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Zion National Park Mulls Possible Reservation System

Zion National Park is weighing whether to have visitors make reservations to go hiking and picnic in the park—a first in the national park system.

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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 23, 2016

wind power, wind turbines, clean power plan

Today in New West news: license granted for $1B, 400-MW storage project in Montana as Reed Point wind farm gets NorthWestern contract; Denver energy company declares bankruptcy, and conservation plan finalized for desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah.

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New West Daily Roundup for Dec. 21, 2016

Today in New West news: Utah fastest growing state in U.S., an update on the U.S. House race in Montana, and FDA approves new drug from Boulder oncology firm.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 14, 2016

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

Today in New West news: venture capital across the west, Montana Gov. highlights economic plans for state, and BLM paying through the nose for desert tortoise habitat.

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Utah Plan Another One That Tackles Wilderness AND Development

Wilderness designation, habitat protection and land-use planning were once the independent, unrelated projects of single-minded bureaucrats. But all that is changing as more people jump into the fray of each, and they all become mixed together in true-to-the-word “comprehensive plans.” The latest such all-inclusive approach comes from Washington County, Utah, one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation and just a short drive from Las Vegas, which consistently tops the list of fastest growing cities in the nation. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that members of Utah’s congressional delegation, county commissioners, state and federal lawmakers, and to a lesser extent, conservationists, have pieced together a bill that sets aside 221,000 acres as wilderness, expands Zion National Park and protects habitat for the rare desert tortoise and the bear claw poppy.

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