Rick Brough

Summit County Reporter

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covers Summit County meetings and issues. KPCW snagged him from The Park Record in the '80s, and he's been on air and covering the entire county ever since. He produces the Week In Review podcast, as well a heads the Friday Film Review team.

Rick is also a pop-culture savant (who would bury you in Trivial Pursuit), which makes him the perfect host for KPCW's weekend interview show of filmmakers, actors and critics during the Sundance Film Festival. Revealing his darker side, you can catch him every Friday afternoon with Randy Barton on The Local View discussing which celebrities passed on that week.

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Summit County manager Tom Fisher just gave a development approval for the Promontory project--but with some conditions.

Fisher held a hearing last week about a new phase to expand the Nicklaus Clubhouse in Promontory. He said he approved it--but with two conditions.

"The two conditions are that an affordable housing plan for the 37-units be developed and accepted by the county before building permits are issued as well as a time-line for that affordable housing plan would be developed and accepted by the county before building permits are issued."

Everybody knows we’re dealing with a very warm very dry summer. But the new director of the Mountain Regional Water District, Scott Morrison, said their water supply isn’t a critical problem at this point.

Morrison said one dry summer isn’t a problem for them.

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As part of their agenda on Wednesday, the Summit County Council will consider their options to acquire a unit in Bear Hollow--in order to preserve it as Affordable Housing.

The council meets at the Coalville Courthouse and shortly before 4:00 pm, they will discuss the Right of First Refusal they have to acquire a unit on Oslo Lane.

County manager Tom Fisher explained the county had aimed to generate housing with deed restrictions.

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  The Summit County Council has a long agenda Wednesday, with a variety of topics from a community market to improvements for the Olympic Park.

  The council meets at the Coalville Courthouse.

 Among the items at about 2:15, the council gets a briefing on the county Community Market, which starts next week, sponsored by the county Health Department. County manager Tom Fisher explained this continues a program they started last year.

  A sentence was handed down in Third District Court Monday to a semi-truck driver who was shopping online on his phone when he rear-ended a sedan on U.S. 40 last year. The resulting accident paralyzed the driver of the vehicle and killed the passenger.

 The defendant, 38-year-old Nathaniel Bone from Midvale, was sentenced to 120 days in the county jail and three years’ probation.

  A California motorist was arrested last week in Summit County and charged with human trafficking after being caught with eight undocumented immigrants in his vehicle.

 The County Attorney’s Office has filed charges against 33-year-old Juan Pedro Nieves of El Monte, California.

 Their charging document says that last Tuesday, a county deputy conducted a record check on a Ford Expedition, heading eastbound on I-8o, and found its insurance status was unknown and invalid.

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The Commons at Newpark project received an approval earlier this summer, but that's been appealed. The dispute goes before the Summit County Council during its Wednesday session.

The council meets at the Coalville Courthouse Wednesday and the appeal of the Commons takes place at about 4:30 pm.

 The plan, from developer Gary Crandall and his sons, would create a building with seven townhouse units, up to four stories, located to the west of the Newpark Plaza. Although the parcel was originally planned as commercial, the project now is residential.

The Tollgate Canyon fire has been contained, but it raises a future issue for Summit County planners—what to do about rural neighborhoods, some of them over 50 years old, that never had two dedicated accesses for safety?

The Tollgate and Forest Meadows neighborhoods don’t have a designated second access—although last week, the county sheriff planned to open a crash gate on the Redhawk Ridge Road nearby if it was necessary.

During his regular report with KPCW, Summit County development director Pat Putt said the recent fire was a “bell-ringer”.

A Snyderville Basin resident, who was arrested last year on several charges for allegedly victimizing his girlfriend, came to Third District Court last week for sentencing.

The ultimate outcome was that 48-year-old Jason Stone pled Guilty to two lesser charges. He was sentenced to three years of supervised probation.

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As part of their agenda on Wednesday, the Summit County Council gave their approval for the two new department heads.

First, the council approved a contract for a new General Manager at the Mountain Regional Water District. Council member Roger Armstrong talked about Scott Morrison, who’s been an engineer with the district.