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Wild Horses Of The Pryors
Photo courtesy of Rick and Susie Graetz
Friday, May 22, 2015
produced daily by Shellie Nelson
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More news from the Rockies
Survey finds no fresh foods for miles along Colorado boulevard
Despite all the stores located along a four-mile stretch of Sheridan Boulevard between Denver and Lockwood, none offer fresh produce and other healthy foods, and Lakewood city officials are asking residents of the Colorado community to fill out an online survey, the findings of which will be used to address the "food desert."
Denver Post; May 22

EPA meeting on cleanup of Montana town draws fee attendees
Approximately 25 people showed up for Thursday's meeting in Libby for the Environmental Protection Agency's update on asbestos cleanup in the Montana town, although representatives of the agencies involved in the cleanup and of elected officials may have outnumbered residents interested in learning what's left to be done after a decade of cleanup work.
Missoulian; May 22

Colorado U.S. senators seek federal tuition aid for Native Americans
As part of Fort Lewis College's 1910 land grant, the Colorado college agreed to pick up the tab for Native American students, but student numbers have expanded significantly over the past century, with Colorado footing the bill for the federal mandate, and on Wednesday, U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner introduced The Native American Indian Education Act, which would provide $16 million in funding for tuition for Native students at the college. The Senate bill is a companion measure to the House bill introduced by Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in February.
Durango Herald; May 22

U.S. Senate confirms Utah Supreme Court Judge as new federal judge
Utah Supreme Court Justice Jill Parrish was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a federal judge in Utah.
Deseret News; May 22

Coal first focus of Wyoming Task Force on Mineral Taxes
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead appointed the Task Force on Minerals Taxes to spend the next two years examining the state's current system of taxing coal and other minerals and to come up with legislation to reform that system that is revenue neutral, and at the group's first meeting this week, the members decided to first focus on how coal is taxed.
Billings Gazette (Casper Star-Tribune); May 22

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"I researched the history of that extensively and even though some people don't agree, it was clear that that inholding was created to create some sort of development and even back then they called it a village."

Rio Grande National Forest supervisor Dan Dallas, on the decision to approve a land swap with Texas businessman B.J. "Red" McCombs that will clear the way for the Village at Wolf Pass in Colorado.
- Durango Herald

On The Bookshelf
Barbara Theroux reviews three books that deal with water in the West


Mountain West Perspectives
Montana's two-year colleges revamp education to meet changing workplace demands


Mountain West Voices
Hear weekly stories from the Rocky Mountain West as gathered by Clay Scott

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