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Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
produced daily by Shellie Nelson
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Colorado county commission extends moratorium on new oil, gas wells
The Boulder County Commission voted Thursday night to extend to June 10 the year-long moratorium on new oil and gas operations within the boundaries of the Colorado county that would have expired in the next week and a half.
Boulder Daily Camera (Longmont Times-Call); Jan. 25

Report issued on proposed Wyoming-Colorado pipeline project
After Aaron Million proposed building a pipeline to move water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir to Colorado's Front Range cities, a task force was formed to evaluate the project, and in a report issued Wednesday, that group proposed that Colorado first assess and deter mine what its municipal water needs are.
Laramie Boomerang (AP); Jan. 25

Coal, water generate 94 percent of Montana's electricity
The Montana Commerce Department reports that, in 2011, coal-fired power plants provided 54 percent of the state's electricity, hydroelectric plants provided 40 percent, and that wind-generated power made up 4 percent of the supply.
Montana Department of Commerce; Jan. 25

Colorado proposes changes to septic system/leach field regulations
Steve Gunderson, director of the Water Quality Control Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said that the state is proposing a major overhaul of septic system and leach field regulations, which will allow counties more flexibility in setting their rules.
Durango Herald; Jan. 25

Dog ownership an issue in Colorado city's affordable-housing development
The first phase of Aspen's affordable housing development bans dogs, and now that the Colorado city has begun advance sales in Burlingame II, the potential of allowing dogs has residents in the first phase up in arms.
Aspen Times; Jan. 25

Montana student starts online petition drive to repeal superintendent's raise
After the Missoula County Public Schools board approved a 13 percent raise for Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Alex Apostle, while giving teachers a 2 percent raise, a Hellgate High School student, whose father teaches at another school in the Montana county, launched an online petition drive to repeal Apostle's raise.
Missoulian; Jan. 25

Cloud Peak, Crow Tribe sign deal for coal on Montana reservation
Hundreds of people packed into the Multipurpose Building in Crow Agency to witness the signing of a multimillion-dollar deal between the Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy on the sale of 1.4-billion tons of coal on the tribe's Montana lands.
Billings Gazette; Jan. 25

Montana wildlife agency begins decade-long study of moose
Moose populations in Montana and other states are on the decline, and this year, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will begin a decade-long study of its moose populations to see if they can figure out what's leading to the decline.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Jan. 25

Idaho officials increase moose tags in Panhandle
While moose populations are declining in Montana and some areas of Idaho, the big game animals are doing quite well in Idaho's Panhandle, prompting state wildlife officials to increase the number of moose tags in that region of the state.
Coeur d'Alene Press; Jan. 25

Helena National Forest in Montana posts final proposed travel plan
The Helena National Forest proposed travel plan for non-winter activities in the upper Blackfoot River drainage in Helena is in its final phase of development, and will soon begin taking public comments on the alternatives.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 25

Montana launches study of elk in Missouri Breaks region
Elk numbers in the Missouri Breaks area of Montana are above objectives, and the state plans to collar 50 elk in that region over the next two years to find out where they go during hunting season.
Missoulian (Helena Independent Record); Jan. 25

Retired NPS worker snaps photo of pair of lynx in SW Colorado
Retired National Park Service employee Steve Chaney captured an image of two lynx along a highway in southwest Colorado last weekend, and after the photo was posted on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Facebook page, the image went viral.
Denver Post; Jan. 25

Hydroelectric power plant in Yellowstone Park saving NPS a dime a minute
In a building about the size of a two-car garage, a new $1.1-million hydroelectric power plant in Yellowstone National Park is generating power at Mammoth Hot Springs.
Billings Gazette (; Jan. 25

Montana U.S. senator introduces bill to help veterans find jobs
On Thursday, Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus introduced his VETs Jobs Bill, which will provide additional incentives to employers to hire veterans and to help veterans transfer skills learned in the military to civilian jobs.
Missoulian; Jan. 25

Colorado says private brokers will be part of health-care exchange process
Colorado officials estimate that 150,000 residents will sign up for the state's health care exchange mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act in the first year, and the state is planning to hire "navigators" to help residents make their choices, and acknowledged that private brokers may be hired as some of those navigators.
Denver Post; Jan. 25

Montana governor appoints Missoula attorney to Northwest Power board
Pat Smith, a Missoula attorney who lives in Arlee, was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock to be one of Montana's two representatives on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, and Bullock also appointed Ronald Baldwin to be the state's chief information officer and reappointed Melanie Hall as the banking and financial institutions commissioner.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 25

Wyoming House approves incentive bill for natural-gas filling stations
State Rep. Ruth Ann Petroff has introduced a number of bills drafted to further the use of natural-gas-powered vehicles in the state, and on Thursday, the Wyoming House approved a bill that provides tax breaks for building natural-gas filling stations.
Jackson Hole Daily; Jan. 25

Idaho schools chief asks legislators for 3 percent increase in budget
The 3 percent budget increase Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna requested from state lawmakers was higher than the amount Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter allocated in his budget.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Jan. 25

Montana resort to build on 'glamping' success, add more glamp camps
The Resort at Paws Up in Montana's Blackfoot Valley will close for the winter season this week, and when it opens in April, six additional "glamping" sites -- offering floored tents with private bathrooms, as well as heat and air conditioning -- will be available for well-heeled guests.
Missoulian; Jan. 25

BP, Halliburton to pay maximum fine for fatal explosion in Colorado
An Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation into the fatal blast last June at a natural-gas compression station in southwestern Colorado that killed one faulted BP, Halliburton and other contractors for not having safety procedures in place, and fined all the contractors the maximum allowed: $7,000.
Durango Herald (AP); Jan. 25

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