Rockies Today, June 17

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Montana whittles down list of entities to get Yellowstone bison
There are now just five entities under consideration to get bison from Yellowstone National Park that have been held for the past few years at Ted Turner's Bozeman-area ranch, with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks winnowing down the list to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation's Assiniboine and Sioux tribes; the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources; the Wildlife Conservation Society; the American Prairie Reserve; and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); June 17

Another aerospace industry seeks tax abatement in Montana
Pioneer Aerostructures, which is building an aircraft parts factory in Montana's Capital City, has filed an application seeking a temporary reduction in its tax bill from Helena, which has approved similar tax abatement requests from Boeing and Summit Aeronautics Group.
Helena Independent Record; June 17

First Nations in Alberta sue federal government over water problems
A federal lawsuit filed Monday in Calgary by the Sucker Creek, Ermineskin, Kainai and Tsuu T'ina nations in Alberta charge the federal government has failed to live up to its promise to provide safe drinking water to communities on First Nations' reserves.
Calgary Herald; June 17

Idaho to take over regulation of discharge water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's large backlog of applications in its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting program in Idaho, as well as the state's Department of Environmental Quality's good rapport with industry were both cited by lawmakers who championed a bill to put such regulation in state hands, despite the annual cost of running the program estimated to be somewhere between at $2.5 million to $3 million annually.
Idaho Statesman; June 17

Large dairy food company bans milk from B.C. dairy
Saputo Inc. officials said the video showing abuse of animals at the Chilliwack Cattle Sales dairy farm in British Columbia, prompted the dairy food producer to decline any milk from that farm.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); June 17

Molybdenum mine in NW British Columbia gets B.C. Mines permit
British Columbia Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett said work can begin on the $812-million Kitsault molybdenum mine project in northwestern B.C., despite a pending action filed by the Nisga’a Nation against the province challenging the process by which the project was approved.
Vancouver Sun; June 17

Uranez ships uranium to Wyoming plant for processing
The first shipment of uranium-loaded resin from Uranez Energy's Nichols Ranch ISR Uranium Project in Wyoming was shipped to Cameco Resources' Smith Ranch uranium processing facilities for final processing.
Wyoming Business Report; June 17

College of Southern Idaho adopts policy covering guns on campus
To conform with a law in Idaho that takes effect July 1, the College of Southern Idaho has crafted a policy concerning carrying concealed weapons on campus, although officials have also issued a statement that urges people to leave their guns at home even though the law allows them to bring them to campus events.
Twin Falls Times News; June 17

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