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.  

Utah State Board of Education

The Park City Board of Education abruptly terminated all salary negotiations earlier this month in anticipation of deep budget cuts to state education funding. However, the Utah legislature met in a special session last week and preserved a 1.8% increase to school funding.

PEG Companies

The Park City Planning Commission will take another look at the PEG development application at the base of Park City Mountain. The scope of the project is yet to be defined and the commission must determine if a new master plan approval is needed to proceed with construction.

Utah State Government

The Utah legislature met in special session last week passing dozens of bills, most related to budget cuts, in response to COVID-19 revenue shortfalls. Legislators elected to appropriate small increases in education and social services funding.

Park City High School

On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Obama era executive order known as DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It allows young people brought to the U.S. as minors, to remain under legal protection if they are working or in school. The ruling was a blow to the Trump administration which had challenged the legality of the 2012 order.

Park City

The Park City Police Department, like many law enforcement agencies around the country, is feeling the impacts of George Floyd’s death which resulted from an interaction with the Minneapolis Police force.

Chief Carpenter says the George Floyd episode is difficult and they and many other police forces are working to reestablish trust with their communities.

PCMC

Park City Council’s Friday roundtable discussion focused on COVID-19 impacts to early childhood daycare and learning. They also discussed the challenges for Pre-K through 12 education delivery since schools closed in mid-March.

PCSD

The Park City Board of Education unanimously passed a 2021 preliminary budget. The legislature asked Utah’s school districts to calculate up to a 10% cut in budgets for the coming school year. A special legislative session begins tomorrow (Thursday) to determine how deep the cuts will be. This all happening amid staff and teacher contract negotiations.

Hal Compton

Longtime Research Historian for the Park City Museum Hal Compton died Monday morning. His legacy in Park City is reflected in the extensive volunteer work for the Museum and his dedication to preserving the history of the area.

According to Park City Museum Director Sandra Morrison, Hal Compton served as the Park City Historian Laureate and is the namesake of the Museum’s Research Library. He was a dedicated volunteer researcher for the museum for nearly 3 decades.

Park City Museum

The Park City Museum has re-opened to visitors with COVID-19 distancing protocols in place. With the closure in mid-March, the staff and volunteers have been working on many projects including making the facility safe to welcome back the public.

Park City Museum Executive Director Sandra Morrison says they are open Friday’s through Sundays, 11 to 5. Admissions will be timed with an effort to keep groups together with visitors following one-way directional guidelines.  As summer traffic increases, she says  they plan to add additional days to the schedule.

PCSD

Park City School District contract negotiations have been terminated by the Board of Education. An announcement was sent to district personnel stating there would be no salary increases this year due to expected revenue shortfalls from the COVID-19 impacts.  A board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 4 with public input scheduled for 5 P.M.

According to Co-President of the Park City Teacher’s Association Julie Hooker, the impacts to the school district budget are not yet known and the decision to terminate negotiations is unprecedented.

Kimball Arts Center

Park City Council met Thursday night and discussed the possibility of holding a limited Kimball Arts Festival this summer. The board and staff of the Kimball Arts Center have been working on just what that would look like under the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

Deer Valley

The Park City Council business roundtable today (Friday) hosted a conversation with the general managers from Park City Mountain, Deer Valley and the chair elect for the Chamber Board.

With the restrictions beginning to lift around the state of Utah, local businesses are looking for ways to safely invite people back to Summit County. The summer business season is already impacted by many cancelled events due to concerns over large gatherings, but the business community is hopeful there is still a market for outdoor activities, dining and shopping.

Renai Miller

 A peaceful protest was organized by a handful of Wasatch County teens who wanted to join the social movement and speak out against institutional racism and the tragic death of George Floyd. It was attended by more than 200 and the event highlighted personal experiences of racism and injustice.

Andy Beerman

 Four mayors from the Wasatch Back joined a protest march in SLC last week. They were invited by the Salt Lake City mayor to participate in the protest acknowledging the police brutality that is responsible for the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter says participating in the protest in Salt Lake City last week was a memorable life event. The marcher’s sentiments covered a complete spectrum of human emotions. She says it was a raw display of humanity.

Ben McAdams

Park City Municipal’s Roundtable meeting last week hosted special guests from Utah’s Federal delegation. Senator Mitt Romney and Representative Ben McAdams talked about emissions standards, air quality, clean water and open lands funding.

The virtual city meeting covered topics related to COVID-19 business impacts which includes a discussion of the climate change crisis. Recent federal rollbacks in emissions standards has Republican Senator Mitt Romney concerned about air quality in Utah.

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