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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 2, 2015

downtown Boise

Today in New West News: two Boise-based businesses help people recovering from mastectomies, Montana senators are in a furor over the Land and Water Conservation Fund, mining contaminants threaten Lake Koocanusa, a district judge has blocked new drilling regulations, and five eastern Montana schools receive humanities funding.

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 17, 2015: Raising capital a mixed bag

downtown Boise

Raising capital in the New West for startups and entrepreneurs is a mixed bag these days: while some find a welcoming atmosphere to raise angel or seed funding, others find it extremely challenging to attract even the initial funding, much less attracting venture capital. Today’s New West Daily Roundup covers how three companies are addressing the situation.

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New West cities make strong showing in livability study

Downtown Boulder

Not that readers choosing to live in New West cities need the validation of a website ranking, but 16 regional markets were ranked among America’s top 100 in a new ranking of midsized areas.

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New West cities rank high in Forbes’ choices for young professionals

downtown Boise

For the under-35 set, New West cities are the place to be, as four metro areas in the region made it in the top ten of Forbes’ Best Cities for Young Professionals.

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Mystery solved: Boise’s BookLamp sold to Apple

Booklamp

The reasons behind the mysterious shutdown of Boise’s BookLamp — a firm developing analytical tools for the fast-moving book world — is now revealed, as the startup has been sold to Apple and will reportedly serve as developers of new iBook-related tools for the computing giant.

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Treefort Music Fest Kicks Off Encore

Finn Riggins

If you’re going to Boise for the annual Treefort Music Fest, be sure to wear some feathers in your hair. Although it has been 45 years since the Summer of Love and Boise is no Haight-Ashbury, a music festival has arrived that has the young people of Idaho’s capital city unified in the possibility of a unique celebration. Some Treefort ...

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Clap on One and Three, Go to Jail

Dear owners of Pengilly's Saloon in Boise, My friends and I often spend an evening of music at Pengilly’s. It’s a wonderful place and we thank you for keeping it as it has been for more than a century. In fact, we remember when you could choke in there from the smoke of a thousand Democrats. Thanks for clearing that up.

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Idaho ‘Innovation’ — More of the Same?

The big news event out of Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's Innovation Summit today at Boise State University was the announcement of a $5 million grant to Micron to help it develop light-emitting diode (LED) technology. While the money was awarded by the state, it comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), commonly referred to as the federal stimulus package. Otter, as well as Scott DeBoer, Micron's Vice President of Process Research and Development, praised the announcement as supporting green technology, as well as providing new jobs for Idahoans. "Through our 30-year history, the success of Micron and the state of Idaho have been closely tied," DeBoer said. That's the problem.

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Idaho Republicans Should Step Up and Denounce Threatening Language

UPDATE, Friday Aug. 28, 9:45 AM: Rammell released this: "Due to the large amount of press concerning his statement Dr. Rammell would like to clarify his comment: 'Anyone who understands the law, knows I was just joking, because Idaho has no jurisdiction to issue hunting tags in Washington D.C.'" You’ve probably heard that Jared Hopkins, reporter from the Twin Falls Times-News, reported in another one of his scoop-them-all stories that at a Republican fundraiser Wednesday in Twin Falls, Idaho Republican candidate for governor Rex Rammell gave a speech. Hopkins wrote, “After an audience member shouted a question about ‘Obama tags’ during a discussion on wolves, Rammell responded, ‘The Obama tags? We'd buy some of those.’” Rammell told Hopkins it was a joke. Let’s start with some basics. What would Rammell’s mother say? Mine would have said, “Threatening the President is a felony, and you will never say anything like that again. Clear?” What would Rammell’s father say? Mine would have said, “I expect you to take this matter seriously. And if you ever hear anyone make a statement threatening the President, you will loudly object and then call the police.” Dad meant the law enforcement experience to make an impression on the person who threatened the President and thought it was funny, not to have the threatener arrested.

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Minnick in the Lion’s Den: A Tea Party Town Hall

A crowd of about two hundred frustrated, anti-health care reform, anti-President Obama Idaho citizens heated up a hotel ballroom in Boise Saturday night. They were there to give Rep. Walt Minnick, D-CD1, a piece of their minds. Unlike town halls held in other states, this crowd stayed reasonably in order, although there were waves of audience-wide booing and remonstration. But they listened to a calm Minnick even when they disagreed with him, which was often. When he didn’t give an answer they wanted to hear, Minnick forged ahead and seemed unruffled by negative reactions. “With everything that is going on around us, the tyranny that is going on around us, my question is what are you going to do about it? What are you going to do about our constitutional rights?” asked T.J Lacey, who leads a group called the 9-12 Project. Minnick answered that he promised to protect those rights when he was sworn in. Not satisfied, the crowd broke in with questions challenging him on the constitutionality of the health care bill.

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