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Town in Mexico supplies Jackson Holes workers

Allen BestVail, CO Colorado

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. During November a writer and photographer from the Jackson Hole News&Guide accompanied a group of Latinos from Jackson Hole back to their native land of Mexico. Most of Jackson Holes Latino services workers come from a town called San Simeon in a corn-and-cattle region amid belching volcanoes about two hours from Mexico City.The town is quiet for much of the year because about half the population is off working in Colorado, Utah and New Jersey. But most 2,000 to 2,500 live and work in Jackson Hole and nearby in Teton County, Idaho.The young affectionately refer to their home away from home as Jacksimeon.Many in San Simeon have at least one close family member in Jackson Hole. Only old people and children now live in San Simeon.The town is as empty as if all the young people were drafted for war, explains Cesar Marquina Corna. In a way, it is a war. Were at war for a better life, says Cesar, 24, who returned to Mexico after a four-day drive in November. Hundreds make the same journey every fall and spring.The migration first began to the farms in Idaho, then expanded to Jackson Hole beginning in the late 1980s.The newspaper tells of one ranch family headed by Sanchez Rodriguez, 74, who first began going to Idaho to work in 1978 to lay irrigation pipe. Now, eight of his 14 children live between Driggs, Idaho, and Jackson.Some of the service and construction workers in Jackson Hole have seasonal work visas, while others risk the desert crossing every few years.Many of those making money in Jackson Hole are building concrete homes in San Simeon. Because so many able-bodied young people are gone, the wages are higher there, $50 per day for construction, than in surrounding towns.

TRUCKEE, Calif. The lower- and middle-end housing market is shuddering in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee area of the Sierra Nevada.The median price for homes sold in the Truckee area least year actually dropped from the prior year, from $669,500 to $645,000. A similar drop was also reported in Tahoe City, which is located along the shores of Lake Tahoe.The Sierra Sun cites a spike in defaulted home loans in the area. Real estate agent Kelly Smith told the paper, Ive been here going on 18 years, and until six months ago there was no such thing (as a foreclosure market), he said.

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