Montana sues landowner over closure of Meagher County road
On Friday, Montana filed a lawsuit in state district court against Howard Zehntner and Zehntner Brothers LLC, alleging that the landowners illegally gated the Tenderfoot Road that provides access to recently acquired state lands and U.S. Forest Service lands.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 16
Wyoming supercomputer officially online
On Monday, the National Center for Atmospheric Research-Wyoming Supercomputing Center in Cheyenne officially opened, and there are 11 projects waiting in the wings for the $70 million supercomputer that is 30 times faster than NCAR's supercomputer in Boulder, Colo.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 14
Utah water project near completion
For five years, crews with the Central Utah Water Conservancy District have been working on a $450-million project on the grounds of the former Geneva Steel property in Utah County that will provide water to Vineyard, Lehi, Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain.
Deseret News; Oct. 16
How presidential candidates stand on issues important in Idaho
The Spokesman-Review compares the policies of President Obama and Mitt Romney on issues such as public lands, guns and agriculture.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Oct. 12
Wyoming lawmakers get outline of governor's energy policy
At a meeting of the Wyoming Legislature's Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee on Monday, Gov. Matt Mead's policy adviser Shawn Reese delivered an outline of the state's proposed energy strategy that makes creating jobs a priority and addresses the generation of affordable power, among other things, although the draft contained no specific initiatives.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 12
Report evaluates effectiveness of Idaho's worker training program
The Idaho Department of Labor examined 160 contracts issued with companies between 2000 and 2009 for worker training and found that 33 percent of those contracts were "ineffective," while 40 percent were "effective."
StateImpact.npr.org; Oct. 16
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