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Salt Lake City and Boise Top Forbes List For Young Professionals

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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 Roundup for April 10, 2017

Today in New West news: Rocky Mountain Land Library hits funding goal, Montana gov. revives all-mail ballot bill, tribal license plates in the Cowboy State, and Rocky Mountain Power promises big Wyoming wind investments.

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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 2, 2017

Today in New West news: federal lands drive economic growth in rural counties, Bullock sets date for special election, and CO senator speaks out against Attorney General over pot.

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New West Daily Roundup for Aug. 3, 2016

Today in New West news: criminal investigation opened over Gold King spill, Carnegie Mellon expands tech lab to Utah, and house calls in the Treasure Valley.

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New West Daily Roundup for July 13, 2016

Downtown Salt Lake City

Today in New West news: CNBC releases “Top States for Business” list, Harvard University sues Micron over patent, and Puget Sound to close two units at Colstrip.

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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 May 25, 2016

Today in New West news: Denise Juneau calls for six debates across Montana for House race, One Hour Translation expanding to Utah, an update on the Boise composting proposal, and liquidation starts at Sports Authority stores.

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UM Native American Lab Snags Big Green Energy Grant

Big dollars for green energy -- and for a unique University of Montana program -- arrived this week at the UM Native American Research Laboratory (NARL), considered the only such research facility in the nation for Native college students. NARL Director Michael Ceballos said the laboratory has received a $300,000 two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a new process that boosts the efficiency of ethanol production. The goal is to perfect an enzyme technology that makes celullosic ethanol -- a high octane, renewable fuel produced from the stalks and stems of plants -- easier to make and cheaper to buy.

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New Dean for UM Law School

Legal scholar and educator Irma Russell, a specialist in environmental and energy law, is the new dean at the University of Montana School of law -- the first female to hold that position. Russell replaces outgoing law school dean E. Edwin Eck, head of the law school since 1995, who announced last fall that he would step down at the end of the academic year and return to the law school faculty, according to UM's announcement. Here are a few highlights from the UM press release about the new chief: --Before coming to Montana for her new job, Russell was the Director of the National Energy-Environment Law & Policy Institute and NELPI Professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law. --She chairs the innovations committee of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.

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Beloved Dino Museum to Close its Doors, Shutting Down the Public

Revolution rages in Tehran and the world is transfixed by millions of Iranians demanding free speech. Laramie, Wyoming is light years away from the Islamic world, but amid charges of repression of free speech and totalitarian decisions, a revolt is gaining momentum against the University of Wyoming (UW) trustees -- and its emblematic martyr is Big Al, the Allosaurus. Facing an $18.3 million budget shortfall, UW decided to close the school’s Geological Museum in response to the state of Wyoming’s mandated 10 percent budget cuts. The museum will close to the public July 1; its director and assistant are among the people who will lose their jobs as a result. Big Al -- whose incredibly-preserved bones greet museum visitors -- will become a recluse. Some researchers may be able to see him, but not the public. The same goes for other museum prizes, including one of the only mounted skeletons of an Apatosaurus (or Brontosaurus, as it was formerly called).

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