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New West Roundup for April 10, 2017

Today in New West news: Rocky Mountain Land Library hits funding goal, Montana gov. revives all-mail ballot bill, tribal license plates in the Cowboy State, and Rocky Mountain Power promises big Wyoming wind investments.

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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 21, 2016

Today in New West news: conflict between water districts and company pushing nuclear power plant in Utah, President-elect Trump and Montana’s reservations, La Ranchera in Boise, and Colorado IT firm nets $2 million in venture capital.

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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 2, 2016

Sage grouse, greater sage grouse

Today in New West news: feds announce sagebrush plan, Wyoming college finds North America’s highest buffalo jump, and investors call for Chipotle chairman to step down.

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 7, 2016

Downtown Denver

Today in New West news: veterans guarding Colorado marijuana shops and Montana Native Americans studying health of tribe members across state.

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New West Daily Roundup for June 8, 2016

Today in New West news: Skullcandy pairs up with The Berrics, Denver-based LongPoint Minerals LLC raises $525M in capital, Stabilizing Indigenous Language Symposium in Billings, and an update on the Montana Artesian Water Co.

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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 29, 2016

National Bison Range

Today in New West news: Canadian bison to be relocated to northern Montana, an update on the greater sage grouse, and Chipotle gets “bearish” assessment.

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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 25, 2016


Today in New West news: lawmakers on the offensive against OSMRE, lawsuit alleges Mormon Church members sexually abused Navajo youth, and a Boise-based company sues Idaho over Paylocity.

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Different from the Old Boss

The President Elect shows Indian Country that his promises weren't just lip-service. Enter the First Americans Public Liaison and meet Wizipan Garriott.

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Former Controversial Yellowstone Ranger Becomes Bison Rancher

Bob Jackson knows that viewed from any angle, he is a living, breathing enigma. During his three decades of civil service as a seasonal backcountry ranger in Yellowstone National Park, Jackson cultivated a mystique—and generated controversy—for his maverick approach to confronting big game poachers in the remote Thorofare section of the park and for allegedly treating his living quarters there as a personal fiefdom. His vigilant stewardship earned him rousing praise from regional conservation groups. His outspoken opinions netted him scorn from superiors in the National Park Service, which imposed a gag order on him, preventing him from talking with the press. No matter what one thinks of Jackson, any Westerner who has ever met him quickly realizes they are staring into the eyes of an American original.

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What is the ‘New West’ versus the ‘Old West’ Economy?

Natural resource economy? What comes to mind when you hear the term? A poor Third World nation, prosperous logging and mining communities in the American West, or maybe a state where natural resources like coal, gas, minerals and cattle are shipped out but without local residents capturing the majority of the commodity value? In the short essay that follows, Joe Kerkvliet, an economist with The Wilderness Society's regional office in Bozeman, Montana, provides an overview of what he sees are the differences between the traditional Old West economy, which in many ways still shapes the region's cultural mindset, and the rapidly growing "recreation economy" which has had a profound influence on land values, inward population migration, changing uses on the landscape, and the flavor of "local culture" and businesses. - Todd Wilkinson

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