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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Park City School District

Bright Futures is a local program that seeks to help first-generation-immigrant students to prepare for college, gain admission, and navigate the years they will spend on campus.

The program counsels’ students through the grades of high school. It is sending off its first graduating class.

The coordinator of the program, Rebecca Gonzales, said Bright Futures is organized and funded under the Park City Education Foundation. They began with their first group of students three years ago.

SBRD

The weather isn’t being cooperative, but still, the upcoming Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off to summer—for the Snyderville Recreation District and many others.

District Director Brian Hanton discussed some of their summer plans, in addition to some long-range items.

Hanton noted that the splash pad at the Basin Fieldhouse will be open on Friday.

Summit County Republican Party

The Summit County Republican Party has elected a new chair. Jennifer McDonald says she wants to get the base excited—and even wants to get Republicans involved in the 2019 local city races, which are non-partisan.

McDonald has been in the Park City area for about 25 years, and currently lives in the Ranch Place neighborhood.

She said she’s working to get Republican candidates to throw their hats in the ring. It’s hard to get people to step up but they’re talking to some possible contenders.

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Courtesy Park City Municipal

The filing window for Park City Council races open in just two weeks. So Park City is hosting a workshop Tuesday to prepare any residents who are interested in running for office.

There are three seats open on the City Council this year. Two of the incumbents there—Nan Worell and Becca Gerber—have indicated they are running for re-election. The third, Lynn Ware Peek, has said she won’t seek another four years on Council.

One challenger, local businessman Max Doilney has thrown his hat in the ring.

Summit County Democratic Party

The Summit County Democratic Party recently elected a new chairwoman and delegates nominated a replacement for County Assessor

At their convention held earlier in May, the county Democrats elected Meredith Reed to succeed Cheryl Butler as chairwoman of the party.

Reed is an Air Force veteran, Park City realtor and KPCW DJ. She was also the campaign manager last year for Eileen Gallagher, who ran to represent Utah’s Senate District 26, which ranges from Vernal to a substantial portion of Summit County.

Summit County

A meeting of stakeholders on Wednesday looked at the problems around a stretch of the Weber River, from Summit to Morgan County, that’s becoming overcrowded with users during the warm months.

Summit County Council member Kim Carson says they had a productive session, as they’re responding to items like rowdy behavior, drunkenness and garbage.

A Park City High School student appeared in Third District Juvenile Court Friday morning and admitted that he discharged pepper spray in a school lecture hall last month in order to disrupt a meeting organized by a conservative student group.   

The youth entered into a plea in abeyance agreement with the court.

The student was 17 years old at the time of the incident.   He turned 18 in early May, and said he plans to attend college this August.

A Salt Lake Valley man arrested last month for shooting his older brother at a Canyons hotel entered into a plea agreement Monday with Summit County prosecutors.

The defendant, 32-year-old Christopher Leahy Head, has been confined to the Summit County Jail. After his approval of the plea agreement, Third District Court Judge Patrick Corum ordered the man’s release.

As we’ve reported, local youth soccer coach Gerardo Nava came to a plea agreement in Third District Court Monday after being arrested last year on allegations of Identity Fraud.

With a crowd of supporters in attendance, the 35-year-old non-citizen pled to a reduced Misdemeanor Charge.

His attorney said that Nava’s history is not unusual.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office filed Identity Fraud and Forger charges against Nava in September of 2018.

A local soccer coach, and non-citizen, facing charges of Identity Fraud, went to a Third District Court hearing Monday, with an audience of 60 to 70 locals showing up in support.

In the end, the defendant, 35-year-old Gerardo Nava, entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors. He was sentenced to a year on prohibition, as the courtroom audience applauded at the end of the hearing.

He will, however, go onto a proceeding with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

A judge in Third District Court last week heard arguments from opposing attorneys, in the lawsuit filed by Summit Water against the company’s original founders and managers.

In the end, Judge Kent Holmberg turned down a Motion to Dismiss the suit, though he noted that at this stage of the case, he isn’t ruling on the merits of the claims made by either side.

Judge Holmberg said in his decision that under legal doctrine, the plaintiffs at this stage just have to show that they have made “sufficient claims” for their suit to continue

Summit County

As we’ve reported, the Summit County Council had to cope with the news that the low bid for their Jeremy/Pinebrook Roundabout project came in 24 percent over their budget.

The council decided this week to go forward with the project this year. Council Chairman Roger Armstrong said the budget news wasn’t the end of the world, but it was irritating.

Armstrong told KPCW that several factors went into the overage reported to the Council on Wednesday. The bidding process started late, since the county was held up by some right-of-way acquisition problems.

Brad Reed

The noise wall along 1-80 at Jeremy Ranch is a fact of life now, but Summit County Council members hope they can talk the Utah Department of Transportation into tweaking the look of the barrier.

During the Wednesday discussion about the Jeremy Roundabout project, council was visited by a UDOT representative. Council chairman Roger Armstrong said they hope the state can change the color of the wall.

Ballet West

Ballet West’s Park City Academy is presenting its annual spring recital this weekend at the Eccles Center.

The campus administrator for Ballet West, Sandy Flury, said they will present their program on Saturday at 1:00 and 6:00 pm.

She said that all of their students, some 250 youngsters, will take part in the presentation, with the aid of some double casting.

“The first half of the show is a showcase of all styles of dance. Then the second half of the show is a Sleeping Beauty Aurora's wedding, and it's a ballet.”

Summit County

The Summit County Council got some bad news Wednesday, from an item that was added to their agenda just the day before. 

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