The Rockies Today, April 16



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Montana congressman sets listening session on Rocky Mountain Front bill
After hearing from the oil and gas industry, as well as ranchers and developers, U.S. Sen. Denny Rehberg has scheduled his own listening session on Montana Sen. Max Baucus' Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act on Saturday, April 21, at the Choteau Country Club.
Great Falls Tribune; April 14

Colorado company buys Montana gold mines
Jefferson County officials said they want to know more about Denver-based Eastern Resources, Inc.'s plans for Montana Tunnels Mining and Elkhorn Goldfields gold mines in the Montana county before they get too excited about the deal.
Helena Independent Record; April 15

Company settles Montana eminent domain lawsuits to resume power line build
The Canadian company that is building the Montana-Alberta Tie Line reached an agreement with landowners in three Montana counties against which it had filed eminent domain actions, and construction on the northern leg of the Lethbridge-Great Falls power line has resumed.
Great Falls Tribune; April 14

Canada's federal officials urged to stick to the facts on oilsands
A draft marketing and strategy plan sent to federal officials in Canada urged them to stick to the facts on oilsands and to avoid being 'cheerleaders' for the industry.
Calgary Herald (Postmedia); April 15

Idaho utilities, renewable-energy projects spar over tax credits
Avista Corp., Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power, Idaho's three largest utilities, are taking the position that when they buy power from renewable-energy projects, the renewable-energy credits should flow to them as well, but the builders and operators of those plants said they believe they should get those credits.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; April 12

Idaho researcher says satellites important part of water management
Rick Allen, a water resource engineer for the University of Idaho's Kimberly Research and Extension Center, is also known as the lead researcher on NASA’s Landsat satellites, which Allen said provide important information on water use in Idaho and other states, and Allen is headed to Washington, D.C. to lobby to protect funding for future satellite launches.
Twin Falls Times-News; April 16

Montana rancher submits Bitterroot Resort plan to USFS again
Tom Maclay, the Bitterroot Valley rancher who wants to build a destination resort on his ranch and U.S. Forest Service lands south of Missoula resubmitted his proposal for the resort to the Forest Service again, and has requested that the plans not be made public, but Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King said the proposal submitted was more of an addendum to the original plan and said both the Bitterroot and Lolo national forests would require more information.
Ravalli Republic; April 14

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