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New West Roundup for April 6, 2017

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Today in New West news: Interior scraps Obama-era coal royalty rule as it questions how Wyoming spends mine reclamation funds, Montana counties face challenges organizing special election, Bozeman delays Black-Olive vote, and Utah Supreme Court upholds Tesla decision.

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BLM’s Sweetheart Deal in Wyoming: Let the Embarassment Begin

The Bureau of Land Management cut an inappropriate sweetheart deal with a Thermopolis, Wyoming rancher who had been accused of numerous violations relating to grazing on public lands, according to an Interior Department Inspector General's report. A detailed story in the Billings Gazette seems to confirm the worst fears of those who believe the Bush Administration is selling out public lands for the benefit of business cronies.

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