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 Sheriff's Office

Among the recent incidents reported by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office—a dispute between neighbors over their dogs led to a resident making charges of racism and police discrimination.

In another case, deputies tracked down a toddler who decided to leave her home for an adventure in the middle of the night.  

Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright said deputies got a report of a dispute between neighbors in the Blackhawk Station area off Bitner Road, which began several weeks back.

Summit County Sheriff's Office

A four-day search in the High Uintas for a missing Idaho hiker ended tragically on Sunday.    Search and Rescue crews found the body of 25-year-old Kyle S. Wimpenny, who evidently fell on King’s Peak.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported that Wimpenny left his home in Boise last Sunday, September 13th, with plans to summit Kings Peak—his second attempt on the mountain this year.  His family said his goal was to climb the highest peak in each state.

Hideout Utah

As we’ve reported, members of the Hideout Town Planning Commission Thursday night heard details from developer Nate Brockbank on the Town Center he hopes to create in a possible annexation by Hideout.

During the discussion, Brockbank said Summit County wasn’t always opposed to his plans.

They also heard one of their Council members explain why they’re considering annexation again—in spite of recent actions by the Utah Legislature.  

Hideout Utah

The developer who is hoping to create a commercial/residential center on over 300 acres of land—a prospective annexation by the town of Hideout into Summit County—reviewed the outlines of his plan for Hideout’s Planning Commission Thursday night.          

Developer Nate Brockbank told the town planners he’s aiming to negotiate with them over the details of his project.

Summit County

The Summit County Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to turn down an appeal against placing a mental-wellness program in a residence along Highland Drive.

The discussion about the facility, called The Clubhouse, ranged from reviewing traffic or noise impacts, to debate about whether the patrons of the facility raise safety concerns in the Highland Estates neighborhood.

KPCW Radio

In their latest meeting Tuesday, the Joint Transportation Advisory Board for Park City and Summit County voted for a roster of bus service changes and reductions for this winter.


But in one case, due to public input, transit planners reversed course and kept bus service in one Snyderville neighborhood.


Utah Film Commission

The bad news recently, for Utah’s film economy, is that the popular cable-TV series “Yellowstone” has left the state.


The good news is that the state is continuing to announce film and TV projects that are receiving financial aid from Utah’s incentive program.


“Yellowstone”, a series starring Kevin Costner as the patriarch of a Montana ranching family, has completed three seasons, filming around the Wasatch Back with production based at Park City’s Utah Film Studios.


KPCW's Consolidated coverage of Coronavirus - COVID-19 for Summit County and Wasatch County Utah with rendering of virus from the CDC
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

The Summit County Board of Health heard Monday that the county’s COVID-19 numbers are encouraging, and trouble spots haven’t appeared yet with the reopening of schools.


Health Director Rich Bullough sounded some notes of concern. Cases are surging in the younger population. And citizens should remember, he said, that COVID-19 is a deadly virus.


During the Health Board’s regular session, Rich Bullough said that the credit for any positive numbers goes to the community.


Dakota Pacific

The Snyderville Planning Commission’s negative recommendation on the Dakota Pacific proposal for Kimball Junction will be going to the Summit County Council in the near future.


We talked to Snyderville Chairman Ryan Dickey about the Planning Commission’s thinking on items like traffic and affordable housing, and how it led to their vote. 


A Salt Lake couple arrested for robbing and assaulting a local resident last fall have been sentenced in Summit County’s Third District Court. 


Rick Brough reports that the female of the pair has received no further time behind bars; but her husband was sentenced to what could be decades at the Utah State Prison.


The sentences were handed down in late August to 43-year-old Steven D. White and 38-year-old Amber Lynn Lands.


Utah Division of Wildlife Resources photo by Jim Shuler

A woman was injured in the Bonanza Flat area Sunday afternoon after her encounter with a surprised moose.


In a press statement, the Division of Wildlife Resources said that at about 2:15 p.m. along the Bloods Lake Trail, a family was hiking with their dogs on leashes. They encountered a bull moose lying down, which was startled by the dogs.


Hideout Utah

On Thursday night, Hideout Town Council again voted to start a process to annex land extending into Summit County to allow a possible project from developers Nate Brockbank and Josh Romney.


The council approved two measures, though the acreage has been trimmed compared to the annexation they attempted in July – a resolution of intent to annex property in the vicinity of Richardson Flat, including six specific parcels.


Dakota Pacific

Tuesday night, the Snyderville Planning Commission voted 5-2 to advance a negative recommendation for the Dakota Pacific project at Kimball Junction, following several months of discussion with the developers and four public hearings this summer.


The negative recommendation, which now goes on to the County Council, was supported by Snyderville Commissioners Thomas Cooke, Ryan Dickey, Joel Fine, Canice Harte and John Kucera. Krystal Simons and Malena Stevens opposed the decision.


Summit County

As part of their agenda on Wednesday, the Summit County Council reviewed two important developments. One deals with transit, and the other with the county’s pursuit of renewable energy.


The Council heard their Transportation Manager, Caroline Rodriguez, announce that the county would be taking over operations of transit that are primarily outside Park City.


Hideout Utah

Meeting in a special session Tuesday night, the Hideout Town Council declined to revive an effort to annex into Summit County on land planned for development by business partners Nate Brockbank and Josh Romney.


The Council made the decision on a revised proposal from the developers, reducing the acreage in the area near Richardson Flat and Highway 248.


This comes two days before the Hideout Council has a regular session.