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Tempers flare at immigration forum

By Allen Best

PARK CITY, Utah – Tempers flared at a forum held in Park City about immigration, and the arguments were familiar ones.

Park City “would shrivel up and blow away” if not for the labor provided by immigrants, said one panelist, Scott Palmer. Local youth were willing to work at the golf course, but not on the cement crew, he added. Another panelist offered that if “you take the illegal labor out of the workforce, be prepared to pay more.”

The local sheriff, Dave Edmunds, said that the disagreement often puts local law enforcement agencies in a precarious position, being asked to turn a blind eye to the violations of law.

The Park Record says other complained about the costs of health care, schooling and public works, plus the familiar complaint that immigrants aren’t learning English, the language of the majority.


‘Affordable’ is now at $700,000

BASALT, Colo. – A housing project in Basalt, 18 miles down-valley from Aspen, that aimed initially for affordability is turning into something else. The original plan was to slice the land into narrow lots, such as were created in the early mining towns or in the row houses of larger cities. Even so, the homes were to be fairly large, 2,200 square feet, although that is only average by the standards of today’s ballooning home sizes. Still, at $200 per square foot for construction, reports The Aspen Times, the homes are now projected to cost $700,000.


Wildfire potential could be disclosed

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. – Real estate agents in Summit County are tinkering with a potential disclaimer to be included in sale of property. That disclaimer would advise potential buyers of the risk of wildfires.

There, as in the adjoining Vail and Winter Park areas, forests are in the 10 th year of a bark beetle epidemic that foresters say could ultimately destroy 90 per cent of lodgepole pine trees. The fear is that the dead trees will potentially become part of a massive, catastrophic fire.

One idea reported by Ken Deshaies, a representative of the Summit Association of Realtors, is to inform prospective buyers about the changing nature of local forests and also the need to create defensible space around their structures. The idea is being reviewed by lawyers, but could become part of the standard residential property disclosure form, reports the Summit Daily News.



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