U.S. House passes bill to block EPA regulations on power plant emissions
A bill to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's limits on carbon emissions from new power plants passed the U.S. House on a 229-183 vote on Thursday, but the companion measure faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate.
Washington Post (AP); March 6
Yellowstone Park officials say hunters have taken 263 bison
This winter 479 bison from Yellowstone National Park have either been killed in sanctioned hunts or captured and sent either to slaughter or to research facilities, the highest number since the winter of 2007-2008.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; March 5
Arbitration board sets tribes' purchase price for Montana dam
An American Arbitration Association panel set the price the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes should pay Montana PPL for Kerr Dam on the Flathead River at $18,289,798, and tribal officials said that all that's left to do to complete the purchase is to write the check, although the earliest the dam can change hands is Sept. 5, 2015.
Missoulian; March 6
Michigan AG says Encana, Chesapeake colluded on energy leases
Alberta-based Encana Corp. and Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. are charged with colluding to avoid a bidding war with each other on Michigan energy leases in 2010.
Calgary Herald (AP); March 6
Idaho bill to pour cigarette-tax revenue into aquifer program advances
The Idaho House has already passed legislation that would move $5 million in cigarette-tax revenue to fund the Idaho Department of Water Resources' program to inject more water into state aquifers, and on Wednesday, the Senate's Local Government and Taxation Committees voted to move the measure to the full Senate.
Twin Falls Times-News; March 6
More elk pick Wyoming refuge over winter range
Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel estimate that 2,000 more elk are choosing the feedlines on the National Elk Refuge in western Wyoming over remaining on natural winter range this year.
Jackson Hole Daily; March 6
Chairman of Idaho tribe responds to bison-hunt criticism
After a Blackfeet Tribal Council member criticized the bison hunt allowed in Montana that allows the Nez Perce of Idaho, the Umatilla of Oregon and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana to exercise their aboriginal hunting rights in that state, Nez Perce tribal chairman Silas Whitman said that the Blackfeet have no such aboriginal hunting rights and that the Nez Perce will work with tribes that do to address any concerns about the hunt.
Helena Independent Record; March 6
Idaho closes 61-mile stretch of Highway 12 between Lowell, Powell
The Idaho Department of Transportation said Highway 12 will be closed from Lowell to Powell on Thursday due to high avalanche danger.
Idaho Statesman (AP); March 6
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