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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 24, 2016

One Big Sky Center

Today in New West news: an update on One Big Sky Center, University of Colorado prof to become State Department’s chief economist, and where Wyoming coal fits into the 2016 general election.

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New West Daily Roundup for Aug. 10, 2016

Today in New West news: Bozeman bookstore wins international festival scholarship, portable treehouses, and Colorado biofuels co. runs into delays building Minnesota facility.

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New West Daily Roundup for May 18, 2016

Today in New West news: criminal complaint filed against group of Yellowstone tourists, Boulder-based Justin’s bought by Hormel Foods Corp., and Xcel Energy files for $1B wind farm project.

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New West Daily Roundup for Jan. 15, 2016

Downtown Denver

Today in New West news: Chipotle to close all stores February 8 for E. coli meetings, tensions mount over expanding Yellowstone bison territory, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game mistakenly collars wolves during an elk-collaring project.

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Why Isn’t McCain Visiting Indian Country?

Al Franken, the comedian cum Minnesota politician, visited the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake Band of Chippewa and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe on Sunday, October 19. But why isn't Norm Coleman visiting Indian Country?. And for that matter, John McCain?

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With Wolves, Wyoming Keeps Shooting Self In Foot

It was during the latter half of the 1980s in a conference room at Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The topic was restoring gray wolves to the greater Yellowstone ecosystem and to a wider swath of the intermountain West. Ronald Reagan was in the White House and William Penn Mott,Jr., Reagan's director of the National Park Service, made a trip to Wyoming to talk about why wolves deserved a second chance. Privately, behind the scenes, Western senators and members of Congress made calls to the president's staff, demanding that Reagan fire the small old man with snow-white hair for speaking what they claimed was cultural blasphemy. Reagan refused to capitulate to those who wanted Mott muzzled or ushered down the road into a nursing home. What I remember most about interviewing the gentle, soft-spoken Mott was that under one arm he carried the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's wolf recovery plan—making the scientific case for wolf conservation— and with an index finger extended on his other hand, he politely instructed: "Young man, you shouldn't listen to the kooks." Today, in the statehouses of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, there's plenty of kookie, hate-filled rhetoric going on that has little to do with scientific fact. And again, the spirit of William Penn Mott's instructions loom large.

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