This morning, we take a state-by-state stroll through Rockies today.
In Idaho, the state Department of Water Resources issued a new ruling on the water call issued by the Rangen fish hatchery, that reduces the area and the number of users affected by the water call, but doesn't provide a long-term solution for groundwater users that hold junior water rights.
The mayor of Eagle explains why the city decided to head to court to get easements across property owned by three companies to get access for a one-mile stretch of the Greenbelt trail system, and a Boise-based company continues to add geothermal assets to its renewable energy portfolio.
In Montana, the Environmental Protection Agency will hold a meeting tonight in Columbia Falls to discuss the environmental assessment it recently completed on the shuttered Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant there, and the state wildlife agency said that the annual count of the Northern Yellowstone elk herd was so hindered by poor weather and lack of a helicopter that the count won't be included in the data that dates back to 1986.
And Butte-Silver Bow has submitted its application to be one of the nation's manufacturing hubs.
Oil production is increasing in Wyoming, where it is now edging out natural gas production in the energy sector.
In Colorado, oil production is on the rise, too, and so are conflicts on whether regulation of drilling operations should remain in the state's hands or should be relegated to the local level.
And in Beyond the region, a new study shows the Environmental Protection Agency greatly underestimated methane releases from drilling operations in Pennsylvania, and the Portland Oregonian provides a "by-the-numbers" look at what could be the largest oil train terminal in the Pacific Northwest.
Today, in On the Bookshelf, Barbara Theroux reviews "Goliath Staggered: How the people of Highway 12 conquered Big Oil."
Author Steve Bunk follows the battle of residents along Highway 12 in Idaho to keep the transport of massive pieces of equipment off the highway that passes through the corridor of the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River.
And on April 22, Bunk, as well as two principals of the Montana resistance to the megaloads, Robert Gentry and Zack Porter, will speak at Fact & Fiction, 220 N. Higgins, in Missoula, Mont., at 7:00 p.m.