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Rocky Mountain Front
Photo courtesy of Rick and Susie Graetz
Monday, Feb. 25, 2013
produced daily by Shellie Nelson
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Improved economy reignites interest in subdivision in Montana
When the 509-lot Legacy Ranch subdivision in Montana's Bitterroot Valley was first proposed in 2006, the economy was perking along, but then came the recession and the subdivision near Stevensville was put on hold, but it is again before the Ravalli County Commission.
Ravalli Republic; Feb. 25

Utah's homes for the homeless program being imitated across the nation
Nine year ago, Utah launched a program to get the chronically homeless into homes and hooked up with the services they needed, and now cities across the United States and Canada are using that program as a template.
Deseret News; Feb. 25

Report says most jobs in Colorado's Eagle County in Vail, Avon
The Economic Council of Eagle County used data from Colorado to find where the jobs were in the county in 2011, and found that, while most of the jobs were in Avon and Vail, Edwards had the better-paying jobs.
Vail Daily; Feb. 25

Montana community to replace dam, water distribution system
This spring, 7,600 feet of pipe in Libby's underground water distribution system will be replaced, another 3,100 feet of pipe will be added, and in the spring of 2014, the aging dam on Flower Creek south of the Montana city will be replaced.
Flathead Beacon; Feb. 25

Report examines poverty rates in urban populations of Native Americans
The U.S. Census Bureau released a report that examined poverty rates in the nation's 20 cities with the highest number of Native Americans, nine of which are located in Arizona and New Mexico, and found that Shiprock ranked third for the highest percentage of Native Americans living below the poverty level.
Farmington Daily Times; Feb. 25

USFS proposes plan to treat Montana forest that burned in 1988
The U.S. Forest Service is taking public comment through March 10 on the 1988 Elkhorns Habitat Improvement Project, which would treat 2,272 acres burned by the 1988 Warm Springs Fire in Montana's Elkhorn Mountains near Helena.
Helena Independent Record; Feb. 25

Utah dairy owners sour over bill to protect utilities from damage claims
The dairy owners, who filed a lawsuit more than a decade ago alleging that stray power from the Intermountain Power Plant near Delta was affecting their milk cows' immune systems, were relieved that their case was finally coming to trial, but then late last week Utah state Sen. Todd Weiler introduced Senate Bill 217, which would exempt utilities from lawsuits alleging damage to livestock only if the stray voltage exceeded that alleged in the dairy owners' lawsuit.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 25

Tooele County passes resolution seeking to be site of new Utah prison
The surroundings of the Utah State Prison have changed much since the first prisoners arrived in 1951, and as the Legislature begins consideration of legislation that would move the prison from Draper and redevelop that site, the Tooele County Commission passed a resolution in support of building a new prison in that county.
Deseret News; Feb. 25

Wyoming legislators urge Colorado magazine maker to move
Magpul Industries Corp., the Colorado manufacturer that makes high-capacity gun magazines and other firearm accessories, warned Centennial State lawmakers that if they pass a law banning high-capacity magazines, the company will be forced to move, and now Wyoming has joined the list of states urging Magpul to move.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 25

Legislature sends 2 natural-gas-vehicle bills to Wyoming governor
Senate File 23 and Senate File 52, which would allow companies seeking to build compressed natural gas filling stations to apply for state loans, and mandates that state agencies, the University of Wyoming and community colleges buy CNG-powered vehicles, respectively, are now both on Gov. Matt Mead's desk awaiting action.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 25

Wyoming House quickly dispatches bill to expand Medicaid
On a 47-11 vote on Friday, the Wyoming House defeated an amendment to a Medicaid reform bill that would have expanded the state's Medicaid program by 18,000 enrollees, virtually guaranteeing that the state will not participate in optional portions of Medicaid expansion when federal health care reform takes effect next year.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 23

Colorado company that builds community solar gardens moves to Boulder
Clean Energy Collective, which launched its community solar garden business in El Jebel has moved its headquarters to Boulder, Colo.
Aspen Times; Feb. 25

Montana company reinvents the publishing industry
Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus and Colin Wright have all self-published works, and now the three have formed Asymmetrical Press in Missoula to help authors navigate the publishing process.
Missoulian; Feb. 25

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"I t's obviously cause for serious concern. We are a very federally dependent state and that stems from our long established defense industry in our state, [that] we're a public-lands state and we have the IRS facility in Ogden and other centers of federal workers."

Natalie Gochnour, chief economist of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, discussing how sequestration could affect Utah.
- Salt Lake Tribune

On The Bookshelf
Barbara Theroux provides a preview of coming book attractions for 2016


Mountain West Perspectives
The TransPacific Partnership could affect Rocky Mountain States' local measures


A Look Ahead
2013 Wilderness Institute Lecture Series, University of Montana-Missoula, Room 122, Gallagher Business Building, 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 26:The Force of Wilderness within the ubiquity of cyberspace by Albert Borgmann, UM Regents’ professor of philosophy

  • March 5: David Campbell, from the Bitterroot National Forest West Fork Ranger District will present, "Wilderness and Fire: Lessons learned from 40 years of success in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness"

  • March 12:  "Wild salmon, wild lands," by Sam Mace, inland Northwest Director of Save Our Wild Salmon

  • March 19:  Author and journalist Emma Marris will lecture on "The New Wild," developed from research from her latest book, "The Rambunctious Garden."

  • March 26:  "Wilderness, Wildness, and Biodiversity", by Reed Noss, research professor at the University of Central Florida and president of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science

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