Debate on Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds area focus on access
For mountain bikers, hikers, outfitters and others who spend hours of their lives in the Boulder-White Clouds area of Idaho, proposals to either designate the area a national monument or a wilderness have prompted concerns about what either of those designations would do to their access to their favorite places.
Twin Falls Times-News; Dec. 6
Idaho auctions off two cabin sites on Priest Lake
At least one of the two families who lost their long-standing leases on a cabin site on Idaho's Priest Lake at a conflict auction this week is pursuing litigation to overturn the results of the auction.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Dec. 6
Company to use Wyoming loan to begin uranium production
Uranerz Energy Corp. officials said the $20 million loan through the Wyoming Industrial Development Revenue Bond program will allow the Casper-based uranium mining company to begin work at its Nichols Ranch in the northeast area of the state.
Casper Star-Tribune; Dec. 6
B.C. announces plan to expand grizzly bear hunt next spring
A posting last month on British Columbia's Ministry of Forests' website proposed reopening grizzly bear hunts in the spring in two areas where the hunts had been closed, a decision biologists are protesting given the findings of a recent study that found the government is underestimating the number of bears killed.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Dec. 6
Canada union joins First Nations protest of Alberta-B.C. pipeline
Unifor, Canada's largest private-sector union, signed an accord of solidarity with British Columbia First Nations group in their opposition of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, an Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline that is expected to increase dramatically the number of oil tankers off B.C.'s coast.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Dec. 6
Statistics Canada: B.C. lost 8,000 jobs in November
A Statistics Canada report issued Friday said Canadian employers added 21,600 jobs in November, but most were part-time jobs, keeping the national unemployment rate at 6.9 percent, while British Columbia lost 8,000 jobs last month, pushing that province's jobless rate to 6.7 percent, from 6.5 percent in October.
Vancouver Sun and Canadian Press; Dec. 6
National unemployment rate in U.S. down to 7 percent
The U.S. Labor Department released numbers Friday that said employers added 203,000 jobs in November, cutting the national unemployment rate to 7 percent, a five-year low.
Denver Post (AP); Dec. 6
Alberta agency that works on oilsands cleanup nears end of funding
For the second year, the oil industry has resisted funding the Fort McMurray-based Cumulative Environmental Management Association, which does technical reports on water and air quality in Alberta's oilsands country, and with funding set to run out on Dec. 31, Environment Minister Diana McQueen has yet to announce if she had convinced the oil industry to provide the money needed.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); Dec. 6
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