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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Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force

The Summit County Council Wednesday approved an updated Public Health Order that maintains its existing Mask Mandate, but adopts the state’s new health guidance system.  

County Health Director Rich Bullough told the Council that the updated order would rescind the orders 1 through 8, which they have issued since last spring.     It retains the Mandatory Mask Order from June, No. 9.

He said that the new state guidelines replace the former color-coded system, instead designating each county as low, moderate, or high risk.

In a contentious election year, the Summit  County Sheriff’s Department is still getting occasional reports of harassment over campaign signs or flags.

Other recent incidents include vandalism at a Factory Outlet Mall store.

Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright said that last week, a deputy contacted a Jeremy Ranch resident who got an anonymous letter after he displayed a Trump flag on his back deck that can be seen from some of the major roads in the area.

Officers were notified when the resident wrote a post on social media.

Summit County

It’s now the case that the Town of Hideout has approved an adverse annexation into Summit County—and has done it within the legal window.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher says that in the next few days, the county’s leadership will be discussing what to do next.  

Speaking to KPCW on Tuesday, Fisher said they still have a pending lawsuit in Fourth District Court—though the county wasn’t able to obtain an Injunction through that suit, to stop last week’s annexation.

Hideout Utah

As we have reported, the Hideout Town Council voted last Friday for an annexation into Summit County of 350 acres near Richardson Flat.   

Before the vote, they heard a number of comments from Nate Brockbank, who proposes to develop on the annexed land.    He offered up his opinions on Summit County, Park City, the media, and the attacks against him.

Brockbank talked to the Hideout Council last week about a development with some 600 residential units and a net 95,000 square feet of commercial.

Summit County

The Summit County Council at their last meeting talked about the RFP they will put out to solicit bids for their next garbage contract.

They’re not only looking to continue their basic services, but considering some new options to handle or recycle waste.

And more in the near future, the Council will be busy over the next two months discussing and approving the 2021 budget.    We asked Council member Kim Carson about the county’s prospects.

Wasatch County Sheriff's Office

A Midway resident has been arrested for vehicular homicide, and other offenses, after an accident this weekend.   

The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office issued a press statement that on Saturday night, the 17th, shortly after 10:30,  they got a call from a man saying that he had struck a pedestrian with his vehicle on Midway’s Main Street, and she was seriously injured.

Hideout Utah

Meeting late into the night Friday, the Hideout Town Council on a 3-2 vote approved an annexation into Summit County of 350 acres near Richardson Flat.

That came after Nate Brockbank, the prospective developer of the annexation, offered three significant changes to his agreement with the city.  Those include putting the development up to a possible referendum vote next June.    Brockbank also offered to build a Town Hall and Community Center in the project.

The town of Hideout can move forward with a proposal to annex into Summit County.   

A ruling Thursday afternoon from Fourth District Court Judge Jennifer Brown turned down Summit County’s request to halt the plan; or to find the town in contempt of court, for its second attempt to annex land in the Richardson Flat area.   

The judge’s ruling came just a few hours before a scheduled special Hideout Council meeting.     However, due to technical problems with the electronic meeting, the Council put off an annexation decision, re-scheduling that for Friday night at 7 p.m.

Hideout Utah

As we’ve reported, the ruling from Fourth District Court Judge Jennifer Brown has cleared the way for Hideout’s Town Council to decide about an annexation into Summit County—and about a prospective Development Agreement with businessman Nate Brockbank.

While the Town Council was scheduled to meet Thursday night, technical glitches led them to bump the meeting to Friday.

Meanwhile, the town also responded to a statement from Summit County and Park City, asking them to condemn the rhetoric of Brockbank’s attorney, Bruce Baird.

Hideout Utah

The Summit County Council has sent a letter asking the town of Hideout to drop its plans to annex into Summit County, enabling a residential/commercial project from developer Nate Brockbank. 

The county is asking the town to work with them and others in a regional planning effort.

Meanwhile, striking a different tone, the county and Park City, in a joint statement, is blasting Brockbank’s attorney Bruce Baird and is asking the town to renounce him, due to his controversial comments this week.

Hideout Utah

  

  Meeting in a work session Tuesday night, the Hideout Town Council responded to a stream of criticism from Monday night’s public meeting about Hideout’s possible annexation into Summit County.  

Council members acknowledged some of the reasons behind the complaints, they also deplored the attacks that took a nasty personal tone, including, reportedly, harassment outside the Mayor’s house. 

Hideout Utah

The Hideout Town Council hearing Monday night heard from dozens of people. Among those, the Council heard from their legislative representatives, and leaders of Summit County and Park City, past and present.

The hearing attracted lots of critics for the town’s proposed annexation into Summit County. It comes with scarcely a week left for the town’s legal window.

Hideout Utah

A public hearing hosted by the Hideout Town Council Monday night brought out comments that were overwhelmingly against the town’s effort to annex into Summit County.

Council Members didn’t respond to public input. They are scheduled to hold a work session Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

During the electronic public hearing, the Council heard from 37 speakers. Of those, only five supported the town’s effort to annex to 350 acres owned by Mayflower Stichting near Richardson Flat.

Summit County

Summit County has been holding government meetings via Zoom for seven months now.

During last week’s electronic Conversation With Council, a caller asked county officials to discuss the pros and cons of the new technology.   

During the discussion, held on October 8th, county officials said the technology has improved transparency and allowed many more citizens to participate in the public sessions.

County Manager Tom Fisher said that at first, he was opposed to meeting remotely.      

Summit County’s Health Director says he expects a COVID-19 vaccine will appear toward the end of the year.

But he says it will be several months after that before it’s available to the general public.     The vaccine was a major topic during last week’s Conversation With Council.

Health Director Rich Bullough said that when a vaccine is ready, it will be released in stages, beginning with the segments of the population having the highest risk.

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