Friday, June 13, 2014

Rockies Today, June 13

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM

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Alberta's revision of climate-change strategy will keep current emissions targets
Environment Minister Robin Campbell said that Alberta is currently working on revising the 2008 climate change plan, but no changes are planned to the goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Calgary Herald; June 13

Warning issued about dire wildfire season in Idaho
At a press conference on Thursday, federal lands officials warned that Idaho will likely see a worse wildfire season this year than in previous years, due to lower levels of precipitation over the past two years.
Idaho Statesman; June 13

Working group helps Montana FWP craft mountain-lion hunt changes
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission's first proposed changes to mountain lion hunts drew a barrage of criticism in April, and a working group that included elk and deer hunters, houndsmen and hunters helped create new quotas approved at the Commission's meeting on Thursday.
Missoulian (Helena Independent Record); June 13

Montana, tribes settle voting access lawsuit
To settle a federal lawsuit brought by tribal members on voting access on three reservations in Montana, the state has agreed to open satellite voting offices in October on the Crow, Northern Cheyenne and Fort Belknap reservations.
Missoulian (AP); June 13

Idaho ranked third in U.S. for increase in gross state product
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released data for the year 2013 that indicated Idaho ranked third in the nation for percentage increase in gross state product, with the health care, finance, construction and natural resources sectors credited for the majority of the 6.9 percent bump.
Idaho Statesman; June 13

Utah falls further behind in per-pupil education funding
An analysis of states' education funding between fiscal years 2009 and 2012 done by Ben Casselman at the FiveThirtyEight blog found that Idaho had the largest percentage decline of 12.3 percent, but Utah remained at the bottom of the U.S. in education funding at $6,193 per pupil.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 13

Alberta NDP questions province's plan on hydraulic fracturing
Next week Alberta's Energy Regulator is scheduled to meet with oil and gas operators to discuss a pilot project to reduce regulation of the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing and a streamlined process for approval of developing oil and gas wells using that process, a meeting NDP leaders are challenging.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); June 13

Idaho U.S. Rep. Labrador reportedly in contention for leadership post
Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has been touted as the tea party alternative to Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California to replace House Majority Leader Eric Cantor after Cantor lost his primary race this week.
Idaho Statesman; June 13

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