March 2, 2018
Introducing Margaret Bourke, Alta Town Council Member

I am honored to be one of three women on Alta’s town council. My connection to Alta, like many of you, came through skiing. I skied here in 1981 and loved it. My husband proposed to me on Yellowtrail in the winter of 1989. I have been fortunate enough to live in Alta since 2000.

I came to Alta for its majestic beauty and open space — it was the turning aspens in autumn that cinched it for me. I harbor a deep passion for Alta, her ecology and community. While a small town can be stifling to some, I enjoy our community. We raised our youngest here, but, because there was yet no school in Alta, we commuted during his primary schooling years.

Still an active attorney through the California State Bar, I have worked in many settings from the courts, law firms and in practice for myself. I have reduced my law practice to better serve Alta’s citizens.

I applaud the decisions made over the last 40 years which retain a sense of community for Alta, her citizens and visitors alike. I enjoy attending ACE events and interacting with the people there. Planting trees, building trails, pulling invasive weeds, and picking up trash, are some of the ways I have worked to keep Alta beautiful, sustainable and vibrant. I plan to continue my efforts and encourage you to work with me in partnering with stewards such as TreeUtah, Friends of Alta, Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, and the Alta Environmental Center. Together we can make a difference in reducing the environmental threats from the expanding population on our surroundings.