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RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Inducted in Gala Ceremonies

August 13th, 2018 Comments off

 

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The Class of 2018 includes: (Back row left to right) Bill Wilson, Cherry Hill Mobile Home Park and Indian Hill Estates; Roger Faulkner, General Coach Canada; Mike Cirillo, Star Management; John Evans, CMHI. (Front row left to right) Derald Bontrager, Jayco, Inc.; Joan Cohron, accepting for Darrel/Harrel Cohron, Dealer and Community Owner; Becky Lenington, PA RV and Camping Association; Carol Mix, accepting for Gub Mix, Association Executive; Dan Pearson, Pleasureland RV; Gregg Fore, Dicor Corporation

 

ELKHART, Ind., — “Over 400 industry leaders, friends, colleagues and guests gathered at RV/MH Hall of Fame  last night (August 6,  2018)  to help celebrate the induction of the Class of 2018 into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall),” said the hall in a statement to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

The RV industry inductees include Derald Bontrager, Jayco Corporation; Roger Faulkner, General Coach Canada; Gregg Fore, Dicor Corporation; Rebecca (Becky) Lenington, Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association; Daniel R Pearson; Pleasureland RV,” per Ryan Szklareks.

On the manufactured housing side, the inductees include Michael A. Cirillo, Star Management: Darrel Cohron and Harrel Cohron (deceased), Cohron’s Manufactured Homes; John Evans, California Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI); Gub Mix, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona State MH Associations; Bill Wilson, Cherry Hill Homes, Inc.,” said Szklareks.

Before the induction ceremonies, Hall President Darryl Searer, said in his “Annual State of the Hall” address, “Besides this being our 46th year in existence, this is our eleventh year at this beautiful location and my seventh State of the Hall address.  I’m excited as we continue to make great progress in all areas of the operation. Income is up and expenses are down. Our debt continues to be paid down at an aggressive pace, and we are financially stable and operating in the black. But we still have a very small amount of debt.”

I can now announce with certainty that on or before December 31st of this year we will be debt free!  We would never have been able to achieve this goal without all companies and individuals that have made this goal possible by their generous donations.  I especially thank those who have contributed to the Kevin Clayton Debt Reduction program which started less than four years ago is now at 98 percent of its $1 million goal. Thank you all.”

For more about the RV MH Hall of Fame, see the article linked above, or one of the related reports, at the end of this post.

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Spirit Award

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2018 RVMH Heritage Foundation’s Darryl Searer Spirit Award honoree Jim Scoular (r) accepts the award from Foundation President Darryl Searer(l).

Searer also presented the 2018 RV/MH Heritage Foundation’s “Darryl Searer Spirit Award” to Jim Scoular.  The Spirit Award is an annual award to honor the person who has demonstrated his or her desire and dedication to further the legacy of our great heritage.

In making the presentation Searer said, “Jim Scoular is no stranger to the Hall of Fame. He is the second generation to be involved on the board of directors and has been instrumental in making sure the Hall of Fame remains the shining star of both the RV & MH Industries for many years to come.”

Searer pointed out that when it looked like the Hall of Fame could become a thing of the past. He said, “Jim rejoined the board of directors and did something about it. Today our financial worries are behind us thanks to this man’s concern and love for the Hall.

“He also has been the driving force behind the temporary Scoular MH Museum now available for all to enjoy.”

 

Extended Bios

 

Derald Bontrager

Jayco, Inc.

Indiana

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Derald Bontrager has dedicated his career to the advancement and betterment of the RV industry and has done so by leading with integrity, passion, and a desirable work ethic. He is one that many respect and admire as a mentor for his strength and determination to always do what is right, not just profitable. Not only has he led Jayco through several economic down turns to come out stronger on the other side, but has been actively involved in RVIA for many years, serving as members of various committees, the Executive Board, and Chairman of the Board.

 

Michael A. Cirillo

Star Management

California

Manufactured Housing

 

Mike Cirillo has been an institution in the MHRV world in California and Nevada for years, and now after 35 years he is dedicating a huge amount of time to educate a new generation of MHRV leaders with Pacific Current Partners. Whether with park residents, vendors, or clients, Mike consistently shows incredible patience and professionalism, striving always to make the right decision and treating his stakeholders with the utmost respect. With his hands-on approach, Mike leads by example every step of the way.

