The Rockies Today, Oct. 10

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Interior secretary approves 1,000-turbine wind farm in Wyoming
On Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced his approval of a 1,000-turbine wind farm on Bureau of Land Management lands in Wyoming, with work on the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project set to begin early next year.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Oct. 10

Alberta city wants to export trash expertise to China
The waste-management system in place in Edmonton will eventually divert 90 percent of the waste from the Alberta city's landfill, and Mayor Stephen Mandel is working with a Chinese company to build a similar system for Beijing’s ETOWN industrial suburb.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 10

Idaho's changing attitude on wind power linked to electricity rate structure
In four years, Idaho approved 30 wind farm projects, but the welcome mat for the renewable energy is no longer out, and underlying the change in attitude about wind-generated power is the rate the Idaho Public Utilities Commission says utilities must pay for power from independent companies.
StateImpact.npr.org; Oct. 10

Wind-energy giant cuts 75 jobs at its blade factory in Colorado
Vestas announced another round of job cuts in Colorado on Tuesday, with 75 positions ended at its Brighton factory that makes blades for wind turbines.
Denver Post; Oct. 10

Appeals challenge Colorado ski area expansion
The U.S. Forest Service has received two appeals of its approval of Breckenridge Ski Resort's Peak 6 expansion in Colorado.
Summit Daily News; Oct. 10

Montana subdivision just one deal away from breaking ground
It's been a long road for Greg and Donna Hamilton in their seven-year quest to clean up a former gravel pit on the shores of a natural glacial pothole lake in Montana's Missoula County and create a 30-lot subdivision, but they're just one agreement away from starting the first phase of the development.
Missoulian; Oct. 10

Consultant: Idaho has run out of time to create health insurance exchange
A consultant hired to work with the 13-member task force appointed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to study options for a health insurance exchange required by the Affordable Care Act said the time has come and gone for Idaho to create a state-run exchange and must work with the federal government's exchange.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 10

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