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Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
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Federal judge in Montana orders Yellowstone Club co-founder be jailed
On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Sam Haddon ordered Tim Blixseth, a co-founder of the exclusive Yellowstone Club in Montana, be jailed after the former billionaire failed to comply with the court's order he pay $14 million to the club's creditors and provide a complete accounting of the proceeds of the sale of property in Mexico. Blixseth was booked into the Missoula County jail Thursday afternoon where he will stay until he complies with the court's order.
Missoulian (AP); Dec. 19

Split Montana PSC rejects NorthWestern Energy's pact to buy wind power
The Montana Public Service Commission voted 3-2 to reject NorthWestern Energy's contract with Greenfield Wind, a company that is proposing to build a 25-megawatt wind farm near Fairfield, because the contract would require NorthWestern to pay approximately $54 per megawatt hour, with PSC Chairman Bill Gallagher successfully leading the fight against the contract because NorthWestern won't need the power at times over the 25-year term of the agreement, forcing the utility to sell it at a loss which would be passed on to consumers.
Montana Standard; Dec. 19

Tribes
Chippewa Cree must pay up front for Montana water pipeline project
After several officials and companies linked to the Chippewa Cree Tribe were convicted of federal corruption charges for taking funds for the tribe's $361 million water project on its lands in Montana, the Tribe will now be required to pay for work done and submit bills for reimbursement to the federal government.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Dec. 18

Environment
BLM to remove wild horses from along highway in Utah's West Desert
A number of wild horses have already died after being hit by vehicles along a remote stretch of State Road 21 in Utah's West Desert, and in February, the Bureau of Land Management wants to remove hundreds of horses from the Sulphur Herd Management Area, which straddles 280,000 acres in Millard and Beaver counties.
Salt Lake Tribune; Dec. 19

Legislature
Legislative panel declines to advance governor's Healthy Utah plan
On Thursday, the Utah Legislature's Health Reform Task Force voted against sending Gov. Gary Herbert's Medicaid expansion plan to the full Legislature for consideration, and instead endorsed two other options that will provide coverage for substantially fewer Utahns than the governor's plan and require that those covered be "medically vulnerable."
Salt Lake Tribune; Dec. 19

Economy
Wyoming governor in Jackson for greenhouse groundbreaking
Gov. Matt Mead has been a supporter of the plan to build a $3.7-million hydroponic greenhouse in Jackson since the idea was first pitched, and today the Wyoming governor will be on hand for the groundbreaking of the project, which is a public-private partnership, with the town owning the greenhouse that will be operated by Vertical Harvest, a for-profit company that will provide jobs for nine residents with developmental disabilities growing produce year-round.
Jackson Hole Daily; Dec. 19





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