Federal judge halts megaloads through Idaho
As promised, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued a decision in the lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Rivers United to halt the movement of the transport of oversized truckloads through the Idaho tribe's lands and along a Wild and Scenic River Corridor that temporarily halted the movement of the megaloads, until the U.S. Forest Service completes a review of moving the megaloads along U.S. Highway 12 and consults with the tribe about the transport plan.
Los Angeles Times; Sept. 14
Protest against coal in Montana's capital city ends with 13 arrests
About 60 people gathered at Helena's Hill Park on Sunday to protest the sale of Montana coal to Asian markets, and then marched to a sit-in on Montana Rail Line property to protest the railroad's role in getting that coal to market.
Helena Independent Record; Sept. 16
Program that provides air service to Montana communities under scrutiny
The Essential Air Service hatched out of airline deregulation in 1978, and the program to provide airline service to small, underserved airports was supposed to run just 10 years, but 35 years later, it's a $200 million program that served 150 U.S. communities, including a handful in Montana, but federal lawmakers are questioning the cost of the program and its true usefulness. An analysis.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 16
Changes in grizzly bear's diets in Yellowstone ecosystem a delisting factor
The number of grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem has reached a level that puts them on the road to removal of federal protections, but some key components of the big bruin's traditional diet: whitebark pine nuts and native cutthroat trout, to name two, are on the decline, a factor conservationists said should keep federal protections in place for the bears.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 16
Controversial energy lease puts Utah school lands agency on the hotseat
The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, or SITLA, was created 20 years ago to ensure that schools got the benefits mandated from lands held in trust, but a recent decision to lease 18,000 acres in the wildlife-rich, roadless area of the Book Cliffs had even Republican legislators up in arms, and that decision has now been put on hold.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 16
Highest-performing natural-gas production well in U.S. is in Colorado
WPX Energy calls its natural-gas production well in Colorado's Parachute Canyon "The Beast," which is the highest producing well in the United States, largely because it has tapped into the Niobrara Formation, 10,000 feet below the surface.
Aspen Times; Sept. 16
Groups ask Nebraska firm not to bid on Wyoming coal tract
Greenpeace USA, the Sierra Club, WildEarth Guardians, Climate Solutions, Coloradans for Fair Rates and Clean Energy and Clean Energy Action sent a letter to Nebraska-based Peter Kiewit Sons, Inc., which had first proposed to the Bureau of Land Management that it lease a coal tract in Wyoming adjacent to the company's Campbell County mine, to urge the company not to bid on the coal tract which is now being offered by the BLM.
Casper Star-Tribune; Sept. 16
Sunday downpours pound already devastated Colorado communities
Weekend weather offered no respite to Colorado communities devastated by last week's torrential downpours, as heavy rains continued to add to the havoc already caused by heavy flooding in dozens of Front Range and Eastern Plains towns and cities, and the death toll rose to six, with more than 1,200 unaccounted for, with whom families and friends have not had contact.
Denver Post; Sept. 16
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