Friday, August 2, 2013

Read the fine print

    They’re gray. They’re full of fine print. They’re presented without photos or graphics. They’re items that defy the modern world’s insistence upon flashy design.
    They’re the Legal Notices printed in newspapers from coast to coast, and despite their appearance, which is dictated by law, they’re packed with essential information about the places we live and what elected representatives are doing. They’re also full of opportunities for businesses and investors.
    They appear every week in the editions of this newspaper that are sold in newsstands and by subscription. The Legal Notices are published in the Local Life section that comes only in a paid copy.
    The Legal Notices are the place to follow the money. August is when local government agencies must publish budgets and announce public hearings. Citizens concerned about where their taxes are going can find out in the Legal Notices and then comment by letter or by attending a hearing.
    The Legal Notices are also the place for people looking to do business. Opportunities abound in government notices that seek to purchase everything from consultants and special studies to trucks and fuel.
    They’re also the place to find out what’s going on in the neighborhood. In recent editions, readers would have found a proposal to sell public land to a private ranch, a proposal for Hailey to narrow a street by abandoning part of a right of way, a U.S. Forest Service decision to thin trees on Bald Mountain, the Blaine County Recreation District’s budget of $4.7 million, and Blaine County’s search for construction management services to make sure the Old County Courthouse won’t fall down in the next earthquake.
    Legal Notices’ print may be fine, but boring they’re not.

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