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Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012
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Community
Montana land trust hires its first ever stewardship coordinator
The Bitter Root Land Trust was formed by volunteers 15 years ago, and over those years, it has worked with 21 landowners in Montana's Bitterroot Valley to protect 3,600 acres, and now the trust has a stewardship coordinator who will work with landowners on fighting noxious weeds and other issues.
Ravalli Republic; Dec. 12

Preservation Idaho fights plan to develop 20-acre homestead in Boise
The 20-acre Spaulding Ranch is the last large undeveloped parcel of land within Boise's city limits, and Preservation Idaho and the West Bench Neighborhood Association are opposing Northside Management's proposal to preserve the five acres that contain the homestead buildings, but develop the other 15 acres.
Idaho Statesman; Dec. 12

Building code changes get preliminary OK in Colorado Springs
After the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed hundreds of homes in Colorado Springs this past summer, the Colorado city's council gave preliminary approval to changes in the building codes designed to make new homes more fire resistant.
Colorado Springs Gazette; Dec. 10

Federal indictments issued against 2 Utah markets for food stamp fraud
Two Ogden food markets, six residents of the Utah city, along with one Salt Lake City resident and two residents of California were all named in federal indictments on food stamp fraud charges.
Salt Lake Tribune; Dec. 10

Tribes
Montana water panel works to get tribal pact ready for Legislature
The Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission will meet on Dec. 19, and it's expected that the panel will have the agreement to settle the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' historical water rights ready for a vote at that meeting, after which the pact will move to the Montana Legislature.
Flathead Beacon; Dec. 12

Seven members of Crow Tribe in Montana face federal charges
Dale Drew Old Horn, the former head of the Crow Tribe Historic Preservation Office, along with four of Old Horn's family members, and two other tribal members, were charged Tuesday with defrauding the tribe in Montana of more than $500,000.
Billings Gazette; Dec. 12

Environment
Grizzly bear panel meets in Missoula, lays groundwork for potential hunts
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is meeting in Missoula this week, and on Tuesday, the panel gave its members two days to work on issues surrounding a potential hunt of the big bruins.
Missoulian; Dec. 12

  • Scientist mourns loss of alpha female wolf in Yellowstone pack
    Doug Smith, the biologist who radio-collared wolf 832F, the alpha female of the Lamar Canyon pack in Yellowstone National Park, was saddened to learn that the wolf had been killed by a hunter, but acknowledged that wolf hunting is essential to maintaining tolerance for the predators.
    NPR.org; Dec. 12

Glacier National Park's second in command to serve as interim superintendent
The National Park Service has named Kym Hall, who has been Glacier National Park's deputy superintendent, to serve as interim superintendent of the park in northwest Montana when Chas Cartwright retires on Dec. 28.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Dec. 12

Deep, heavy layer of snow in NW Wyoming temporarily raises avalanche risk
Nearly five feet of snow has fallen on the Rendezvous Bowl at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort covering up the scant layer of snow that fell earlier, and while the avalanche danger has climbed somewhat in that area of Wyoming, the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center predicted no persistent risk.
Casper Star-Tribune; Dec. 12

Politics
Two Utah lawmakers will serve on House Natural Resources Committee
Utah U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop is a senior member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and fellow Utahn, Rep.-elect Chris Stewart, will also serve on the committee.
Salt Lake Tribune; Dec. 10

Montana schools candidate cites funding for dropping recount request
Sandy Welch, the Republican candidate for Montana Superintendent of Schools who lost her race against incumbent Denise Juneau by 2,231 votes, announced that she had been unable to raise the court-ordered bond of $115,000 to cover the cost of a recount and that she was withdrawing her request for that recount.
Flathead Beacon; Dec. 12

Idaho governor says state should run health care exchange
On Tuesday, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said that he believed the state should operate the health insurance exchange required by the federal Affordable Care Act, but that he would leave the final decision on the issue to legislators.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Dec. 12

B.C. MP not backing off opposition to Northern Gateway Pipeline
NDP Parliamentary House Leader Nathan Cullen, who represents British Columbia's Skeena-Bulkley Valley through which the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline would pass on its way from Alberta to a port on the B.C. coast, opposes the project because he believes the design is high-risk, the area it crosses in B.C. contains significant obstacles and the waters through which the tankers carrying the oil off the B.C. coast are treacherous.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Dec. 12

Montana state judge dismisses portion of campaign-finance lawsuit
Citing the American Tradition Partnership's refusal to comply with the discovery process and the political group's disdain for the legal process, Montana State District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock dismissed the core of ATP's lawsuit challenging Montana's campaign finance law.
Ravalli Republic; Dec. 12

Economy
Idaho man uses aquaponics to produce plants, fish
Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture, which is the practice of growing fish and plants in a controlled environment, and hydroponics, which produces plants without soil, and an Idaho man is experimenting with different crops and fish at an aquaponics system he has built at his Kimberly home.
Twin Falls Times-News; Dec. 12





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