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Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013
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Wyoming town council to consider resort's zipline request
At a meeting today, the Jackson Town Council will decide if the zipline Snow King Mountain Recreation wants to add to the mountain falls within the parameters of the agreement between the Wyoming town and the mountain's operators.
Jackson Hole Daily; Jan. 22

Bankrupt Montana electric co-operative settles claims with one customer
Huntley-based Yellowstone Valley Electric, the largest customer of the bankrupt Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative, has reached a settlement that will allow Yellowstone Valley to withdraw from SME, a development that gave Great Falls city officials some hope that the Montana city would be able to follow suit.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 22

Utah cities have worst air in the nation today
With an inversion firmly in place that is trapping bad air over Logan, Provo and Brigham City, the Utah cities are in the top three spots on the Environmental Protection Agency's list of the nation's cities with the worst air quality.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 22

Tribes
U. of Montana hires four Native American professors
The four Native American professors hired for tenure track positions at the University of Montana will teach chemistry, journalism, environmental studies and pharmacy.
Missoulian; Jan. 20

Environment
Vehicles hit elk crossing Interstate 15 in Montana
On Friday, two vehicles stuck and killed six elk crossing Interstate 15 near Jefferson City in Montana.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 19

Politics
Montana U.S. senator opines on forestry, outdoors, fiscal bills
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester sat down with members of the Flathead Beacon's editorial staff last week, where the Montana Democrat said he believed his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, as well as the Sportsmen's Act, a package of outdoor-recreation related bills, may have a fighting chance in this session of Congress, but first federal lawmakers must deal with fiscal matters.
Flathead Beacon; Jan. 22

Legislature
Idaho bill would cap interest rate on payday loans
Legislation proposed last year by state Rep. Elaine Smith to cap interest rates payday loan companies can charge died in committee, but Sen. Lee Heider announced Monday that he would introduce legislation that would impose such a cap and would require complete transparency in such loans that would prevent hidden fees and escalating rates.
Twin Falls Times-News; Jan. 22

Idaho bill would raise bar for citizen's initiatives
Idaho state Senate Republican leaders introduced a measure on Monday that would make it harder for citizen's initiatives to be approved for the ballot.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Jan. 22

Economy
Idaho's unemployment rate dips to 6.6 percent in December
The Idaho Department of Labor issued a preliminary report that said the state's unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percent in December, down to 6.6 percent, the lowest in four years.
Twin Falls Times-News; Jan. 22

Montana's unemployment rate in December the lowest in nearly 4 years
In December, Montana's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent.
Great Falls Tribune and Associated Press; Jan. 22

Layoffs imminent at Montana mine
Revett Minerals' Troy mine was shut down Dec. 1 by a series of rockslides, and owners of the mine were optimistic that operations at the underground copper and silver mine in Montana's Lincoln County would reopen fairly quickly, but safety concerns have kept that from happening and layoffs appear to be likely.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Jan. 19

Montana Resources churns out the revenue in Butte
The copper, silver and molybdenum mine in Butte provides 350 jobs in the Montana city, and the mine's operator, Montana Resources, pays millions of dollars in local taxes.
Montana Standard; Jan. 20





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