The Rockies Today, March 21



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Montana courts to hear MATL condemnation lawsuits in April
The developers of the Montana-Alberta Tie Line and the 34 landowners in Teton and Pondera counties in Montana will be in Teton County District Court April 9 for a preliminary hearing on condemnation proceedings to obtain easements for the transmission line, and on April 12-13, a similar hearing involving 12 landowners in Cascade County will be held by District Judge Thomas McKittrick.
Choteau Acantha; March 21

U.S. Supreme Court sides with Idaho landowners in EPA case
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that an Idaho couple can contest the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that their property contains wetlands.
Deseret News (AP); March 21

B.C. approves Jumbo Glacier Resort in the Purcell Mountains
British Columbia Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson announced Monday that the $900-million Jumbo Glacier Resort could move forward, although opponents of the luxury all-season resort that will have two hotels and 1,360 residential units with 6,250 beds, said the province's approval is just another step in their fight to keep it from getting built.
Toronto Globe and Mail; March 21

Alberta farmer takes energy minister to task over high electricity prices
At a meeting of rural municipalities in Alberta on Tuesday, Grande Prairie farmer Richard Harpe's tough questioning of Energy Minister Ted Morton on just how Alberta intended to rein in skyrocketing electricity prices won a round of applause.
Edmonton Journal; March 21

USFWS extends comment period on Idaho, Wash., caribou plan
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a 60-day extension of time to provide comments on its plan to designate 375,565 acres in Idaho and Washington state as critical habitat for woodland caribou, and that the agency will hold a public hearing on the proposal in Bonners Ferry on April 28.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; March 21

Montana conference examines increase of human-bear conflicts
At the fourth International Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop under way in Missoula this week, 300 bear managers shared experiences in educating the public about living in bear country, and what works to keep humans and bears apart in their region.
Missoulian; March 21

Company's onshoring brings 30 new jobs to Montana's Bitterroot Valley
A childhood connection helped two Montana women snare a contract with an international sales and marketing analytical research firm to open a customer service center in Victor, bringing 30 new jobs to the Bitterroot Valley.
Ravalli Republic; March 21

Idaho game commission to meet Thursday to set new wolf hunt rules
Idaho hunters have killed more than 360 wolves so far this hunting season, which doesn't end until March 31, and on Thursday, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet to set new policies on hunting and trapping wolves.
Twin Falls Times-News; March 21

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