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Thursday, July 31, 2014
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VA wants to dismiss 2 for manipulating data in Colorado, Wyoming
The Veterans Affairs Department wants to fire two supervisors and discipline four others for manipulating health care data in Wyoming and Colorado, including Ralph Gigliotti, who oversees VA health care facilities in all or parts of nine states in the Rocky Mountain region, and Cynthia McCormack, the director of the medical center in Cheyenne, although the VA has not indicated if Gigliotti and McCormack are the ones facing dismissal.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); July 31

Utah notified that 67 immigrant children from U.S., Mexico border now in state
An email sent to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service said that, between Jan. 1 and July 7, 67 children who were apprehended after they crossed the southern border of the United States from Mexico had been placed with sponsors in Utah, and data from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement indicates that, during that same time period, thousands of unaccompanied children were relocated to New York, Florida, Texas and Florida, while one was relocated to Montana.
Deseret News; July 31

Phillips 66 gets final OK for renewed access across Montana reservation
The three oil pipelines Phillips 66 owns that pass through the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana were built in the 1960s and 1970s, and the company had negotiated new access agreements with all but one of the hundreds of owners of the parcels under which the pipelines pass, and with U.S. District Court Judge Sam Haddon's order granting the company access, the pipelines will continue operating for decades into the future.
Flathead Beacon (AP); July 31

Group questions rising EIS cost for ski area expansion in Idaho, Montana
Friends of Lookout Pass, a group formed to ensure the proposed expansion of the ski area on U.S. Forest Service lands on the Idaho-Montana border doesn't devolve into the same decade-long wrangle Montana Snowbowl experienced, was angered by the news that the consulting firm hired to do the environmental impact statement for the expansion needed $120,000 more than its bid to do "scenery fieldwork," and $76,000 for "cultural resources," work, all of which the group contends are within the ordinary scope of the work the firm was hired to do.
Ravalli Republic; July 31

Utah Sen. Hatch responds to Democrats' support for Canyonlands monument
After a group of 14 Democratic U.S. senators co-authored a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to designate 1.8 million acres in southern Utah as a new Greater Canyonlands National Monument, an action all of Utah's federal lawmakers oppose, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch pointed out that none of the senators actually live in the state.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 31

BLM reports 2 horses die during Utah roundup
During the Bureau of Land Management's only wild horse roundup in Utah this year, BLM workers had to euthanize a 7-year-old mare with a leg fracture and a yearling mustang died after hitting a corral panel during the roundup.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 31

Wyoming gubernatorial candidates debate hydraulic fracturing
Hydraulic fracturing and state-run facilities were also topics debated by gubernatorial candidates in Wyoming on Tuesday, with incumbent Gov. Matt Mead and Republican challengers State Superintendent of Schools Cindy Hill and Taylor Haynes and Democratic candidate Pete Gosar essentially agreeing that Wyoming is on the right path for requiring companies to tell the state what chemicals are used in the drilling method.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 31

Montana GOP congressional candidate rolls out energy plan
Republican U.S. House hopeful Ryan Zinke, a former Montana state senator, unveiled his energy plan Wednesday that calls for expansion of West Coast ports to increase the export of Montana coal to Asia and getting the Keystone XL pipeline built.
Helena Independent Record (Billings Gazette); July 31

Tribe asks Montana to rename places with 'halfbreed' in name
At a recent meeting with members of the Montana Legislature's State-Tribal Relations Committee, a representative of the Little Shell of the Chippewa Tribe submitted draft legislation that would put in place a process to rename 17 places in the state that have "halfbreed" or "breed" in their names, because those terms are derogatory to Native Americans.
Flathead Beacon (AP); July 31

Alberta-based company to buy Colorado data firm
Shaw Communications has announced that it has signed a deal to buy Colorado-based ViaWest, which provides cloud and managed services in North America, for $1.2 billion, with the deal set to close in September.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); July 31

Cherry harvest in Montana's Flathead Valley to top 2 million pounds
The harvest of cherries in Montana's Flathead Valley has thus far produced 850,000 pounds of cherries, with estimates that the orchards will ultimately yield 2 million pounds.
Missoulian; July 31

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