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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
produced daily by Shellie Nelson
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More news from the Rockies
Montana traffic plan on Livingston-to-Yellowstone-Park road criticized
Wildlife groups and Yellowstone National Park officials said the Montana Department of Transportation study done on Highway 89, which runs from Livingston south to Yellowstone National Park, inadequately addresses how the heavily-traveled highway affects wildlife along the way, and that allowing for faster travel will make the road more hazardous for wildlife and drivers alike.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; April 15

USGS to deploy seismographs around central Idaho
To learn more about the recent spate of earthquakes in Central Idaho, the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center will put three portable seismographs in that area of the state.
Idaho Statesman (AP); April 16

Wildrose Party questions Alberta Health Service's contracting process
Documents obtained by the Wildrose Party indicate that between January 2011 and January 2013, Alberta Health Services paid out $990 million in 1,275 sole-source contracts, and that 503 of those contracts accounted for 98 percent of all such contracts.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); April 16

Idaho rancher 'Bud' Purdy dies at 96
Leonard "Bud" Purdy was one of the first cattlemen in Idaho to use the "rest-and-rotation" method of grazing, and he donated a 3,500-acre conservation easement to The Nature Conservancy along Silver Creek in 1990.
Idaho Statesman; April 16

Montana copper king's daughter's mansion sells for $14 million
Huguette Clark, the daughter of Montana Copper King William A. Clark, purchased the mansion in New Canaan, Conn., in 1951, but she never moved into the house, which had been on the market at one time for $34 million, but sold for $14.3 million recently.
Montana Standard; April 16

Wyoming governor says annual wolf report details state's success
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's recently released report that found at least 306 wolves in at least 43 packs in the state at the end of last year was heralded by Gov. Matt Mead as evidence that the state's management plan was working as intended.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); April 16

Idaho files lawsuit against timber companies. contractor over fatal wildfire
The lawsuit filed Monday by the state of Idaho in state district court against Potlatch Land and Lumber, Potlatch Forest Holdings, Clearwater Paper Corp., Potlatch Corp., and DABCO Inc., a Kamiah-based logging contractor, alleges that a logging crew using equipment that didn't meet U.S. Forest Service requirements started the 2012 Steep Corner Fire near Orofino, where a USFS wildfire fighter was killed by a falling tree.
Idaho Statesman (Lewiston Tribune); April 16

National parks offer free entry this weekend
You can visit the lower elevations of Glacier National Park in Montana for free this weekend, as the National Park Service offers free entry to all 401 parks to kick off National Parks Week.
Missoulian; April 15

Idaho political forum focuses on federal lands
At a public forum for political candidates Tuesday evening at the College of Western Idaho in Nampa, the transfer of federal lands into state hands was a topic of discussion, with Republicans Chris Troupis, who is challenging GOP Secretary of State incumbent Lawrence Wasden, and Jim Chmelik, who is challenging Lt. Gov. Brad Little, championing such transfer, while Wasden said lawsuits challenging the federal government's ownership of such lands were not likely to be successful.
Idaho Statesman; April 16

Another uranium mine gears up in Wyoming
Last year, Ur-Energy opened its Lost Creek mine in Wyoming's Sweetwater County, and this week Uranerz announced it has begun in-situ uranium mining at its Nichols Ranch facility in Johnson and Campbell counties.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 16

Recession forced guest ranches in Idaho to add services
There are dozens of guest or "dude" ranches in operation in Idaho, and when the recession hit and guest numbers tanked, those ranches added services, such as day rides or riding lessons, and gussied up facilities to draw weddings and other celebrations.
Idaho Statesman; April 16

Snow sports industry examines ways to grow
At the annual Mountain Travel Symposium in Breckenridge on Monday, representatives of snow sports industry gathered to discuss ways to keep their business growing, and feedback gathered from skiers in Colorado and elsewhere said the number one issue families have with ski vacations is the cost.
Vail Daily (Eagle Valley Enterprise); April 16

Unemployed in Montana's Lincoln County find few options
In the late 1980s, the economy of Lincoln County was chugging along, fueled by the W.R. Grace Co.'s vermiculite mine, Noranda Minerals was developing the Montanaore project, Asarco's Troy mine was producing copper and silver, and hundreds of people were working at Champion Mills' lumber mills, but in 1990, the vermiculite mine closed and work ceased on the Montanaore project, and in 1993, the Troy Mine closed, as did most of the lumber mills after Champion sold them to Stimson, and most of those hundreds of jobs have not returned.
Flathead Beacon; April 16

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"I t comes as quite a shock for people to go to work and find out they no longer have a job. Certainly, we’ve been nervous over the last few months because the price of metallurgical coal had been declining. It's 400-plus jobs. That’s an enormous hit to a community of 4,000 people."

Tumbler Ridge Mayor Darwen Wren, responding to the news that U.S.-based Walter Energy was suspending operations at two coal mines in northeastern British Columbia.
- Vancouver Sun and Financial Post

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