Rockies Today, Feb. 25

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U.S. Supreme Court takes up case on EPA's authority
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday in two cases that challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources, such as power plants.
New York Times; Feb. 25

Study finds bear crossings in Alberta national park promote genetic diversity
A study done by scientists at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University found that the bear crossings put in place along the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park in Alberta helped promote species diversity for both black bears and grizzly bears.
Billings Gazette (MSU News Service); Feb. 25

Park Service says quagga mussels have arrived in Lake Powell
Non-native quagga mussels, which reproduce quickly and clog pipes and other infrastructure, have been found at Lake Powell, which straddles the Utah-Arizona border, and at Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 25

N.Y. biologist finds bacterium that kills zebra, quagga mussels
Daniel P. Molloy, an emeritus biologist at the New York State Museum in Albany, found that a bacterium, Pseudomonas fluorescens strain CL145A, kills zebra and quagga mussels, but apparently does not affect other organisms.
New York Times; Feb. 25

Bills in Wyoming seek to limit EPA's authority
A Wyoming House panel on Monday voted 7-1 to advance a bill that would earmark $2.2 million in state funds to fight the federal Environmental Protection Agency on a number of decisions, including regulation of greenhouse gases, and the Legislature voted unanimously to pass a resolution calling for the federal government to allow the state to regulate carbon emissions.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 25

Software entrepreneur rolls out plans for high-tech development in Montana
Greg Gianforte, who co-founded the Bozeman-based RightNow Technologies, rolled out the website, bettermontanajobs, which the Montana entrepreneur will use to promote his campaign to create high-paying, technology-based jobs in the Big Sky State.
Missoulian (Lee State Bureau); Feb. 25

Call center in Idaho to lay off 1,600 workers by end of April
Virginia-based Maximus Inc., which established a call center in Boise to handle inquiries about the federal health care insurance exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act, and as late as January held job fairs to hire personnel for the call center, has told workers at the 1,800-worker center that 1,600 of those jobs would end by the end of April.
Idaho Statesman; Feb. 25

Idaho company partners with Canadian company on Oregon geothermal plant
Canada-based Enbridge has purchased a 40 percent interest in Boise-based U.S. Geothermal Inc.'s Neal Hot Springs Geothermal Plant in Eastern Oregon, which the Idaho company developed and operates.
Idaho Statesman; Feb. 25

Utah Legislature won't act on stream-access bills this session
Members of the Utah Stream Access Coalition were told by legislative leaders that bills dealing with public access to waterways would not make it out of committee this session, as legislators wanted litigation dealing with the issue to make its way through the court system before making new laws.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 25

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