USGS says there's another oil boom below the Bakken in Montana, N.D.
Using drilling data from states and energy companies, the U.S. Geological Survey released a report that said the Three Forks Formation, which lies below the Bakken Formation, primarily in Western North Dakota and Eastern Montana, may contain 5.8 billion barrels of oil in North Dakota and 1.6 billion barrels in Montana.
Flathead Beacon (AP); May 1
Gros Venture leader's life began, ended in Montana
George Horse Capture, a Gros Venture man who was born into poverty on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana, moved away, joined the Navy, was inspired by the Native American protest at Alcatraz to return to his culture, and went on to tirelessly work to locate the lost artifacts of the A’ani or White Clay People, died in Great Falls at the age of 75 on April 19.
Great Falls Tribune; May 1
Wyoming sets meeting on motorized boat ban on stretch of Snake River
Wyoming Game and Fish will hold a public meeting on May 8 in the Teton County Library in Jackson to gather public comments on a plan to ban motorboats on a 20-mile stretch of the Snake River from Grand Teton National Park to the South Park Bridge and to ban jet skis on an additional 20 miles to the West Table Boat Ramp.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; May 1
Idaho producers, dairies benefit from growing global demand for cheese
The increase in demand for cheese made in Idaho, and the milk for dairies in that state to make the cheese, is due to a number of international conditions, including China's growing economy, Europe's flat economy and New Zealand's drought that has cut exports from that country.
Twin Falls Times-News; May 1
USFS gives molybdenum mine proposal in Colorado a green light
Wyoming-based U.S. Energy has been working to develop the molybdenum on Mount Ammons in Colorado, one of the richest deposits in North America since 1970, and the U.S. Forest Service has given the company the go-ahead, a decision that now allows an environmental impact statement to be developed.
Denver Post; May 1
Five cabin owners on 2 Idaho lakes face 'conflict bids'
Competing bids have been submitted for four cabin leases on Priest Lake and one on Payette Lake, the first time in decades the Idaho cabin owners have faced such a situation, and now the competing bidders will face off in an auction.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; May 1
Colorado magazine manufacturer confirms production begins out of state
Magpul, the Erie-based gun-magazine manufacturer that vowed to move its production out of Colorado after the Legislature passed a bill banning magazines that contain more than 15 rounds, confirmed in a Facebook posting that production has begun outside of Colorado, and that details about where it will relocate its headquarters would be released after the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Texas this weekend.
Boulder Daily Camera; May 1
Colorado county OKs expedited permits for drillers with high standards
On Tuesday, the Arapahoe County Commission approved a regulation that will allow the Colorado county to issue expedited permits for oil and gas drilling if the companies sign a memorandum of understanding with the Colorado county that outlines best practices with higher standards than those required by the state.
Denver Post; May 1
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