Rockies Today, March 27

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Idaho legislator holds multistate meeting on sage grouse
Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke hosted a meeting last weekend in Salt Lake City with legislators and gubernatorial advisers from Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada to find a way for western states to work together to stave off the federal government's listing of sage grouse as endangered, and one of the first decisions the group made was to extend an invitation to Oregon, Montana and Colorado to send representatives to the next meeting set for April 9 in Salt Lake City.
Idaho Statesman; March 27

Colorado town to lose its largest private employer in May
Total Merchant Services announced it is closing its offices in Basalt, putting 123 of its 140 workers in the Colorado town out of work by May 28, and relocating 17 others to its offices in California.
Aspen Times; March 27

Idaho-based Coeur d'Alene Mining Corp. to move headquarters to Chicago
Chicago Mayor Rahn Emanuel's office announced Monday that Coeur d'Alene Mining Corp. will move its headquarters from Idaho to Chicago during the third quarter of this year, bringing 60 new jobs to the Illinois city.
Crain's Chicago Business; March 27

Valve box near Colorado gas plant may be source of spill
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said Tuesday that Williams Midstream gas plant employees are focusing their investigation of a leak from that plant first reported on March 8 on a valve box on a pipeline that carries natural gas liquids away from the plant.
Denver Post; March 27

Updates provided Tuesday on Utah pipeline spill
Another trio of beavers were taken from their lodge at Willard State Park to protect them from the effects of a diesel fuel spill from a Chevron Pipe Line Co. in Utah, and the incident command team lowered the estimate of diesel fuel captured by a third from the figure released Friday.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 27

BLM approves expansion plans of coal mine in Colorado
On Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management approved changes sought by Arch Coal Inc. lease for its West Elk Mine in Colorado that will allow the coal mine to expand on another 1,700 acres adjacent to its existing mine.
Denver Post (AP); March 27

Subdivision proposed on private inholding in Wyoming national forest
A 29-unit subdivision has been proposed for 73 privately owned acres on the Greys River Ranch that lies within the Bridger-Teton National Forest, accessible only by a 22-mile U.S. Forest Service road that isn't plowed in the winter, and critics of the project are urging Lincoln County commissioners to reject the Wyoming subdivision.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; March 27

Yellowstone National Park to publish plowing updates online
Given the interest in the plowing schedule for Yellowstone National Park roads, the National Park Service will post updates on plows' progress online, with updates posted Tuesday through Friday morning.
Billings Gazette; March 27

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