Rockies Today, Dec. 11



Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Montana FWP ends wolf hunt in counties near Yellowstone Park
On Monday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission voted to end the state's wolf hunting and trapping season in areas east and west of Gardiner north of Yellowstone National Park.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Dec. 11

Montana FWP approves Milk River Ranch purchase
At its meeting on Monday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission approved its portion of the deal to buy the Milk River Ranch near Havre, the final piece of the purchase that will put the 4,505-acre ranch now owned by Verges and David Aageson into the state's hands.
Helena Independent Record; Dec. 11

Oil, gas industry acknowledge that drilling operations could be cleaner
Across the industry, there are ways to make drilling operations cleaner, but there are myriad reasons why some companies are doing a better job and others are not.
Denver Post (AP); Dec. 11

Alberta communities, oil industry seek more info on foreign investors deal
After Prime Minister Stephen Harper approved the sale of Canadian energy companies Nexen and Progress Energy Resources to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)and Malaysian national energy company Petronas, respectively, and announced new rules for such sales on the same day, Alberta oilsands operators and communities in that province sought more information about the new rules and what they mean for the industry and the province.
Calgary Herald (Postmedia News); Dec. 11

Wyoming legislator drafts bill to protect search and rescue volunteers
Wyoming state Rep. Keith Gingery wants search and rescue volunteers to have the same protection from lawsuit as volunteer firefighters, and has drafted legislation to provide them such immunity.
Jackson Hole Daily; Dec. 11

Drought, pricing woes plague U.S. sheep industry
Sheep producers in some western states have lost their range to drought, a glut of imported lamb from New Zealand has sent prices plummeting, and now there are charges that the feedlots that buy domestically raised lambs are manipulating the market.
New York Times; Dec. 11

Western states have narrowest, widest gender-pay gaps
A recent analysis of Census data by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) found that California had the fifth narrowest gender wage gap in the nation and Nevada had the fourth narrowest, while Wyoming ranked 51st in the nation, with women making just 67 percent of what men did, and Utah ranked 49th, with women making 69 percent of what men earn.
Christian Science Monitor; Dec. 11

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