Sunday Feb. 26, 2017
I’m writing about the sizable Latino population and immigration — a particularly hot topic with President Trump‘s focus on the issue.
Ramiro Casillas, owner of Costa Azul, a Mexican seafood restaurant in Ogden, questions whether last week's Day Without Immigrants protests — meant as a show of solidarity for the immigrant community, including the undocumented population — will have much effect. "I don't think one day will have an impact and change the law." He closed for the day, like many businesses here and across the country, after prodding from his employees. "My workers told me they wanted to show support for Hispanic families." #daywithoutimmigrants #ogden #utah #immigrationreform
Here’s what I’ve written on the matter:
- “After protest, Ogden immigrants, advocates say fight for reform will continue,” Feb. 23, 2017.
- “As part of Day Without Immigrants protests, Ogden businesses close for the day,” Feb. 16, 2017.
- “Trump’s border wall talk spurs anxiety, resolve, dismay among Ogden Latinos,” Jan. 28, 2017.
Another unfolding story, in a decidedly different vein, has been the case of an expensive house built atop a rise in south Ogden that is gradually disintegrating, putting the home at risk.
Lance Youngberg lives downslope of a south Ogden home that's seemingly teetering as the land beneath it erodes. The owner of the home, Bennett Thurgood, has filed suit against the contractors that built the structure. Youngberg's father has filed his own claim against Thurgood, seeking compensation for the damage caused to his property by the erosion. Youngberg wonders if the long-term fix is tearing down the Thurgood home, now vacant. #Utah #ogden #erosion
Here’s what I’ve written:
- “Ogden house perched atop eroding hill worries landowner down below,” Feb. 19, 2017.
- “As Ogden home slips on slope, homeowner seeks compensation and answers,” Feb. 1, 2017.
Just last Friday, I visited a small community north of Ogden, Garland, to see how people there are coping with flooding, brought on by a particularly heavy accumulation of snow and quick melt-off last week when temperatures rose:
Too much water in Garland, Tremonton: Warm temps last week and the quick melt off of snow left everything wet and flooded many people's homes. People used sump pumps to get it out of their basements onto the street and more. It's caused a lot of heartache. #utah #flooding #flood #boxeldercounty #tremonton