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Monday, March 17, 2014
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Albertans taken aback over cost of completing Calgary ring road
Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner let it slip that completing the final 25.5 miles of Calgary's ring road would be $5 billion, which is more than the entire cost of Edmonton's ring road.
Calgary Herald; March 17

Idaho DOT says 'Avalanche Alley' highway has reopened
A 12-mile stretch of Idaho State Highway 21 thirty miles south of Stanley was closed for two weeks due to multiple avalanches, but on Sunday, the highway known as "Avalanche Alley," reopened.
Idaho Statesman; March 17

Micron Foundation takes science education on the road
As part of its push to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Idaho students, the Micron Foundation has loaded up five buses with technology that are traveling around the state.
Idaho Statesman; March 17

Tribes
Tribal officials in Montana ask Jewell for more funding, less red tape
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell talked with members of the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board in Montana on Sunday, where tribal officials urged Jewell to reduce the amount of red tape they said is strangling economic development on the reservation.
Great Falls Tribune; March 17

Jewell announces tribe in Montana to get $655K for hydropower project
At her first stop in her weekend tour of Montana on Friday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell toured the Yellowtail Afterbay Hydropower Project below Bighorn Lake and announced that the Crow Tribe would receive $665,000 for a hydropower dam project.
Billings Gazette; March 15

Coeur d'Alene Tribe donates $1.2-million for education projects
On Thursday, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe announced 52 educational programs that would share in $1.2 million in funding from the tribe in Idaho, with most of the funding going to schools and organizations in Kootenai and Benewah counties.
Coeur d'Alene Press; March 15

Environment
Interior secretary has high praise for Montana's Blackfoot Challenge
During her weekend tour of Montana, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell stopped near Ovando in the Blackfoot River valley, where she praised ranchers and the Land and Water Conservation Fund for working together to preserve working landscapes.
Helena Independent Record (Missoulian); March 17

Montana FWP radio-collar 7 cow moose in Cabinet Mountains
As part of an ongoing research project to determine why moose numbers are falling in Northwest Montana, researchers from state Fish, Wildlife and Parks radio-collared seven cow moose in the eastern stretch of the Cabinet Mountains south of Libby last week.
Flathead Beacon; March 15

Parks Canada to review warning process after avalanches kill 7
The deaths of seven people in avalanches in Western Canada in a little more than a week have prompted Parks Canada to review how avalanche warnings are issued to better prepare people for slide conditions.
Calgary Herald; March 16

Montana governor seeks volunteers for Smith River Advisory Group
Applications are due April 18 to be part of the nine-member Smith River Advisory Council, which will advise Montana on management of the popular river, which will be made up of two representatives from the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks, one representative from the U.S. Forest Service, one Smith River outfitter, one Smith River corridor landowner, one Montana State Parks and Recreation Board member and three interested citizens.
Helena Independent Record; March 17

Libby merchants confront USFS on lengthy approval process for Montana mine
At a meeting with Libby-area merchants, U.S. Forest Service official explained the complexity of working with eight other agencies and entities in the permitting process for the Montanore mine, a silver and copper mine south of the Montana community, which has taken a decade, six years longer than originally estimated.
The Western News; March 14

Grizzly bears at ZooMontana give camping gear a tumble
Ozzy and Bruno, two grizzly bears at ZooMontana, put on quite a show on Saturday for spectators as they tore through coolers and a tent, but were stymied by a bear-proof container.
Billings Gazette; March 17

Legislature
Idaho Senate declines to move forward on building design review bill
The bill passed by the Idaho House that would have limited the authority of cities and counties to restrict building designs died a quiet death in the Idaho Senate last week, when the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee declined to hear the bill.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; March 15

Wyoming's newest legislator stands strong on decades-old book on AIDS
Troy Mader, who was selected to fill out the term of Wyoming Rep. Sue Wallis, who died earlier this year, said he stands by his book, "The Death Sentence of AIDS: Vital Information For You and Your Family’s Health and Safety," which he published in 1987.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 16

Economy
U. of Montana-trained workforce a draw for IT company
The Advanced Technology Group's Missoula Solution Center hired graduates from the University of Montana School of Business when it first set up shop in the Montana city three years ago, and now the company employs 60 workers, 30 of whom are University of Montana graduates.
Missoulian; March 15





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On The Bookshelf
Barbara Theroux provides a preview of titles from HumanitiesMontana 15th Festival of the Book

10/1/2014

Mountain West Perspectives
Montana releases draft statewide water management plan


10/16/2014

A Look Ahead
March 17: Deadline for university teams to submit proposals for National Forest Foundation's 2014 Barrett Challenge

The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana's 2014 Wilderness Lecture Series


  • March 18: Panel discussion on "Wilderness strategies in the 21st century"


  • March 25: David James Duncan "Mountains and rivers are myself turned inside-out: Tales of the wild"


  • April 8: Panel discussion on "Keeping it wild in the 21st century: Wilderness for a new generation"



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