Rockies Today, Feb. 13

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DNA analysis ties ancient baby buried in Montana to Native Americans
Genome testing of a baby boy believed to have been buried 12,600 years ago northeast of Livingston verified that the boy was linked to most Native Americans in North and South America.
Livingston Enterprise; Feb. 12

State FWP to consider proposal to allow wolf baiting in N. Idaho
In order to improve elk calf survival rates in Northern Idaho, the state is considering a proposal to allow wolf baiting in that area of the state, and will hold a public meeting on the proposal in Coeur d'Alene on Feb. 27.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Feb. 13

Pneumonia puts wild sheep transfer in Montana on hold
After three wild sheep in the Quake Lake herd died from pneumonia, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks put on hold until 2015 a plan to move sheep from that herd farther north in the Madison Range to the Wolf Creek drainage to avoid moving infected sheep to the new area.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Feb. 13

Mountain West CEO says sale will mean some closures in Montana
Rick Hart, the CEO of Mountain West Bank, which First Interstate Bank is in the process of buying, said that since many of the Montana bank's 12 offices are near existing First Interstate buildings, some closures will occur, and some of the 184 workers will undoubtedly lose their jobs.
Helena Independent Record; Feb. 13

Stockman Bank of Montana to buy Basin State Bank
Stockman Bank of Montana will add three more banks to its soon to be 29 in the state when it acquires Basin State Bank, which has branches in Stanford, Lewistown and Geraldine.
Great Falls Tribune; Feb. 11

Washington to do expansive review of port to export Montana, Wyoming coal
On Wednesday, the state of Washington and local regulators said they will do a comprehensive review of the nearly $650 million Millennium Bulk Terminals project proposed by Ambre Energy and Arch Coal to ship coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to overseas markets, an announcement seen as a victory for those who oppose the port.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Feb. 13

Idaho Senate panel advances guns-on-campus bill
Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson cried foul after Idaho state Sen. Curt McKenzie, the sponsor of a measure that would allow those with concealed carry permits to take guns on college campuses, declined to call police chiefs in the three cities in the state where universities are located to testify on the bill, which the Senate State Affairs Committee voted to send to the full Senate on Wednesday.
Idaho Statesman; Feb. 13

Utah legislators intercede in utility, copper mine fight
Kennecott Copper's proposal to cut its electricity costs by pulling off the grid and producing its own power or buying to from a company other than Rocky Mountain Power is the basis of the battle between two of Utah's largest companies, and state legislators have brokered a tentative agreement meant to appease both.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 13

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