Rockies Today, Feb. 25



Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Effects of U.S. drought cascades through feedlots, meatpacking plants
The nation's financial crisis shuttered some feedlots in the United States, and the drought that forced ranchers to sell their herds has kept those closed and others are closing, and with a lack of cattle to process, meatpacking plants are shutting down as well.
Edmonton Journal (AP); Feb. 25

Wyoming Senate leader says gun group's behavior torpedoed legislation
Senate Majority Floor Leader Sen. Phil Nicholas said he killed legislation that sought to exempt Wyoming from future assault weapons bans after the Wyoming Gun Owners Association targeted lawmakers that tried to amend or opposed the legislation, with Nicholas saying he took the action to make a point about what he viewed was outrageous behavior.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Feb. 23

Half a dozen bison bills are in the hopper of Montana Legislature
Among the bills still under consideration before the Montana Legislature is one that would prohibit the relocation of bison from Yellowstone National Park anywhere in the state but the National Bison Range.
Ravalli Republic; Feb. 25

Bad air days besmirch Utah's natural image
Along Utah's Wasatch Front, air pollution has exceeded federal limits 22 days so far this winter.
New York Times; Feb. 24

Nation's governors have mixed reactions to sequestration warnings
As the White House stepped up its warnings about the effects of sequestration on states' budgets, those warnings elicited a mixed response at the Sunday meeting of the National Governors' Association in Washington, D.C., with one governor calling across-the-board cuts "stupid," and another calling the warnings "malarkey."
New York Times; Feb. 25

Beartooth Capital buys ranches in the West, improves them, sells them
Bozeman-based Beartooth Capital is an investment firm with a conservation bent in that the company buys ranches in the West, makes improvements, works with state and federal agencies to protect some of the acres with conservation easements, and then sells the ranches, which have so far been located in Montana, California, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado.
Casper Star-Tribune (Billings Gazette); Feb. 25

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