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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 9, 2015

In New West news: Albuquerque real estate is growing but still lags behind western counterparts, genetically pure bison will return to northern Colorado, Toys for Tots and marijuana dispensaries compete for warehouse space, Wyoming loses one of two Affordable Care Act insurers, and a Wyoming U.S. Representative wants more paddling in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 7, 2015

Photo courtesy of Denver International Airport

Today in New West news: Denver International Airport ranks high as a megahub even as Frontier wants to scale back its gates, the DIA Westin wants beer, Yellowstone has had a record year for visitors so far, and Bozeman is assessing how to address its wastewater management.

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New West Daily Roundup for Sept. 14, 2015

Old Faithful crowd

In today’s New West Roundup: Salt Lake City International Airport ridesharing returns, Yellowstone National Park sees unexpected uptick in visitors, and AstraZeneca is bringing 400 jobs to Amgen’s former manufacturing facility in Boulder.

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New West Daily Roundup for May 24, 2013

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Making news in the New West today: plotting the future of the former Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. property, a properly reverential visit to the Shire of Montana from a self-proclaimed Lord of the Rings nerd, the opening of the Beartooth Highway, the return of Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche, and a study indicating Montana pets live longer.

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In Animal Kingdom, Are Bison Equal In ‘Value’ To Humans?

In the big picture of earthly existence, are the lives of bison and other animals equal in value to humans? Bob Jackson doesn't think of himself as an animal rights activist, nor as a philosopher nor an intellectual who is immune to personal hypocrisy. In fact, he admits in plainspoken, opinionated, homespun English that at times his command of proper grammar is sorely lacking. But he is no Neanderthal. As a consumer and capitalist, he raises bison for sale to provide meat on the dinner table for hundreds of human families who are his customers. Nonetheless, he relates to bison as sentient creatures that possess their own range of emotions and sense of belonging to one another. Is there a contradiction here? This kind of paradox in Jackson has not only attracted responses of incredulity from members of the scientific community, who have pegged him with a "Dr. Doolittle" label, but it has left Jackson staking out contentious terrain, for it challenges our own value system. In this, the third part of NewWest.Net's continuing conversation with 'Action' Jackson, the topic moves from a discussion of Bison Culture to the relationship humans have with bison and other species.

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Bob Jackson on “Bison Culture” And Traditional Ag

Do wild animal populations have their own "culture"? In the first part of NewWest.Net's interview with Bob Jackson, the former Yellowstone ranger turned private bison rancher said there is far more to an animal's relationship with the landscape than meets the human eye. Look closer at bison, he suggests, and one not only sees culture, but matriarchal and patriarchal roles, not unlike those which existed among native American tribes on the western plains. In the second part of a continuing conversation with Jackson, the blunt-talking former civil servant suggests that wildlife biologists, including those working in Yellowstone, need to broaden their perspective and let go of biases, instilled in their thinking by academics, about how wildlife herds actually live. When Jackson suggests that among bison family groups there are grandpa and grandmas, parents and subadults, mentors and students, all carrying out specific functions, is he guilty of anthropomorphising?

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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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A County Near Yellowstone Falls Apart Over Planning

Park County exists in a high-profile neighborhood. With its county seat being Livingston, the Sangri-la for anglers and literati set hard against the banks of the Yellowtone River and its southern reaches stretching into Yellowstone National Park, Park County, Montana derives enormous pride from the fact that its geographic heart is a dell known as Paradise Valley. But no paradise in the modern world -- certainly none in the West -- has remained intact without human efforts to protect it. In this county, many observers claim, there remains a gaping intellectual disconnect between planning and stewardship with the definitive wedge being a largely laissez-faire approach to real estate development. Park County could be considered a model for how planning efforts across the West have crumbled into hostility and lawsuits. In the comprehensive and insightful story that follows, David Nolt, senior editor for the Livingston Weekly, examines how the topics of growth and land subdivision have caused fracture lines to emerge, leading its residents to engage in some long-overdue soul searching. -- Todd Wilkinson

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Is Exxon Mobil Finally Engaging On Climate Change?

Is a titanic shift taking place at Exxon Mobil? Like a major piece of glacial ice cracking away from a larger continental ice sheet and calving into the sea, only to melt away, the largest oil producer in the world appears to be on the verge of seriously engaging greenhouse gas as a policy question rather than funneling millions of dollars to faux-think tanks created to deny the existence of global warming. Or so suggests a rapidly-developing story from Reuters reporter Timothy Gardner. The implication is that Exxon Mobil may be starting to distance itself from the shrinking group of climate change denialists.

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Critical Outfitter Now Embraces Yellowstone’s New Winter Tourism

A decade ago, Randy Roberson believed he was fighting for his livelihood against hostile people whom he was convinced were trying to run him out of business. The family man and winter tourism outfitter from West Yellowstone, Mont. saw environmentalists as an enemy. Along with despising conservationists for seeking dramatic reductions in the number of snowmobiles allowed to enter Yellowstone National Park, Roberson directed enmity toward Yellowstone Superintendent Mike Finley and Finley's employer, the National Park Service. As he watched the federal government clamp down on old-technology snowmobiles in the late 1990s because of the noise and air pollution they carried with them, Roberson had a Darwinian awakening. He realized he needed to either adapt and change, or perish. Today, Mr. Roberson has transitioned his park-oriented rental fleet away from snowmobiles into offering guided snowcoach rides into Yellowstone's frozen interior. He still rents snowmobiles to those who want to ride on the national forest. In the essay that follows, he shares his thoughts on how his own attitude has shifted, persuading him to conclude that the forced change has been good after all.

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