Monday, October 3, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 3

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Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

Federal court decision puts BLM plans in 6 Western states in question
A federal judge sided with Western Watersheds Project and found the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's resource management plans for southwest Idaho and an Idaho national monument were inadequate, a decision that casts doubt on the agency's updated resource management plans for 16 other areas in Idaho, Nevada, California, Utah, Wyoming and Montana, and a conference is scheduled on Oct. 27 between the parties to discuss what's next.
New York Times (Greenwire); Oct. 3

Die-off of Rocky Mountain forests part of global climate change
The forests in the Rocky Mountain West are turning red, and then gray, as they die from pine bark beetle invasions from British Columbia through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, as well as Arizona and New Mexico, and scientists agree warming temperatures and changes in moisture levels are to blame, and now researchers are wondering what will replace the forests once they're gone.
New York Times; Oct. 2

Protest that began on Wall Street spreads to Denver
A local offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street group that held demonstrations in New York City last week and over the weekend marched in downtown Denver on Sunday, with about 50 people gathering to protest the nation's current financial crisis and the speculative practices that led to the economic meltdown.
Denver Post; Oct. 3

Beetle-kill in Oregon national forest cause for concern for private firms
Private timber companies whose forests lie adjacent to the Fremont-Winema National Forest in Klamath and Lake counties in southern Oregon said the U.S. Forest Service has done too little to address beetle-kill in the forest and that they're just one lightning strike away from losing their forests when the national forest ignites.
Portland Oregonian; Oct. 2

Colorado companies received $900M in stimulus funds in 2 years
Over the past two years, companies in Colorado have received $900 million in tax credits, loan guarantees and grants to stimulate energy research and development, with Abound Solar and Cogentrix receiving $491 million.
Denver Post; Oct. 3

Montana mills, timber supply near balance, analysts say
There are about half the jobs in the timber industry in Montana that there were a decade ago, with just 4,123 workers employed in every facet of the industry and only 10 mills still in operation, but those mills still struggle to keep a supply of timber in their yards.
Missoulian; Oct. 3

USFWS proposes land swap to connect Colorado refuge with mountains
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a report late last week detailing a proposed land swap needed to connect the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge to the mountains to provide wildlife a land bridge to travel back and forth.
Denver Post; Oct. 1

Idaho's young, male workers have highest jobless rate
The Idaho Statesman delved into the state's unemployment data and found that men aged 20 to 24 years had the highest rate of unemployment, about 18 percent, which is nearly twice the statewide average.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 3

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