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California issues 1st licenses for legal pot market
Thousands of licenses expected to follow as the state embraces legal weed in 2018.

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Montana wildlife officials ask Wyoming to stop feeding elk
Montana wildlife officials are asking their Wyoming counterparts to stop feeding elk after chronic wasting disease has appeared in the state
Cooke fined $8K for violations at Bainbridge Island farm
Washington state regulators have fined Cooke Aquaculture $8,000 for water quality violations at its farmed salmon operations off Bainbridge Island
Washington state man accused of stealing dairy farm’s cows
A Washington state dairy farmer is accused of selling his employer's cows
EPA mum on whether failed Trump nominee is still on the job
Michael L. Dourson withdrew his nomination Wednesday to serve as head of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
Colossal California fire now 4th largest in state history
The so-called Thomas Fire straddling coastal Ventura and Santa Barbara counties covered 379 square miles and is likely to keep growing.
Massive Montana ranch owned by Mars candy heir is sold
One of the largest Montana ranches owned by the late Mars Inc. co-president has been sold
Crews gain on huge California fire but wind threat remains
Red Flag warnings due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended into the end of the week.
Nevada officials vote to transfer management of mustangs
The Nevada Board of Agriculture votes to transfer ownership of free range horses in northern Nevada from the state to a nonprofit organization despite opposition from horse advocates
Minnesota announces restrictions on using herbicide dicamba
The rules are meant to reduce instances of the herbicide drifting and damaging neighboring fields.
USDA reduces expectations for Florida’s citrus crop harvests
Federal agriculture officials have reduced expectations for Florida's citrus crop for the coming year