Best of the West: Gold King Mine criminal charge decision, wind jobs blowing up, lumber deal collapses

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The Western Governors' Association keeps you updated on news of the West. Here are western stories for the week starting Oct. 10, 2016, that you don't want to miss:

epa1013storyGold King Mine spill No Gold King Mine Charges: Federal authorities have announced that no criminal charges will be filed against a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employee over last year's 3-million gallon Gold King Mine spill.

Booming Profession: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that technicians who maintain and fix wind turbines will be the fastest growing profession in the U.S. in the next decade.

Timber Deal Collapse: The U.S.-Canadian Softwood Lumber Agreement has expired without a replacement after a year’s “stand-still” period for renegotiation. See the potential effect this could have on lumber prices.

Bundy Trial: Legal experts weigh in on whether Ammon Bundy's 10-hour testimony helped or hurt his case in the Oregon standoff trial. Also: read the rare trial exchange between the Bundy brothers and learn how the occupation has boosted tourism for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Historic Event: A California condor chick has hatched in the wild, survived and flown out of its nest at Pinnacles National Park for the first time since the 1890s.

See last week's Best of the West.

WGA just hosted the first webinar for the National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative, the central policy effort of WGA Chair and Montana Governor Steve Bullock. Watch the webinar: Managing Electricity Reliability Risks on Forests and Rangeland.

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