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Sunrise On The Rocky Mountain Front
Photo courtesy of Rick and Susie Graetz
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
produced daily by Shellie Nelson
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More news from the Rockies
Aurora City Council OKS plan to create urban core in Colorado city
On Monday, the Aurora City Council approved a plan for mixed use development around the new light rail station in the Colorado city's core that city officials said will create an urban center with retail shops, high-density housing and restaurants.
Denver Post; Nov. 24

W. Montana city adopts new growth plan on unanimous vote
On Monday, the Missoula City Council unanimously approved a plan to guide the Montana city's growth through 2035. The plan focuses on keeping the community compact to ensure efficient use of services with infill development.
Missoulian; Nov. 24

Boise moves closer to completing greenbelt on both sides of river
The 4,900 feet of concrete path that will stretch between Joe’s Crab Shack and the northwest corner of Ann Morrison Park is the final project to complete the Greenbelt path on the south side of the Boise River in Boise, and that project is slated to be finished by September of 2016.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 24

USGS reports 3.4 magnitude earthquake under Idaho lake
The U.S. Geological Survey said no damage was reported around Sandpoint after Monday afternoon's 3.4-magnitude earthquake that was recorded nine miles under Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Nov. 24

Colorado wildlife officials mull renewed resistance to wolf introduction
After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided in January to list the Mexican gray wolf as endangered, the governors of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico raised questions about the agency's recovery plan for the species, and last Friday, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission considered a draft resolution highlighting concerns about the dangers wolves pose to humans, their pets and livestock, but stopped short of passing the resolution, which the commission agreed to take up again after reviewing the language to ensure it conforms to the recommendations put forth by the Wolf Working Group in 2005.
Durango Herald (AP); Nov. 24

Grand Teton NP officials, Wyoming governor meet on Moose-Wilson Road
After a meeting Monday with Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and other interested stakeholders about Grand Teton National Park's plan to limit traffic on the 8-mile Moose-Wilson Road in which Mead's advisor asked for more time to provide public comment on the park's preferred alternative, Grand Teton Superintendent David Vela said that he'd published a notice in the Federal Register that extended the public comment period 17 days beyond the original deadline of Dec. 29.; Nov. 24

Colorado county rescuers respond to 3 avalanche calls last weekend
Summit County Rescue Group responded to three avalanche calls over the weekend, prompting the Colorado county group to reiterate the importance of backcountry skiers educating themselves about avalanche conditions and not skiing alone.
Aspen Times (Summit Daily News); Nov. 24

Utah governor regrets signing election overhaul bill
Over the weekend, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert told members of the Republican State Central Committee that he believed the bill that overhauled the state's election system would preserve the convention and that's why he signed it, but instead the measure has created a more divisive situation that has spawned a number of lawsuits.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 24

New federal judge takes the oath of office in Utah
Jill Parrish, who served for 12 years on the Utah Supreme Court, was sworn in as the state's newest federal judge on Monday.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 24

Hillary Clinton is in Colorado today, plans stops in Denver, Boulder
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will speak in Boulder this morning, with her second stop Tuesday in Colorado at an afternoon event in Denver at Manual High School. A private fund-raiser is scheduled at the home of Mo Siegel, one of the founders of Celestial Seasonings.
Denver Post; Nov. 24

Company seeking Montana mine permit has new majority owner
Officials of Tintina Resources, the company that is working on an application to operate a copper mine in Montana's Meagher County, said the acquisition of a majority of shares of Tintina's parent company by Australia-based Sandfire Resources NL will not have any effect at all on the company's plan in Montana.
Helena Independent Record; Nov. 24

N.J.-based Pinnacle Foods to buy Colorado-based Boulder Brands
The producer of Birds Eye frozen vegetables and Duncan Hines cake mixes is buying organic foods producer Boulder Brands based in Colorado for $975 million, with Pinnacle Foods tendering an offer for Boulder Brands' outstanding shares for $11 each, or about $710 million. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
Denver Post; Nov. 24

Pomerelle Mountain Resort in Idaho opens ski lifts Thursday
Idaho's Pomerelle Mountain Resort near Albion will open for skiing on Thanksgiving Day and remain open through that weekend, and then will be open on weekends Friday through Sunday until the Christmas holiday.
Twin Falls Times-News; Nov. 24

Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado opens for skiing Wednesday
Wednesday's opening of Beaver Creek Resort will offer the most terrain on the Colorado ski area on opening day in 13 years.
Denver Post; Nov. 24

Colorado artists band together, open pop-up market for the holidays
The SoSu Artist Collective, which is opening a pop-up shop for two weekends in Streets at Southglenn, is one of the pop-up shops that puts Colorado artists' work on display for holiday shoppers. Jeremy Baras, CEO for PopUp Republic, said such collectives are now a $50 billion industry.
Denver Post; Nov. 24

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"W e have already told the court that we believe the Secretary of the Interior has no authority to cancel these leases and we will certainly argue it again. To suggest that after all of this effort, after all the time and money invested in studying this to death, that somehow the law was violated, I just think it is insane. No reasonable person could make that argument."

William Perry Pendley, an attorney with the Mountain States Legal Foundation who is representing Solenex, about the Interior Department's decision to cancel leases held by the Louisiana company in the Badger-Two Medicine area of Montana.
- Flathead Beacon

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