Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 27

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

Family of Wyoming mauling victim sues grizzly bear study team
The wife and daughter of the 70-year-old botanist who was fatally mauled by a grizzly bear in June of 2010 after the bear had been captured, treated and released by a team of researchers in the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming, have filed a wrongful death suit against the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, and are seeking $5 million.
Jackson Hole Daily; Oct. 27

Colorado begins issuing medical-marijuana business licenses
Colorado has issued 11 medical-marijuana business licenses, making the state the first in the nation to do so.
Denver Post; Oct. 27

Cold-loving fungus cause of fatal white-nose syndrome in bats
A U.S. Geological Survey study found a direct link between the fungal pathogen Geomyces destructans and the white-nose syndrome that has killed more than a million bats in the United States, giving scientists a starting point in the quest to find a way to save bats and their ecosystems.
Los Angeles Times (Greenspace); Oct. 27

Bakken oil play boosts rail traffic on Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific chief executive Jack Green acknowledged that pipelines will likely always be the better way to move oil, but said the railroad was shipping 50 percent more oil from the Bakken oil play, which stretches from Saskatchewan and Alberta into Montana and North Dakota, than estimated in June and that 80 percent of those railcars carrying oil traveled to the Gulf of Mexico and the remainder to the Northeast U.S.
Calgary Herald; Oct. 27

Groups say Washington city will bear brunt of coal-shipping plans
Spokane lies between the coal-rich Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana and ports on the West Coast that will open markets for the coal overseas, and with all the rail lines that pass through the Washington city, environmental groups said there's no way the city will be able to avoid the pollution and environmental impact those shipments will bring with them.
Missoulian (AP); Oct. 27

10th Circuit 'roadless' decision could affect lawsuit over Idaho's plan
Idaho's plan to manage federal roadless forest lands was approved by the Bush administration in 2006, but groups challenging that plan said the recent 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision strengthens their case against the state.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 27

Colorado governor may halt Cotter Corp.'s plan to reopen uranium mill
In a letter to Colorado regulators, Cotter Corp. laid out its plans to restart its mill near Canon City to process uranium from New Mexico, but Gov. John Hickenlooper said a new state law may keep the mill closed until Cotter cleans up contamination left behind by such processing during the Cold War era.
Denver Post; Oct. 27

BLM, USFWS mull adopting USFS wildfire retardant restrictions
The U.S. Forest Service updated its policy on where retardant drops will be used to combat wildfires to keep the oxygen-depriving material out of streams and sensitive areas for species, but the Bureau of Land Management, which bases its firefighting air tankers at the Twin Falls airport in Idaho, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are still mulling whether to adopt the Forest Service's new policy.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 27

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