Monday, September 26, 2011

The Rockies Today, Sept. 26

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After fatal grizzly attacks, Yellowstone Park examines policies
Following two fatal grizzly attacks this year in Yellowstone National Park, park officials said they are taking another look at visitor safety policies.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Sept. 24

Grizzly study in Idaho, Montana planned for next year
Kate Kendall, a scientist at the U.S. Geological Service at Glacier National Park who led a grizzly study in the Montana’s Northern Divide Ecosystem, will put the techniques used in that study to get a count of grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem of North Idaho and Western Montana, beginning next year.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Sept. 24

Another pneumonia outbreak reported in Montana bighorn sheep herd
Smoke from wildfires are suspected to have caused another outbreak of pneumonia in a herd of bighorn sheep in western Montana.
Ravalli Republic; Sept. 26

Project to test farmers' water leases to cities in Colorado valley
Colorado farmers in the Arkansas Valley are participating in a three-year project where they lease their irrigation water rights on a rotating basis to cities to see if that process will provide a viable alternative to the "buy and dry" process where farmers sell their water rights, which then leads to their lands being taken out of production.
Durango Herald (AP); Sept. 26

Alberta author chronicles N.M. man's eavesdropping quest on beetles
In Calgary author Andrew Nikiforuk's new book, "Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing North America's Great Forests," Nikiforuk follows David Dunn's work in the forest of New Mexico to record the sounds of Ips confusus, the bug that brought down the state's pinyon stands, and how researchers used the beetle's own sounds to alter their behavior.
Calgary Herald; Sept. 26

Utah company wants to burn Colorado's dead trees to make power
Evergreen Clean Energy LLC officials will be in Carbondale on Wednesday to pitch their plan to turn beetle-killed forests in Colorado into power at a biomass plant in Eagle County.
Grand Junction Sentinel; Sept. 26

Wildfire-scorched land in Colorado provides bounty for researchers
The 2010 Fourmile Fire in Colorado has provided a mountain of information to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Boulder campus and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Boulder Daily Camera; Sept. 26

Author, photographer team up on book about Colorado River's plight
"The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict " by author Jonathan Waterman and photographer Peter McBride examines the state of the Colorado River.
Santa Fe New Mexican; Sept. 25

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