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But in this distress, Marcos Rodriguez sees opportunity. He was born in pre-Castro Cuba, arriving with his family in Miami just before the 1962 Missile Crisis. His father had only $10 to his name. But the family prospered nonetheless, eventually amassing a string of radio and TV stations.
Rodriguez sold the stations in the late 1990s and, at age 40, retired to Switzerland. But he missed America, moved to Aspen and got entrepreneurial - buying up several radio stations. But, seeing that real estate was a much bigger industry, he got involved in that.
Now, he hopes to pair real estate with his electronic media - and in doing so bypass print media, a major expense in real estate sales. "So much of real estate marketing right now is trapped in the 20 th century," he told the Aspen Times. "Almost all brokerages seem to be advertising similarly. I'm racking my brain almost daily: 'How can we reinvent this.'"
The Times observes that others in the real estate sector seems to regard Rodriguez with curiosity, but are waiting for him to prove he has something new.
Immigrants press for legal reforms
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Hundreds of immigrants, including many from ski towns of Colorado, gathered to press lawmakers for immigration reform. They asked for legislation that keeps families together, creates pathways to citizenship for immigrants and protects workers' rights.
The Summit Daily News reported that a dozen from Summit County attended.
"As people of faith from across the state, we denounce as inhumane the enforcement measures that have resulted in the separation of families and increased fear in our faith communities," Ricardo Perez, of the Hispanic Affairs Pastoral Project, told the newspaper.
"Many of the people from Summit have been living here for years and years," said Brendan Green, of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. "They're valuable employees; they pay their taxes. They're ready to be part of the political system, and it starts with learning how to do it."
Healthy yak meat offered
SILVERTHORNE, Colo. - A restaurant called the Asian Oven, operated by a former resident of Nepal, claims to offer mountain food for mountain people. Dinesh Shrestha, the owner, says only his business serves yak meat in Summit County. It's healthier meat, he tells the Summit Daily News.
Market glut of pellets
KREMMLING, Colo. - Could the dying and dead lodgepole pine forests that cover much of the mountains in northern Colorado be converted into something useful, like heat and electricity?