Best of the West: California water conservation continues, seasonal firefighter hiring OK'd, Nevada standoff trials begin

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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 Feb. 6, 2017, that you don't want to miss.

Idaho Snowpack measurementHydrologists measure Idaho's enormous  snowpack (KTVB)Hiring Freeze Exempts Firefighters: Federal land management agencies got the go-ahead to hire seasonal firefighters and park rangers to protect national forests, parks, tribal lands and wildlife refuges after the Trump administration issued an exemption. Story

Conservation Stays in Place: State water officials in California voted unanimously this week to keep water conservation measures in place at least until May, despite snowpack levels at 154% of normal in the Sierra Nevadas. The snowpack in Idaho is so big it has water managers pleased (and worried).

Nevada Standoff Trial Begins: Opening statements were made Thursday in the conspiracy trial of six men accused of participating in an armed standoff against federal law enforcement agents who tried to impound rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle. The trial in Las Vegas is the first of thee related to the 2014 standoff in Nevada. Story

Intel Restarts Expansion: Intel Corp. announced this week that it will bring 3,000 more workers to Arizona as part of a $7 billion investment to finish a factory in Chandler it launched in 2011 to make its most advanced computer chips. Story

Hunters Thinking Pink? Lawmakers in Montana are considering whether to let big game hunters wear pink. Find out why.

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Gov. Kate Brown spoke at the latest workshop of the Western Governors' National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative, held Jan 23-24, 2017, in Bend, Oregon. Watch video of the event for the Chairman's Initiative of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

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