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Best of the West: California's historic snowpack, rare Nevada wolf sighting, Puget Sound pollution

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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 March 27, 2017, that you don't want to miss.

California Spring Snow Measurement 2017Snow was falling in the Sierras during the snowpack measurement on March 30. (Photo: California Department of Water Resources).

The first measurement of spring in California's Sierra Nevada mountains revealed snowpack was 183% of average for the date. The state has been measuring at Phillips Station south of Lake Tahoe since 1941. Across the entire Sierra range, snowpack stands at 164% of average. The tally has been higher just three times since 1970.

Also in California, warm temperatures and that big snowpack are a dangerous combination for the Owens Valley. And the overwhelmed Oroville Spillway is scheduled to be replaced by the next rainy season, but is the timeline too aggressive?

Record-setting snow and rain continues in the rest of the West:

Puget Pollution: Washington state’s largest sewage treatment plant has discharged 30 million gallons of raw sewage and partially treated water into Puget Sound. “It has been a disaster, and we’re not out of it yet,” said a King County councilwoman.

Wolves in the West: For the first time in nearly 100 years, Nevada recorded a wolf sighting. Meanwhile in Montana, the “Jane Goodall of wolves” will wrap her long career working for the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks department.

Standoff Trials: The government called its final witnesses in the trial of six men who took part in the 2014 standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada. Find out what’s next in the trial of supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy.

Tops for Business Travel: On-time flights, traffic congestion and hotel prices factored in to On Call International’s list of top cities for "hosting productive business travel experiences." See which 5 Western cities made the top 10.

See last week's Best of the West

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