Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Rockies Today, April 30

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

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Montana Supreme Court hears arguments in stream-access case
On Monday, the Montana Supreme Court heard arguments on a stream-access case that stretches back nearly a decades, and which challenges the state's 1985 Stream Access Law.
Montana Standard; April 30

Petroleum pipeline in Utah fails government-ordered stress test
After Chevron Pipe Line Co.'s pipeline split near the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah on March 18 and spilled an estimated 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ordered the 60-year-old pipeline be tested before it went back on line, and on Monday, a section of pipe between Ogden and Willard Bay failed the stress test.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 29

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Rockies Today, April 29

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

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Montana businesses: Marketplace Fairness Act unfair to them
Companies like Montana-based Red Oxx, an outdoors luggage manufacturer that makes 96 percent of its sales out of state, said the Marketplace Fairness Act will require them to track and pay sales taxes in 10,000 or so different taxing jurisdictions, a burden on the small business.
Billings Gazette; April 29

Debate on proposed copper mine in Montana focuses on jobs vs. environment
White Sulphur Springs native Jerry Zeig said the Montana community would benefit from the Black Butte copper mine Zieg and Tintina Resources Inc. of British Columbia want to develop, but opponents such as Trout Unlimited, said building a copper mine in an area of tributaries that feed the Smith River is a bad idea.
Great Falls Tribune; April 29

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How to get to work on time in Russia (and more from In Other News)

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Curses, Foiled Again
After someone broke into a church in St. Charles, Mo., and stole an undetermined amount of ice cream from a freezer, police spotted Andrew Steven Jung, 24, three blocks away, with ice cream all over his face and clothing. Jung told officers he was an “ice cream junkie.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

A mother and daughter with a baby in a stroller tried to avoid paying full fare on the Philadelphia subway by sharing a day pass intended for only one person. They went to the 60th Street Station, where the cashier punched the pass and allowed the daughter to enter. The mother then went to the 56th Street Station and used the pass. When the two women met up at the next station, neither had the baby. According to transit official Heather Redfern, both women assumed when they split up that the other one had taken the child. The women notified transit police, who reunited them with the child and declined to cite the pair for violating the day-pass rule. (Philadelphia Daily News)

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Rockies Today, April 26

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:48 PM

The April 26 Rockies Today update has been unavailable due to technical difficulties at mountainwestnews.org.

We will try to update today's links when the bugs get worked out.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rockies Today, April 25

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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Falling gold prices cited in Montana mine's closure
The Drumlummon Mine near Marysville is gearing down production due to the drop in the price of gold, with plans to layoff 107 people at the Montana mine and at the processing plant in Philipsburg by June 28.
Helena Independent Record; April 25

Gov. Herbert releases Utah's plan to protect sage grouse
On Wednesday, Gov. Gary Herbert rolled out Utah's plan to keep sage grouse off the federal endangered species list that contains a "mitigation bank," which allows companies that disturb surface areas to invest in habitat protection in other areas of the state, although conservationists were quick to point out that the plan did not require that the areas preserved actually provided habitat for sage grouse.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 10

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10 Days for 10 Sticks

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Alex Alviar
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If you read this week's cover story, you'll be introduced to Alex Alviar, founder of the 10Sticks program that is looking to grow the sport of lacrosse among Montana's Native American reservations. The program has an immediate goal: sending four members of Montana’s only Native American lacrosse team on a pilgrimage to the Six Nations of Iroquois Confederacy. To reach that goal, they've launched a 10-day crowd-funding rally called Ten Days for Ten Sticks.

The four representatives who travel to what Alviar calls the “motherland of lacrosse” will spend time with members of the tribe that is widely considered to be the progenitors of modern lacrosse. The boys will attend clinics and compete on the field with Iroquois players.

“Funds will also support phase one of a short documentary film that captures the stories of the first ten teenage boys from the Flathead Indian Reservation who have stepped forward to bring this traditional Native game to the kids in their community,” says Alviar.

Contributors can receive unique traditional Native game sets that are harvested and hand carved by the players and community members. 

Ten Sticks players will also attend the River Honoring 2013, where they will introduce the game to hundreds of fourth graders from all over the reservation. If enough money is raised, Alviar also hopes to send the full 10Sticks team to the State Championships in Bozeman.

Learn more at the 10Sticks website.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Montana fares poorly in U.S. News school rankings

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM


U.S. News and World Report published this week its rankings of the best high schools in America. The report used metrics like state proficiency test scores and Advanced Placement program data to determine which public high schools were better than the rest.

Of the 21,035 schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia studied, only three Montana schools—Gardiner High, Bozeman High and Fort Benton High—cracked the top 1,000.

The top Missoula school? Hellgate at No. 1,494. Sentinel came in at No. 1,832 and Big Sky was unranked.

For a closer look at the report's methodology click here.

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Rockies Today, April 24

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 10:55 AM

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Montana senator says Rocky Mountain Front bill will be a priority
After announcing that he would not seek re-election next year, Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus said his decision will free him from having to campaign and allow him to pursue the passage of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, as well as legislation to protect the U.S. side of the North Fork watershed.
Great Falls Tribune; April 24

USGS study finds sage grouse like undisturbed areas, quiet
A new study led by U.S. Geological Survey biologist Steve Knick confirmed that sage grouse need undisturbed habitat and solitude for successful reproduction, with 99 percent of the active 3,000 leks studied in 355,000 square miles of historic sage grouse range in the West found in areas where no more than 3 percent of the land was disturbed by human activity.
Idaho Statesman; April 24

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Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Find Rob Brezsny's "Free Will Astrology" online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): How we react to the sound of the wind gives clues to our temperament, said philosopher Theodor W. Adorno. The unhappy person thinks of "the fragility of his house and suffers from shallow sleep and violent dreams." But for the happy person, the wind sings "the song of protectedness: its furious howling concedes that it has power over him no longer." I bring this up to illustrate a point about your life. There will be a strong and vivid influence coming your way that is like the wind as described by Adorno. It's neither bad nor good in itself, but may seem like one or the other depending on the state of mind you choose to cultivate.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sen. Baucus confirms retirement

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Sen. Max Baucus confirmed this morning that he will serve out his current term and not seek re-election in 2014, saying in a release that "serving the people of Montana has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life."

"After much consideration and many conversations with my wife Mel and our family, I have decided not to seek reelection in 2014," Baucus said. "I will serve out my term, and then it will be time to go home to Montana."

The press release outlined Baucus' priorities for the coming year and a half, including the North Fork Watershed Protection Act, the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and passing a strong Farm Bill. "I’m not turning out to pasture," the six-term Democrat said, "because there is important work left to do, and I intend to spend the year and a half getting it done. Our country and our state face enormous challenges—rising debt, a dysfunctional tax code, threats to our outdoor heritage, and the need for more good-paying jobs."

Baucus added that the decision not to run for reelection was "extremely difficult," but ultimately he wanted to spend the next two years working in Washington, D.C., "unconstrained by the demands of a campaign."

"Then, I want to come home and spend time with Mel, my son Zeno, and our family enjoying the Montana public lands we’ve fought hard to keep open and untarnished."

The full release appears below:

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