Friday, August 26, 2011

The Rockies Today, Aug. 26

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM

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Federal appeals court declines to put Idaho, Montana wolf hunts on hold
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the request of environmental groups to suspend planned wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana while a lawsuit over the removal of endangered species protection of wolves by Congress makes its way through the courts.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Aug. 26

At meeting on wolf plan, Wyoming legislator expresses concerns
At a meeting on the proposed wolf plan hosted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Wednesday in Jackson, state Rep. Keith Gingery said he was concerned about one aspect of the plan, which classifies wolves as predators in much of the state, including southern Teton County for much of the year, and under state law, stockmen can kill predators on others' property, an aspect of the plan that Gingery said could impinge on private property rights.
Jackson Hole Daily; Aug. 26

TransCanada poised to begin Keystone XL pipeline work
In anticipation of what has been said will be a favorable environmental assessment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project from the U.S. State Department, TransCanada has begun lining up contractors, negotiating rights-of-way and buying components for the pipeline that will carry Alberta crude from the province's oilsands operations to U.S. refineries.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Aug. 26

Crews battling wildfires in Montana brace for stormfront
Thunderstorms are in the forecast this weekend across Montana, where crews are trying to button up what wildfires they can before the predicted high winds and lightning hit.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Aug. 26

Montana: Fish from Yellowstone River OK to eat
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials said tests conducted on fish in the Yellowstone River where a ruptured pipeline spilled 42,000 gallons of oil into the water found no oil in fillets, but did find traces of oil in organs.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Aug. 26

New EPA study details new risks to Montana town's residents' health
The Environmental Protection Agency released a new report on the health risks of being exposed to a rare type of asbestos called Libby amphibole, a byproduct of the vermiculite mined for decades in Libby, Mont.
Missoulan; Aug. 26

BLM to fertilize some drilling areas in Wyoming to improve forage
In an effort to improve mule deer numbers in an area of Western Wyoming, the Bureau of Land Management announced it would fertilize an area approximately 48 square miles in size on a high spot called the Mesa in the area of the Pinedale Anticline gas field over the next decade to improve forage for mule deer.
Billings Gazette (AP); Aug. 26

RealtyTrac: Western states rank high in sales of foreclosed homes
RealtyTrac's report on the sales of homes in the second quarter of this year across the nation said that Nevada led the nation in the sale of foreclosed homes, with foreclosure sales representing 65 percent of total home sales; in Arizona, foreclosure sales were 57 percent of the total; in Colorado and Oregon, at least a third of the sales were foreclosures; and in Utah 27 percent were.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 26

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