`Never too late’ for Ursula, landlords to reach compromise
A well-known midvalley resident who is facing eviction from her home of 25 years may still receive a reprieve, according to one of her landlords.
Ursula Rose Shepherd, known for her efforts to find homes for abandoned dogs, is supposed to haul her double-wide trailer out of the El Jebel Mobile Home park by Jan. 7. But one of her landlords, Adele Hubbell, said she and her family are still trying to negotiate a resolution.
Hubbell, a daughter and heir of Floyd and June Crawford, longtime owners of the mobile home park and a variety of businesses in El Jebel, said she couldn’t make any promises about the outcome because negotiations were in the hands of attorneys on both sides.
“I don’t think it’s ever too late,” said Hubbell. “We really want to work with her.”
Shepherd was mailed an eviction notice in July informing her she must be out within six months. Hubbell claimed that Shepherd violated numerous rules, many revolving around the condition of her lot.
Hubbell said she and her family intended to convert Shepherd’s extra large lot into a park for the mobile home neighborhood.
Shepherd said that was just a ruse for the real plot hatched by Hubbell and her sister, Bonnie Williams. They intend to eventually replace her trailer by cramming two into the space, Shepherd claims.
Several valley residents have written letters to the editors of local newspapers protesting the 59-year-old Shepherd’s treatment after The Aspen Times wrote a story about the tenant-landlord dispute last month. Although the letter-writing campaign appeared orchestrated, Shepherd indicated she had nothing to do with it.
Hubbell protested Wednesday that one of the recent letters took on a nasty tone in general and made a derogatory reference to her deceased parents, Floyd and June Crawford.
She said public protest like that will hurt rather than help Shepherd’s cause.
“We want to work something out, but with these personal attacks … I’m not softening,” Hubbell said.
One possible solution, she said, it to allow Shepherd to stay on her lot but to convert part of it into a park.
Shepherd said she’s never discussed a possible compromise with her landlords because they are no longer speaking. Shepherd is being represented by her son-in-law and Denver attorney Sam Light.
She said they had planned on giving the landlords one more chance to settle, or face litigation over an allegedly unjust eviction.
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