Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rockies Today, July 22

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Federal board pushes back decision on railroad to Montana, Wyoming coal
The announced delay of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board's draft analysis of the proposed Tongue River Railroad, which would serve new coal mines in the Powder River Basin on the Montana-Wyoming border, is another bump in the road for coal companies seeking to tap into the international market.
Flathead Beacon (AP); July 20

Home sales across Montana down a bit from last year
A midyear review of home sales across Montana's eight largest markets at the mid-year point indicate that overall sales are down 6 percent from the same period last year, with Butte, Great Falls and Gallatin showing the largest increase in sales, while Missoula saw the largest decline.
Flathead Beacon; July 22

Report says changes need to be made to protect wildland firefighters
Five retired wildland firefighters reviewed incidents over the past 23 years where colleagues have been killed and release a report "Safety Matters," which calls for substantial changes on the chain of command and responsibility, and the report was presented to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group in Idaho last month, but Dan Smith, the chairman of the group, declined to make a comment on the report, saying further analysis was needed.
WyoFile.com; July 22

Global company seeks 500 new workers in Utah, plans to hire 500 more
C3 — CustomerContactChannels, announced that the global technology company is hiring 500 new employees in Salt Lake City, and plans to add another 500 employees by the end of the year.
Deseret News; July 22

Protest at Utah tarsands mine ends in arrest of 21
On Monday, deputies with the Uintah County Sheriff's Office arrested 21 of the dozens of protesters with the Utah Tar Sands Resistance group, who blocked access to equipment near where U.S. Oil Sands is working on the first tar sands mine in the Beehive State.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 22

Moose make their way into Utah's Range Creek Canyon
Utah state biologist have spotted a dozen or so moose in the hot, dry Range Creek Canyon, and said that the moose appear to have found a way to survive in the arid area that provides atypical habitat for the species.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 22

Utah again climbs in annual ranking of children's well-being
In 2009, Utah ranked third overall in the United States in the annual KIDS COUNT report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, but the Beehive State's ranking then fell each year after that, but the annual report for 2013 show Utah again heading upward, with an 11th place ranking.
Deseret News; July 22

Montana falls in rankings in annual survey on kids' well-being
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 25th annual Kids Count rankings, and Montana lost some ground from the 2012 report, and remained last in the nation in children's health rankings, due in part to a high number of traffic fatalities and suicides.
Missoulian; July 22

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