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Opponents rally to stop $1-billion resort in British Columbia
Supporters of the Jumbo Glacier Ski Resort, a proposed $1-billion ski development that will bring 1,400 condos and 23 lifts offering year-round glacier near Invermere, said the project will bring needed jobs to the British Columbia community, but opponents said the development will have too great an impact on a wild area that provides habitat for grizzly bears.
Calgary Herald; April 22
Yellowstone-area grizzly bears to remain a threatened species
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said that grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park will retain their threatened-species status for the next two or three years, while federal officials bolster their case that the species has recovered in that ecosystem.
Billings Gazette (AP); April 22
Aussie firm sells Wyoming uranium project
Australia-based Wildhorse Energy has sold its Sweetwater uranium project in Wyoming to an undisclosed buyer for $1.4 million.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 23
German wind-turbine manufacturer won't build factory in Montana
The recession and a deflated market for wind turbines played a part in German-based Fuhrländer AG's decision to not move forward with its plans to build a $25-million wind-turbine plant in Butte, but officials of the Montana city said the plan isn't completely off the table.
Montana Standard; April 22
Colorado ski areas plan expansions
Eldora and Monarch ski areas are joining their larger, Colorado counterparts in expanding terrain.
Denver Post; April 22
Montana congressman hears from supporters, opponents of wilderness bill
U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg scheduled his own listening session on Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus' Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act because the Republican congressman wasn't sure that his Democratic colleague's bill had widespread support, and on Saturday in Choteau, he heard from both supporters and opponents of the Act.
Great Falls Tribune; April 22
Colorado beekeeper regroups after losing half his hives over the winter
Peter Rountree operates Uncle Pete's Bees in Colorado's Boulder County, and said he lost half his hives to colony collapse disorder over the winter.
Boulder Daily Camera; April 22
Mountain West leads nation in unemployed, underemployed college grads
The Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University analyzed government data for the Associated Press and found that 2012 college graduates' prospects for jobs is at the lowest in a decade, and that the Mountain West is most likely to have college graduates unemployed or underemployed, while the southern tier of states has the best prospects for higher-skilled jobs for graduates.
Boulder Daily Camera (AP); April 22
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