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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Summit County Sheriff's Department

Among some of the notable incidents reported from the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, deputies are reporting that some car vandals are aiming at a new target.    

The Sheriff’s office reported that during two separate incidents in recent weeks, catalytic converters have been  stolen off vehicles.

Summit County Sheriff's Department

The Summit County Sheriff’s Department reports an online threat was made against the head of Backcountry.com—amid the social-media controversy that lit up after news reports said the company was suing numerous small business owners that used the word “backcountry” in their brand.

As we have reported, a Coloado paper noted  that more than 12,000 Facebook users  had joined a boycott of “backcountry.com”.

Ski Utah

Utah’s ski season is hopefully beginning in just a few weeks.     And the man in charge of promoting “The Greatest Snow on Earth” says he’s optimistic.    

We talked to the CEO of  Ski Utah, Nathan Rafferty,  shortly after he delivered his report on the State of the Ski Season.

Rafferty said if the upcoming season has half the powder they saw in  2018-19 , he will be excited.

The only problem they had with last year, he said,  is that it had to follow the weak winter season of the year before that.      

Summit County Council 2019

Following a lengthy public hearing last week, about choosing a second access route to the Silver Creek neighborhood, Summit County Council Member Kim Carson says she and her colleagues and county staff will take several weeks to consider the input and the debate they heard.   KPCW talked to  Carson after the hearing on November 6th.

Kim Carson told us they’re busy right now with next year’s budget, so it will likely be a couple of months before they decide about  another access to Silver Creek

The proposed Wohali development—the largest project that Coalville City has ever seen—took another step toward approval.    The Coalville Planning Commission on November 4th sent a recommendation for the First Phase of the project onto City Council.

Wohali, which would be located on over 1500 acres west of Interstate 80, is planned as a rural resort and golf course.

It would include 570 residential units—ranging from single-family lots, to cabins and Estate and Ranch lots—and 130 nightly-rental  units.

A new film, “Jojo Rabbit”, hasn’t attracted much attention.  But it should.   Rick Brough has the lowdown, with this week’s Friday Film Review.

The story here you could almost expect to see in an Afterschool Special.

In the waning days of World War II, with Germany on the brink of defeat, scrawny, hapless 10-year-old Jojo Betzler strives to be a perfect little specimen of the Hitler Youth.    But when he finds that his mother has hidden a Jewish teenager in their attic, Jojo finds his whole worldview is challenged, and ultimately transformed.

Summit County

The Summit County Commission, meeting November 6th,  did not come to a decision about where to locate a connector road that would provide a second access to the Silver Creek area.

The Council, and their staff, will be considering the comments after a three-hour public hearing with sometimes-heated debate from  an audience of 70 to 80 people.

County officials said they’ve been  trying for the past 10 years to  figure out how to create a link from lower Silver Creek west to the Bitner frontage road.

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During his monthly visit with KPCW, Summit County’s Development Director Pat Putt had some news about the employee housing expected at the Canyons Resort.’

In addition, ideas are being refined for the Village Overlay Zone at Hoytsville.  

Putt told KPCW that they just received an application, from the Canyons Village Management Association, and the prospective builder, Columbia Pacific, for the long-awaited employee-housing complex at the base of the Resort.

He said the project could accommodate up to 1150 beds.

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Summit County planners are still looking for a new location for Recycle Utah, which will have to move fairly soon, away from its home in Park City.

County Development Director Pat Putt said that isn’t the only community facility they’re trying to site in the Basin.   

Putt said some deadlines are coming up, since Park City is preparing to lay out its planned Bonanza Arts and Culture District.

But Recycle Utah, Park City and the county are still trying to find a temporary location and then a permanent home for the recycling bins.     

In his Thursday interview with KPCW, Summit County Council Chairman Roger Armstrong talked about two different issues that impact Snyderville Basin residents.    Those are  the Snyderville Rec District’s proposed 72 percent tax increase; and the routing of the Basin’s bus system.   

Armstrong told KPCW that he wants to dig deep into re-examining the bus routes in the Basin.    He said they’re still not making it easy for people to ride the bus.         


Summit County Council Chairman Roger Armstrong says it was appropriate for the Council to send a letter of concern to the Utah Association of Counties, and take issue with incidents where members of the group are making politicized comments and singling out perceived dissenters.   

Armstrong told KPCW on Thursday that he hasn’t been to many UAC-style events.    The most recent was a National Association of Counties convention in Washington D. C., which included a number of Utah officials.        

The Summit County Council is being asked to think about some major changes for their solid waste—such as the county taking on the job of trash collection itself.

Council Chairman Roger Armstrong says whatever happens, their job is to manage the public’s money as best they can.  

Armstrong told KPCW  he doesn’t want to get too far ahead of Landfill Superintendent Tim Loveday, who will report soon with a consultant study on the county’s trash.

He did say, though, that he wants to focus on recycling.   Armstrong asked, can the county do a better job?       

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Summit County Council Member Kim Carson says she’s had some positive feedback from leaders at the Utah Association of Counties—after the Summit Council last week sent a letter complaining about inappropriate politicized comments at some UAC gatherings.

Previously, Carson has not identified the county official who interrupted a UAC meeting in late September,  lobbied on behalf of President Trump and singled out Carson as a Democrat.

But on Wednesday,  she did talk about him by name, since a UAC official has disclosed his identity.

Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez told the County Council that staffing-wise, he’s in good shape compared to the previous year.   Martinez said he’s in an enviable position, compared to most departments in the state.

Sheriff Martinez, in his budget presentation to the Council, said he’s not asking them for a lot last year.   He thanked them for allowing him to hire new staff in the 2019 budget plan.

The Sheriff said he’s just about fully staffed.   He’s only short a couple of dispatchers, and is looking at candidates for those  positions now.       

one woman's hands

The Snyderville Water Reclamation District was busy all summer with the sewer-line rehab project along Kearns Boulevard.

Now a similar project starts next Monday, near the Marsac Avenue roundabout, although this one will be shorter.   

The director of the Water Reclamation District, Mike Luers, said the technology in the Marsac project is the same as they’ve employed on Kearns Boulevard.    They put in a new pipe without having to dig up the old pipe.