The following links are courtesy of Headwaters News.
Groups sue BLM over cumulative effects of mining Wyoming coal
Last week, WildEarth Guardians, Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. against the Bureau of Land Management over the leasing of two tracts of coal in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming that contain a total of 350 million tons of coal, alleging that the agency failed to properly assess the cumulative environmental impacts of mining, shipping and burning the coal.
Casper Star-Tribune; Aug. 23
Alberta researcher says province needs to update reforestation plans
Under Alberta law, forestry companies must replant trees they harvest, but a new report from a University of Alberta researcher said the province's reforestation requirements need updating as the species listed in that plan no longer do well in the changed climate, and the report called for the province to rework the plan to allow for different species to be planted in zones to accommodate higher amounts of rain and warmer temperatures.
Edmonton Journal; Aug. 23
Idaho groundwater users' plan to buy fish farms flows to next level
A plan by Idaho groundwater user groups to buy three fish farms in the Thousand Springs area, and the farms' associated water rights, is moving along, with the groups awaiting a judge's approval of the plan.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 23
USFS updates plan for Colorado forest to double gas wells
The U.S. Forest Service updated its 2007 management plan for the San Juan National Forest that essentially doubles the number of gas wells allowed in the 646,403-acre area in Colorado's Paradox Basin called the "Gothic Shale Gas Play Area," and four public meetings on the updated plan are scheduled next month, with the first held Sept. 1 in Norwood; the second held Sept. 7 in Durango, followed by a Sept. 8 meeting in Dove Creek, and the final one set in Cortez on Sept. 14.
Durango Herald; Aug. 23
High winds push Montana wildfire across hundreds of acres
Fire investigators don't know yet what ignited a wildfire on Monday evening on the hillside of West Riverside, a community near Missoula in western Montana, but high winds drove the wildfire across an estimated 1,500 acres within hours of ignition; no homes were evacuated as of Monday night, although the fire burned very near some residences.
Missoulian; Aug. 23
Idaho U.S. Rep. Simpson wants to revamp dairy industry's safety nets
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided price supports for the dairy industry since the Great Depression, but market conditions for the industry have changed dramatically over the intervening decades, and Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson wants to revamp those programs.
Idaho Statesman (McClatchy Newspapers); Aug. 23
Montana rancher again shoots wolves attacking his sheep
Five weeks to the day after Bittterroot rancher Dave Schram shot and killed a wolf as it ate a lamb it killed on his Montana property, Schram shot and killed two wolves that were attacking his sheep and goats on his property near the valley floor.
Ravalli Republic; Aug. 23
ExxonMobil says Montana spill will cost $42M to clean up
ExxonMobil, the owner of an oil pipeline that ruptured under Montana's Yellowstone River, causing an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil to leak into the river, said that it will cost more than $42 million to clean up the spill, with $40 million spent on emergency response work and $2.5 million on paying property damage claims.
Billings Gazette (AP); Aug. 23
Headwaters News is a project of the Center for the Rocky Mountain West at The University of Montana. It provides a daily snapshot of news and opinion in the Rocky Mountain region of North America, giving the changing mountain West a tool to understand itself and a platform for the exchange of ideas.
We wrote a couple weeks ago about Tar Sands Action, a group of high-profile conservationists conducting acts of civil disobedience at the White House to protest the Keystone XL pipeline, which would pass through Montana. The protests began over the weekend, and so far 162 people have been sent to jail as a result.
Here's the latest from the group:
I'm standing in the Titans locker room waiting to meet tight end Jared Cook late Thursday afternoon, and the TV is showing an ESPN story on the top 10 sports rivalries, counting down from 10 to 1.
"Wonder what one is,'' asked fullback Ahmard Hall.
"Gotta be Red Sox-Yanks,'' said returner Yamon Figurs.
Three or four other guys chimed in — Ohio State-Michigan, Steelers-Ravens, Colts-Patriots, Duke-North Carolina. Then little return man Marc Mariani, the seventh-round smurf from Montana in 2010, said: "No! Montana-Montana State!'' Glares, howls ensued. Figurs was right. When ESPN showed Pedro Martinez grabbing Don Zimmer by the head and throwing that melon to the ground, the players loved it. Just another fun day in a locker room.
If you already "like" the Indy on Facebook (and, really, there's no reason not to "like" us) then you saw this link yesterday. But for the rest of you, here's the story in yesterday's Maui Times on Big Sky livin'.
The author mostly "gets" the Missoula lifestyle, even if he was rear-ended by a Hummer and thinks Bozeman is a "hipper" college town.
In this week's installment: Dickonomics, poo-poo heads, and snore monitors. Curses, Foiled Again
Police were able to identify two people who snatched a purse from an 82-year-old woman in New Castle, Pa., because the victim’s 89-year-old friend banged the getaway car with her cane as it pulled away. Police Chief Thomas Sansone said officers found the car by matching the dent to the cane and arrested Jerry Brown Jr., 27, and Tatiana Vargas, 21. (Associated Press)
The pickings were anything but slim in the Big Dipper parking lot this afternoon. Here's a slideshow of some of my favorite finds among the bins of old LPs and EPs.
