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The Cost of Preserving and Protecting our Environment

This is the talk I gave at the latest 22 in 21 on January 18th, 2018: What is the state of our jurisdiction? I’d characterize it as one of struggle, an epic struggle, with ourselves, to define the value of our natural environment. Without measures of value for the ecosystem and associated ecosystem services, I […]

Commercial Growth and Its Housing Obligation

The local entrepreneurs I know are gritty, clever and not looking for a hand out. Fifty years ago starting any business here was a risky proposition. Air service was tenuous, winters were bitter, summers were mosquito infested, inflation and gas prices were headed for a spike. Different times. Business risk now is about housing. Ask […]

Taking Heat; Pain Free

Recently a constituent sent a letter to me at my public tetonwyo.org account: Mark I had seen you as a strong conservationist, someone with dedication and vision. It seems that now what we are seeing is a very, very different person. Develop Federal land alongside and in the bed of The Snake River, where your […]

On Taxes and Compensating Landowners for Community Benefit

This is the text of my speech at the Charture Institutes 22 in 21 Conference held in January, 2017: Good morning everyone. Thank you for being here today and for caring enough to be here today. And thank you, Jonathan, for creating this event back in 2012. More importantly, thank you for your passion and […]

To House or Not to House

These two graphics, the first borrowed from the Jackson Teton County Housing Authority, the second from Jonathan Schecter’s Jackson Hole Compass, are what an imploding middle class looks like: median home prices completely detached from a community’s wage reality that drive an ever widening wedge between the haves and have-nots. When the world discovered Teton […]

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