Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rockies Today, Aug. 13

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USFS, NPS to work together on plan to manage Flathead River in Montana
Congress designated the Flathead River in Montana a National Wild and Scenic River in 1976, and since use of the river's three forks has increased substantially since that time, the National Park Service and the Flathead National Forest have begun monitoring the river's use and will work on a management plan.
Flathead Beacon; Aug. 13

Idaho governor declares disaster for areas burned by wildfires
On Monday, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter declared some areas in southern Idaho where wildfires are burning disasters to make it easier for communities to apply for and get resources to fight the wildfires.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 13

Most residents of Idaho town in wildfire's path elect to stay
The Elk Complex fire, which has burned 90,249 acres in Idaho since lightning started it Thursday, is burning near Pine, where so far the flames have stayed out of the town, but in nearby Fall Creek, some structures have been lost but with access difficult, the extent of the damage is not yet known.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 13

Colorado oil, gas regulator takes practical approach on fines for spills
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is charged with both overseeing the more than 51,000 active wells in the state, and just 15 regulators, the agency is strained, and on the with 241 spills reported thus far this year, the commission has signed off on 16 consent deals to settle charges on spills, with companies agreeing to pay penalties and in some instances provide training to local agencies that deal with spills.
Denver Post; Aug. 13

Idaho seeks to lure tech workers to the Boise area
The Boise Valley Economic Partnership and the Idaho Department of Commerce have teamed up to make a video of all the Treasure Valley offers to entice much-needed tech workers to the area, and plans to launch a website to attract workers as well.
Idaho Statesman; Aug. 13

Group publishes online 'how-to' manual to sabotage wolf trapping
The "Redneck Wolf Lovin' Brigade" is credited for the online "Earth First! Wolf Hunt Sabotage Manual," which provide tips for springing traps set for wolves, releasing wolves caught in traps and other means to thwart wolf trappers.
Missoulian; Aug. 13

Wyoming governor open to exchange for Grand Teton NP land
The federal government lacks the cash needed to buy outright two parcels of state land within the borders of Grand Teton National Park, and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said he'd be open to a land exchange as an option to get those parcels in federal hands.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Aug. 13

Analysis finds Idaho's poorest will fare the worst in health care
The fight over the federal Affordable Care Act made the Medicaid expansion portion of the law voluntary for states, and in states such as Idaho, which declined to expand Medicaid, an estimated 75,000 adult Idahoans will be left without coverage.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Aug. 13

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