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Montana wildlife commission issues decisions on deer, wolves and bison
At its meeting Thursday in Helena, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission approved that city's plan to remove up to 220 urban whitetail deer, issued preliminary decisions to extend the wolf hunt season in an area of the Bitterroot Valley and to allow licensed hunters to kill bison that roam outside of tolerance zones near Yellowstone National Park.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 20
Idaho cheese company announces $15M expansion in Twin Falls
Twin Falls-based Glanbia Foods is expected to announce today its plan for a 3-story office building that will become the cheesemaker's headquarters, as well as the creation of a 14,000-square-foot research center in an existing building in the Idaho city.
Twin Falls Times-News; Jan. 20
President's initiative to spur tourism touts national parks
President Obama's executive order issued Thursday is designed to make it easier for international tourists to visit the United States, and includes a provision to promote "national treasures," including national parks and monuments, as well as state parks.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 20
Halliburton plans $20M terminal in Colorado for hydraulic-fracturing sand
In order to support hydraulic fracturing operations in Colorado, Texas-based Halliburton plans to build a $20-million sand terminal near Windsor to supply the sand needed in the drilling method.
Denver Post; Jan. 20
USFS Forest Legacy Program to fund projects in Idaho, Montana
The U.S. Forest Service's Forest Legacy Program provides funding to states to protect private lands that are environmentally sensitive, and the Forest Service released its list of projects funding in 2012, with Montana getting $6.5 million to put a conservation easement on 28,000 acres of Stimson Lumber Co. land near Troy and Idaho getting $3 million to protect two 700-acre parcels near Bonners Ferry.
Missoulian; Jan. 20
EPA extends public comment period on Wyoming water contamination study
At the behest of Wyoming and the gas industry, the Environmental Protection Agency extended the time for the public to respond to its study on water contamination in the Pavillion area that said hydraulic fracturing operations may be linked to that contamination.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 20
Alberta industries monitor power prices, shut down when they hit threshold
Electricity is on the minds of residents and business owners in Alberta, and on the agenda of local, provincial and federal officials, and with businesses using 85 percent of all the power consumed in the province, some monitor the megawatt-hour price and shut down operations when the price hits a certain threshold.
Edmonton Journal; Jan. 20
After Keystone XL decision, Alberta explores new markets for oil
Alberta International Affairs Minister Cal Dallas said that, after President Obama's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the province will increase its lobbying of the U.S. government to allow the project to move forward, while exploring other markets for its oil, including other Canadian provinces and Asia.
Edmonton Journal; Jan. 20
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