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New West Daily Roundup for Jan. 6, 2017

bears ears

Today in New West news: Lyman Family Farm LLC blocks road to Comb Ridge near Bears Ears, Edgar Paxson murals reinstated in Missoula courthouse, and two Colorado companies contribute heavily to latest NASA mission.

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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 16, 2016

Today in New West news: Montana author tracks Gobi Desert grizzlies, CO energy industry at odds with University of Denver’s tentative divestment discussion, and Idaho homeowners square off against Texas co. over natural gas well.

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New West Daily Roundup for Aug. 4, 2016

Today in New West news: inaugural Heart of the West Show in Bozeman, Banner Health hacked, tourism budget cut in Wyoming, and Denver Broncos want naming rights to own stadium.

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New West Daily Roundup for Aug. 2, 2016

Credit: Larry Johnson, "Denver Skyline at Sunset," December 17, 2009

Today in New West news: Denver tech outgrowing “startup office spaces,” Montana Artrepreneurship program, and University of Wyoming professor heading to Yale.

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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 27, 2016

Today in New West news: Whitefish photographer preserving Montana history through negatives, Vail’s $25M investment reaping rewards, and an update on Arch Coal.

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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 17, 2016


Today in New West news: Peabody Energy lurches closer toward bankruptcy, Judith Scott retrospective on display in Aspen, and Utah Business honors best state CEOs in annual banquet.

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Film Premiere: A Journey of Understanding in Mississippi Queen

“When I first fell in love I was 17, and it happened to be with a girl. The news hit hard. They’d pray and pray and pray over me. There was a lot of anger and fear. And even a gun. In the South I was taught to love God first and then you love your family second, and I did. And I was really good at it.” So begins the heartfelt and gripping documentary Mississippi Queen from Missoula filmmaker Paige Williams. The award-winning film, which follows Williams as she delves into her past and fits the jagged pieces into a livable whole, has its Montana premiere tonight as part of Pride Week activities. The event at the Wilma Theatre kicks off at 7 p.m. and includes live music by Mississippi Queen composer John Floridis and Jenn Adams, whose music is also featured in the film. The hour-long movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes appetizers and talkback following the screening. The film will also be shown June 20 at the Red Lion Fireside Room in Kalispell, at noon. Proceeds will benefit Montana PRIDE 2009.

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Artists Invited to Honor Firefighters

Missoula’s Public Art Committee is inviting artists to submit proposals for public artwork in the Memorial Rose Garden Park that honors the city’s firefighters, past and present. The installation, according to the committee's announcement, should celebrate and inspire, and “need not be limited to the traditional parameters of a memorial. It can encourage viewers to move into and out of its space.”

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Conversations with Missoula Artists: Meet Valentina LaPier

Missoula is home to a plethora of artists who express themselves in a variety of media. Alexia Beckerling is venturing into the studios and performance venues of a handful of local artists and bringing back multimedia glimpses into their creative worlds. This week, meet Valentina LaPier, an enrolled member of the Blackfoot tribe who sold her first painting at the age of 14 and is currently working and exhibiting at the Hanging Art Gallery in Arlee.

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