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Ski areas association sues USFS over water rights
The National Ski Areas Association filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Colorado against the U.S. Forest Service over the agency's permitting revision that requires some ski areas to transfer water rights to the agency.
Denver Post; Jan. 11
Subsidiary of Spanish company secures loan to build Montana wind farm
NaturEner USA LLC, a subsidiary of Spain-based NaturEner, announced it had obtained a $320-million loan from Morgan Stanley, allowing the San Francisco-based company to move forward with construction of a 126-turbine wind farm on 21,000 acres in Montana near Shelby.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 11
Canada's first hearing on Northern Gateway Pipeline a local affair
Despite concerns that foreign interests had hijacked the debate about building the Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia to carry oilsands crude to Pacific ports, nearly all the attendees at the first hearing held on the project, in Kitamaat Village, the terminus for the pipeline, were locals.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Jan. 11
Exergy Development Group announces plans for 23 wind parks in Idaho
Boise-based Exergy Development Group announced Tuesday that it plans to build 23 wind parks in Idaho, four of which will be sited in Twin Falls County.
Twin Falls Times-News; Jan. 11
Wisconsin-based aerospace company to open branch in Montana
Officials of EMTEQ, a Wisconsin-based aerospace products manufacturing company, said Great Falls pool of talented workers, the work done by the Great Falls Development Authority to get the company to open a branch in the Montana city, as well as Malmstrom Air Force Base's proximity, all played into their decision to open a branch there that will eventually employ 60.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 11
Bankruptcy judge moves Spanish Peaks case to Montana
Montana creditors successfully argued their case to move the bankruptcy proceedings of the exclusive Spanish Peaks development from Delaware to Montana, with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brendan Linehan Shannon ruling Tuesday to do so.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Jan. 11
Ranch owner regrets donating ranch to Colorado, Wyoming universities
As the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University contemplate selling the 50,000-acre Y Cross ranch donated to the universities by Amy Davis in 1997 to promote agricultural courses at the two schools, Davis now says she regrets the donation because she does not believe the schools did much to meet the purpose of the donation.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Jan. 11
Colorado county suggests BLM add seasonal closures of some wildlife areas
The Bureau of Land Management is updating its management plan for more than half a million acres of land in Colorado's Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Rio Blanco and Routt counties, and on Tuesday, the Pitkin County Commission submitted comments to the plan that recommended the Crown, Light Hill and Arbaney Mesa be designated as Winter Core Wildlife Areas.
Aspen Times; Jan. 11
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