Editorial and Opinion

Defensible Space Helps Safeguard Against Wild Fires

August 17, 2018 Randy Shelton

With many parts of the West at risk from wildfires, it has become more and more common for potential buyers as well as current sellers to ask how their improvements can be safeguarded from fire destruction. The most effective prevention is maintaining a defensible space.  Defensible space is an established area around your house that creates a defensible position for firefighters to do their job. 

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What’s in a Rain?

August 8, 2018 Tyler Jacobs

Rain is one of those things that we often take for granted until we don’t get enough of it or inundated with too much. It is elusive, yet common. It is something that we have absolutely no control over, and so we must learn to adapt. Rain is one of those subjects that unites people of all walks of life, particularly those with rural backgrounds. It is almost without exception that rain is always the initial topic to start a conversation.

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Beachfront Paradise on Oso Peninsula of Costa Rica Hits Market

August 7, 2018 Bill McDavid

Years ago, I spent three weeks in Costa Rica exploring its interior and west coast from the Nicoya Peninsula all the way south to the Osa Peninsula right next to Panama. At the time, I was simply on a personal quest to see another land and wasn’t thinking at all about real estate. I was fascinated with and had never seen (and still haven’t) so much diversity packed into a relatively small country.

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Harvesting the Fruits of Tax Reform for Farm & Ranch

July 19, 2018 Matthew A. Bryan, Sr., J.D., LL.M

There are more good changes than bad for farmers and ranchers with the new tax laws.  But, as you might expect from a Congressionally-operated farm, there are tares sown in with the wheat, so this paper will assess the good, the bad, and the as-yet uncertain.

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Maintaining & Protecting Your Water Rights

July 19, 2018 Deborah Stephenson and Stephen R. Brown

This article is the second in a continuing series regarding water in the western United States. This edition focuses on operational and administrative practices that can help maintain your water rights by first ensuring that all filings and administrative reporting requirements are up to date, and secondly, by keeping your rights active to protect them from abandonment.

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