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Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
produced daily by Shellie Nelson
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More news from the Rockies
Casper Mountain landowner, Wyoming county near agreement on trail
The Bridle Mountain Trail on Wyoming's Casper Mountain lies primarily on Michael Reed's property, and he told the Natrona County Parks Board on Wednesday that he would sign an easement for the trail, although he did propose that some stretches be rerouted.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 11

Alberta city considers stringing LED lights on bridges
The Edmonton City Council is mulling a proposal to light the Alberta city's bridges with LED lights, and donors are already lining up to share the costs, which are estimated to be anywhere from $400,000 to $2 million.
Edmonton Journal; Jan. 11

Colorado federal judge transfers case on Wyoming wolves to Wyoming
On Thursday, Senior U.S. District Judge John L. Kane in Colorado ruled the lawsuit filed in that state by eight environmental groups challenging Wyoming's wolf management plan should be heard in Wyoming and transferred the case to a federal court in the Cowboy State.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Jan. 11

Wyoming on the hunt for wolf poachers
The hunt area in western Montana where Wyoming Fish and Game officials found two wolves that had been illegally killed had already had one wolf over quota killed during hunting season.
Jackson Hole Daily; Jan. 11

Colorado governor's State of State speech touches on wide range of topics
On Thursday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper gave his State of the State speech, where he advocated stronger background checks on gun sales, the strengthening of the state's mental-health system, and he applauded the state's recovering economy, a stance with which Republican lawmakers did not agree.
Denver Post; Jan. 11

U.S. Sen. Baucus shares his agenda with Montana Legislature
On Thursday, Montanan U.S. Sen. Max Baucus spoke before the state Legislature, where he said getting the Keystone XL pipeline built and putting veterans back to work were top items on his agenda.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Jan. 11

Idaho technology companies say tax on computing killing industry
Idaho technology companies are urging lawmakers to change the state's tax code to make cloud computing a service, not subject to Idaho's sales tax.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 11

Owner of Colorado gun stores has no regrets over ending assault rifle sales
Jax Mercantile President Jim Quinlan, the father of three who said the school shooting in Connecticut where 20 students and six adults were killed was a pivotal moment for him, stopped selling assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines last month, a decision that cost him one employee and a number of customers.
Denver Post; Jan. 11

Albertson's stores reunited by Supervalu's sale to Cerberus
The private equity firm that is buying the Albertson's grocery store chain from Supervalu had purchased 600 Albertson's stores in 2006, and closed about half of those stores, putting the future of the 877 stores it will acquire from Supervalu in the current deal in question.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 11

Owners of troubled Alberta beef plant got $15M in government grants
XL Foods Inc., the owner of the beef processing plant in Brooks, Alberta, that was the source of the largest beef recall in Canada's history last fall, received $15 million in government grants and loans between 2009 and 2011; the Brooks plant has since been sold to a Brazilian company.
Edmonton Journal (Canadian Press); Jan. 11

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