U.S. senators have small brewers' back in FDA skirmish
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Charles E. Schumer are among the senators who are helping microbrewers fend off a regulation proposed by the Food and Drug Administration that would put an end to those brewers donating or selling for minimal costs the leftover grain to livestock producers.
New York Times; April 12
Interior Secretary Jewell reviews her first year in office
The Salt Lake Tribune's Thomas Burr spends some time with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who just completed her first year in that post, and Burr gets feedback from members of Congress on how they view her first year in office.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 13
New supervisor of Lolo NF in Montana visits Mineral County
At a meeting with Mineral County officials and residents last Friday, Tim Garcia, the new supervisor of the Lolo National Forest, was urged to step up timber operations in the Montana county, where the U.S. Forest Service owns 80 percent of the land.
Missoulian; April 13
Utah's Paradox Canyon offers bounty of beauty, energy
The Paradox Canyon near Moab is aptly named these days, as the area that first offered up uranium and oil in the 1950s, then became a playground for recreationists, is again seeing interest from energy companies and potash companies, setting up a clash between tourism and industry. First in a two-part series on clashing interests in southeastern Utah.
Deseret News; April 13
Congressman, county, BLM all have draft land-use plans for Utah county
Grand County officials have three land-use alternatives for the Utah county, one of which will be rolled in U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop's "Grand Plan" for southeastern Utah's red rock country, and the Bureau of Land Management is also working on a leasing plan for a million acres it manages in that county and adjacent San Juan County. Second in a series on the future of Utah's red rock country.
Deseret News; April 14
Report: Canada's energy operations top producer of greenhouse gases
On Friday, Environment Canada released a report that said for the first time ever, energy operations in that nation edged out transportation to be the top producer of greenhouse gas emissions.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); April 14
Majority of B.C. community's voters reject Northern Gateway pipeline
Enbridge officials took a philosophical approach to the results of Saturday's vote in Kitimat, where 58.4 percent of the voters opposed the company's Northern Gateway pipeline, which would bring Alberta crude oil to a port on the B.C. coast, by saying the results of the non-binding vote means that the company has more work to do to convince residents to support the pipeline.
Calgary Herald (Vancouver Sun); April 14
Widening protest leads to BLM's suspension of Nevada cattle roundup
The Bureau of Land Management's proposed monthlong roundup of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who stopped paying federal grazing fees two decades ago because he believes the land belongs to the state of Nevada, was halted on Saturday, and the 400 head of cattle rounded up last week were released after hundreds of protesters, some of whom were armed, showed up at the corrals in Mesquite where the cattle were held.
Idaho Statesman (AP); April 14
USFS sets two meetings on rare-earth minerals mine in NE Wyoming
In preparation for its environmental study of a proposed rare-earth minerals mine in northeastern Wyoming, the U.S. Forest Service will hold two public meetings on Rare Element Resources' Bear Lodge Project proposed near Sundance, with Monday's meeting set in that community, and Tuesday's in Upton.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 14
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