Friday, July 6, 2012

The Rockies Today, July 6

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

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Snowmobile groups like Yellowstone NP's new winter use plan
The National Park Service will hold four open houses to gather public comment on the newly released Winter Use Supplemental Impact Statement for Yellowstone National Park: July 16 at The Virginian Lodge in Jackson, Wyo.; July 17 at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone, Mont.; July 18 at the Wingate by Wyndham in Bozeman, Mont.; and July 19 at the Holiday Inn in Cody, Wyo.
Billings Gazette; July 6

Former insurance exec raises concerns about Alberta-B.C. pipeline
Former Insurance Corp. of B.C. chief executive Robyn Allan raised a number of concerns about Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline to carry bitumen from Alberta's oilsands to a port on British Columbia's coast, including the company's past record, its creation of a limited liability company to own and operate the pipeline, and the effect a major spill would have on the economic viability of the $5.5-billion project.
Edmonton Journal; July 5

WorkSafeBC adds panel, pellet plants to list for wood dust cleanup
After two sawmill explosions in the province were linked to wood dust, WorkSafeBC issued new rules for dealing with wood dust at sawmills, and now the agency is adding panel and pellet plants to the list of businesses that must meet new standards for wood dust.
Vancouver Sun; July 5

Napolitano, Vilsack visit Idaho, talk about West's wildfire season
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise on Tuesday, where they talked about this destructive wildfire season, the underlying causes for the destruction and future cooperation between federal agencies to deal with wildfires.
Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley); July 6

Ignition site of fatal Colorado wildfire identified
Firefighters had searched for a reported fire in an area off a popular hiking trail on June 22, the day before the destructive Waldo Canyon Fire erupted in Colorado.
Denver Post; July 6

Insurance companies pay for fire crews to protect some homes
Over the past six or so years, insurance companies have been paying private fire crews to protect some of the homes they insure, and this year crews worked to protect homes in Colorado.
Montana Standard (AP); July 6

BLM seeking info on raid of ancient archaeological site in Wyoming
Bureau of Land Management Special Agent Mike Ramirez said the archaeological site raided in Wyoming's Shoshone Canyon may have held items that were thousands of years old.
Billings Gazette; July 6

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