Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Rockies Today, Nov. 9

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 8:59 AM

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Supervisor of Wyoming forest addresses Park County Commission
Shoshone National Forest Supervisor Joe Alexander met with members of the Park County Commission to discuss an ongoing dispute with the Wyoming county over the role consultants hired by the county should play in negotiating issues with the forest's long-range planning.
Billings Gazette; Nov. 9

USFS proposes salvage logging project on Idaho-Montana pass
The U.S. Forest Service wants to salvage log an 82-acre area of the 350 acres burned by the Granite Pass Fire in the Clearwater National Forest in Idaho, and is taking public comment on the proposal through Nov. 30.
Ravalli Republic; Nov. 9

USFS names regional forester in Montana to national post
Leslie Weldon, who has been based in Missoula since 2009, serving as forester for the U.S. Forest Service's Region 1, which covers forests and grasslands in Montana, Idaho and North Dakota, found out Tuesday that she has been selected to be deputy chief of the U.S. Forest Service national forest system.
Missoulian; Nov. 9

Appeals court hears arguments on wolf hunts in Montana, Idaho
In a courtroom in California on Tuesday, three judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard from wolf advocacy groups that want to halt hunts in Montana and Idaho while a challenge of the decision by Congress to remove wolves in those states from the endangered species list, and from the federal and states' governments, who said halting the hunts would be an "unprecedented step."
Missoulian (AP); Nov. 9

Colorado, Wyoming among states pressing for natural-gas vehicles
The governors of Colorado, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma have joined forces to urge U.S. carmakers to develop natural-gas powered vehicles.
Denver Post (AP); Nov. 9

Cotter Corp. continues cleanup of former uranium mill in Colorado
The demolition of structures and efforts to consolidate contaminated materials at Cotter Corp.'s uranium mill in Canon City continues, and Colorado regulators have allowed the company to wait on its decision to either reclaim the entire site or move to re-open it, but Cotter's operating permit expires in January and it must decide which route to take.
Denver Post; Nov. 9

Idaho has yet to spend about 1.29% of its federal stimulus funds
When federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds were handed out, Idaho led the nation in putting that money to work, but the state still has $22.3 million in such funds allocated to 18 contracts, 19 grants and four loans, primarily for water, sewage treatment and telecommunications, that have yet to be spent.
Idaho Statesman; Nov. 9

Montana company builds its own 'megaload' for transport to Washington
The bifurcation pipe fabricated by Selway Corp. in Stevensville is one of four pieces the Montana company made for Puget Sound Energy's upgrade of its Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Project in Washington state, and the pipe, which measures 24 feet wide, 32 feet long and 18 feet tall, will hit the road on its 500-mile journey on Thursday.
Ravalli Republic; Nov. 9

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