Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rockies Today, April 9

Posted by on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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Locavore index ranks Montana sixth in nation for eating local
At the third annual Farm to School Conference held last week in Brattleboro, Vt., the Strolling of the Heifers released its annual ranking of the 50 states and the District of Columbia on local food systems, and Montana ranked sixth in the nation, followed by Oregon and Wyoming; Idaho ranked 10th; Colorado 19th; and Utah ranked 44th.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 9

Audit finds a plethora of redundant federal programs
The Government Accountability Office's audit of federal programs found 162 areas of overlapping funding that waste billions of dollars, including nearly two dozen programs funding alternative-energy, including wind.
USA Today; April 9

Colorado Senate panel OKs bill raising renewable-energy standard for co-ops
A party-line 3-2 vote by the Colorado Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee advanced legislation that would raise the renewable energy standard for rural electric cooperatives, and sponsors of the bill acknowledged that Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the state's second largest utility, was the target of the legislation.
Denver Post; April 9

Idaho begins auctioning Priest Lake cabin lots
New appraisals commissioned by Idaho on the value of cabin lots surrounding Priest Lake came in 84 percent higher than last year's, which state Lands Director Tom Schultz said could be a factor in existing leaseholders' ability to retain their leases.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; April 9

Rural Utah counties vie to be home of new state prison
Officials of Tooele, Sanpete and Juab counties are campaigning to make their county the site of the new Utah State prison, as the jobs created by the prison would be welcome in those rural counties.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 9

Crews continue to search for source of hydrocarbon spill in Colorado
More booms have been added along Parachute Creek in Colorado to absorb diesel fuel in that creek, which feeds into the Colorado River, and crews are digging additional trenches trying to keep groundwater with extremely high levels of benezene from reaching the creek.
Denver Post; April 9

Chevron quietly brings pipeline involved in Utah spill back on line
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert may have been one of the first people to learn that diesel fuel was again flowing through Chevron's 760-mile Northwest Products pipeline, from which 27,500 gallons of diesel fuel leaked last March, but no public announcement of resumption of service was made.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 9

Wyoming communities work together to reopen ski area
The Antelope Butte Ski Area in Wyoming's Big Horn Mountains has been closed since 2003, but residents of Sheridan, Basin and Greybull have formed a foundation with the mission of reopening that ski area.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 9

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