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Wyoming law protects outdoor recreation providers
Tourism is Wyoming's second-largest industry, and the state's law protecting outdoor recreation companies from lawsuits is one of the strongest in the nation.
WyoFile.com; Nov. 1
Montana group hopes collaboration will get logging project done
The Lincoln Restoration Committee, a Montana coalition of landowners, land-use organizations, environmental and conservation groups and timber and logging companies, worked with U.S. Forest Service scientists and independent consultants, and spent time exploring areas of the Lincoln Ranger District of the Helena National Forest to help develop the proposed 18,240-acre Dalton Mountain Forest Restoration and Fuels Reduction sale on the forest, a collaboration the group and the U.S. Forest Service hopes will held avoid controversy.
Helena Independent Record; Nov. 1
Idaho DEQ, sugar plant reach deal to limit emissions at Nampa plant
The Amalgamated Sugar Co., one of the most notable polluters in the Treasure Valley, reached a deal with the Idaho Department of Enviornmental Quality to reduce emissions at its Nampa plant by installing nitrogen-oxide burners on three coal and natural gas boilers at the plant.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 1
Visa program for foreign investors called 'season pass' for wealthy
Developers of projects in Colorado and other parts of the country said their use of the federal EB-5 visa program, which allows foreigners who invest $500,000 or more into a U.S. project or business that creates 10 or more jobs qualifies them for legal-residence status and allows them to bring their families to the U.S., is a way for them to gain capital funding for their projects at a time when banks just aren't lending.
Denver Post; Nov. 1
Denver University site of first presidential debate in 2012
Denver University was one of 12 sites competing to host a debate between presidential candidates in 2012, and the university was selected to host the first debate on Oct. 3 in Magness Arena at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness, and is the first time Colorado has held a presidential debate.
Denver Post; Nov. 1
DOE seeks bids to build solar project atop uranium tailings in Colorado
A 42-acre site of uranium tailings near Durango that was capped by soil and vegetation 20 years ago has all the necessary components for a solar facility, including the right slope, proximity to a transmission line, and a willing local power provider, and the U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting bids to build the Colorado solar-power facility to generate enough power for 1,000 homes.
Denver Post; Nov. 1
Chinese, Japanese companies buy Alberta metallurgical coal company
A trading house in Japan and a Hong Kong company that supplies coking coal to China's steel industry purchased Alberta-based Grande Cache Coal Corp., a metallurgical coal company that holds federal leases on 54,363 acres containing an estimated 300 million tons of coal in west-central Alberta, for $1 billion.
Calgary Herald; Nov. 1
TransCanada gets OK to return Wyoming pipeline to full capacity
TransCanada's Bison pipeline, a natural-gas pipeline that runs across southeast Montana through Wyoming into North Dakota, came on line in January of this year and ruptured for an unknown reason near Gillette in July, and the Alberta company received the go-ahead from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to return the pipeline to full capacity.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Nov. 1
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