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Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
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New owners transform old buildings into new living space in Wyoming city
The trend to offer living space in the city core has arrived in Casper, and with the addition of two 1,900-square-foot apartments in the Wyoming city's neighborhood known as the Sandbar, upscale, luxury living has arrived.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 25

Western Montana city seeks public comment on urban forestry plan
The draft Missoula Urban Forest Management Master Plan, which will guide the Montana city's management of its urban forest for the next 30 years, will be discussed at two open houses on Thursday this week, and the public is invited to review the plan and talk with city officials during those sessions.
Missoulian; Jan. 26

Wyoming county buys worker housing
Finding affordable housing in Jackson for workers in the Western Wyoming resort community is difficult for all employers, including Teton County, which recently purchased four one-bedroom, one-bath apartments and two houses of two bedrooms and two baths each that the county will first offer to emergency responders such as law enforcement, fire fighters and medical emergency personnel.
Jackson Hole Daily; Jan. 26

Poaching on the rise in Utah
Utah wildlife officials said the number of poaching incidents they've investigated has risen 30 percent over the past couple of years, and that, since poaching is still under-reported, the increase may be far above that.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 26

Wyoming's federal lawmakers sending reps to Jackson for listening session
Western Wyoming residents can talk with representatives of U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi and U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis on Tuesday morning between 8 and 9 o'clock in the Jackson City Council chambers at Jackson Town Hall.
Jackson Hole Daily; Jan. 26

Sen. Siddoway stands firmly in the way of Idaho governor's tax cut plan
Idaho state Sen. Jeff Siddoway is chairman of the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee, putting the fifth-term senator from Terreton in a leading role in Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposal to gradually end the top income tax bracket for individuals and corporations, and Siddoway said he will not consider a tax cut until the state makes good on raising starter teachers' pay to $40,000 a year.
Idaho Statesman (Lewiston Tribune); Jan. 26

Utah legislators to consider a slate of bills to improve air quality
State Rep. Patrice Arent, who is one of the legislators proposing legislation to improve air quality along Utah's Wasatch Front, said primary issue with all of the proposed bills will be coming up with the funds for the programs.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 26

Wyoming legislators chafe under mantle of federal government
According to WalletHub, an online site for personal finance and consumer data, found that nearly 40 percent of Wyoming's revenue comes from the federal government, but Wyoming legislators are again making the federal government out to be the villain, and they are considering joining legislatures from other states to pass a constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to pass a balanced budget.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 25

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"O ur local schools are dying. I don't know how else to put it. We can't keep teachers or attract new teachers - and I'm afraid that's getting down into our education system, where we can't attract college students to the profession. Nobody goes to college to get a degree where they qualify for public assistance."

Idaho state Sen. Jeff Siddoway, who chairs the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee, on why he believes starting teachers' pay needs to be increased before any tax cuts are approved.
- Idaho Statesman (Lewiston Tribune)

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