Mountain Ñews: Ski towns making cuts 

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Father Bob Bussen, a religious leader at the church, told the Park Record that there is a "growing fear in the immigrant community, legal and non-legal, that any immigrant is up for suspicion. They're very concerned that they're going to lose their jobs or that the police will pick them up. They're afraid to open their doors."

Immigrants were warned at the church to carry the telephone number of an attorney in case of arrest and to have a plan should a family member get deported.

The new law also requires public employers and businesses that contract with the government to use a system that verifies the work status of new employees. Also, the law requires government agencies to verify the immigration status of someone who applies for state or local benefits.

"They're going to go out and arrest your baker and your landscaper and put them in jail simply for being here illegally," said Bussen. "We'll be using our jails as holding pens when we need them to get criminals."

The bill's premise, he added, is to "create fear, and the bill should scare the hell out of all of us. We would have the same fear if, as Americans, we were stopped by the police."

Buses returning to highways

RED LODGE, Mont. - The tracks that used to carry the trains that connected the small towns of the West are mostly gone, the steel rails recycled decades ago. Gone, too, are the buses that once linked the towns. Greyhound sticks mostly to interstate highways now, focusing on stops in big cities.

Into this void are now coming new efforts to create a bus-based transportation network. Just recently came news from Colorado that a new bus service called the Mountaineer Route will connect Gunnison - and by extension, Crested Butte - with five-times weekly trips to Denver. Also linked on the 215-mile route are the mountain towns of Salida, Buena Vista and Fairplay.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and eight local governments and agencies are underwriting the new bus service.

There is also news from the greater Yellowstone region. The Yellowstone Business Partnership, a group based in Red Lodge, Mont., has announced plans for a tri-state transport system, to link towns in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

"It's about closing the service gaps," said Janice Brown, executive director. "If someone tries to use public transportation from Billings, (Mont.) to Jackson, (Wyo.) there is no way to do it other than invest a lot of personal time and money. Greyhound sticks to the interstates now... We haven't made it easy for someone without a vehicle."

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