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New West Daily Roundup for June 16, 2016

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Today in New West news: building Zion in Provo, UT; Wind River Indian Reservation featured in new documentary, Bozeman teacher takes science gospel worldwide, and a Boulder fertility company receives $25K in venture capital.

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New West Daily Roundup for June 7, 2016

Credit: Larry Johnson, "Denver Skyline at Sunset," December 17, 2009

Today in New West news: Denver-based Convercent gets $11M in venture capital, an update on CAISO, and black-footed ferrets to be reintroduced into four states.

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New West Daily Roundup for June 6, 2016

Downtown Salt Lake City

Today in New West news: 2016’s Best and Worst state economies, Gray Capital in Boise, ID; coming together for the sage grouse in Wyoming, and an update on Colstrip.

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New West Daily Roundup for Apr. 5, 2016

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Today in New West news: Joseph Medicine Crow dies, Yellowstone wolves and mange, and new marijuana regulations heading to Denver city council.

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New West Daily Roundup for Jan. 4, 2016

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Today in New West news: debate over public land flares up as armed group moves onto Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, tiny homes in Colorado, and the best (and worst) cities to find a job.

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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 3, 2015

downtown Boise

Here’s your New West news: where investments went in Idaho in 2014, the Idaho Legislature mulls taking up solar energy in 2016, and the U.S. Forest Service looking at regulations for Colorado’s Conundrum Hot Springs.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 16, 2015

Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport

Today’s New West news: Denver International Airport excluded from enterprise-zone, Stanford cautions Vail Enterprises, Albuquerque craft beer is taking off, and The Wyoming Stock Growers Association is grousing about new federal regulations for greater sage grouse.

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Allan Savory: Holistic Management in Grassland Management

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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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Opportunity Spawned: New Proposal Protects Bull Trout and Water

On January 13th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released a new critical habitat designation for bull trout throughout the Northwest, including western Montana. The new draft — offering four-to-six times more protected waters than a previous proposal -- includes 21,694 miles of stream habitat and 533,426 acres of reservoirs and lakes in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Nevada. Protecting and restoring bull trout habitat will help this threatened species recover. It will also improve water quality throughout the Northwest, spur investment in watershed restoration, and help support Montana’s $226 million fishing industry. This designation goes a long ways towards achieving those goals. In Montana, the proposal includes 3,094 stream miles and 223,762 acres of lakes and reservoirs. The plan covers federal lands, reservoirs and even currently unoccupied habitat necessary to maintaining migration routes between isolated species. The new draft is seen as an improvement over the last two proposals in 2002 and 2005.

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Oregon Senator Fears Plastic

In a never going to happen, total waste of time innovative idea, an Oregon legislator suggested to ban single-use plastic bags from the state's checkout stands. A man who visited Missoula once said: The Earth didn’t know how to make plastic. Could it be the only reason we are here? Could be the answer to our age old philosophical question of why are we here; plastic! Anyhow, the measure being led by Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, would still allow paper sacks, but is aimed at getting people to use reusable bags.

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