The Rockies Today, Nov. 8



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Colorado woman's appeal of Cobell tribal trust settlement rejected
Late last month, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Colorado woman's appeal of the $3.4-billion settlement of the class action lawsuit filed by Elouise Cobell, a Blackfeet tribal member, over the federal government's mismanagement of tribal assets.
Billings Gazette (AP); Nov. 8

Wyoming Business Council OKs grant for fuel-cell project in Cheyenne
Microsoft is testing whether a gas-burning fuel cell can entirely power a data center that the software giant is building in Cheyenne, and the Wyoming Business Council awarded a $1.5-million grant to Cheyenne's Board of Public Utilities to build the transmission line portion of the project.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 8

Alberta minister peddles oil, gas technology to Middle East
Cal Dallas, Alberta's minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, is on his way to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain and Kuwait, where he'll market the province's oilpatch technology.
Calgary Herald; Nov. 8

DOE asks Idaho for more time to clean up Idaho National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy missed the Sept. 30 deadline to begin treating 900,000 gallons of high-level radioactive waste at t the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho, and DOE officials have said they'll miss the Dec. 31 deadline to provide a schedule of that cleanup, and the federal government is asking Idaho for a one-year extension of time of those deadlines.
Idaho Statesman (Idaho Falls Post-Register); Nov. 8

Wyoming's options for Fish and Game funding elicits mixed support
Fees for hunting and fishing licenses in Wyoming have not increased since 2008, and as the Fish and Game Department struggles to find new funding to address a widening budget gap, agency officials have drafted legislation that would raise those fees.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 8

Colorado Supreme Court hears arguments in Yellow Jacket water dispute
After a state water court denied the Yellow Jacket Water Conservancy District's proposal to divert 140,000 acre-feet of water from the White River in western Colorado and build reservoirs to hold that water near Meeker and make the water available to oil and gas companies, the water district appealed that decision, and on Wednesday, the state Supreme Court heard arguments in that appeal.
Denver Post; Nov. 8

Idaho governor reaches out to teachers, others on education reform
Following the defeat of Propositions 1, 2 and 3 on the Idaho ballot on Tuesday, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said he got the message on education reform and said he will work with stakeholders and legislators to stake out areas of agreement and move on from there.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 8

Voters in Utah's Salt Lake County approve $47M parks bond
Salt Lake County will use the $47 million general obligation bond to finish two major trail projects, construct three regional parks and buy land in Magna for a future park in the Utah County.
Deseret News; Nov. 8

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