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In Montana county, guns are a way of making a living
Montana's Flathead County is home to a number of high-end gun manufacturers, and the state has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation, and few homicides.
New York Times; Feb. 21
EPA announces $38M in cleanup work in Idaho basin
The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans for $38 million in cleanup in the Upper Coeur d'Alene River basin this year.
Coeur d'Alene Press; Feb. 21
NPS retirees group releases info on how budget cuts will affect Wyoming parks
The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees said information obtained from Park Service officials indicate that if sequestration takes effect on March 1, Yellowstone National Park may be forced to delay the opening of four entrances for weeks, and Grand Teton National Park will simply opt not to open three visitors centers to deal with the mandatory budget cuts.
Jackson Hole Daily; Feb. 21
Another Texas company asks BLM to suspend Colorado leases
Following last week's request from Houston-based SG Interests that the Bureau of Land Management suspend its 16 leases in the Thompson Divide region of Colorado to keep them from expiring, another Houston company, Ursa Piceance LLC, has asked the BLM to do so for its leases in that area as well.
Aspen Times; Feb. 21
Idaho among states inviting Colorado magazine-maker to relocate
Colorado-based Magpul, which manufactures gun magazines, has been contacted by Idaho, South Carolina and Texas to relocate its operations to the more gun-friendly states.
Denver Post; Feb. 21
Vestas to cut jobs at 2 Colorado wind-turbine blade factories
Vestas Wind Systems announced it was eliminating 110 jobs at its two wind-blade manufacturing plants in Windsor and Brighton, where remaining employees who had been working reduced hours will return to a 40-hour work week, but no job cuts are planned at the company's other two factories in Colorado.
Denver Post; Feb. 21
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