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U.S. policy on fighting wildfires moving into new territory
The Western United States is paying a price for a half-century of wildfire suppression, and at the nexus of larger wildfires and the building push in the wildland-urban interface, is the dawning realization that not all homes in those wooded areas can be saved, much like all homes built in coastal regions can be saved from hurricanes or homes in the floodplains be saved from floods.
Christian Science Monitor; July 23
Wyoming wildfire burns across 1,700 acres in 36 hours
The Fairfield Fire near Lander, which was first reported on Monday morning was 1,700 acres in size by Tuesday evening with zero containment, is Wyoming first large wildfire of the season.
Casper Star-Tribune; July 24
Idaho wildfire threatens fish hatchery
The 210 Road Fire has burned 300 acres since igniting on Monday, when the Idaho wildfire forced the evacuation of campgrounds around Redfish Lake, a nearby subdivision, and the historic Redfish Lake Lodge. Contains a roundup of other wildfires burning in Idaho.
Twin Falls Times-News; July 24
USFS sticks to its rules of the road in Idaho
The Idaho Department of Transportation has approved a permit for Oregon-based Omega Morgan to move up to nine loads of over-sized water purification modules from Lewiston, Idaho to Montana, but the U.S. Forest Service said those megaloads must abide by its three rules for the 100 miles of the Lochsa-Clearwater Wild and Scenic River Corridor: No traffic will be fully stopped by the big loads, which have to be through the corridor in 12 hours, and no alterations to the roadway or its corridor will be made to accommodate the loads.
Missoulian; July 24
Colorado-based company takes coalbed methane expertise to China
Ray Pilcher, the president of Grand Junction-based Raven Ridge Resources, is an expert in the capture and use of coalbed methane gas, and that expertise led to the Colorado company's selection to be one of six companies to participate in the U.S. Treasury Department's EcoPartnership Program, with Raven Ridge working in China to help capture and use methane gas from coal seams.
Denver Post; July 24
Whole Foods Marke to donate funds to Colorado River Project
On Thursday, 5 percent of net sales at 27 Whole Foods stores in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico will be donated to the Nature Conservancy’s Colorado River Day.
Aspen Times; July 24
Rural hospitals struggle to survive in Colorado
While hospitals in Colorado's urban centers are touting perks to attract patients, health care providers in rural areas of the state are mulling ways to survive.
Denver Post; July 24
Bumblebee study in Colorado finds fewer bees means less plant diversity
Two researchers studying bumblebees removed the most populous bee species from 20 plots at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado and patrolled those plots to keep that species of bees away, and they found that the remaining bees, which now had more pollination opportunities, became picky and ignored larkspur, a finding the researchers said indicated that as bee populations decrease, so, too, will the plant species that need the bees' pollinating ways.
New York Times; July 24
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