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Best of the West: San Jose flood evacuations, Wyoming land ruling, revival of Idaho ski area

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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. 20, 2017, that you don't want to miss.

Oroville GraphicGraphic details Lake Oroville spillway repairsThe good news in California is that increased precipitation keeps improving the state's drought outlook. But flooding in San Jose delivered bad news. While the water is receding, about 3,800 residents remained under mandatory evacuation late last week, and the roughly 10,000 allowed to return home face a scary scenario: What's left of their house and possessions? (Here's an update). At Lake Oroville, the Department of Water Resources continues to discharge water from the damaged flood control spillway without event. Check out this graphic for an overview of repairs.

Wyoming Land Ruling: Historic reservation land north of the Wind River, including the town of Riverton,  belongs to the state and not Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. The Casper Star Tribune reports on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.

Standoff Trials: Opening arguments in the trial of four men who took part in an armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge began this week in Oregon. In Nevada, the trial against six men accused of conspiring with rancher Cliven Bundy in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff with federal agents was put on hold and will resume Feb. 27.

Dakota Access Camp Closed: Officials in Morton County reported the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp was officially closed, although 33 protesters had been arrested on Thursday.

Big Lift: Learn about the husband and wife who bought a failed Idaho ski hill that's now teeming with schoolkids and a growing number of powder-seekers. Story

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WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury wote about the close relationship between western states and western Canadian provinces in his latest Executive Director's Notebook. Learn more.

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