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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 16, 2015

Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport

Today’s New West news: Denver International Airport excluded from enterprise-zone, Stanford cautions Vail Enterprises, Albuquerque craft beer is taking off, and The Wyoming Stock Growers Association is grousing about new federal regulations for greater sage grouse.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 12, 2015

Credit: Lamoix, Flickr

Today in New West news: Colorado ski resorts are investigating their drone policies, Big Sky Resort posts record summer revenue, a Boulder-based soup company is seeing its products hit Target shelves nationwide, and CPI Card Group Inc. has gone public.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 9, 2015

Photo credit: Ron Cogswell, Flickr

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. 8, 2015

University of Montana

Here’s your New West News: a University of Montana discovery is bearing fruit, Glacier National Park nears a new visitor record, Idaho Power is exploring its renewable energy options, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper receives flak for his climate change plan, and a Denver-based real estate firm lands a choice portfolio.

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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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Delays Don’t Derail Frontier

My wife left for a long-awaited solo vacation (sans husband and five-year-old son) to New York City yesterday, and unfortunately got caught up in the computer debacle that essentially shut down Frontier Airlines for a couple of hours.

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Pre-Spring Water Roundup

As spring slowly approaches, it’s not too soon to start thinking about water issues. The Denver Post ran a sharp editorial yesterday about some water legislation currently simmering in the state legislature. Rep. Josh Penry has introduced a bill to set up nine “water roundtables”? that would seek cooperative solutions to water-use challenges – an unusually level-headed idea, as Colorado water bills go. Two other bills are less reasonable.

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Will Blogs Replace Alt Weeklies?

New media competition in the West is a challenge for alt weeklies. But is the real threat coming from the blogs?

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Wait, That’s *My* Title Insurance Company

Title insurance is one of those annoying, necessary-evil kinds of things that you never give a second thought from the moment you write the check to close on your house. But since I'm something of an afficionado of business scandals, I took a quick look at today's Denver Post story about a settlement involving kickbacks in the title insurance business. It seems that First American Title will pay $24 million to customers nationwide - and my foggy brain twitched suddenly and I realized that's *my* title insurance company. I called the Missoula office to see about my refund, which apparently could be $200-$350. My local agent knew nothing about it, but I imagine I'll be hearing from corporate soon. Update: Bob Sewell, director of operations for First American Title agencies in Montana, called and explained that First American Title operates in Montana mainly through agencies owned by an Idaho-based holding company called First American Title Holding Co., with First American Title Insurance functioning as the underwriter. So I probably don't get a refund.

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