Idaho is the leader in New Economy news today. The Associated Press reports the state’s tourism industry is booming after dragging a bit the last few years. Locals say tourism got a boost thanks to a few good pieces in national magazines, but you have to wonder if the new Tamarack Resort had anything to do with the buzz. Idaho has also hit national news today for taking advantage of the U.S. ban on beluga caviar. Idaho white sturgeon farmers hope to pick up the slack, some of them starting their first commercial harvest of the caviar this week.
In politics, today is the day in Colorado — election day that is. And, voters have a lot to think about. The campaigns for tax Referenda C&D have heated up to serious levels and big box stores dominate the ballot in some places. The Rocky Mountain News has a handy roundup with a little juice to boot (There is apparently a “brouhaha in Broomfield, complete with alleged affairs and charges of parking-lot blackmail.”)
In business news, Qwest is expected to settle soon in a case connected to alleged accounting problems. The Denver Post reports that plaintiffs may end up with $400 million in the case. Denver-based Local Matters Inc. (headed by MapQuest developer Perry Evans) has secured funding to buy out MyAreaGuides.com Inc. and Online Web Marketing Inc. apparently to start an online “shopping engine”. And, Wyoming-based Mammoth Networks is expanding to offer DSL space to other states — starting in New Mexico and Arizona.
In critter news, ome 437 wild horses still need homes after buyers split out of BLM contracts because of new penalties on them should they sell the horses for slaughter. And in Montana, nine wolves have been killed in a little more than a month for getting into livestock.
On the public lands beat, a new study shows the federal government loses $123 million per year on keeping grazing open. And in D.C. today, the National Park Service’s policy is ready to be sliced and diced at a hearing on where the agency should go next.