Neighboring farms in Montana reflect organic, GMO divide
There are an estimated 200,000 acres in Montana planted with genetically modified sugar beets, alfalfa and other crops, and there are 215,000 acres in the Big Sky State planted to certified organic crops, and near Lewistown, separated by just a road, an organic farmer prepares to plant Montana Morado Maize across the road from his neighbor's field planted with Roundup Ready alfalfa.
Great Falls Tribune; March 9
Landslides making waves in Berkeley Pit in Montana
Environmental Protection Agency officials said the landslides that are occurring in the Berkeley Pit in Montana pose no problem to the public yet, as the water level is still 100 feet below the critical level.
Ravalli Republic (Montana Standard); March 11
Five gun-related bills remain viable in Colorado Senate
Two of the seven bills before the Colorado Senate dealing with gun control were killed by their sponsors because they did not believe there was enough support to get them passed, but the other five passed their initial votes on Friday.
Denver Post; March 11
Interior nominee's ties with outdoors industry concerns some
Should Sally Jewell be confirmed as the nation's next Interior secretary, she will be the first person with strong ties to the outdoor recreation industry in that post, ties that concern Utah U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop and others.
Flathead Beacon (AP); March 11
Idaho Sen. Jim Risch wants grazing and grouse on Interior secretary's agenda
At the hearing last week on confirmation of Sally Jewell to be the next Secretary of Interior, Idaho U.S. Sen. Jim Risch said a re-examination of the Bureau of Land Management's decision to impose reductions on grazing in Owyhee County should be a priority for the new secretary of Interior.
Idaho Statesman; March 9
Whole Foods Market to require GMO food be labeled
Executives with the grocery chain Whole Food Market announced Friday that customer demand prompted the company to require all genetically modified foods be labeled as such.
New York Times; March 9
Yellowstone Park supervisor deals with people angered by sequestration cuts
Dan Wenk, the supervisor of Yellowstone National Park, is making some hard choices to deal with the cuts demanded by sequestration, and deciding to delay plowing the park's roads, has angered a wide range of local officials and outfitters.
Washington Post; March 10
Colorado ski areas urge lawmakers to not follow Vermont on legislation
There is currently a bill before the Vermont Legislature that would hold ski areas liable for rescue costs for skiers who go out-of-bounds and another that would impose a $500 fine and criminal charges against skiers and snowboarders who ski out of bounds and require rescue, measures that Colorado resorts said are too extreme.
Denver Post; March 11
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