Rockies Today, Jan. 27



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Montana's Bitterroot Valley has 'circular' economy
The Market Place grocery store in Hamilton stocks locally roasted coffee, locally brewed beer and products from a local baker, and a local coffee shot uses milk products from a local dairy, which buys feed and other agricultural products from Lakeland Feeds in Hamilton, all adding velocity to the economy in Montana's Bitterroot Valley.
Ravalli Republic; Jan. 25

Local governments push back as states legalize marijuana
The legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington state has some local governments in those states banning the retail sale or the cultivation of marijuana.
New York Times; Jan. 26

Elk advocates concerned about Farm Bill measure on brucellosis
Wildlife advocates said a $35-million provision tucked into the Farm Bill before Congress to address brucellosis in the states bordering Yellowstone National Park will lead to elk being managed like bison are managed in Montana, where thousands of bison that migrate out of the park are killed to prevent the spread of the disease into domestic cattle herds.
Missoulian; Jan. 27

U.S. House panel to take up public lands bills on Tuesday
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources will hear six public lands bills, including U.S. Rep. Steve Daines' "North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013," which would prohibit future mining in that area of Montana; Utah U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop's "Land Disposal Transparency and Efficiency Act;" and Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis' "River Protection Paddling Act."
Reno Gazette-Journal; Jan. 27

Idaho city's cheap electricity a draw for big data centers
Boise already has two data centers, but with the need growing for companies to store information, those two centers are planning to expand and another company is planning to build a center in the Idaho city, which offers lower electricity rates and a lack of natural disasters, such as earthquakes.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 26

Utah DEQ's annual report lists bad air, water quality, radioactive waste issues
The inversions of late have focused attention on air quality in Utah, but the 2013 report released by that state's Division of Environmental Quality lists other concerns, including the storage of radioactive waste and cleanup of water contamination.
Deseret News; Jan. 27

Complaint filed by Colorado congressman results in energy company fine
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted in December to uphold a $26,000 fine against an energy company for siting wells too close to a road on land adjacent to Colorado U.S. Rep. Jared Polis' weekend retreat, and required the company to move the surface location of those wells.
Boulder Daily Camera; Jan. 27

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