Monday, November 5, 2012

The Rockies Today, Nov. 5

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Another Canadian company announces plans to set up shop in Montana
Quebec-based ADF Group purchased 100 acres near Great Falls where the Canadian company plans to build a 100,000-square-foot steel fabrication plant that will initially employ 200 workers who will make modules for Alberta oilsands operations.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 5

Trial of lawsuits challenging Montana's bison plan today
The trial of two lawsuits filed against the state of Montana over its decision to allow bison to wander into the Gardiner Basin outside of Yellowstone National Park will wind up today, and the state district court judge said he will render his opinion after Nov. 26, the deadline for parties to submit their final arguments and conclusions.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Nov. 3

Developer of former Montana paper mill says Superfund listing not needed
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has promised Missoula County officials that he will sign a letter requesting that the former Smurfit-Stone Container paper mill near Frenchtown be listed as a federal Superfund site if that's what the Montana county wants, and on Thursday, county officials will hold a public meeting about the site.
Missoulian; Nov. 5

M2Green returns redevelopment grant for former paper mill in Montana
The redevelopment company that bought the former Smurfit-Stone Container mill site near Frenchtown returned a $21,000 grant that the Montana Department of Commerce had awarded to the Bitter Root Economic Development District on M2Green's behalf.
Missoulian; Nov. 5

Researchers in Idaho gather bat data
Gonzales-Stoller Surveillance began gathering data about bats in Idaho last November so that the state will have information on hand to better discern when the fatal White-nose Syndrome makes its way to the Gem State.
Idaho Statesman (Idaho Falls Post-Register); Nov. 3

Nevada bighorn sheep moved to Utah national monument
Western states often trade wildlife, and last week, 50 of the estimated 10,000 bighorn sheep in Nevada were captured and moved to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, a state that has sent moose to Colorado and pronghorn antelope to Arizona.
Durango Herald (AP); Nov. 5

Idaho project will remove juniper to save sagebrush, sage grouse
THe Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, as well as other federal and state agencies, along with Pheasants Forever and ranchers who lease federal lands for grazing, are working together on a project to remove juniper from 32,000 acres of land in the Jim Sage Mountains to restore sage grouse habitat.
Twin Falls Times-News; Nov. 5

Colorado company to sell its natural gas, pipeline assets in Piceance Basin
Denver-based Antero Resources would not release the name of the privately owned firm that is paying $325 million to buy Antero's natural gas and pipeline assets in Colorado's Piceance Basin.
Denver Post; Nov. 5

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