Monday, February 13, 2012

The Rockies Today, Feb. 13

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

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Groups oppose appointments to BLM's wild horse advisory panel
More than 45 wild-horse advocacy groups have banded together to oppose recent appointees to the Bureau of Land Management's nine-member Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, because the coalition believes the board is being stacked with members who believe slaughtering horses must be an option in the agency's management plan.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Feb. 13

Alberta-B.C. pipeline will break new ground
The Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Enbridge to move crude from Alberta's oilsands across British Columbia to a port in Kitimat, including a stretch through the Great Bear rainforest, one of the largest remaining virgin tracts of temperate rainforest in the world.
Calgary Herald; Feb. 13

USFS rolls out plan to replace aging air tankers
Last week the U.S. Forest Service released details about its plan to replace the 11 heavy air tankers used to lay down water and retardant in wildfire fights.
Durango Herald (AP); Feb. 13

Montana power co-op, lumber company sign deal for biomass power
Flathead Electric Cooperative announced last week that it had signed a deal to buy up to 2.5 megawatts of power annually from a biomass plant F. H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company intends to build on its land near Columbia Falls, Mont.
Flathead Beacon; Feb. 9

Colorado Front Range cities work on oil, gas regulations
The Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission are urging Front Range communities to not pass regulations on oil and gas development within their boundaries.
Denver Post; Feb. 13

Olympics Committee selects Idaho resort as Nordic training site
Although there is still some details to be finalized, the U.S. Olympic Committee has given preliminary approval of Sun Valley's bid to be the Nordic Olympic and Paralympic training site, making the Idaho resort the first such site in the nation.
Twin Falls Times-News; Feb. 13

Idaho creates water management district for Wood River Valley
A lack of data on water diversions or well ownership in the Wood River Valley hampers the Idaho Department of Water Resources in making decision on water-rights disputes, so the department formed the Upper Wood River measurement district to capture that data.
Twin Falls Times-News; Feb. 13

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