Teton County seeks $3M from Wyoming fund for firefighting costs
Wyoming established an emergency state fire suppression account to help local governments pay the cost of fighting wildfires, and Teton County has applied for $3 million to pay its costs in fighting the Little Horsethief Fire, but this year's active fire season has left the fund with just $8 million and $30 million in claims.
Jackson Hole Daily; Oct. 15
Sawtooth Fire a mixed blessing for Montana logger
The owner of High Mountain Enterprises lost 29 loads of logs from trees thinned on 80 acres of land in Montana's Bitterroot Valley to the Sawtooth wildfire this past summer, but Shawn Stoker said the fire also provided some on-the-ground proof that thinning saves trees as the wildfire burned the forest floor but left trees alive and standing.
Ravalli Republic; Oct. 15
Federal government rolls out new 'solar zones' plan
On Friday in Las Vegas, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar rolled out the federal government's new plan to develop solar energy on federal lands that establishes 17 new "solar energy zones" on 285,000 acres of federal lands, with 153,627 of those acres in Southern California, and the remainder spread out across five other states: Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.
Denver Post (AP); Oct. 15
Poll finds Idahoans' ardor for wind power cooling
A poll conducted for the Idaho Statesman asked 625 likely voters how they felt about Idaho Power, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission and requiring Idaho Power to use less coal-generated power and rely more on wind-generated power, and the results were 53 percent of those polled had a favorable view of Idaho Power; 61 percent approved of the PUC; and 62 percent opposed requiring more use of wind-generated power over coal.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 15
Proposed wind farm in SE Utah may be too close for comfort
There are currently three proposed wind farms in some stage of development in San Juan County, and some city officials in Monticello are unabashed supporters of the projects, but with wind turbines coming within a mile of some homes, not all residents of the Utah city are fans.
Deseret News; Oct. 13
Snow-making tricks learned last year put to work on Colorado slopes
Lessons learned during Colorado's particularly lean snow season last year are being implemented once again on the mountains this season.
Denver Post; Oct. 15
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