Oh, and be sure to catch the last night of Total Fest X at the Badlander, starting at 10.
Total Fest Record Swap
Our favorite finds from the Total Fest X Record Swap at the Big Dipper.
This week, we head up the Blackfoot and into the Wilderness.
Why you’re here: Maybe because it’s game day, the Griz just spanked Cal Poly, and on your way back over the Divide, you stop the RV in Lincoln to gas up and throw one down.
Atmosphere: On a recent afternoon, one of the flat-screen TVs shows Billings little-leaguers playing South Dakota in the Little League World Series. A big inflatable football hangs from the ceiling. There are pool and poker tables and keno machines. The bathrooms are labeled “Bucks” and “Does.” A fuzzily lettered sign above the bar says, “No sex causes bad eyes.” Another sign says the bar reserves the right to refuse service to anyone: “We don’t care how much money you have or who your daddy is.”
What you’re drinking: Owner Ethel Peterson says Werthers—butterscotch schnapps with a touch of Crown Royal—and Jäger bombs are the most popular drinks. As for beer, “It used to be Bud Light, but Miller’s right on its tail.”
Happy Hour: Seventy-five cents off all drinks from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. The “twilight” happy hour runs from 9 to 11 p.m.
Why you’ll stop again: Because besides the bar, which includes the Scapegoat Eatery, the Wilderness Bar has a beer garden out back where it hosts live music, such as last weekend’s Fiddlers Jamboree, plus miniature golf and horseshoes. There’s live poker on Friday and Saturday nights. “We’ve always got something going on,” Peterson says.
Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the past week the Indy's received about a dozen postcards thanking us for our recent story on the potential for Montana coal to be exported to Asia. They've come in from the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Boston and elsewhere. They're thoughtful, hand-written notes signed with only a first name. And the senders all mention an affiliation with Postcard Underground. Google doesn't tell us much about the mysterious group, which only piques our curiosity. Who are these secret admirers? In any case, thanks.
Q: What do lizard wrangling and Wisconsin winters have to do with drinking beer?
A: They are both themes in two of the winning short films for New Belgium Brewing’s Clips of Faith tour.
You can check those films out tonight at Caras Park, where you will indulge in Belgian-inspired beers from the Fort Collins, Colo. company that brought you Fat Tire. There will also be a handful of Lips of Faith beer available, which is a line of brews designed by freewheeling employees of the brewery.
Who knows what they’ll taste like!
As for the films, you’ll see a selection of the best from cinema-savvy New Belgium fans. Here’s a sample:
Tonight, Friday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 PM at Cara Park. Free. Beers are $1.25 for each 3 ounce sample and $5 for a 12 ounce beer. And there will be food vendors selling their wares. The proceeds go to the Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula and recycling will be done by Mud Project.
Here's our latest installment of the most notable stories from elsewhere in the alternative news media landscape.
1. Everyone's talking about Rick Perry. And, in some cases, his sex life. AAN reports that a Texas man purchased a full-page ad in the Austin Chronicle seeking stories "from strippers, hotties and/or 'gay people' who have had sexual relations with the Texas Governor and GOP presidential candidate." The ad comes from Richard Morrow, a Ron Paul supporter who heads the Committee Against Sexual Hypocrisy, or CASH. Salon wrote more about it here.
2. More Perry. Speaking of the latest, greatest GOP presidential candidate (and the Austin Chronicle), the Texas paper has put together "The Perry Trap," which chronicles 15 years of reporting on the state governor. Highlights (or lowlights, as the case may be) include an article on how he's helped his biggest campaign donors (like Enron), how he worked to block hate crime legislation, and his record of rushing those on death row to execution. The Texas Observer also published a story titled, "Can Rick Perry Govern?" Dave Mann notes Perry "is a terrific campaigner but has accomplished little in office."
3. Porn, Piracy and BitTorrent. A bunch of papers ran the same story on how the film industry is fighting illegal downloads. I read it in L.A. Weekly last weekend, but it's also appeared in Seattle. Where you read it doesn't matter. I just recommend reading it. Here's the lead:
The bad news arrived in John Doe 2,057's mailbox in May. His wife unsealed a thick envelope from Comcast and read a carefully worded message explaining that a company called Imperial Enterprises, Inc. had filed a lawsuit against him in Washington, D.C., federal court. He stood accused of having illegally downloaded a copyrighted film five months earlier, at precisely 6:03 a.m. on the morning of January 27. The name of the Imperial Enterprises movie he purportedly purloined wasn't mentioned until four pages later. Though printed in tiny italic font in a court filing, it practically leapt off the page: Tokyo Cougar Creampies.
Yet when Mrs. Doe set eyes on that ignominious title, she couldn't help but crack a smile at the absurdity of the situation. Her husband is legally blind, with vision roughly 1/100th of that of a person with normal sight. He is physically incapable of watching any film, this particular porno included.
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