Rockies Today, April 2

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Montana DEQ reviews permit application for gold mine near Butte
The area of Montana where Timberline Resources Corp. and Highland Mining want to mine gold has been mined for the precious metal off and on over the past 150 years, with the latest exploration of the site 15 miles south of Butte taking place in the 1990s.
Montana Standard; April 2

Battle to bring bison back to Montana prairies moves to the Legislature
For more than a decade, tribes and conservation groups have worked to get wild bison back on some of their historical ranges in Montana, and this year, a number of bills have been introduced in the state Legislature to keep that from happening.
New York Times; April 2

Federal judge in Idaho orders USFS to come up with snowmobile plan
In a federal lawsuit brought by Idaho-based Winter Wildlands Alliance against the U.S. Forest Service challenging the agency's decision to not develop an off-road travel plan for snowmobiles, a federal judge ordered the agency to develop such a plan within 180 days.
Idaho Statesman (AP); April 2

Study: Wyoming winds a perfect match for Colorado's power needs
A new study said that Wyoming's strong daytime winds make the Cowboy State's wind farms a perfect match for Colorado's electricity needs during the day, but transmission lines are needed to carry that power south.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 2

Texas company buys Encana leases on Colorado's Thompson Divide
Encana officials said that the two leases in the Thompson Divide area that the company did not sell to SG Interests would be allowed to expire, while SG Interests has asked the Bureau of Land Management to suspend the leases it holds in that area of Colorado to keep them from expiring.
Aspen Times (Post Independent); April 2

Utah issues 'catch and kill' order on 3 fish species in Green River
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources want anglers to "catch and kill" northern pike walleye and smallmouth bass on the 30-mile stretch of the Green River between Flaming Gorge Dam and the Colorado border.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 2

Wyoming board amends Two Elk power plant permit
The Two Elk coal-fired generation plant has been in the works for nearly two decades in Wyoming, and on Monday, the state's Industrial Siting Council approved an amendment to the plant's permit, with a new proposed construction date of January next year.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 2

Utah DOT reports record copper theft along I-15
Utah Department of Transportation officials said it's likely the thieves who stripped between 30,000 and 35,000 feet of copper wire from junction boxes along a mile-long stretch of Interstate 15 in Salt Lake City were disguise as construction workers.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 2

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