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Energy Department replaces BPA administrator
Bill Drummond, the former head of the Western Montana Electric Generating and Transmission Cooperative in Missoula, Mont., who became top administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration in January, was removed from that position on Monday, after an inspector general's audit found the BPA was not giving federally required hiring preference to veterans.
Great Falls Tribune; July 17
Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council director dies in Billings
Gordon Belcourt, the Blackfeet tribal member who served as the director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council for 15 years, died Monday in Billings.
Billings Gazette; July 17
Montanans urge governor to work with WGA to expand Amtrak service
Missoula City Council member Dave Strohmaier, Chuck McMillan of Helena and J. Kirk Thompson of Stevensville met with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and others in his administration to urge him to work with other members of the Western Governors Association to restore passenger service on the North Coast Hiawatha route across southern and central Montana, as well as two other Amtrak routes where passenger service has been suspended: the Pioneer route between Denver, Portland, Ore., and Seattle, and the Desert Wind route which carried passengers between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.
Missoulian (Lee State Bureau); July 17
Liz Cheney launches campaign to challenge Wyoming U.S. Sen. Enzi
U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi has a Republican challenger, now that Liz Cheney has formally launched her campaign for the party's nomination in the 2014 Senate race.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 17
Idaho wildfires gain ground
The Pine Creek Fire burning 15 miles northeast of Boise was 1,500 acres in size by Tuesday evening, and elsewhere in Idaho, the Papoose Fire burning near the Middle Fork of the Salmon River was estimated to have burned 4,400 acres by Tuesday evening.
Idaho Statesman; July 17
Idaho silver mine to lay off a third of its workers
Skidding silver prices were cited by the spokesperson for U.S. Silver and Gold Inc. for laying off 126 of the 351 workers at the Galena mine in Idaho near Wallace.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; July 17
Cables to leave post as director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Rick Cables, who left his post as chief on the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service to head up the newly merged Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife two years ago, will leave that post on Aug. 6 to become the vice president of natural resources and conservation for Vail Resorts.
Denver Post; July 17
Idaho farmers, town work to clear 93-year-old dam from salmon's path
The 93-year-old Dutch Flats Dam hasn't been used by Troy for its drinking water since 1926, and the Idaho town as well as farmers and ranchers in the area of north-central Idaho where the Palouse Hills meet the mountains, are working to get the dam removed, and with a $500,000 grant from the Bonneville Power Administration and the federal Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund awarded to the Latah County Soi l and Water Conservation District, work could begin to remove the dam by mid-August.
Idaho Statesman (AP); July 17
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