Owners of Montana ski resorts team up to buy Moonlight Basin
CrossHarbor Capital, the Boston-based investment firm that owns the exclusive Yellowstone Club and Spanish Peaks resort community, and Boyne Resorts, which owns Big Sky Resort, are in the process of buying Moonlight Basin, with plans to manage the 5,700 combined acres of skiable terrain north of Yellowstone National Park as one resort.
Montana Standard (Bozeman Daily Chronicle); Aug. 16
BuRec implements drought measures on Colorado River
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday that, for the first time ever, the federal agency will cut releases from Lake Powell into Lake Mead, which provides nearly all of Las Vegas' water.
Denver Post (AP); Aug. 16
Tour to tout balanced use of public lands begins in Montana
On Thursday, the Equal Ground tour, which will visit five western states to promote a more balanced approach for managing public lands, kicked off the campaign at an event in Missoula, Mont.
Missoulian; Aug. 16
BLM's first auction of solar leases will sell 2 parcels in Colorado
The Bureau of Land Management will sell two parcels of land in Colorado designated as solar zones in a sealed bid auction Oct. 24, the first time the federal agency will lease land for solar development just as it has done for oil and gas leases.
Denver Post; Aug. 16
Colorado regulators report mercury, arsenic pollution at closed gold mill
An unpermitted gold mill operated by Red Arrow Gold Corp. in Mancos shut down in April due to a financial dispute between partners, and a recent inspection of the site by the Colorado Division of Mining and Reclamation found mercury concentrations on one piece of equipment 32,000 parts per million, far exceeding federal standards of 43 ppm.
Durango Herald; Aug. 16
Researchers sampling Idaho wildfire smoke as part of climate study
Last week researchers flew over wildfires in Oregon and Washington to collect samples of the smoke generated by those fires as part of a climate study to see how aerosols, the particles given off by wildfires, evolve over time, and` how they affect weather and climate, and this week those researchers are collecting samples over wildfires in central Idaho.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Aug. 16
Idaho wildfire knocking on Hailey's door
The 44,000-acre Beaver Creek Fire moved closer to Hailey, forcing the evacuation of homes north of the Idaho town on Friday, and homes along Highway 75 were put on pre-evacuation notice.
Twin Falls Times-News; Aug. 16
U. of Utah students create video game to teach Shoshone language
As part of their work in the Shoshone/Goshute Youth Language Apprenticeship Program, three University of Utah students have created a video game that teaches players the Shoshone language.
Salt Lake Tribune; Aug. 16
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