Montana turns its focus to mountain lions in Bitterroot study
At midpoint of a three-year study of elk in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists were surprised to learn the role mountain lions have played in elk deaths, and they have begun a yearlong study of the big cats in the valley to learn more about that population.
Ravalli Republic; Dec. 17
Bakken Oil money flows into Montana businesses
While oil production in Montana from the Bakken formation hasn't yet really ramped up, the effect of increased production in North Dakota is bleeding over the border, with private jet traffic up at the Billings International Airport and business is booming at Billings jewelry stores and auto dealerships.
Billings Gazette; Dec. 16
U.S. is running out of options for wild horse management
There are currently 50,000 wild horses corralled in holding facilities in the United States, and with an estimated 11,000 more roaming the range beyond what those wild lands are capable of supporting, the U.S. policy on wild horses has reached a tipping point.
New York Times; Dec. 15
Alberta ski area's summer plans puts visitors, grizzlies on the same paths
Parks Canada's proposed summer use plan for Mount Norquay in Alberta would ferry visitors by chairlift to Cliff House, an area that grizzly bears often graze in the summer.
Calgary Herald; Dec. 17
Utah's U.S. senators, state officials have different takes on EPA soot law
The Environmental Protection Agency's announcement Friday that it would drop the agency's fine particulate standard by 20 percent earned swift condemnation from Utah U.S. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, but state officials said the new regulation wouldn't have much of an impact in the state because it's already meeting the lower threshold.
Salt Lake Tribune; Dec. 15
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Idaho, Washington ports
To deal with sedimentation buildup, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced plans to dredge the shipping channel of the lower Snake and Clearwater rivers, as well as the Port of Lewiston in Idaho and Washington state's Clarkson port.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Dec. 17
Colorado task force on marijuana legalization meets today
Colorado's Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force will meet for the first time today to begin work on crafting regulations needed to regulate the state's legalized marijuana industry.
Denver Post; Dec. 17
Pipeline planned to carry gas by-products from Colorado to Texas
Three companies are teaming up to build a 345-mile pipeline to carry natural gas liquids from northern Colorado to Texas, with plans to begin construction by the second quarter of 2013 and be completed by the end of next year.
Colorado Springs Gazette; Dec. 16
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