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Governor Hickenlooper, CO Senators Pen Letter to Outdoor Retailer

Colorado River

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and the state’s U.S. Senators have penned a letter urging Outdoor Retailer to call Colorado its new home.

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New West Daily Roundup for Feb. 16, 2017

Today in New West news: Montana LGBT advocates back non-discrimination bill, Big Sky Film Festival, undocumented mother seeks sanctuary in Denver church, and Utah now sixth largest state for solar.

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New West Daily Roundup for July 18, 2016

National Bison Range

Today in New West news: an update on the National Bison Range, Montana’s House Rep race, rare Audubon prints donated to University of Utah, and StatusPage moving to San Francisco.

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New West Daily Roundup for May 13, 2016

MSU, Montana State University

Today in New West news: Montana State University receives $8 million pledge from Greg and Susan Gianforte, Pleasant Revolution bike/music tour planned for Pacific Northwest/California, and Denver-area housing development sells final unit after 58 years.

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New West Daily Roundup for Jan. 14, 2016

Today in New West news: the story of commonFont and Bozeman, Montana; Boulder, Colorado’s Center of the American West to host “Fracture” Book Release, and Old Town Creative + Interactive unveils Wandering App.

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New West Daily Roundup for Jan. 13, 2016

big sky documentary film festival, missoula, wilma theater

Today in New West news: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival unveils this year’s lineup, Frontier Airlines to add three nonstop flights from Denver International Airport, and Yellowstone National Park has busiest year on record.

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Authors of the Flathead Has The Write Stuff

As an aspiring novelist, I know the difference between the protagonist and the antagonist, but the difference between a characteristic and a characterization? Or thruline and plotline? Well, these seem like things I should know, so I attended the annual conference of the Authors of the Flathead, one of the best and most resilient writer groups in the New West. If you have the same problem I do, a passion to write novels, here's one way to start making the requisite leap from good to very good, fast. After five fiction-filled days, I not only feel more equipped to give Peter Benchley and Tony Hillerman a little competition, but I know about exciting incidents, profluence, and fictive ribbons--even where to sign up for a new class called 'Writing Sex Scenes for the Nervous." (Yes, I need that.)

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It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll

After the mass exodus of revelers heading to Missoula to see the Rolling Stones yesterday, I thought maybe I'd point out some upcoming music in the Flathead worth checking out this week.

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Mom and Dad Dodge Red Eagle Fire, Return Home Safe From Babbfest

Babb, Montana is about nine miles from St. Mary, Montana, on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park. Every year the tiny town holds its 'Babbfest,' an outdoor music shindig boasting as much PBR, hemp t-shirts, Indian tacos and gourmet tequila shooters as any 20- or 30-something could possibly desire. Bands play all day long, local wares are sold in booths, and everyone generally has a jolly old time. Babbfesters camp at the festival, which makes sense: this year tickets were $40, and admission meant an all-you-can-drink party that reached its pinnacle of fun around 1 A.M. when the headlining band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band out of New Orleans, began playing. My parents love Babbfest. I've never been, so I tune in with a keen ear to their stories. They're fond of saying things like 'We were looking to win the award for the oldest people there' when they talk about it. I don't know why; they're fun. Not, you know, mosh pit fun, but they're fun.

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A New Publication for Eastern Montana’s Wide Open Spaces

There's about to be a new magazine in town-- or should I say, in 'the country.' Alternatives, an online publication based out of Plentywood, Montana, will explore topics like alternative energy development, eco-tourism, health and fitness, obesity and other issues facing communities in the vast, open spaces on the east side of the Great Divide. Montana is a big state. 56 counties make up 147,046 square miles. An estimated 935,670 people live here. Montana is to the road tripper of the West what Ohio is to the road-tripper of the East, which is to say, if you’re just driving through, it will dominate your day, your life and your entire conscience until you cross out of its borders.

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