Best of the West: 100 million trees dead in California; Oregon tests drone air taxis; Colorado wildfire cost now $30 million

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The Western Governors' Association keeps you updated on news of the West. Here are western stories for the week starting Nov. 21, 2016, that you don't want to miss:

la me dying trees drought pg 002Dead Trees in CaliforniaDying Forests: The number of dead trees in drought-stricken California has risen to an 'unprecedented' 102 million.

Drone Taxis: An Oregon company has landed a contract with Airbus to test its self-piloted flying vehicles.

Wildfire Burns Budgets: The cost of battling the 60-square-mile Beaver Creek Fire in Colorado and Wyoming has reached $30 million. The blaze, which started in June, is still smoldering. See the Western Governors' recent letter urging timely Congressional action to end the destructive wildfire funding practice of “fire borrowing."

Winter Is Coming (and that's good): Winter bookings at mountain resorts in California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming are still up over last year despite the recent lag in snowfall.

Eclipse Chasers: You might have a tough time catching next year's solar eclipse in Oregon. Every one of the 1,200 Oregon state park campsites in the eclipse's Path of Totality booked up within an hour of being made available online.

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