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  • More mountain towns in Colorado are taking action to try and free up housing for local workers; the state of Utah added nearly 60 thousand people to its population from July 2020 to July of this year, according to estimates released this week by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.
  • The book "Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West" came out in March 2020 -- unfortunate timing for a book tour. However, author and Yale University professor Justin Farrell has been back on the road across the Mountain West this summer to talk about what he learned from five years of studying the ultra-wealthy of Teton County, Wyoming. KHOL and Rocky Mountain Community Radio’s Kyle Mackie spoke to Farrell ahead of a recent talk in Jackson.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic led to numerous changes in mountain towns across the West. Local governments have been struggling with how to address rapidly shifting demographics and accelerating housing crises in their communities. And now a new report from Colorado shows that many pandemic-era changes are likely here to stay. Will Walkey from KHOL in Jackson, Wyoming, has more.
  • A Colorado resort town reliant on summer visitors has halted tourism marketing because an affordable housing crisis means businesses don't have enough workers to stay open during their busiest season.