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Snowstorm forces closures in Yellowstone National Park
Winter weather arrived in northwest Wyoming on Thursday, with so much snow falling that the South Entrance, Craig Pass between Old Faithful and West Thumb and Beartooth Pass outside of the Northeast Entrance were shut down in Yellowstone National Park.
Jackson Hole Daily; Oct. 7
BLM begins rounding up wild horses in Wyoming's Red Desert
Bureau of Land Management officials said they'll round up about 100 fewer horses than planned in Wyoming's Red Desert Wild Horse Management Area Complex since a census flight in August resulted in lower herd numbers, an indication that birth-control measures began in 2009 are working.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 7
Failed Idaho subdivisions give farmers new lease options
When the economic downturn slammed into Idaho's housing market, lands proposed for subdivisions reverted to lenders as developers went under, and now farmers are turning a profit from crops planted on the formerly platted lands.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 7
Community board joins Utah's lawsuit against federal government
The Permanent Community Impact Fund Board, a Utah agency funded by federal mineral revenues, voted Thursday to join Uintah County's lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department that challenges wilderness protections on federal lands.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 7
Alberta's jobless rate falls to 5.4% in September
Canada unemployment rate fell to 7.1 percent in September, the lowest the country has seen since December, 2008, and in Alberta, where job growth has been among the strongest in the country, unemployment fell to 5.4 percent last month.
Calgary Herald; Oct. 7
Oil company continues tests on Yellowstone Pipeline in Idaho
ConocoPhillips performed acoustic tests Thursday night on a six-mile segment of its Yellowstone Pipeline along the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River in Idaho after pressure in that section dropped mysteriously last Saturday, and the company has about 75 workers monitoring the pipeline.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Oct. 7
Colorado medical-marijuana businesses monitor crackdown in California
California's U.S. attorneys are expected to announce a federal coordinated crackdown on medical-marijuana dispensaries in that state today, a situation that the industry in Colorado will carefully monitor, even though a law-enforcement source told Bloomberg News that the crackdown will be limited to California.
Denver Post; Oct. 7
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