Rockies Today, June 28



Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Montana legislators pitch new plan to settle tribes' water claims
Two northwest Montana legislators, Sen. Verdell Jackson, R-Kalispell, and Rep. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, said that local water-rights holders were not fairly represented in the decade-long negotiations with the state and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to settle the tribes' water rights, and on Thursday, the legislators submitted an alternative plan developed by the group Concerned Citizens of Western Montana and a handful of legislators, who acknowledged that they did not work with the tribes to develop the plan.
Kalispell Daily InterLake; June 28

Interior secretary addresses National Congress of American Indians
The emotional pledge of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to work with tribes to right past wrongs drew a standing ovation at the National Congress of American Indians in Nevada on Thursday.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); June 28

Rail cars removed from collapsing bridge in Alberta city
The Calgary Herald provides an quick roundup of flood recovery efforts in Calgary and other areas of southern Alberta, including an update on the collapsing rail bridge over the Bow River that reports all the rail cars that were being carried down with the bridge were successfully removed from that bridge.
Calgary Herald; June 28

Utah companies on pace to meet Gov. Herbert's job challenge
In his 2012 State of the State speech, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued a challenge to companies in the state: Create 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days, and Thursday, roughly the midpoint of that 1,000-day challenge, more than 63,000 jobs had been added to the Beehive State's economy.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 28

Colorado solar industry, group pitch plan to boost sun power
On Thursday, the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association and the Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center rolled out a plan to generate 3 gigawatts of solar power in the state by 2030.
Denver Post; June 28

Group: Documents prove USFWS wolf decision driven by politics
Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act indicated that states lobbied hard to restrict federal protections on wolves before the Obama administration decided to remove wolves in the lower 48 states from the endangered species list.
Helena Independent Record; June 28

U.S. Senate votes 68-32 to approve immigration reform bill
The $50-billion, 1,200-page bill to reform the U.S. immigration system was approved by the U.S. Senate on a 68-to-32 vote on Thursday, and the same day Speaker of the House John Boehner laid out the terms of immigration legislation the U.S. House would consider, and it was not the bill passed by the Senate.
Washington Post; June 28

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