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U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal on 2004 federal forest plan
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear U.S. Forest Service vs. Pacific Rivers Council, an appeal of a federal lawsuit in California that challenged the 2004 federal forest plan put in place by President George W. Bush's administration that increased logging on 11.5 million acres in 11 national forests.
San Francisco Chronicle; March 19
U.S. high court declines to hear California gold-miners' appeal
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal brought by a California gold-mining club, a decision that leaves in place a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the U.S. Forest Service must consult biologists from other agencies before allowing any activities of miners that could affect salmon protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Idaho Statesman (AP); March 19
EPA joins Colorado in search for source of Parachute Creek oil spill
On March 8, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission first received a report of contaminated soils near the Williams energy company's gas processing plant near Parachute Creek, and since that time vacuum trucks have pulled 60,000 gallons of hydrocarbons from an underground plume, but the source of the contamination has yet to be determined, and last Friday, Colorado ordered Williams to protect surface waters from the plume, and on Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a similar order.
Denver Post; March 19
Colorado legislators want state-owned air tankers for wildfire fights
The 1,400-acre wildfire near Fort Collins contained by crews on Monday were cited as a reason for state Sens. Steve King andCheri Jahn's proposal that Colorado have its own fleet of air tankers to help combat wildfires.
Denver Post; March 19
Idaho manufacturer sees benefits in 'reshoring'
Boise-based QTI, which makes temperature sensors for a wide array of uses, followed the national trend and sent manufacturing jobs overseas, but in 2011, the 36-year-old Idaho company decided to expand its operations in Nampa rather than Vietnam, and company officials said the decision has paid off in quality control and delivery times.
Idaho Statesman; March 19
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