Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Rockies Today, Sept. 12

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM

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Montana wildfire burns within a few miles of Bitterroot Valley town
Hundreds of Bitterroot Valley residents in Montana are still on evacuation alert from the Sawtooth Fire, now estimated to be about 4,000 acres in size and 5 percent contained.
Ravalli Republic; Sept. 12

Walgreens, Costco put roofs to work generating power
Large retailers like Walgreens, Costco and Kohl's are taking the lead in putting their stores to work generating power, with solar installations on 134 Walgreens stores across the nation, Kohl's will have 150 by the end of the year, and Ikea has installed a geothermal power system at its new store in Centennial, Colo.
New York Times; Sept. 12

Montana high court rules no constitutional right to medical marijuana
In a 6-1 decision rendered Tuesday, the Montana Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling and found that patients had no constitutional right to use medical marijuana.
Missoulian; Sept. 12

Western Watersheds seeks new executive director
Idaho-based Western Watersheds is seeking a new executive director, and will take applications through Oct. 1.
Twin Falls Times-News; Sept. 12

Oilsands mine may violate new emission standards in Alberta
Documents produced by Shell about emissions from its Jackpine oilsands mine in northeastern Alberta indicate that emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, two components of acid rain, are likely to exceed new emissions limits in Alberta.
Calgary Herald (Canadian Press); Sept. 12

Study finds rising concentrations of metals in Colorado watersheds
A study done by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Colorado, Boulder, has linked the rise in concentrations of zinc and other metals the Rocky Mountain watershed to warmer temperatures, falling water levels and melting permafrost.
Summit Daily News; Sept. 12

Wyoming governor: Federal rules on hydraulic fracturing not needed
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's proposed regulation of hydraulic fracturing are similar to those already in place in Wyoming, and Gov. Matt Mead urged Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in a letter to allow states to take the lead in such regulation.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Sept. 12

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