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President Obama to tout energy at Colorado stop today
Air Force One will land at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado today, where President Obama is expected to showcase his support for oil and gas development, as well as solar, wind and hydroelectric power.
Denver Post; Jan. 26
Seventy more bison return to ancestral grounds in Montana
The bison herd at Elk Park in Alberta are descendants of animals that were brought to the province from Montana in 1906, and now 70 of those bison are back in Montana, on the American Prairie Foundation wildlife reserve.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Jan. 24
Idaho Supreme Court dismisses redistricting lawsuit
The lawsuit filed by Idaho Republican state chairman Norm Semanko and House Speaker Lawerence Denney disputing Idaho Attorney General Ben Ysursa's opinion that they did not have the authority to dismiss two Republican members of the state legislative redistricting panel was dismissed by the Idaho Supreme Court.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 26
Utah governor challenges federal government in State of State speech
Gov. Gary Herbert delivered his State of the State speech to the Utah Legislature on Wednesday, and he vowed to wrest control of the state's oil and gas resources from the federal government.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 26
U.S., Canada's extension of softwood accord will benefit Montana sawmills
On Monday, the United States and Canada agreed to a two-year extension of their softwood lumber agreement originally signed in 2006, and Montana sawmill owners said that deal will help them once the housing market picks up again.
Missoulian; Jan. 26
Montana drops one place in annual ranking of states' business climates
The Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based organization, released its annual ranking of states based on their tax structure for businesses, with Wyoming topping the list; Nevada ranked third; Alaska fourth; Montana eighth; and Utah 10th.
Missoulian; Jan. 26
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