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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 13, 2015

Here’s your New West news: the U.S. Census Bureau ranked New Mexico fourth in startup growth, Colorado’s second-largest power company is embracing solar, bears are dying on Montana highways at an unprecedented rate, Montana’s wood products industry is dreading the expiration of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement, a Missoula-based sensor company is investing in Climate Smart, and Buffalo Bill will ...

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 9, 2015

In New West news: Albuquerque real estate is growing but still lags behind western counterparts, genetically pure bison will return to northern Colorado, Toys for Tots and marijuana dispensaries compete for warehouse space, Wyoming loses one of two Affordable Care Act insurers, and a Wyoming U.S. Representative wants more paddling in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 6, 2015

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 Oct. 5, 2015

Courtesy of Visit Castle Rock

Here’s your New West news: how Castle Rock became ballet shoe mecca, Albuquerque firms see export business expand, Colorado addresses new statewide ozone regulations, Denver-based Smashburger has its eyes on Egypt, and Montana’s cottage food industry sees changes.

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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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“west of Taos” by Steve Arnold, New Mexico

west of Taos "west of Taos" by Steve Arnold, New Mexico. To view more of Steve's photography, please visit his Flickr photostream.

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“Tapia Canyon, Cabezon area, New Mexico” by Mark Justice Hinton, New Mexico

Tapia Canyon, Cabezon area, New Mexico "Tapia Canyon, Cabezon area, New Mexico" by Mark Justice Hinton. An Anasazi panel of petroglyphs is still visible in the Taipia Canyon of New Mexico. To view more of Mark's photography, please visit www.PhotosbyMJH.com.

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“Rancho de Taos Church” by Astrid Allan, New Mexico

"Rancho de Taos Church" by Astrid Allan. This masonry and adobe structure supported by timber rafters sits peacefully in the bright sun of New Mexico. To view more of Astrid's photography, please visit her Flickr photostream.

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“Dog Canyon Sunrise” by Bob Barber, New Mexico

Dog Canyon Sunrise "Dog Canyon Sunrise" by Bob Barber. Just barely breaking the rim of Dog Canyon, sun illuminates the vegetation in Otero County, New Mexico. To view more of Bob's photography, please visit his Flickr photostream.

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Plastering An Ancient New Mexico Church

Clad in overalls, Albert Struck smoothes a trowelful of fresh adobe mud on a courtyard wall of the San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. At 56, it’s a ritual he has re-enacted year after year. It is already starting to warm up at 8:30 a.m. but dozens of parishioners and volunteers are shoveling sand, mixing mud and slapping it on ancient thick walls of the venerable church here in the Ranchos de Taos Plaza. If it’s June it must be the annual “en jarre,” or plastering of the church, which takes place in the first two full weeks of the month. Struck said the annual mudding is a balm to him personally, and for parishioners it connects them like the straw that binds the adobe. “When I wake up in the morning I have aches and pains but in the day (when he is mudding) you don’t feel any pain,” said Struck. The “old ways work the best,” said Gabriel Romero, president of the church council and the project manager for the en jarre.

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