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Experts question Wyoming's wolf-management plan
On Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the results of the peer review of Wyoming's gray wolf management plan, with one of the five experts expressing doubts that the state's management plan would lead to a sustainable, viable wolf population, and the entire panel concerned about how Wyoming will handle the 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside of Yellowstone National Park.
Jackson Hole Daily; Jan. 6
Federal team, stakeholders in Idaho-Wyoming power line to meet next week
The Rapid Response Transmission Team, a taskforce of nine interagency representatives charged with putting transmission projects on the fast track, will meet with stakeholders of the Gateway West high-voltage line that will run 1,100 miles across southern Wyoming and southern Idaho on Jan. 13 in Boise.
Twin Falls Times-News; Jan. 6
Study tracks economic effect of Wyoming wildlife trust
Since the Wyoming Legislature created the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust in 2005, the trust has funded more than $35 million in projects designed to improve and preserve wildlife habitat and natural resources in the state, and a recent study said that those projects have provided 500 jobs annually over the past five years.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Jan. 6
Report: Toxic releases in Idaho increased 17 percent in 2010
The 2010 Toxic Release Inventory released this week found that toxic releases in 2010 increased 17 percent in Idaho, with Hecla Mining Co. topping the list for such releases.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 6
Colorado county residents oppose BLM's proposed oil, gas lease sale
The Bureau of Land Management's announcement that a private party had nominated 22 oil and gas leases on 30,000 acres of land in Delta County's North Fork Valley for sale prompted concern from the Colorado county's residents, 300 of whom attended a meeting Wednesday night in Hotchkiss, and a meeting Thursday in Paonia drew 500.
Denver Post; Jan. 6
Another company announces expansion plans for Utah refinery
Less than a month after Tesoro Corp. announced it planned to expand capacity at its refinery in Salt Lake City, Dallas-based HollyFrontier Corp. announced it would expand capacity at its Woods Cross refinery by nearly 45 percent, with both refineries' expansions designed to expand processing the black-wax and yellow-wax crude oil produced in eastern Utah's Uinta Basin.
Salt Lake Tribune; Jan. 6
Ashes from wood stove, downed power lines sparked Alberta wildfires
At least three wildfires raged across southern Alberta on Wednesday, driven by high winds, with one burning 23 square miles and destroying or damaging five homes.
Toronto Globe and Mail (Canadian Press); Jan. 6
Firefighters corral Montana wildfires
The two wildfires burning on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana are nearly contained, with estimates that 18,000 acres of grassland were scorched by the fires.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 6
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