Rockies Today, Dec. 10



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B.C. high court overturns province's rejection of Morrison Mine
The decision of British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Affleck to set aside the decision of Environment Minister Terry Lake and Energy, Mines and Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman to reject Pacific Booker Minerals Inc. plan for an open-pit gold and copper mine near Morrison Lake at the headwaters of the Skeena River, which is the second-largest producer of sockeye salmon in the province, may mean the project could move forward.
Vancouver Sun; Dec. 10

Neil Young plans concerts to fund First Nation's Alberta oilsands fight
Proceeds from the "Honor the Treaties" tour of Neil Young, who will be joined by jazz singer Diana Krall at three of the four January concerts in Canada, will go to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Alberta to help pay for litigation to preserve treaty rights and protect species at risk, as well as resolution of access issues and public land policies.
Edmonton Journal; Dec. 10

Alberta again reviews high speed rail between Calgary, Edmonton
An Alberta legislative committee is examining if the long-discussed project to link Calgary and Edmonton with high-speed rail, the cost of which a 2009 study pegged at somewhere between $3 billion and $20 billion.
Calgary Herald; Dec. 10

Economic forecast predicts job growth in most sectors in Colorado
On Monday, University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business released the Colorado Business Economic Outlook forecast that predicted that 2014 would be the second-best year in a decade for job growth, with nearly all sectors experiencing gains. Contains a graphic showing job gains, losses in 11 sectors.
Denver Post; Dec. 9

Chobani to increase production at its plant in Idaho
The plant Chobani built in Twin Falls and put into production a year ago is now operating at full capacity, and the yogurt maker announced it would begin production of its new product "Simply 100" at the Idaho plant.
Twin Falls Times-News; Dec. 10

Montana county commission urged to not seek control of public lands
In advance of an appearance Wednesday in Hamilton of Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory, who will be in Montana to talk about Utah's effort to gain control of millions of acres within its borders, a group of concerned citizens held a meeting with Ravalli County commissioners, who agreed not to immediately press for a resolution endorsing such a measure in that county.
Missoulian; Dec. 10

Good news, bad news from tests at illegal gold mill in Colorado
The Environmental Protection Agency's report released Monday about contamination at the Red Arrow gold milling site on Grand Avenue just outside Mancos found there were no elevated levels of mercury vapor escaping from the site, three soil samples collected from the Colorado site had mercury levels that were above-average or excessive.
Durango Herald; Dec. 9

Denver puts limits on home-grown marijuana
On Monday, the Denver City Council approved a measure that would set the same 12-plant limit for recreational marijuana as medicinal marijuana, and approved an amendment that repealed a ban on adults smoking recreational marijuana in front yards.
Denver Post; Dec. 9

Companies jump on the bus to bring marijuana tours to Colorado
Based on the same concept of tours of California's wine country, High Life Tours is planning marijuana-friendly bus rides to Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Winter Park, Eldora, Loveland and Echo Mountain.
Vail Daily; Dec. 9

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