Oldest lumber mill in Montana now powered by biomass
F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. in Columbia Falls is the oldest family-owned lumber mill in Montana, and it's also the leader in new technology with a $22-million biomass power plant that went online earlier this month that generates enough power for 3,000 homes.
Flathead Beacon; Oct. 28
American Prairie Reserve piecing together Montana bison range
The decade-long drive of American Prairie Reserve to create a new kind of park in northern Montana to allow bison to roam free over thousands of acres has now amassed 274,000 acres of land and released 274 bison on the land, which is securely fenced to keep the animals from roaming onto neighboring ranches, where the sentiment about creating an American Serengeti is not shared.
New York Times; Oct. 27
Biomass boiler fueled by waste wood ready for test run in Colorado
Eagle Valley Clean Energy is taking applications for employees to work at its biomass boiler in Gypsum that will use waste wood to generate power, with a test run for the first-of-its-kind plant in Colorado planned next month.
Vail Daily (Eagle Valley Enterprise); Oct. 28
N.D. oil production revs up rail delivery to refineries in Washington state
The oil boom in North Dakota's Bakken formation has already increased the amount of oil shipped by rail to Washington state, and with more oil terminals planned in that state, more trainloads of oil are making their way to that state.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Oct. 28
Bankrupt CBM company pitches way out of Wyoming bonding deficit
Colorado-based Luca Technologies Inc. didn't post a large enough bond to cover the cost of its coalbed methane gas wells in Wyoming, and the now-bankrupt company pitched a plan to the state to help it plug those wells that involves a complex tangle of companies.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 28
Species of bat in Wyoming may be put on endangered species list
White-nose syndrome has decimated northern long-eared bat populations across the Eastern United States to the point that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is contemplating putting the species on the endangered species list, a decision that would extend into northeastern Wyoming, where the species is found.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 28
Groups team up to get revenue increase for Idaho's roads
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's failure to get a $174-million funding increase for Idaho's Transportation Department remains the largest defeat of his tenure in office, but his proposal left out local highway districts, who have now joined forces with farmers, contractors, chambers of commerce and other groups to lobby legislators to pass legislation that would provide an estimated $264 million in new revenue to help rebuild roads and bridges.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 28
B.C. softwood lumber exports to China on pace to set record
China's economy has slowed somewhat, but Canadian lumber companies said the export market to that country is still going strong, and shipments of softwood from British Columbia are expected to set a new record this year.
Edmonton Journal (Canadian Press); Oct. 28
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