National Park Service, companies team up to attract minorities
Only about 20 percent of the visitors to parks within the National Park Service system are nonwhite, and only 10 percent are Latino, a situation the Park Service, with some help from foundations and private companies, is trying to change.
New York Times; Sept. 6
U.S. Senate panel to take up federal-state marijuana regs next week
As Colorado and Washington continue to chug along on creating a regulatory system for sales of recreational marijuana to adults, the U.S. Sen. Judiciary Committee is expected to take up the clash between federal and state marijuana regulations next week.
Idaho Statesman (McClatchy Washington Bureau); Sept. 6
Wyoming legislators oppose plan to protect areas of Red Desert
At a meeting Thursday of the Wyoming Legislature's Select Committee on Federal Natural Resource Management, legislators said they opposed Wyoming Outdoor Council's proposal to establish a National Conservation Area on 1.5 million to 2 million acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands in the Red Desert area of the state.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 6
Ambassadors from 5 countries to tour Montana with U.S. Sen. Max Baucus
In conjunction with his economic summit in Butte Sept. 16-17, Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus is escorting ambassadors from China, Germany, Japan, Peru and Canada on a tour of the Big Sky State next week, with stops at the Bozeman-based pharmaceutical research laboratory LigoCyte, Applied Materials in Kalispell and Sun Mountain Sports in Missoula on the itinerary.
Montana Standard; Sept. 6
Missoula volunteers carve statue for USFS museum in Montana
An 8-foot-tall statue of a forester standing atop a 2-foot stump will welcome visitors to the National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula, which is planned in the Montana city.
Missoulian; Sept. 6
Defenders of Wildlife hands over $25K, grizzly-bear-loss program to Montana
After Montana legislators created a state-run program to compensate livestock producers for animals lost to grizzly bears, Defenders of Wildlife announced it was ending its similar program in the Big Sky State and gave a $25,000 grant to the Montana Livestock Board, which will run the compensation program.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 6
Elk foundation gives Idaho Fish & Game $50K for wolf program
Idaho Fish and Game officials said that the department will use the $50,000 grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to radio collar more wolves.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 3
Speaker touts economic value of West's public lands at Idaho forum
Ray Rasker, the executive director of Montana-based Headwaters Economics, spoke Thursday at the Boise City Club and Idaho Environmental Forum about the economic value public lands can provide states, although he could not definitively answer why Idaho, with 64 percent of its land mass in the public's hands, ranked so low in personal income, although he did say lack of air service to areas in the state, as well as the fact that only 25 percent of Idaho's high school students get college degrees, may be factors.
Idaho Statesman; Sept. 5
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