Federal appeals court reinstates Montana's campaign finance limits
Less than a week after a federal judge tossed Montana's campaign finance limits on state races, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals intervened, reinstated those limits and ordered the judge to fully explain his reasoning in removing those limits so the appeals court can review that decision.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Oct. 11
Montana FWP pulls Tongue River RR easement from agenda
A proposed easement through a state-owned Miles City fish hatchery needed for the Tongue River Railroad, an 80-mile spur needed to access coal mines in southeastern Montana, was on the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission's agenda for today, but was pulled because the commission needed more time to study the details of the agreement.
Great Falls Tribune and Associated Press; Oct. 11
At B.C. hearing, Enbridge officials questioned about pipeline safety record
At a hearing in Prince George on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project, British Columbia officials took Enbridge representatives to task over the company's safety record in the United States, where 31 spills occurred in a decade, and none of the six largest spills were detected by sensing equipment.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Oct. 11
Environmental groups win role in uranium mill hearing in Colorado
A court-appointed arbitrator gave party status to Rocky Mountain Wild, Colorado Environmental Coalition and the Center for Biological Diversity in Colorado Department of Health and Environment hearings on a permit for the Pinon Ridge uranium mill.
Denver Post; Oct. 11
Wyoming reports 19 wolves killed so far this hunting season
Sixteen of the 19 wolves taken by hunters in Wyoming's first regulated wolf hunt that began Oct. 1 were killed in the zone where wolves are classified as trophy animals, the remainder were taken in areas where wolves are classified as predators.
Jackson Hole Daily; Oct. 11
Citing expensive pipeline repairs, BP allows Wyoming lake to dry up
Soda Lake was formed in the 1950's when the owner of a Casper refinery began pumping refinery waste into a seasonal lake several miles north of the Wyoming city, and the lake became a stopover for migratory waterfowl, but the refinery has been closed for more than two decades, and the current owner declined to spend millions of dollars to repair the four-mile pipeline that fed the lake, which is now drying up.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 11
Hundreds of immigrants in Utah sign up for deferred action
At a meeting Wednesday of the Utah Commission on Immigration and Migration, attorney Tim Wheelwright said that only 746 young immigrants in the state have signed up for the federal deferred action plan unveiled by the Obama administration in August, a fraction of thousands in the state who are eligible for the program.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 11
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