Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rockies Today, July 11

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Montana wildlife commission approves changes to wolf-hunt regulations
At Wednesday's meeting of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission, changes were made to the state's wolf-hunt regulations, including allowing hunters to each take up to five wolves and use electronic calls to attract wolves.
Helena Independent Record; July 11

Study finds that as CO2 levels rise, trees use less water
Using technology that has only been available for two decades, scientists studied 21 forests scattered across the northern latitude and found that as carbon dioxide levels increased, trees' use of water decreased, which in turn means the forests release less moisture into the atmosphere and less rain falls downwind of those forests.
New York Times; July 11

California alternative energy firm to build headquarters, plant in Colorado
On Wednesday, Cool Planet Energy Systems announced it would relocate its headquarters and a plant to make biofuel out of waste wood and other organic matter to Colorado, with Greenwood Village as the likely location of the California company's new headquarters and Aurora the site of its biofuel plant.
Denver Post; July 11

Idaho governor names new members of overhauled oil, gas commission
The Idaho Oil and Gas Commission previously had the same members of the Idaho Land Board, but the 2013 Legislature revamped the oil and gas oversight board to include members from different stakeholder groups, and Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed the new board: James Classen of Boise, a geologist; Ken Smith of Boise to represent oil and gas interests; Weiser resident Margaret Chipman to represent landowners with mineral interests; Sid Cellan of Soda Springs to represent landowners without mineral interests; and Hayden Lake resident Chris Beck to represent water interests.
Idaho Statesman; July 11

Bad air arrives late in Utah
Air-quality monitors in Salt Lake County in Utah began reporting "unhealthy" levels of smog in the Utah county on Tuesday, roughly two months later than such levels are usually reached.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 11

Heat, drought double stressors on Utah wildlife refuge
Managers and biologists are carefully funneling what water is available to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah to best serve the thousands of birds that inhabit the refuge, as heat and drought take a heavy toll on water resources.
Salt Lake Tribune; July 11

Governor seeks federal wildfire aid for 2 Colorado counties
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for aid for El Paso and Fremont counties to deal with the aftermath the Black Forest and Royal Gorge wildfires.
Denver Post; July 11

Annual Allen & Co. conference underway in Idaho's Sun Valley
The annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Idaho, which brings together media and business moguls, as well as an entourage of reporters and broadcasters, began late Tuesday, with Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, Bill Gates, Apple CEO Tim Cook among those in attendance.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 11

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