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Colstrip, Montana: Bellweather for America’s Energy Future?

More than a town, Colstrip, Montana may be a bellweather of the United States’ energy future, as coal continues to decline.

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Interior Department Reverses Course on National Bison Range Management Transfer

National Bison Range

Ruling against its earlier judgment, the Interior Department has decided to have the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue managing the National Bison Range.

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 12, 2016

Today in New West news: 2016’s Happiest States in America, Gold King Mine designated Superfund site, and Colorado hop farmers help push U.S. production above Germany’s.

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New West Daily Roundup for Aug. 1, 2016

Downtown Salt Lake City

Today in New West news: environmentalists to sue EPA over Utah’s air quality, Crow immersion camp in Montana, CU-Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute receives large donation, and asset sale underway at Denver-based SM Energy Co.

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Obama Administration Announces New Coal Lease Moratorium


Today, the Obama administration announced a moratorium on new coal mining leases on federal land.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 22, 2015

Today in New West News: Jeb Bush discussing public land management in the West, how marijuana is driving Denver real estate, plans for gravel-mining have been suspended at Utah’s Point of the Mountain, and the Montana Board of Livestock seeks to tighten oversight.

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Christmas Lights Bring Joyous Gridlock in Billings

Cruising the streets in search of wowing Christmas light displays is an annual tradition in these United States. While some families are ambitious and go all out, it's not often you find a show that knocks one's socks off, or at least leaves the circuit breaker twitching. This year, pilgrims in Billings, Montana will not only encounter bumper to bumper traffic at 1415 Miles Avenue but an illumina-techno extravaganza thanks to an ambitious collegian who has enlisted his computer to do the work. Out front of 24-year-old Craig Hicks' home, this engineering grad student from Montana State University has fired up a 50,000-bulb blaze featuring 21 stars, 10 wreaths, six lighted deer, at least 15 Christmas trees, a 20-foot 6,400-light arbor totem that Hicks has dubbed the "Mega-Tree", and all of it is accompanied by a soundtrack played on a local radio station. "I'd love to go to work in the entertainment industry, working on lights for Las Vegas or for one of the Disney theme parks," young Mr. Hicks says. "I want to go into pure entertainment. People will always crave entertainment." Writer Tracy Ellig of the MSU News Service notes that not everyone has been impressed. One neighbor described his shining colossus as "junking up the neighborhood." What does Hicks' yard look like?

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We have a family membership to the YMCA, but the last time I worked out was, like, February. Barb was laid up at home for a few weeks, recovering from surgery. I decided to quit working out as a show of solidarity. Now, the most exercise I get on a daily basis is pushing my luck. Or maybe jumping to conclusions. Folks, when you start thinking about Velcro sneakers, it’s time to hit the gym.

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NPR to Air Program on Shakesperience

Where such as thou mayst find Shakespeare in Boise? Now that the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the summer are over there is still one place to get a hearty Bard fix. Festival actor Neil Brookshire wrote and produced a half-hour radio program chronicling Shakesperience, an educational tour that the company takes around the state. "A Shrewd Tale of Shakespeare in Idaho," which airs at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, on Boise State Radio NPR News 91, follows the familiar actors of the popular theater troupe as they take their performance around Idaho to introduce students to Shakespeare in an interesting and engaging way.

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The Downsides of Whitefish’s Booming Real Estate Market

Tonight on NPR's Montana Evening Edition, Whitefish, Montana's painfully high (or beautifully high, if you're selling) real estate market will be featured. MTPR's website gives a pre-cap of tonight's report: "What was once an ordinary working class town now offers some of the most expensive real estate in Montana. In our continuing series on poverty in the state, reporter Kevin Maki visits Whitefish, a community where affordable housing is frequently out of reach - even for many of her long time residents." The real eastate market has been on fire here for a number of years. A February Daily Inter Lake article reported that more than a billion dollars in commercial and residential property changed hands here last year, fueled by factors like population growth, investment buying and limited land supply. That was a 25% increase from just 2004. I also read the other day that Northwest Montana houses 25% of the state's realtors. My hairspray, power-skirt-suit and Bluetooth earpiece phobias aside, that's an overwhelming statistic.

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