PacifiCorp & Wasatch Wind’s Action Extend Into Wyoming And Utah’s Lands Bill

With the filing of the complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against PacifiCorp which outlines many incidents of  alleged illegal behavior in San Juan County that involves Wasatch Wind/Latigo it makes this story out of Wyoming even more interesting. According to the report Wasatch Wind seems to be having problems in Wyoming or are they?  It doesn’t appear that Wasatch Wind is building much anywhere they just keep getting extensions, asking for tax abatement,  and creating the illusion of  developing a wind farm.   Maybe that is because they are…

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The EPA Rule on Ozone Levels and the Intermountain West

The EPA Rule on Ozone Levels Recently, the US Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) published an administrative rule that requires states to lower atmospheric ozone levels to 60-70 parts per billion. For states in the Intermountain West, where the level of naturally occurring ozone (or “background concentrations”) routinely reaches 60 – 75 ppb, it’s going to be tough to comply. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-led research, it’s not a problem limited to inversion prone valleys like Salt Lake and Cache. “We expected we were going to see intrusions big enough, individual events, which would…

The Reality of a Tourism Based Economy

When you start seeing studies telling you how good a National Park, National Monument, or recreation is for the economy of the communities around them reflect upon the following information about Teton County in Wyoming. Teton County Wyoming is where the Teton National Park and Jackson Hole Wyoming are located. Jackson Hole is well known for all kinds of outdoor recreation activities all year around.  Millions of visitors every year flock to the area to get away from the daily grind. According to an article in the Jackson Hole News half of all the jobs in the…

Education funding: How much more do we spend before we fix it?

Education has long been “the third rail” of Utah politics. Grab the rail, and it will shock you. The education our children receive now, is vital to not only the future of our state, but the entire nation. Investing in education now, means educated adults later, which in turn provides a better work force and a stronger society. Not just economically, but in the idea of “community” as well. However, Education gets a free pass in the media, as well as the legislature as a whole. Lets sit back and…