The Rockies Today, Sept. 28



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Hundreds attend State Department's Keystone XL hearing in Montana
U.S. State Department officials held a meeting on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project, which will pass through 284 miles of Montana on its way from Alberta's oilsands operations to refineries in Texas, in Glendive on Tuesday, and several hundred people attended, with proponents of the project saying the nation needs the oil and the jobs the pipeline will provide, while opponents argued against the environmental impacts it will have.
Billings Gazette; Sept. 28

Nebraska hearing on Keystone XL pipeline a contentious one
At the U.S. State Department's hearing on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in Nebraska, state Sen. Ken Haar, who spoke after a long line of proponents of the project, began his presentation with a direct statement to State Department officials: "With all due respect, you don't give a damn about Nebraska."
Edmonton Journal (PostMedia News); Sept. 28

Rally planned today in Libby to show support for Montana silver mine
Officials of the Spokane-based Mines Management Inc., which is working to open the Montanore silver mine in northwest Montana, said the release last week of the supplemental environmental review by the U.S. Forest Service and the state Department of Environmental Quality is a major step toward getting the mine in production, and a rally is planned today in Libby to show support for the mine.
Flathead Beacon; Sept. 28

Report says Wyoming's wind power could save California cash
The Western Electricity Coordinating Council, which coordinates power transmission on the grid in the Western United States and Canada, released a report Tuesday that said California could save $600 million annually if it purchased one-fifth of its renewable energy from Wyoming.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 28

Critics urge end to elk hunt in Wyoming national park
Grand Teton National Park has issued 750 elk permits for the annual hunt in the Wyoming park this fall, which park officials say is necessary to keep the elk population under control, but critics argue that the hunt is unnecessary and puts visitors and other wildlife, including endangered grizzly bears, at risk.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Sept. 28

Healthy lunches at Idaho school earn officials a White House invite
Students at Gooding School District eat fruit and vegetables from local producers and homemade soup, offerings that earned the Idaho school's Superintendent Heather Williams, Child Nutrition Director Anji Baumann and local farmers Cody Beadz and Fred Mavencamp an invite to an Oct. 17 reception hosted by first lady Michelle Obama as part of the first lady's campaign to reduce child obesity.
Twin Falls Times-News; Sept. 28

Potential buyer of Idaho resort backs off
Matthew D. Hutcheson, chairman of GV Capital Holdings Inc., said his company is no longer interested in buying the financially troubled Tamarack Resort in Idaho, saying that he now believes that the area must have good-paying jobs before the resort can make a go of it.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 28

Natural-gas drilling sparks regulatory fight between Idaho, counties
Natural-gas production is ramping up in Idaho, and with statewide regulations still in draft form, some counties are working on their own regulations.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 28

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