Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Rockies Today, Feb. 7

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM

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Wyoming governor, Pavillion residents discuss solution to water problem
At a meeting with residents of Pavillion, a central Wyoming community where some residents have been warned against drinking the water from their wells, Gov. Matt Mead heard from those residents, as well as those who do not have contaminated wells, and all agreed it was time to move forward on a solution, such as hooking residents up to the town's water system.
Billings Gazette (Casper Star-Tribune); Feb. 7

French cheesemaker to expand operations in Idaho
Officials of Lactalis American Group, a division of the French conglomerate Groupe Lactalis, were in Idaho on Monday, where they announced the company would build a new processing plant next to existing operations in Canyon County to make fresh mozzarella, and that the plant, which will be the group's largest in the world, will go online in the spring of 2013.
Idaho Statesman; Feb. 7

Merger of propane companies will cut 90 jobs in Montana
The merger of Pennsylvania-based AmeriGas Propane and Heritage Propane will put 90 people at Heritage's office in Helena out of work by mid-year due to duplication of jobs, and some of those Montana workers will be offered jobs at AmeriGas' offices in Valley Forge.
Helena Independent Record; Feb. 7

Alberta city's 'housing first' reduces homeless numbers by 11 percent
Governments and agencies across Canada are seeking the advice of Calgary officials, who have used the program "housing first" based on one in the United States, to cut homeless numbers 11 percent in the Alberta city.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Feb. 7

Idaho legislator proposes bill to end Superfund work in Silver Valley
Idaho state Rep. Shannon McMillan told members of the House Environment Committee on Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency has had enough time to clean up mining contamination in the Silver Valley, and that a bill she was sponsoring would require the EPA to rescind the Superfund designation for the area and be completely done with operations within five years.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Feb. 7

Bill to limit spaceflight companies' liability advances in Colorado Senate
As Colorado works to establish a spaceport on land near Watkins, east of Denver, state legislators are working on bills to protect the new industry, including Sen. Mary Hodge's bill that would protect spaceflight companies from liability in certain situations, and on Monday the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 35 and sent it to full Senate for action.
Denver Post; Feb. 7

Montana judge: Governor's line-item veto of projects unconstitutional
After Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer vetoed funding for six infrastructure projects approved by legislators, the six local governments where the projects were planned sued, and a state district judge in Helena ruled Montana that the governor's line-item veto of those projects was unconstitutional.
Ravalli Republic (AP); Feb. 6

Schweitzer says China interested in Montana pork
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Monday that his week-long trip to China may result in a pork-processing plant being built near Shelby as Chinese companies were interested in importing pork from the Big Sky State.
Helena Independent Record; Feb. 7

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