Colorado earns praise for being ahead of the curve on carbon cuts
During Monday's rollout of a new federal proposal to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, Colorado was praised for its renewable-energy mandate that had already led to reduction in carbon emissions, but the federal plan calls for the Centennial State to cut its emissions by more than 35 percent from 2005 levels, a level that existing laws in the state may not be able to reach.
Salt Lake Tribune (AP); June 3
Utah congressmen, farmers, ranchers on different pages on immigration
U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart said he believes immigration reform isn't on voters' radar, and his Utah colleague, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, supports a more piecemeal approach to immigration reform, and both oppose the U.S. Senate's bill because it provides a pathway to citizenship to those who entered the country illegally, but at an event on Monday, Utah farmers and ranchers, as well as representatives of the restaurant and manufacturing industry, said they need immigration reform now.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 3
Colorado congressman's bill would delay sage grouse protection 10 years
On May 22, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner introduced the Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act that would delay for a decade the Gunnison and greater sage-grouse from protections under the federal Endangered Species Act to give states time to work on their own plans to protect those species.
Durango Herald; June 3
Desmond Tutu's reaction to oilsands draws new attention to Alberta
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation invited human-rights leader Desmond Tutu to tour Alberta's oilsands region, and he called the production "filth," a designation that has brought renewed criticism of the bitumen mining.
Toronto Globe and Mail; June 1
Property values continue to climb in Idaho cities
Although property values in Idaho cities haven't quite climbed to the level seen prior to the Great Recession, they are inching closer, with the median assessed value of homes in Ada County in 2013 was $177,500, up from $137,900 in 2012, and midway up to the high of $211,600 reported in 2008.
Idaho Statesman; June 3
Montanans respond to new EPA proposal on carbon emissions
Under the federal proposal to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, states' have differing goals for curbing emissions based on the 2005 levels in those states, and in Montana, the goal is 21 percent, a goal the state's coal industry said is "bad news," while environmental groups called the new regulations a good first step.
Missoulian (Lee State Bureau); June 3
High school graduation rates decline again in Wyoming
Continuing the trend seen in recent years in Wyoming, high school graduation rates declined again in 2014 in the Cowboy State, with female students more likely to graduate than their male counterparts, and graduation rates for Native American students at the lowest in four years.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 3
Montana FWP, university researchers study mountain goats in Glacier Park
Researchers from the University of Montana and the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks began a three-year study of mountain goats in Glacier National Park last year to determine how interaction with humans change the wild goats' behavior.
Missoulian; June 3
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