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Book Review: Orchard by Jack H. Bailey

In Western American history, there’s no topic that’s more dynamite than labor, especially mining.

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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 May 9, 2016

Downtown Denver

Today in New West news: the leaders of Denver’s pot industry, CDC chides Chipotle lawyer, game and fish controversy in Idaho, and Wyoming to sell state land in Grand Teton National Park.

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New West Daily Roundup for May 5, 2016

mountain towns

Today in New West news: the best mountain towns in the U.S., Visit Big Sky unveils new smartphone app, Utah’s BragShare, Boulder-based Gaiam Inc. sells majority share of Natural Habitat Inc., and greenhouses at the new Simplot complex.

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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 10, 2016

Today in New West news: North Idaho College to start offering bachelor in computer science, Center for Biological Diversity files protest against BLM auctions, and layoffs possibly imminent in Wyoming coal mines.

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Hagadone Digital Chief Operating Officer: “Montana Is Becoming A Tech Hub”

Kalispell, Montana

When you think of Kalispell, Montana, the phrase “high-tech” may not come to mind. Maybe you picture Silicon Valley instead.

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Global Warming: Tawk Amongst Y’selves

Editor's note: In the interest of balance, we are posting this press release about global warming. We hope you'll take the time to comment. IDAHO VALUES ALLIANCE PRESS RELEASE, January 22, 2007 Contact: Bryan Fischer (208) 841-2546 Executive Director, Idaho Values Alliance IVA: GORE’S ENVIRONMENTALISM BAD SCIENCE, HARD ON THE POOR In anticipation of former Vice President Al Gore’s lecture in Boise on Monday night, the Idaho Values Alliance claims that his radical environmental policies will cause undue hardship for the poor, and should be opposed by all who value the emphasis in the Judeo-Christian tradition on compassion for the neediest among us. Plus, Gore’s point of view is based on what is likely bad science. This week, a distinguished professor emeritus from Oxford, Nigel Weiss, a former president of the Royal Astronomical Society, said that climate science is anything but settled, contrary to Gore’s assertion, and that the most “obvious explanation” for climate change is not human activity but the “variable behavior of the sun.”

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Legislating Wilderness: Align Planets First

Idahoans recently witnessed the demise of the Central Idaho Economic Develoment and Recreation Area (CIEDRA) proposal for the 109th Congress. In spite of last-minute maneuvers by the sponsor, Congressman Mike Simpson, the bill did not pass Congress before adjournment. Essentially, CIEDRA passed just one chamber of the Congress on its legislative journey and fell far short of the President's desk. A few months ago, as we waited for Senate action on CIEDRA and Idaho Senator Crapo's bill protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands, a reporter asked me to comment on prospects for eventual enactment. I stated that CIEDRA must move this year with a Republican Congress and White House. That alignment of planets would be crucial for the goal - a signing ceremony - for it would all become moot if the majority changed hands in the House or Senate in the mid-term elections. One Congress cannot bind another. And it turned out the Democrats now control the House and Senate. The history for Wilderness legislation in the West leads one to believe that planet alignment is critical.

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Running IT by Committee

Idaho's state computer systems are so disjointed that it's reportedly not possible to send a single email message that reaches all state employees. Idaho is also one of only about 10 states and territories that doesn't have someone with the title "Chief Information Officer" or "Chief Technology Officer" running the state's information technology needs. That's according to a list published by the National Association of State CIOs. The staffer listed for Idaho is Pam Ahrens, who announced in December that Governor Butch Otter had asked her to leave. She was the head of the Information Technology Resource Management Council, part of the Department of Administration -- a department that Otter has proposed dissolving.

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Group Charts Idaho’s Technology Future

The Idaho Science & Technology Advisory Council discussed during its quarterly meeting today how best to regroup after having most of its recommendations not included by Governor Butch Otter for the fiscal 2008 budget. It is important for the organization to work with the governor, said chairman John Grossenbacher, from INL. “There are elements that would like to drag us into an adversarial relationship” based on what the organization asked for vs. what the governor did, he said. “We don’t govern. We recommend, he decides.” Still, some members -- disappointed that $50 million in recommendations had been turned down -- were planning more advocacy with legislators, who are the ones who actually decide the budget. "We're an advisory committee, not an agreeable committee," said one.

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