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Federal appeals court upholds 2001 'roadless' rule
A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that found for Wyoming in a lawsuit filed by that state alleging the federal roadless rule put into effect by the Clinton administration created de facto wilderness; Wyoming now has the option of appealing the case to the full 10th Circuit Court or taking the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.
New York Times; Oct. 22
Oracle bids $43/share for Montana-based RightNow Technologies
Oracle Corp.'s $1.5-billion bid for Bozeman-based RightNow Technologies must be approved by stockholders.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); Oct. 24
Billionaire builds his own Wild West town in Colorado
Bill Koch, whose brothers David and Charles got a lot of media attention last election cycle for their support of union-busting politicians and conservative causes, is building an "authentic Western" town on his Bear Ranch near Paonia, and although the locals like the work he's brought to the Colorado community—complete with confidentiality agreements—his quest for a land swap with the Bureau of Land Management to expand that ranch and his request that Gunnison County abandon a road that dissects his property have raised a few eyebrows.
Denver Post; Oct. 24
States seek to end ban on horse slaughterhouses in U.S.
Before 2006, when the U.S. imposed a ban on horse slaughterhouses, 105,000 horses were slaughtered in the U.S. and 33,000 shipped to Canada or Mexico to slaughterhouses there, now about 138,000 horses a year are shipped to those two countries to be slaughtered and there is a marked increase in horses being turned loose to fend for themselves as cash-strapped owners cannot feed them and cannot afford to dispose of them.
New York Times; Oct. 24
Horse advocates say wild-horse panel too 'pro-livestock'
Wild-horse advocates are challenging the panel selected by the National Academy of Sciences to craft wild-horse management for the federal government because they said too many of the 14 members of the panel are pro-livestock.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Oct. 24
Colorado's role in Cotter's uranium mill site goes back decades
Colorado leased 640 acres of school trust lands to Cotter Corp. in 1958 for containment ponds from its uranium mill and for decades, state regulators ignored warnings about contaminants leaching from those ponds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, independent experts and their own regulators.
Denver Post; Oct. 24
Montana firm first in the hunt to provide air tankers to the USFS
The U.S. Forest Service has just 11 large air tankers to help fight wildfires, and an agency official said the magic number of those planes would be somewhere between that 11 and 44, and Montana-based Neptune Aviation is the first company to take the USFS criteria and develop a new model of large air tanker, although there are a number of companies pursuing contracts to provide the planes.
Missoulian; Oct. 23
BLM to auction 222.7M tons of Powder River Basin coal in Wyoming
The Bureau of Land Management's next auction of coal leases in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming will be on Dec. 14, and with 222.7 million tons of coal to be sold, the total amount of coal auctioned off this year in Cowboy State by the BLM will exceed a billion tons.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 24
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