The Rockies Today, Jan. 13



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Idaho miner, partner plan to have Montana gold mine operational this year
Officials of Idaho-based Timberline Resources Corp. and Highland Mining said exploratory drilling for gold in an area 15 miles south of Butte yielded higher than anticipated results, and are hoping to have the Montana mine up and running by summer.
Montana Standard; Jan. 13

MSHA: Idaho mine has similar conditions to Nevada site of fatal accident
Mine Safety and Health Administration officials they shut down the Lucky Friday Mine because conditions in the Idaho mine were markedly similar to conditions in a Nevada mine where a 2010 accident killed two miners.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Jan. 13

Idaho mine closure will cause torrent of change in Mullan
The loss of 200 mining jobs for a year at the Lucky Friday Mine in Idaho's Silver Valley will affect nearly every business and resident of the small town of Mullan, as miners make plans to go elsewhere for work.
Coeur d'Alene Press; Jan. 13

Wyoming effort to protect migrating wildlife wins FHA accolades
The Federal Highway Administration honored the multiagency effort in the Trappers Point area in Wyoming's Sublette County near Pinedale to build overpasses, underpasses and fences along a 12-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 189 and U.S. 189-191 to protect migrating antelope and other wildlife.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Jan. 13

Enbridge's safety record an issue in Alberta-B.C. pipeline proposal
As the review process gets under way for Calgary-based Enbridge Energy's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to move Alberta crude through British Columbia to ports on the Pacific Coast, the safety record of the company and its subsidiary is under scrutiny as well, with most of the spills and leaks reported in the Midwest region of the United States.
Edmonton Journal (Ottawa Citizen); Jan. 13

Alberta power producers disagree over need for north-south transmission lines
Alberta Premier Alison Redford commissioned a panel to take testimony on the need for a proposed high-voltage power line to run between Calgary and Edmonton, with Enmax Corp., the Calgary-owned utility and power generator, arguing that the line is no longer needed as more power generation plants come online in the south, while TransAlta Corp., the province's largest power generator, argued that the line is needed to prevent future congestion on power movement across Alberta.
Calgary Herald; Jan. 13

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission votes to advance drilling talks
At a meeting on Thursday, members of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to proceed with negotiations on energy development in St. Vrain State Park, a decision some local residents opposed.
Boulder Daily Camera (Longmont Times-Call); Jan. 13

Nevada ranchers at odds with Madeleine Pickens' wild-horse proposal
Over the past year, Madeleine Pickens, the wife of oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens, has spent millions of dollars toward her effort to establish a wild horse sanctuary in Nevada, but the plan includes running horses on millions of acres of federal lands where Nevada ranchers now graze their cattle.
CBS News; Jan. 13

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