The Rockies Today, Feb. 8



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Montana governor gets hands-on session at hydraulic-fracturing site
On Tuesday, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer spent 45 minutes at Continental Resources drilling site near Sidney to get an on-the-ground look at hydraulic fracturing operations.
Billings Gazette; Feb. 8

Montana city on National Geographic's list of best ski towns
National Geographic Adventure released its list of the world's 25 best ski towns, and Bozeman made that unranked list, as did Whitefish in Montana, Ketchum in Idaho, Jackson, Wyo., Aspen, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs and Telluride in Colorado, Park City, Utah, Banff in Alberta and Fernie in B.C., and Bend, Ore.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Feb. 8

Report on phosphate-mine pollution in Idaho contains deformed fish photos
Earlier this month, officials of the J.R. Simplot Company denied that a report prepared by the company on selenium pollution in waters near the Smoky Canyon Mine in southeastern Idaho contained photos of deformed fish, but the report does indeed contain such photos.
Jackson Hole Daily; Feb. 8

Suncor crews dig trench to keep oily goo from Colorado river
Suncor Energy crews have begun work digging a trench to stop an oily flow from the company's refinery north of Denver from reaching the South Platte River in Colorado.
Denver Post; Feb. 8

Colorado bill would require annual review of homeowners' policies
Many of the homeowners in Colorado state Rep. Claire Levy's district who lost their homes to the Fourmile Fire were underinsured, and Levy's Additional Protections for Homeowners Insurance, or HB 1057, would require annual reviews of policies by insurance companies to ensure homeowners are adequately insured.
Boulder Daily Camera; Feb. 8

U.S. House panel sends Keystone XL pipeline bill to full House
On Tuesday, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 33-20 to send legislation designed to spur approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project to the full House, where it's likely to be packaged with a bundle of bills on highway and infrastructure projects House Speaker John Boehner has said he wants passed in February.
Calgary Herald (Reuters); Feb. 8

Conservation easement would protect 28,000 acres in Montana
Stimson Lumber Co. and the Trust for Public Lands, along with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are pulling together the $12 million needed for a conservation easement on 28,000 acres of Stimson land in Lincoln County that will protect those acres near Troy from development, but still allow public access and logging.
Flathead Beacon; Feb. 8

Santorum wins in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum won the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses on Tuesday, as well as a non-binding vote in Missouri, keeping the GOP nomination in question.
New York Times; Feb. 8

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