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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 20, 2015

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Here’s your New West news: Utah Transit Authority (UTA) resignations possibly coming, Yellowstone officials change stance on bison culling quota, and Redfin assesses economic integration in Denver’s housing market.

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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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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 18, 2015


Today’s New West news: National Geographic honors New Westerners in their “Adventurers of the Year” contest, Union Pacific will close Denver’s Burnham Shop repair yard, and Utah’s Park City Culinary Institute has announced a new private venue.

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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 3, 2015

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Today in New West News: “genetically pure” bison in Colorado, what’s new about Boise State’s College of Innovation and Design, and what a Billings-area man is doing with Russian olive trees.

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Wildfires Trouble New Mexico, Idaho and Montana

New Mexico, Idaho and Montana have had their wildfire troubles this season, while Utah, Wyoming and Colorado have been relatively fortunate. In Montana, almost 100,000 acres have been burned this summer in 19 areas. A meeting will be held tonight concerning one of the latest incidents, the West Riverside fire, which has consumed 3,400 acres and is about 20 percent contained.

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Montana Deer Hunting Hit Hard by Disease

White-tailed deer hunters in eastern Montana will have to scramble for licenses this season. The number of “B” licenses for antlerless white-tailed deer in the region has been reduced for the 2011 hunting seasons from 5,000 to 2,000, because of a tough winter on the animals, followed by a disease outbreak.

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Grizzly Shooting Charges Elicit Outrage in Idaho

Criminal charges levied earlier this week on Jeremy Hill, who shot and killed a grizzly bear cub in his yard last May near Porthill, Idaho, just below the border with Canada, have sparked statements in his defense by Idaho’s local, state, and federal politicians. Hill pleaded not guilty in federal court on Tuesday to the misdemeanor charge of killing an animal protected by the Endangered Species Act. A sow and two cubs wandered into his yard, and he said he was defending his six children.

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Montana and Colorado Get Big Grants to Protect Fish and Ferrets

Among more than $53 million in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grants announced last evening to help protect habitat for threatened and endangered species, Montana was a big winner for native fish, while Colorado was awarded substantial funding to reintroduce the extremely rare black-footed ferret to a safe place. Montana’s Stimson Forestlands Conservation Project in Missoula County will receive $4 million to fund a conservation easement of more than 9,300 forested acres. The land, adjacent to another easement of 18,700 acres, continues a landscape-scale conservation effort of several years in northwestern Montana aimed at protecting bull trout, Columbia redband trout, mountain whitefish, pygmy whitefish, and westslope cutthroat.

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Despite Best Efforts, Poaching Still Plagues the Rockies

More than 5,000 reports have been received of poaching in Colorado since 1981, resulting in more than 900 convictions, for which about $800,000 in fines were levied, and $150,000 paid to citizens for reports of suspected poaching, a recent summary asserts. Studies show that poachers kill almost as many animals as legitimate hunters do during legal seasons in various states, says the report, from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). It points out that poachers steal not only revenues generated by legitimate hunting, but kill threatened, endangered and non-game species.

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Scientists Detect Rare Species Using DNA Found in Streams

Problem: You’re a field biologist trying to assess the population of a secretive, imperiled aquatic species—let’s say a salamander—but you can’t find the little devil, so how can you count it? Solution: Don’t try to eyeball the critters. Collect their DNA from cells they shed into the water.

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