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Utah, Montana senators added bill to benefit Amgen to fiscal-cliff legislation
The U.S. House is expected to vote on a measure that would remove a measure from the fiscal-cliff legislation passed by the U.S. Senate that carved out a two-year reprieve on government price controls for a group of kidney-dialysis drugs, including Sensipar, a pill manufactured by Amgen, a donor to both Utah U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch and Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, both of whom worked to get the measure put in the Senate bill.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 24
Idaho Power considers closing some coal-fired power plants
A report from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council said that reduced demand for electricity, along with the addition of natural-gas power plants, is keeping the supply of power stable as coal-fired power plants are taken offline, and Idaho Power is expected to release the results of its study of coal-fired power next month.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 23
Wyoming governor asks Corps to not lump coal port proposals together
span id="MainContent_Stories1_rptStories_lblSynopsis_3" class="text">In a letter sent Tuesday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead asked that the Corps' environmental analysis of the Gateway West Pacific Terminal in Washington, proposed to allow the export of coal from Wyoming and Montana to overseas markets, be kept separate from evaluations of other Pacific Northwest port projects.
Gillette News-Record; Jan. 24
Evacuations continue for third day as Utah oil rig wildfire burns out of control
A team of firefighters from Houston-based Wild Well Control have joined the fight against an oil rig fire in Utah near Roosevelt that has been raging since early Tuesday morning,
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 24
Colorado county passes resolution supporting Second Amendment rights
Although they acknowledged that the 23 executive orders signed by President Obama aimed at reducing gun violence in the United States will have very little effect on local law enforcement, the El Paso County Commission approved a resolution that said the Colorado county will not enforce any federal or state law that abridges Second Amendment rights.
Denver Post; Jan. 24
Idaho's Boise Cascade to go public again
Wood-products maker Boise Cascade LLC, which is now wholly owned by the private-equity firm, Madison Dearborn Partners and OfficeMax, the office-supply retail chain, will go public again, under the new name Boise Cascade Co., although the date of the stock offering has not yet been set.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 24
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