates in this rapidly growing community.

Local News Hour - May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

  Today Snyderville Planning Commissioner Chairperson, Bea Peck gave a run-down of the 4 hours they spent discussing a new development rezone, development agreement and conditional use permit on Bitner Road.  Chris Robinson, Summit County Council member says UDOT gave an update on the Noise Wall they plan to build along I-80 near Jeremy Ranch as well as a Fire Prevention discussion and update from the Summit County Fire District.

Local News Hour - May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

Today starts with Tom Noeker and Amber Nelson from the South Summit Trails Foundation talking about projects short and long term.  They are partnering with the National Forest Service to create a trails network in the Uinta Cache National Forrest with ground-breaking slated for 2019. The second guest is Democratic primary candidate Eileen Gallagher,  a pediatrician, mother, and volunteer who is running for the state senate seat District 26.

Local News Hour - May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

  Summit County Manager, Tom Fisher gives a preview of  Wednesday's County Council meeting beginning at 11:30 with the Summit Bike Share launch at the KImball Junction Transit Center . They go into closed session at 1 pm and begin the work session at 3:10 pm in the Sheldon Richin's Building auditorium. Students Faith Staley and Adam Herbst talk about the upcoming gun debate scheduled for May 31st.  They've invited political candidates for the discussion in the hope of creating a civilized dialogue on the topic of Gun Control.

Local News Hour - April 24, 2018

Apr 24, 2018

      Summit County Sheriffs Department, Andrew Wright and Justin Hemingway talk about a community workshop called Front Line and Blue Line  which is scheduled for May 14th at Ecker Hill Middle School.  Park City Planning Director Bruce Erikson has a preview of the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday.  Utah Open Lands Executive Director, Wendy Fisher and National Weather Service Senior Hydrologist, Brian McInerney talk to KPCW about the Brock Evans Earth Day Conservation award given to McInerney for his lifetime of work educating people on the effects of climate change.  

Local News Hour - April 23, 2018

Apr 24, 2018

In today's program, the Director of External Relations for the Utah Association of Counties, Lincoln Schurz provides a preview of the UAC meeting beginning Monday in Saint George.  Bob Wheaton, President and General Manager of Deer Valley talks about the ski season and the timing of when they will announce the concert line up for this summer's new concert promoter.  He says the events will be bigger but less frequent.  Finally, Brantlee Eason, the Summit County Republican Chair talks about the lively state convention held in Salt Lake City this past weekend.  Three Republican Candidates wi

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