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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 16, 2016

Today in New West news: Montana author tracks Gobi Desert grizzlies, CO energy industry at odds with University of Denver’s tentative divestment discussion, and Idaho homeowners square off against Texas co. over natural gas well.

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 20, 2016

Today in New West news: John Craighead passes away, glamping at Bear Lake, and National Science Foundation awards Boise State $907K in grant money.

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New West Daily Roundup for July 5, 2016

Today in New West news: NASA’s Juno probe reaches Jupiter, National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges,” an update on the Glacier-area grizzly attack, and Simon Ramo passes away.

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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 18, 2015

Today’s New West news: National Geographic honors New Westerners in their “Adventurers of the Year” contest, Union Pacific will close Denver’s Burnham Shop repair yard, and Utah’s Park City Culinary Institute has announced a new private venue.

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The Birth Dearth Folly And The 300 Millionth American

Dave Foreman is nothing, if not a real deal enigma. Today, there are many preconceived portrayals of the man floating around, often perpetuated by people who have never met him but who base their own authority of opinion on the ether of myths and legends, of which the American West is chock full. Some of these characterizations of Foreman—as a renegade, Leftist, anarchist, neo-Luddite, wimpy-minded, let's-revert-society-back-to-the-Stone Age madman—are inaccurate. But it's true that Foreman is radically progressive and pushy when it comes to challenging the status quo. On New Year's Day, 2007, Foreman published his second "Around the Campfire" column distributed through his organization, The Rewilding Institute. The piece which follows is titled "Birth Dearth Folly and the 300 Millionth American" and is inspired by writings from a current book in progress. The issue of human population, which Foreman writes about, is one that has caused a schizophrenic reaction within the environmental movement because it involves not only American-style resource consumption and depletion but the delicate matters of immigration, the real effects of globalization in populous nations like China and India, and the inability of greens sometimes to have meaningful conversations with people whose skin color is not white.

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Boise Tops List of 31 Best Places to Live and Play

Well, whaddaya know. Little old Boise was just honored in National Geographic Adventure magazine as the number one “Best Place to Live and Play” spot in their ranking of best 31 amazing adventure towns. The magazine “searched the country over to find the right towns for you, whether you're looking for a weekend getaway or the perfect place to relocate.” To many Boiseans who want to keep the city’s magic a private matter and keep out the transplants, this will come as bad news. To others who are proud of their decision to move to or stay in Boise, this is icing on a cake we already knew was baked.

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Can Lightweight Backpacking Save Hiking As We Know It?

As the face of America broadens in color, becomes more urbanized, and establishes new bases of political power, what will be the fate of public lands whose strongest stewards and user base have traditionally been middle class and white? Who will be the constituents for wilderness a generation in the future? One barometer for thinking about the issue in the West is to consider the trendline in backpacking. Declining numbers have attracted attention not only from public land managers but bean counters in the multi-billion-dollar outdoor gear industry. An emerging but still nascent force is the lightweight and ultralight backpacking movement. Once the domain of tech-heads and minimalists, lightweight has given birth to a growing product line and appeal among older hikers who gave up long-distance backcountry trips because of the loads and the hassles of restocking in route. New West gives readers a look at lightweight as the summer season approaches.

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