The Rockies Today, May 1



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Former mill town in Idaho takes aim at gun manufacturers
Potlatch officials believe they have a perfect spot for gun manufacturers to set up shop: an old mill site in the Idaho town, which has plenty of room for other development as well.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; May 1

Colorado company bets $400M on rare earth minerals in Wyoming
Rare Element Resources plans $400 million in infrastructure projects in Wyoming near Upton and Sundance to tap into the state's rare earth mineral deposits.; May 1

Yellowstone Park's environmental officer retires
Jim Evanoff has been credited with making Yellowstone National Park a leader in recycling and reduction of trash in the park, and in helping the park's gateway communities make similar changes.
Billings Gazette; May 1

Surge of hydropower has BPA ordering wind farms to curb production
Bonneville Power Administration ordered wind farms to curb power production twice in recent days due to a surplus of hydroelectric power.
Idaho Statesman (AP); May 1

Mining company asks Canada to limit First Nation's input on B.C. mine
Taseko Mines Ltd. is trying again on its proposed gold and copper Prosperity Mines in British Columbia, and the mining company has asked the Harper government to limit First Nations' input on the proposed mine.
Toronto Globe and Mail; May 1

Colorado legislators hear wildfire victims' testimony on compensation bill
Residents who lost everything when the Lower North Fork Fire burned through their rural neighborhood urged members of the Colorado House Judiciary Committee to approve a bill that would create a unique state commission to review the circumstances of that fire and suggest compensation for victims; the panel approved the bill on a 8-3 vote.
Denver Post; May 1

USFWS extends public comment period on Wyoming wolf plan
After the Wyoming Legislature and the state Game and Fish Commission took steps to put a wolf management plan in place, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extended its public comment period on the plan to remove wolves in Wyoming from the federal endangered species list.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 1

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