"Wyden Includes $330 Million Aid To Timber Counties in Helium Bill"

"The Senate Natural Resources Committee has approved a one-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools Act."

"It’s the biggest step yet in efforts to revive an expired safety-net program for rural counties in the West that no longer receive the kind of revenues from logging that once helped pay for education, jails, sheriff patrols and other public services.

Committee Chairman and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden says the extension was included in the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, which passed out of committee in a business meeting Tuesday."

Amelia Templeton reports for EarthFix/Oregon Public Broadcasting June 18, 2013.

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"Senate Panel Advances Bills on Lands, Denali Name" (Anchorage Daily News)

Source: EarthFix/OPB, 06/19/2013