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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US Forest Service

The Bureau of Land Management has announced that, due to reduced fire danger, it is rescinding its fire restrictions in 11 counties in northern Utah, including Summit and Wasatch Counties.

The order took effect as of Thursday. It will lift the prohibitions on campfires outside of established fire pits, smoking over dry vegetation, and cutting or welding of metal on public land.

The year-round restrictions are still in effect, such as the use of fireworks, or tracer and incendiary ammunition.

Summit County

Summit County is looking for volunteers to go through CERT training—that’s the Community Emergency Response Team. The county’s Emergency Manager Chris Crowley says CERT will help you prepare for just about any kind of disaster.

Crowley detailed what kind of training is involved with CERT.

It’s October and heavy rain is in the forecast, thanks to the after-effects of Tropical Storm Rosa.

Summit County’s Emergency manager Chris Crowley dropped by with some precautions and tips for the rainy season.

Rosa is expected to impact southwest Utah in particular. A briefing from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration says there is a potential for flash flooding in vulnerable areas like slot canyons, normally-dry washes and slick rock areas.

Crowley told Summit County residents what to expect.

The Park City Board of Realtors has hired a new Chief Executive Officer--Jamie Hoppe, who starts this week.

At the same time, they’re facing a pending lawsuit from their former CEO, who was fired last May.

A lawsuit was filed in Third District Court in August by Terry Nolan, who said he had not done anything to merit being fired under his Employment Agreement with the Park City Board. Although a specific complaint was cited before his termination, he wasn’t given the chance to respond to it.

Pure Midway

Residents of Midway are being asked to approve a $5 million open space bond on this November's ballot--even while all of Wasatch County will also consider an open space bond of up to $10 million on the same election day.

The citizens group Pure Midway is campaigning for the local bond and a representative talked to KPCW on Monday.

The Pure Midway group is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd, starting at 6:00 pm at Midway's Community Center. A representative for the group, Kate Noble, said attendees are invited to make their arguments for and against the bond.

  An attorney for Anthony McClanahan, a former NFL football player charged with killing his wife in Park City last year, has given notice that he will claim "diminished mental capacity" for his client.

Given that, Third District Court Judge Patrick Corum on Monday ordered a medical examination for the defendant.

McClanahan, who played for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990's was present for the short hearing. The 47-year-old defendant was transported from the Salt Lake jail where he is confined on another charge and spoke only when giving short answers to the judge.

Vail Resorts has submitted its financial report for the fourth quarter of 2018, and the fiscal year ending on July 31st of 2018. The results reflect last year’s poor winter at the Western ski resorts, but also some incremental improvements after the acquisition of Stowe, Vermont.

The net income attributed to Vail Resorts was a little under $380 million for the fiscal year. That’s an increase of 80.4 percent over the previous year.

Utah State Tax Commission

A federal court complaint filed against the Utah State Tax Commission by Union Pacific will decrease revenues for many taxing entities throughout the state—including in Summit County. That’s the word in a news release from the state last week.

KPCW contacted Summit County Auditor Michael Howard, who said that under the judge’s order in the case, they won’t be able to collect, roughly $210,000 this year from Union Pacific. The amount is spread over several taxing entities.

In the latest news from the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, officers arrested a persistent liquor thief, and a reckless driver. But there were no leads, at this time, to a reported extortion via Facebook.

On Tuesday the 25th, officers got a report that a suspect was spotted, at the Utah State liquor store at Kimball Junction, believed to be involved in seven incidents of theft at the store. The report said he was arrested on Misdemeanor charges and identified as 57-year-old George Aaron Lucy of Holladay.

USFWS - Pacific Region

The Summit County Council have a couple of items on their plate, related to the National Forest in the High Uintas.

The county council is still considering a request from the Governor's office to endorse a Utah-specific plan to manage forest areas in the state. Council Chairwoman Kim Carson said they're still concerned about language that might have them supporting more development in the forest.

Carson and the county staff met last week with the governor's Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office (PLIPCO)