Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rockies Today, Jan. 2

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German family sues Montana ski resort for teen's death
The family of a German exchange student, who died after skiing into a tree well at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in 2010, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Montana resort, the company that handled the exchange student's stay in the U.S., and the family that hosted him.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 2

Palladium-platinum mine in Montana seeks exploratory-drill permit
Stillwater Mining Co., which operates the United States' only palladium and platinum mine in Montana, is seeking a permit from the Custer National Forest to drill eight exploratory holes east of the mine's existing footprint, with public comments being taken on the proposal through Jan. 27.
Billings Gazette; Jan. 2

Montana county commission clarifies wildfire fighting resolution
The Lewis and Clark County Commission issued a statement clarifying the intent of its resolution passed in November, saying that, while the commission has no authority over how fire departments battle wildfires, the commission advises that firefighters not put themselves at unnecessary risk to save structures.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 2

Tests show bald eagles deaths in Utah caused by West Nile virus
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials said 27 bald eagles that fed on migrating grebes that died from West Nile virus on the Great Salt Lake subsequently died from that virus, and once the grebes' migration ends, the threat to the bald eagles should, too.
Deseret News; Jan. 1

Mood is mellow as thousands line up to buy marijuana in Colorado
On Wednesday, 37 retail outlets offering marijuana opened in Colorado, and thousands of people lined up to buy.
Denver Post; Jan. 2

Colorado ski town's low temperatures don't quell marijuana sales
Marijuana stores in Breckenridge reported brisk sales and long lines in the Colorado ski town on Wednesday despite temperatures hovering around zero degrees.
Vail Daily; Jan. 2

Alberta community already an energy hub without Keystone XL pipeline
Hardisty is a small community in Alberta with a high-profile role as it sits at the terminus of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, but with 70 massive oil storage tanks built by Enbridge, Husky, TransCanada, Gibson Energy and others feeding pipelines already in place, the Keystone XL pipeline would only add to a boom already in progress.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); Jan. 2

Utah takes same-sex marriage dispute to U.S. high court
The state of Utah has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to issue an injunction on same-sex marriage licenses while the state pursues an appeal of a federal court ruling that rejected the state's constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman and subsequent decisions of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on the issue.
Deseret News; Jan. 1

Wyoming could see changes in energy production this year
Encana, Wyoming's largest natural gas producer, is shifting its resources to oil production in other states, while Anadarko, which doubled the amount of oil it produced in Wyoming in 2013, is facing an uncertain year after a federal bankruptcy judge held it liable for somewhere between $5 billion and $14 billion for a company it acquire.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 2

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