Monday, October 31, 2011

The Rockies Today, Oct. 31

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

Montana senator to introduce Rocky Mountain Heritage Act
On Friday, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus announced that he would introduce the Rocky Mountain Heritage Act, which would provide additional protections for 275,000 acres along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front, including adding 68,000 acres of wilderness to the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 29

Fatal bear attacks in Northern Rockies signal need for better education
Wildlife officials in the Northern Rockies thought the "bear aware" education program was working until this year, when two fatal maulings occurred in Yellowstone National Park, and agencies are now considering how to expand that program and ensure members of the public get the message.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Oct. 31

Colorado city voters to decide split from power company Tuesday
On Tuesday, Boulder residents will vote on two ballot initiatives designed to put the Colorado city on the path to owning its own utility.
New York Times; Oct. 29

Water top priority for new Alberta environment minister
Diana McQueen, Alberta's newly appointed Environment and Water minister, said allocation of southern Alberta's scare water resources would be a priority for her.
Calgary Herald; Oct. 31

Montana county wants mine owners to address worker housing
Lewis and Clark County officials said the 11 campers parked on property owned by RX Exploration at its Drumlummon mine in Montana pose a public health risk, and the county wants the Canadian company to address the problems caused by what is essentially an unpermitted RV park.
Helena Independent Record; Oct. 31

Nuclear power project in Utah must first prove it has the water
Before Blue Castle Holdings can build a nuclear power plant in Utah, the company must prove it has the water necessary to operate the plant, and the CEO of Blue Castle, Aaron Tilton, wants to divert 53,600 acre feet of water from the Green River for the project.
Deseret News; Oct. 31

Interior Department studies how to merge BLM, OSM
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the proposed merger of the Bureau of Land Management and the Office of Surface Mining would strengthen mine regulation and make reclamation of mines more efficient.
Elko Daily Free Press; Oct. 31

Colorado uranium mill project gets EPA approval
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved permits for Energy Fuels' tailings impoundment and evaporation pond facility needed for its proposed Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill in Colorado's Paradox Valley.
Telluride Daily Planet; Oct. 28

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