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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At its monthly meeting, the Summit County Health Board heard that there is continuing good news about COVID-19 case numbers in the area, especially declining stats for the elderly population.

But Health Director Rich Bullough said there is a significant concern with cases in young children, who have yet to be vaccinated as a group.

 

As of Monday, the Summit County Health Department reported a total of 5,334 cases during the pandemic, 155 hospitalizations and 11 deaths.

 

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The proposed amendments to the Snyderville Code governing accessory buildings will return to the Summit County Council in the near future. 

The council didn’t make a decision at its meeting last week on Wednesday, March 31, and asked staff for further information. The hearing brought out opinions on both sides about whether the changes would harm the equestrian character of Silver Creek.

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Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson agrees with his colleagues about not implementing a limited mask order, after the state mandate expires on Saturday, April 10.

 

But despite some heated comments directed at the council last Wednesday, Robinson still says the county needs to encourage masking up, including with private businesses, and continue vaccinations so even private mask requirements can be lifted in the future.

 

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The Eastern Summit County Planning Commission, meeting on Thursday, April 1, recommended a set of code amendments to handle the long-discussed topic of private campgrounds and seasonal use of recreational vehicles.

Staff planner Ray Milliner said that campground activity and RV use have prompted discussion from residents in areas such as Samak, Manorlands, Weber Canyon and Chalk Creek – gateways to the Uinta Mountains that lie in its important watershed.

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With Utah’s mask mandate ending on April 10, the Summit County Council on Wednesday considered whether to extend a local, limited mask order beyond that date.

 

Following a recommendation from County Health Director Rich Bullough, the council decided against an extension. But, the councilors did talk about supporting local businesses that voluntarily continue requiring masks.

 

Bullough told councilors that COVID-19 case numbers have been decreasing in Summit County and across the country.

 

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Summit County Council Members on Wednesday decided they don’t want to extend a limited mask order, after the state’s mask mandate expires on April 10.

 

Despite that, a line-up of speakers in public input were still upset with county officials.   They bashed mask mandates, and the promotion of vaccines and said Covid restrictions have taken a toll on citizens over the past year.  

 

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As Summit County weathered the past pandemic year, it resorted to a number of programs to help businesses slammed by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the Economic Development Advisory Board.

 

Summit County Economic Development Director Jeff Jones said the Economic Advisory Board was formed last summer. It was enabled by the recently passed Utah Senate Bill 95, creating a Rural County Grant Program to help businesses.

 

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The Summit County Council and several other county officials convened Monday morning — in person — with freshman 1st Congressional District Rep. Blake David Moore.

 

Moore, a Republican, has represented the Wasatch Back in Congress nearly three months after he was elected last fall to succeed longtime Rep. Rob Bishop.

 

Meeting with county officials at the Richins Services Building, he said that the Republicans in Washington want to be “aspirational, pro-growth and inclusive.”

 

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The Summit County Council on Wednesday night will be holding a public hearing on proposed Code amendments governing accessory buildings, just a week after the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission recommended the changes.

 

The amendments to the code break up accessory buildings into two categories: minor accessory structures would be allowed up to 2,000 square feet, with another minor building on the parcel up to 400 square feet.

 

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A landowner near the Silver Creek watershed in the Snyderville Basin has filed a federal lawsuit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Utah Department of Health and Summit County.

The suit claims the owner cannot develop his property because the defendants have mistakenly included it in a Superfund designation that includes Richardson Flat and tailings along Silver Creek.

Rick Brough, who has this week’s Friday Film Review, looks back on a bygone era depicted in the documentary, “The Last Blockbuster.”      

Today, they’re on the verge of extinction.   But once, not long ago, they thrived in numbers too vast to be counted.

Am I talking about polar bears?   Buffalo?  Bigfoot?    No, I mean your neighborhood video store.

A new film directed by Taylor Morden looks at a store in Bend, Oregon, which in 2018 became the last Blockbuster on the planet—that, after a few ragged survivors in Alaska closed.

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The Summit County Council had to postpone two of the major items on their agenda Wednesday, but the councilors still had a long conversation looking at planning and housing issues in the Snyderville Basin.

 

The council was scheduled to discuss and possibly approve a proposed neighborhood mixed-use (NMU) zone. A related item, the master planned development process, was set for a public hearing and maybe a vote.

 

But due to a mistake in the notice posted by the county, both items were continued to April 7.

On Thursday night, the Hideout Town Council took another step toward preparing for a June 22 referendum on the town’s proposed annexation of 350 acres that extends into Summit County.

 

The council of the Wasatch County town authorized Mayor Phil Rubin to launch agreements that will have four different consulting firms study a segment of the proposed development on the acreage.

 

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Summit County has relied on multiple sources of funding to help businesses survive the past year of pandemic, and the county council received a review of those monies during its regular meeting Wednesday.

 

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher said the county government has received about $1 million from the federal CARES Act and has dispensed grants utilizing all of it.

 

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The Utah State Legislature’s 2021 general session ended three weeks ago, but Summit County officials are still waiting to see how they’re impacted by the decisions handed down from the lawmakers.

 

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher said the county is still opposed to the implementation of House Bill 98, a bill allowing private contractors to bypass county officials and hire their own building inspectors that passed out of the legislature.

 

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