Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Rockies Today, Sept. 1

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

Montana nonprofit links grizzly bear habitat a parcel at a time
Montana-based Vital Ground, founded by Doug and Lynne Seus in 1990, has been buying and protecting habitat for grizzly bears that may otherwise be developed.
Missoula Independent; Sept. 1

Idaho wildfire takes off, burns vehicle, puts crew on the run
The Salt Fire, burning in Idaho near Salmon, has been doubling in size each day, and on Monday, the fire made a three-mile run that burned a truck parked in what crews thought was a safe meadow, and forced the firefighters to seek refuge in a safety zone.
Ravalli Republic; Sept. 1

Federal judge cautions BLM on use of helicopters in wild-horse roundups
In an order issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben declined to halt the wild-horse roundup under way at the Triple B complex in northeast Nevada near the Utah line, but the order did issue a temporary injunction barring the Bureau of Land Management from using inhumane methods of conducting the roundup, including the use of helicopters after the judge viewed footage of a skid of a helicopter either striking a horse or coming very near to it during the Nevada roundup.
Denver Post (AP); Sept. 1

Report: Alberta crude transported in Keystone XL will be sold globally
Oil Change International released a report that quoted Valero, the operator of a U.S. refinery that would handle Alberta crude shipped via the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, indicating that the crude would be refined into diesel fuel and sold abroad, contesting the pipeline proponents' argument that the pipeline will help wean the U.S. off foreign oil.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 1

Other Canadian companies ship oversized loads through Montana
Imperial Oil's plan to move oversized loads of refinery equipment from Idaho's Port of Lewiston through Montana to its oilsands operations in Alberta have been the subject of litigation and protests, but other companies, like Weyerhauser and Krupp Canada, have been moving oversized loads through the state under what's categorized as 32-J permits, of which the Montana Department of Transportation issued 2,665 in the year that ended June 30.
Missoulian; Sept. 1

Motorhome driver recounts encounter with oversized load in Montana
A California man's motorhome had its driver's side oversized mirror ripped off when the motorhome met an oversized load of equipment on Montana Highway 200, but the Canadian company moving the rig, Alberta-based Ryash Transport Inc., said that the motorhome's driver ignored the warning of escort vehicles, putting his rig in the path of the oversized load.
Missoulian; Sept. 1

Deal with Montana ranchers will keep creek running year-round
The Clark Fork Coalition, using funding from the Bonneville Power Administration and the Montana Natural Resource Damage Program, purchased a portion of water rights held by Rick and Nancy Cline's R-N Ranch that will keep water in Racetrack Creek, a tributary of the Clark Fork River, during the summer months when the creek usually runs dry.
Missoulian; Sept. 1

Idaho dairy processors spend millions to stay at top of industry
Despite all the challenges faced by the nation's dairy industry, dairy processors in Idaho are spending millions of dollars to expand and upgrade operations to meet changing consumer demands.
Twin Falls Times-News; Sept. 1

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