Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rockies Today, Oct. 22

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Cleanup of PCB contamination in Montana's Big Spring Creek complete
Sixteen years after a 10-year-old doing a science experiment discovered high levels of the chemical PCB in Big Spring Creek, the work is done to remove the contamination, which came from paint containing PCB used to paint the raceways at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Big Springs Trout Hatchery along Big Spring Creek. Contains a sidebar about the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission's Oct. 10 decision to buy 24 acres in three parcels along the creek.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 22

Montana DEQ: Muddy Creek no longer living up to its name
Years of restoration work have paid off as the 40-mile long Muddy Creek, a tributary of Montana's Sun River, is no longer as clogged up with sediment as it was when it earned its moniker, and today the state Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public meeting in Great Falls to discuss raising the state's designation of the stream, which is now the lowest.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 22

Crews pump water into burning propane tank car in Alberta to hasten flaring
Parkland County officials said they could not predict when the 126 residents of Gainford, who were forced out of their homes when a train carrying liquefied propane and crude oil derailed Saturday morning in Alberta and caught fire, would be able to return to their homes.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 22

BLM gives paleontologists permit to dig for dinosaurs in Utah formation
The discovery of fossilized remains of small fish and a phytosaur in Utah's Chinle Formation by paleontologists Randall Irmis and Andrew Milner fueled their belief that the formation contains clues about how dinosaurs evolved more than 200 million years ago, and the Bureau of Land Management has given them an excavation permit to dig next year.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 22

Boy Scouts remove leaders who toppled rock formation in Utah park
The Boy Scout leaders who toppled a rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah, and captured their actions on video that went viral online, have been removed from their leadership positions.
Salt Lake Tribune; Oct. 22

U. of Montana forestry students get glimpse of future at forest symposium
As part of Montana Forest Products Week, timber mill owners, foresters and others shared their experiences and forecasts about what the forestry industry will look like in the future with forestry students at the University of Montana, with advice ranging from learning to speak Chinese to developing good communication and marketing skills. Contains a sidebar with a schedule of events, including tours of mills in Seeley Lake, St. Regis, Kalispell and Missoula.
Missoulian; Oct. 22

Montana FWP reminds drivers that salvaging roadkill not legal yet
The rules recently adopted by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission on salvaging of animals killed by vehicles have yet to be certified by the secretary of state's office, and the permit system for such salvaging has yet to be approved, so, for now, deer, elk, antelope and moose killed by vehicles must be left on the side of the road.
Missoulian; Oct. 22

Utah man says he's found a way around Affordable Care Act website woes
Randall Bennett, an Ogden resident and founder of VideoPress in Utah, said that, when he encountered a white screen while trying to log onto the federal Affordable Care Act website to enroll in the health insurance program, he looked into it a bit further and navigated his way around it.
Deseret News; Oct. 22

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