Montana, USFS ink deal to work on watershed project together
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and the Helena National Forest have signed a joint stewardship contract to work together on the Red Mountain Flume Chessman Reservoir project in the Ten Mile Creek watershed, which supplies much of Helena with water.
Helena Independent Record; May 14
Wyoming manages wolves to keep number near allowable level
Of the five states that are managing wolves—Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Michigan and Wisconsin, Wyoming has set its sights on keeping the number of wolves in the state at the bare minimum required to comply with federal rules.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; >May 14
Montana governor to renegotiate Flathead irrigation water deal
On Tuesday, Montana state officials said Gov. Steve Bullock will reopen negotiations with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes on a water-use agreement with irrigators on the Flathead Reservation, a deal that will be incorporated into a larger water compact to be taken up by the Legislature in 2015.
Missoulian (AP); May 14
Federal court overturns Idaho's constitutional ban on gay marriage
U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale's decision Tuesday evening overturned Idaho's 2006 constitutional amendment that banned gay marriage and is set to take effect Friday at 9 a.m., but Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has already filed a motion to put a stay on the order until appeals are exhausted.
Idaho Statesman; May 14
Wyoming county board denies Texas firm's plan for tank farm
Natrona County residents who live near the area west of Casper where Texas-based Thomas Petroleum has applied to build a large tank farm to store large quantities of flammable liquids lined up en masse at the County Planning and Zoning Commission's hearing on Tuesday to speak against the project, and the commission voted to advise the Wyoming county's commission to not approve the application.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 14
B.C. forestry sector sees growth in export market
An Export Development Canada forecast said that British Columbia's exports of forest products will increase this year, due to the recovery of the U.S. housing market and increased demand for those products from Asia.
Vancouver Sun; May 14
Rallies in 6 western states press Congress for immigration reform
The rally in Utah on Tuesday that brought together business leaders, law enforcement officials, local politicians and clergy to urge Congress to pass commonsense immigration reform this summer that includes a path to citizenship was one of six such rallies held yesterday, with others occurring in Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 14
Natural gas well may be Idaho's first in a century
Alta Mesa's natural gas well in New Plymouth produces "dry" gas, which means it can be shipped directly to the pipeline, and company officials said the well, known as 1-17, may be the first of many to come in Idaho.
Idaho Statesman; May 14
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