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Obama administration proposes end to state-by-state species listings
On Friday, the Obama administration proposed a rule change that would end state-by-state endangered or threatened species listings.
Washington Post (AP); Dec. 12
West's increasingly dustier air on scientists' radar
Dust storms that deposit particulate on snowpack in mountain ranges in the West are increasing, with 32 of the 65 of such events since 2003 occurring in the past three years, and scientists said that new monitoring in more rural areas for dust is needed.
New York Times; Dec. 10
Colorado national forest struggles with being everything for all
The White River National Forest in Colorado offers 11 ski areas, 791,000 acres of wilderness, 2,500 miles of trails for hikers and backpackers, and about 9.2 million visitors make their way in some mode of travel through the forest, and as visitor numbers increase, access conflicts are also on the rise. This is the third of a five-part series on the White River National Forest by the Aspen Times.
Aspen Times; Dec. 12
Landowners' eminent domain case in Montana put on hold
The lawyer for landowners in Cascade County against whom the developer of the Montana-Alberta Tie Line has filed eminent domain condemnation proceedings to gain easements for the transmission project argued successfully that the Cascade County case should not proceed until a lawsuit filed by landowners in Teton and Pondera counties that challenges the constitutionality of Montana's new eminent domain law concludes.
Great Falls Tribune; Dec. 12
Aspen Skiing Co. finds plenty of local labor to fill posts
Just four years ago, Aspen Skiing Co. applied for and received 400 H-2B visas allowing the resort company to hire workers from foreign countries to staff lifts and clean rooms, but this year the company needed just 4 such visas, finding plenty of workers available in Colorado.
Aspen Times; Dec. 12
After Idaho wreck, Imperial Oil's megaload shipments halted
Driver error resulted in a traffic accident on Dec. 6 between a oversized module of oilsands mining equipment being hauled from Idaho's Port of Lewiston to Alberta, prompting the Idaho Department of Transportation to put such shipments on hold.
Spokane Spokesman-Review (Moscow-Pullman Daily News); Dec. 9
Yellowstone wolf study provides insights on species, climate change
The wolves reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park 16 years ago are likely the most closely monitored mammals in the world, and scientists say the lessons learned on how the wolves have adapted are providing them with significant insight into how other species will adapt to a changing climate.
Salt Lake Tribune; Dec. 12
Fire in Northern Utah shuts down Ruby Pipeline
El Paso Corp. officials said they could not predict when the Ruby Pipeline, which delivers natural gas from the Rocky Mountain West to a terminal in Oregon, would go back on line after a fire on the pipeline on Saturday in a remote area of northern Utah forced the pipeline to shut down.
Denver Post (Bloomberg News); Dec. 12
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