Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in by Stephen Trimble

By Stephen Trimble

Starting with an Olympic ski race in northern Utah, this heartfelt booklet from award-winning author and photographer Stephen Trimble takes a penetrating examine the battles raging over the land--and the soul--of the yankee West. Bargaining for Eden investigates the high-profile tale of a reclusive billionaire who labored relentlessly to procure public land for his ski hotel and to host the Salt Lake urban wintry weather Olympics. In a gripping, character-driven narrative, in line with huge interviews, Trimble tells of the land trade deal that ensued, one of many biggest and so much arguable in U.S. background, as he deftly explores the interior conflicts, paradoxes, and greed on the middle of land-use disputes from the again rooms of Washington to the grassroots efforts of passionate voters. Into this combination, Trimble weaves the private tale of the way he, a lifelong environmentalist, satirically grew to become a landowner and developer himself, and started to discover the ethics of possession anew. We go back and forth with Trimble in a desirable trip that turns into, in spite of everything, a hopeful credo to lead voters and groups looking to reinvent their dating with the liked American panorama.

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Everything about the place seemed a little askew. A gleaming shield of LITTLE AMERICA 15 tile filled the restaurant bathroom with an otherworldly green—greener than any of the desert colors out beyond the cranked-open window. Across the lobby, in a glass case defending the gift shop, a penguin that had expired on its way from Antarctica to serve as a live mascot for Little America stood sentry, stuffed and mounted instead. The penguin surveyed bins of knickknacks: rabbit’s-foot key chains, ceramic jackalopes, pastel felt fedoras with Little America stitched on the brims.

We exulted in the tight family unit of our threesome. Surely no one understood as we did the humor in Covey’s self-conscious Legend of Little America printed on the placemats. We smirked at each other in the dining room when smiling, elderly Alice Hand played her un-hip bouncy tunes on an electric organ. I remember her benign smile, a benediction bestowed on anyone with the means to sit in the brass-studded leather armchairs and pay for hamburgers and steak and fried shrimp and soft dinner rolls.

Once he has made a business successful, he takes immense pride in its appearance. Earl is a huckster, too. Remember those billboards across Wyoming: world’s biggest gas station, world’s cheapest ice cream cones. ” Before his death in 1999, Ken Knight, Earl’s childhood friend and longtime public alter ego, made contributions to community causes in the name of Sinclair. For years Earl Holding has donated $10,000 annually to Salt Lake City’s West High, his alma mater, for college scholarships. Sinclair donated a half million dollars to the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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