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Salt Lake City and Boise Top Forbes List For Young Professionals

Downtown Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, UT and Boise, ID have nabbed the top spots, respectively, in Forbes’ “America’s 25 Best Cities For Young Professionals In 2017” list.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 7, 2016

wind power, wind turbines, clean power plan

Today in New West news: construction underway on CSM road, ARCOM acquired by San Francisco firm, and 2017 Denver rents.

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New West Daily Roundup for July 18, 2016

National Bison Range

Today in New West news: an update on the National Bison Range, Montana’s House Rep race, rare Audubon prints donated to University of Utah, and StatusPage moving to San Francisco.

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New West Daily Roundup for June 16, 2016

Today in New West news: building Zion in Provo, UT; Wind River Indian Reservation featured in new documentary, Bozeman teacher takes science gospel worldwide, and a Boulder fertility company receives $25K in venture capital.

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New West Daily Roundup for Jan. 8, 2016

Today in New West news: Bozeman’s new mayor outlines plans for the city, predicting atmospheric inversions in Utah, and the changing face of Denver’s renting class.

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California Looms

California is a behemoth among states. If it seceded from the United States, as Libertarian blogger Ron Getty advocates, its gross national product of $1.62 trillion dollars would make it the seventh largest economy in the world. California has approximately 16 million more people than Australia. How can the Rocky Mountain States not be affected by everything California does?

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Burying Placenta in Boise

Rolling into Boise with my California plates felt treasonous in so many ways. I was abandoning the Mission District, months of my life wasted commuting over a bridge and through a tunnel, barely making ends meet. I was leaving the Third-World pulse of San Francisco, the sustainable market corners, the wealth of cultures and tongues that made our little Petra the most cosmopolitan of toddlers. Driving through the Nevada and eastern Oregon desert pulling a 5x8 trailer with our still-meager accumulated possessions, I tried to distance myself from all the other white people leaving California for more suburban, more white, more affordable corners of the heartland. "We were adoptive Idahoans, moving back to Idaho," I repeated to myself. We longed for the hot, dry air and looming hills of the Boise front. Still, the basic truth of this move eluded me. Then I stepped out of the car and it hit me. I left San Francisco for a place to be barefoot again. A hot, leafy place where in a few weeks time I’ll be running on rocks, no shoes or socks, oblivious to the pain. But Petra, the cosmopolitan was confused. Her favorite word was still shoes. I guess that was a summertime dream. Now that there's snow on the ground, Petra keeps pulling her shoes off.

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