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Effort to preserve Montana's Rocky Mountain Front reignites road debate
The argument about whether a Teton County road that runs to the Rocky Mountain Front is a public right-of-way has arisen from time to time over the past 80 years, but with Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus's proposed Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act the debate is alive again as the road would provide the easiest access to the area protected by the Act.
Great Falls Tribune; April 2
Western lawmakers propose changes to federal grazing rules
Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso and Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador are sponsoring the Grazing Improvement Act of 2012, which would extend federal grazing leases from a 10-year term to 20 years, and Montana U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg is a co-sponsor of the legislation.
Missoulian; April 2
Energy companies outbid farmers for Colorado water
At the auction held by the Northern Water Conservancy District in Colorado last month, energy companies that need water for hydraulic fracturing, competed with farmers for the water, and the increased competition helped drive prices higher.
Denver Post; April 2
Documentary focuses on Colorado River to highlight looming water issues
Robert Redford and his son Jamie have teamed up on a documentary that examines the Colorado River system because they said the system is emblematic of what's going on in watersheds across the West, where the demand for water outpaces the supply.
Idaho Statesman (Reuters); April 2
Larry Echo Hawk to leave BIA for LDS church post
The assistant secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, Larry Echo Hawk, announced Saturday he was leaving that post he's held for three years to take a leadership post with the Mormon Church.
Deseret News; April 2
Decline of mule deer in Wyoming blamed on energy development, harsh winters
Over the past few decades, the number of mule deer in the Wyoming Range and Sublette mule deer herds in Wyoming have fallen dramatically, and some blame overhunting in the 1990s, while others blame rough winters, and other say energy development is the cause.
Billings Gazette (Casper Star-Tribune); April 1
Crews have Colorado wildfire 90 percent contained
There are 500 firefighters working the firelines of the Lower North Fork wildfire near Conifer, Colo., and the week-old fire, which claimed the lives of three people, is now 90 percent contained.
Denver Post; April 2
Panel cancels Northern Gateway pipeline hearing in B.C.
On the first of what was to be four days of hearings on the Northern Gateway Pipeline project in Bella Bella, B.C., the panel abruptly canceled Monday's hearing shortly after they arrived at the airport and were greeted by a group of protesters.
Toronto Globe and Mail; April 2
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