The Rockies Today, Nov. 1

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Montana's wildfire season worst since 1910
More than 1.1 million acres in Montana were scorched by wildfire this year, and more than half the 2,116 wildfires were human-caused.
Billings Gazette; Nov. 1

Alberta distributes climate change funds
The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. (CCEMC), the Alberta corporation that collects funds from carbon-emitting industries in the province, distributed $34 million of those funds to 13 projects, including SALT Canada's project in Fort McMurray that is the world’s largest landfill carbon reduction project.
Edmonton Journal; Nov. 1

Vestas annouces more job cuts in Colorado
Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems announced that it was closing its research and development office in Louisville, the last of the company's three R&D facilities in the United States, and eliminating all 60 jobs, putting the company's remaining workforce in Colorado at an estimated 1,100.
Denver Post; Nov. 1

Emails indicate Canadian resource minister's struggles with new job
Postmedia News obtained emails between Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and other Canadian officials indicating that Oliver struggled with information about energy projects and asked for briefings to help him appear knowledgeable about issues.
Calgary Herald (Postmedia News); Nov. 1

Two donors contributed two-thirds of Education Voters of Idaho's cash
Education Voters of Idaho complied with a state district court judge's order and released its list of donors, with Joe Scott, a grandson of grocery-store founder A.J. Albertson, giving $250,000 of the group's $641,160 funding, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributing $200,000.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 1

Former Idaho education official has key role in laptop program
Garry Lough worked for the Idaho Department of Education until March 2 of this year, and now he is Idaho director of customer services for Education Networks of America, which is the subcontractor for Hewlett Packard, charged with setting up and operating wireless networks in every Idaho high school, on which laptops provided by Hewlett Packard for the state will run.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Nov. 1

Dozens of companies sign petition protesting gondola project in Utah
Utah-based Black Diamond is leading a petition drive to oppose the proposal to link Canyons Resort near Park City and Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon with a gondola, and more than 80 companies have so far signed on to protest SkiLink.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 1

Spanish company's trouble in Argentina casts pall on Alberta oilsands deal
Athabasca Oil Corp.'s multibillion-dollar joint venture in Alberta's oilsands with the Kuwait Petroleum Corp. and Spanish company Repsol YPF SA may have hit a snag after Repsol appears to have withdrawn from the deal after Argentina nationalized Repsol's holdings in that South American country.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Nov. 1

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