The Rockies Today, April 3



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Montana's longest-operating dude ranch on the market for $9 million
The 8,500-acre Lazy K Bar Dude Ranch in Montana's Sweet Grass County has been in the Van Cleve family for 90 years, but there are only three family members left to run the state's longest-operating dude ranch and they're putting it on the market.
Billings Gazette; April 3

Protesters greet Montana governor on Fort Peck Reservation
Rumors that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar planned to travel to the Fort Peck Reservation with Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Monday were unfounded, and protesters unhappy with the state's decision to relocate bison from Yellowstone National Park to the reservation lobbed questions at the governor about moving the animals onto the reservation.
Great Falls Tribune; April 3

EPA set to release new rules on emissions from oil, gas development
In response to a lawsuit filed by Wild Earth Guardians and San Juan Citizens Alliance, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed new limits on ozone, methane and other emissions from drilling operations for oil and gas, and those limits will be released April 17.
Jackson Hole Daily; April 3

Wyoming coal officials take wait-and-see approach on new CO2 regulations
The coal industry in Wyoming is already facing a changing future as utilities forgo coal for cheaper natural gas fueled power plants, and industry officials said it's too soon to know if the Environmental Protection Agency's new limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will affect the state's coal business.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 3

Opponents disagree with nuclear industry's 'green' power campaign
The nuclear power industry is touting fission-generated electricity as the cleanest form of power, but opponents said the mining of uranium needed for nuclear power is anything but environmentally sound.
Durango Herald; April 3

Northern Gateway pipeline hearing begins today in B.C. community
Members of the federal panel charged with reviewing the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project who arrived in Bella Bella on Sunday night were greeted by protesters from the B.C. community and its school, and the panel initially canceled the hearings, but reversed that decision and said they would begin taking testimony today.
Toronto Globe and Mail; April 3

Nearly all of Colorado in a drought, climatologists say
With 98 percent of the state in drought, Colorado water managers said that they're concerned about supplies for 2013, as reservoir levels are high enough to get the state through this year.
Denver Post; April 3

Wyoming sets public meeting in Casper on proposed wolf-management rules
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold a public meeting in Casper on April 4 on the state's proposed wolf management regulations, including rules on hunting seasons, districts and quotas.
Denver Post (AP); April 3

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