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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 12, 2015

Brigham Young University North Campus

In New West news: Brigham Young University ranks high in entrepreneurial studies, new Super Duck fossil provides missing link to Montana’s state dinosaur, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks considers letting people fish on Madison River year-round, and Forbes favorably ranks Denver and Utah in job growth.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 30, 2015

Today in New West News: Wyoming considers new oil and gas emission standards, Montana lawmakers concerned over Colstrip’s future, and Xcel wants to use Denver to test solar power battery storage.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 20, 2015

Colorado River

In New West News: Colorado unemployment drops to four percent, a Cold Water Climate Shield is being mapped across five states, the USDA wants to save Montana bees, and rent for apartments is up in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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Bierstadt Meets Bigfoot in Jonathan Evison’s “West of Here”

Deep into West of Here, Jonathan Evison's entertaining, expansive novel of Western American settlement and its aftermath, a contemporary parolee named Timmon Tillman finds himself "forced to concede that his fate was inextricably linked in the most arbitrary ways to things and people and events he'd never given a thought to." This idea serves as a sort of a structural thesis statement for the book, whose action jumps between the late nineteenth century beginnings of Port Bonita, a fictional town on the Pacific coast of Washington state, and the down-on-their-luck residents of the town in 2006, many of them descendents of the early settlers. The ties between the two sets of characters start out loose and gradually tighten as Evison expertly weaves an array of seemingly disconnected plot threads into a panoramic tapestry. Jonathan Evison will discuss West of Here at the Tattered Cover (Colfax) on February 28 (7:30 p.m.), at the Boulder Book Store on March 1 (7:30 p.m.), at The King's English in Salt Lake on March 3, and at several events throughout Washington and Oregon this spring.

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Study: Fish Hatcheries Contribute $2 Billion to West’s Economy

What’s the value of fish hatcheries to local economies? The total for 11 western states is about $2 billion, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported this weekend. Hatcheries create 26,000 jobs and generate $36 in economic activity for every $1 spent on fish from a hatchery, the study found. An excerpt from the Coloradoan:

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The Muskies of Minaki

Beware of Muskie Fever. It can ruin the life of a perfectly normal fishaholic. And contagious? You betcha. I caught it even before I went anywhere near water where the mighty muskellunge lurks. Then, last year, I finally had my first chance at a muskie, and what an introduction! Six long days and 8,600 casts without a single hook-up. (Click here to read the gory details.) But even such a royal butt kicking can't come close to curing Muskie Fever. Instead of giving up and going back to trout, I couldn't wait to go back for another beating. Catching a muskie was high on my life list, so it had to happen. All I needed was a better time and place, eh?

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Selwyn Lake Lodge: Remote Island Paradise Surrounded by Trophy Fish

I've had all kinds of fishing experiences, and some of them--perhaps too many of them--have been in somewhat primitive, if not brutal, conditions. Roughin' it is okay, I guess. I've done plenty of it, but now, as I get older every year, I've discovered that a little relaxation and indulgence goes just fine with fishing. Which is one reason I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Selwyn Lake Lodge.

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Dust Bowl Days, by Deb Alperin, Washington

Dust bowl days Dust Bowl Days, by Deb Alperin. An old weathered farm house sits amidst a golden sea of wheat on a windy, dusty day just South of Pullman, Washington. Click here to view more of Deb's photography.

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Less of a Wish, by Jacob Laughery, Washington

Less of a wish "Less of a Wish" by Jacob Laughery. Click here to view more of Jacob's work.

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Blixseth Fraud Trial: Court Seeks Assets, Answers

Accused of secretly siphoning $286.4 million of his assets to a Nevada company so creditors couldn't get it--and charged with bankrupting the ski resort he built from scratch--Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth sat in a federal courtroom in Missoula yesterday and watched the latest chapter in his legal saga unfold. The ending might be riches-to-rags. The 59-year-old real estate tycoon, who launched a lavish 13,400-acre private enclave above Big Sky a decade ago, is on trial before U.S. District Judge Ralph Kirscher for allegedly committing fraud and breaching his fiduciary duties to the club.

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