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Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
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Environment
Idaho, rancher complete easement deal on Silver Creek
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Purdy Family's Picabo Livestock Co. have completed the paperwork necessary to secure public easement along two miles of Silver Creek near Picabo.
Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley); Feb. 5

Politics
Montana gubernatorial candidate: DEQ chief should have biz experience
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte said that should he win the Montana race, he would put someone with industry background in charge of the Department of Environmental Quality because "DEQ can’t seem to say yes or no to permit applications." Environmental groups were quick to criticize Gianforte's remarks, with Nick Gevock of the Montana Wildlife Federation calling Gianforte's proposal "... a bad idea."
Montana Standard; Feb. 5

Wyoming Democrat enters U.S. House race
The race for Wyoming's lone U.S. House seat has its first resident Democratic candidate. Rock Springs resident Ryan Greene, a 33-year-old energy worker, has entered the race. Richard Grayson, who lives outside the state, filed to run to motivate Wyoming Democrats to step up and run. Grayson has quit the Wyoming race and is now filing to run in an Idaho congressional race to motivate Democrats there to field a candidate.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 5

Canadian oil exec 'encouraged' after meeting with Trudeau, Notley
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley sat down with executives from some of Canada's largest oil producers to talk about their industry and current market challenges, and while no assurances were offered by either Trudeau or Notley, industry executives were generally positive about the meeting.
Calgary Herald; Feb. 5

Legislature
Idaho governor's health care plan would provide preventative care to 78,000
As an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is proposing a $30-million plan to provide primary care to the estimated 78,000 Idahoans who fall into a coverage gap because they can't afford health insurance but don't qualify for Medicaid. The plan would provide access to safety-net clinics to keep uninsured people out of emergency rooms for non-emergency care. A pilot project for chronically ill Idahoans found double-digit declines in emergency room visits. Cities and counties would still have to pay for hospitalizations and emergency room visits for patients who can't pay their bills.
Idaho Statesman; Feb. 5

Montana's dairy fee change has ice cream maker shopping in Idaho
After hearing objections from dairy producers and processors on Thursday, the Economic Affairs Interim Committee of the Montana Legislature proceeded with the lifting of its objections to the Montana Department of Livestock's plan to raise rates charged dairies per 100 pounds of milk produced, increases minimum fees and imposes fees on processors, although the fees will probably be tweaked. Wilcoxson's Ice Cream President Matt Schaeffer said the imposition of a fee for Montana milk used in his product has him shopping around for Idaho milk.
Ravalli Republic (Lee Newspapers); Feb. 5

Economy
Intrawest to add mini golf, mountain coaster to Colorado resort
During a conference call on Intrawest's second-quarter earnings, CEO Tom Marano announced that the company would build a mini-golf course and mountain roller coaster on private lands within its Steamboat Springs resort in Colorado to draw more visitors in the summer, and would build a new Elkhead lift at that ski area.
Steamboat Springs Today; Feb. 5

Alberta's 7.4% jobless rate the highest in nearly 20 years
Statistics Canada's report issued Friday found that there were 73,000 full-time jobs in Alberta lost in 2015, while 35,000 part-time jobs were added to the province's economy. Alberta's 7.4 percent unemployment rate was higher than the national 7.2 jobless rate in January, the first time that's happened since December of 1988.
Calgary Herald; Feb. 5





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- Salt Lake Tribune

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