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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Summit County

The Summit County Council Wednesday held their first discussion about a ban on single-use plastic bags.

States and communities across the country have instituted such bans. However, the county’s landfill superintendent also presented data to the Council that suggested the answer to the plastic issue isn’t simple.

Assistant County Manager Janna Young reported that just for the period of 2015 to 2016, 23 states looked at some 77 legislative proposals to ban plastic bags. A number of cities and mountain towns have banned the bags, often with fees charged for paper bags.

Summit County

The Summit County Council Wednesday will discuss a possible ban on plastic bags—after hearing numerous requests from citizens to take up the topic.

The Council, meeting at the Coalville Courthouse, will discuss the ban at 3 p.m.

Summit County

The Summit County Council has a busy agenda Wednesday with a variety of topics.

The Council meets at the Coalville Courthouse. At about 3:30, they’re getting a report from the Park City Community Foundation on Social Equity Data.

County Manager Tom Fisher said they’ve supported items like programs for mental wellness, and the People’s Health Center.

We asked him, though, if they would follow Park City’s lead and formally adopt Social Equity as one of their major priorities. Fisher said he doesn’t know the answer to that.

Summit County

The Summit County Council Wednesday got an update from the landowner committee working on a Village Overlay zone in the Hoytsville area. The group also came with a request for the Council.

The group is looking to set up a new interchange, at the spot where Creamery Lane crosses under Interstate 80. They asked the Council to support putting the project on the Transportation Infrastructure Project List for UDOT, which is known as the STIP.

Council Member Doug Clyde told us they’re supportive, but the Overlay project is still in its early stages.

SBRD

The Snyderville Recreation District is proposing a property tax increase. Director Brian Hanton said they’re aiming to maintain and improve the recreation amenities they’ve provided in recent years.

A public hearing on the tax hike is set for early December, during the County Council’s budget process.

Hanton said last time the District raised taxes was 15 years ago.

Summit County

Following a public input session on Wednesday that was packed with Silver Creek residents, Summit County Council Member Doug Clyde says he thinks most people agree the area needs a second exit road. But there’s no consensus on where it will be.

As we’ve reported, over 100 people jammed into the Council meeting to talk about a link from lower Silver Creek to the Bitner frontage road, north of Interstate 80.

The Summit County Council is scheduling a work session soon to look at some challenges and problems that confronted their e-bike sharing program, during its third summer of operation.

Summit County Transportation Manager Caroline Rodriguez supplied a memo to the County Council last week summarizing some of their problems.

Rodriguez said that the bikes have been working better this year. The issues, she said, have concerned maintenance, and the staff of the county’s contractor, Bewegen, have struggled to stay ahead of that task.

SBRD

Summit County just announced that it’s closed on the purchase of the Florence Gillmor parcel, near the Highway 40 frontage road. That means some new trail planning for the Snyderville Recreation District.

The 460 acres located east and southeast of Home Depot includes some area that can be developed but will also have some open space held by the Recreation District, as well as the Triangle Parcel.

Wasatch County Sheriff's Office

First responders dealt with a fire in Wasatch County this weekend near the Deer Creek Reservoir.

Wasatch County Fire and Wasatch County Sheriff’s office report the fire burned a total of 57 acres over the weekend.

The brush fire was reported at 3:00 pm Saturday afternoon, near the intersection of State Highways 189 and 113. That’s in the Charleston area. Highway 189 was temporarily closed in both directions but was open again by Saturday night.

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Which version of "A Star is Born" is your favorite? This and other pressing movie questions get posed and answered by the panel on this episode of the KPCW Film Roundtable. Hosted by KPCW's own Rick Brough, who's joined by Friday Film Reviewers Mark Harrington and Wendy Gourley, as well as KPCW reporter and token Millenial, Emily Means, the team reviews summer films, remakes and what their sleeper favorites were.

A Francis resident who was arrested last December, after drunkenly spraying a residence with gunfire, narrowly missing two other occupants, has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

The sentence was handed down Monday in Third District Court to 57-year-old Randal Weed Dickinson.

Park City Leadership

Park City’s Road Tour has returned from Crested Butte, Colorado, and those who made the trip—local residents and members of the Park City Leadership class—are mulling over their impressions from the trip.

The tour included 30 members of the Leadership Class, led by program founder Myles Rademan.

One of the groups, rancher Gregg Simonds, said that while Crested Butte is also a mountain resort town, it also has some differences. A large percentage of the land there is owned by the government.

Summit County

The Summit County Council drew a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday as they looked at options for a road to connect the lower Silver Creek neighborhood to the Bitner frontage road.

In the end, the Council didn’t make a decision. A long line of speakers did not come to a consensus supporting either of two major options. Citizens threw out ideas for a third option or asked the county to go back to the drawing board.

The Council will take up the issue again in early November.

Summit County

Members of the Summit County Council cast a split vote Wednesday, 3 to 2, and approved a height exception for an athletic facility seeking an Olympic-caliber-sized climbing wall. The decision came down in favor of the Mine Climbing Gym business, for a parcel near Quinn’s Junction.

Summit County Sheriff's Department

The practice of “swatting”—making fraudulent 911 calls to police can be annoying at best and dangerous at worst.

As we’ve reported, officers from Park City and Summit County responded earlier this summer to a bogus report of a homicide.

Still, Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez says they have to take all calls seriously, until they can develop further information to determine if a call is fake.

Sheriff Martinez noted that they had a “swat” call last year from White Pine Canyon.

He said the phony calls can bring up a lot of resources.

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