In the Rockies today, a proposed B.C. resort, grizzly bears in Yellowstone, and disappointing news for a Montana city.
A proposal to build a $1-billion resort to offer year-round skiing on a glacier in British Columbia has First Nations, environmental groups and residents rallying to let potential developers of the resort know just how much opposition there is to it.
When engineering firms hired by French development companies arrived in Invermere, B.C., they were met with dozens of protesters carrying signs urging them not to despoil wilderness upon which grizzly bears depend.
In the Yellowstone area, grizzly bears will remain a threatened species for the next couple of years, while federal biologists bolster their stance that the species has recovered to the point that the bears no longer need protection.
And in Butte, Mont., the much-ballyhooed wind turbine plant will not be built.
Two years ago, representatives of German-based Fuhrländer AG told state and local officials they'd be back to build a wind-turbine plant and bring jobs to Butte.
Also in the news, Montana U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg heard from both opponents and supporters of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act on Saturday; a Colorado beekeeper is rebuilding his business after half his hives mysteriously disappeared over the winter; and Mountain West college graduates are the most likely in the nation to be unemployed or underemployed.