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:

Ways to Connect

Mountain Mediation Center

Two opportunities to have conversations about gender identity are scheduled this month—the first being Thursday.   They're being hosted by Utah Humanities and Mountain Mediation.

The Executive Director for Mountain Mediation, Gretchen Lee, said they’re planning a five-meeting series in the coming months, including the two sessions scheduled on gender identity.

Those meetings are scheduled for Thursday, February 6th and on February 27th.     They both will take place at the Christian Center, from 6 to 7:30.

Summit County Council Member Roger Armstrong says he has decided to run for another term.  Armstrong made the announcement during the Comments period of the Council meeting on Wednesday.

There will be three Council seats on the ballot for 2020.    Of those, incumbent Doug Clyde has said he is seeking re-election.

Kim Carson has said she will be retiring—though Armstrong has said he wished he could talk her into staying.

Fred Hightower, a former Park City businessman and a familiar face in the town’s community theater in the 1980’s, has died.   He was 78.   

Hightower’s obituary, published in Salt Lake newspapers this weekend, said he was born in 1941 in Los Angeles to a single mother.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-64, in Texas and Spain.    Afterward, he was involved in the Vietnam resistance, and represented young men legally appealing their induction into the service.

Snyderville Planning Commissioner Malena Stevens has announced she is running for a seat on the Summit County Council this year.

She's the second member of that planning panel to throw her hat in the ring.

Stevens said she is a Democrat, and it’s likely she will run for the Council seat being vacated by Kim Carson.

Two other Council seats are on the 2020 ballot.   They’re occupied by Doug Clyde, who has said he will run again; and by Roger Armstrong, who has said he’s undecided but is leaning toward a re-election bid.

Summit County

Summit County has established a new department for outreach to their constituents.  

The new Communicaton and Public Engagement Department, set up through the 2020 budget process, will report to Deputy County Manager Janna Young.

The Department will be headed up by North Summit native Derek Siddoway.  The Deputy Director is Krachel Fullmer, a Heber resident.    Another member of the team is Tyler Orgill, who was hired last year as Special Events and County Fair Manager.

Sundance Institute

The Sundance Institute has concluded the 2020 Film Festival by announcing their new Festival Director.

Tabitha Jackson, the festival’s Documentary Programmer, has been named to the helm, succeeding John Cooper’s tenure of more than a decade.

In a press release issued this weekend, the Institute said that after conducting a worldwide search, they selected Jackson, who has directed the Institute’s Documentary Film program for the last six years.

Sundance Film Festival
Kevin Kotzian

Awards were handed out Saturday night for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.   One of the major winners was a film about a Korean immigrant family pursuing the American Dream.

The 2020 Festival screened 128 feature films over 10 days.

A big winner on the weekend was “Minari” which won both the Grand Jury Prize for the U.S. Dramatic competition, and the Audience Award in the same category.    The story, set in the 1980’s, concerns a Korean father (played by “Walking Dead” star Steven Yeun) who moves his family from L.A to Arkansas to pursue his dream of a farm.   

The Sundance documentary “Happy, Happy, Joy Joy” turns out to be two different stories.   One is a fond look back at the ground-breaking animated series “Ren and Stimpy.” 

But the other half of the film looks at the revelations of sexual abuse by the show’s creator.

The film-makers say they themselves were surprised by the twist.

Ken Lund on Flickr

The applicants for the  Wohali development near Coalville have submitted a second plan, for a smaller-scale project, as an alternative to the concept approved by Coalville City Council last month.

That comes while it’s looking like a Coalville citizens campaign will get the necessary signatures to put the large Wohali proposal to a  vote.

The Coalville City Council in December approved a plan for Wohali, in the hills west of Interstate 80, including 570 single-family residences and 130 nightly rentals.

Sundance Institute

Among the films at Sundance is a documentary in the Premieres section focusing on a Hollywood icon—“Natalie Wood:   What Remains Behind.”

It's a personal look at the star’s life, hosted by her daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner.

The major thread in the film is Natasha’s conversation with the man she considers her father—step-dad Robert Wagner, known as “RJ.”

The film looks at Natalie’s life as a wife, mother and friend.    It reviews her films, from “Miracle on 34th Street’ to “Bob and Ted and Carol and Alice.”

The Slamdance Film Festival wraps up Thursday night.   Among the films being screened is “Bastards’ Road” a documentary about an Iraqi War veteran walking across the country, reuniting with his Marine Brothers, and dealing with the memories of his combat experience.

The film focuses on Jon Hancock, a veteran who walked 5800 miles across the country, visiting the comrades from his Marine unit, known as The Magnificant Bastards.

There are film-makers on every corner in Park City this week—including some from the Slamdance Film Festival, playing at the Treasure Mountain Inn.

One of the entries is a documentary, “Ask No Questions”, which aims to turn a probing eye on the Chinese government.

Summit County’s Treasurer says she is running for re-election. 

Mountain Trails Foundation

A statement has been jointly issued from Park City Municipal, Summit County, and the state Division of Wildlife Resources to clarify the hunting restrictions that exist in the Round Valley area.

Sundance Institute

The Sundance Film Festival opened for 2020 on Jan. 23rd with a significant change in its format.   The festival announced it was not holding an Opening Day Press Conference.   

The opening press briefing, with Sundance founder Robert Redford and other Institute directors fielding questions from the media, has been a mainstay for about 30 years.    The annual event was first held at the Sundance Resort in Provo Canyon, then moved to the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street.