The Rockies Today, Jan. 4



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Alberta group begins B.C. campaign against foreign interests in pipeline debate
Alberta-based began running radio ads criticizing environmental groups for taking money from U.S. interests in the ongoing fight over building pipelines across the province to carry Alberta oil to foreign markets.
Calgary Herald (PostMedia News); Jan. 4

B.C. to study oil, gas industry practices
British Columbia officials announced Tuesday that they had signed a contract with the nonprofit Fraser Basin Council to review oil- and-gas industry practices such as the use of hydraulic fracturing and flaring to determine if they present a threat to human health.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Jan. 4

Salazar, Hickenlooper in Colorado valley today to discuss new national park
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, along with U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, will meet with residents of the San Luis Valley at Adams State College to consider options for federal lands in that area of the state, including the creation of a new national park.
Denver Post; Jan. 4

Wyoming releases results of workplace safety review
With the exception of one year in the past decade, Wyoming has ranked first or second in the nation in workplace fatalities, prompting the state to launch a review of workplace safety and the results of that review and the recommendations on how to improve worker safety were made public.; Jan. 4

Idaho's press for online learning has teachers pushing back
Last year, the Idaho Legislature approved educational reforms that require all students take at least some online courses and teachers, as well as parents, are protesting that the reforms put technology above teaching.
New York Times; Jan. 4

Businesses in Montana's Flathead Valley in need of tech-savvy workers
LC Staffing, a temporary employment agency, and Flathead Valley Community College put together a meeting for students to talk about the dearth of applicants with expertise in computer technology, but most of the attendees at the meeting were business owners seeking workers.
Flathead Beacon; Jan. 4

Federal government asks court to dismiss lawsuit over fatal grizzly attack
The federal government filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the widow of an Illinois man who was mauled to death by a grizzly bear in Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park last year, claiming that the Wyoming Recreation Use Act protects the government from such a lawsuit.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Jan. 4

Montana national forest pulled into fray between ski area, skier
Montana Snowbowl denied Jim Sylvester, a longtime season pass holder, a season pass this year after he complained last year about the ski area's funneling of skiers from the east side of the ski area to the base, and took his complaint to the Lolo National Forest, where the ski area operates under a special permit, and now U.S. Forest Service officials are mediating the dispute.
Missoulian; Jan. 4

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