Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rockies Today, May 29

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM

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Reach of latest coal project on Montana reservation stretches west to the coast
Coal has been an economic driver on the Crow Reservation in southeastern Montana since the 1970s, but the latest project proposed by Cloud Peak Energy for 1.4 billion tons of coal hinges on the ability to export the coal overseas and two proposed ports on the West Coast.
Missoula Independent; May 29

Nature Conservancy's work on Idaho creek done to blend in
The Nature Conservancy's goal on its restoration of Silver Creek in Idaho is to dredge a shallow pond at Silver Creek Preserve and restore the stream channel, as well as plant native vegetation to help cool the water in that area and keep it habitable for trout.
Idaho Statesman; May 29

Big data bulks up in Boise
Two companies with existing data centers in Boise, Involta and Fiberpipe Data Centers, are building or preparing to build much larger centers in the Idaho city, and San Diego-based DataSite will open its data center in the former Hewlett-Packard center in the city on Sunday.
Idaho Statesman; May 29

Colorado's job numbers bounce back above pre-recession levels
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported there were 2,443,800 nonfarm payroll jobs in the state at the end of April, 81,000 more than the previous peak of 2,362,700 in May 2008.
Denver Post; May 29

ConAgra opposes air-quality permit for fertilizer plant in Idaho
Idaho's air-quality permit for Magnida Magnolia Nitrogen's proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant in Idaho has been appealed by ConAgra, because that company does not want the fertilizer plant built next door to the french fry plant in American Falls operated by its subsidiary Lamb Weston.
Idaho Statesman; May 29

Idaho PUC denies utility's request for moratorium on solar power
On Wednesday, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission denied Idaho Power's request to put a moratorium on signing new solar power contracts, with the utility board stating that the utility's claim of a crisis "is of the company's own making."
Idaho Statesman; May 29

Cleanup of oil spill in Utah's Grand County continues
A failed oil well last week sent thousands of barrels of oil mixed with water down Salt Wash, a dry streambed on public land in Utah's Grand County, and some of the mixture made it the 12 miles to the Green River, although the amount that flowed into the river is currently under dispute.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 29

Kinder Morgan discounts concerns about B.C. tank terminal
After the deputy fire chief of Burnaby warned that Kinder Morgan's plan to expand its tank terminal in the British Columbia community that will more than double the storage capacity at that facility increased the risk of a catastrophic event, Kinder Morgan officials pointed to the company's 60-year, fire-free record at the facility, and said the dire prediction assumed no action on the company's part at all to contain a fire there.
Vancouver Sun; May 29

Utah among states using 'housing first' to end homelessness
New data from the National Alliance to End Homelessness indicates that homelessness in the United States has declined 17 percent since 2005, and credited the "housing first" approach, such as that in place in Utah, with reducing the number of homeless in the nation.
Christian Science Monitor; May 29

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