Monday, July 2, 2012

The Rockies Today, July 2

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

Scientists say changing climate underlies West's wild fire season
A new white paper published by a team of climate scientists said hotter, drier weather is occurring more frequently in the American West, creating the conditions that are feeding wildfires this year.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 2

Beetle-kill, weather forces changes in wildfire models
Hot, dry, windy weather has been a driving force in wildfires in the West, as has widespread beetle kill, and scientists are at work developing models to help managers deal with fire and beetles.
Idaho Statesman (AP); July 2

Montana leads the nation with 10 large wildfires burning in the state
Montana has 10 large wildfires burning in the state, Utah has eight, and Colorado has seven, although the Centennial State leads the nation with the most structures (722) lost to wildfires this year, the Big Sky State has the highest acreage burned—207,000.
Billings Gazette; July 2

Idaho congressmen's bills would extend grazing permit leases
Idaho U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador's bill to extend the lease period of grazing leases on federal lands from 10 to 20 years is included in the Conservation and Economic Growth Act, while U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's bill is contained within appropriations bills for the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Denver Post (Twin Falls Times-News); July 2

Low river flows affects ranchers, anglers in Colorado
Hot temperatures and low water flows are stressing Colorado's cold-water fisheries, and Trout Unlimited has asked its members to restrict their fishing to cooler parts of the day, while ranchers along the Fraser River and the upper portions of the Colorado River are planning to cut their hay crops about three weeks earlier than normal as their irrigation water is running out.
Denver Post; July 2

Rio Tinto plans $660 million to expand Utah copper mine
The $660 million Rio Tinto officials said they planned to spend to expand its the life of its Kennecott Copper mine to 2029 in Utah doesn't include projects like the planned power plant upgrade.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 2

Los Angeles City Council to consider measure on Utah coal mine
Los Angeles gets a quarter of its power from the coal-fired Intermountain Power Project in Delta, which buys its coal from Alton Coal Development's Coal Hollow Mine near Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, but the California city's council plans to vote to oppose Alton's request to expand that Utah mine, and said the city is working to replace the 39 percent of its power it now gets from coal with another source.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 30

WTO affirms decision on U.S.'s country-of-origin meat labeling program
Alberta beef and pork producers applauded the World Trade Organization's decision rendered Friday that affirmed its decision handed down in November that the United States' country-of-origin-labeling program for meat violated trade agreements.
Calgary Herald; July 2

Utah city tops Forbes' list of best for business
Forbes magazine released its annual "Best Place for Business and Careers" last week, which compared communities using factors related to job growth, business and living costs, among other things, and four cities in the Rocky Mountain West were listed in the Top 10 of the 25 cities, with Provo, Utah, ranked first; Fort Collins and Denver in Colorado ranked third and fifth, respectively; and Ogden, Utah, ranked sixth.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 2

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