 

Darrel/Harrel Cohron

Dealer and Community Owner

Indiana

Manufactured Housing

 

Darrel and Harrel operate a manufactured housing dealership and have developed six different communities outside of Indianapolis. These communities represent 1800 sites. They were in at the start of the mobile home community business and worked hard to maintain a good image. Their communities represent a lifestyle that is attractive, clean, and safe for their residents. The Cohron’s dealership and communities are ranked highly as a family owned Manufactured Housing business in America.

 

John Evans

CMHI

California

Manufactured Housing

 

John Evans definitely has earned the reputation for his values, morals, and hard work for the Manufactured Housing Industry. John began his career with Phillips Industry. After a stint with Elixir Industries, he returned to Phillips where he stayed until he joined the Kinro family in its west coast expansion. John was instrumental in helping the company’s growth in the manufactured housing industry in California and Idaho. His hard work, perseverance, and many contributions have been recognized several times with industry awards from various associations.

 

Roger Faulkner

General Coach Canada

Ontario

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Roger Faulkner has been one of, if not, the most recognized individual contributor and influence of the Canadian RV Industry for over 25 years. Like in the United States, the great recession almost completely decimated RV Manufacturing in Canada, but Roger’s vision, persistence and commitment towards maintaining the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association ensured that the CRVA remained a vital component of the North American RV Industry. CRVA would not be in the same regard as it is today without Roger’s dedication and tireless efforts in the RV Industry in Canada.

 

 

Gregg Fore

Dicor Corporation

Indiana

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Gregg’s leadership as president of Dicor led to many new innovative products for the RV OEM and aftermakerts. He has distinguished himself during his 42-year RV Industry career as a highly successful businessman, community leader, National Industry Association volunteer executive, and RV Industry promoter. His During Gregg’s term as RVIA Chairman he led the Association to be more inclusive of all interests in the industry resulting in much improved communication, cooperation and team effort leading to a much stronger RV Industry. Gregg has led with grace, humility and respect.

Rebecca Lenington

PA RV and Camping Association

Pennsylvania

RV

 

Rebecca Lenington is synonymous to RVing in Pennsylvania. She has truly dedicate her life to making sure Pennsylvania has one of the strongest RV and camping industries in the country. Whether it involves the RV show, education or legislative work, Rebecca made it her life’s mission to see that the industry she cares so much about is a success. With Rebecca’s leadership, PRVCA has been able to gather members from all segments of the industry to share a common table, put personal agendas aside, and work for the good of the industry.

 

Gub Mix

Association Executive

Utah

Manufactured Housing

 

There are state executives and then there is Gub Mix. He was the rare industry veteran that went on to become a state executive. In fact, at one time he simultaneously lead four state associations – Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. Gub was a voice of reason and a constant industry promoter. Northwest Pride was followed by the creation of the National Congress in Las Vegas. He correctly saw that there was no national convention for manufactured housing and Las Vegas was the perfect venue. The National Congress grew quickly and became the place to be each Spring.

 

Daniel R Pearson

Pleasureland RV

Minnesota

RV

 

Dan Pearson started his RV industry career at Pleasureland RV as a lot/parts runner in 1975, also did various jobs in the parts and detail area. He transferred into sales and eventually became Sales Manager. In 1982 he became president and has served in that role ever since. He has taken the dealership with one location to multiple locations. Time and again, he has proven to be a strong and loyal RV industry advocate. His years of service to RVDA and his skills in industry relations have always been impressive.

 

Bill Wilson

Cherry Hill Mobile Home Park and Indian Hill Estates

Kentucky

Manufactured Housing

 

Through the years, Bill Wilson unselfishly volunteered countless hours of personal time to represent KMHI and MHI, as well as the industry, on important issues and legislation that shaped the present and future of the industry. His expertise and very personal experiences in the retail business and industry was a great asset for his business, as well as the association and the industry. Bill has a passion to make this industry as great as it can. ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Inducted in Gala Ceremonies

“Last Call” 2018 RV/MH Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

July 5th, 2018 Comments off

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The RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Annual Induction Dinner celebrating the Class of 2018 is only a month away,” according to Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Heritage Foundation.

 

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Searer said, “We are on track to break the all-time attendance record for our induction dinner so I urge anyone planning to attend to register now to insure quality seating for the event.”

The induction ceremony will be held on August 6, 2018, at the Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Indiana.

The 2018 Induction Dinner celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar cocktail party, followed by the dinner and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Searer said that “I hope all the friends and colleagues of the inductees and industry members will join us in honoring these outstanding industry pioneers who have had a major impact on our professions and lives.”

