Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 5

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

USFWS releases draft management plan for Wyoming wolves
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed wolf management plan for Wyoming essentially codifies the agreement reached between the federal government and the state this summer, which would fully protect wolves in Yellowstone National Park and other national park lands in northwest Wyoming, allow hunting of wolves elsewhere in that corner of the state, but would classify wolves as predators elsewhere in the state allowing them to be shot on sight.
Ravalli Republic (AP); Oct. 5

Obama administration to power up Mountain West transmission projects
The Associated Press announced that the Obama administration will release plans today to speed up the approval and building of a number of transmission line projects, including some in Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Oct. 5

Colorado farmers find hiring local not an option
Colorado farmers wanting to do the right thing and hire local workers this year to help ease the nearly double-digit unemployment rate, didn't bring in immigrant labor under the H2-A visa program to harvest their fields, but they quickly found out that the local workers thought the work was too hard and quit, leaving the farmers in a quandry.
New York Times; Oct. 5

EPA, Montana reaches watershed agreement with groups
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality reached a settlement agreement with the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Wild Swan that requires those agencies to take a watershed-wide approach on addressing water quality in 28 watersheds by 2014 that will improve habitat for bull trout in the improve habitat for native fish including bull trout in the Blackfoot, Bitteroot, Clark Fork, Flathead and Kootenai rivers.
Missoulian; Oct. 5

Denver, Aurora's water deal to southern suburbs a first in Colorado
The Water Infrastructure and Supply Efficiency, or WISE, agreement proposed by Denver Water and Aurora Water, would provide purified water to cities along the southern end of the Front Range, in exchange for an agreement not to divert water from Colorado's Western Slope.
Denver Post; Oct. 5

Colorado ties with Maryland for 3rd in nation for technology jobs
In TechAmerica Foundation's 2011 Cyberstates report, which ranks all 50 states on such matters as number of technology jobs, amount of payroll for high-technology jobs, and number of high-tech firms, Virginia ranked first, Massachusetts second, Colorado and Maryland tied for third.
Denver Post; Oct. 5

Colorado Geological Survey to study subsidence problem in Weld County
After a recent road collapse on Bonanza Drive in Erie's Vista Ridge neighborhood, as well as sinkholes in areas not mapped to be at risk for subsidence due to coal-mining activities, prompted the Colorado Geological Survey to launch a $250,000 investigation to determine subsidence potential in three communities in southwest Weld County.
Denver Post; Oct. 5

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