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US ski resorts struggle to hire amid Trump’s student visa ban

By THOMAS PEIPERT | The Associated Press

DENVER — Milagros Sotelo was looking forward to traveling from South America to Tennessee to start a job at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort this winter. The 22-year-old student worked the last two ski seasons in the equipment rental shop at the small resort nestled in the Smoky Mountains and was excited to reconnect with friends, practice her English and take a break from law school in Lima, Peru, where she lives.

But on June 22, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily barring a wide variety of foreign worker visas, including J-1 visas often issued to South American students who come to North America during their summer break. Sotelo’s plans were put on hold, and now she’s scrambling to find a job closer to home.

As ski resorts try to figure out how to operate safely during the coronavirus pandemic, by requiring facemasks,

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Ski resorts struggle to hire amid Trump’s student visa ban

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An employee is protected by a plexiglass shield while processing a skier at the reopening of Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, which closed in mid-March to help in the effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, in a Wednesday, May 27, 2020 file photo, in Keystone, Colo. An executive order signed y President Donald Trump that temporarily bans a wide variety of foreign visas has thrown another obstacle in the path of ski resorts as they try to hire enough temporary workers to fill crucial jobs in the era of COVID-19.

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Milagros Sotelo was looking forward to traveling from South America to Tennessee to start a job at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort this winter. The 22-year-old student worked the last two ski seasons in the equipment rental shop at the small resort nestled in the Smoky Mountains and was excited to reconnect with friends, practice

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Local businesses struggle to stay open as regulations have limited customer base | Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic is not exactly the best time to turn away business. But Jorge Velasquez, owner of Mayta’s Peruvian Cuisine in the Westview Shopping Center, has had to do so multiple times in recent months.

Currently allowed to operate at only 50 percent capacity, the restaurant is left with only about 20 seats indoors, and 16 outside.

“For us, for a small business, it’s really killing us,” Velasquez said. “It’s a very difficult time.”

The restaurant, like many small businesses, has reopened under new rules and regulations, but is still operating far from normal. With government funding long gone, and the pandemic still going, some businesses haven’t been able to get back on their feet.

On Monday, those businesses took another hit as County Executive Jan Gardner announced the county would not follow Gov. Larry Hogan’s orders of increasing capacity to 75 percent for restaurants and bars. 

Rick Weldon,

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Latino small businesses struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic

Lorena Cantarovici recalls when she arrived in the United States from Argentina nearly 20 years ago. 

“I came here with $300 and a backpack,” she said.

In the US, she worked in several restaurants and fell in love with the industry. She also realized she missed food from her native Argentina — so she thought about opening her own business making empanadas. That idea turned into Maria Empanada, a small restaurant chain with five locations around Denver. 

Over the last decade, the number of Latino business owners has grown by 34%, compared to 1% for all business owners in the United States, according to a report from the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, a research and education collaboration between Stanford University and the Latino Business Action Network. 

Now, those same businesses — along with those owned by African Americans — are struggling to survive the coronavirus pandemic and face particularly great

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