This year’s class includes five members of the RV industry and six from the manufactured housing industry.

The RV industry inductees include Derald Bontrager, Jayco Corporation; Roger Faulkner, General Coach Canada; Gregg Fore, Dicor Corporation; Rebecca (Becky) Lenington, Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association; Daniel R Pearson; Pleasureland RV.

On the manufactured housing side, the inductees include Michael A. Cirillo, Star Management: Darrel Cohron and Harrel Cohron (deceased), Cohron’s Manufactured Homes; John Evans, California Manufactured Housing Institute (CMHI); Gub Mix, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona State MH Associations; Bill Wilson, Cherry Hill Homes, Inc.

Searer added that “This event is truly a major industry affair. It not only honors the inductees who have attained a major milestone in the lives and careers; it’s also an opportunity to network with industry leaders who normally attend the event.” ## (News, event, and announcement.)

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Then and Now – 1954 Spartan Mobile Home & 2014 Fairmont Manufactured Home – 60 Years of Progress Displayed at RV MH Hall of Fame, Elkhart, IN

 

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Another Manufactured Home Community Hit by Disaster

May 31st, 2017 Comments off

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In Olalla, British Columbia, Canada, a 55 and over manufactured home community finds itself suffering from the effects of flooding.

And, some residents say that the issue stems from lack of attention.

We’d be spared from flooding if they dredged that creek,” said resident Margaret Munn. Munn, along with other residents, feel the provincial government should do more to protect them.

According to Global News CA, resident Jim Stewart was forced to trek through his neighbor’s yard and climb through a fence to access his flooded home. Due to the flooding, he’s been put up at a hotel for the next week thanks to area emergency services.

The community also sits on a flood plain… and residents say this is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

A few of these mobile homes [sic] are wrecked right now, we’ve had it, they are flooded right out,” said Stewart.

The high water has flooded at least four mobile homes [sic].”

With the flooding, residents are having to decide whether to stay or go.

Mom called me up hysterically that the driveway is under water,” said resident Jamie Walker, who expressed concern about the well being of his 60-year-old mother.

It’s just the worry that the water is going to encroach on further property and create damage and more headaches.”

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Elef Christensen, representative and Area G Director for the area, pointed to heat as the culprit.

The snow is melting up in Apex and it’s coming down to Keremeos Creek,” said Christensen.

Christensen did not provide a timeline for cleanup, next steps, or additional resources for the community residents.

 

Flooding Impacts on Manufactured Home Communities

The Daily Business News has covered scenarios similar to the one in Olalla, British Columbia recently, including the case of Riviera Estates in Eagle, Idaho, where officials were working to pump water out of the community’s shed pumps, which provide potable water to residents.

According to KBOI, residents were forced to evacuate due to floodwaters that initially spread two to three feet, then several more feet in the span of one day.

They’re going to still have to release more water, more water means deeper flood water,” said J.R. Schooley, who is working with a family to move out of the community.

Deeper flood water means there’s a point where you can’t get out of here and that’s what we worry about the most, you get to a point where it’s two, three feet deep.”

For more on manufactured home communities dealing with the effects of flooding, including those at the Balls Ferry Fishing Resort and Mobile Home Park in Anderson, California, click here. ##

 

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Manufactured Home Community Dealing With Serious Flooding

May 19th, 2017 Comments off
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In Eagle, Idaho, residents at the Riviera Estates community are dealing with, floodwaters, and looking for answers.

According to KBOI, more residents were forced to evacuate yesterday due to floodwaters, which began on Wednesday. Initial flooding of two to three feet has now spread several more feet, and county officials still are uncertain as to where the water is coming from.

The Eagle Fire Department has been on site at Riviera Estates since Wednesday working to pump water out of the community’s shed pumps, which provide potable water to residents.

The community is also on a septic tank system, and both the Eagle Police Department and the Ada County Sheriff’s office have asked residents to limit their use of the system. Officials are concerned that any standing water could be contaminated.

And that concern has residents leaving, and taking their things with them.

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They’re going to still have to release more water, more water means deeper flood water,” said J.R. Schooley, who is working with a family to move out of the community.

Deeper flood water means there’s a point where you can’t get out of here and that’s what we worry about the most, you get to a point where it’s two, three feet deep.”

While there is no mandatory evacuation in place, the sheriff’s office visited each home and strongly encouraged residents to leave.

Eagle Police say nine people were forced to stay in a Red Cross shelter or with family members last night.

