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Friday, March 27, 2015
produced daily by Shellie Nelson
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Walgreens to walk away from landslide-threatened Wyoming store
The Walgreens store built at the bottom of Budge Drive in Jackson closed last April when the hillside began to slide, and this week, officials from the company said the store will not reopen and that no other site is under consideration for a store in the Western Wyoming community.
Jackson Hole Daily; March 27

Hess Corp.'s $15M donation solidifies rank as top donor to U. of Wyoming
Even before the Hess Corporation's $15 million donation to the University of Wyoming was announced this week, the energy company was already the top corporate donor to the university, with the latest gift to be split as follows: $5 million for the High Bay Research Facility, an engineering building slated to open next year; $5 million will be used for research at that facility; $4.5 million will be used to buy equipment and technology there and the remaining $500,000 is earmarked for laboratory performance development.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 27

Western states populate Top 10 list of best for retirees
Bankrate, a Florida-based consumer financial services company, evaluated states for a variety of factors important for retirees, including cost of living, crime rate, health care quality, and state and local tax burden, and six western states made the Top 10: Wyoming ranked first; Colorado, second; Utah, third; Idaho, fourth; Montana, seventh; and Arizona, ninth.
Twin Falls Times-News; March 27

Wyoming challenges new federal regulation on hydraulic fracturing
Gov. Matt Mead said he believes the new federal rules on hydraulic fracturing are a disincentive to states to take a proactive role in regulating energy operations, which the Wyoming governor believes states have exclusive authority, and his state was the first to file a lawsuit challenging the new federal rules.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 27

Idaho congressmen split votes on Medicare, Secure Rural Schools bill
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador's spokesman said the Idaho Republican declined to vote for the Medicare Access Act, which also extended the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act for two years, because the Secure Rural Schools Act was completely unrelated to the Medicare Access measure that Labrador said adds $141 billion to the nation's $18 trillion debt. His colleague, Rep. Mike Simpson joined the majority and voted for the measure because of its importance to the nation's rural communities.
Idaho Statesman; March 27

Alberta's budget lays groundwork for more diversified economy
Premier Jim Prentice's first budget for Alberta signifies his intent to move the province off its energy-dependent diet by reducing that industry's contribution from the 38 to 55 percent over the past decade and a half to 25 percent.
Calgary Herald; March 27

Bill to ban instant horse racing machines heads to Idaho governor's desk
On Thursday, the Idaho House voted 49-21 to repeal a law passed in 2013 that allowed slot-like gaming machines that allowed bettors to place bets on historic horse races, a move opponents said will end horse racing in Idaho. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has not said if he'll sign the measure, but since it passed in both chambers of the Legislature on a margin large enough to overcome a veto, it appears the measure will become law one way or another.
Twin Falls Times-News; March 27

Montana's Stillwater Mining Co. moves executive team to Denver
Stillwater Mining Co., Montana's largest mining company that operates the nation's only platinum and palladium mines in the state's Beartooth Mountains, announced that it was moving out of its headquarters in Billings this summer, with corporate staff moving to Columbus, where its registered headquarters are located, and the top five senior officials will move to Denver.
Flathead Beacon (AP); March 27

ConocoPhillips joins U.S. firms in selling Canadian assets
Houston-based ConocoPhillips hired the Bank of Nova Scotia to assist it in the sale of 20 percent of its non-oilsands oil-producing assets in Western Canada, joining other U.S. producers in selling Canadian assets to focus on their domestic operations.
Calgary Herald (Bloomberg News); March 27

Aerospace engineering, bioastronautics grow local produce in Colorado
Tommy Romano used his expertise as an aerospace engineering and bioastronautics to build Infinite Harvest in a Lakewood warehouse that uses LED lights, indoor vertical farming and hydroponics to bring locally grown produce to local restaurants in Colorado all year long.
Denver Post; March 27

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"W e need to get off the roller-coaster of oil. We are asking those who can afford it to pay a little bit more."

Finance Minister Robin Campbell, discussing Alberta's budget that reduced the province's dependency on fossil fuel revenues by half.
- Calgary Herald

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