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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Jeff Schloessel

In the midst of headlines about the U.S. exit from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s takeover of that country, a timely new memoir about life in the war zone is launching in bookstores across the country—including in Park City.

The author is Jeff Schloesser (shlow-sir) a retired major general, a former commander of the 101st Airborne Division, and now a part-time Parkite.    

Major General Schloesser’s book is called “Marathon War:  Leadership in Combat in Afghanistan.”   He will appear for a signing party at Dolly’s on September 25th.

Hideout Town

Summit County received some good news in a ruling Sept. 16th from Fourth District Court Judge Jennifer Brown, concerning one of the county’s legal challenges to the town of Hideout and  its attempt to annex into Summit County.    

Judge Brown denied a motion from Hideout, and allowed Summit County to retain most of the claims it made in a lawsuit filed a year ago.

The non-profit land trust Utah Open Lands has reached an agreement to preserve the Albert Kohler Legacy Farm in Midway—102 acres of scenic farmland that has been home for five generations of the same family.  

On Thursday, Utah Open Lands said the family agreed to a bargain-sale price of $7 million for a conservation easement that permanently protects the farm and its open space.     

The farm is famous for its Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, Tractor Days, and yearly school tours.

The Glenwood Cemetery Tour is yet another Park City tradition that didn’t happen last year.

But the tour is back this weekend, complete with actors in period costumes.    

The tour features historical re-enactors who will tell the stories of some of the 900 people who are buried in the Glenwood.

There are two tours scheduled for Saturday, September 18, accommodating 105 people each.   Diane Knispel, Director of Education at the Park City Museum, said the morning tour is sold out.    As of Wednesday, there were 40 slots left for the afternoon tour.

Margaret Olson

Four county attorneys, including Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson, have written an open letter to Utah Governor Spencer Cox and the state legislature, calling for the repeal of the death penalty.  

The letter, dated September 14th, is also signed by Salt Lake County Attorney Sim Gill, Utah County Attorney David Leavitt and Grand County Attorney Christina Sloan.

The letter is in support of repeal legislation sponsored by Republican Representative Lowry Snow from the St. George area, and Republican Senator Dan McCay from Riverton.  

Summit County Health Director Phil Bondurant says that the county’s COVID-19 numbers are showing some modest improvements, compared to the rest of the state.

But Bondurant says the county isn’t out of the woods yet.  

In his regular report to the County Board of Health on Monday, Bondurant said that case counts for Utah showed an increase at the end of August and early September.   

Summit County showed a decline, he said, reporting nine-and-a-half to ten cases per day in the early part of the month.

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A doctor from Park City Hospital says the overwhelming majority of their current COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated.   

But Dr. Wing Province reports a more troubling trend.   He says many of those patients are hostile to hospital personnel, are misinformed, and on occasion they even accost health workers.   

Dr. Province, the hospital’s medical director, told the Summit County Board of Health Monday night that over 90 percent of their COVID patients are not vaccinated.

Summit County deputies responded last weekend to the report of a hunter found dead, apparently of natural causes, in the North Slope area of the High Uintas.   

Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright said that on Saturday morning, at about 7:45, his office heard from two hunters, traveling through an area east of the Mirror Lake Highway, who discovered a red ATV.    About 20 feet away, they found a man who, the Lieutenant said, had been dead for some time.

Pat Putt

Members of the Snyderville Planning Commission, along with county staff, are working to revise their code on landscaping and change how we use and manage water.

But Development Director Pat Putt says the county isn’t coming to rip out your existing lawn.   

During his recent visit with KPCW, Putt said that Snyderville commissioners had a good discussion in August about the code governing landscaping and riparian features.

He said they intend to have another work session in late September.       

The Kamas City Planning Commission, meeting on Tuesday (September 7th), voted 4 to 1 against lowering a height limit, from 35 to 32 feet, for the city’s Mixed Use zone on Main Street.

The recommendation goes on to City Council. 

The planning commission’s decision came after business owners and developers opposed the change.   They said the current height is better for the Mixed Use zone, and the city’s goals of more available housing and a revived Main Street. 

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After a lengthy discussion, the Summit County Council on Wednesday adopted a new policy on accessory buildings.     The decision was a split 3-2 vote.

The Council’s vote came just a couple of days before the county’s temporary moratorium on new applications for the side buildings was due to expire.

The County Council looked at four options and in the end, voted for a set of guidelines recommended by the Snyderville Planning Commission.

On the 20th anniversary of 911, the Park City Police Department, Park City Fire Department and Summit County Sheriff’s officers are coming together, and inviting the public to join, for a memorial on Saturday morning.   

Park City Police Officer Leslie Welker told KPCW that a silent procession will begin at City Police headquarters, 2060 Park Avenue at 7 a.m.    That’s timed, she said, to the hour on Tuesday morning Sept. 11th 2001 when the Twin Towers collapsed in New York.      

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Among the recent calls for service to the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, a disorderly behavior incident led to a deputy getting bitten by a German Shepherd.     And officers are still investigating a wage dispute that reportedly led to a gun threat.            

Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright said that on Monday, the 7th, deputies responded to the Wal Mart parking lot, where a man standing by his vehicle appeared to be very agitated, was screaming and throwing items.

The man was accompanied by a German Shepherd on a leash, though the suspect wasn’t holding the leash.

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Coalville mayoral candidate Lynn Wood is currently living in a home in that town as her primary residence, according to a determination from the Summit County Assessor’s Office.

That announcement dispels allegations that Wood is not a resident of Coalville, and further, that she claims two different primary homes, one in Summit County and one in Salt Lake.    

Wood is running against Mark Marsh for the Coalville mayor’s seat on the general election ballot coming up in about two months.

The Kamas Planning Commission hosted a public hearing Tuesday night on whether to allow nightly rentals in town, and only one resident turned out to speak.

The planning commissioners continued the item to get more information, saying they will face challenges no matter what course they take.  

The chair of the Kamas Planning Commission, Leslie Staples, said that like it or not, nightly rentals have come to town.

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