Friday, October 14, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 14

Posted By on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM

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Author blasts Alberta, Parks Canada for not protecting grizzly bears
Jeff Gailus, author of the Grizzly Manifesto, spoke in Canmore last week, where he called on Parks Canada to step in to provide protections for grizzly bears since Alberta seemed unwilling to do so.
Canmore Herald; Oct. 13

Montana cattlemen seek to build beef market in Russia
Darrell Stevenson, a Montana bull breeder, was among the American cattlemen at an agricultural fair in Moscow this week seeking to export bulls and heifers to Russia, where ranchers are working to build up their herds.
New York Times; Oct. 13

GE picks Colorado city for site of new solar-panel factory
General Electric announced it would put its $300 million PrimeStar Solar plant in a warehouse in Aurora, where the solar-panel plant will bring 355 jobs to the Colorado city.
Denver Post; Oct. 14

BLM, USFS team up on biomass project in Utah
To create a fire-save zone along Interstate 15 south of Beaver, a contractor is removing roughly 80 percent of the pinyon pines and junipers along the Utah road, for which the Bureau of Land Management is paying $500-an-acre, and the U.S. Forest Service is paying to send about 40 tons of the chips generated from the project to the Idaho National Laboratory for fuel experiments. The project will be on the agenda at the forestry conference at Utah State University on Oct. 18-19 entitled "Restoring the West: Sustaining Forests, Woodlands and Communities through Biomass Use."
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 14

Two Alberta pulp mills get $9.6 million for biofuel projects
Fifteen pulp mills across Canada, including two in Alberta, got federal funding to install modifications to improve environmental processes and their bottom lines, with the West Fraser Mills plant in Slave Lake getting $5.1 million to put the black liquor created in the pulping process to work generating power, and the West Fraser Mills plant in Slave Lake getting $4.5 million to extract and distill biomethanol from its pulping byproducts.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 14

Grizzly bear numbers in Yellowstone ecosystem down
At a meeting this week in Bozeman of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee's Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Coordinating Committee, federal and state officials said that the reason grizzly bear numbers in that region of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming had fallen slightly over the past year is that the population had reached the carrying capacity of the region, and bears were either killing each other or were coming in conflict with humans which lead to the bears' removal.
Missoulian (AP); Oct. 14

Energy firm finalizes purchase of 18,000 acres adjacent to Colorado city
Ultra Resources, a subsidiary of Houston-based Ultra Petroleum, completed its deal to buy 18,000 acres of the Banning Lewis Ranch that sits adjacent to Colorado Springs, and the company has indicated it intends to drill for oil and gas on the land previously slated for development.
Colorado Springs Gazette; Oct. 14

NPCA honors Wyoming woman for work in Colorado National Monument
Jackson Hole resident Joan Anzelmo was awarded the National Park Conservation Association's Stephen T. Mather Award for her work at the Colorado National Monument; Anzelmo retired as superintended of that monument in July and spent other periods of her work with the National Park Service in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.
Jackson Hole Daily; Oct. 14

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