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After public outcry, Glacier National Park will keep red buses on the road
One of the provisions contained in the National Park Service's contract to operate concessions in Glacier National Park in Montana for the next 16 years was a provision to replace 18 of the iconic red buses with alternative fuel vehicles, but after considerable public response, the Park Service is rewriting the contract.
Flathead Beacon; Jan. 31
Montana land trust completes conservation deal on 266 acres near Helena
The Prickly Pear Land Trust has completed a deal that puts a conservation easement on 266 acres of land near Helena on which a subdivision had been proposed, and 230 of those acres are now owned by a rancher, with the remaining 36 acres donated to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for a future fishing access site.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 31
IEA predicts use of water in energy production to double by 2035
The International Energy Association predicted that the use of fresh water in energy production will increase from current levels 66 billion cubic meters (bcm) annually to 135 bcm by 2035, and credited that increase primarily to the increased use of coal-generated power and biofuel production, with hydraulic fracturing representing just a small slice of the increase.
National Geographic; Jan. 31
Boise wants to intervene in Idaho Power's solar energy case
The city of Boise and the Idaho Clean Energy Association have asked to intervene in Idaho Power's case before the Idaho Public Utilities Commission asking to increase the costs charged to people who generate their own power, citing their concerns about the effect raising such rates will have on the state's solar energy industry.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 31
Enbridge CEO: Price differential for Canadian crude No. 1 problem
Al Monaco, the chief executive of Enbridge, one of three major pipeline companies working on projects to move Alberta crude to ports to allow Canada to get more money for its oil, said the lack of pipeline capacity is costing the country billions of dollars in revenue.
Edmonton Journal; Jan. 31
Researchers call for idle farmland in SW B.C. to be put to use
Researchers from Kwantlen Polytechnic University said that there are thousands of acres of idle farmland in southwestern British Columbia, and that using those acres to grow food would help keep some of the $5.5-billion residents of the area now spend on food in the local economy.
Vancouver Sun; Jan. 31
Former Arizona congresswoman, NRA chief speak to U.S. senators
Both former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday on proposed gun regulations.
Deseret News (AP); Jan. 31
Science hosts live chat at 1 p.m. MST on science of gun violence
Join an online live chat on the science of gun violence hosted today by Science magazine at 1 p.m. MST.
Science Magazine.org; Jan. 31
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