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 Water Distribution Company

Following legal conflicts over the past two years, the private Summit Water Distribution Company has a new board of directors and a new general manager.


A ruling earlier this year from Third District Court called on the company to hold a meeting in July where the firm’s shareholders voted to elect four out of the six members of the board.


Brody Saunders received the most shareholder votes, elected to a six-year term. Also elected were Kathleen Venemon, Dr. David Teasley, and Elliott Christensen.


New development proposals coming to the Summit County Community Development Department include some added residential at opposite ends of the Snyderville Basin. County Community Development Director Pat Putt says the department has received 20 recent new applications with a variety of building proposals. 


The public is again being invited to give their opinions about the massive Dakota Pacific application proposed for Kimball Junction.

A former Summit County Commissioner is advising the citizens not to give up, but show up for the electronic meeting hosted Tuesday by the Snyderville Planning Commission. 

The applicants from Dakota Pacific are proposing a mixed commercial/residential neighborhood on the land where the Summit Research Park was approved for the Boyer Company in 2008.

The Snyderville Planning Commission, meeting in regular session on Tuesday, will resume a public hearing on the massive Dakota Pacific proposal at Kimball Junction.   That comes after public comments two weeks ago were postponed due to a technical snafu during the county’s electronic meeting.

The Planning Commission convenes Tuesday starting at 4:30, with Dakota Pacific as the first item on the agenda.

Summit County

The Summit County Council on Wednesday began to discuss the concept of a “Mobile Crisis Outreach Team for mental-health responses. County Council Member Kim Carson, also a member of the Health Board, says she’s incredibly excited about the “MCOT” program, done in conjunction with Wasatch County. 


Carson said that, although Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies have trained to deal with mental-health calls, this new team can take their response to another level.


Alf Engen Ski Museum

The three newest inductees to the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame all have roots in the Park City area and the Wasatch Back – including a former manager of KPCW.


In a press release issued Thursday, the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation announced that it is honoring Randy Montgomery and Howard Peterson, both deceased; as well as veteran TV journalist and former KPCW General Manager Larry Warren.


Town of Hideout



While Summit County officials are due in court to fight the plan by the town of Hideout to annex into the county, they are also hopeful that an upcoming special session of the Utah Legislature will repeal the legislation that enabled the town’s action.


Summit Council Members are saying the bill was passed through deception and misrepresentation.


Basin Rec

The Snyderville Recreation District has a new director, at least for the interim. And the District also has some new authority in overseeing trailheads in the Snyderville Basin.


The resignation of District Director Brian Hanton was announced in late July.


On Wednesday, the County Council voted to name Melissa O’Brien, a planning and legal affairs manager with the District, as the interim Director. 


Communities That Care Summit County

With fall approaching, and the challenges of kids going back to school becoming more apparent, local mental health nonprofit Summit County Communities That Care is scheduling two free virtual workshops.


The Park City Christian Center stays busy with its efforts to help locals impacted by COVID and the economic slowdown. 


But Director Rob Harter says that due to a federal timeline running out, many local tenants may be facing eviction.


Harter told KPCW that the Christian Center is in the third round of its Basic Needs Assistance Program. They have dispensed over $700,000, mostly for rent assistance, and have aided over 700 families.


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



In his latest visit with KPCW, Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough talked about just what it will take to get back to a “new normal.”


He also discussed the mask order exemptions given to local fitness centers and the revised guidelines from the governor’s office.


After the past five months of COVID-19, many people are hoping for either herd immunity or a vaccine. 





The Summit County and Utah state health departments reported encouraging news in a statement on Wednesday: there is statistically significant data showing that the rate of COVID-19 cases in the county has slowed down since it issued its mandatory mask order on June 26.


Health Director Rich Bullough told KPCW that at that time, with new cases increasing amid the onset of the July Fourth holiday, they felt the order was necessary.


A new movie, streaming on demand, proves that not all spooky houses are the same.     Rick Brough explains why, with this week’s Friday Film Review.

The movie is called “You Should Have Left”, which lets you know, at least, not to expect a musical.

It reminds you of the box-office smash of a couple years ago—“Get Out.”     Or the tag line from “The Amityville Horror”—“For God’s Sake, get out”  

Or the title of a future film—“No Seriously, You should Get the Hell Out.”

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A preliminary version of a transit demand study for Wasatch County has been prepared under the supervision of the Mountainland Association of Governments and was introduced to the Summit County Council on Wednesday afternoon.


The study is looking at three basic elements—a transit connector from Wasatch County to Park City; development of transit within Wasatch County; and a connector from Heber to Utah County.


Dakota Pacific Real Estate


The Snyderville Planning Commission Tuesday night postponed a much-anticipated public hearing on the Dakota Pacific project after an oversight left the Zoom meeting capped at 100 participants – not enough for all members of the public who were interested to attend.


Rick Brough reports the Planning Commissioners and county staff deferred the item to their next scheduled meeting on Aug. 11.