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Best of the West: California's big snow, Nevada gigafactory online, Colorado tests self-driving vehicles

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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:

snowsurveyWinter 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.

Self-driving Forward: Uber has moved its self-driving pilot project to Arizona and Panasonic is working with Colorado to test self-driving vehicles on a stretch of Interstate 70.

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.

See the previous Best of the West.

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