Rockies Today, May 19



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Remington's consolidation plans closes Montana Rifleman
A little more than a year after Remington Outdoor Company purchased the Kalispell-based gun-barrel manufacturer, the North Carolina-based company announced a consolidation of operations that will close Montana Rifleman, a company that has been in operation since 1990 that employed 140-160 people in 2012.
Flathead Beacon; May 19

Analysis finds short-term vacation rental scofflaws cost Montana $4M
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle compared the number of short-term vacation rental ads posted on two popular websites operated by HomeAway and the number of such rentals licensed by the state of Montana, and found that less than a quarter of such rentals pay the 7 percent lodging tax, costing the state around $4 million annually.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; May 19

Wyoming first state to say no to new federal science class standards
The Next Generation Science Standards include lessons on humans' role in climate change, a stance considered to be liberal dogma in Wyoming, the United States' top coal-producing state, which was the first state in the union, although likely not the last, to reject the standards.
New York Times; May 19

Canadian railways, oil shippers at odds on new regulations
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and Canadian Fuels Association (CFA) are urging Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency to keep the framework for liability in rail crashes in place but add an insurance pool for small shippers to give them access to higher insurance limits, but the Railway Association of Canada wants CFA to give railroads the right to turn down shipments of materials they don't want to transport.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); May 19

Utah legislator's public lands quest raises questions
=Supporters of Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory's focus on the issue of transferring federal lands to states believe Ivory's dedication bordering on fervor is needed to move the issue along, but opponents question Ivory's nonprofit foundation he formed to further that goal.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 19

BLM considers plan to add thousands of oil, gas wells in Wyoming county
Last week, the Government Accountability Office released the results of its investigation that the Bureau of Land Management failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells on public lands, and on Friday, the BLM announced it would assess a proposal to add up to 5,000 new such wells in Wyoming's Converse County.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 17

Idaho city, HOA battle over easement takes a new path
When Eagle filed an eminent domain lawsuit against Laguna Pointe homeowners to secure an easement for a stretch of public trail to connect to the Boise River Greenbelt on the south side of the south channel, the Laguna Pointe Homeowners Association fought back and then the residents built a path where they wanted it built, and now the matter awaits a court hearing on June 16.
Idaho Statesman; May 19

Utah ranchers want more wildlife removed from drought-ravaged ranges
Ranchers who pressed the Bureau of Land Management to remove wild horses from drought-stricken ranges in Utah are now asking state wildlife officials to increase hunting permits to allow the cull of more deer, elk and other animals competing for forage on those ranges.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 19

U.S. Labor reports jobless rates fell in 43 states in April
The report released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor said that unemployment rates fell in April in 43 states, and that Western states reported the highest unemployment rate of 7 percent. Has a chart showing each state's unemployment rate change.
USA Today; May 19

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