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Body found in one of 346 homes burned by Colorado wildfire
Colorado Springs officials said human remains were found in one of the 346 homes burned in the Colorado community by the Waldo Canyon Fire, which is now 16,750 acres in size and is 15 percent contained.
Denver Post; June 29
President issues federal disaster declaration in Colorado
President Barack Obama is scheduled to get an on-the-ground look at the damage caused by the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs today, and on Thursday, he issued a federal disaster declaration for areas burned by that fire and the High Park Fire near Fort Collins.
Boulder Daily Camera (Longmont Times-Call); June 29
Colorado solar-panel manufacturer to file for bankruptcy
Loveland-based Abound Solar, which received a $400 million loan guarantee from the same program that funded the now-defunct Solyndra, announced it was closing its Indiana plant and will lay off all 125 of its remaining employees and declare bankruptcy; the Energy Department cut off funding for the Colorado company after it had received about $70 million of loan guarantee.
Denver Post; June 29
Natural gas price slump leaves NW Colorado's energy boom in the dust
Four years ago, there were 116 drilling rigs tapping the natural gas resources in northwestern Colorado, but 100 of those rigs have moved elsewhere — to Pennsylvania, North Dakota and Eastern Colorado — and local officials blame federal regulations for the exodus of jobs.
New York Times; June 29
Alberta Energy: Violations up, inspections down at energy sites
A report issued Thursday by Alberta Energy said that there were 438 serious violations at energy sites reported in 2011, an 83 percent increase from the 239 reported in 2010, and that inspectors performed 13,832 inspections in 2011, about 500 fewer than in 2010.
Edmonton Journal; June 29
BLM accepts $793.3 million bid for Wyoming coal
The lone bid submitted by a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Peabody Energy Corp. for 721 million tons of coal on Bureau of Land Management lands in Wyoming's Powder River Basin was accepted by the BLM on Thursday.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 29
Lincoln County questions settlement of tribes' claims to Montana waters
At a hearing in Polson on Wednesday on the proposed plan to settle the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' historical water rights claims in Montana, officials and residents of Lincoln County asked why the settlement targeted Libby, O’Brien and Graves creeks in that county.
The Western News (Libby); June 29
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