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Best of the West: SRS woes in Oregon, moose invades basement, massive energy storage facility opens

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The Western Governors' Association keeps you updated on news of the West. Here are the western stories for the week starting Jan. 30, 2017, that you don't want to miss.

Moose on the looseThis moose made itself at home in an Idaho basement (Idaho Fish and Game Department)Big Cuts in Oregon: The Secure Rural Schools program that supports a wide variety of services in rural communities has expired. That means sharply reduced annual revenue ($7 million as opposed to $86 million) for more than 700 counties and 4,000 school districts in Oregon. The Statesman Journal reports what's next and then learn why Western Governors expect the federal government to make these payments in full.

Giant Energy Storage in California: Tesla Motors Inc. and Southern California Edison just unveiled one of the world’s largest energy storage facilities. The Los Angeles Times reports on the massive deployment of grid-connected batteries. More

Feeling winter's wrath: One brutal winter storm after another and freezing temperatures are endangering wild animals across the West. More

Yellowstone Cellular Plan: Cellphone improvements proposed in Yellowstone National Park should make it easier for vacationers to post photos and videos. But not everyone thinks that's a good idea, the Billings Gazette reports. More

There's a moose WHERE? You know the weather is bad when you find a moose in your basement. That was the case in Idaho recently. Find out how it got there -- and how the Idaho Fish and Game Department got it out. More

See last week's Best of the West

The fourth workshop of the Western Governors' National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative was held Jan 23-24, 2017, in Bend, Oregon. Gov. Kate Brown spoke at the workshop, the latest in a series for the Chairman's initiative of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. Watch video of the entire workshop and find video of all workshops.

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