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.

Other features on Mr. Brough include:

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A Las Vegas resident who ran a direct-mail scam from a mailing address in Park City has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to six years in prison.

The sentence from U.S. District Judge Dee Benson was handed down to 50-year-old Daron Howell Fordham in late June.

He was also given three years of probation after his sentence, and Judge Benson ordered him to pay restitution.

Utah Department of Public Safety

A motorist was killed Saturday night in a collision with a semi-truck on Highway 40 near Strawberry Reservoir.

A report from the Utah Highway Patrol said that on Saturday at about 7:40 p.m. a white Kenworth semi-truck, pulling two tank trailers, was heading eastbound on 40—about 40 miles away from Silver Creek Junction.

UHP said a gray Honda Accord was heading northbound on Strawberry Road. When the Accord pulled out in front of the semi, attempting to make a left-hand-turn onto the highway, the Kenworth slammed into it on the driver’s side.

The case of a 13-year-old girl who went missing from the Homestead Resort Saturday afternoon appears to be a runaway situation, and not an abduction.


The family and friends of Annika Rose Bird put up a Facebook post late Saturday. The post said that at around 1:00 pm she was swimming at the resort in Midway with relatives, said she was going to their car and didn't return.


It is not official yet, but one Summit County Council member says they’re ready to join with Park City and ask UDOT not to add any more pavement to Highway 248 coming into town.

County Council Member Doug Clyde told KPCW that he thinks the County Council, like their counterparts at the city, want to promote transit on 248 and Kearns Boulevard.

The Park City Community Foundation earlier this week announced the recipient of its Women’s Giving Fund high-impact grant.

The $35,000 grant is going to the People’s Health Clinic, good news for an organization entering its 20th year.

Katie Wright, from the Foundation, said that in 2013 they planned to get $1,000 donations each from 1,000 people. That one-million-dollar endowment would go towards the needs of women and children.

Wright said this week’s announcement is their 5th grant.

Summit County

During their agenda on Wednesday, the Summit County Council will consider planning for their national forest lands; they may make a decision over an entry gate in a Jeremy Ranch subdivision; and will see the new design for the county’s web page.

The council meets at the Richins Services Building and starts their work session at about 3:30 pm

At about 3:40, they will get a presentation on the redesigned county website. County Manager Tom Fisher said they gathered input from both their staff and outsiders on how to improve the site.

Summit County

The building permit has gone ahead for the Crandall family to build their Commons at Newpark project. County Development Director Pat Putt talked about the building on the last infill space in the Newpark area of Kimball Junction.

Putt recalled that the original, much-debated plan from the Crandalls, approved by County Council, was to have seven townhomes in a building west of the Newpark amphitheater.

Park City Leadership

In a couple of months, this year’s Park City Leadership Class, along with several other community members, will be heading to Crested Butte, Colorado. The area is long familiar to Leadership program founder Myles Rademan.

Before he came to Park City in the mid-1980’s, Rademan worked in Crested Butte for many years. In fact, it was there, in 1973, that he began the Road Tours—gathering together community members to see other Western towns with similar problems.

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Members of the Snyderville Planning Commission have a couple of meetings on their agenda this week, including a session with the county council.

The Snyderville Commisison, meeting on Tuesday, 4:30 pm at the Richins Services Building, only has one item.

County Development Director Pat Putt said they’re discussing how to tweak the planning code on appeals, whether they are made against staff decisions or the Planning Commisison’s. He said the idea is to give everybody a better idea of what to expect.

Utah Highway Patrol

Traffic was backed up on Interstate 80 Sunday night following a truck crash with a Utah Highway Patrol vehicle. Three people, including a trooper, were treated or checked for injuries.

The Utah Highway Patrol reported that at about 7:30 pm a trooper was investigating a crash on westbound I-80, about a mile up from Lamb’s Canyon. The trooper’s vehicle was in the left-bound lane.

A truck carrying a trailer was headed in the same direction, and for an unknown reason, rolled over the UHP vehicle.

As we’ve reported, Park City parent Robert Ainsworth has filed a lawsuit, alleging that City Police and the Park City School District withheld information that could have saved his son from a fatal opioid overdose, nearly three years ago.

The 44-page suit was filed in U.S. District Court, charging the governmental defendants with civil rights violations.

A Park City parent has filed a lawsuit against the city police department, and the Park City School District, saying they withheld information that could have saved his 13-year-old son from a fatal overdose on the opioid known as Pink in 2016.

The suit was filed by Robert Ainsworth over the death of his son Ryan.

The named defendants include Park City Police Lt. Darwin Little, the Principal of Treasure Mountain Junior High, Emily Sutherland, and a counselor there, Nicholai Jensen.

Summit County

Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson says she was pleased with the attendance at a meeting last week that discussed the legal aspects of stream access on the Weber River.

She told KPCW there have been some conflicts because of confusion, on the part of landowners along the river, and recreationists trying to get to the Weber. Olson had details on a crucial 2017 Utah Supreme Court decision.

Sentencing was delayed in Third District Court Monday for a Salt Lake man who pled Guilty after shooting his brother at a Canyons hotel.

The judge put off a decision after a new allegation surfaced against the defendant. Although the details are unclear at this point.

The defendant, 32-year-old Christopher Leahy Head, was arrested in April. Officers reported that he, his older brother, and their families were staying at the Westgate Hotel when an argument broke out between the siblings. The defendant fired a handgun, striking the older brother in the rear.

Summit County

As we reported, Summit County is moving ahead toward electric cars.

Council member Kim Carson talked to us Thursday, noting that they have opened 12 new electric charging stations, mostly in the east side areas of Coalville and Kamas, for a total of 27.

Carson lives in Silver Creek and drives a hybrid car. So, she’s happy to hear about more charging stations coming to the county.