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New West Daily Roundup for Apr. 21, 2016

Today in New West news: USFWS grizzly bear recovery coordinator stepping down, unemployment rates climb in Montana and Wyoming, waxy crude in the Uinta Basin, and dining outside in Aspen in winter.

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New West Daily Roundup for Apr. 12, 2016

Today in New West news: virtual reality in Butte, Marathon Oil sells $950M in Colorado, Wyoming assets; and Nasdaq halts trading of Boulder biotech shares.

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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 14, 2016

Today in New West news: Scalia’s death and Utah’s prospects for a federal land lawsuit, Colorado-based energy company warns creditors to accept “the reality of low oil prices,” and district judge upholds Montana PSC order for solar and wind projects.

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New West Daily Roundup for Feb. 11, 2016

wind power, wind turbines, clean power plan

Today in New West news: Supreme Court halts implementation of Clean Power Plan, Colorado marijuana sales nearly crest at $1 billion for 2015, and one Idaho legislator wants to give counties the power to designate “nuisance” lands.

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New West Daily Roundup for Feb. 3, 2016

GetOutfitted

Today in New West news: Colorado Springs company GetOutfitted launches ski onesies rental, University of Idaho researchers advise U.S. to prioritize wildfire research and preparation, and Rare Element Resources to delist self from NYSE.

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New West Daily Roundup for Jan. 20, 2016

Today in New West news: Frontier Airlines’ frequent-flier program doesn’t soar, Utah to invest in “lifestyle” trails, and Wyoming asphalt sour crude prices fall dramatically.

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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 18, 2015

downtown Boise

Here’s your New West news: Boise-based fraud detection company receives $80 million investment, Quicksilver gondola in Utah helps create largest ski area in the United States, and no new medical school on the table for Bozeman, Montana.

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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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Conservationists Deplore Bombing of Avalanche Runs at Yellowstone

The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, backed by several other conservation groups, has strongly criticized Yellowstone National Park’s winter use plan to keep Sylvan Pass open between Cody and the park’s east entrance. The pass features 20 avalanche runs that must be knocked down by artillery shells fired from a 105 mm howitzer, at a cost of $325,000 per season. Weather permitting, high explosives are hand-dropped on the avalanche runs from a helicopter.

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Hate Those Junk Fish

Lake Lowell in southwestern Idaho has been much in the news lately. The state government is fighting a federal proposal to limit longtime recreational uses on the huge reservoir, which was built for irrigation in the early 1900s. Federal officials want to restrict water sports to about a third of the lake and ban dogs and horses, to protect wildlife in the Deer Park National Wildlife Refuge, which incorporates the lake. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter insists the state should manage the wildlife. Amidst this debate, Idaho Fish and Game announced this week it was considering how to reduce a carp infestation that has disrupted the reservoir’s aquatic systems.

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