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The Daily Business News will continue to follow this story and provide updates.

For more on manufactured home communities dealing with the effects of flooding, including those at the Balls Ferry Fishing Resort and Mobile Home Park in Anderson, California, click here. ##

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Carson Approved by Senate Committee, Provides View on MH

January 24th, 2017 Comments off
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The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee has unanimously approved Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.) His nomination now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

Manufactured housing also took center stage, as the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) tells MHProNews that Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) asked Dr. Carson to describe in writing his view of the role of manufactured housing in the provision of affordable housing in rural areas.

 

I do see manufactured housing playing an important role in providing affordable housing in rural areas. I think it’s important to ensure HUD’s policies promote access to this valuable resource,” said Carson.

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After the vote by the senate, Carson will inherit an agency with 8,300 employees and a budget of about $47 billion.

According to WWLP, Committee Chairman Michael Crapo of Idaho praised Carson and his impressive career.

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HUD will benefit from having a secretary with a different perspective and a diverse background,” said Crapo.

The committee advanced Carson’s nomination in a simple voice vote without major opposition from Senate Democrats, who are fighting other appointees of President Trump.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the leading Democrat on the panel, said he was supporting Carson because of his commitments to address lead hazards, uphold fair housing laws and advocate for rental assistance, despite his reservations.

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I would not have chosen him because of his lack of experience and his often troubling public statements over the last three years,” said Brown.

But despite my reservations and my disagreements with some of his positions, I’ll give Dr. Carson the benefit of the doubt.”

Prior to the vote, Brown proposed unsuccessfully that the committee begin requiring Cabinet-level nominees to submit three years of tax returns before confirmation hearings.

Republicans opposed the change.

Our extensive coverage on the nomination and confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson includes four former HUD Secretaries endorsing Carson and an open letter from MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

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Agency Offers “Mobile Home Improvement Loans” for Communities and Homes

January 6th, 2017 Comments off
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A  Montana and Idaho nonprofit agency has launched a program to help people who live in what they called “mobile homes” to make repairs and improvements without having to resort to taking out high interest loans.

Missoula based Montana and Idaho Community Development Corp. (MICDC) is rolling out the new Mobile Home Improvement Loan Program, per the Missoulian.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, most references to “mobile homes” by publications are incorrect, as the last mobile home was built in the U.S. in 1976.

In this instance, about 20 percent of the homes in Montana and Idaho are pre-HUD code homes, which means that they technically are mobile homes. Of course, that means the other some 80 percent are manufactured homes. For a more detailed history on the journey from mobile to manufactured homes, please click here.

Missoula resident Laila Huson was the first person to be approved for the program, and took out a loan of 3200 dollars. The amount the borrower pays monthly on the loan is on a sliding scale and based on monthly income and expenses.

Every year, we go up on the roof to try to seal the leaks, but it’s an aluminum roof with the hot and cold expanding and contracting, it’s a regular problem,” said Huson.

Most places where I could get a loan would charge a 36 percent interest rate and require me to use my car as collateral. If I missed a payment due to illness, I could lose my only means of transportation.

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Dave Glaser, President of the MICDC, says that mobile home owners tend to have a significantly harder time with financing for home repairs, which can lead to uncomfortable and unhealthy living conditions.

He also decided to take the extra step of having his staff go door to door in Huson’s community to share information with residents about the program. The loans can also be used by communities for things such as playgrounds, lighting, signage, and landscaping.

These are really low interest rate loans,” said Glaser. “The exact interest rate depends on the borrower, but it’s far better than what they could expect to find elsewhere. The idea is to help them afford these upgrades and make them affordable to their cash flow on a case by case basis. We take a look at the family’s income and help them decide upon an interest rate and a loan amount they can afford.

The program is available to residents in Montana and Idaho. For more information, homeowners and communities can contact Julie Ehlers at 844-728-9235 ext. 225. ##

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UFPI Acquires Distributor of Wood Products for MH

June 21st, 2016 Comments off

ufpi__creditA subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI) is acquiring Idaho Western, Inc., a Nampa, ID distributor of products for the manufactured home (MH) and recreational vehicle (RV) industries as well as for building materials retailers.

UFPI’s Caldwell, ID facility, which also supplies wood and wood products to the MH and RV industries, will be consolidated into Idaho Western, supplying customers in the Northwest with products ranging from lumber and siding to doors and plywood. Founded in 1978, its annual net sales are approximately $21 million, according to nasdaq.

