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Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
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Wyoming judge hears arguments over colleges' plan to sell donated ranch
Attorneys for The University of Wyoming Foundation and Colorado State University Research Foundation presented their arguments to Laramie County District Judge Thomas Campbell on why the lawsuit filed by a member of the family who donated the Y Cross Ranch in Wyoming to the colleges should be dismissed.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Nov. 28

Filming of 'Nebraska' in Montana pours cash into Billings' economy
The movie "Nebraska" follows stars Bruce Dern and Will Forte on a trip from Billings to Nebraska, and officials from the Montana Film Office and the Billings Chambers of Commerce said filming the movie in Billings will give the Big Sky State a chance to shine on the big screen.
Billings Gazette; Nov. 28

Environment
Critics say Wyoming national park should end elk hunt
After elk hunters shot and killed a charging grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park, critics of the elk hunt urged officials of the Wyoming park to put an end to the hunt, which they said endangers both humans and bears.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Nov. 28

USFWS removes Christ Paintbrush, found only in Idaho, from ESA list
Local efforts to protect Christ Paintbrush, a yellow-flowered perennial found on the highest reaches of the Albion Mountains in Idaho, paid off as the plant was one of just three the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed from its endangered species candidate list.
Twin Falls Times-News; Nov. 28

Banff National Park seeks more info on headless lynx carcass
The discovery late last month of a headless, skinned carcass of a lynx in Banff National Park has officials of the Alberta national park asking for the public's help in finding out who disposed of the carcass in a Banff garbage bin, and if the lynx was legally taken outside of the park.
Calgary Herald; Nov. 28

Politics
Former Utah governor joins "No Labels" nonpartisan group
Jon Huntsman Jr., a former governor of Utah and a Republican, has joined the No Labels, a Washington nonprofit that will seek a grassroots drive to encourage members of Congress to work together to develop bipartisan policies.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 28

Former Wyoming senator, sidekick take debt debate on the road
Alan Simpson, the former U.S. senator from Wyoming, and Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, have been taking the findings of the commission they headed two years ago to handle the federal debt, on the road, appearing at speaking events across the nation and meeting with federal lawmakers.
New York Times; Nov. 28

Legislature
Colorado governor to create task force on implementing marijuana law
Gov. John Hickenlooper said he will create a task force to handle the implementation of Amendment 64, which legalizes adult use of marijuana in Colorado.
Denver Post; Nov. 28

Economy
Survey details skills Colorado employers want in employees
An indepth survey of Colorado companies and workers by The University of Phoenix Colorado Campus and CareerBuilder found that the top skill companies are looking for in employees are "critical thinking and problem-solving."
Denver Post; Nov. 28

Utah program accepts applications for technology grants
Both categories of grants offered under the Governor's Office of Economic Development's Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program are designed to get technology developed at Utah universities ready for commercial applications, and grant proposals for the latest round of funding are due Jan. 3.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 28

Chobani plans grand opening of Idaho yogurt plant on Dec. 17
Although most details about the planned grand opening of Chobani's yogurt plant in Twin Falls have yet to be announced, the company has set the date for the grand openining of the Idaho plant and plans to be making yogurt by Dec. 17.
Twin Falls Times-News; Nov. 28





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