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New West Daily Roundup for Apr. 7, 2016


Today in New West news: IBMP approves Governor Bullock’s bison plan, DIA checkpoint relocation gets backing from TSA chief, and MaritzCX wins trade award.

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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 18, 2016

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

Today in New West news: Denver could fail to meet EPA’s ozone cap, Badger-Two Medicine leases cancelled, photographer skis Yellowstone for film, and a suite of new accolades for Denver International.

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New West Daily Roundup for Feb. 17, 2016

wyoming oil and gas

Today in New West news, Devon Energy reports $14.4 billion loss, renting in Denver, and Utah-based Keystone Aviation expands market.

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New West Daily Roundup for Feb. 10, 2016

wyoming oil and gas

Today in New West news: Wyoming oil producer Chesapeake Energy deflects bankruptcy rumors, DIA offering lowest average fares among nation’s 10 biggest airports, and Montana Stockgrowers Association calls for EIS regarding bison quarantine program.

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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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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 15, 2015

Helena MT Capitol at Sunruse by Jimmy Emerson_DVM Flickr

Today in New West news: new details surface regarding the departure of MT Lt. Gov. Angela McLean, complaints against Frontier Airlines go down although airline hasn’t soared ahead in popularity, and Einstein Bros. Bagels pledges to use cage-free eggs by 2020.

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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 11, 2015

Downtown Salt Lake City

Here’s your New West news: Utah could be the first state with a “serious” air pollution problem, Denver and Frontier Airlines reconcile as the company seeks to change flights between the Colorado capital and Bozeman, MT; and Denver housing prices reportedly at the “bubble” threshold.

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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 19, 2015


Here’s your New West news: Yellowstone proposes killing 1,000 bison this winter, the Denver International Airport Westin hotel holds ribbon-cutting ceremony, the future of Wyoming’s cigarette tax, and how the Ada County Courthouse became the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center.

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Expect Lolo Pass Megaloads Decision By Thanksgiving

Peaked caps and Conoco T-shirts on beefy bodies were prevalent among an audience of about 100 who filled an auditorium at the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) in Boise on Friday morning for a dramatic confrontation concerning plans by the oil company to truck four megaloads of refinery equipment along U.S. Highway 12 over Lolo Pass. The look of the audience was in stark contrast to the long, gray hair and alternative-style dress that had predominated at the Idaho Supreme Court hearing Oct. 1. The state supreme court decided it had no jurisdiction to decide a suit brought by three northern Idaho residents to stop the shipments, because proper procedural steps had not been followed. The Nov. 19 hearing was a response to those concerns. Boise attorney Merlyn Clark, who was appointed by ITD director Brian Ness as the hearing officer, said that before Thanksgiving, he will deliver a recommendation on whether the residents’ petition to intervene in the shipments should be upheld or denied.

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Bonner County Gets on the Bus

One outcome of the elections a few weeks ago was completely passed over by the pundits on TV, but it will have a significant effect on residents of and visitors to central Bonner County. I refer, of course, to the passage of a bed tax in the community of Ponderay, a burg of 1000 or so souls just north of Sandpoint. By a margin of 140 to 48, voters in that community approved a 5% tax to be assessed on short-term stays in the town’s hotels and motels. Added to funding from several other sources, proceeds from this tax will provide for a bus system that will connect Ponderay with neighbors Kootenai and Sandpoint, as well as the town of Dover, three miles west of Sandpoint. Despite the burden it will put on them to collect the tax, a majority of lodging owners and operators in Ponderay supported the measure.

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