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In yet another sign of change in the town of 300 people, an old restaurant called Reno’s has been closed. Long a favourite of out-of-town cross-country skiers who finished a 12-mile trip across nearby Shrine Pass, it served Mexican food at a time when Mexican food wasn’t all that common. Locals, however, tended to disdain the food as inferior. The building is said to be the future storage site for portable latrines.

Armed robbery at Wendy’s

JACKSON, Wyo. — A robbery at Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers in Jackson is being cited as evidence of Jackson’s increasing urbanization.

The incidence of serious crimes has been increasing, police say. "We’re breaking that distinction from being a small town to being a small city," Jackson Police Sgt. Alan John said. Still, it was only the first armed robbery in Jackson Hole since 1994, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide. No one was hurt, although three employees spent an hour chilling in the store’s walk-in refrigerator before pushing their way out.

Red Lodge looks to expand

RED LODGE, Mont. — A one-time coal-mining town, Red Lodge has a ski area and is a portal to Yellowstone National Park. Still, it could use some economic development, a new study says.

Per capita income in Red Lodge averages $19,090, while the national average is $29,469. As usual, service jobs in the tourist sector pay the lowest wages. In Red Lodge and surrounding Carbon County, average earning per job dropped from $29,098 in 1970 to $14,972 (in adjusted terms) in 2000.

Despite these low figures, it’s not for absence of brains, reports the Carbon County News. The population is well educated overall, and there is a strong presence of intellectual capital and entrepreneurial capability. The report seems to suggest somehow using those attributes in an economic development strategy.