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.  

On today's Local News Hour:

( 5:33) Assistant County Manager Janna Young joins the Local News Hour with a preview to Wednesday’s county council meeting.

( 29:09) Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson has a look at the agenda for the Wednesday Planning Commission meeting.

( 35:53) Summit Land Conservancy Executive Director Cheryl Fox has details on upcoming events and their current efforts to preserve a Weber River parcel in Peoa.

Heber City

 

The Heber City Council discussed the Old Mill development proposal for a third time in work session on Tuesday. It's located off US 40 south of 1200 south near the Wastch County Justice Court. Council is not comfortable with the zone change request, saying it’s not the right place for high-density residential development.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

( 04:12) Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt

 

( 19.:25 ) Gretchen Lee Executive Director of Mountain Mediations and Landlord and Tenent Attornmey Marcus Degen talk about eviction protections in place

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(  34:44) Jenny Diersen Special Events Director gives an update on ski season expectations, Sundance, what she is working on and how car free is going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utah Department of Environmental Quality

A warm bout of Labor Day Weekend weather is likely to draw people to the area reservoirs. However, the Wasatch County Health Department issued a warning restricting some recreating Thursday for Deer Creek Reservoir due to a potentially harmful algal bloom that can make people and animals sick if they are exposed. 

 

  On today's Local News Hour:

(05:25) Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong with a recap of Wednesday night’s meeting

(21:27) Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter talks about the Heber City council meeting on Tuesday night.

 

(32:37) Jocelyn Scudder, PC Summit County Arts Council talks about Art on the Trails!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Park City School District / PCSD

 

The candidate filing window for the November election closed on March 19. But to register as a write-in candidate, the deadline was Monday, Aug. 31 – and District 2 has a new challenger.

 

When the filing window closed, three sitting board members, Anne Peters from District 1, Board President Andrew Caplan, District 2 and Wendy Crossland, District 3 all filed to run for re-election. No other candidates filed for those seats at that time.

 

On today's Local News Hour

(05:56) - Park City Area Restaurant Association Cocktail Contest Winner Robbie Remmes with High West introduces the Devils Addition (20:00) - Park City Transit Manager Kim Fjeldsted and Scott Buringham, Transit Service Analyst, talk about changes for winter service and the public's opportunity to weigh in. (38:54) - Executive Director of Summit Coummunity Gardens Sloan Johnson has an update on some upcoming events.  

Park City Municipal

 

 

Park City Police reported two automobiles stolen from an Old Town neighborhood last week. Both have been recovered as of yesterday. Police are also continuing to patrol and ticket vehicles using the Prospector neighborhood to bypass traffic back-ups on Kearns.

 

The two vehicles were reported stolen on Thursday, Aug. 27. A Silver Infinity QX80 was taken overnight from the 200 block of Daly Avenue. The other, a 2020 Subaru Forester SUV, was stolen from the 100 block of King Road.

 

Wasatch County Health Department

The Utah State Department of Health reports on Friday  that a Wasatch County female, between 65 and 84 died due to COVID-19. In total, three long term care facility residents, from Wasatch County, have died from COVID-19 since Monday, August 24.

On Wednesday, August 26, a Wasatch County man, older than 85, who had been living in a long-term care facility, died due to COVID-19.

Monday, August 24, a woman 65 to 84, living in a Wasatch County long term care facility, also died from COVID.

Park City School District

 

The Park City School District met on Wednesday and was presented with Master Plan funding options. Board members are considering mechanisms to pay for larger high school to include 9th grade, expanding all four elementary schools to accommodate universal pre-K and building a new wing on Ecker Hill Middle School to bring in the 8th grade.

 

Image of the entrance into Park City High School
Park City High School

 

On Wednesday, while employees and other citizens rallied outside the Park City School District offices voicing concerns over COVID-19 safety protocols, the Board of Education ratified Board of Education ratified a district-wide employee contract that will increase salaries each year over the next four.

 

Park City Fire District

 

Three firefighters from the Park City Fire District left for California to assist in responding to the many fires currently burning across the state.

 

Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt says it’s a good thing all around to have staff who are certified to fight wildfires. And all three of the men who went to help crews battle fires in Northern California were excited to go. 

 

Park City School District

 

At its meeting Wednesday night, the Park City Board of Education ratified the contract negotiated by the Park City Education Association, including a raise in all salaries.

 

School board President Andrew Caplan says under this teacher contract, all employees will get a raise. The contract is a four-year agreement which will increase rates for teachers with masters and bachelor’s degrees by as much as 24% through the four-year contract period. 

 

Carolyn Murray/KPCW

 

Grassroots group Safe Utah Schools organized a rally Wednesday afternoon in front of the Park City School District building just before the school board held its meeting in an effort to raise community awareness of the safety concerns teachers have with crowded classrooms and COVID-19 mitigation efforts in schools. 

 

About 100 people, including teachers and other concerned citizens, gathered along Kearns Boulevard soliciting honks and waves from passing vehicles.

 

The Park City Board of Education sent a letter to teachers on Monday night informing them that salary and benefit negotiations are nearly finished and the board plans to ratify their pay raises at Wednesday’s meeting.

Some teachers, though, who requested to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, say they feel like the letter is threatening and if they continue to express their concerns about overcrowded classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic, the deal could be off. 

 

 

 

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