The Rockies Today, April 24



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PPL Montana files lawsuit to keep Colstrip power plant info secret
The Environmental Protection Agency's plan to release 24 years of data on PPL Montana's capital improvement projects at the utility's coal-fired Colstrip Plant prompted the utility to file a lawsuit to keep the documents from being released to the Montana Environmental Information Center and the Sierra Club.
Billings Gazette (AP); April 24

Report: Saving species too often based on aesthetic standards
A research scientist with Agriculture Canada released a report, "The New Noah's Ark," that takes issue with efforts to save just the pretty and iconic species, while spending very little on whole classes of species such as amphibians and reptiles, which may be more important to the ecosystem as a whole.
Toronto National Post (Postmedia News); April 24

Colorado high court allows counties' clean air lawsuit to continue
The lawsuit filed by the Association Governments of Northwest Colorado seeking to invalidate the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act plan, which would close coal-fired power plants to reduce air pollution along the Front Range may move forward after the Colorado Supreme Court sided with the association on a procedural issue.
Denver Post; April 24

Nevada utility withdraws from China Mountain wind farm project in Idaho
The decision by Nevada-based NV Energy to withdraw from the proposed China Mountain Wind Farm, which would have been Idaho's largest when it was built, could mean the end of the project.
Idaho Statesman; April 24

Debate on revamping USPS divides U.S. Senate
Legislation to overhaul the financially troubled U.S. Postal Service has put U.S. senators who normally work together on issues on opposite sides of the debate, and senators from rural states like Montana fighting fiercely with their urban counterparts to keep post offices open.
Washington Post; April 24

Appeals flood in on Nevada water decision
Counties in Utah and Nevada, as well as tribes, the Mormon Church and conservation groups filed appeals of the Nevada State Engineer's decision to allow Southern Nevada Water Authority to pipe groundwater from valleys on the Nevada-Utah border south to Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Sun (AP); April 24

Alberta voters keep Redford, Progressive Conservatives in place
Alberta Premier Alison Redford and her Progressive Conservative Party won Edmonton, nearly captured all of Calgary and even posted strong returns in rural areas of the province thought to be strongholds of the Wildrose Party in Tuesday's election.
Toronto Globe and Mail; April 24

Rally to oppose SkiLink in Utah set just before businesses endorse plan
Canada-based Talisker Inc.’s plans to build a gondola from its Canyons Resort near Park City to Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon will be endorsed by a coalition of local officials and businesses at the Salt Lake Chambers offices this morning, and just prior to that meeting, SaveOurCanyons is organizing a rally in protest of the Utah project.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 24

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