A federal judge has ruled against conservationists who sought to force the government to protect a high-elevation pine tree whose nuts are a food source for threatened grizzly bears.
The Wildwest Institute and Alliance for the Wild Rockies sued after the government designated in 2011 that protections for the whitebark pine tree were warranted, but precluded by other priorities.
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The state government is winding up a program that has so far funneled about $120 million into mortgage payments for about 9,500 homeowners whose income suffered in the Great Recession and its aftermath.
The federal government gave the state $148 million for the Home Rescue program.Read More »