Thursday, November 7, 2013

Rockies Today, Nov. 7

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Biologists report a 'good year' for grizzly bears in Yellowstone ecosystem
At a meeting of the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee of the regional Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee in Bozeman on Wednesday, biologists from Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, as well as Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, reported that there were fewer human-bear conflicts and an increase in reproduction rates.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Nov. 7

B.C. wildlife official disputes conclusions of grizzly bear study
Biologists from Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and Raincoast Conservation Foundation examined the data from grizzly bear hunts in 50 of British Columbia's 57 population units from 2001 to 2011, and found that the number of grizzly bears killed exceeded government targets in half of the areas where hunting was allowed, and that the number of female bears killed were higher than government objectives, a conclusion the province does not agree with given that there are 15,000 grizzlies in B.C, and hunters generally only kill an average of 300 a year.
Vancouver Sun; Nov. 7

Voters OK hydraulic fracturing bans in 3 Colorado communities
Four Front Range cities in Colorado had ballot initiatives that would ban or put a moratorium on the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing within their city limits, and in Boulder, Fort Collins and Lafayette the measures all passed, but Broomfield's initiative was failing by just 13 votes, a thin margin that will require a recount.
Denver Post (AP); Nov. 7

Change afoot in British Columbia's Agricultural Land Commission
According to confidential government documents, British Columbia's Agricultural Land Commission that is responsible for the protection of nearly 9.9 million acres of farmland could be folded into the Ministry of Agriculture, ending its decades-long autonomy, and the lands it is charged with protecting would be split into two zones, with lands in the Okanagan and Fraser valleys and Vancouver Island continued to be protected as farmlands and the lands in the Interior, Kootenays and everything north of the Okanagan be more open to development.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Nov. 7

Colorado task force releases draft regulations for hemp farming
The same ballot initiative that legalized the recreational use of marijuana by adults in Colorado also legalized the commercial farming of hemp, a marijuana look-alike without the psychoactive THC, and on Wednesday the task force charged with drafting regulations for the hemp farming industry released those rules.
Denver Post; Nov. 7

Creditor of Hoku Corp. bids $5.7M for defunct polysilicon plant in Idaho
JH Kelly Inc., a Washington-state based contractor that is suing Hoku Corp. for $25 million for work done on the Chinese company's polysilicon plant in Pocatello, bid $5.7-million for the Idaho plant at a bankruptcy auction in October.
Idaho Statesman (Idaho State Journal); Nov. 7

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