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U.S. Forest Service project in Montana on national radar

US Forest Service project in Montana on national radar

A Forest Service project in Mineral County over half a decade in the making has turned heads at a national level according to one F.S. official and is in the final stages of approval.

The Cedar Thom project has been in development since at least 2009 and is being looked at by F.S. officials in Washington D.C. as a model of responsible, sustainable development of timber projects in national forests.

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Hawaii's only coal-fired power plant being asked to add wood pellets to mix

Hawaii’s only coal-fired power plant being asked to add wood pellets to mix

The only coal-fired power plant in Hawaii, which is the single largest generating plant on Oahu, is under financial stress because there is no financial reserve, according to the Hawaiian Electric Co.’s new energy plan. Hawaiian Electric is also asking AES Hawaii to convert some of the energy being produced at the plant in Campbell Industrial Park to biomass from coal.

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Forest Service’s mission goes up in flames

Forest Service’s mission goes up in flames

We’ve written quite a bit lately about “fire borrowing” — what happens when the Forest Service runs out of the funds it’s budgeted for firefighting, which are based on average wildfire costs over the last 10 years. Then it’s forced to start dipping into money meant for other programs, including those intended to reduce the risk and intensity of wildfires.

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Missoula jury awards Kelly logging 17M

Missoula, Montana jury awards Kelly Logging $17M

After a weeklong trial in Missoula County District Court, a jury announced a nearly $17 million verdict in favor of a Missoula-based logging company and against its lender, First Interstate Bank. Kelly Logging Inc. alleged that First Interstate took $762,000 out of its checking account to pay off a note that was current, was not due and had not matured.

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