"Locals in Paradise’ defined
Paradise, in this case, is a government-subsidized affordable housing project, with the name borrowed from an above-the-timberline bowl in the adjoining Elk Range.The Town Council has decided applicants to this project must prove they earn 80 percent of their income in Gunnison County, work at least 1,400 hours a year locally, and don’t own any land with residential housing on it in Gunnison County, reports the Crested Butte News.Meanwhile, in Jackson, the Town Council plans to make employment the only criterion for eligibility for 18 new units of affordable housing. Eligibility based on income, as opposed to employment, eliminates some people who can’t afford free-market housing from getting subsidized housing, reported Bob McLaurin, the town administrator.He said he’s not worried that “trust-funders” will buy up the valley’s hard-won affordable housing.”If you’ve got that much money, you’ll buy something in the free market,” he said. He suggested a deed restriction limiting appreciation upon resale to 3 percent simple interest, compared to 3.5 percent compounded annually at other affordable houses built in Jackson Hole.The local housing authority’s executive director, Forrest Neuerburg, said he supports the new restriction, which has been used widely in Colorado.Tahoe town losing fast foodTRUCKEE, Calif. Unlike most places, Truckee is losing fast-food joints. Burger King is gone, while Taco Bell is closed and looking for digs with lower rent. That, says the Sierra Sun, leaves only McDonald’s and Dairy Queen.Electric fence may deters grizzliesJACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Backpackers in grizzly-bear habitat should be able to sleep a little better if the U.S. Forest Service succeeds in creating a lightweight electric fence.Outfitters, who have horses to haul around the 12-volt car batteries that provide the jolt that keeps the bruins at bay, already use such fences. Now, in a project with the National Outdoor Leadership School, the Forest Service is hoping to create a lightweight version of the same. The fence line would be of particular use in timberline areas above the timberline where there are no trees for stringing up lines from which to hang food, notes the Jackson Hole News & Guide.However, such fences should be a last resort, and used only when storing food above tree-line.