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Groups say funding shortages threaten national park system
The National Park System is just five years away from its 100th anniversary, and the agency, like many other federal agencies, is suffering from a backlog of maintenance projects and a lack of funding.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 6
New rules on coal-plant emissions a two-fold hit for Montana
Montana gets about two-thirds of its power from coal-fired plants, and the state ranks fifth in the nation in coal production, which means new regulations on coal-fired plants coming in November could land a one-two punch on the Big Sky State, but clean-air advocates said the regulations are late in coming.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 3
Montana ranked 17th in nation for workers having more than 1 job
An article in the July edition of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Monthly Labor Review said that 7 percent of Montana's workers had more than one job, higher than the national average of 5 percent, although Montana fared a bit better than Wyoming, where nearly 9 percent of workers had more than one job, and better than North Dakota, with nearly 10 percent working two jobs, and in South Dakota it was more than 10 percent.
Billings Gazette; Sept. 4
Montana outfitters say hunter permit change, wolves kill business
A voter initiative that changed Montana's hunting permit system to convert the 5,500 nonresident tags reserved for outfitters to general nonresident hunting permits was cited by outfitters as one reason their businesses have been hit hard, but wolves were also blamed for taking a bite out of their business.
Ravalli Republic; Sept. 5
Colorado ranch owner vows quick appeal on PUC's power-line decision
On Friday, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission denied nearly all of the appeal filed by Louis Bacon to block the construction of a 136-mile transmission line that passed across a portion of his ranch in the southern part of the state, a decision the billionaire hedge-fund manager vowed to appeal.
Denver Post; Sept. 3
Western Wyoming wildifires gain ground
Favorable weather conditions for wildfires aided in the growth of two wildfires in Wyoming north of Jackson, with the Red Rock Fire in the Gros Ventre drainage adding nearly 1,000 acres since Friday and is now at 7,838 acres, and the Nowlin Fire in the Teton Wilderness grew to 1,008 acres.
Jackson Hole Daily; Sept. 6
Wildfire in Western Montana closes highway
The Complex 41 fire burning in Montana east of Hamilton grew by more than 2,000 acres on Sunday, and on Monday, added more acreage and forced officials to close the Skalkaho Highway late in the afternoon.
Ravalli Republic; Sept. 6
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