Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Rockies Today, Jan. 31

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Montana county commission to consider bounty on predators at meeting today
Ranchers in Jefferson County have been reporting an increase in wolf and mountain lion attacks on their livestock, and that county's commission will consider a measure at a meeting today that would allow livestock owners to impose a tax upon themselves to fund a bounty program for removing wolves and mountain lions, a measure that is allowed by state law that is in conflict with other state and federal laws.
Helena Independent Record; Jan. 31

Congressional panel finds no problems with EPA report on Wyoming water
In advance of the U.S. House Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, members of Congress received a report from the Congressional Research Service on its review of the Environmental Protection Agency's report of its investigation of groundwater contamination near Pavillion, Wyo., that essentially tells what the EPA's report did, and did not, say.
WyoFile.com; Jan. 31

Stakeholders gather for forest restoration workshop in Idaho
Foresters, loggers and environmentalists will seek common ground today at a workshop in Boise sponsored by the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership, where they'll discuss use of logging to restore forest health and ways to do that in a way that's economically feasible.
Idaho Statesman; Jan. 31

Attorneys in Cobell settlement release info on objectors
In an open letter to the more than 500,000 plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit filed by Elouise Cobell over mismanagement of assets and funds held in trust for American Indians by the federal government, the attorneys for those plaintiffs released the names, addresses and phone numbers of the four people who have filed objections to the settlement for various reasons, and at least one of those objectors has been receiving a flood of any phone calls for holding up the disbursement of settlement funds.
Missoulian (AP); Jan. 31

Environmental groups, wind industry develop siting guidelines in Colorado
Five environmental groups and 10 wind-energy companies, working as the Colorado Renewable & Conservation Collaborative, spent the last three years developing a voluntary set of "best practices" guidelines for siting and construction of wind farms in the state.
Denver Post; Jan. 31

Montana university gets federal grant for slate of projects
Work done at the BioEnergy Center at Montana State University-Northern on such projects as using tractor exhaust to improve soil condition, creating an industrial lubricant that does not contain petroleum, and developing a camelina-based jet fuel helped attract a $648,000 grant from the U.S. Commerce Department.
Great Falls Tribune; Jan. 31

Wyoming issues 19 citations for triple-fatality workplace accident
Last August, an explosion near an oil well killed three workers, and the state of Wyoming has issued 19 citations in that incident, although the companies against whom the citations were issued were not yet identified.
Casper Star-Tribune; Jan. 31

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