The Rockies Today, Oct. 8

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Wildfires burn through federal funds to fight burns
Fire season came early to the West and is staying late, with millions of acres scorched over the past six months, and fighting those wildfires has burned through the money allocated by Congress to do so.
Washington Post; Oct. 7

U. of Wyoming first in nation in per-student funding in 2010
Wyoming is one of seven states in the nation where per-student funding for research universities increased between 2002 and 2010, during which time Colorado tied for second place with Oregon and South Carolina in per-student funding cuts.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 8

State PUC decision will determine Idaho Power's course on wind power
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision that said Idaho Power must honor its contracts to buy wind-generated power even during times of low demand did not order the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to follow the federal board's ruling, thus keeping the decision on wind-generated power before the state utilities board.
Idaho Statesman; >Oct. 8

Oregon town draws the line at a horse slaughter plant
Wyoming state Rep. Sue Wallis said that four refurbished beef- or bison-processing plants will reopen as horse slaughter facilities within the next few months in New Mexico, Iowa and Missouri, but a horse trainer who is trying to open such a plant in Hermiston met considerable resistance from the Oregon city, and is now awaiting a decision on building the plant outside city limits in Umatilla County.
Portland Oregonian; Oct. 7

Wyoming man part of team working on new oilsands extraction method
Mark Trautman, a Wyoming native, is a senior scientist at Florida-based Harris Corporation working on an oilsands extraction method that uses electromagnetic waves to heat the oil out of the sand.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 8

Commercial building again heats up in Idaho's Treasure Valley
There are four major commercial construction projects worth an estimated $409 million in total either under way or on the way in the Treasure Valley, bringing thousands of construction jobs, as well as permanent jobs to the Idaho valley.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 8

After battling disease, invasive species, all of Utah's fish hatcheries back in operation
For the first time since 1999, all 10 of Utah's coldwater hatcheries could be producing fish in November, after whirling disease outbreaks and the discovery of New Zealand mud snails forced some of them to shut down for periods of time over the past 13 years.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 8

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