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"Were here to work," he said. "We hope you can see us that way."
One man of Japanese descent, who was not identified, said he is often mistaken for somebody from Mexico and, as such, harassed. He has had dog excrement thrown at his house and car, he said.
"I live in fear," said the Japanese-American. "I have been physically intimidated, psychologically attacked and had my personal space invaded."
He added: "If youve never been a minority, you cant see it or smell it," he said of the undercurrent of racism he believes is brewing in Jackson Hole. "Its dangerous to put this under the table," he added.
Others want to know why the four suspects had been allowed to remain in the United States illegally. One of the suspects had been arrested last year for driving without a license or insurance, but not deported. One speaker, Lisa Hester suggested the issue is not racism, but illegal activity She also questioned whether community members are paying for services provided to illegal immigrants.
Meanwhile, in a letter published in the newspaper, the woman identified as the mother of one of the sexual-assault victims also warned against generalizations. "Our hearts now go out to our Latino community, which does not deserve the intimidation, judgment and tension that seems to be present," she wrote. "When I came to Jackson Hole 40 years ago from Los Angeles, I was labeled a hippie, an unwanted element in what was then a very tiny community. Although this attitude didnt last long, I understand what targeted people are feeling."
Seniors complex pitched
SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah A housing complex for those aged 55 and over is being proposed in Summit County, about 25 miles east of Salt Lake City. Russ and Doug Sorenson, who constitute part of the Five-Star Investment Group, want to build 200 apartments and 120 condominiums plus beauty salons, a recreation center and other amenities in a $40 million project.
Whitewater parks examined
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Following in the path of Breckenridge and Vail, whitewater parks have become the rage in mountain towns during the last few years. Now, an international conference on that very topic is to be held Oct. 4-7 in Glenwood Springs.
The conference devoted to whitewater parks is being held in conjunction with one devoted more broadly to whitewater in general. The goal, an organizer told the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, is to allow those communities wanting to know how to create parks to learn from the experiences of other communities that have them.