So what’s not to like?
A lot of crime for one thing. Rape and theft have increased dramatically. Most disturbing is crimes against women. This NY Times article and this one from the Twin Cities highlight the issues women face when the population growth is almost exclusively male. One quote I ran into was, “This is the Wild Wild West.”
So what does this mean for Red Lodge? To begin with, the current population is only 2155, so it doesn’t have anywhere near the growth capacity of Williston. That means workers would live not only in Red Lodge, but in Roscoe, Fishtail, Nye and Absarokee as well. They will become boom towns, and they will change dramatically.
My initial concern about this was environmental, and I’m still concerned. I’m now getting that this is going to be a huge issue for life as we know it on the Stillwater. Imagine Absarokee as a 21st century Deadwood.
My level of alarm has gone way up since I started looking into this.