This strategic acquisition will allow us to bolster our foothold in the manufactured housing and retail markets by expanding our product offering and our geographic reach,” said Universal Forest Products CEO Matthew J. Missad.

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., UFPI is a component supplier to the MH and RV industries. MHProNews tracks its daily stock report on our Daily Business News website. UFPI’s stock closed up in yesterday’s (June 20) session +1.74 percent at $88.40. ##

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“Mobile Home Park” Residents Legal Action Continues, drawing favorable rulings

December 11th, 2014 Comments off

syringa-mobile-home-park-credit=geoff-crimmins-daily-news-posted-mhpronews-com-In a year long legal action between the residents of Syringa Mobile Home Park Moscow, Idaho and its owner over clean water, a judge ruled in the residents favor. The Lewiston Tribune  tells MHProNews  that Latah County 2nd District Judge John R. Stegner ordered Moscow attorney Gregory Rauch to compensate the cost of one attorney representing park residents in a civil complaint filed against Magar E. Magar of Vancouver, Washington.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported that Magar was ordered to pay a $250 a day contempt fee in connection to the suit brought against him by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality as well as another $100 a day for contempt related to a class action suit brought by Syrina residents.

Since the judge’s order Magar has not been compliant with its ruling to make his intended payments. According to residents they say: “Magar has fallen behind on his court-ordered contempt payments, which amount to $350 a day, with his last payment made Nov. 20.”

As a veteran state association executive has told MHProNews off the record, “It is not the association’s job to protect the bad or questionable behavior of a member.” The flip side is that at times, the mainstream media fails to report all of the details to keep a story balanced, albeit less exciting for local readers.

Whatever the truth of the allegations in this case, MHProNews will continue to track this story; for a previous news brief and more details, click here. ##

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Moscow’s MH Park heading for closure?

November 7th, 2014 Comments off

klewtv-moscow-pullman-idaho-smyrna-mhpark-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-The owner of the Syringa Mobile Home Park in Moscow, Idaho is intending to close the property, following a nearly yearlong legal battle over the park’s water systems, Lewiston Morning Tribune  tells MHProNews

Latah County 2nd District Judge John R. Stegner told Moscow attorney Gregory Rauch Wednesday that if his client, Magar E. Magar, intends to close the park, he needs to give all the residents six months’ notice.

Magar, who lives in Vancouver, Washington, wasn’t present for the hearing.

As regular Daily Business News readers know, The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) had issued warnings to the park’s owner about improving the water quality at the community.

A class action law suit was filed as well. Click here for more details. ##

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“From Moscow, with Love?” Lawsuit advances against Manufactured Home Community Owner

August 22nd, 2014 Comments off

klewtv-moscow-pullman-idaho-smyrna-mhpark-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-Residents of Syringa Mobile Home Park near Moscow-Pullman, Idaho have been in a struggle that bubbled up over their need for drinkable water and other issues. This began last winter, and resident Doris Carlson told KREM News that “I have wept an awful lot because I am tired of living like this.”

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) had issued a warning to the park’s owner, Magar E. Magar, to address alleged violations regarding its drinking water and wastewater systems. Community residents were told in January not to drink the water there, even if it was boiled. So Carlson melted snow on her stove top to have drinkable water. A local church provided residents in the community with bottled water.

Carlson said then, “I have no way to flush my commode right now. The odor in the house is pungent. It’s disgusting.” When contacted by a local media outlet, Magar said the residents had water and reportedly hung up, perhaps due to concerns over the pending legal issues.

While DEQ lifted the ban on the water, they notified Magar that the system was still out of compliance with the state’s standards. Lawyers from the University of Idaho’s Legal Aid Clinic stepped in to file a civil action on behalf of the residents.

In July, the owner of the community was told not to contact the residents, On August 18, Latah County Second District Judge John Stegner denied a defense motion seeking additional time to prepare for a hearing scheduled Aug. 27. DNEWs tells MHProNews that Attorney Greg Rauch took on the case for Magar several weeks ago. Magar had been representing himself prior to Rauch’s appearance in the class action case. ##

(Editor’s Note: While we as a publisher are never providing legal advice nor asserting the applicability of the information linked below, MHProNews has published two articles on the topic of failure to maintain by attorneys. One is linked here, authored by attorney Bill Hart, JD, from the Hart-King law firm. Another was by penned by David E Eastman, JD, linked here.)

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