Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rockies Today, July 10

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Democratic legislators say Montana's federal land study has hidden agenda
The Democratic legislators on the Montana Legislature's Environmental Quality Council declined to support releasing a draft report on the panel's study of management of federal lands within the state and how such management could be improved because they said they believed the true purpose of the study and report was the transfer of such lands to state hands, a stance with which state Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, who sponsored the bill that led to the report, disagreed, although she did agree to re-edit the report and return it to the Council for review.
Helena Independent Record (Lee State Bureau); July 10

South Korea imposes new tax on Wyoming, Montana coal
A new tax on imported coal is designed to curb electricity use in South Korea, and while the tax will affect Wyoming-based Cloud Peak Energy, which exports coal to the Asian country, the tax is structured to impose a lesser tax on coal with a higher fuel value, putting the coal from Cloud Peak's Decker Mine in Montana in a lower tax bracket.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 10

Developer of Wyoming coal-gasification plant plan trip to D.C.
Officials of DKRW Advanced Fuels, the company that has been working on a coal-gasification project in Wyoming for more than a decade, said they will meet with U.S. Energy Department officials in Washington, D.C. later this month, and in an update late last month to residents of Medicine Bow where the plant is planned, DKRW personnel said that negotiations are ongoing to find a company to engineer and build the plant.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 10

Hunters urge Idaho to resist national monument designation
At a meeting Wednesday evening in Salmon, several hunters appealed to members of the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to formally oppose a proposal to designate 592,000 acres in the Boulder-White Clouds mountains a national monument.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 10

Report says Colorado's economy outpacing predictions for 2014
The University of Colorado Boulder has been providing economic forecasts for the state's economy for nearly 50 years, and the mid-year outlook released this week says the state is outpacing predictions in job growth, with the natural resources and mining sector providing the largest percentage of new jobs, and Greeley ranked first in the state for communities with the largest job gains.
Denver Post; July 10

Poll finds majority of Utahns support immigration
On Wednesday, roundtable discussions on the need for immigration reform were held in 60 congressional districts around the United States, including one in the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce office in Utah, where business and community leaders urged Congress to pay attention to constituents and make needed changes to the country's immigration laws.
Deseret News; July 10

Analysis finds most Albertans' Freedom of Information requests go unfilled
The Edmonton Journal reviewed two decades' worth of data on freedom of information requests made to Alberta, and found that the response to a majority of those requests was that "no documents exist."
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); July 10

Vancouver retains ranking as most expensive city in Canada
An annual cost of living survey conducted in Canada found, once again, Vancouver, B.C. had the highest cost of living; followed by Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.
Calgary Herald; July 10

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