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.  

Wasatch County


The Wasatch County council meets in regular session on Wednesday and will discuss a possible late rezone application for the Indian Ridges Project.


The Benlock Ranch is asking Wasatch County Council for a modification to street cross section requirements. They want the council to authorize a sidewalk on just one side of the street where the existing requirement is to have sidewalks on both sides. 


Midway City


Summit Land Conservancy is partnering with Wasatch area local governments and private landowners to preserve a 78-acre parcel called the Mountain Spa located in Midway. It’s a unique coalition of interests coming together to save open space that would otherwise be slated for homes and development. 


Today on the Local News Hour:

(05:00) - Utah Film Commission Director Virginia Pearce talks about five new productions coming to the state of Utah as well as the loss of the hit TV show Yellowstone.

(22:20) - Bill Wyatt, Executive Director of the Salt Lake City International Airport has details about the opening of the new airport after 4 years and $4 billion spent on the new facility.

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On Wednesday, Wasatch County Council received an update on the UDOT study being done to determine future traffic solutions for Heber City’s Main Street.

Park City Police Department


The Park City Police Department will host a 9/ 11 memorial event to remind us of those first responders who died 19 years ago on the morning of September 11, 2001. But COVID-19 redefines all gatherings and this year, the remembrance will look different, but the community can still take part, if not from a distance. 


Park City Municipal Corporation


The COVID-19 pandemic has been a remarkable time for realtors and home sales. Local real estate agents sold more properties in the Wasatch Back year-to-date than they did all of last year.


Park City Municipal


Park City Planning Commissioners meet today to discuss changes to dark sky regulations address updates to the general Land Management Codes.


Planning Director Bruce Erickson says Park City’s Dark Skies regulations are as old as the 1980’s and planners want to approve the new guidelines which will dictate both commercial and residential lighting. He says they’ve combined other city’s codes with Utah’s regulations to come up with new lighting requirements. 


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


(  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.