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Western Chambers of Commerce Petition Gov To Start Outdoor REC Act Economic Study

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Numerous western chambers of commerce and local governments are petitioning the U.S. government to move forward with an Outdoor REC Act economic study.

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 12, 2016

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Today in New West news: 2016’s Happiest States in America, Gold King Mine designated Superfund site, and Colorado hop farmers help push U.S. production above Germany’s.

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New West Daily Roundup for Aug. 16, 2016

One Big Sky Center

Today in New West news: One Big Sky Center proposed for downtown Billings, methane “hot spot” in New Mexico, Xcel Energy poised to strike big renewable energy deal with Colorado, and Canyon Country Discovery Center opening in Monticello, Utah.

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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 7, 2016

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Today in New West news: Questar Corp. mulling gas future, an update on the Gold King Mine spill, and expanding Bozeman’s Lark Hotel.

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USDA, Partners Unveil Sage Grouse Management Map

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The USDA’s NRCS is offering people across the West a handy new tool to help them understand and visualize sage grouse territory.

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New West Daily Roundup for Jan. 27, 2016

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Today in New West news: Navajo Nation approves legislation for tribal water rights in Utah’s upper Colorado River basin, Louisville, CO-based NextGen Storage to merge with Austin, TX-based Pivot3, and Rare Element Resources suspends Bear Lodge rare earths mine project.

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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 6, 2015

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Today in New West news: Yellowstone visitation tops four million, Colorado and New Mexico senators want to address mining reform, and what U.S. Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) wants to do with the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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New Mexico Governor Takes New Approach to Environment, Energy Industry

When Republican Susana Martinez was elected to succeed two-term Democrat Bill Richardson as governor of New Mexico, voters knew they were getting a conservative budget-slasher who declared the Land of Enchantment is “open for business.” But the Susana Martinez administration New Mexicans ended up with was a little cozier with the oil and gas industry and more skeptical of climate change and renewable energy programs than many expected. On her first day on the job, Martinez issued an executive order halting the publication of all pending state rules and regulations, including a greenhouse gas emissions regulation and another rule restricting wastewater discharge from dairies. Environmentalists sued, and in late January the New Mexico Supreme Court overruled Martinez, saying she is not above the law. Following the court’s decision, the rules were published Jan. 31.

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Now Anti-Wolf Groups Are Blowing It

No reasonable deed goes unpunished, eh? That must be how wildlife managers or advocates who actually want to resolve the wolf-delisting impasse must feel. On September 23, I posted a commentary with the title, Pro-Wolf Groups Blew It where I criticized the left-leaning plaintiffs in the various lawsuits for pushing too hard, too long, and turning fence setters and most western politicians into the anti-wolf camp and possibly endangering the integrity of the Endangered Species Act. Now, the pendulum has swung to the far right.

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NRA Still Getting it Right, Except on Tester

Here's something that isn't news to anybody. The number of guns Americans own has skyrocketed, but how is this significant? An incredible--and later proven unfounded--paranoia swept the country starting back in 2008 when it started to look like a perceived anti-gunner, Barack Obama, might become Commander-in-Chief. The rest of the economy tanked, but thanks to Obama, the gun industry flourished and had its best three-year run ever. Firearms manufacturers worked three shifts per day and still couldn't make enough guns, especially handguns, to meet demand. Not only has the number of handguns owned by private citizens at least doubled, to more than 100 million handguns, about one handgun for every two adults, but sales of long guns and shotguns has also soared. Americans now own at least 250 million guns, more than one per adult, including at least 20 million firearms gun control advocates might call "assault weapons." The number of privately owned firearms continues to go up by at least 4 million per year, and interestingly, many new handgun buyers are women.

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