Friday, November 2, 2012

The Rockies Today, Nov. 2

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM

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Wind-farm project proposed for remediated Superfund site in Montana
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Pintler Power LLC and Exergy Integrated Systems have submitted a proposal to NorthWestern Energy to put eight, 400-foot wind turbines on the Montana city's C Hill that would provide power for as many as 6,000 homes.
Montana Standard; Nov. 2

Montana wildlife commission to discuss elk brucellosis proposals next week
At its meeting Thursday in Helena, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission will hear proposals on how to address brucellosis in wild elk.
Helena Independent Record; Nov. 2

Montana, Flathead Reservation release latest draft of water rights deal
The Montana Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission has worked out agreements with other tribes in the state, leaving just the water rights claims of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes on the Flathead Reservation to be settled, and in October, the latest draft of an agreement was released for public review.
Char-Koosta News; Nov. 2

DOE proposes expansion of National Wind Technology Center in Colorado
On Wednesday, the Department of Energy released its plan for a major expansion of the National Wind Technology Center that would add more wind turbines to the 16 already on the Colorado site, 30 meteorological towers, a 40,000-square-food research-and-development laboratory and a somewhat smaller conference facility.
Denver Post; Nov. 2

Wyoming makes pronghorn antelope's migration safer
The Wyoming Department of Transportation has completed its two-year, $9.7-million project with overpasses, underpasses and 31 miles of 8-foot fence designed to allow pronghorn antelope to move safely between Grand Teton National Park and winter range in the south-central area of the state, and officials said that migration is under way and the system is working as planned.
Jackson Hole Daily; Nov. 2

Report criticizes Alberta's lack of reporting on climate-change measures
Contained within Alberta's Auditor General Merwan Saher's report delivered Thursday were criticisms about how the province tracked progress of its Climate Change Strategy, and how much it had spent on that program.
Edmonton Journal; Nov. 2

U. of Calgary students' FRED, OSCAR win them a trip to MIT
At the International Genetically Engineered Machines World Championships this weekend at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, a team of University of Calgary students will put FRED (Functionally Reliable Electrochemical Detection) and OSCAR (Optimized System for Carboxylic Acid Remediation) to work, with FRED detecting toxins in tailings ponds and OSCAR adapting a removal system specifically to FRED's signal.
Calgary Herald; Nov. 2

Tribes ramp up efforts to get millions of Native Americans to vote
Across the nation, tribes are working to encourage the estimated three million Native American voters to go to the polls on Nov. 6.
Denver Post (AP); Nov. 2

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