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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
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West map In the Rockies today, while we normally stay away from articles about shootings, the location of the shootings today in Ottawa, the center of Canada's federal government, deserves a mention.

The details are sketchy now, but gunfire was reported on Parliament Hill, and all federal buildings were put on lockdown.

In other news, Wyoming officials were on hand Tuesday to celebrate the grand opening of another oil-loading facility.

The Casper Crude to Rail facility built near the Casper/Natrona County International Airport will primarily provide oil to the Express Pipeline, although it also ships about 71,000 barrels of crude produced in the state.

In Idaho, Smith Optics confirmed that the company, which produces high-end sunglasses and ski goggles, as well as helmets, is leaving Ketchum, with divisions of the company being relocated over the next few years to Portland, Ore., Clearfield, Utah, and Parsippany, N.J.

Rockies today

Canada's Parliament Hill on lockdown after shots fired
Shots were reported Wednesday morning at several locations in the heart of Ottawa, with reports of gunfire at the National War Memorial, then moving into Parliament Hill, where all federal buildings were put on lockdown.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Oct. 22

Grand opening held Tuesday at Wyoming oil-loading terminal
Granite Peak Development's $60-million Casper Crude to Rail facility has been online for weeks now, and is just one of several oil-loading terminals in Wyoming, but the Casper facility differs from the others in that it primarily serves the Express Pipeline that runs from Canada south to Wyoming where it connects with the Platte Pipeline in Casper on its way to Illinois.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 22

Chronic-wasting disease found in new hunting areas in Wyoming
Wyoming Fish and Game officials said chronic-wasting disease, which is always fatal to elk, deer, was found in mule deer in hunt areas 84 and 36, districts that border other districts where the disease had previously been found.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Oct. 22

Federal agency killed 2,773 coyotes in Idaho in 2013
Most of the coyotes killed by Idaho Wildlife Services in Blaine County were killed in the southern portion of that county, and at the request of livestock producers, but at least one sheep producer said that they do not kill coyotes themselves nor do they request federal agents to do so, as removal of the predators spark a reproductive response in the species.
Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley); Oct. 22

Housing options for seasonal workers in W. Wyoming shrink
Dargui Work and Travel, which works with J-1 visa students from Peru who come to Jackson to work seasonally, was told by the owners of the Pony Express Motel that the Wyoming motel would no longer rent rooms to "temporary J-1 or other Visa employees," citing damage done by previous such employees.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Oct. 22

L.A. developers plan to build on success in Idaho's Capital City
Local Construct, Mike Brown and Casey Lynch's business that has nearly completed the transformation of the Owyhee Hotel in Boise's Downtown into 36 high-end, market-rate apartments, 31 of which have been leased, the company is now turning its attention to a lot in the Idaho city's Central Addition neighborhood, where the plan is to build a seven-story, 160-unit complex that would have work, commercial and living space, as well as parking on the first two levels.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 22

Smith Optics to pull operations out of Idaho
Italian eyewear corporation Safilo Group, the parent company of Smith Optics, is in the process of reworking its global operations, which includes moving Smith Optics employees out of Ketchum, with the 35 employees who work in the design division in Idaho moving to Portland, Ore., early next year; with the remaining 60 employees being offered jobs in Clearfield, Utah, or Parsippany, N.J., with plans to have all divisions dispersed by 2018.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Oct. 22

Utah-based technology company unveils 'idea factory'
On Tuesday, Lehi-based Vivint, a leading provider of smart home technology, officially opened its new $30 million, 125,000-square-foot Innovation Center in the Utah city, where 320 employees will have access to such amenities as a free cafeteria, gym, locker room and a demo home where the company's products are tested.
Deseret News; Oct. 22


Idaho Sen. Risch should either support CIEDRA or take blame for its failure
An area of the Boulder-White Cloud mountains in Idaho will be protected, one way or another, and the better option would be U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act, well-balanced legislation that deserves the support of U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, who is primarily responsible for the bill's lack of traction in the Senate, and Risch should stand up and support the bill or shoulder responsibility for the area being designated as a national monument, which is the other option for protecting the area.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 22

Beyond the region

Some areas of U.S. could see energy restraints due to lack of pipelines, rail capacity
Despite record oil and natural gas production in areas of the United States, consumers may still have a hard time getting the fuel necessary to heat their homes this winter, due to a lack of delivery systems for that fuel, and residents in the Northeast U.S., where many companies have simply stopped signing up new customers due to a lack of infrastructure and coal plants have an "uncomfortable" level of coal caused by bottlenecks on the nation's rail system.
Christian Science Monitor; Oct. 22

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"P art of it is philosophical and part is understanding the biological effect. The more you shoot or poison or trap or kill them in various ways, the more it creates a pretty big reproductive response. It absolutely is an ephemeral effect. You can’t just extirpate them and expect a decade of relief."

Brian Bean, co-owner of Lava Lake Land & Livestock in Idaho, on why the owners of the sheep ranch decline to kill coyotes, which are the number one predator of the ranch's sheep.
- Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley)

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