Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 12

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ConocoPhillips restarts Yellowstone Pipeline after no leak found in Idaho
Unleaded gasoline is again flowing through the Yellowstone Pipeline after ConocoPhillips completed its testing of a six-mile segment of the line in Idaho following a significant drop in pressure last week.
Coeur d'Alene Press; Oct. 12

'Saline seep" may have killed cows on Blackfeet Reservation in Montana
High water in Montana has led to an increase of "saline seep," where groundwater forces salt in the ground to the surface, and the high-salt content in water can be fatal to cattle, and Blackfeet tribal officials said the high salt content in a reservoir on the reservation may have caused the death of 29 head of cattle.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 12

Biologist warns 1.33M acres in Montana near Glacier Park 'up for grabs'
At a meeting with Glacier National Park employees, John Weaver, a senior conservation scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, warned that 1.33 million acres of roadless land in Montana's portion of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem remain unprotected from development, putting a number of species that includes grizzlies, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, wolverines, bull trout and westslope cutthroat at risk.
Missoulian; Oct. 12

Grand Teton, Interior officials at odds over proposed Wyoming wolf plan
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and her bosses at the Interior Department don't see eye-to-eye on wolf management in Wyoming, with Scott taking particular exception to the state's plan to allow wolves to disperse from Wyoming to Idaho.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Oct. 12

Idaho Power unsure of impact of federal 'rapid response' on transmission projects
The Gateway West transmission project, which would run 1,100 miles of high-voltage lines between southern Idaho and southern Wyoming, is one of seven the federal government has targeted for a collaborative, fast-tracked multiagency effort to get it permitted and built, but officials at Idaho Power, one of the companies involved in the project, isn't sure what that means, and local officials and residents in Idaho would prefer a measured review of Gateway West, since they'll be living with it.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 12

Cassia County urges Idaho PUC to deny Gateway West project
In a letter to members of the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, Cassia County officials argued that the $2-billion cost of the Gateway West transmission project, which passes through the county on its 1,110-mile run between southern Wyoming and southern Idaho, will eventually be passed on to Idaho residents and that the line will benefit only generation projects and not consumers.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 12

Census pulls three Colorado county off SBA's HUBZones
Results from the 2010 Census indicated that La Plata, Montezuma and Archuleta counties in Colorado no longer meet the criteria Historically Underutilized Business Zones, or HUBZones, which gives companies in counties with higher unemployment rates and lower average wages preference in bidding for federal contracts.
Durango Herald; Oct. 12

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