The Rockies Today, Oct. 17

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Bullock releases his plan to improve public land access in Montana
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Bullock released his "Removing Padlocks and Creating Partnerships: Hunting and Fishing for all Montanans" plan in Great Falls on Tuesday.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 17

Tuesday's cold front delivered a milestone in Pacific NW power production
When a cold front moved through the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday, wind-generated power outpaced hydropower for the first time.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 17

Group sues Idaho State Land Board over Salmon River dredging permit
The Idaho Conservation League filed a lawsuit in state district court challenging the Idaho Land Board's decision to allow a gold dredging operation on a half-mile stretch of the Salmon River about 13 miles downstream of Riggins.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Oct. 17

Audit: Colorado's conservation easement program has myriad problems
The 107-page report on the audit done of Colorado's land conservation program found that, although legislative changes designed to prevent abuses had worked to a certain extent, they were not enough to ensure the validity of the program.
Denver Post; Oct. 17

Wyoming lawmakers drive natural-gas vehicle plans forward
Members of the Wyoming Legislature's Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee approved two bills on Tuesday: One that would expand the state's fleet of natural gas powered vehicles and another that would amend a state incentive plan to include the construction on natural-gas filling stations.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 17

Companies are 'onshoring' manufacturing jobs back to Colorado
The shrinking differences in wages paid to factory employees in other countries in the United States is credited for the return of manufacturing jobs to Colorado and other states.
Denver Post; Oct. 14

Utah company, Navajo firm team up to bring power to Navajo Nation homes
The Navajo-owned renewable energy company, Big Navajo Energy, has signed an agreement with Provo-based Humless to install solar-battery generator systems in 8,000 homes on the Navajo Nation in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico that currently do not have electricity.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 17

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