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Idaho wolf hunting season ended Saturday, opened Sunday
The 2011-2012 wolf hunting season in Idaho ended Saturday, and the 2012-13 wolf hunting season on private land in the Panhandle opened, with the general season opening Aug. 30 across the state.
Coeur d'Alene Press; July 4
Settlement of federal energy corridor case awaits judicial approval
The federal government has reached a settlement over challenges of a plan to create energy corridors for transmission lines, pipelines and other energy-distribution systems across the West, and the settlement is now before a federal district court judge in California.
Durango Herald; July 5
General Electric puts Colorado solar panel plant on hold
Aurora took another economic punch when General Electric announced that the $300-million solar-panel plant it had planned to build in the Colorado city, creating an estimated 335 jobs, would be delayed 14 to 18 months.
Denver Post; July 5
Tribes in the West take different approaches on energy
About 10 percent of the nation's power plants operate within 20 miles of reservations, and while the Navajo Nation has embraced power production, with five power plants operating on its sprawling reservation in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, while members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana are fighting to get the Colstrip coal-fired power plant shut down.
Denver Post (AP); July 5
Smoke from Wyoming wildfires smog up Colorado skies
As wildfires in Colorado quieted on Wednesday, smoke from large wildfires burning in Wyoming poured across the border along Colorado's Front Range, prompting an air quality alert in Denver.
Denver Post; July 4
Federal drought disaster declared in 62 of Colorado's 64 counties
Farmers and ranchers in all but Delta and San Juan counties have access to federal emergency loans after 62 of Colorado's 64 counties received federal disaster designations due to drought.
Denver Post; July 4
Alberta city launches jobs campaign in Oregon, Washington state
The Edmonton Economic Development Corp. (EEDC) is seeking thousands of skilled workers for a number of infrastructure projects, and the Alberta city began its media campaign for such workers in Seattle and other parts of Washington state and Oregon.
Edmonton Journal; July 5
BLM takes public comment on proposed land exchange in Utah
Under a proposed land swap, the Bureau of Land Management would trade nearly 14,000 acres it owns in Utah's Skull Valley for 14,300 acres now owned by the Skull Valley Co., and the BLM is taking public comment on the proposed exchange through July 17.
Deseret News; July 5
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