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Mammalogists asks USDA to stop killing millions of animals
The American Society of Mammalogists said the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services has killed millions of mammals over the past decade, and sent a letter to the federal agency asking it to revamp its methods to use lethal methods less often, and in particular, criticized the agency's killing of gray wolves and prairie dogs.
Billings Gazette; April 10
Oneok announces plan for pipeline from N.D. to Oklahoma to carry Bakken oil
Oklahoma-based Oneok Partners plans to build a 1,300-mile $1.8-billion pipeline to carry crude from North Dakota's Bakken fields to Cushing, Okla., passing through Montana, as well as Wyoming and Colorado, where it could stop and pick up oil produced from the Niobrara Shale.
Lincoln Journal-Star (AP); April 10
Gov. Mead announces Microsoft to build data center in Wyoming
Microsoft will begin construction on a $112-million data center near Cheyenne this summer that will provide 40 permanent jobs in Wyoming.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 10
Interior Secretary opens Colorado conference on Colorado River Basin
At Colorado College's State of the Rockies Project conference in Colorado Springs Monday night, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the seven-state Colorado River compact, overstates by about 2 million acre-feet, the water available in the Basin.
Colorado Springs Gazette; April 10
Colorado county captures data on air, water quality
Although Erie County has no authority to regulate drilling activity within its borders, concerned officials and residents are testing water and monitoring air quality and have asked one operator to capture emissions from four new wells in the Colorado county.
Denver Post; April 10
Idaho dairy association: No need to apply for EPA permit under new CAFO rules
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released new rules regulating discharge water from confined animal-feeding operations for operations that discharge waste into surface waters, but the head of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association said the state's rules are adequate and that dairies need not apply for the federal permit, a stance with which the EPA disagrees.
Twin Falls Times-News; April 10
Colorado area led nation in most construction jobs added in last year
The Associated General Contractors of America analyzed federal job data for the year between February 2011 and February 2012 and found that in that time period construction jobs were added in 171 out of 337 metro areas, and that the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metro area added 6,300 jobs in that year, the most in the nation.
Denver Post; April 10
Montana housing board rejects veterans' housing project in Helena
Lack of support of the Veterans Administration was cited by members of the Montana Board of Housing for denying the application for tax credits from a Georgia company that wanted to turn historic buildings on the Fort Harrison campus in Helena into low-income housing for veterans.
Helena Independent Record; April 10
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