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More bighorn sheep die in western Wyoming
Earlier this winter, Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists drew blood samples from 14 bighorn sheep in the Jackson herd and 10 tested positive for a bacteria that has been linked to fatal pneumonia die-offs in bighorn sheep herds across the West, and some of the sheep tested have been found dead.
Jackson Hole Daily; Jan. 28
Boaters, anglers try to overturn Utah law on stream access
In 2010, the Utah Legislature passed legislation that required anglers, kayakers and others to get a landowner’s permission before walking on the private bed of a public body of water, which the Utah Stream Access Coalition is challenging in state court on the grounds that it violates the public trust doctrine.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 28
BLM delays release of report on Idaho-Wyoming power line project
The Bureau of Land Management's final Environmental Impact Statement for the Gateway West transmission line project was to be released last week, but BLM officials said disputes about the line's route from Glenrock, Wyo., to an area southwest of Boise has delayed that report.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Jan. 28
Hundreds of coal miners in Wyoming, Montana lost their jobs in 2012
Demand for coal in the United States has fallen dramatically over the past several years, although international demand is growing, but until access to overseas markets is improved, the hundreds of workers at coal mines in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming who lost their jobs last year will be looking for work.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 28
Alberta study of grizzly bears finds nuture trumps nature
A four-year study of grizzly bears in Alberta found that how cubs were raised was the primary driving force of how they behaved as adults.
Calgary Herald; Jan. 28
Changes made at Idaho's Capitol after gun-touting man takes a tour
Public access to Idaho's Capitol in Boise has been a point of pride with members of the public welcomed to the legislative chambers whenever the building was open, but after a man openly carrying a sidearm joined a Cub Scouts tour one evening and was caught on video going through lawmakers' trash and examining materials on their desks, the building is now closed to the public on weekends and after 6 p.m. on weekdays.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Jan. 28
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