Rockies Today, Jan. 13



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Banks remain steadfast in refusal to deal with marijuana businesses
Despite the legalization of the use of medical—and in some states, recreational—marijuana, banks continue to decline to provide services to marijuana businesses, requiring those businesses to transport large amounts of cash to government offices to pay taxes.
New York Times; Jan. 12

United States' push for solar power sputters
Since 2009, the pace of installations of solar-power projects has nearly crawled to a stop, with just 20 of the 360 projects that went through the federal permitting process on track to be built, and industry experts say a lack of financing and uncertainty about the continuation of federal incentives both playing a part in slowing down progress.
Los Angeles Times; Jan. 11

Nevada farm, county groups sue federal gov't over wild-horse management
On Dec. 30, the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation and the Nevada Association of Counties filed a lawsuit against Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Interior department and the Bureau of Land Management, alleging that the federal government is not complying with the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 by not removing excess animals from the range, destroying not only the range but resulting in starving wild horses as well.
Idaho Statesman (Elko Daily Free Press); Jan. 13

Montana panel begins work on sage grouse plan
The protection of sage grouse and the habitat on which the bird relies is of particular importance in Montana, which has the second-largest population of the species found in 11 Western states, but those birds are found primarily on private lands in Montana, and on Tuesday, a panel appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock begins work on a plan to protect the birds.
Montana Standard; Jan. 12

Owner of former paper mill in W. Montana behind on taxes
Illinois-based M2Green Redevelopment LLC, which bought the closed Smurfit-Stone Container paper mill near Frenchtown has not paid state and local property taxes since the company bought the Montana property in 2011.
Missoulian; Jan. 12=

Coal trains draw protests, coal revenue praise, in Montana city
Concerns about coal dust from trains have sparked protests in Missoula, but officials of the city in western Montana acknowledge that revenue from coal is an important source of funding.
Missoulian; Jan. 11

Heavy rain in B.C. believed to have caused coal-train derailment
A Canadian Pacific Railway train derailed on Saturday, sending three cars loaded with coal into a creek that is a protected waterway.
Vancouver Sun; Jan. 11

Residents of S. Alberta city fight company's plan to drill within city limits
Calgary-based Goldenkey Oil Inc.'s plan to drill three exploratory oil wells in Lethbridge has reignited debate in Alberta about allowing drilling within cities' limits.
Calgary Herald; Jan. 13

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