Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Rockies Today, June 20

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Demand for trout from Idaho fish farms outpaces supply
Idaho is the nation's top producer of trout, but water shortages have kept some raceways at hatcheries dry, and producers are having trouble meeting demand.
Twin Falls Times-News; June 20

Another oil spill reported in Alberta
As crews continue to work on two other major oil spills in Alberta, another occurred at a pumping station on Enbridge's Athabasca Pipeline near Elk Point, spilling 1,450 barrels of oil.
Toronto Globe and Mail; June 20

Groups sue Interior Dept. to stop natural gas drilling plan in NE Wyoming
The Wyoming Outdoor Council, the Powder River Basin Resource Council and the National Wildlife Federation filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington D.C. seeking to stop the natural gas drilling plan approved by the Bureau of Land Management in the Fortification Creek area of northeastern Wyoming.
Casper Star-Tribune; June 20

Colorado NF to impose forestwide ban on fire Friday
On Friday, a complete ban on campfires and the use of charcoal grills will take effect in the White River National Forest in Colorado, where forest officials said the moisture content of large logs is roughly a third of kiln-dried lumber.
Aspen Times; June 20

Wildfire in Wyoming's Converse County now at 2,600 acres
No cause has yet been found for the wildfire that ignited Sunday in a remote, mountainous area of the Medicine Bow National Forest in east-central Wyoming, and the 2,600-acre wildfire is zero percent contained.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); June 20

Colorado AG rejects illegal immigration tuition plan
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Metro State does not have the authority to offer discounted tuition rates to students who are in the country illegally and said the legislature would have to create such a program.
Denver Post; June 20

Colorado's GOCO grants go to projects with a water component
On Tuesday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced the eight projects that would be funded with $30 million from GOCO, and all eight are designed to lure people to play in the water.
Denver Post; June 20

Biologists buzzed about bump in bee populations in N. Utah
Utah's first ever "Bumble Bee Workshop" takes place today at Utah State University, where biologists will talk about an increase in bumblebees in northern Utah and provide information to attendees on ways to attract the pollinators.
Deseret News; June 20

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