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Pity the Poor Sage Grouse, A Symbol of the Times

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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. Read More »

New West Daily Roundup for July 8, 2013

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What’s making headlines in the New West today: the increased chances for big Western wildfires this summer and beyond; a potential political play by a Cheney; a Congressional inquiry into coal pricing; birthday times in Boise; and laptop hobos getting the boot in Denver. Read More »

New West Daily Roundup for May 28, 2013

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Making news in the New West today: Colorado lawmakers face recall elections over gun-control support; the power of federal tax credits to spur small-town economic development; and a rejection of a legal challenge to Colorado’s school-funding system. Read More »

Work Begins to Tap Huge Mineral Deposits in Idaho

Yesterday’s announcement by the Canadian company, Mosquito Consolidated Gold Mines Ltd., that it had received final approval from the U.S. Forest Service to begin exploring for molybdenum in Idaho’s Boise National Forest is bound to refocus attention on an old federal law that plays a central role in mining decisions. The 1872 National Mining Act, which still governs how mining occurs on federal lands, has been a bone of contention between environmental groups and mining companies for decades. Read More »

If Denver Wants Winter Olympics, It Will Have to Show the Money

Informal talks this week between Denver’s mayor and Colorado’s governor about the 2022 Winter Olympics would be the start of a long process full of hurdles, should Denver make a serious bid for the Games. On Sunday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper confirmed to the Denver Post that the idea interests them, but both expressed awareness of how long and winding any road to the Olympics would be. Read More »

Utahns Oppose Las Vegas’ Snake Valley Water Grab

In August 2009, the state of Utah sacrificed its western flank in return for development opportunities in its southern bounds. At least, that's the way many residents in Western Utah's Snake Valley perceive a water agreement the state inked with Nevada. In that deal, Nevada received rights to the majority of available groundwater in the 100-mile long Snake Valley—the last remaining piece in a Las Vegas water buy-up by Southern Nevada Water Authority general manager Patricia Mulroy. Read More »