Best of the West: 'Emergency' continues at Lake Oroville, Nevada standoff testimony, San Francisco 'healthiest' city

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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. 13, 2017, that you don't want to miss.

Wind TurbinesWind energy production continues to expand in the WestLake Oroville Updates: Workers have labored around the clock to repair the damaged spillway at Lake Oroville, which forced the evacuation of nearly 200,000 in Northern California this week. Residents since have returned home, but remain in an "emergency situation." The latest updates from The Los Angeles Times, SFGate and the Sacramento Bee.

Nevada Standoff Trial: Testimony this week included Ryan Bundy's conversation with a Bureau of Land Management agent before the 2014 confrontation in Nevada. (More) In Oregon, jury selection is complete in the trial of the four remaining defendants in the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, with opening statements next week.

Energy alternatives: A 480-acre solar farm proposed near Billings would be Montana’s largest solar project. Elsewhere, approval has been granted in Colorado to Xcel Energy’s proposed $1 billion Rush Creek Wind Project and wind generation is surging in North Dakota, which ranks sixth in wind energy potential.

Healthy West: It's good news that a WalletHub ranking tabbed San Francisco as the healthiest city in the country. But it's GREAT news that 9 of the top 10, and 16 of the top 20 healthiest cities are in the West. See the list.

Bison Struggling: In another example of how hard this winter has been on wildlife, park officials at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming have taken action to keep bison (and park visitors) safe. More from Mead Gruver of the Associated Press.

See last week's Best of the West

WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury submitted testimony this week for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing, "Modernization of the Endangered Species Act." Read, download the testimony.

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