The Rockies Today, Oct. 2



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U.S. Supreme Court denies Wyoming's appeal of federal roadless rule
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to leave in place a federal appeals court decision in a case brought by the State of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association that upheld the 2001 Roadless Rule, which means protections in place for 3.25 million acres of federal roadless lands in Wyoming will remain in effect.
Jackson Hole Daily; Oct. 2

College in NW Montana gets $3M to educate manufacturing workers
Manufacturers in Kalispell and other northwest Montana towns welcomed the news that Flathead Valley Community College received more than $3 million in federal grants to expand training programs.
Flathead Beacon; Oct. 2

Federal permit clears way for natural-gas power plant in Wyoming
Construction on the natural-gas fired Cheyenne Prairie Generating Station southeast of Cheyenne will likely begin next summer after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted Black Hills Corp. a greenhouse gases permit for the Wyoming plant.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 2

B.C. denies gold, copper mine in headwaters of Skeena River
Citing concerns about the effects a gold and copper mine would have in the headwaters of the Skeena River that has the second-largest number of sockeye salmon in British Columbia, the province denied Pacific Booker Minerals Inc.'s application for that mine.
Toronto Globe and Mail (Canada Press); Oct. 2

Billionaire's proposed land swap in Colorado elicits complicated response
Bill Koch, a wealthy industrialist who owns a 4,500-acre ranch near Paonia, proposed a land swap three years ago that would give him a swath of federal land that bisects his Bear Ranch in Colorado for a parcel he owns near a spectacular reservoir 70 miles away and another he owns in the Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, and the proposal has split the residents of the area, some of whom believe Koch's just another wealthy landowner trying to shut out the public, and others who say he's brought jobs to the area and believe opposition to the swap is grounded in envy.
New York Times; Sept. 30

Brief meeting between B.C., Alberta premiers on pipeline project 'frosty'
At a meeting on Monday, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark remained firm on her five demands on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would cross B.C. on its way from Alberta to a port at Kitimat, and Alberta Premier Alison Redford said she was disappointed that Clark would not relent on the fiscal demands.
Calgary Herald; Oct. 2

Housing prices in western states lead in increases
CoreLogics said home prices in August increased 4.6 percent, the highest year-over-year increase in six years, and that housing prices increased the most over the past year in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Oct. 2

SmartBalance to move to Colorado's 'Silicon Valley of natural foods'
Smart Balance, Inc., whose $125-million purchase of Denver-based Udi's Healthy Foods this summer made the New Jersey-based company the nation's fourth-largest marketer of natural foods, is moving its corporate headquarters to Boulder, Colo.
Denver Post; Oct. 2

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