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Montana rural telephone company presses FCC on dropped calls
Large companies' use of "least-cost routing," the practice of bouncing long-distance telephone calls around the United States to find the cheapest carrier, has resulted in a large number of lost calls, and a rocketing increase in complaints to the Federal Communications Commission by rural telephone cooperatives, including Range Telephone Cooperative in Montana.
Wyoming will ask U.S. Supreme Court to hear roadless dispute
After the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule, putting that circuit in line with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said the state will appeal the 10th Circuit decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP);
Colorado senator begins 'long road' on wilderness designation
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall wants a large swath of Colorado's Roaring Fork Basin reviewed for potential designation as wilderness, covering nearly 236,000 in Pitkin, Eagle and Summit counties.
NPS wants to improve barrier to keep lake trout out of Glacier Nat'l Park lake
Glacier National Park officials are asking for public comment on a proposal to modify and improve a fish barrier to keep lake trout and other non-native fish out of Quartz Lake in the national park in Montana, which is one of the last place where native fish reign supreme in the Columbia River basin.
Investigation in Colorado finds welfare-debit cards used at casinos, strip clubs
A 9News investigation that tracked 222,000 transactions of debit cards over six months issued by Colorado to welfare recipients found the cards were used to get cash at ATMs at such places as casinos and liquor stores, where state laws ban such transactions, and that the ATM transactions reviewed cost the state about $540,000 in ATM fees.
Denver Post (9News);
Environmental groups protest Colorado governor's spiel on oil, gas safety
A group of 13 environmental groups are asking Gov. John Hickenlooper to withdraw the ad done for the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission in which the governor touts the state's tough law on hydraulic fracturing for preventing any water contamination in the state due to energy development.
USFWS to remove 4 wolves roaming Wyoming subdivision
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services agents have been watching four wolves that have been routinely running through neighborhoods in and around Jackson for a month, and decided the wolves are too habituated to humans so they will be removed.
Jackson Hole Daily;
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