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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 2, 2015

downtown Boise

Today in New West News: two Boise-based businesses help people recovering from mastectomies, Montana senators are in a furor over the Land and Water Conservation Fund, mining contaminants threaten Lake Koocanusa, a district judge has blocked new drilling regulations, and five eastern Montana schools receive humanities funding.

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 30, 2015

Sage grouse

Today’s New West news: mining may be banned on 10 million acres of sage grouse habitat, Denver-based Frontier Airlines soars into the top-five most profitable airlines in the U.S, Salt Lake International Airport will receive a revamp, Utah may be ahead of the pack on incoming emission regulations, a Boulder-based aerospace team claims a bit of credit for the recent ...

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 28, 2015


Today in New West news: Dish Network’s deadline to pay for wireless network frequencies looms, Utah’s $46 million Wasatch Peaks Ranch is up for sale, Boulder, Colorado is ranked high in startup potential, a Seattle-based real estate company has bought up five Denver buildings on Market Street, and Missoula, Montana will be able to taste its first ever legal rye ...

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Another Endangered Species in the New West: Cowboys


At last week’s National Western Stock Show in Denver, a new endangered species was spotted by veteran observers: cowboys, mirroring the decline of cattle and pastureland in the West.

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New For 2014: New West Books

Goliath Staggered

Some exciting news to pass along: We’re announcing the debut of New West Books and a first title, Goliath Staggered: How the People of Highway 12 Conquered Big Oil.

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Pity the Poor Sage Grouse, A Symbol of the Times

Sage grouse

In the end, it’s not about the sage grouse, a rather modest little fowl that lives amongst sagebrush throughout the western United States. Instead, the continuing political battle over the sage grouse’s potential endangered listing is a symbolic clash all too common in the New West: environmental protections versus economic growth.

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Colorado River drought impacting region — with no solution in sight

Colorado River

A battle over water related to Colorado River drought is looming, as states in the upper basin are expected to work to retain more flow despite the needs of Arizonans and Californians to preserve existing water levels.

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Revisiting Fire History Studies


One of the cornerstones of current forest policy is the assumption that Western forests are outside of their normal density and appearance or what is termed “historic variability.” But a new look at fire history studies may challenge that assumption.

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Allan Savory: Holistic Management in Grassland Management

cattle herding

For forty years Allan Savory has been promoting the idea that rangelands suffer from too much rest—in fact, Savory claims that if ungrazed by livestock grasslands will become decadent and die. His faith in Holistic Management to stimulate grassland health was examined at a recent conference in Boulder.

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Wolf Delisting Premature: Wuerthner


Recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced it would strip protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for gray wolves in the lower 48 states. As a result management for wolves will now largely be a state agency responsibility. The one exception is the Mexican wolf, a subspecies found in Arizona and New Mexico that will remain listed.

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