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Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
produced daily by Shellie Nelson
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More news from the Rockies
Colorado oil, gas commission continues to work on setback regulation
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is expected to convene a closed executive sessions teleconference on Friday to continue discussions about requiring a larger setback for drilling operations from homes and businesses.
Denver Post; Jan. 18

Teton County ranks 4th in Wyoming Kids Count survey
The annual Kids Count survey examines a list of data on the general well-being of children, and in this year's survey, 20 percent of the kids in Teton County qualified for free, or reduced-price lunches, up from 8 percent in 2001.
Jackson Hole Daily; Jan. 18

Coca-Cola gives Montana irrigation project $58,000
The Blackfoot Challenge's Irrigation Efficiency Program received $58,000 from the philanthropic arm of Coca-Cola to expand efforts to improve irrigation methods along the Blackfoot River in Montana.
Missoulian; Jan. 18

Montana FWP class teaches dog owners how to release traps
So far this trapping season, one dog has been caught in a trap, and to prevent future such incidents, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks employees hosted a class in Missoula Thursday night to teach dog owners how to release their pets should they get caught in a leghold trap.
Missoulian; Jan. 18

Horse owners like Idaho state park's indoor riding arena
The Billingsley Creek Riding Arena at Idaho's Thousand Springs State Park is a big draw for horse owners in the winter.
Twin Falls Times-News; Jan. 18

Federal law enforcement officials shrug off Idaho sheriff's stance on gun regulations
After Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue issued a statement that he would not enforce any federal firearms laws passed as part of President Obama's effort to limit gun-related violence in the United States, calling the federal effort "political posturing," federal officials in Idaho said such regulations would be outside the sheriff's authority anyway, and that they would be responsible for enforcing such laws.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 18

Idaho House, Senate appoint legislators to deal with gun bills
To avoid a flood of redundant legislation, Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke has asked Rep. Judy Boyle of Midvale, who helped pass the state's concealed carry bill in 1990, to be the point person for all gun-related legislation in that chamber, and Sen. Marv Hagedorn is leading a similar effort in the Senate.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 18

Wyoming fuel-tax increase bill faces 3rd vote in House today
On Thursday, an attempt to lower the proposed fuel-tax increase to 5 cents failed in the Wyoming House, where the bill to increase the state's fuel tax by a dime will face its third vote today.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 18

Bill to keep kids in school until age 18 passes first vote in Wyoming Senate
Senate File 96, sponsored by Sen. Chris Rothfuss would require students in Wyoming to remain in school until age 18, survived a voice vote in the Wyoming Senate on Thursday, and will up for a second reading in the Senate today.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 18

Colorado's unemployment rate dipped a bit in December
Despite the loss of 2,400 nonfarm jobs in December, Colorado's state unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percent from 7.8 percent in November to 7.6 percent last month.
Denver Post; Jan. 18

Utah's unemployment rate rose 0.1 percent in December
Despite Utah's slowing job-growth rate and an unemployment rate that rose 0.1 percent in December, the state's 5.2 percent unemployment rate is still among the lowest in the nation.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 18

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"L osing a lynx to trapping or any other cause is disheartening. Fortunately these are very rare events."

Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game regional wildlife manager for the Panhandle region, about an incident earlier this month where a lynx was trapped and killed.
- Coeur d'Alene Press

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