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Wyoming, Montana tribes weigh in on Montana bison management
At a meeting last week in Wyoming, the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council Board unanimously passed a resolution asking Montana to stop hazing bison that wander outside of Yellowstone National Park back into the park and to allow the animals to migrate to their summer ranges near the park.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; May 8
Montana legislator says bison relocation an impeachable offense
Montana state Rep. Wayne Stahl of Saco said that the relocation of bison held in quarantine facilities near Yellowstone National Park to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation was illegal, and he's asking his fellow legislators to consider impeaching Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Joe Maurier, the director of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and all five members of the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission.
Great Falls Tribune; May 8
Century of streamflow data in Idaho tracks changes in climate
Managing Idaho's reservoirs has become more complex as the climate changes, and the 100 years of data collected by the streamflow gauge on the on the Middle Fork of the Boise River above Arrowrock Dam in 1912 indicate that spring runoff begins in March now, rather than early April, and peak runoff now occurs in early May, rather than late May or early June.
Idaho Statesman; May 8
Environment Canada: Last winter was third-warmest since 1948
The "winter that wasn't" in Canada was most pronounced in the prairie provinces, where it was the driest winter on record with 56 percent less moisture, and temperatures 6 degrees Celsius above average.
Calgary Herald (Postmedia); May 8
Oilsands operators offer to loan Alberta money to improve highway
The Oil Sands Developer's Group has offered financial assistance to Alberta to add lanes to Highway 63 north of Fort McMurray to new oilsands developments in an effort to improve safety as more than 500 buses drive that route 2,000 times a day now.
Edmonton Journal; May 8
USDA's call for more ethanol doesn't resonate in Montana
The mandate issued by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for oil companies to increase the levels of ethanol in gasoline from 10 percent to 15 percent didn't cause much of a ripple in Montana, where the "E10" blend is hard to find.
Billings Gazette; May 8
Rising oil prices puts ExxonMobil first in Fortune 500's annual list
Fortune 500 released its annual list of top revenue generating companies in the United States on Monday, with ExxonMobil ranked first; Walmart second; followed by Chevron, ConocoPhillips and General Motors. In the Rocky Mountain West, nine companies in Colorado made the list; Micron in Idaho ranked 291st; Huntsman in Utah ranked 237th; but no companies in Montana nor Wyoming made the list.
Denver Post; May 8
Montana tells Meagher County to open road in Little Belts
After a private landowner closed Tenderfoot Creek Road in Montana's Meagher County that provides access to a mix of federal, tribal and state lands, the Montana Attorney General's office told county officials to open the road or it will file litigation to reopen it.
Great Falls Tribune; May 8
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