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Seasonal wildland firefighters can now get federal health insurance
Seasonal wildland firefighters had gathered 125,000 signatures on a petition requesting that they be allowed to buy into federal health insurance plans while working, and on Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced that an estimated 8,000 temporary firefighters would be allowed to do so.
Flathead Beacon (AP); July 17
BuRec delays final report on Colorado River until September
Bureau of Reclamation officials announced during a teleconference Tuesday that its planned final report on Colorado River water and demand for that resource won't be released in July, but rather September.
Deseret News; July 18
Kalispel Tribe, federal agencies sign deal to improve trout numbers in Idaho
The Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation and the Kalispel Tribe signed a $39.5 million, ten-year deal to improve bull and cutthroat trout numbers in the Lake Pend Oreille watershed in northern Idaho.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; July 18
Sixteen grizzly bears have died so far this year in Yellowstone ecosystem
Data from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team indicate that 10 of the 16 grizzly bear deaths so far this summer in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem were due to natural causes, and that the percentage of human-caused deaths is about half what it normally is.
Jackson Hole News and Guide; July 18
Shifting winds lessens containment lines on Wyoming wildfire
Firefighting crews lost some ground Monday night on the 23-square-mile Sawmill Fire burning near the Glendo State Park in Wyoming when dry thunderstorms moved through the area.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); July 18
Goldman Sachs pledges $15 million to help Utah small businesses
New York-based Goldman Sachs, which has its second-largest U.S. base in Salt Lake City, has established a $15-million fund in Utah, with $10 million of that allocated for capital investment to area businesses and $5 million for a mentoring program for business owners and classroom education at Salt Lake Community College.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 18
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