Air Force fires 9 at Montana base, commander resigns over cheating scandal
On Thursday, Malmstrom Air Force Base commander Col. Rob Stanley resigned after nine officers were fired at the Montana base over cheating on nuclear mission proficiency tests.
Great Falls Tribune; March 28
Helena NF in Montana releases nonwinter Blackfoot Travel Plan
The nonwinter Blackfoot Travel Plan released Thursday for approximately 238,000 acres of the Helena National Forest outside of the Scapegoat Wilderness in Montana reduces motorized access on 157 miles of roads and for destruction, decommission or reclamation on 212 miles of roads.
Helena Independent Record; March 28
Montana U.S. senator introduces bill to prevent veteran suicides
U.S. Sen. John Walsh is the first veteran of the Iraq war to serve in the U.S. Senate, making the epidemic of suicides among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars personal to him, and on Thursday, the Montana senator introduced the Suicide Prevention for America's Veterans Act. The article has a photograph showing the 1,892 American flags planted on the National Mall representing the number of veterans who have committed suicide since Jan. 1.
New York Times; March 28
Testing to begin on storing liquid fuels in salt dome in Utah county
For six years, Magnum has been boring out 2-million-barrel caverns in Millard County's 2-mile-long underground salt deposit to use to store liquid propane and butane, and next week, the company will begin testing the mechanical integrity of those storage sites in Utah.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 28
Canada tables bill to require railroads ship more grain
After Canadian lawmakers tabled a bill that would have required railroads to ship a certain amount of grain each month, farmers who believe oil shipments are displacing their grain shipments are calling for more competition in the railroad industry as a better fix for the problem.
Calgary Herald; March 28
IGBC hears from federal agencies on work to delist Yellowstone grizzlies
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Council is meeting this week in Wyoming, and members got an update from federal managers on their work to complete the work needed to remove grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem later this year.
Jackson Hole Daily; March 28
Report: Alberta's oil industry doesn't need value-added jobs
Two reports on the export of Alberta crude paint much different pictures of the economic effect of such exports, with the report published by The Council of Canadians, Environmental Defence and others that said the construction of the TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Energy East pipeline project would increase exports of crude —and the hemorrhage of well-paying jobs in the refining industry, while the report from the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary said extraction jobs in the oil, gas and coal industry pay three times as much as "value-added" jobs such as refining.
Calgary Herald; March 28
Idaho governor signs bill establishing wolf control board
On Thursday, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed legislation into law creating the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board that provides $400,000 from the state's general tax fund, with additional funding from sales of state fishing and hunting licenses as well as livestock taxes, for wolf management.
Idaho Statesman; March 27
Mountain West News is a project of the Center for the Rocky Mountain West at The University of Montana. It provides a daily snapshot of news and opinion in the Rocky Mountain region of North America, giving the changing mountain West a tool to understand itself and a platform for the exchange of ideas.