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Como Peak in the Bitterroot River
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Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
produced daily by Shellie Nelson
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Number of children living in poverty in Colorado down 1.6 percent last year
Colorado's 1.6 percent decline in the number of children living in poverty between 2012 and 2013 was the sixth largest percentage decline in the United States, and the Centennial State's improving economy was cited as one of the reasons for the decline.
Denver Post; Sept. 22

Farmers markets in Montana, other states see significant growth
A new directory of farmers markets across the United States put the number of those markets at 8,268, up 76 percent since 2008, and in Montana, there are currently 71 farmers markets in the state.
Helena Independent Record; Sept. 22

Voters to decide if non-residents can serve on Wyoming regents board
Wyoming voters will decide in November if two of 13 seats on the University of Wyoming's Board of Regents may be filled by nonresidents.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 21

Cobell payments begin flowing into Native Americans' bank accounts
Last week Native Americans around the United States began receiving the final payment from the settlement of the class action lawsuit that bore the name of the Blackfeet woman, Elouise Cobell, over the federal government's mismanagement of tribal assets.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Sept. 19

In Utah, BLM agent the face of local vs. federal disputes
Bureau of Land Management Special Agent Dan Love has become the focus of local law enforcement officers' discontent with the federal agency, with many calling for Love's reassignment.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 22

Wolves, other factors change elk hunting in Idaho
Elk hunters in Idaho harvested more than 25,000 elk during hunting season three times in the 1990s, in 1991, '94 and '96, but after wolves re-entered the predator mix in the Gem State, harvests have gone down, but wolves aren't the only factor at play, and the state wildlife agency is again seeing a rebound in elk numbers, as well as elk hunters.
Spokane Spokesman-Review (Idaho Statesman); Sept. 22

Montana FWP investigates Missoula man's wolf-killing claims
Missoula resident Toby Bridges' Facebook post telling his story of running down wolves in Interstate 90 and killing them, along with photos of the dead wolves, has drawn the interest of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks investigators.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 21

Grizzly returns to reopened road in Grand Teton NP, 'chaos' ensues
After a male grizzly bear that had been feeding on berries along the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park, park officials re-opened the road, but the bear returned and a miles-long bear jam occurred, forcing the road in the Wyoming park to close again.
Jackson Hole Daily; Sept. 22

Montana job growth slows as seasonal layoffs begin
The unemployment rate in Montana ticked up to 4.7 percent in August as seasonal layoffs in retail trade and transportation sectors began, with Bighorn County reporting the highest unemployment rate of 10.3 percent and Fallon County the lowest at 1.7 percent.
Flathead Beacon and Associated Press; Sept. 19

Montana farmers plant more acres to malt barley to tap beer market
In terms of total acres planted to malt barley, a key ingredient in craft beer, Montana has taken the lead, with nearly 630,000 acres planted to the brewers' need, and another 300,000 planted to malt barley for livestock feed, while Idaho remains the top producer of malt barley in terms of tonnage.
Independent Record; Sept. 22

Wyoming entrepreneurs hone in on high-end binocular market
Brendon Weaver, Cade Maestas and Mike Lilygren are co-partners in Maven, an online, Wyoming company that offers high-end, custom binoculars at about half the cost of their European competitors.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 21

Oilfield workers a boon to Wyoming's hotels, motels
The surge in production in Wyoming's oilfields has filled up hotel and motel rooms in Casper, where no vacancy signs were lit across the city on a recent Tuesday night.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 21

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