Thursday, September 26, 2013

Rockies Today, Sept. 26

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Grizzly bear sightings in Montana prompt warnings for hunters
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks grizzly bear management specialist Mike Madel said the sighting of a grizzly bear near Fort Shaw is the farthest east on the Sun River that grizzlies have been spotted, and a second sighting of two grizzlies near Simms indicate that the bears are moving east, following the river and the berries that grow near the river.
Great Falls Tribune; Sept. 26

Former Yellowstone NP chiefs talk bears, bison and wolves
At a Greater Yellowstone Coalition conference in Wyoming last week, former Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Michael Finley said he believed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will push to get grizzly bears delisted, despite habitat conditions that should keep protections in place, and former superintendent Bob Barbee talked about his experiences at the park during the time of wolf reintroduction, a decision he said was not tainted by politics.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; Sept. 25

Researchers track pine beetles' devastation of whitebark pines in Montana
The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation will meet in Bozeman on Friday, and in advance of that meeting a retired U.S. Forest Service ecologist and a University of Utah researcher led a tour to a stand of the trees on a mountain peak in Montana under siege from pine beetles and a warming climate, and additional tours are planned on Saturday and Sunday.
Billings Gazette; Sept. 26

USFWS revises lynx habitat proposal, adds lands in Wyoming
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its revised critical habitat proposal for Canada lynx that adds Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service land in northeastern Wyoming.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 26

Hundreds attend Spokane hearing on Washington state coal-export port plan
An estimated 400 people attended the hearing hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington state and Cowlitz County in Spokane on Wednesday on Millennium Bulk Terminals' plan to build a $600-million terminal to export coal from Montana and Wyoming overseas.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Sept. 26

Idaho tribe makes a stand in broader fight over energy
The Nez Perce Tribe successfully halted large oversized loads of equipment bound for Alberta's oilsands operations as part of the tribe's larger fight for indigenous people affected by energy development around the globe.
New York Times; Sept. 26

Oil industry again calls for Alberta to shut down oilsands agency
Alberta's Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) brings together stakeholders to set policies to clean up oilsands operations, and Environment Minister Diana McQueen said that work makes it unlikely CEMA's duties would be farmed out to other agencies as the oil industry is requesting.
Edmonton Journal; Sept. 26

Former U. of Utah professor takes solar cars out for a spin
Andy Schoenberg has worked for NASA and was a bioengineer on the artificial heart program at the University of Utah, but now he drives his solar-powered "ecotrikes" along the Wasatch Range, and says he's nearing the point where he can mass-produce the fuel-free rigs for about $6,000 apiece.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 26

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