Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Rockies Today, Feb. 1

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

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Montana county commission hearing on wolf bounty prompts lively discussion
At a meeting of the Jefferson County Commission in Boulder on Tuesday, hunters urged the county commission not to move forward with a proposal to institute a bounty system for wolves and mountain lions, but Commissioner Leonard Wortman said if 51 percent of the ranchers in the Montana county approved a tax to fund the bounty, the commission would be required by state law to put the system in place.
Helena Independent Record; Feb. 1

Parks Canada puts off decision on glass walkway in Alberta national park
Citing the volume of public comments on Brewster Travel Canada's proposed Glacier Discovery Walk, an interpretative trail that included a suspended glass walkway, in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Parks Canada officials said a decision on whether to allow the project to move forward would be delayed until mid-February.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Feb. 1

At Idaho officials' behest, USFWS extends comment period for caribou plan
Idaho C.L. "Butch" Otter and Boundary County commissioners successfully lobbied the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend the comment period for another 60 days on its proposal to designate 375,000 acres in the Selkirk Mountains in Idaho and Washington state.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Feb. 1

Utah governor rolls out clean-air campaign
At a press conference in Utah on Tuesday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert unveiled the state's clean-air initiative by stressing that it was important that the state do what it must to improve air quality to keep the federal government from stepping in to do so.
Salt Lake Tribune; Feb. 1

Developers willing to bet on Wyoming selling wind power to California
At a meeting of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority meeting in Jackson Tuesday, developers of proposed TransWest Express and the Zephyr transmission line
projects that would carry wind-generated power from Wyoming to markets in California acknowledged that the Golden State wasn't a lock yet, but its enormous number of customers made it a market with fighting for.

Casper Star-Tribune; Feb. 1

Idaho county's sheriff's office keeps busy with spendy search and rescues
Shoshone County is big—bigger than Rhode Island or Delaware, and when snowmobilers, skiers and hikers get lost in the Idaho county, search and rescue operations are spendy — and on the taxpayers' dime.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Feb. 1

Lawsuit filed to stop Christo's miles-long drape of Colorado River
University of Denver law students have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the group "Rags Over the River," which opposes the artist Christo's "Over the River" project that would drape miles of the Arkansas River in Colorado with fabric.
Denver Post; Feb. 1

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