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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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More news from the Rockies
Missoula nonprofit gets $250K to help new farmers, ranchers get a start
The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition was one of 30 groups to get funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, and the Missoula-based nonprofit plans to use its $250,000 grant to expand its training programs for beginning farmers and ranchers in Montana. This evening in Missoula, CFAC will host its "Managing Employees and Interns for Success” will be held from 5:30 from 8 p.m. at the Burns Street Center, 1500 Burns St.
Missoulian; March 4

Montana FWP issues 1,175 permits to float Smith River this year
The opportunity to float the Smith River in Montana is a highly sought after experience, and this year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said 1,175 of the 8,096 applications were successful, roughly 15 percent of those who applied for the experience will get it.
Missoulian (AP); March 4

Colorado wildlife agency has new restrictions on antler, horn collecting
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has imposed new regulations on collecting shed horns in Portions of Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield and Routt counties that take effect immediately and run through May 15.
Denver Post; March 4

Montana sells oil, gas leases on state lands for $53,000
On Tuesday, the Montana Department of Natural Resources auctioned off oil and gas leases on 78 parcels of state land covering 35,000 acres, with companies paying an average of $1.50 per acre for the leases.
Flathead Beacon (AP); March 4

Gov. Mead signs Wyoming Food Freedom Act into law
Wyoming food sales between producers and "informed end consumers," like transactions at farmers markers, are now free from government regulation in the state after Gov. Matt Mead signed House Bill 56 into law.
Casper Star-Tribune (Wyoming Tribune Eagle); March 4

Idaho House bills chip away at $262M in road funding deficit
There is an estimated $262 million annual shortfall in funding for transportation projects in Idaho, with another $281 million needed annually for improvements, but there is little support for a comprehensive transportation funding bill, so Idaho House members are working on legislation that would provide $40 million in funding and savings combined, including House Bill 95, which exempts materials used for public roads from state sales tax.
Idaho Statesman (AP); March 4

Brothers take 'Lego" approach to manufacturing, building homes in B.C.
Kurt and Kris Goodjohn started Karoleena Inc., which designs and builds prefabricated homes, in 2006 in Calgary, but in 2013, they moved the business to a new plant in Okanagan Falls, B.C., where they're anticipating 20 to 25 homes will be shipped out with 90 percent of the work done before the pieces hit the homesite.
Toronto Globe and Mail; March 4

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"F ive years ago, I was looking at nine areas of an animal’s genome. If I got up to 20, I felt I was doing really good. Now I have a grad student working on sage grouse who's looking at 600,000 regions of its genome. I have another working on gray wolves who's looking at 166,000 regions. Now our big question is: What do we do with all that data?"

Michael Schwartz, director of the National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation on the University of Montana's Missoula campus, discussing ongoing research that identifies specific components of the genetic blueprint carried in every organism’s chromosomes.
- Missoulian

On The Bookshelf
Barbara Theroux of Fact & Fiction reviews Liz Carlisle's 'Lentil Underground'


Mountain West Perspectives
Montana's two-year colleges revamp education to meet changing workplace demands


A Look Ahead

Feb. 3-March 24: Wilderness Lecture series hosted by the Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana in Missoula

    March 10: Bruce Smith, The Mountain Goat: An American Wilderness Icon"

    March 17: Dr. Bob Ream, "Wilderness Research Then and Now: The Wilderness Institute’s Fortieth Year"

April 1-May 1: Water in the American West, a free, online college level course, offered by The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado. Register now.

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