Rockies Today, Feb. 28



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Montana wolf hunt ends Friday, 219 killed so far
The general rifle and trapping seasons for wolves in Montana both end March 1, with 128 wolves shot and 91 trapped, with most of the wolves taken in the 77 districts in western Montana.
Flathead Beacon; Feb. 28

Wyoming Senate slips gun amendment into must-pass bison hunt bill
Wednesday was the last day of Wyoming's legislative session, and House lawmakers were forced to approve a bison hunting bill into which the Senate slipped an amendment that provided $250,000 to fight any federal law that would restrict guns Wyoming law allows to be used to hunt bison.
Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 28

Alaska lawmakers introduce bill to repeal 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule
U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski have introduced legislation that will reverse the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule that prohibits road building and other activities in roadless areas of national forests.; Feb. 28

Idaho governor testifies before U.S. House subcommittee on public lands
On Tuesday, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter pressed members of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation to approve a forest land trust in his state first proposed in 1988, and the chairman of the subcommittee, Utah U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, said it's time for a dramatic shift in management of federal forest lands.
Idaho Statesman; Feb. 27

Utah House approves measure to fund study on federal lands to Senate
Legislation that would provide $450,000 to analyze the complexities and economic effects of Utah assuming control of federal lands within its borders passed in the state House with just one dissenting vote on Wednesday and now moves to the state Senate for action.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 27

Cyber attacks targeted U.S. natural gas pipeline companies
A restricted government report indicates that a espionage group recently linked to the Chinese military targeted 23 natural gas pipeline companies in the United States in late 2011 and early 2012 and was able to extract sensitive information that put those pipeline systems at risk.
Christian Science Monitor; Feb. 27

Report says Alberta won't meet greenhouse gas emission targets
Despite Premier Alison Redford's proclamations about Alberta's commitment to protecting the environment in her guest column published in USA Today earlier this week, a new report indicates that the province will not meet its pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Edmonton Journal; Feb. 27

Report says Idaho leads nation in minimum-wage jobs
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report that said 7.7 percent of workers in Idaho were paid $7.25 an hour or less in 2012, a 63 percent increase over the number working for that wage in 2011.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Feb. 28

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