The Western Governors' Association keeps you updated on news of the West. Here are western stories for the week starting Jan. 2, 2017, that you don't want to miss:
Winter Drought Relief: California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains could get up to 15 feet of snow this week in several winter storms. This is good news for statewide snowpack, which is currently at 70% of normal.
Fueling the Future: Tesla has begun battery production at its Nevada gigafactory less than three years after breaking ground on the $5 billion facility.
Booming Populations: Utah, Nevada and Idaho were the nation's fastest-growing states last year, with Utah's population crossing the 3 million mark.
Good News: Preliminary results of water samples from across Montana indicate invasive mussels are isolated to the Missouri River Basin.