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Colorado ski resorts on spending spree
Colorado's ski resorts had one of the best seasons ever last winter, and despite hints of a double-dip recession, they are spending a combined $100 million on upgrades.
Denver Post; Aug. 31
Storms pummel Northern Rockies with lightning, sparking wildfires
A stormfront moving through the Northern Rockies rained more than 42,000 lightning strikes down on the region, igniting new wildfires in Idaho and Montana, the largest of which was in south-central Montana near Laurel, which grew to more than 2,000 acres by Tuesday morning.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Aug. 31
Teton County Commission asks Wyoming to tweak wolf plan
At a public meeting on Wyoming's proposed wolf-management plan, Teton County Commissioner Hank Phibbs urged that legislators, who must approve the plan, move the line dividing wolves' status between a trophy game and predators along Highway 22 and down U.S. 191 to just south of Teton County's boundary.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Aug. 31
Idaho wolf hunt season opens as depredation numbers rise
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that wolf kills in Idaho this year are up more than 17 percent compared to last year, with wolves killing 50 cattle, 34 sheep and 3 dogs so far this year, and state wildlife officials hope that this year's wolf hunt will help curtail depredation cases.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 31
Idaho wolf tags sales this season just a fraction of those sold in 2009
Idaho has sold just 9,000 wolf tags for the hunt that began Aug. 30, compared to 26,433 sold for the hunt in 2009.
Coeur d'Alene Press; Aug. 31
Idaho tech companies search for skilled workers
Despite high employment across Idaho, technology companies in the Gem State, and indeed across the nation, are on the hunt for senior software engineers, data analysts, Web designers and application developers.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 31
Canada disagrees with Alberta's water conservation plan
Canada's Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has formally disassociated itself from Alberta's water conservation plan because it says aspects of the plan do too little to protect some rivers and may actually allow degradation of those waters.
Edmonton Journal; Aug. 31
Bid for Weld County parcel at Colorado oil auction sets new record
At the Colorado State Land Board’s auction on Aug. 18, Contex Energy Co. bid $5,850 per acre for a 320-acre parcel in Weld County, breaking the per-acre record set in May by Colorado Energy Minerals Inc. on its $4,550-per-acre bid for a parcel also located in that county.
Greeley Tribune; Aug. 31
Desire to protect Animas River brings Colorado groups together
Users of the Animas River often have disparate demands on the river in Colorado, but a unifying desire to protect the river and its watershed has brokered discussions and some compromises. The final in the Durango Herald's four-part series on the river.
Durango Herald; Aug. 31
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