Montana mulls loaning Ambre Energy $10 million for coal development
The Montana Board of Investments is considering a $10-million loan request from Ambre Energy, the Australian company that is seeking to gain control of the Decker coal mine near the Wyoming-Montana border.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); June 3
Dairy, tourism foundation of Idaho valley's economy
The Magic Valley's economy is improving, due in part to the expansion of dairy-related businesses, as well as increased tourism in the Idaho valley, but local officials said there's still much work to be done to build on those industries.
Twin Falls Times-News; June 3
B.C. formally opposes Alberta-B.C. pipeline project
Enbridge officials said British Columbia's formal opposition to its Northern Gateway Pipeline project, which would move oil from Alberta's oilsands to a port on the province's coast, is simply part of the process, and now the company will begin addressing B.C.'s concerns about the pipeline.
CBC.ca; May 31
Report hands Wyoming a $456M to-do list on water, wastewater systems
The American Society of Civil Engineers released a report that said Wyoming's aging water delivery systems need a $300 million update, and its wastewater systems could use $146 million in upgrades as well.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 27
U. of Wyoming uses $5M grant to track success of community food programs
The University of Wyoming is entering its second of a five-year, $5-million study of community food programs across the country, and University of Wyoming assistant professor Christine Porter said the information gleaned thus far showed immediate, quantifiable benefits of such programs.
Casper Star-Tribune (Laramie Boomerang); June 3
City-owned utility in Utah celebrates centennial
One hundred years ago, officials of Murray were frustrated with the slow pace of work to get electricity to the Utah community, so they formed a city-owned utility to get the lights on, and now Murray is one of 39 communities across the state to operate their own power company.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 3
Idaho legislators block Boise transit center near Capitol
The plan to build a transit center in Boise was dealt another setback as legislators fought the plan to build the center at 8th and Jefferson across from Idaho's Capitol because of the transients and panhandlers such centers attract.
Idaho Statesman; June 3
Paleontologists unearth nearly complete triceratops skeleton in Wyoming
Scientists at the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research and Naturalis Biodiversity Center began digging out a nearly complete skeleton of a triceratops at a site in Wyoming near Newcastle that also contained the skeletons of two younger triceratops.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 3
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