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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Dakota Pacific Real Estate


The Snyderville Planning Commission Tuesday night postponed a much-anticipated public hearing on the Dakota Pacific project after an oversight left the Zoom meeting capped at 100 participants – not enough for all members of the public who were interested to attend.


Rick Brough reports the Planning Commissioners and county staff deferred the item to their next scheduled meeting on Aug. 11.


Weilenmann School



Fall isn’t far away, and all Utah schools, public and private, are required to submit their proposals for reopening to the Utah Board of Education.


One of them is the Weilenmann School of Discovery, a charter school located in the Snyderville Basin near Kilby Road.


Park City



Transportation planners for Park City and Summit County have seen ridership figures sink in recent months, and a large portion of the last meeting of the Joint Transportation Advisory Board trying to figure how to plan for the upcoming winter season.


And on Wednesday, the Summit County Council will discuss some further cuts in this year’s budget.


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The Summit County Health Board, meeting on Monday, voted for exemptions in their mandatory mask order to allow patrons of local fitness centers to exercise without the masks under certain conditions after hearing appeals by a coalition of fitness centers as well as the Snyderville Recreation District. 





The activists from the group Save People, Save Wildlife are reporting mixed results from their current projects. Rick Brough has the details.


KPCW spoke to Erin Ferguson, who represents the group, dedicated to preventing collisions between motorists and unwary animals attempting to cross our local highways.


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The final results for Summit County’s June 30 primary election were certified in the Canvass held before the County Council on Tuesday, with no major changes in the results of the election.


Perhaps the most interesting contest for county residents was the race for County Council Seat C, featuring two Democrats— the only two contenders to file for that position.


Utah Fire Info


Over the Independence Day holiday this year, fireworks were not a major worry. But in the three weeks since then, the Summit County area has dried out considerably. 


As Rick Brough reports, the Summit County Council took the cautious approach, and asked the State Forester to authorize a fireworks ban before Park City followed suit.


Summit County Fire Warden Bryce Boyer said the ban took effect on July 20 and runs through Nov. 30.


Summit County Sheriff's Office

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office reported that a woman shopping at Walmart encountered hostility from another customer—and his shopping cart—over the issue of wearing a mask.


The Sheriff’s report said the incident occurred on Saturday, July 18, around 7 p.m.


The complainant, a 47-year-old woman from Taylorsville, told a deputy she entered the Walmart with her two children and a male companion. The woman said she wasn’t wearing a face mask because of a preexisting medical condition. 


With the Pioneer Day weekend just days away, Park City Municipal has announced a fireworks ban within the city limits.


The city announced the immediate prohibition on fireworks and open-source flames on Tuesday afternoon.


Peace House


The Park City Peace House has entered its 25th year, and in 2020 the coronavirus pandemic has brought new challenges to its mission of helping victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.


The clinical director for the Peace House, Nicole Herway, said the nonprofit has adapted to COVID-19 with social distancing, sanitation measures and remote telehealth services, though in-person services are still available when necessary.


Park City police officers are responding to the Prospector area because motorists are using the neighborhood as an unofficial detour around construction on Kearns Boulevard.


Captain Phil Kirk reported that, starting about a week ago, their officers started spending a lot of time on Sidewinder Drive. He said they had received several complaints from residents about traffic cutting through the neighborhood.


He said officers have given out about 30 citations or warnings in that time.


Pool Photos Daily COVID Briefing

The Summit County Board of Health voted on Monday to amend the county’s mandatory mask order as it applies to young children after hearing an appeal from a coalition of local childcare facilities.


The health Bboard voted to deny, in part, the request from the sector representing childcare operations, which wanted an exemption from the mask order for children up to the age of 6.

They did agree, however, to guidelines in a draft order that the county thinks will likely be issued soon by Gov. Gary Herbert.

David Boyle

After working as a KPCW news reporter for over two years, David Boyle is returning to his hometown in southern Utah—but not before garnering a batch of awards for KPCW.


Last week, Boyle was, for a change, the subject of an interview on KPCW.  He said that he grew up in Monticello, in San Juan County.


Vaper City on Flickr

A tobacco shop at Kimball Junction has sued Summit County since the county has denied it a permit to sell flavored e-cigarette products. The business was unsuccessful at a recent Third District Court hearing in getting a temporary restraining order against the county.


The lawsuit was filed by BSM Enterprises, which is operating as Park City Vapor Company, in a location south and west of Smith’s Grocery.


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Don’t include fireworks in your Pioneer Day plans this weekend.


The Utah State Forester has ordered a ban on discharging or using any fireworks for all unincorporated areas of Summit County, starting now through the end of November.


In a statement issued earlier today, State Forester Brian Cottam said he came to the decision, in consultation with county officials, due to the current and forecasted conditions, combined with extremely dry vegetation in northeastern Utah.