Rockies Today, Oct. 30



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Rare-earth miner optimistic about bore findings on Montana-Idaho border
Arkansas-based U.S. Rare Earths said the tests done on bore samples taken from Lemhi Pass on the Montana-Idaho border were encouraging and that the samples were rich enough to spur the building of a concentration and partial separation plant for processing the minerals by 2015.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 30

Montana PSC declines to delay new rule on small-power contracts
The developer of a small hydroelectric project near Helena asked the Montana Public Service Commission to delay its new rule that lowers the generation capacity to three megawatts for "standard offer" contracts with NorthWestern Energy because the Sleeping Giant Power project would generate more power than that and the new standard may derail negotiations with the utility, but the board declined to delay the implementation of the rule.
Helena Independent Record (Lee State Bureau); Oct. 30

Hundreds protest drilling plan for Montana's Beartooth Front
Denver-based Energy Corporation of America's recently announced plans to develop oil and gas leases on Montana's Beartooth Front and in the Big Horn Basin in that state and Wyoming prompted an online petition protesting those plans, with nearly 1,300 signatures collected so far.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 30

Oklahoma senator's report targets National Park Service's budget
In his report, "Parked! How Congress' Misplaced Priorities Are Trashing Our National Treasures," U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn dissects the National Park Service's budget and its $11.5 billion maintenance backlog, and the Oklahoma Republican says obscure parks and little-visited historical sites are a major part of the agency's backlog problem, and Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site makes the senator's list of "Parks as Pork and Political Power."
Jackson Hole Daily; Oct. 30

Hundreds protest coal-export port proposed in B.C.
An estimated 350 people gathered to protest plans for a coal-export port in Surrey, and the Port of Metro Vancouver's decision to allow the port without public input.
Vancouver Observer; Oct. 28

Groups join forces to press protection for Idaho's Boulder-White Clouds
The "Sportsmen for Boulder-White Clouds," made up of the Ada County Fish and Game League, the Idaho Wildlife Federation, the Idaho Chukar Foundation and the National Wildlife Federation, are joining The Outdoor Alliance, the Idaho Conservation League and the Wilderness Society in a campaign to press the Obama administration to designate 760,000 acres in Idaho's Boulder-White Cloud Mountains as a national monument.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 30

EPA holds listening session on carbon emissions limits today in Denver
One of the 11 listening sessions the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled on potential limits for carbon emissions is in Denver today, and opponents of such limits, which include the Wyoming and Colorado mining associations, plan a rally at the state Capitol at 1:30 p.m.
Denver Post (AP); Oct. 30

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