Rockies Today, April 15



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EPA completes assessment of closed aluminum plant in Montana
A meeting will be held today, April 15, in the Columbia Falls Fire Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Environmental Protection Agency's environmental assessment of the Columbia Falls Aluminum Co.'s shuttered aluminum plant in that Montana community.
Flathead Beacon; April 15

Montana city submits bid to become U.S. manufacturing hub
Montana's abundant natural resources were emphasized in Butte-Silver Bow's application to be one of the 15 National Network Manufacturing Innovation Centers in the United States, a few of which have already been selected.
Montana Standard; April 15

Bad weather, lack of chopper hinder annual count of Yellowstone elk
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said the data gathered this year of the Northern Yellowstone elk herd wasn't thorough enough to be compared with annual numbers dating back to 1986.
Billings Gazette; April 15

Colorado at center of state vs. local control of drilling debate
As drilling for oil expands in Colorado, the Centennial State has become the epicenter of the debate about whether authority over drilling operations should remain at the state level or should be handled at the local level, with 17 ballot measures aimed at bolstering local control proposed along the Front Range.
Denver Post; April 15

Idaho DWR issues new ruling on fish hatchery's water call
On Friday, Idaho Department of Water Resources Director Gary Spackman issued a new water ruling on Rangen’s Hagerman fish hatchery water call that decreases the total number of acres affected by the call, as well as the number of users, but the most recent ruling does little to address a long-term solution for groundwater users in that area of the state.
Twin Falls Times-News; April 15

Eagle to use eminent domain to get easement for section of trail system
After negotiating with property owners along a one-mile stretch of the Greenbelt that passes through Eagle for more than a year, the Idaho city's council voted on Monday to pursue eminent domain to obtain an easement for the trail.
Idaho Statesman; April 15

Wyoming oil sector heats up as natural gas sector cools
The quarterly report released Monday by Wyoming's Department of Administration and Information showed that state revenues for the first quarter of 2014 were higher than the same quarter of 2013, and that oil production this quarter was up, while natural gas production was down.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 15

Idaho company buys more geothermal leases in Oregon
Boise-based U.S. Geothermal continued its acquisitions of renewable energy projects by adding acres of geothermal leases in Oregon near its geothermal plant at Neal Hot Springs, after the Idaho company announced it was buying Ram Power Corp's geyser geothermal electricity operation in California.
Idaho Statesman; April 15

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