Water emergency declared in Montana town
After the water treatment sucked sludge from a containment pond into the town's water system, Brady residents were told not to use the water, and officials from Montana Rural Water Systems and the state Department of Environmental Quality were seeking the source of contamination.
Great Falls Tribune; Aug. 17
More resources unleashed on wildfire in Idaho
As the Elk Complex and Pony Complex fires in Idaho became more contained, more resources poured in on the Beaver Creek Fire that is threatening communities in the Wood River Valley.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 19
Wildfire hits Idaho's resort towns at worst possible time
The Beaver Creek Fire burning in Idaho's Wood River Valley is taking a big bite out of businesses in Ketchum, Hailey and Sun Valley that rely on tourists this time of year.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 19
Utah water district tells consumers to limit water or face being shut off
The Pine View Water Systems in Utah, which is made up of the Ogden River Water Users Association, the South Ogden Conservation District and the Weber-Box Elder Conservation District, told residents that if water use isn't cut by 50 percent, the district will be out of water by mid-September.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 19
Sun sets on Colorado's solar industry
Companies in Colorado got into the solar-power technology field at about the same time Chinese companies roared into production, and nearly all the companies that came onto the scene in the state five years ago are no longer in operation.
Denver Post; Aug. 19
Wyoming's export market continues to grow
Trona and mining machinery lead the list of exported goods and materials from Wyoming, which saw the value of its export market grow from $1.2 billion in 2011 to $1.4 billion in 2012, a 17 percent increase.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 17
Manufacturing drives job gains in north-central Idaho
Nez Perce, Latah, Idaho, Clearwater and Lewis counties in north-central had a 6.8 percent unemployment rate in July, a considerable decline from the 7.4 percent reported in July of 2012, with manufacturing job gains leading the economic recovery.
Spokane Spokesman-Review (Lewiston Tribune); Aug. 19
Corps of Engineers to delay dredging at Idaho port
Complex technical and environmental issues delayed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' plan to dredge the navigation channel at the ports of Lewiston and Clarkston this winter, and Corps' officials said the earliest the dredging could be done for the Idaho and Washington state ports would be December 2014.
Spokane Spokesman-Review (AP); Aug. 19
DOE officials explain President Obama's energy plan at Colorado event
At the American Renewable Energy Summit in Aspen last week, two representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy spent their time on Saturday explaining President Obama's energy and climate policies.
Aspen Times; Aug. 19
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