Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Rockies Today, May 15

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Top news links, courtesy of Mountain West News.

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House panel begins digging into wind-power's pass on eagle deaths
On Tuesday, the House Natural Resources Committee announced it plans to find out why the wind energy industry has seemingly received a pass from the Obama administration for killing hundreds of thousands of birds, including eagles.
Denver Post (AP); May 15

USFWS plan for Idaho wildlife refuge sparks water fight with Canyon County
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working on its management plan for the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge that includes rules for the 9,000-acre Lake Lowell, but on Tuesday, the Canyon County Commission laid out its position that the lake belongs to the irrigators and the state, and the county will not enforce any federal rules on the lake, and will withdraw any aid provided to the refuge should federal agents be brought in to enforce on-water rules.
Idaho Statesman; May 15

Wyoming governor rolls out state's energy strategy
On Monday, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead released the 47-step energy strategy for the state, that covers four separate subgroups of policies, including economic competitiveness, expansion and diversification; efficient, effective regulation; natural resource conservation, reclamation and mitigation; and education, innovation and new technologies.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 15

California air-tanker operator relocates to Wyoming
10 Tanker Air Carrier LLC, which is the only company in the nation that uses converted DC-10 passenger planes as aerial tankers to dump water and retardant on wildfires, is moving its two DC-10's and 16 employees from its current location in Victorville, Calif., to Casper, Wyo.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 15

Oil, gas industry weigh in on plan for Colorado's White River National Forest
The U.S. Forest Service's proposed update to the management plan for the White River National Forest in Colorado closes too many areas to oil and gas development, according to comments submitted by the energy industry, that also said the only differences between the alternatives is the level of restrictions on such activity.
Aspen Times; May 15

Montana group asks federal appeals court to block bison hazing
Last year, Helena-based Alliance for the Wild Rockies won a temporary injunction that halted the use of helicopters to haze bison that wandered out of Yellowstone National Park into Montana back into the park, but failed to get a permanent injunction on such hazing, and now the group is taking their request that such hazing be permanently halted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Helena Independent Record; May 15

Report links dietary changes of grizzly bears to elk calf deaths in Yellowstone
A new paper published this week links the drop in the number of elk calves in Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas to the decrease in cutthroat trout in Yellowstone Lake, which forced grizzly bears that fed on the tasty trout to find another food source.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 15

Simplot strives to avoid 'Frankenfood' fight that torpedoed Monsanto's spud
Twelve years ago, McDonald's rejected Monsanto's New Leaf potato, which used genes from synthetic bacteria to kill Colorado potato beetles among other things, and J.R. Simplot Co. hopes to avoid such a rejection of five varieties of potatoes that are genetically engineered to not develop ugly black bruises using just potato DNA.
Idaho Statesman (AP);May 15

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