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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 13, 107

Utah, Utah Legislature

Today in New West news: Utah passes liquor law changes, most visited national parks of 2016, and Montana Republican and Libertarian nominate candidates.

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New West Daily Roundup for June 14, 2016

Today in New West news: an update on CAISO’s energy proposal, Dry Hills Distillery opens in Four Corners, Montana; and fiber optics in Wyoming.

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 14, 2015

Old Faithful crowd

In today’s New West Roundup: Salt Lake City International Airport ridesharing returns, Yellowstone National Park sees unexpected uptick in visitors, and AstraZeneca is bringing 400 jobs to Amgen’s former manufacturing facility in Boulder.

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Ada Commissioners OK Sunday Liquor Sales

Earlier this week, the Ada County Board of Commissioners unanimously decided to start selling alcohol in liquor stores on Sundays. Booze is sold in state-run liquor stores, and though bars and restaurants can sell on Sundays, it wasn’t allowed to be sold in Ada County stores even though the state legislature passed a law in 2004 that gave counties decision-making power over Sunday liquor sales in stores.

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Despite Election Day Liquor Ban I Got Served Gin!

Pursuant to Idaho code, it is unlawful “to transact the sale or delivery of any alcoholic liquor in, on, or from the premises of any state liquor store or distributing station on any national or state election day and on any municipal election day held in the municipality in which a store or distributing station may be situated during the time the polls are open.” This means most of Boise’s law-abiding bars, taverns, inns, saloons, clubs, and restaurants had their liquor locked up on Tuesday until the polls closed. The law is a remnant of Old West politics, when voting often took place in wet establishments rather than the local school gym. Ratifying the law kept people from buying votes with liquor. I am curious about this law, because what’s to stop someone from buying a bottle of Jack the day before and trading shots for votes in the parking lot outside the polling station?

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Aspen Retail Sales Could Hit Nearly Half Billion Dollars

Aspen’s businesses took in more than $62.8 million in retail sales in the month of March. That’s $5 million more than the yearly revenues of the island nation of Palau which has 20,579 people compared to Aspen’s 6,000. The City of Aspen’s 2005 budget of approximately $100 million was more than the yearly revenues of 25 countries according to the CIA World Fact Book. That $100 million is just $7 million shy of East Timor’s yearly revenues and $4 million more than Sierra Leon’s. The gist of a monthly financial report released yesterday is that Aspen’s economy is not slowing down. In fact, sales tax collections through this March are up 10.4 percent from last year. Aspen’s retail economy has not experienced a decline in taxable retail sales on a month over month basis since August of 2004. And if things continue, Aspen’s total retail sales could hit the $488 million mark by the end of 2006 ($6 million more than Tajikistan’s budget).

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