Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Rockies Today, Sept. 29

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

USFWS acts on hundreds of species as deadline looms
Friday is the deadline for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to act on protecting hundreds of species, and the federal agency has already issued decisions on 500 species, including 35 snails from Nevada's Great Basin.
Helena Independent Record (AP); Sept. 29

BLM official dismisses claim that extinction goal of wild-horse policy
At a speech at the International Equine Conference in Virginia, Joan Guilfoyle, division chief for the Bureau of Land Management's wild horse and burro program, said that the agency's efforts to reduce the number of wild horses roaming public lands in the West are designed to maintain the health of both the herds and the range, not as some claim to drive the horses out of existence.
New York Times (Greenwire); Sept. 29

Flywheel technology at Montana power plant will 'recycle' energy
NorthWestern Energy's natural-gas power plant near Anaconda went online Jan. 1, and now the company is installing cutting-edge flywheel technology at the Montana plant that will capture unneeded energy and "store" in kinetic energy until it is needed.
Montana Standard; Sept. 29

Nickel Bros. megaload tops Lolo Pass, is now in Montana
While a Montana state judge is deciding whether to allow Imperial Oil to move massive pieces of mining equipment bound for Alberta from Idaho through Montana, Washington-based Nickel Bros. are moving oversized loads of mill equipment along the same route bound for a Weyerhaueser mill in Alberta, with the largest of the six shipments already headed down Lolo Pass in Montana.
Missoulian; Sept. 29

Montana air tanker makes its debut on Texas wildfire
Missoula-based Neptune Aviation just got U.S. Forest Service approval for its BAe-146 jet-powered Large Air Tanker, but the tanker is leaving Montana to help fight wildfires in Texas.
Missoulian; Sept. 29

Colorado orders uranium miner to reroute contaminated water
Colorado added a new requirement to Cotter Corp.'s ongoing work to keep uranium-laden water from the defunct Schwartzwalder Mine near Golden: develop a pipeline system to divert creek water away from the mine by Oct. 7.
Denver Post; Sept. 29

Utah researcher's study may help lower wolf depredation on livestock
A study of wolves in Yellowstone National Park done by Dan MacNulty, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Wildland Resources, Douglas Smith of the Yellowstone Center for Resources, David Mech of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, John Vucetich of Michigan Technological University and Craig Packer of the University of Minnesota found that as the size of a wolf pack exceeded four animals, individual wolves' effort in bringing down large prey decreased.
Deseret News; Sept. 29

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