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USFWS, tribes at odds with Montana over trout management in Flathead Lake
The agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the state of Montana guiding management of Flathead Lake expired in 2010, and a new draft environmental impact statement on a new management plan prepared by the tribes and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that calls for aggressive action to remove lake trout to sustain bull trout populations is at odds with what Montana believes what is needed for a sustainable fishery in the lake.
Helena Independent Record; July 14
U. of Montana researchers link virus, parasite to bees' disappearance
Pesticide use, climate change, urbanization, change in habitat and management practices are among the suspects in the mysterious colony collapse disorder where bees simply disappear from their hives, but research done at the University of Montana is honing in on a virus and parasite that may be the culprits.
Missoulian; July 14
Enforcement on oil, gas spills vary among states
There were 204 spills at oil and gas production sites in Wyoming in 2012, and the state pursued water-quality cases against 10 producers that year, while in New Mexico, no action has been taken against energy producers on spills since 2009, when a judge ruled the state Oil Conservation Division had no authority to pursue such actions.
E&E News (EnergyWire); July 15
Researchers abuzz about sighting of white-bottomed bee in Washington
White-bottomed bumble bees haven't been seen in Washington state since the mid-1990s, so the spotting of a solitary queen bee Sunday in a tiny park in Brier northeast of Seattle created quite a bit of excitement.
Seattle Times; July 15
Westerners deeply divided on wolves
For Jimmy Jones, a Los Angeles resident, his first sight of wolves running through Yellowstone National Park in 2005 was a magical moment, but for Wyoming rancher Karla Gitlitz, who has observed wolves hamstringing and maiming cattle, the large predators are ruthless killers, and as wolves move into Washington state, the debate on management of those wolves in the state will likely fall somewhere within those two parameters.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; July 14
Texas company uses CO2 to revive production in Wyoming oil field
Denbury Resources, Inc. began injecting carbon dioxide into the Grieve field near Casper earlier this year, and officials believe it will take a couple of years to fill up the reserves to get oil flowing again, but crews are busy prepping the site for when pumping begins anew.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 15
Lightning-sparked wildfire in Idaho puts ranchers' firefighting group to the test
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter approved a $400,000 appropriation to provide training to Idaho ranchers to allow them to provide initial fire suppression on public lands, and on July 5, the Saylor Creek Rangeland Fire Protection Association quickly dispatched 5-acre fire near Glenn's Ferry.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 15
Colorado city to vote on 10 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales
On Tuesday, the Boulder City Council will vote on a proposal to add a 10 percent tax on the sale of recreational marijuana to the Colorado's 10 percent sales tax.
Boulder Daily Camera; July 15
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