Monday, September 24, 2012

The Rockies Today, Sept. 24

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 10:58 AM

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Federal rules on school lunches leave rural Montana students hungry
Schools in some of Montana's smaller communities have few options for students to eat off-campus, but with federal guidelines for school lunches that limit protein servings to 3 ounces for high schoolers, hungry students are prowling for options.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 23

Ski areas in Colorado, elsewhere pull back on capital improvements
Last year's dismal snow year has ski areas in Colorado and elsewhere revamping their spending on capital investments, with more spending going toward summer amenities.
Denver Post; Sept. 24

Drought in W. Utah worst on record
Twenty-three of Utah's 29 counties are in drought emergencies, but in western Utah, the dry spell is truly extreme, with the past 12-month period the driest on record.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 24

Oilsands operators prepare for a changing market
With the price of oil hovering around $92 a barrel, just a couple of bucks above the $90 oilsands operators in Alberta need to break even, operators are making changes to reduce costs and wring more profit out of their oily resources.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Sept. 22

Dismal global outlook brings oil down to $92 a barrel
Germany's continued lack of economic confidence was cited for oil's drop in price to $91.76 on Monday, following last week's 6 percent decline.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); Sept. 24

Natural gas prices head up
The ability to tap into shale gas resources sent the price downward, but now that more utilities are switching to natural gas, that demand is starting to send prices up.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Sept. 23

Government subsidies helped develop drilling method driving gas boom
The current natural gas boom was helped by the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, which was developed decades ago with the help of $100 million in government subsidies for research and development, and billions of dollars more in tax breaks.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 24

Mining company, Salt Lake City battle over lands
Great Western Mining Co. filed a lawsuit in state district court in Utah claiming ownership of four parcels of land near Lake Mary in the upper Big Cottonwood Canyon, a claim Salt Lake City officials deny, based on ownership claimed by the city dating back to 1908.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 24

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