Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rockies Today, June 25

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

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Federal judge in Montana says ski-slope Jesus can stay
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen issued a ruling clearing the way for the Flathead National Forest to reissue a permit to the Knights of Columbus to maintain a statue of Jesus on Big Mountain.
Kalispell Daily InterLake; June 25

Renewable-energy advocates urge Montana PSC not to change rules
At a three-hour meeting before the Montana Public Service Commission, renewable-energy developers and advocates said the significant reduction in the size of renewable-energy projects that NorthWestern would be required to contract is too small to make such projects financially feasible.
Montana Standard; June 25

Devastating flood washes away Alberta's plan for balanced budget
Alberta Premier Alison Redford said the province will be issuing debit cards to residents whose homes and lands were flooded to help them with immediate needs, and that the province would cover all uninsured losses due to the floods.
Calgary Herald; June 25

NASA groundwater data alluded to potential for flooding in Alberta
Data from NASA satellites indicated a marked increase in groundwater — and thus a limited ability of soils to absorb moisture — weeks before heavy rains caused flooding in southern Alberta, and that data will be the focus of discussion at a conference in Toronto on groundwater mapping.
Toronto Globe and Mail; June 25

Diminishing winds will help crews fighting 76,000-acre wildfire in Colorado
High winds limited air support on the West Fork Complex wildfire in southwestern Colorado grounded on Monday, but with lighter winds in the forecast for today, the four or five heavy air tankers and three single-engine air tankers could take flight today.
Denver Post; June 25

Montana FWP lines out objections to tribes' Flathead Lake trout plan
On Monday, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks provided four specific objections to the lake trout management plan the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes released last week, including the effectiveness of gill-netting, how the gill-netting might affect bull trout and mysis shrimp numbers.
Ravalli Republic; June 25

Utah governor praises EPA's new emissions standards for vehicles
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comment through July 1 on its proposed Tier 3 Regulations, which would require lower emissions from vehicles and cleaner fuels for those vehicles, and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert gave the proposed rules a thumb's up.
Salt Lake Tribune; June 25

Montana birders speak out in support of proposed climate-change rules
President Obama will release his proposal to address climate change today, but Montana Audubon Society executive director Steve Hoffman is already advocating for the new policies, given that many species of birds and their habitat have already been affected by climate change.
Missoulian; June 25

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