Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Rockies Today, July 3

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Much-touted Arizona forest project may be torpedoed by Montana firm
The Four Forest Restoration Initiative brought together a group of diverse stakeholders to come up with a plan to thin and restore 2.4 million acres in four national forests along the Mogollon Rim in northern Arizona, but Montana-based Pioneer Forest Products, the company awarded the contract, has yet to cut a single tree in a year, and now questions are being raised on just why the Albuquerque office of the U.S. Forest Service awarded the contract to the Montana company.
Santa Fe Reporter; June 25

Montana-based company wins largest USFS timber contract ever awarded
This article appeared in the Billings Gazette on May 27, 2012, when Herman Hauck and his company, Pioneer Forest Products Corp., was awarded the contract on the Four Forests Initiative.
Billings Gazette; July 3

Anti-wolf group's report provides few details on how Utah money was spent
Big Game Forever submitted a 120-page report that contained a lot of magazine articles and government statistics, but little details on how the group spent $300,000 from Utah to shift wolf-management from the federal government to the state.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 3

Depleted Magic Reservoir could mean millions of dollars of lost crops in Idaho
For irrigators who depend upon water from the Magic Reservoir in Idaho for their crops, their irrigation season ended last Friday, as the reservoir is now just 25 percent of capacity, and it's estimated that those farmers will lose millions of dollars in crops.
Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley); July 3

Flash flood buries Colorado town in mud
Monday's storm that dropped a half an inch of rain in 20 minutes on the area burned last year by the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado sent a cascade of mud and debris into Manitou Springs and western Colorado Springs.
Denver Post; July 3

Idaho governor challenges President Obama's plan on carbon emissions
At the annual meeting of the Western Governors' Association in Utah last weekend, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter criticized President Obama's proposal to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, and said that wildfires in the Gem State release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the coal-fired power plants that generate electricity for the state.
Idaho Statesman (AP); July 3

Federal lawsuit seeks injunction to halt commercial slaughter of horses
The Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue of Larkspur, three other groups and five individuals filed a federal lawsuit in Missouri on Monday seeking to overturn the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recent permit for an equine slaughterhouse in Roswell, N.M.
Denver Post (AP); July 3

Regional fire fleet discussed at Western Governors' Association meeting
On Tuesday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said there was a discussion last weekend at the Western Governors' Association's annual meeting about western states sharing a regional aerial fleet for fighting wildfires.
Denver Post; July 3

Rescue race is on to pull family out of wildfires' reach in Utah canyon
Box Elder County search and rescue crews are frantically searching for a family of five that began their hike down Utah's Perry Canyon on Monday as wildfires burn in the area.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 3

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