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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Montana governor proposes $45M in aid for Bakken communities
Gov. Steve Bullock announced his $45-million Eastern Montana Impacting Infrastructure Project last week, but he'll need legislative approval for plan to help communities affected by the Bakken oil boom.
Billings Gazette; April 17

Montana, Colorado universities get USDA grant to study climate change
Among the 10 universities that will share $6 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the effects of climate change on agriculture are Montana State University and the University of Colorado.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); April 17

Idaho National Laboratory dedicates new research building
On Tuesday, the 148,000-square-foot Energy Innovation Laboratory, built for clean energy research and to develop new materials for advanced nuclear reactors, was dedicated at the Idaho National Laboratory.
Idaho Statesman (AP); April 23

Company owned by tribes in Montana lands $1.8M military contract
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' S&K Electronics in Montana announced it had secured a $1.8-million contract with BAE Systems, a global military contractor, to produce a component of a device that allows aircraft to deter surface-to-air missiles.
Missoulian; April 23

Elk's role in Yellowstone ecosystem focus of new project
For the next three years, Arthur Middleton, a Yale ecologist, and Wyoming-based National Geographic photographer Joe Riis will study the movement of elk in the Yellowstone ecosystem to get baseline numbers on elk migration.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 22

Groups appeal decision on roundup of Montana, Wyoming wild horses
The Cloud Foundation and Front Range Equine Rescue filed a federal appeal in Washington, D.C. of U.S. District Judge James Gwin's decision last fall that allowed continued roundups of wild horses from the Pryor Mountain herd on the Montana-Wyoming border.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); April 22

Democrats pitch 2016 convention to 3 cities in the West
Among the 15 cities asked by the Democratic National Committee to submit bids to host the party's 2016 presidential nominating committee are Salt Lake City, Utah; Phoenix, Ariz., and Las Vegas, Nev.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 22

Abundant snow made it a good year for ski resorts in W. Wyoming
Both Snow King Ski Area and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Western Wyoming reported high visitor numbers this winter, as nearly record snows and anniversary celebrations drew historic numbers of skiers.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; April 23

Montana ammunition makers increase production to meet demand
Widespread shortages of .22-caliber rimfire ammunition have been reported throughout the U.S., and some Montana ammunition manufacturers are planning expansions to meet demand for that and other calibers.
Missoulian; April 21

Wyoming's unemployment rate in March was 4 percent
The unemployment rate in Wyoming continued its downward trend in March, dipping from 4.2 percent in February to 4 percent last month.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); April 22

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On The Bookshelf
Barbara Theroux of Fact & Fiction reviews Goliath Staggered: How the people of Highway 12 conquered Big Oil


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New report highlights opportunities in the Colorado River Basin
New report highlights opportunities in the Colorado River Basin


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