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New West Daily Roundup for Aug. 10, 2016

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Today in New West news: Bozeman bookstore wins international festival scholarship, portable treehouses, and Colorado biofuels co. runs into delays building Minnesota facility.

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New West Daily Roundup for May 24, 2016

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Today in New West news: proposal to expand Bozeman’s Lark Hotel approved, an “energy bulletin” from the Cowboy State, and Utah’s outdoor recreation industry takes side in public lands debate.

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New West Daily Roundup for May 5, 2016

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Today in New West news: the best mountain towns in the U.S., Visit Big Sky unveils new smartphone app, Utah’s BragShare, Boulder-based Gaiam Inc. sells majority share of Natural Habitat Inc., and greenhouses at the new Simplot complex.

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Twilight on the Middle Fork

Impromptu adventures tend to be the finest. Case in point, last Friday afternoon I called a girlfriend to see if she’d like a reprieve from the August heat by taking a dip in Whitefish Lake. She upped the ante and offered me a spot on a raft for a twilight float on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Already dressed for playtime on the water, I added my lifejacket to my bag and made my way to my girlfriend’s to load dogs, coolers, and prep for our whitewater float.

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Squeezing through the Joint Trail at Canyonlands

I think the first time I heard anything about Chesler Park, I was being a non-productive REI employee and flipping through a copy of Peter Potterfield’s Classic Hikes of the World at the Paradise Valley store in Phoenix. A couple months later, I would move from Phoenix to Denver, on the way stopping at four of Utah’s five national parks, and hike through this incredible area for the first time. I’ve been back four times, and it’s a good seven-hour drive from my house in Denver.

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In Colorado, Mountain Bikers Get Video Guides to Trails

In case you didn’t know it, the world-famous Whistler Bike Park in Whistler, B.C., Canada, has a south-of-the-border rival: Colorado’s Trestle Bike Park, otherwise known as Winter Park Resort’s summer playground outside Boulder, Colo. And the people at Vital MTB, which creates videos and other online content to connect the BMX, motocross and mountain biking scenes, have been super-busy this summer building an online video directory of all of Trestle’s trails.

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“Swimming Bull Moose” by Daryl Hunter, Wyoming

Swimming Bull Moose "Swimming Bull Moose" by Daryl Hunter, Wyoming. Daryl was leading a wildlife tour when this big boy went for a swim. To view more of Daryl's work, please visit his Flickr page or

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Kayaking the Compromised Jordan River

I’ve never much liked Russian olives. Now, however, I have even more reasons to wish them gone from the wetlands, meadows and riverbanks they’ve invaded. In fact, I might even go so far as to make the following statement: I hate Russian olives. This time it’s personal.

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“Green River, Red Canoe” by Daryl Hunter, Wyoming

Green River, Red Canoe "Green River, Red Canoe" by Daryl Hunter, Wyoming. High in the Wind River Mountains fog rises off the Green River on a chilly summer morning, a lonely canoe wonders where its fishermen are. To view more of Daryl's work, please visit his Flickr page or

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The People You Meet on the Trail

There are many reasons why I go hiking. Just as John Muir encouraged, I go to the mountains and seek their good tidings. I go to witness the short-lived wildflower blooms, the commanding power of a family of mountain goats straddling a pinnacle, the expansive view of mountain peaks, jewel-toned lakes and the roll of the plains, and the feeling of release that comes from hours of putting one foot in front of another on the trail.

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