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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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Salt Lake City and Boise Top Forbes List For Young Professionals

Downtown Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, UT and Boise, ID have nabbed the top spots, respectively, in Forbes’ “America’s 25 Best Cities For Young Professionals In 2017” list.

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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 15, 2016

One Big Sky Center

Today in New West news: Billings approves One Big Sky Center agreement, Utah incentivizes WhiteWave Foods Company, Colorado supersonic jet, and Denver’s abysmal recycling record.

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New West Daily Roundup for June 7, 2016

Credit: Larry Johnson, "Denver Skyline at Sunset," December 17, 2009

Today in New West news: Denver-based Convercent gets $11M in venture capital, an update on CAISO, and black-footed ferrets to be reintroduced into four states.

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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 20, 2015

Here’s your New West news: Utah Transit Authority (UTA) resignations possibly coming, Yellowstone officials change stance on bison culling quota, and Redfin assesses economic integration in Denver’s housing market.

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I’m Smart, So I Use a Mac

“We’ve got a new set of tools in the building, and I think we should all go take a look,” said Anita, our Art Institute instructor, who dressed like a hot school marm. Jim and I both had a crush on her, so we jostled our way quickly to the front of the class. We made small talk with Anita as we walked through the corridors of our new waterfront building. She chatted along with us pleasantly enough, but kept recoiling because we reeked of alcohol and fear. We arrived at a large room which bore the legend “Computer Lab” on the door. With a dramatic sweep of her hand that might indicate a future as a game show wench, Anita said, “These are Apple Macintosh computers. They’re all loaded with painting and drawing software. Take a few minutes and get to know them.” Like apes confronted with a vending machine, we poured into the room and swarmed over the little all-in-one beige Mac Plus machines. Bursting with 512k of raw computing power, they were running MacDraw and MacPaint on their tiny, monochrome screens. While all the other kids were going gaga over this new toy, clumsily sliding the mice around to create crude drawings, Jim and I stood away from the throng, aloof. Disdain oozed out of us like snot from a toddler.

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Raw Power in the Fun House

I think one of the expectations bequeathed on every parent is that, when posed the question, “What is your fondest memory?”, you are supposed to wax poetic on the beatific moment you first laid eyes on your newborn child. Of course I remember the first time I saw my son, all red-faced and wrinkly, but there was no golden halo around him and I did not hear harps, trumpets or the soft whooshing of angel wings. Mainly Sid grimaced distastefully up at me as I scowled down at him, and I read in his expression the same thought that was going through my head: “So this is what I have to work with?” I’m pretty sure he farted too.

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For Idaho, a Wish for Gay Rights

Last weekend in Seattle I went to a great party, had a wonderful time, and left with hope in my heart that someday there will be one just like it in Idaho. It was at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Seattle Leadership Awards reception that I stood with my grown daughter and a long-time family friend, savoring the sights and sounds of a room full of accomplished gay men and women: state legislators, architects, doctors, lawyers, designers, engineers, political leaders and executives of all sorts. Several hundred were gathered at the Seattle Grand Hyatt to honor Marsha Botzer for her leadership in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights.

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Alleged Seattle Shooter Was from Whitefish

Aaron Kyle Huff, the man who allegedly opened fire on a Capitol Hill house party Saturday morning, killing six, graduated from Whitefish High in 1996. At one point he worked at Stageline Pizza in town. Whitefish friends described Huff as a ‘deep thinker’ who was quiet, polite and nice. Huff had a history with firearms. In 2000 he and some friends were apparently drinking and driving around Whitefish, when Huff shot an outside moose sculpture that was part of the downtown Whitefish public art project called “Moose on the Loose.” Reasons behind the shooting are unknown. Before walking into the house, Huff spraypainted the word “NOW” on the concrete. "There is nothing we would like to do more than find out why this tragedy took place," said Seattle Police Spokesman Sean Whitcomb. "Unfortunately, we may never know."

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