Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Rockies Today, Oct. 30

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USFS embarks on 'Little Belts Restoration Journey' in Montana
At the first of three public hearings scheduled in Montana, Lewis and Clark National Forest officials said nearly all the trees in the Little Belt Mountains are roughly the same age, putting the landscape at higher risk of severe wildfires and insect infestations, and attendees were asked to participate in the planning process, rather than wait until projects are proposed.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 29

PBS to air documentary on campaign cash in Montana tonight
"Big Sky, Big Money," a documentary on how the Citizens United ruling has changed political campaigns in Montana, will air tonight on PBS.
New York Times; Oct. 30

Downstream states post concern about energy development, Colorado River
Nevada and Arizona officials have written Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expressing their concerns about what energy development in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, and demands on Colorado River water prompted by that development will affect those downstream states' share of Colorado River water.
Denver Post (Grand Junction Sentinel); Oct. 30

Utah task force says Snake Valley water deal with Nevada OK
Millard County Commissioner Daron Smith said he hopes Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will take another look at the proposed water deal with Nevada over Snake Valley water, despite a recommendation by a task force of water attorneys that the state sign the deal.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 30

BLM advisory group meets in Utah
The national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board heard Monday from concerned groups about the Bureau of Land Management's "stockpiling" of tens of thousands of horses removed from ranges and now corralled at holding facilities, a practice that some said led the agency to allow one Colorado horse buyer to buy hundreds of horses.
Deseret News; Oct. 30

Judge orders Education Voters of Idaho to disclose donors
A state district court judge ordered Education Voters of Idaho to disclose its donors by 3 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Oct. 29

In first month of hunt, Wyoming hunters have taken half of wolves allowed
Since Oct. 1, Wyoming hunters have killed 27 of the 52 wolves allowed in the state's first wolf hunt since the species was reintroduced in the Yellowstone region in the 1990s.
Denver Post (AP); Oct. 30

Cleanup of Idaho 'brownfield' carves path for other projects
There are an estimated 65 sites classified as brownfields, areas contaminated to the point that redevelopment is hindered, across Idaho, with 15 of those sites in the south-central area of the state, and work done to clean up a former convenience store in Twin Falls where gasoline had leaked from underground tanks into the aquifer, provides an example of how those brownfields can be cleaned up. Part of a three-part series on brownfields.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 30

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