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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – An Obama administration effort to overhaul coal sales from public lands will be put to its first test this week as companies seek to advance two major mining projects in the Western U.S. Cloud Peak Energy and Lighthouse Resources Inc. want to mine a combined 644 million tons of coal from government-controlled reserves in Montana and Wyoming.

CRAIG (AP) – Federal regulators say allowing a northwestern Colorado coal mine to continue operating would have no significant impact on the environment. An arm of the Interior Department released the preliminary finding regarding the Trapper Mine yesterday after a federal judge ordered another environmental review.

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – The Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority has fired airport manager David Fiore. Authority members said they were concerned about his management and leadership style. Fiore says he was fired in retaliation for an investigation into some board members’ improprieties.

BOULDER. (AP) – World War II-era big band leader and Coloradan Glenn Miller will be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony is planned for April 16 at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Glenn Miller Ballroom His recording of “Chattanooga Choo Choo” sold more than 1.2 million copies in 1942.

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