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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 17, 2015

Downtown Denver

Here’s your New West news: Outside magazine ranks GroundFloor Media best workplace in the nation, the BLM postpones gas and oil lease auction, Billings medical providers uneasy over medical school plans across state, and Anton Collins Mitchell LLP expands into Wyoming.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 13, 2015

Photo credit: Ron Cogswell, Flickr

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. 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. 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 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 Daily Roundup for May 24, 2013

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Making news in the New West today: plotting the future of the former Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. property, a properly reverential visit to the Shire of Montana from a self-proclaimed Lord of the Rings nerd, the opening of the Beartooth Highway, the return of Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche, and a study indicating Montana pets live longer.

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Biomass Energy: Beware of the Costs

After the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.'s linerboard plant in Missoula announced that it was closing permanently, there have been many people including Montana Governor Switzer, Missoula mayor John Engen and Senator Jon Tester, among others who advocate turning the mill into a biomass energy plant. Northwestern Energy, a company which has expressed interest in using the plant for energy production has already indicated that it would expect more wood from national forests to make the plant economically viable. The Smurfit Stone conversion to biomass is not alone. There has been a spade of new proposals for new wood burning biomass energy plants sprouting across the country like mushrooms after a rain. Currently there are plans and/or proposals for new biomass power plants in Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Idaho, Oregon and elsewhere. In every instance, these plants are being promoted as “green” technology.

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Tom Catmull and the Clerics – Glamour Puss


The new record is not so much a departure for Tom and his band, but a big step up and forward. Catmull’s songwriting has always been top notch, it is just better this time around. The sound of the recording is improved (it was recorded at Club Schmed Studios in Missoula, and mixed in Seattle at the Imperial Room); hell, the band just sounds better, period. Not surprising, as this is a combo that plays a pile of shows and obviously has a great time making music together.

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Buying Nothing is a Tough Sell on Black Friday


Black Friday of course is the name given to the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the biggest retail days of the year. It is the official start of the Christmas shopping season, supposedly, though it seems apparent that, like Christmas decorations, that frenzy is beginning before the Halloween junk is even stuffed back in the garage. Flyers advertising early “Black Friday” sales started two weeks ago. The chains are particularly desperate this year, especially with typical Christmas meccas like Circuit City bankrupt, and Best Buy issuing their own ominous rumblings. Money is tight everywhere, and the only people who will be surprised if more companies fail after the holiday fog clears will likely be the same ones who were surprised when the house of cards that is our American borrow-and-spend economy started to tumble in the first place!

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What Did You Do This Summer?

Sid provides the locomotive for rock in Rock Creek on the eve of The Midwest Moderation Tour!

There isn’t anything particularly glamorous about a van-based rock tour. Maybe the bigshots who have money behind them for a fancy bus have it pretty good, but for those of us in the trenches it is a gritty – and smelly – endeavor. Three words sum up the experience in order of time spent: driving, waiting, and rocking. Everything else, like eating and sleeping, you squeeze in as best you can.

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