Revett Minerals' copper, silver mine in NW Montana won't open this year
The copper and silver mine in Montana's Lincoln County won't reopen this year as Revett Minerals had predicted as the new route to the ore vein became unstable, but Revett President and CEO John Shanahan said the mine will reopen, just not until the end of 2014.
Flathead Beacon; Oct. 21
Disputes over public access over private land in Montana on the rise
The Public Land/Water Access Association, which advocates for public access to lands, said private landowners in Montana are increasingly blocking access to roads across their lands that have existed for decades, and PLWA is tracking at least 10 such closures in Darby, Fergus, Madison, Meagher, Ravalli, Sweet Grass, Teton and Toole counties.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 20
RMEF buys, sells easement in Montana's Big Snowy Mountains
The 10-foot-wide, 40-acre easement the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation recently purchased and sold to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will ensure public access to No Name Canyon and the East Fork of Big Spring Creek, as well as to 18,000 acres of the Lewis and Clark National Forest.
Ravalli Republic (Billings Gazette); Oct. 19
Derailed train carrying oil, liquefied propane in Alberta still burning
Early Saturday morning, a train with nine cars carrying liquefied propane and four cars carrying crude oil derailed about 53 miles west of Edmonton in Alberta and three cars caught fire, forcing 100 residents of Gainford from their homes, and on Monday morning, the cars continued to burn.
Calgary Herald (Edmonton Journal); Oct. 21
Wildfires again blaze through USFS's budget
Since January, 6,700 wildfires burned more than 1.3 million acres of U.S. Forest Service lands, requiring the federal agency to transfer hundreds of millions of dollars from recreation and management budgets to cover the costs, and since 2002, more than $3 billion of such transfers have been required to cover wildfire costs.
USA Today; Oct. 21
Rocky Mountain Power to decommission Utah coal-fired power plant early
The Carbon Power Plant is Utah's oldest coal-burning power plant, and Rocky Mountain Power had planned to decommission it in a few years, but the plant is built deep within a canyon that makes installing new equipment designed to meet new federal air-quality regulations impossible, so Rocky Mountain Power said it will be decommissioned next year.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 21
Wilderness designation sought for Scotchman Peaks in Idaho, Montana
The 88,000 acres of Scotchman Peaks cross the Idaho and Montana border, lie within three counties in the two states as well as in two different national forests, and the Friends of Scotchman Peaks are working to get the area designated as wilderness. Contains a graphic of the area.
Missoulian; Oct. 20
Scotchman Peak's wilderness part of Idaho, Montana forests' draft plan
Last month, the U.S. Forest Service released its draft management plan for the Kootenai and Panhandle national forests that would designate 25,900 acres of the Scotchman Peaks area in northwestern Montana and northern Idaho as wilderness, and will take public comment on the record of decision through Nov. 27.
Missoulian; Oct. 5
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