Billionaire builds Colorado's newest town—a private Old West enclave
Bill Koch, the multibillionaire founder and owner of Oxbow Group, owns one of the largest collections of American Western frontier memorabilia, and he's building an Old West town on his property in Colorado to house that collection.
Denver Post; Aug. 20
Marijuana-growing operation found in national forest one of Colorado's largest
Federal and state authorities raided a marijuana-growing operation in the San Isabel National Forest in southwest Colorado last week, confiscating 13,375 plants and arresting two suspects, with four avoiding arrest.
Denver Post; Aug. 20
Montana governor says coal decision will stand despite protest
A weeklong protest against the Montana State Land Board's decision to lease state-owned coal tracts to Arch Coal won't change the board's decision, according to Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a member of the board.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Aug. 17
Ramped up oil production in Utah basin a mixed blessing
Texas-based Newfield Exploration Co. is now pulling about 30 percent of all crude produced in Utah from its operations near Myton in the eastern part of the state, and the 24/7 operations and the hundred trucks a day that drive along U.S. Highway 40 are just the beginning of a much larger boom.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 20
BLM review of Wyoming uranium mine puts it on pace to open in October
Colorado-based UR-Energy has just one regulatory hurdle to clear before it can begin mining for uranium in a remote area of southwest Wyoming, now that the Bureau of Land Management has completed its review of the project.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 18
Wyoming reports 34 bison killed during first two days of hunt
Hunters killed a total of 34 bison during the first 48 hours of the annual hunt on the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming.
Jackson Hole Daily; Aug. 18
Community meetings on wildfires scheduled in Idaho
The Trinity Fire forced the evacuation of Featherville over the weekend, and fire managers plan to meet with residents this morning at 10:30 in Pine, and the Halstead Fire, also in central Idaho, is now 143 square miles in size, and a community meeting is scheduled for Monday evening in Challis.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Aug. 18
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