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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 7, 2015

Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport

Today in New West news: Denver International Airport ranks high as a megahub even as Frontier wants to scale back its gates, the DIA Westin wants beer, Yellowstone has had a record year for visitors so far, and Bozeman is assessing how to address its wastewater management.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 6, 2015

downtown bozeman 2013

Today in New West news: Bozeman Fiber is putting in 23 miles of fiber infrastructure, an Idaho timecard software company receives a huge investment, an Albuquerque-based IT firm is expected to double revenue next year, and the Denver Office of Economic Development compiles a funding guide for entrepreneurs.

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New West Daily Roundup For Sept. 25, 2015

Downtown Denver

Here’s the latest in New West news: Denver International Airport drops out of the top five busiest airport rankings, Oskar Blues is expanding to Austin, Texas; some Denver marijuana inspectors see their consulting plans go up in smoke, a retail hub in Santa Fe, New Mexico will be replaced with a new art school campus, and Bozeman, Montana is receiving ...

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 16, 2015

Downtown Salt Lake City

Today’s news in the New West: Utah’s strong economy can be attributed to a rise in professional and business services; a tech entrepreneur is cleared in a Montana political case; and Bozeman celebrates 35 years of growth in the optics industry.

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 14, 2015

Old Faithful crowd

In today’s New West Roundup: Salt Lake City International Airport ridesharing returns, Yellowstone National Park sees unexpected uptick in visitors, and AstraZeneca is bringing 400 jobs to Amgen’s former manufacturing facility in Boulder.

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Greg Mortenson: “I Let a Lot of People Down”

Greg Mortenson

Greg Mortenson, laying low since allegations of financial malfeasance and inaccurate accounts of his actions in Three Cups of Tea, admitted that the accusations were correct — and he regretted them.

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“Creeping in to the Day” by Mike Cramer, Montana

Creeping in to the day "Creeping into the Day" by Mike Cramer. Low morning recede over the mountain tops on the Madison River in Madison County, Montana. To view more of Mike's photography, please visit his Flickr photostream.

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What’s A ‘Honyocker Dream’? David Mogen Explains in New Memoir

Colorado State University English professor David Mogen recounts his peripatetic 1950's Montana childhood with good humor and insight in Honyocker Dreams: Montana Memories (University of Nebraska Press, 231 pages, $21.95). His father worked as a teacher and superintendent for school districts throughout Montana. Every few years, Mogen's parents would move with their six children to a new town for a different job—the towns the family lived in included Missoula, Ennis, Box Elder, Billings, Whitewater, and Froid, where Mogen graduated from high school. (When he went to college at Columbia in New York, one of his new classmates informed him that he pronounced the name of his hometown incorrectly.) Although there were many differences between these places—such as the contrast between lively Missoula, where Mogen's dad completed his studies through the G.I. Bill, and the "time warp" they encountered in Whitewater, population 75, where electricity had only recently been introduced—Mogen sees all of these towns as places where the prior generations enacted their "honyocker dreams." David Mogen will discuss his book at Matter Bookstore in Ft. Collins on August 25 at 7:30 p.m.

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Two Poems from Katie Phillips’ ‘Driving Montana, Alone’

New West closes out National Poetry Month with two poems by Katie Phillips, whose Driving Montana, Alone won the 2010 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition. Phillips grew up in Maryland and Colorado and lived in Montana before moving to a suburb of Chicago. She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa and feels fortunate that she can walk to work with her dog, Sasha. Her poems have been published in the Cider Press Review, the Raintown Review, the White Pelican Review, and elsewhere. Driving Montana, Alone is illustrated by several of Phillips' photographs of Montana, and the title poem was recently featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. Moab I can see myself growing lonely at the corner of Uranium and Main.

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An Interview With Charles Wilkinson, Author of Siletz History ‘The People Are Dancing Again’

Charles Wilkinson has written several notable books on a wide range of issues facing the modern West. His latest book, The People Are Dancing Again: The History of the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon (University of Washington Press, 576 pages, $35) is a fascinating, at times heart-wrenching, historical account of the tribe he worked to help restore in the seventies. The book traces the long history of the Siletz, from the days preceding contact with Euro-American settlers, through war, relocation, and eventual termination as a federally recognized tribe. It continues into the modern era with the tribe's restoration and subsequent revival of traditional heritage, arts, and language. Widely regarded as one of the nation's pre-eminent experts in tribal and natural resources law in the West, Wilkinson is Distinguished Professor and Moses Lasky Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School, and is the author of many books, including The Eagle Bird: Mapping a New West and Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations. New West: This book obviously grew from a deep personal regard for the Siletz people, and for their remarkable survival amidst immense adversity. How did this project first come about? Charles Wilkinson: I was an attorney at the Native American Rights Fund here in Boulder in the seventies, and had represented the Menominee tribe of Wisconsin in being restored. Congress had terminated tribes in the fifties, broken the treaties, sold off the land, and ended all federal services, with the idea that they'd just blend into the larger society. The policy was a colossal failure. When the Menominee were the first tribe to be restored, people from Siletz came out and said they wanted to achieve restoration, and I was assigned to the case. Very soon after that, by coincidence I went to teach at the University of Oregon Law School and I was now within two hours of the reservation. That meant that I got to see a lot of the Siletz people. It was the time of the fish wars in the Northwest, when tribes had been awarded fifty percent of the salmon runs, so Indian issues were very sensitive and there was strong opposition from the fishing community to the bill. There were a lot of public meetings, at which the tribal members and I would go to explain that the bill didn't affect fishing rights. There were a lot of late night meetings and I just got to know people really well.

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