U.S. Senate to hear Wyoming senator's 'Forest Jobs' Act
Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso's "National Forest Jobs and Management Act of 2014," which would mandate that the U.S. Forest Service log 7.5 million acres of its lands over a 15-year period and would make arbitration the sole means of challenging projects, is set for hearing at 7:30 a.m. (MST) before Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. You can watch the proceedings online here.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Feb. 6
BNSF plans $5B in projects in railway system, $900M in Northern Plains
Citing significant growth in volume, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway officials announced the company will invest $5 billion in its system in 2014, including $900 million to expand capacity in the Northern Plains, where a rapid increase in the amount of oil shipped by rail has fouled Amtrak's schedule.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Feb. 6
RightNow founder a big draw at Montana economic summit in Bozeman
Bozeman's subzero temperatures on Wednesday did not curb enthusiasm for record attendance at the "Making Montana the First Best Place: How Entrepreneurship is Creating High Paying Jobs," hosted by the University of Montana's Bureau of Business & Economic Research, where Greg Gianforte, who founded RightNow Technology in Bozeman in 1997, served as the keynote speaker.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Feb. 6
Idaho State Police never investigated CCA for staffing problems
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Idaho State Police said it had never investigated Corrections Corporation of America for complaints that it understaffed the Idaho Corrections Center, and ISP officials said the understaffing dispute appeared to be a civil contract one rather than a criminal one, although Idaho Department of Correction Director Brent Reinke had indicated several times in the past that ISP was involved in the investigation.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Jan. 30
USDA announces locations of 7 'climate hubs' to help farmers
The Obama administration announced Wednesday the creation of seven regional "climate hubs" to help farmers and ranchers adapt to a changing climate, with the hubs to be sited in Fort Collins, Colo.; Las Cruces, N.M., Corvallis, Ore.; Ames, Iowa; Durham, N.H.; Raleigh, N.C.; and El Reno, Okla.
New York Times; Feb. 6
Utah panel again recommends moving prison to aid development
The Prison Relocation and Development Authority again voted to recommend movement of the Utah State Prison in Draper to another location to free up the space now occupied by the 63-year-old facility in the state's high-tech corridor for development.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 6
Colorado legislators expect spirited debate on lawns bill today
State Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango introduced Senate Bill 17, written with input by a water engineer concerned about cities buying up agricultural water to keep lawns green, which would limit lawns in subdivisions that depend on agricultural water to 15 percent of the lots in those subdivisions, and the bill will be heard today by the Senate Agricultural Committee, where the Colorado Municipal League and developers are expected to make their opposition known.
Durango Herald; Feb. 6
Colorado House panel OKs tuition break for Native American students
State Rep. Joe Salazar's House Bill 1124, which would allow Native American students from 48 tribes with historical ties to Colorado to pay in-state tuition at any of the state's public colleges and universities, received preliminary approval from the House Education Committee on Wednesday.
Durango Herald; Feb. 6
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