Monday, March 25, 2013

Rockies Today, March 25

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

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Montana Supreme Court to hear stream access case at MSU
On April 29, the Montana Supreme Court will hold a daylong session at Montana State University and the lone case on its docket is an appeal of 2012 decision on a stream access case that has pitted public access proponents against private property rights advocates.
Montana Standard; March 24

Colorado U.S. Sen. Bennet introduces Thompson Divide Protection Act
On Friday, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet introduced the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act, which would withdraw unleased minerals in the 221,000-acre area in Colorado from future oil-and-gas development, and provide a process by which existing leases could be retired.
Aspen Times; March 23

Pneumonia takes a toll on Wyoming bighorn sheep herd
Wyoming Game and Fish wildlife biologist Doug Brimeyer said that 40 percent of the bighorn sheep herd near Jackson died of pneumonia, prompting the department to reduce the number of ram licenses from 12 to eight.
Jackson Hole Daily; March 25

Spill from Chevron pipeline in Utah worse than originally thought
A split underground pipeline released more than 27,000 gallons of diesel fuel near the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah, and federal regulators have ordered Chevron to keep the 60-year-old steel pipeline that runs from Salt Lake City to Spokane, Wash., shut down until required repairs are done.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 23

Chevron's pipeline that failed in Utah has problems in Idaho, too
The 760-mile pipeline that runs from Salt Lake City to Spokane, Wash., owned by Chevron that leaked more than 27,000 gallons of diesel fuel near Willard Bay in the Great Salt Lake, is under order by the U.S. Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to fix an ongoing corrosion problem in Idaho, and Chevron is currently under contract to sell the pipeline to Tesoro Logistics L.C.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 23

Utah's plan to kill coyotes to save mule deer questioned
A decline in mule deer over the past generation prompted the Utah Legislature to create a bounty program to kill coyotes, but some question is the coyotes are to blame for the decline in mule deer and if the bounty program is really working.
New York Times; March 24

Budget cuts curb hours at BLM's largest wild-horse holding facility
The Palomino Valley National Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center in Nevada is the largest wild-horse adoption facility operated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in the nation, and budget cuts have forced the BLM to curtail weekend hours to just one Saturday morning a month, a decision one wild-horse advocate group criticized.
Idaho Statesman (AP); March 25

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