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Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013
produced daily by Shellie Nelson
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Colorado county opposes state's proposed setbacks for drilling
Weld County commissioners said they oppose the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's proposal to increase setbacks for drilling operations from homes to 500 feet.
Denver Post (Greeley Tribune); Jan. 3

Biologist says wolves likely killed deer within Montana town's limits
A Confederated Salish Kootenai tribal biologist said the report of two wolves in Polson was likely correct after measuring tracks he found around a partially eaten mule deer carcass near the sightings in the Montana community.
Missoulian; Jan. 3

Colorado city police officer confesses to killing bull elk
A Boulder city police officer that shot and killed a bull elk that had been acting aggressively failed to file a report on the incident, leading the Colorado city's police department to at first deny reports that the incident took place; the matter is now under investigation to determine if the police officer who killed the elk and another officer who took it home to process have violated any laws.
Boulder Daily Camera; Dec. 28

Montana laboratory turns focus to new deadly virus
Scientists at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Montana are delving into a new SARS-like virus that killed a man in Saudi Arabia late last year and has sickened others.
Ravalli Republic; Dec. 26

NPS opens bids for concessions contract for Glacier National Park
Bids on a 16-year contract to operate the concessions in Glacier National Park in Montana are due to the National Park Service by March 14.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Jan. 3

Wyoming wolf season ends below quota
In Wyoming's first regulated wolf hunting season, hunters were allowed to kill 52 wolves, but the season ended on Dec. 31, with just 43 wolves killed.
Billings Gazette (AP); Dec. 30

Montana gov.-elect will keep agriculture, Natural Guard chiefs in posts
Steve Bullock, who will be sworn in as Montana's governor on Monday, announced that Ron de Yong will stay on as director of the Department of Agriculture and that Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn will continue as the adjutant general of the Montana National Guard; and Bullock named Jason Smith to be his administration's director of Indian affairs.
Flathead Beacon and Associated Press; Jan. 3

Alberta, Saskatchewan wrestle over workers
The economic heavyweights of Canada, Alberta and Saskatchewan, are fighting over much-needed workers.
Edmonton Journal (StarPhoenix); Jan. 3

Specialty dessert maker to consolidate operations in Colorado
Steven Roberts Original Desserts and Ticklebelly Desserts, now based in Denver, purchased a building in Aurora, where the producer of specialty desserts will consolidate its baking and corporate facilities.
Denver Post; Jan. 3

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"T his decision defies common sense, and is pure folly and shortsightedness. The BLM's own environmental impact statement, in thousands of pages of analysis and disclosures, confirms that, if implemented, the project would result in certain devastation for the environment, ranching families, Native-American people, and rural communities."

Abby Johnson, president of the Great Basin Water Network, in a news release responding to the Bureau of Land Management's approval of a right-of-way for Southern Nevada Water Authority's 263-mile pipeline to move groundwater from the Utah border to Las Vegas.
- Salt Lake Tribune

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