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Debate on proposed copper mine in Montana focuses on jobs vs. environment
White Sulphur Springs native Jerry Zeig said the Montana community would benefit from the Black Butte copper mine Zieg and Tintina Resources Inc. of British Columbia want to develop, but opponents such as Trout Unlimited, said building a copper mine in an area of tributaries that feed the Smith River is a bad idea.
Great Falls Tribune; April 29
House panel holds hearing on USFS's policy on ski area water rights
At a House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power hearing on ski-area water rights last Thursday, Geraldine Link, director of public policy for the National Ski Areas Association, and Randy Parker, Utah Farm Bureau Federation's chief executive officer, testified about the U.S. Forest Service's proposed policy of tying water rights to lands, although no one from the Forest Service testified.
Durango Herald; April 27
BLM releases final study on Wyoming-Idaho power line
Included in the Bureau of Land Management's final environmental study of the Gateway West transmission line, which will run 1,100 miles from near Glenrock in Wyoming to southwest of Boise, Idaho, is a preferred route for that line.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 29
Energy-producing states protest cuts to federal mineral royalties
Legislators from Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and seven other energy-producing states have formed a coalition to protest federal cuts to mineral royalties that flow to states.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 29
Budget cuts shut down 3 streamflow gauges in Idaho
The U.S. Geological Survey's Idaho Water Science Center originally reported that five of the state's 31 stream flow gauges would be shut off due to sequestration budget cuts, but that number has since been cut to three, with one on the Little Salmon River at Riggins and the other on the Little Lost River near Howe pulled from the closure list.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; April 29
Yellowstone NP will rewrite guidelines on fighting wildfires
The National Park Service has approved Yellowstone National Park's plan to rewrite its policies on wildfire fights, which will allow for a range of options between total suppression to just monitoring fires.
Jackson Hole Daily; April 29
Tax on internet sales splits Republican lawmakers
The Marketplace Fairness Act, which would require retailers to collect sales taxes on sales made online and remit them to the appropriate states and local governments, has created a divide between Republican lawmakers, with those who staunchly defend the party's anti-tax stance, and others who are working on behalf of businesses in their home states.
New York Times; April 29
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