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Idaho snowmobilers' study finds caribou decision cost state $26 million
A study commissioned by the Idaho State Snowmobile Association tracked the economic effects of the 2005 decision that limited trail grooming in Northern Idaho forests to keep snowmobiles out of alpine forests and meadows that provide habitat for woodland caribou, and found that the decision cost the economy $26 million in lost revenue.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; June 14
Colorado congressman gets on-the-ground look at toxic mine waste
Peter Butler and Steve Fearn of the Animas River Stakeholders Group took Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on a tour Wednesday of abandoned mines in the San Juan Mountains to give him a look at the estimated 800 gallons a minute of toxic waste that flows into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River.
Durango Herald; June 14
USFS inks contracts for seven new air tankers
Montana-based Neptune Aviation was awarded a U.S. Forest Service contract to provide two additional BAe-146 air tankers, and the agency also signed contracts with Nevada-based Minden aircraft for a BAe this year and another in 2013.
Missoulian; June 14
Wildfire in Idaho burns across 9,000 acres in just hours
Bureau of Land Management crews are battling the 9,000 Con Shea wildfire in southwest Idaho that was first reported at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Idaho Statesman; June 14
University of Wyoming researchers get first dibs on NOAA supercomputer
The National Science Foundation released the list of the first seven projects the National Center for Atmospheric Research's supercomputer will work on when it comes online this fall in Cheyenne, and all are from the University of Wyoming.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 14
Colorado farmers ask governor to allow groundwater pumping
Weld County farmers may ask Gov. John Hickenlooper to allow them to restart groundwater pumps shut down in 2005 to provide them with water for their crops, a request that the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District, as well as the county commissions for Logan and Morgan will likely oppose.
Greeley Tribune; June 14
U.S. Chamber says Intermountain West, Midwest next 'boom' areas
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released its report that used government data and independent analysis to forecast the next areas of economic growth, and North Dakota led the list due to the Bakken oil boom, and Utah ranked second based on its growth in exports and its technology sector.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 14
Report: Utah second only to Texas in growth in exports
A new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said that in 2011, Utah exported $19-billion in exports, with gold and silver making up the bulk of exports.
Deseret News; June 14
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