Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Rockies Today, Nov. 30

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Headwaters News.

USFS proposes plan to protect grizzly bears in Idaho, Montana forests
In response to a nearly decade-old lawsuit, the U.S. Forest Service is proposing a new grizzly bear management policy that could close roads, either permanently or during "active bear season" in the Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai and Lolo national forests in northern Idaho and northwest Montana.
Missoulian and Associated Press; Nov. 30

Elk, bison carcasses in Wyoming park spark familial grizzly bear brawls
Grizzly 399 and Grizzly 610, 399's daughter from 2006 that is now full-grown and raising cubs of her own, thrilled visitors to Grand Teton National Park this summer as they raised this year's cubs by roads in the Wyoming park, but the two bear mothers have been squabbling of late over a bison carcass and elk carcasses left behind by hunters.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Nov. 30

Montana DEQ, USFS hear from locals on Mike Horse cleanup plan
At a meeting Monday night in Lincoln, 100 or so residents of the Montana town that lies along Highway 200 just west of the Mike Horse mining complex, told officials of the state Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Forest Service that moving mining waste from the mine to the proposed Section 35 would put a dump truck full of waste on Highway 200 about every three minutes, traffic that would make hunters, tourists and other visitors to the town avoid the community.
Helena Independent Record; Nov. 30

USFWS designates critical habitat for caribou in Idaho, Washington
The woodland caribou in northern Idaho and eastern Washington state have been on the federal endangered species list since 1984, and on Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, prompted by a lawsuit filed two years ago, designated critical habitat for the last known woodland caribou herd in the lower 48 states that includes 95,000 acres of federal land in Boundary and Bonner County in Idaho and Pend Oreille County in Washington state, near the Canadian border; 65,000 acres of state of Idaho land; and some 15,000 acres of private land in Idaho.
Billings Gazette (AP); Nov. 30

Three Wyoming projects on BLM's list for fast-tracking
The Bureau of Land Management released its list of 17 renewable energy projects in Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada and California that will get priority attention next year, with the Sand Hills Ranch, Chokecherry/Sierra Madre and White Mountain wind-energy projects in Wyoming among the 17.
Casper Star-Tribune; Nov. 30

Funding restored for horse slaughterhouses in U.S.
A spending bill signed into law Nov. 18 restored federal funding for inspectors for horse slaughterhouses, ending a five-year ban on such facilities in the United States.
Christian Science Monitor; Nov. 30

BLM hosts first meeting on strip coal mine expansion in Utah
On Tuesday in Alton, Bureau of Land Management officials held the first open house on Alton Coal Development's application to expand its Coal Hollow Mine, the first coal strip mine in Utah, by 3,500 acres on federal land, and at least one attendee objected to the expansion because of the attendant increase in truck traffic, while other residents spoke in favor of the expansion and the additional jobs it would bring to the town.
Salt Lake Tribune; Nov. 30

Public opposition puts Idaho airport relocation plans on hold
Before a standing-room-only crowd on Tuesday, the Burley Airport Advisory Committee announced that it was stepping away — for now — from all four proposed relocation sites for the J.R. "Jack" Simplot Airport near the Idaho city.
Twin Falls Times-News; Nov. 30

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