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Zinke Recommends Revising Bears Ears National Monument

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended President Trump and Congress “revise the existing boundaries” of Bears Ears National Monument.

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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 19, 2016

Today in New West news: refurbishing the Hotel Boulderado, West Elk Mine expanding in forestland outside Denver, Girls Go Digital to merge with CodeChangers, and Ed Buttrey announces intent to run for Zinke seat.

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 22, 2016

Today in New West news: ExxonMobil to pay $12M settlement over 2011 Yellowstone River spill, inaugural Twin Falls SANDWICHES Film Festival, and Wyoming heads back to court over wolf management plan.

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 13, 2016

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

Today in New West news: studies support proposed Colorado minimum wage hike, U of U aids local manufacturers, and environmental coalition challenges Montana mine permit.

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New West Daily Roundup for July 22, 2016

Today in New West news: Utah delegates reluctantly back Trump, Mark Fiege to assume MSU’s Wallace Stegner Chair, Colstrip agrees to stop pooling toxic coal ash sludge, and the potential cost of solar in Utah.

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New West Daily Roundup for June 22, 2016

Today in New West news: federal judge strikes down federal fracking regulation, Montana Governor unveils plan for state’s “energy future,” and an update on the proposed Utah coal port.

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Decision Day for Wolves? A Roundup

Wolf hunters and conservationists are waiting Tuesday morning for a decision from U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula on whether the scheduled opening day for hunting wolves can proceed. Here is some recommended reading: Monday’s latest from NewWest.Net’s Amy Linn is a full report on the lawsuit by 13 groups in a coalition represented by Earthjustice. Linn was in the courtroom yesterday and it’s a fascinating you-are-there piece on this controversial issue.

"Perhaps the most dramatic moment in the courtroom came when Earthjustice attorney Honnold said reintroduction won’t be a success until 3,000 to 5,000 wolves are in the northern Rockies—up to three times more wolves than today’s numbers. The statement drew audible gasps from the pro-hunt contingent."
Also yesterday, the Spokane Spokesman-Review’s Betsy Russell had three short, informative pieces. Excerpts and links:

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Circuit Court to Kane County: Go Back, Jack, Do It Again

On May 16th, Circuit Court judge Tena Campbell ruled that Kane County did not have the right to erect 39 trail markers on roads running through the Escalante National Monument and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area that had previously been closed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Campbell’s ruling was partially based on another District Court ruling in 2001; Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) v. BLM, in which it was noted: “The established rule (is) that land grants are construed favorably to the Government, that nothing passes except what is conveyed in clear language, and that if there are doubts, they are resolved for the Government, not against it.”

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Critical Outfitter Now Embraces Yellowstone’s New Winter Tourism

A decade ago, Randy Roberson believed he was fighting for his livelihood against hostile people whom he was convinced were trying to run him out of business. The family man and winter tourism outfitter from West Yellowstone, Mont. saw environmentalists as an enemy. Along with despising conservationists for seeking dramatic reductions in the number of snowmobiles allowed to enter Yellowstone National Park, Roberson directed enmity toward Yellowstone Superintendent Mike Finley and Finley's employer, the National Park Service. As he watched the federal government clamp down on old-technology snowmobiles in the late 1990s because of the noise and air pollution they carried with them, Roberson had a Darwinian awakening. He realized he needed to either adapt and change, or perish. Today, Mr. Roberson has transitioned his park-oriented rental fleet away from snowmobiles into offering guided snowcoach rides into Yellowstone's frozen interior. He still rents snowmobiles to those who want to ride on the national forest. In the essay that follows, he shares his thoughts on how his own attitude has shifted, persuading him to conclude that the forced change has been good after all.

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Former Bush Interior Secretary Takes Job As Attorney For Shell

Gale Norton is back providing oversight of energy development issues on public lands in the American West, this time as a key legal advisor for a major global oil company. Months after she resigned her cabinet post as President Bush's Interior Secretary—and then seemed to disappear from public view—the Coloradan apparently has accepted an offer to serve as counsel for Royal Dutch Shell PLC.

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