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.

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Summit County’s current trash-hauling contract doesn’t expire for nearly two years.

But the economic factors of the trash industry mean that the county has to start preparing now.   They’re working to put out a new contract for bid.

Summit County Landfill Superintendent Tim Loveday said the current contract with Republic Services runs out at the end of June 2022.    He’s already been working with the county’s legal staff to draft a new contract.        

Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force

Summit County’s major multi-plex movie theatre, the Redstone 8 at Kimball Junction, re-opened in late August with Covid precautions.

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough points out that the business didn’t go through his department or the County Board of Health.  

But they have been consulting with the Park City Film Series about a return to the Jim Santy Auditorium.


Late this summer, news reports announced that cases of Covid had been found at two Utah mink farms.

The Utah Department of Agriculture is taking the lead on information here, and Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough says the cases are not in this county. 

If any issues arise here, he said it may be a little challenging to figure out who has the authority to act. 

Bullough said the Agriculture Department reported to State Health that at least five mink at two Utah farms were infected.   Bullough said the mink had caught the virus from humans.

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Attorney Bruce Baird, who represents developer Nate Brockbank, says there is one important reason why Summit County is opposing Brockbank’s Hideout project—and it hasn’t been discussed much.

He said the county has its own ambitious plans for a high-density profitable mixed-use project on the Florence Gilmor property it acquired near Home Depot.  

The attorney says the county is “keeping down the competition.”


The attorney for developer Nate Brockbank is lambasting Summit County’s latest litigation against Brockbank and the Mayflower Company.

Bruce Baird says the county’s case will fail when it goes to a court hearing scheduled next week.

The latest proposed annexation being considered by the town of Hideout into Summit County is Brockbank’s proposed mixed-use project on 380 acres near Richardson Flat.

Virtually all the property is held by the Dutch company Mayflower Stichting.

Summit County Sheriff's Office

In recent weeks, Summit County Sheriff deputies kept busy with a variety of cases.   Officers talked down a suicidal North Summit man; they responded to the burglary of a Kamas City office; and heard again about campaign signs stolen in Wanship.  

Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright reported that on Tuesday morning, the 22nd, shortly before 8 a.m. they got a call that a 46-year-old  Coalville man, under the influence of drugs, had left his house on foot and armed with a handgun.   According to his family, he had said he wanted to end his life or commit suicide by cop.

Heber Valley Tourism

The Wasatch Community Foundation has been helping residents of the Heber Valley for nearly 20 years.    Like many other non-profits, they’ve been challenged by the pandemic.  

The chairman of the Wasatch Foundation, Tom Fowler, said the organization was created in the early 2000’s.

He said their activities are centered on five pillars—health, education, recreation, arts and human services.       

Summit County has received funding through the Rural County Grant program, which will be channeled into two initiatives to help local business.

The county’s Economic Development Advisory Board voted at their recent meeting to get the application process started.

The board members heard from Summit County Economic Development Director Jeff Jones, who said they had applied September 1st, and received a grant of $95,000.

He said the grant will go into two programs.   One will give aid to East Side businesses.

Mountain Accord

The Central Wasatch Commission has again opened up a public comment period to hear from citizens about solutions and options for the crowded Wasatch Front Canyons.  

The CWC presented its Mountain Transportation System Initiative September 18th.

The Chairman of the Central Wasatch Commission, Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson, said that as they consider the exponential growth in use of the Canyons, they’re looking at a holistic solution—not just individual plans for park n rides, buses or shuttles.

Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District

The Snyderville Water Reclamation District recently received two awards for its environmental stewardship.

District Manager Mike Luers said that’s a tribute to the District’s staff.   They operate off two major streams in the Park City/Snyderville area—with different ecological challenges.

Luers said the operation received two honors this past week.      

Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District

As we’ve reported, operators of the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District celebrated an upgrade to their Silver Creek plant, which should sustain them for many years into the future.

At the same time,  they saluted Board Chairman Jan Wilking, who has served with the District for just about its entire life.

The upgrade of the Silver Creek plant was celebrated on September 21st, though District Manager Mike Luers noted that it came on line back in April.

Summit County has fired off another legal volley in its annexation fight with the town of Hideout.

On Wednesday, the county filed suit, declaring it has a property interest in a parcel owned by Mayflower near Richardson Flat.     That’s one of the parcels targeted for annexation by Hideout and developer Nate Brockbank.

The new lawsuit in Third District Court is filed against the Dutch company Stichting Mayflower, under two corporate names, as well as  Brockbank and five John Does.

Park City Institute

The stage of the Eccles Center is still quiet, with no shows being hosted there by the Park City Institute.

But the Institute’s Managing Director, Ari Ioannides, said they are keeping busy, and generating revenue, with on-line shows.   Next up is a live show streaming in about two weeks.

Grammy-winning musician Suzanne Vega has appeared live in Park City for the Institute.

Ioannides said now they’re presenting her in an on-line concert, October 7th, live from New York, with an all-star band.     He said it’s a unique opportunity.        

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An ombudsman’s opinion on the proposed Wohali project in Coalville has come down in favor of the local opponents.

But the developers say there are mistakes underlying the ruling, and they’re asking for a reconsideration.

The Advisory Opinion, dated September 15th, notes that after the Wohali property west of I-80 was annexed by Coalville, the applicants proposed a golf resort community as a Zone Map Amendment and a Master Planned Development.

Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District

A crowd gathered Monday afternoon to celebrate the completed upgrade of the Snyderville Water Reclamation District’s Silver Creek Treatment Plant.

As part of the ceremony, they honored a local who has served on the District Board for over four decades.

The upgrade for the Silver Creek Reclamation Facility has been a four-year effort.    Mike Luers, General Manager for the Snyderville District, said the project cost $49 million, it came in on schedule and under budget, and the plant kept operating, even while it was transitioning.