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

KPCW News

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.  

 

KPCW

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.

 

Blake Moore

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.”

 

Snyderville Basin Planning Commission

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.

 

Summit County

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.

Summit County

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.

 

Summit County

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.

 

Utah State Capitol
KPCW Radio

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.

 

Snyderville Basin Planning Commission

The Snyderville Planning Commission Tuesday night unanimously voted to recommend a set of Snyderville code amendments on accessory buildings.

 

The code amendments are being proposed since Basin residents in recent years have expressed concerns about the impacts of accessory buildings, the number that are allowed on properties, and the concern they may morph into commercial uses.

 

About two weeks ago, the Summit County Council approved a six-month moratorium on new accessory buildings.

 

Summit County is always apprehensive about surprises appearing at the annual Utah Legislature.

Looking back on the 2021 edition, Deputy County Manager Janna Young said that the legislative curveballs appeared early enough for them to handle; or any last-minute proposals didn’t go anywhere.   

Young said they monitored the Legislature through a task force drawn from county staff; their lobbyist; and the Utah Association of Counties.

Utah State

Every year at the Utah Legislature, a major topic is the ability of local governments to regulate planning and building.    There was a mix of good and bad news for Summit County from the 2021 session.

Deputy Summit County Manager Janna Young said a new bill in the session that they hadn’t expected was HB 98, allowing contractors to hire their own building inspectors.

She said the county is very unhappy that the bill passed.      

Utah State Capitol
KPCW Radio

One bill that Summit County expected in the recent state legislative session was a result of the past year of pandemic.     And it prompted a lot of discussion from counties in the state.   

Deputy Summit County Manager Janna Young said the bill was SB 195, Emergency Response Amendments.

She said legislators had heard concerns from the public about Covid-19 health orders.    

Park City School District

So far, the defendants at the state, county and school district level haven’t filed any extensive replies to the federal lawsuit filed by two Park City parents. 

 

Holly and Mark McClure claim their family’s rights were violated when their children were required to be tested for COVID-19 in order to attend in-person learning at school.

 

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