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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SNL regular Pete Davidson's first leading role is in a film that's close to his Staten Island roots and his life story. Linda Jager shares more in her review of "The King of Staten Island".

Pete Davidson is a complicated character, both onscreen and in real life. The 27-year old comedian/actor is known best as one of "Saturday Night Live"’s youngest cast members – he landed a spot on the show at age 20 and has been known to push the boundaries of comedy on the show and in his popular stand-up comedy specials.

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The Summit County Council started off 2021 with, perhaps, one of the most important public hearings they will host this year.

Before that, an applicant for Dakota Pacific, a proposed residential/commercial/office center at Kimball Junction, told us that the plan is in the right place at the right time.   

On Wednesday, we talked to Jeff Gochnour, Development Director for Dakota Pacific.

His company’s project will change the approval given for the Boyer Tech Park, in favor of  a new plan with 1.3 million square feet, not including workforce housing.

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The Summit County Council Wednesday night heard from the public for the first time on the large Dakota Pacific residential/commercial plan proposed for Kimball Junction.

The Council didn’t make a decision after a meeting that ran for over three hours.    The speakers who attended the meeting, via Zoom, were about evenly divided between opposition and support for the plan proposing some 1.3 million square feet and including 1100 residential units.

The Council heard from over 25 citizens during the hearing.

The current winter season is not only facing the Covid pandemic, it’s also got to deal with the dismal snowfall that has occurred so far.

An analyst with the Natural Resouce Conservation Service says the outlook for snowpack is “frighteningly bad.”  That could be a serious problem for this summer.

KPCW talked to Jordan Clayton, Utah Snow Survey Supervisor with the Service, who said they need to see a turnaround with precipitation before the runoff season, which usually occurs from early April to the start of July.

The Snyderville Planning Commission’s regular session on Tuesday is the first in a series of work meetings to hammer out a number of issues in the Snyderville General Plan and its Development Code.

County Development Director Pat Putt says the work program, running out to next summer, will be very ambitious.   In fact, he calls it “a moon shot.”  

Pat Putt

Summit County’s planning staff have received a flurry of new requests in recent weeks—in particular, coming with the New Year.

County Development Director Pat Putt says they have received an application, from Dakota Pacific, for a Use under the current approval for a Tech Park at Kimball Junction.

That is coming even while Dakota Pacific’s proposal to revise the entire property to a residential/commercial neighborhood is going to a public hearing before the Summit County Council this week.        

The Boyer Tech Park was approved about 12 years ago.  

A new streaming movie about Old Hollywood results in a classic disappointment.

Herman J. Mankiewicz, known as ‘Mank”, was a screenwriter whose career spanned nearly three decades of the Golden Age of Hollywood.    He wrote or contributed to over 90 movies.

He won the only Oscar ever given to “Citizen Kane”, when he shared an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with Orson Welles.     Film critic Pauline Kael argued in 1971 that he deserved the entire credit, sparking a controversy that rages to this day.

The woman who headed up Summit County’s Green initiatives for seven years is leaving.    But she’s around for a few more weeks to hand off the job to her successor.

Lisa Yoder came to work for the county in 2013.   She told KPCW that she feels it’s time now to step away and devote more time to personal interests.

She noted certainly a major accomplishment during her tenure is that Summit County joined with Park City and over 20 other locales in the state, in the Community Renewable Energy Program.

Sundance Institute

Ticket sales started Thursday for a 2021 Sundance Film Festival which will be shorter, and will take place entirely on-line in Utah.

The event is running from Thursday, January 28th to Wednesday, Feb. 3rd.

Due to Covid concerns, Sundance organizers dropped the Ray in Park City as an in-person satellite venue, and won’t have any other live locations on the Wasatch Front.

However, Institute Managing Director and CFO Betsy Wallace said that even online, Sundance is pursuing its goals of finding talented film-makers and presenting their work to Utah and the world.

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When the Covid-19 pandemic struck last spring, it seemed as if everything in Summit County was closed down or severely restricted.

That wasn’t the case for two of the county’s natural attractions—the Echo and Rockport Reservoirs.     The Summit County Council Wednesday heard a review of the two State Parks.

The Council members heard from Eric Bradshaw, the manager for the Echo and Rockport Reservoir Complex, who said he had never seen crowds like last summer.

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Some observers have said that, even after the era of the Covid Pandemic comes to a close, some aspects of modern life will be changed for good.

As an example, Summit County Manager Tom Fisher predicts that while the County Council will someday resume meeting in person, Zoom meetings won’t go away entirely. 

Fisher said it’s possible that in about half a year, the County will get back to live meetings.

But he said they’ve learned a lot about the Zoom technology, and how it can help improve public access.       

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Summit County’s Personnel Director, Brian Bellamy, has retired, after 25 years at the Coalville Courthouse, experience with two different forms of county government, and a Covid pandemic.

Bellamy reviewed it all for his final KPCW interview.

Brian Bellamy moved from the private sector in October of 1995 and came to work as the county’s HR director.   He said he enjoyed helping to build a community and always heeded John Kennedy’s advice to “ask what you can do for your country.”

While Covid-19 vaccines are starting to arrive in Summit County, and mainstream distribution is expected in the warmer months, Summit County health officials say that citizens still have to mask up, follow social distancing and wash their hands.

At Monday’s Board of Health meeting, they said that businesses have been cooperative, but it’s still often difficult for the messaging to be accepted by average citizens.  

Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force

Summit County Health officials say they’ve got a vaccine distribution system set up and have been dispensing shots for the past two weeks.

But Health Director Rich Bullough says they’re also scrambling to adapt and deal with obstacles, given that they haven’t received as many doses as they had hoped.  

And the county says that the Utah Film Studio—and this summer, Richardson Flat—will play important roles in the vaccine distribution story.

Bullough told Monday’s meeting of the Board of Health that the vaccine situation is continually evolving.      

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough says he’s not happy with the Covid case rates right now.

But he says that the surge, following a holiday, isn’t a surprise.  It’s repeating what they saw a month ago, after Thanksgiving.

Bullough, reporting to the County Health Board at their first meeting for 2021, said that as of Sunday, the county had recorded 3309 cases, 110 hospitalizations, (an increase), a 14-day count of 502 cases, and five deaths during the pandemic.

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