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:

Ways to Connect

Following a directive last month from the Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, District Courts in the state are operating differently due to the coronavirus outbreak.   And some items are being postponed.

But the courts are still open.

We talked this week to Judge Richard Mrazik, who recently began presiding at Summit County’s Third District Court.    He told us the court is open for business.      

The Summit County Attorney’s Office has charged a 24-year-old van driver for striking and fatally injuring a pedestrian in Old Town last winter.   

Documents were filed on Tuesday against Salt Lake resident Nicholas Thorston Westland.

The Criminal Information said that on February 6th, at about 7:15 p.m., a Park City Police officer responded to a report of an injury accident at 1482 Empire Avenue.

State of Utah

Unemployment claims in Utah have skyrocketed.   But the staff at the Utah Department of Workforce Services are working to handle a situation that is unprecedented in their history.  

Earlier this week, we talked to Brooke Porter Coles, the spokeswoman for Workforce Services.

She noted that for the week of March 15th to the 21st, the state’s unemployment claims shot up by 1400 percent.

For the same week, Summit County filed 839 claims, or 5 percent of the state-wide total.   Wasatch County recorded 386 claims, or two percent of the state total.

CDC

Summit County has received a couple of formal challenges to its recent Stay At Home order.    One appeal was heard by the Board of Health on Monday.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher told us that the Health Board heard an appeal from the Four Seasons transportation firm, which wanted to start third-person deliveries.    However, that appeal was rejected by the Board.

Fisher said another appeal came from the Board of Realtors, which wants to continue the marketing of homes.    He said the Health Department worked out a resolution with the realtors.        

Summit County has been sued by the owner of a Coalville mink farm, who says his operation was damaged by construction activities on the neighboring County Fairgrounds.   

The lawsuit in Third District Court has been filed by Glen Black, the owner of the G & G Black Ranch.

He is asking for damages of $60,000.  The suit says he filed  suit after sending a Notice of Claim to the county and waiting the proper amount of time under Utah law.

Utah House Representative, Tim Quinn

As we reported, State Rep. Tim Quinn, who isn’t running for re-election, says he will not endorse a Republican candidate to replace him in his District #54 seat.

However, there’s another race where he is willing to praise several of the current contenders.  

The race for Utah Governor is open, with the retirement of Gary Herbert.

Rep. Quinn said he can feel good about several candidates, including one who is a former Governor.     

Summit County’s Justice Court announced a few weeks ago that it was postponing its hearings for March.

Now, while the staff is still working, the Justice Court is implementing a more extensive program of delays –with some items put off until the fall.  

Judge Shauna Kerr told KPCW that the Justice Court is still operating, just in a very different manner.

The Court handles Class B or C Misdemeanors, including violations related to traffic, DUI’s, disorderly conduct, marijuana and domestic violence.

KPCW Radio

Right now, it’s not very feasible to attract an audience to a Park City Council meeting.   But when it is, the city staff want to get public input on the use of e-bikes on the trail system.

Heinrich Deters, the city’s Trails and Open Space Manager, has a recent survey showing locals feel that a current city ordinance is on the right track.

Deters told KPCW that the use of e-bikes is growing.    The city’s survey has attracted attention from other areas, including Wasatch County and even Draper.

Utah State Capitol
KPCW Radio

The Summit County Council on March 25th received a report from their staff on the recently-concluded Utah Legislative session.

The county’s advocates on Capitol Hill said it was a slower year than 2019.   They said a lot of their work was trying to mitigate the proposed bills that ‘started out scary” as they put it.

Among the proposals, County Council Member Kim Carson said  that HB 380, sponsored by one of the county’s own legislators, Logan Wilde, was a serious concern.

Utah State Capitol
KPCW Radio

A few months ago, it looked like the biggest decision from this year’s Utah Legislature would be a major tax reform package.

Then, just a few days into the 2020 session, it fell apart. 

Last week,  we heard comments about it from Summit County officials, and a major sponsor of the tax reform, District 54 Representative Tim Quinn.

On Wednesday, Summit County Council Member Kim Carson reviewed the story during a report to her colleagues on the 2020 session.  

Utah House Representative, Tim Quinn

There’s an open seat for Utah House District 54, covering Wasatch County and the boundaries of Park City.

Incumbent Republican Tim Quinn says he decided not to seek another term, partly due to the demands of his private job; and partly, he admitted, from disappointment at not having the impact he hoped for on Capitol Hill.

Quinn retired after being elected twice to the District 54 seat,  a total of four years.   

He said he had been thinking about retiring for the past four or five months.       

Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez

While residents of Park City and Summit County are going through some disruptive and nervous times, County Sheriff Justin Martinez says the primary purpose of his department is to keep the community safe, as always.

In the wake of a second Emergency Health Order from the county, the Sheriff asked citizens not to buy into the rumours or the hype.   

Talking to Randy Barton on the Local View, Sheriff Martinez said his deputies are responding to emergencies, and making their presence known in a community slammed by the COVID-19 shutdown.

Tom Kelly

The Park City Planning Commission meeting for  March 25th was cancelled.   And Planning Department head Bruce Erickson is trying to figure out when in April they can resume a meeting schedule.

In his latest visit with KPCW, Erickson reviewed the planning priorities that have been postponed.

Erickson said that, in addition to cancelling the meeting of the 25th, the Planning Commission will probably not meet on April 15th.

Summit County has seen  their transit system impacted by COVID-19.    And as County Manager Tom Fisher notes, they’re trying to see how it’s affected business also.  

Park City and the county have implemented a revised transit schedule.     Fisher said that ridership has dipped tremendously, and there are two or three reasons for that.       

KPCW's Consolidated coverage of Coronavirus - COVID-19 for Summit County and Wasatch County Utah with rendering of virus from the CDC
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

As we’ve reported, the Summit County Council Wednesday approved a Stay-at-Home Order for all county residents.

The order does allow citizens to make essential trips—to groceries or convenience stores, medical appointments, banks, post offices and similar items.

But the county health director says they will take additional precautions about the number of people in groceries.

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